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Puratone deal leaves farmers hanging Maple Leaf says it’s buying Puratone’s assets, not its liabilities By Allan Dawson co-operator staff


anitoba farmers owed at least $1 million for feed grains delivered to financially troubled Puratone Corp. are left holding an empty bag with its pending sale to Maple Leaf. Earlier this month Maple Leaf Foods, which operates a hog-slaughtering plant in Brandon, announced it was buying Puratone for $42 million. Puratone’s liabilities total nearly $100 million, with $86 million owed to secured creditors

Levies would help finance the plan » PaGe 34


Beef industry still seeking approval to irradiate ground beef Canadian cattle producers sought Health Canada approval to irradiate ground beef more than 10 years ago. They are still waiting. By Lorraine Stevenson co-operator staff


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on the lighter side


Irish bull takes a different record for size

Crossing the line Dairy and egg farmers see sales go south


CROPS This yellow isn’t golden


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FEATURE Does glyphosate kill more than weeds? Contoversial scientist states his case


He may be short in stature but he’s all bull in the pasture


uinness World Records has recognized Archie, a 29-month-old Dexter from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as the shortest bull in the world. He measures just 76.2 cm (30 in.) from the hoof to the withers, 15 inches shorter than other bulls of his breed (typically 45 in.). His height means that he’s dwarfed by the other animals at his farm, including even the dogs and goats. Guinness says that 15-yearold student and farmer Ryan Lavery bought Archie at five months old and says that if it wasn’t for his small size, the bull’s fate would have been very different. “When we bought Archie, he was destined for beef. However, by Christmastime, he still hadn’t grown and because we had become so fond of him we decided to keep him. His size saved his life and now he’s going to live out the rest of his life as a pet.”

Archie stands just 30 inches at the withers. Ryan says Archie may b e s m a l l , b u t t h a t h a s n’t d i m i n i s h e d h i s “ b u l l i s h” temperament. “Archie doesn’t realize that he’s so short. He thinks he’s the biggest in the herd and he’ll grunt and roar at the rest of them. He’s generally OK

around the other farm animals like horses and goats, but if something agitates him, he’ll go for them, and even though he’s little, at 155 kg it can hurt.” Photos and a video of Archie can be found on the Guinness website


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More and more people turning to food banks — especially in Manitoba There are now more than 63,000 people in 21,000 households in the province who rely on food banks By Lorraine Stevenson CO-OPERATOR STAFF


hen the pig scramble was over at last spring’s Royal Winter Fair in Brandon, its 11 porcine participants left the ring destined for small-town food banks. Five co-ops in Westman covered the costs to have the pigs fed and slaughtered, and about 1,500 pounds of their meat was donated this autumn to food banks in Souris, Virden, Killarney, and Moosomin, Sask. It’s a second year in a row for this initiative, and just one sign of the growing need for food bank donations. This year, 4-H Canada has partnered with Food Banks Canada in a national food drive in which clubs from across the country collect food for local agencies. Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger program, which aims to reduce hunger in rural Canada, is now in its sixth year, and has collected more than 7.8 million pounds of food. This surge of charitable food assistance efforts comes at a time when food bank use is rising across the country. New figures released by Food Banks Canada show 882,188 persons received food from a food bank somewhere in the country during March 2012. More than 3.9 million meals were also served in soup kitchens, shelters and schools. Overall, demand increased by 2.4 per cent from the previous year and there has been a startling 31 per cent rise since the recession of 2008-09. The situation is especially acute in Manitoba, which had the highest rate of increase in food bank use of anywhere in the country. Nearly 8,000 more people in this province turned to a food bank in 2012 — a 14.2 per cent jump over the previous year. There are now more than 63,000 people in 21,000 households in the province who rely on food banks.

Trend is clear

The HungerCount 2012 report doesn’t break out numbers

for rural areas in the province, but the trend is clear, said Marla Somersall, chair of the Manitoba Association of Food Banks and executive director of Samaritan House in Brandon. “Some communities may have had a decrease (but) most are up,” she said. “Generally speaking, for the entire province, the demand is on the increase.” There are 90 food banks operating across the province. While housing costs — a major factor in urban poverty — are lower in rural areas, residents must cope with higher transportation costs. Many people turning to rural food banks say they need a vehicle in order to work, but have trouble paying gas and the cost of operating a car on a minimum-wage job, said Somersall. “Lots of people report that they may be one or two — if they’re lucky — paycheques away from using a food bank,” she said. Food banks are also being stretched. The HungerCount 2012 report says food banks could typically offer needy families enough food each month to cover three to seven days’ worth of meals. But the recession changed that — with one in three food banks cutting back on the amount of food they offered, and one in eight running out of food at some point in the year. With more people needing help, just over half of food banks have reduced their assistance levels since the recession ended, the report states.

Third-lowest unemployment

Low wages are a major factor in Manitoba’s food bank numbers, even though the province has the third-lowest unemployment rates in the country. Another report, the Acceptable Living Level Report, released earlier this year by Winnipeg Harvest and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg says even two parents working full time at minimum wage jobs have trouble putting food on the table. The rising cost of living coupled with static wages means the poor are getting poorer, said Donald Benham, director of


Source: HungerCount 2012,

“Lots of people report that they may be one or two, if they’re lucky, paycheques away from using a food bank.” MARLA SOMERSALL

Chair of Manitoba Association of Food Banks

public education with Winnipeg Harvest. The majority of their clients face tough choices every month, he said. “The basic equation is rent versus food,” said Benham. “Our clients face that every month.” About half of all food bank users are on social welfare and they receive shelter allowances that haven’t budged since 1992. The shelter allowance for a single person on welfare is $285. “And where can you rent something for $285 — except (from) Manitoba Housing? That’s what we’re dealing with,” he said. Since 1992, the overall cost of living has increased by 45 to 50

per cent and housing costs are up 50 to 60 per cent, he said. “In essence, for every dollar they’re getting today, they’ve lost 50 cents of value,” said Benham. Hu n g e r C o u n t 2 0 1 2 c a l l s on Ottawa to spend more on affordable housing. It also recommends the Guaranteed Income Supplement be increased so no senior falls below the poverty line, and the province increase social assistance rates. The report also calls for increasing the value and broadening eligibility for the Working Income Tax Benefit, as well as making more education and training opportunities

available for those not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits. Without some sort of change, food bank numbers are likely to continue rising, many say. Amanda Naughton-Gale with the Salvation Army in Neepawa said many of the people they serve only turn to a food bank as a last resort. “A lot of times it’s desperation when they come,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘We absolutely ran out of everything.’” The HungerCount 2012 report is available at www.foodbanks

