New Year brings positive signs for some Canadian crops

By Files from the Canadian Press
January 10, 2019 - 11:48am

LETHBRIDGE -- New Year brings positive signs for some Canadian crops
There appears to be some postives for some Canadian crops this year. 
 The Canola Council of Canada says a decision by China bodes well for Canadian producers.

The Council says China, which isCanada's largest canola seed customer, has approved two canola traits developed using biotechnology that will open the door for new seed genetics.

This will allow Canadian farmers to grow a lot more canola on the same amount of land.

Council president Jim Everson says the new traits will make Canada's canola crop more resilient in the face of weed, disease and weather stresses.
Also, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is cautiously optimistic about grain prices this year.

Chairman Jim Wickett says most grain prices were steady last year,  except for pulse and barley being a bit disappointing.

Wickett hopes wheat prices will show some improvement in 2019.

He says grain prices are weather dependent and there is a lot of politics involved in the world grain trade.

The weed-seed bank - Not where you want to make withdrawals

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