Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Canola Top Crop for Revenue

By Matthew Villeneuve

Canola Council touts crop as number 1 revenue generating crop on many farms across Canada.


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The Canola Council of Canada is touting the crop as the number 1 revenue generating crop on many farms across the country.

Bruce Jowett is the Vice President of Market Development.

He says Canada produced somewhere around 18 million tonnes of canola last year -- a big increase over 3 million tonnes produced in the early 90s.

Stats show only about 10 per cent of the canola produced in Canada stays in this country.

Our major buyers are United States, China, Mexico and Japan -- with another 50 countries consuming canola in some fashion.

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The Weather Network suggest Ontario is less likely to see drought conditions this year.

The Network's Summer Outlook is forecasting normal or above normal precipitation across Ontario's grain producing regions for June, July and August.

The outlook also predicts below normal temperatures in most places.

However, it suggests the summer temperatures will be near normal across the Great Lakes region.

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A board member with the National Farmers Union is lashing out at the Harper government over the recent closure of a Cereal Research Centre.

Glenn Tait says publicly funded plant breeding at the centre -- along with other research stations and universities -- has produced most of Canada's cereal crop varieties.

Tait claims about 50 per cent of wheat and oat acreage in Canada is seeded to varieties developed at the C-R-C.

And he values those varieties at 2.5 billion dollars.

Tait says the federal Conservatives are not only closing the CRC, but is winding down all public funding for spring wheat plant breeding to make way for private sector investment.

 

 


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