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Why farmers should care


he debate over backyard poultry taking place inside Winnipeg these days seems far removed from the real world of agriculture. A coalition of citizens is asking the city to reconsider its refusal to allow urbanites to produce eggs in their backyards. They aren’t being taken very seriously. If Councillor Grant Nordman is any indication, the motion put forward by Councillor Laura Rance Harvey Smith was nothing more than fodEditor der for corny jokes. “From all the dumb clucks at City Hall, thanks for coming,” Nordman told an audience representing the farm and agricultural community at the Oct. 30 Harvest Gala banquet. He noted he was asked to bring greetings because Councillor Smith was too busy “guarding the henhouse.” “Don’t worry boys, we’re not going in that direction,” Nordman said, as if backyard henhouses represent a threat to mainstream agriculture. Opponents cite all kinds of reasons why this shouldn’t be allowed, most of which don’t hold up to scrutiny. For example, some say the birds could reproduce out of control and go feral. In the absence of roosters, that’s unlikely. If someone’s flock escaped into the wild, it’s also unlikely it would survive the winter. A few clucking hens or, for that matter, the occasional bleat from a goat roaming a fenced backyard make less noise than a barking dog or a lawn mower. They produce less waste, and they recycle vegetation, including the dandelions people fear will take over if the province goes ahead with a cosmetic pesticide ban. You could argue they are nature’s own “weed and feed” with the added bonus of producing edible byproducts. But there are legitimate concerns over food and public safety and animal welfare. Chicken coops that aren’t kept clean can attract rodents. Birds can catch diseases which can be transferred to humans. And hens can live a long time, up to 14 years. What’s the plan for them when they are no longer productive, or their human caretakers grow tired of being tied down? Pet rescue organizations in U.S. cities where backyard poultry is allowed have noted a spike in poultry surrendered. They’ve also seen birds that have been simply set free to fend for themselves, which usually ends badly. But that’s not why farmers should care about this issue. Nor should they worry that somehow urban egg producers might cost them sales. The reason why this issue is important to the agricultural community is that it speaks to a much bigger reality — the yearning by people generations removed from the farm for a closer connection to their food supply. As outlined in the opinion piece we carry this week from Paul Chorney of Food Matters Manitoba, “local food movements and urban agriculture are making a comeback everywhere as more people reach out for an authentic connection to the food that they eat, whether that is through growing and producing their own, or preserving fruit and vegetables for the winter, or through knowing the farmer or fisher who has provided the bounty we take for granted.” Farmers and agri-industry may have confidence that ever-evolving technology will continue to keep the human race a step ahead of Malthusian predictions, but people dependent on a steady paycheque and grocery stores for their daily bread feel vulnerable in the face of extreme weather events, more expensive energy and wobbly global economies. And while farmers and agri-industry routinely complain city people don’t know or care where their food comes from, they quickly become defensive and circumspect when people do start asking questions. While much of the world focused on this past week’s U.S. presidential race, a far bigger question was on the line for the food industry. Proposition 37 in California would have required foods derived from genetically modified crops to be labelled. The proposition, which by most assessments would have resulted in clunky rules that were difficult to enforce, lost by a measure of 53 to 47 per cent of votes. But it was an expensive fight, with major agribusiness companies pouring an estimated $45 million into advertising to quash this bid. That’s more than the Mitt Romney campaign spent in the last weeks of campaigning. The Yes side did remarkably well with its meagre $8-million war chest. In fact, until the big spending began in ernest, it looked like the proposition would sail through to an easy victory. The point is, the “foodies” aren’t on the fringe anymore. They are a powerful force as capable of influencing policy as the environmental movement. Farmers need to decide for themselves whether that represents a threat, or an opportunity.

Why have hens in your backyard? Presentation to Winnipeg city councillors Nov. 8, 2012 By Paul Chorney


spent my earliest years growing up in the north end of Winnipeg on Alfred Ave. My memories of that time are of a rich and vital neighbourhood life. We lived next door to Mrs. Lomow’s grocery store, which in addition to stocking fresh produce, seemed to a young boy to be a centre of community. It was in fact one of three corner groceries within a two-block area. Around the corner was the local fish market, and a block away on Aberdeen the kosher butcher shop. Our synagogue was a few short blocks away on Magnus, one of many in the area. Also on Magnus lived Mrs. Freeman, the neighbourhood chicken lady. I recall looking forward to visiting her backyard with my mom or dad, where I could see the coop and we would pick up our eggs. On Saturday afternoon we could walk to a thriving Selkirk Avenue and my brother and I might attend the Saturday matinee at the Palace or State theatres. Also on Saturdays we might walk a bit farther to the North Main Farmers Market which seemed to my young eyes a feast of colours and a delight to the senses. The market was open for much of the year and local farmers, many of whom came from the market gardens of Henderson Highway along the river, sold their beans or root vegetables on the site of the current Mount Carmel Clinic. California Fruit on the corner of Euclid and Main would be thronged with people, and I vaguely remember chicken being sold for meat hanging from stalls. All of that is gone now, and with it the rich community life that enclosed it. We have gained something; those of us who have the means can walk into a giant supermarket brimming with produce from all over the world and have an abundance of choices of food products.


