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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Seeding Estimates for 2016

By Fadi Didi

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released its first seeding estimates for 2016.

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We now have a better idea of how much grain, oilseed and pulse crops will be seeded across the country this year.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released its first seeding estimates for 2016.

Analysts anticipate a four per cent rise in canola area to 20.75 million acres.

The pea area is forecast to increase 14 percent to a record 4.2 million acres,

It also projects the area planted with lentils will jump 13 per cent to a record 4.45 million acres.

Higher prices caused by poor production in India has led to more producer interest in lentils.


The Canadian Grain Commission is moving ahead on its planned wheat class modernization.

Two new classes come into effect on August 1st.

One is Canada Western Special Purpose -- and it will have no quality parameters and include registered varieties without quality data.

The other class is Canada Northern Hard Red -- and it will become home to the 29 varieties that were previously announced for re-designation.

Three wheat classes will also be eliminated.


A naturalized U-S citizen from China has entered a plea agreement -- admitting he participated in a conspiracy to steal seed corn from U-S companies.

The plea agreement says the suspect admits to conspiring to steal trade secrets from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto.

Prosecutors have agreed not to seek a prison sentence exceeding five years.


The Sask Canola documentary Licence to Farm: Building Trust One Acre at a Time -- has been officially released.

Producer Alexi Berteig says the documentary is designed to encourage farmers to stand up and tell their story on food production and safety.

He says Canadians should be proud of the country's agricultural system, which he called the highest quality and safest variety of food.

The half-hour documentary focuses on consumer misunderstanding of things like G-M-Os and pesticides, and how farmers can change these perceptions.



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