By Fadi Didi
Outbreak of rabbit hemorrhagic disease in small hobby farms in eastern Quebec.
Statistics Canada says total wheat production is expected to pass 30 million tonnes -- the second time in 25 years the plateau has been reached.
The field crop national projection shows a 10 and a half per cent increase over 2015.
The Ontario expectation is well above that, estimated to be nearly 67 per cent higher than last year.
StatsCan says the big jump in production is a result of 1.1 million more acres of wheat harvested this year and record crop yields, averaging more than 89 bushels an acre.
Meanehile, the Canadian Crop Hail Association says producers have to leave sufficient evidence in damaged fields so adjusters to make accurate assessments.
The group says if a field is ready to be harvested before assessment has been made, farmers are urged to check company websites or contact their insurance provider for specific details about appropriate check strips since as requirements vary.
Farmers should also inform adjusters about desiccant or other chemical treatments ahead of the assessment to ensure fields are entered only when safe to do so.
The association says hail claim numbers are approaching record levels in Alberta and above average in Manitoba.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating a local outbreak of rabbit hemorrhagic disease in small hobby farms in eastern Quebec.
The agency says three farms near Rimouski are currently under investigation and quarantine to control the movement of animals, products and equipment to prevent the disease from spreading.
Commercial rabbit farms are currently not involved in this investigation.
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is highly contagious and often deadly to affected rabbits and is spread through secretions including saliva, runny eyes and nose, urine, feces and contaminated bedding, food and water.
The agency says the disease does not affect humans and is not known to affect other animals.
The Chinese ambassador is voicing concerns about a simmering trade dispute over Canadian canola exports.
At issue is the amount of dockage -- meaning foreign material, like stems and leaves -- found in Canadian canola shipments to China.
China has concerns about the spread of a disease associated with canola and has given Canada until Thursday to cut the level of dockage in exports by more than half.
China is the biggest export market for Canada's canola farmers, who sold two billion dollars worth of the crop in that country last year.