But we have also lost something — that more direct connection to our food. Many people throughout North America are discovering that they want to regain that connection, a sense that they have some power in choosing where their food will come from. Local food movements and urban agriculture are making a comeback everywhere as more people reach out for an authentic connection to the food that they eat, whether that is through growing and producing their own, or preserving fruit and vegetables for the winter, or through knowing the farmer or fisher who has provided the bounty we take for granted. But taking our food for granted is less seen as a given but rather very fragile. The global food system with its reliance on oil and pesticides, large monocropping and ease of shipping foods thousands of miles may become problematic with the advent of climate change, expensive oil and financial uncertainty. So, that to me is a way to understand the current interest in urban chickens, and, for those of us who are old enough to recall the 1940s and early 1950s, it’s not something unknown. A decision by the city to permit urban hens ought to be seen in the context of a renewed urban agriculture and its importance to a sustainable Winnipeg. And that decision should be based on evidence that others will be offering today. I believe that it is persuasive. Now, because seeing it is so much more powerful, I want to show a five-minute video on urban chickens in Portland, Oregon, a city recognized by many as a leader in creating livable, sustainable urban community. It can be found on YouTube at: com/watch?v=SC0yB3LjM0E. Paul Chorney is the community liaison worker with Food Matters Manitoba.

November 12, 1992 Among the stories in our Nov. 12, 1992 issue was a report on United Grain Growers delegates approving the company’s end as a co-operative and to become a public company on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Manitoba Pool Elevators also held its annual meeting the previous week, and had reported profit of $10.7 million and allocation of $6.1 million to members. Delegates were concerned about allocation of producer cars, which at the time were given priority over those allocated to grain companies. Speaking to the MPE meeting, CWB chief commissioner Lorne Hehn, a former UGG president who had been appointed by Agriculture Minister Charlie Mayer based on his pro-open-market stance, was now expressing some reservations about a “continental” barley market under which farmers could sell directly to the U.S. Hehn referred to it as “wanting to be married and single at the same time.” Manitoba Agriculture Minister Glen Findlay, now an appointed director of the deregulated CWB, expressed similar concerns. He said the system was working quite well, and dismissed a call for change from the Alberta government. Manitoba beef producers had lost another processing plant with the bankruptcy of Western Beef in Beausejour, leaving farmers owed $370,000 and an unnamed creditor $700,000.


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White knight charges in to save XL, but it may be the last one JBS didn’t get to be the world’s largest by paying too much for labour or cattle By Will Verboven FBC staff



here seemed to be a collective sigh of relief from the western Canadian cattle and beef industry when it was announced that JBS would be taking over management of the XL Foods Lakeside beef plant in Brooks. The reality is that there was a very good possibility that the plant was not going to reopen unless a white knight came to the rescue. The financial hit the Nilsson brothers were going to have to take along with the ongoing acrimony between them and the CFIA would have made the operation difficult to start up again. It’s been estimated that the losses, including recalls, lawsuits, hedges, contracts etc. will be around $100 million. JBS wisely separated itself from any outstanding or future liabilities incurred by XL Foods before agreeing to manage the plant. The arrival of JBS to rescue the plant is no surprise. Company representatives at cattle industry events over the past year have indicated that they were actively looking for a way to expand their operations into Canada. For the giant global JBS organization, Canada was one of the last significant beef-producing countries where they did not have a serious presence. One suspects that JBS might already have had exploratory talks with XL prior to the E. coli debacle. Clearly that event would have expedited any interest JBS had in acquiring XL. It seems to have the best deal — figure out if the plant can make money and if it does, buy it. If not, walk away. But if the industry is now relieved that JBS has arrived to save the day, that morning-after feeling may not be so pleasant once the company figures out what it needs to do to get the plant back on its feet. If there is one observation that the industry agrees upon it is that JBS knows how to operate big beef plants — its global success surely proves that. It has become known for acquiring processing plants that are in financial or operating difficulty and turning them around into viable operations. The question that should arise for those who have a stake in the Brooks plant, from feedlot operators to plant workers, is how does it turn losers into winners? I expect the formula is pretty simple.

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Worldwide expertise

First the positive side of the formula — JBS’s expertise in massive production will see its experience used to streamline efficiencies in the plant like never before. Next, its global marketing presence bodes well for increasing Canadian beef exports to new markets. JBS is easily equal to, or even better at Cargill in competing for markets anywhere, and has the deep pockets to wage market share battles with anyone. In addition, its sheer corporate global size and expertise should garner it some respect from the prickly CFIA. That should help in re-establishing realistic plant food safety programs and inspection protocols. There is of course the other side of the coin in achieving plant viability and profitability — cost reduction. There would be a number of ways to do that and a longtime operator like JBS would know all the angles. If one agrees that JBS knows how to operate a big, low-cost beef plant, it would surely know how to buy cattle at the lowest price. I expect that after the initial honeymoon period is over, feedlot operators are going to be faced with newly inspired JBS cattle buyers who will do

Let’s get talking I appreciated the article in the August 30, 2012 edition entitled “Animal welfare – act now, or have someone else do it.” To have producers be proactive to address the concerns of both people in animal welfare groups as well as the purchasing public would be terrific. There does seem to be a tendency to stay the course with the scientific approach (“We’ve got to interject facts, and to counteract lies and mistruths, and that’s a hard thing to do”) and no recognition that an acceptable fact to a producer is not necessarily an acceptable fact to the layperson. However, the purpose of my letter

“(T)hat morning-after feeling may not be so pleasant once the company figures out what it needs to do to get the plant back on its feet.”

what they have to, to acquire cattle at the lowest price. The reality is that meat plants anywhere are not usually successful because they have an overly generous livestock-buying policy. It was discouraging to see the belligerence of the plant union boss in almost cheering the demise of the Nilsson’s management of the plant. Union officials may yet come to regret the loss of those good times if the other shoe drops in making the plant viable. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the other way to plant profitability is to radically reduce labour costs. One expects JBS operating expertise will see efficiencies implemented to reduce labour, and that probably will not mean reducing the line speed by half. In fact the production realities of JBS management may well come home to haunt the plant workers and their union.

