Provincial crop researchers in Newfoundland and Labrador have scored a first for the province this spring by seeding its first-ever canola field.
Dignitaries including Premier Dwight Ball and Christopher Mitchelmore, the minister responsible for the provincial Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, attended the seeding Friday near Pasadena, about 30 km east of Corner Brook.
Agency researchers and extension staff seeded 30 acres as a test project at their Pynn’s Brook research station and expect to harvest their crop in late August and/or early September.
According to provincial research specialist Vanessa Kavanagh, the test acres are planted to an InVigor variety, L140P, with L135C as a comparison. L140P is billed as suitable for all growing zones in Canada, while L135C is billed as suitable for growing zones in Quebec that have “confirmed clubroot presence.”
Canola, the agency said, has been grown in all Canadian provinces with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador. A few thousand acres have previously been seeded in other provinces in Atlantic Canada.
“If our ongoing research into canola production proves successful, then it could very well become an important crop for our province,” Ball said in a release.
The agency, now an arm of the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, said the success of its cereal grain program has so far helped identify “exciting opportunities” which are now part of a crop rotation system on the island portion of the province.
Grain and forage research so far “has led to a decrease in the cost of production as well as an increase in milk production for dairy farmers,” Mitchelmore said in the same release.
“Canola has the potential to become a component of livestock feed and is the next logical step for research in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
“The province’s grain research program has been a game changer for the agriculture sector,” Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture president Melvin Rideout said in the province’s release.
“As a commercial farmer, I see firsthand the importance of this research to our industry and canola can definitely be the next positive step for our province.”
Annual crops, such as forage, soybeans and canola “have the potential to transform the feed and food industry in ways that were not possible five years ago,” the agency said.
Agency staff cultivate and evaluate new crops, such as grains, soybeans, wine grapes, partridgeberries, cranberries and blueberries at Pynn’s Brook. Sites at St. John’s and Glenwood are dedicated to potato research. — AGCanada.com Network
Chicago | Reuters -- U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat rallied on Monday, supported by concerns that rains in South America and Europe and dryness in the U.S. could limit crop production, traders said.
"Crops are too wet over there while the next soaking rain looks at least 10 days off over here," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients. "Precip(itation) chances are present past that into the end of the month, but La Nina threats always loom past that."
Chicago Board of Trade corn futures notched the biggest gains, rising 2.1 per cent and hitting its highest since July 2015. CBOT soft red winter wheat futures rose two per cent to their highest since April 21. Both wheat and corn have risen for four days in a row and seven of the last eight sessions.
The most active soybean contract faced resistance at the near two-year highs hit last week but new-crop November , which rose 1.8 per cent, hit their highest since July 2, 2014.
France's farm ministry on Monday said wet weather had favoured disease development in rapeseed crops and that other winter crops may see yields suffer in the European Union's largest grain producer.
"Concerns persist about crop conditions following recent rainfall, with great heterogeneity across regions," French consultancy Agritel said in a note, adding that it would impact both area and yields.
"This is not just about France but this seems to be the case for the entire European continent, through Ukraine and southern Russia," it said.
CBOT July soft red winter wheat settled up 10-1/4 cents at $5.07-1/2 a bushel (all figures US$).
CBOT July corn was up nine cents at $4.27-1/4 a bushel.
Brazil, the world's second-largest corn exporter, continues to face tight supplies, boosting demand for U.S. supplies on the export market.
The U.S. Agriculture Department on Monday morning reported weekly corn export inspections of 1.068 million tonnes, up from 786,507 tonnes last week and near the high end of market forecasts.
Record-high corn prices in Brazil are compelling pork producers to slaughter sows they cannot afford to feed and poultry processors to close plants.
Southern states that are the traditional home to pork and poultry plants have been hardest hit by soaring corn feed prices and a plunge in demand for meat, with companies closing at least three slaughterhouses to cut supply, said Francisco Turra, president of Brazil's Animal Protein Association.
CBOT July soybeans closed 6-1/4 cents higher at $11.38-1/4 a bushel.
-- Mark Weinraub is a Reuters correspondent covering grain markets from Chicago. Additional reporting for Reuters by Naveen Thukral in Singapore and Sybille de La Hamaide in Paris.