5X5 – NEWS
"CNS Canada – Canadian farmers intend to seed a bit more wheat and a bit less canola this spring compared to a year ago, according to the first survey estimates from Statistics Canada.
However, adjustments are likely in subsequent reports, while weather over the growing season will become more important in determining actual production.
“There’s nothing in here that’s particularly game-changing,” said Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions, on the acreage estimates.
“Changes in acreage are always important, but yield will make the bigger difference in what the ultimate production will be,” said Mike Jubinville of ProFarmer Canada.
All-wheat (spring, winter, durum) area was forecast at 24.8 million acres, well within pre-report trade guesses and up from the 23.8 million seeded the previous year. Of that total, durum area is forecast to rise to 5.5 million acres, from 4.8 million in 2014.
Canola area was forecast at 19.4 million acres, nearly a million acres below the 20.3 million seeded the previous year, but in line with trade estimates.
“We’ll either need to see the canola number come up, or this market will be really tight next year,” said Driedger.
“At 19.4 million acres, if we even have a slight hiccup in the crop, our carryout will be very tight,” said Wayne Palmer of Agri-Trend Marketing. He expected to see adjustments of more canola and less wheat in upcoming reports.
“Any spark of a weather scare would lead to a rally (in canola),” said Palmer.
Beyond wheat and canola, oats were one surprise that fell outside most pre-report estimates. StatsCan pegged oats area at 3.6 million acres, up from the 2.8 million seeded in 2014.
“That’s too much oats,” said Jubinville."
Driedger also pointed to the oats number as being on the large side, and expected actual area would be revised lower in subsequent reports.
“These news items were compiled by Editor Greg Johnson April 16–17 at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s annual convention and expo in Montreal.”
Have a look at the slide show, and note the predominance of US companies innovating in the Canadian Produce sector.
"April 9, 2015 – The Government of Canada recently announced an investment of $30.7 million for the establishment of the Food Safety Information Network (FSIN).
The FSIN will help connect federal and provincial food safety laboratories and regulators across the country. This new network will help rapidly identify, mobilize and coordinate laboratory surge capacity and capabilities during complex food safety incidents and emergencies; allow near-real time sharing, organization and analysis of food safety information across the country to inform more preventive and timely risk management decisions; and improve Canada’s ability to effectively anticipate and detect routine foodborne threats.
The FSIN is a collaborative initiative developed by the federal government with the provinces and territories. Federal partners include the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The FSIN will be implemented incrementally over five years, linking federal and provincial food safety establishments and accredited laboratories across the country. According to a Government of Canada news release, Canadian consumers will benefit from the new Network through:
Faster, more proactive food safety interventions;
- More preventive food safety programs and inspections to better protect consumers;
- Strengthened laboratory emergency response during food safety incidents and emergencies (which should speed-up recalls, for example); and
- Improved guidance on reducing food safety risks.
The FSIN will standardize food safety testing and leverage existing laboratory capacity, as well enhance Canada’s ability to provide evidence of the integrity of Canada’s food supply to trading partners."
"April 4, 2014, Guelph, Ont. – Reason, a foliar potato fungicide from Bayer CropScience Canada, is now registered for use as a seed piece treatment. When applied as a seed piece treatment, the company says Reason provides protection against seed-borne late blight. Now, Reason can be used to protect against late blight and early blight through foliar applications and for seed-borne late blight protection.
As a seed-piece treatment Reason can be used alone when late blight is a threat or as a tank mix with Titan and/or Titan Emesto, according to a press release from Bayer.
For more information www.BayerCropScience.ca.
"Already under preventive quarantine, a turkey farm in southwestern Ontario’s Oxford County is now believed to have the province’s third avian flu outbreak in poultry.
On its website Friday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was notified Thursday that presumptive H5 avian flu had been detected at the farm in tests by the University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory.
The farm has been under a preventive quarantine anyway since April 19, relating to the outbreak of H5N2 in chickens confirmed the previous day at a broiler breeder farm west of Ayr, Ont.
The agency didn’t specify Friday where the turkey farm is, except that it’s in the Oxford County portion of the avian flu control zone that was set up on Tuesday for a 10-kilometre radius around the broiler farm.
Samples from the turkey farm have been sent to CFIA’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease lab in Winnipeg to confirm the virus’ strain, subtype and pathogenicity — that is, whether it’s “high-path” or “low-path” in severity.
The turkey farm is believed to have about 8,000 birds, CFIA said Friday, but noted it hadn’t yet confirmed that number.
Birds at the broiler farm, and at the Oxford County turkey farm confirmed April 7 with H5N2, were found to have a high-path strain similar to that seen at a dozen farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley in December, and at various poultry farms in 12 U.S. states since January. – AGCanada.com Network"