For instance, meat processing and labour costs are considerably higher in Canada than they are in the U.S. The possibility is that JBS, after some learning experience, may just decide to eliminate most meat fabrication jobs at Brooks and ship carcasses to their underutilized American plants where labour costs are significantly lower. Considering the attitude and history of the union at the Brooks plant, one can see labour relations turning sour sooner or later. One doesn’t like to rain on the parade of industry relief, but there is a reality with the Brooks plant, if JBS can’t make it successful, is not going to buy the facility. If that happens the plant’s life may be over. It has changed hands four times now and there may be no more white knights left to save it again.

is to address the comment: “We’re talking in a civilized way rather than combatively in court fighting ballot initiatives and in MP’s offices.” Spefically the “we’re talking” part. In May of this year I wrote to the MPC politely asking a few questions as follows: “Recently there has been a series of announcements from both fast-food chains and grocery stores that they will no longer accept pork products from producers and/or suppliers who continue to use sow stalls. This list includes Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Safeway, as well as a major grocery store chain in Australia which has made this decision to support their farmers as their sunset date for

sow confinement systems arrives. As I am sure you keep detailed records on your pork product(s), please advise how this will impact Manitoba pork producers, specifically how much pork is currently supplied to the above-noted entities?” Fairly innocuous stuff I thought. The letter was addressed to Karl Kynoch, chairman with a copy to Kelly Funke, senior communications co-ordinator. And as of today, no response. This tells me that the MPC at least isn’t the least bit concerned about “talking.” Leslie Yeoman, Co-founder, The Humane Education Network Winnipeg, Man.


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the foreseeable future either, it said. But when it becomes significant public concerns about food, Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers Association of Canada, says it’s time to pay attention to what people are really worried about — getting sick from foodborne illness — and to take more measures to stop it.

Too wary

The government is still paying too much attention to groups wary about irradiation, and not enough to those who don’t oppose its use. “Ca n a d i a n s b e l i e v e t h i s should be an available option,” he said. “We would like the government to do whatever it has to do.” A CAC survey released earlier this year show Canadians, while divided, are willing to have irradiated meat become available

as a clearly labelled product choice. Conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion, it found that while Canadians don’t really understand the process of food irradiation, they are most certainly concerned about food contaminants. Two in five (45 per cent) said they were “very concerned” about the presence of foodborne illness causing bacteria in both chicken, hamburger and deli meat. Eleven per cent also said they were “very likely” and 43 per cent “somewhat likely” to consider irradiated meat as a choice for their household. Had the time that has elapsed been used to raise awareness about irradiation and how it works, more would probably support it, said Cran. “They’ve missed an opportunity to educate the public,” he said. Health Canada does post

Irradiated foods would be identified with an approved label.

on its own website information about irradiation, including that irradiation does not diminish the nutritional value of food, leaves no radioactive energy in it nor changes the food in any way to have adverse effects on health. It also acknowledges that irradiation does cause minor chemical

modifications, similar to cooking, in food.

Minor modifications

International bodies, such as the World Health Organization ( WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have long recognized irradiation as a safe


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“I am firmly convinced that we’ve got something here that we just haven’t taken advantage of…” RICK HOLLEY

University of Manitoba food scientist

and scientifically valid means of reducing levels of organisms that cause foodborne illness and it is used in many other countries including the U.S., says University of Manitoba food scientist Rick Holley. It’s time Canada looked at this again, he said. “I am firmly convinced that we’ve got something here that we just haven’t taken advantage of in terms of what it can do to protect us from the organisms that just naturally occur in the agricultural environment,” he said. He’s also convinced that the public is ready for the technology. He’s now completing a twoyear research project, funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council, investigating the effectiveness of low-dose gamma and electron beam irradiation on ground beef. Holley said he thinks the government won’t move forward with regulation on use of irradiation until industry starts asking for it again. “I think they’re just sitting there waiting for industry to come forward and industry is reluctant to do it because they’re worried that there may be an unexpected backlash,” he said. “Bu t I a l s o t h i n k we’ve reached the point now where, in terms of the public’s understanding of what the technology does to food and the potential of what it can do in terms of reducing contamination, that we’re ready for the technology to be introduced to the country. “Most folks who are aware of what irradiation does, both the positive and negative aspects of it, realize that it is beneficial. And for the other folks, let’s just talk to them and tell it like it really is.”

Petition status

Despite all the time that’s elapsed, the CCA hasn’t given up, still stands behind its original petition, and continues to believe Canadians should have the choice of buying irradiated ground beef, Klassen said. He has recently inquired about the status of their original petition, he said, adding that they’re wondering if the whole process must start over to get this moving again. “We’ve been trying to find that out,” he said.


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PURATONE Continued from page 1

Prairie farmers selling aggressively into cash market Strong cash prices and flexibility are credited By Terryn Shiells commodity news service canada

Prairie farmers are selling aggressively into the cash market after harvesting their first crop following the demise of the single desk. “Without the (Canadian) Wheat Board, farmers aren’t limited in terms of delivery calls, so they can deliver as much as they want or as little as they want,” noted Jon Driedger, an analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in Winnipeg. “So in some cases, farmers have been taking advantage of that flexibility and are delivering into the system quite heavily.” Strong prices — CWRS was fetching as much as $8.67 a bushel on Nov. 5 — have also been a big draw, he added. Cash market prices here are following the action seen in outside futures markets, primarily the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX). “Even when the wheat board was in control, the MGEX was a relevant and important market to help us understand what spring wheat was valued at internationally and in the U.S.,” he said. “And now it’s simply just applying that to the new system in Western Canada.” Higher corn prices throughout the summer and a good chunk of the fall were also responsible for some of the price strength, and both domestic and export demand is high, Driedger said. “All the different grain companies are bidding for wheat,” he said. “And some of them are being pretty aggressive in offering some attractive terms and programs.” Recent Chinese buying has been a major factor and analysts are expecting overall demand will pick up even more because of production problems in other parts of the world. “The former Soviet Union has been a very aggressive exporter of wheat in the past, but they had a smaller crop this year, so there’s a feeling that their supplies are running low,” Driedger said. “And that is expected to direct more business to North America.”

such as the Bank of Montreal ($40.877 million), Farm Credit Canada ($40.28 million) and the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation ($5 million). “It seems like it’s all in the hands of Maple Leaf right now,” Arborg farmer Kyle Foster, who is owed around $33,000, said in an interview last week. He’s hoping Maple Leaf will pay farmers for the grain that was purchased to feed the hogs it will soon own as a goodwill gesture. That’s not going to happen. “Maple Leaf is purchasing the assets of Puratone, which does not represent liabilities held by the company,” Maple Leaf spokesman Dave Bauer said in an interview from Toronto Nov. 8. “The courts will supervise how those debts are settled so it’s best you follow up with Deloitte on that.” Bauer agreed that if it did pay the farmers, who are unsecured creditors, other creditors would demand the same treatment. Revenues from Puratone’s sales are less than half of what’s owed to secured creditors. An official from Deloitte, the

firm hired to supervise Puratone while it is in creditor protection, did not return calls or emails. Farmers have a better chance of getting paid when companies go broke. Under Section 81.2 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act farmers go to the top of the creditors’ list to get paid for products they’ve delivered within 15 days of the firm going bankrupt. But that doesn’t apply in this case because Puratone sought credit protection, found a buyer and never declared bankruptcy. “For the life of me I don’t understand how somebody can knowingly buy grain, not pay for it, put it in an animal, not have to give it back and sell the animal and not worry about having to pay for it,” Foster said. “It’s kind of like borrowing money for a car and then selling it and not paying the creditor back. If I did that I would go to jail but if a corporation does that it’s OK; too bad for the farmer.” It’s a terrible situation, said Doug Chorney, president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP). In just four days he said

he heard from farmers in the Arborg area who said Puratone owed them between $25,000 to $70,000 each. He estimated the total outstanding to farmers he’s heard from to be near $1 million. “Maple Leaf has taken over this company for pennies on the dollar and appears to have been absolved of any responsibility to the farmers,” he said. Many farmers mistakenly believed they were protected by the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) bonding system. It only applies to the 21 grains and oilseeds named under the Canada Grain Act and only when delivered to grain elevators licensed by the commission. (Even then farmers are only covered for 90 days after delivery or 30 days after getting a cheque. That’s why the CGC urges farmers to get paid at the time of delivery.) Feed mills aren’t licensed elevators, even though many take in as much grain as some elevators. “Clearly the (CGC) current bonding system doesn’t work for everybody,” Chorney told KAP’s General Council meet-

ing in Portage la Prairie Oct. 25. “We need to do something more that’s protecting more producers in a more comprehensive way.” The federal gover nment is proposing an insurance program replace bonding. Chorney says expanding protection to feed mills should be studied before a new system is implemented. Farmers aren’t the only ones Puratone owes money. Many grain companies are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars. Commodity Specialist Company is out more than $480,000, according to the list of Puratone creditors. Bunge is owed $244,000, ADM is out almost $183,000, Delmar Commodities is owed $25,000 and Parrish & Heimbecker, $23,000. One individual is owed $2.2 million. Many other individuals and farm corporations are on the creditors’ list, along with local co-ops and truckers. Even Manitoba Hydro is on the list. It’s owed more than $122,000.




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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

Grain payment security options back in play With Ottawa planning to switch from bonding to insurance it’s time to dust off the Scott Wolfe Management report By Allan Dawson co-operator staff

The federal government’s plans to revamp the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) include replacing the current bonding system with an insurance scheme to protect farmers when grain companies default on payments. CGC spokesman Remi Gosselin says an insurance program will be cheaper for the grain industry and provide better protection for farmers. More than three years ago, the Keystone Agricultural producers and several other farm groups commissioned Scott Wolfe Management to study various options. The subsequent report, Evaluation of Producer Payment Security Programs, issued in the spring of 2009 didn’t pick a winner, but also didn’t rule out the current system. “The grain-marketing environment may be at a point in

time where producer payment security is most warranted,” the report said, alluding to increased price volatility and the worldwide credit crisis. It also said whatever security program is adopted it needs to be mandatory. “Buyers will not voluntarily provide producer payment security,” the report said. “Mandatory participation would reduce the overall costs.” The report also said there’s a role for “a regulatory authority to help ensure there is adequate producer protection in place.” “Third-party administration is important to a complex and diverse industry.” Some claim the current program is inefficient. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has said it doesn’t work well enough, but CGC records suggest otherwise. Between 2002 and 2008 farmers received 77 per cent of their money after a buyer failed to pay them. Out of nine cases farmers were 100 per cent compensated

in six and in one they received 99.8 per cent. In two cases farmers were not fully covered receiving just 28 and 51 cents on the dollar. The report says since 1982, 20 CGC licensees have failed. Payments of $9.3 million were made with the security held by the CGC. The CGC was ordered by the federal government to pay farmers another $3.1 million, bringing total payouts of $12.4 million to an estimated 700 to 1,000 farmers. Other grain buyers have failed, but there is no reported data on the extent of the failures. The report said the CGC has made “considerable improvements” in recent years doing a better job monitoring and auditing grain buyers. One of the criticisms of the current program is costs are hidden. The 2009 report put the cost of CGC security at $9 million — $1.4 million for CGC administration, $1 million for grain buyer administration and $6.6 million

for companies to post security. The report says based on 40 million tonnes of grain being covered annually, the average cost is 23 cents a tonne. Farmers don’t pay anything directly for the coverage, but they pay indirectly to offset the $7.6 million in grain company costs (19 cents a tonne) through lower grain prices. “Under the current system, the CGC’s cost to administer the program is approximately $1.4 million, or $8,400 per licensee, or one-tenth of one cent per $1 of average total farm cash receipts,” the report said. The report compares three other options to protect farmers — insurance, collecting money for a fund and a clearing house. The report puts the cost of insurance at one cent to $10 a tonne; a fund, which is what farmers in Ontario have, could cost one cent to 20 cents a tonne, while the cost of using a clearing house could be 50 cents to $1 a tonne.

“Under the current system, the CGC’s cost to administer the (bonding) program is approximately $1.4 million, or $8,400 per licensee, or onetenth of one cent per $1 of average total farm cash receipts.” Scott Wolfe study

The report warns cost shouldn’t be the main factor in picking a program. “Seeking the lowest-cost alternative may lead to selective use of producer payment risk management tools and place producers at significant risk of being paid,” the report said.

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olunteer firefighters racing to reach fire-threatened Vita last week passed hundreds of vehicles headed the other direction and wondered what they were headed into, said veteran firefighter Alain Nadeau. “I’ve been doing this for 33 years and this was the scariest I’ve seen,” said the weary La Broquerie fire chief on Friday after an exhausting week. The air was so smoke filled around the southeastern village “we could barely breathe,” he said.



ising corn acres and severe drought in the Midwestern United States may crimp supplies of popular corn seed varieties for the com-

ing year. “It’s really short,” said Ron Rabe, a Dekalb agronomist, who gave a brief talk on corn production in Manitoba at a recent WADO field tour. Derek Erb, who farms near Oak Bluff and sells Pioneer Hi-Bred corn



Rising demand and dismal growing conditions in the drought-stricken United States may limit supplies seed, said farmers looking to secure seed for next spring should act quickly to secure their supplies, even if it means placing orders earlier than usual. Pioneer Hi-Bred’s top varieties, which include D95 and D97, account for roughly half the acres seeded in the province. Erb said that with the harvest and quality testing still underway in some areas, it’s difficult to estimate how much corn seed will be available for next year. One thing’s for sure, waiting until Ag Days in January to secure supplies will

Some corn seed companies were predicting a shortage of seed for next year, even before the season’s first snowstorm Oct. 5 put a crimp in this year’s harvest. PHOTO: LAURA RANCE


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be too late. “I would pretty much bank on that,” said Erb. Dry conditions throughout the province have seen the corn harvest arriving about a month earlier than usual, and seed orders have started coming in sooner than usual too. Even with the possibility of a shortage of corn seed, Erb doesn’t expect the price of Pioneer’s supplies to rise much more than it has in recent years. Rob Park, of RJP Seeds in Carman, who deals in Hyland seed varieties, See CORN SEED on page 6 »

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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

KAP calls for review of crop insurance to address deductibles, other concerns KAP also wants an independent appeal process for hail claims By Allan Dawson co-operator staff / portage la prairie


rop insurance will be increasingly important to Manitoba far mers because of recent cuts to AgriStability and AgriInvest, says Keystone Agricultural Producers vice-president Dan Mazier. The Manitoba government needs to understand that, he said at KAP’s General Council meeting last month. Delegates passed a resolution calling for a review of crop insurance. While most Manitoba farmers are happy with crop insurance, there are individual concerns that could by addressed by a review by the province in conjunction with KAP and grain commodity groups, said Keith Gardner of Lenore, who moved the resolution. It’s been a decade since the last review, and the program could use some tweaking, Gardner said. “I guess we can be thankful they didn’t cut production insurance because crop insurance in Manitoba is a key part of our business risk strategy and it will continue to be,” said KAP president Doug Chorney. “So we’re pushing to enhance crop insurance and deal with some of the shortcomings we hear from membership on programs that aren’t working for them.” Some of those shortcomings include claim deductibles on potatoes, corn and soybeans. Delegates passed two other crop insurance resolutions. One calls on KAP to review the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) hail insurance appeal process and work with it to set up an independent review body. The other requested KAP to lobby MASC to get claims adjusted sooner, bringing in adjusters from other areas if necessary. Dauphin farmer Ernie Sirksi said while he didn’t oppose the motion, he wanted to compliment crop insurance for the speedy service he’d received. One morning during the May long weekend Sirski said he decided to reseed a quarter section of canola. MASC had an adjuster in the field by noon the same day. “When an organization does something right it should be complimented,” he said. Starbuck farmer and resolution mover Doug Livingston said it appeared problems with delays might be worse in his area. Lowe Farm producer and MASC director Butch Harder said when it comes to hail claims the longer it takes for an adjuster to appraise it the better it is for farmers usually. “Not that I play the system,” he said sparking laughter among delegates. Fisher Branch farmer Paul Gregory said MASC needs more directors like Harder. “I’ve been to crop insurance and there are too many nonpractising farmers there,” Gregory said. “We do need people who are outspoken like Butch.” Delegates also passed a resolution calling on KAP to con-

tinue to complain to the federal and provincial governments about a “lack of meaningful consultation” prior to the cuts to AgriStability and AgriInvest. Machinery, land and rent costs are rising quickly — but today’s high grain prices are unlikely to continue, said Starbuck farmer Ed Rempel. While most farmers don’t need farm support programs now, they likely will in the future, he said. Even though the federal-provincial business risk management programs will be cut by $430 million a year, only an extra $70 million to $80 million will be transferred to research and innovation, Chorney noted. And some of that innovation money goes to industry, not farmers, he added. Canadian farmers need access to “top drawer” economists, who can demonstrate how impor-

“I guess we can be thankful they didn’t cut production insurance because crop insurance in Manitoba is a key part of our business risk strategy and it will continue to be.”

KAP vice-president Dan Mazier says crop insurance is an important program for Manitoba farmers, after recent cuts to other farm supports.  photo: allan dawson

tant properly funded safety net programs are to Canadian agriculture, Gregory said. Farmers weren’t able to counter economists from the Organization for

Economic Co-operation and Development, who argued Canada should cut its support for farmers. Part of the problem is that

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LIVESTOCK MARKETS Cattle Prices Winnipeg

Alberta South $ 112.00 - 115.50 115.00 - 115.50 58.00 - 73.00 50.00 - 66.00 77.95 - 77.95 $ 120.00 - 131.00 125.00 - 138.00 130.00 - 143.00 138.00 - 153.00 148.00 - 170.00 165.00 - 192.00 $ 114.00 - 125.00 117.00 - 128.00 120.00 - 132.00 127.00 - 140.00 131.00 - 151.00 145.00 - 168.00

($/cwt) (1,000+ lbs.) (850+ lbs.)

(901+ lbs.) (801-900 lbs.) (701-800 lbs.) (601-700 lbs.) (501-600 lbs.) (401-500 lbs.) (901+ lbs.) (801-900 lbs.) (701-800 lbs.) (601-700 lbs.) (501-600 lbs.) (401-500 lbs.)

Futures (November 2, 2012) in U.S. Fed Cattle Close Change December 2012 125.32 -0.33 February 2013 129.22 -0.36 April 2013 133.42 -0.31 June 2013 129.85 -0.58 August 2013 129.75 -0.63 October 2013 133.70 0.10 Cattle Slaughter

Fall calf volumes lower than last year

Canada East West Manitoba U.S.

Feeder Cattle November 2012 January 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 August 2013

Producers have reduced herds due to lack of feed Phil Franz-Warkentin

Ontario $ 100.22 - 124.33 102.01 - 117.93 47.82 - 68.60 47.82 - 68.60 61.04 - 77.95 $ 117.06 - 134.51 114.30 - 136.94 112.27 - 141.83 116.56 - 154.59 129.92 - 171.02 136.88 - 178.85 $ 104.39 - 117.95 113.98 - 128.93 111.88 - 133.17 113.28 - 138.96 123.77 - 151.60 121.35 - 156.45

Close 144.65 146.35 148.87 150.32 151.65 155.20

Change -1.40 -1.63 -1.56 -1.68 -1.65 -0.80

Cattle Grades (Canada)

Week Ending October 27, 2012 39,047 12,202 26,845 NA 641,000

Previous Year­ 53,001 15,664 37,337 NA 672,000

Week Ending October 27, 2012 288 17,880 13,387 749 774 5,351 17

Prime AAA AA A B D E

Previous Year 405 20,970 18,042 1,205 1,305 6,848 548

Hog Prices Source: Manitoba Agriculture

(Friday to Thursday) ($/100 kg) MB. ($/hog) MB. (All wts.) (Fri-Thurs.) MB. (Index 100) (Fri-Thurs.) ON (Index 100) (Mon.-Thurs.) P.Q. (Index 100) (Mon.-Fri.)

Current Week 164.00E 151.00E 151.84 157.42

Futures (November 2, 2012) in U.S. Hogs December 2012 February 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013

Last Week 165.28 152.82 153.18 156.22

Close 77.87 84.15 90.02 97.80 100.10

Last Year (Index 100) 174.92 160.73 165.38 169.77

Change -6.41 -5.75 -7.81 -2.78 -0.10

Sheep and Lambs Winnipeg — Next sale is November 7 — —

Chickens Minimum broiler prices as of May 23, 2010 Under 1.2 kg................................... $1.5130 1.2 - 1.65 kg.................................... $1.3230 1.65 - 2.1 kg.................................... $1.3830 2.1 - 2.6 kg...................................... $1.3230

Turkeys Minimum prices as of October 21, 2012 Broiler Turkeys (6.2 kg or under, live weight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $2.070 Undergrade .............................. $1.980 Hen Turkeys (between 6.2 and 8.5 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $2.065 Undergrade .............................. $1.965 Light Tom/Heavy Hen Turkeys (between 8.5 and 10.8 kg liveweight truck load average) Grade A .................................... $2.065 Undergrade .............................. $1.965 Tom Turkeys (10.8 and 13.3 kg, live weight truck load average) Grade A..................................... $2.030 Undergrade............................... $1.945 Prices are quoted f.o.b. farm.



anitoba’s cattle auction yards were busy once again during the week ended November 9, as the fall run continued at full speed. Prices held relatively steady for the most part, although top-end bids for many classes of cattle were mostly lower, rather than higher, in many instances. “We’re at the peak of the fall run right now,” said Dave Nickel of the Gladstone Auction Mart. His yard was operating at full capacity during the week, and is already booked up for the next sale after 1,360 head were on offer November 6. Demand for Manitoba’s feeder cattle remained equally divided between eastern and western feedlots during the week, with some animals being kept locally to feed over the winter. The fact that prices continue to hold relatively steady is largely a function of supply, instead of demand. “The cattle just aren’t around like they were,” said Nickel adding that “I think we might run out of cattle this year.” He said total volumes for the fall run remain to be seen, but will most likely be down from 2011. He said the declining cow herd in the province was behind the trend. In addition to people exiting the industry entirely, Nickel said producers in some areas have also reduced their herds this year due to a lack of feed. In those cases, if they don’t have enough straw to make it through the winter, he said there might be a few more cattle coming to market over the next few weeks. Forage supplies are variable around the province, with very few producers with extra to sell. Demand from the U.S. is also making

Toronto 78.89 - 108.33 137.13 - 146.96 144.40 - 157.36 135.31 - 160.36 123.72 - 199.97 —

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Winnipeg ($/cwt) — — —

Toronto ($/cwt) 60.00 - 202.50 — 79.89 - 199.68

Horses <1,000 lbs. 1,000 lbs.+

Winnipeg ($/cwt) — —

Latest U.S. data says global corn, wheat, soy stocks larger than expected By Charles Abbott

Minimum prices to producers for ungraded eggs, f.o.b. egg grading station, set by the Manitoba Egg Producers Marketing Board effective June 12, 2011. New Previous A Extra Large $1.8500 $1.8200 A Large 1.8500 1.8200 A Medium 1.6700 1.6400 A Small 1.2500 1.2200 A Pee Wee 0.3675 0.3675 Nest Run 24 + 1.7490 1.7210 B 0.45 0.45 C 0.15 0.15

Toronto ($/cwt) 14.00 - 30.00 20.48 - 34.94

prices more expensive for what is available, said Glenn Friesen of Manitoba Agriculture. “It will be very interesting this winter,” said Nickel on the variable feed levels. While mild winter temperatures would be good from a feeding standpoint, Nickel said his area could do with more snow cover this winter. Dugout levels are low and will need to be replenished. Looking ahead, Nickel expected to see another two or three steady weeks of activity at the auction yards, before slowing down ahead of Christmas. Prices for butcher cattle across the province held relatively steady during the week, with the age-verified animals continuing to see good premiums over those that are not verified. The U.S. election was a feature in the background of all markets during the week, and the Manitoba cattle sector was no exception. With the dust settling after U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election, there are a number of issues of interest to Canadian livestock producers that might see some movement once again. U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules are still in effect, despite being knocked down by the WTO earlier this year. The U.S. has until December to comply with the WTO ruling and make changes to the COOL rules, and the end of the election should lead to some movement on that front. U.S. lawmakers will also need to approve a new Farm Bill some time over the next few months, after the old one elapsed in September. Any changes to U.S. renewable fuels policies would also have an effect on the cattle sector. In addition, the U.S. economy remains a key driver worldwide, and fluctuations in equities and the U.S. currency have the potential to swing cattle values as well. Phil Franz-Warkentin writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.


Bigger U.S. soybean crop eases tight world supply

Other Market Prices $/cwt Ewes Lambs (110+ lb.) (95 - 109 lb.) (80 - 94 lb.) (Under 80 lb.) (New crop)

$1 Cdn: $ 1.004 U.S. $1 U.S: $0.9964 Cdn.

November 2, 2012

Steers & Heifers — D1, 2 Cows 56.00 - 62.00 D3 Cows 52.00 - 58.00 Bulls 68.00 - 77.00 Feeder Cattle (Price ranges for feeders refer to top-quality animals only) Steers (901+ lbs.) 100.00 - 119.00 (801-900 lbs.) 117.00 - 129.00 (701-800 lbs.) 120.00 - 142.00 (601-700 lbs.) 127.00 - 153.00 (501-600 lbs.) 138.00 - 169.00 (401-500 lbs.) 155.00 - 185.00 Heifers (901+ lbs.) 100.00 - 114.00 (801-900 lbs.) 107.00 - 121.00 (701-800 lbs.) 112.00 - 127.00 (601-700 lbs.) 117.00 - 131.00 (501-600 lbs.) 125.00 - 146.50 (401-500 lbs.) 135.00 - 163.00


EXCHANGES: November 2, 2012


(Friday to Thursday) Slaughter Cattle

Slaughter Cattle Grade A Steers Grade A Heifers D1, 2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls Steers

Numbers below are reprinted from November 8 issue.


he U.S. soybean crop is much bigger than expected, helping to ease a worldwide supply squeeze, thanks to late-season rains that offset the impact of the worst drought in half a century, the government said Nov. 9. In an report on crops around the world, the U.S. Agriculture Department raised its forecasts of global soybean, corn and wheat stocks from a month ago. The world corn crop is the second largest on record despite huge damage in the United States, the No. 1 producer. And notwithstanding the severe drought,

U.S. soybean production has pulled to within four per cent of a year ago. World food prices are near the levels seen in 2008, when food riots broke out in some nations, but they dipped in the past month, says a U.N. food agency. Fear of a full-blown food crisis has waned as har vests in the Northern Hemisphere proved adequate despite bad weather in the United States and eastern Europe. Besides raising its estimate of the U.S. soybean crop by a sharp four per cent from a month ago, USDA increased its corn crop estimate marginally, against expectations, and boosted its forecast for U.S. corn, soybean and wheat stockpiles at the end of this marketing year. Each of the forecasts was higher than traders expected. USDA pegged the soybean crop at 2.971 billion bushels, three per cent larger than traders expected. Estimated at 10.725 billion bushels, the U.S. corn crop was up fractionally from October at a time traders were positioned for a smaller crop.

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Numbers below are reprinted from November 8 issue.

Export and International Prices


Canola futures see downward price action A bearish soybean supply-demand balance weighed on the market Dwayne Klassen CNSC


anola futures on the ICE Canada platform experienced some weakness during the week ended November 9 with the bearishly construed USDA supply-demand balance tables for soybeans encouraging some of the downward price action. A larger-than-anticipated U.S. soyoil ending stocks estimate from the USDA added to the bearish sentiment in canola. The unloading of positions by a variety of market participants during the reporting period also helped to undermine canola futures. Some of that selling was based off of the charts turning negative as well as ahead of the three-day weekend closure of the ICE Futures Canada platform (November 12). The weakness in canola also was facilitated by reports of improved weather for the planting and development of the soybean crops in Brazil and Argentina. Underlying support in canola continued to come from the need of commercials to cover export commitments and from domestic processors to secure enough canola in order to meet sales on the books. The reluctance of farmers to deliver canola also restricted the losses.

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De f e r re d c a n o l a f u t u re s m e a n w h i l e found some support from sentiment that values will need to climb significantly from current levels in order to buy acreage next spring. There was speculation in the market that acres to canola will drop significantly as Prairie farmers look to finally move canola out of crop rotation and into more financially attractive choices. There was some arbitrage pricing evident in the ICE Canada milling wheat future during the week, but nothing in the way of actual volume. Durum and barley activity was also non-existent. ICE Canada officials, however, remain optimistic that trade in these contracts will pick up as grain companies learn to work with the new nonmonopoly wheat markets in Wester n Canada. Market participants, however, doubt the sincerity of the commercials to use the risk management tools of the ICE Canada platform given that these firms are more than comfortable using the exchanges in the U.S. to hedge wheat, durum and barley positions. Soy b e a n f u t u re s a t t h e C B OT s u f fered some pretty steep losses during the reporting period with a drop-off in export demand and the expectation of larger-than-

anticipated U.S. soybean production being reported in the November 9 supply-demand balance tables from the USDA, behind the price decline. Soybean values easily dropped to new four-month lows on the USDA report, which pegged U.S. 2012-13 soybean output at 2.971 billion bushels. The projection easily came in at the high end of pre-report expectations that ranged from 2.720 billion to 2.959 billion bushels. U.S. soybean production in October had been forecast by the USDA at 2.860 billion bushels while output a year ago totalled 3.094 billion. U.S. soybean ending stocks were raised by 10 million bu. to 140 million, and while that may not be all that shocking, it does ease the fear of the U.S. running out of soybeans this year. From a global perspective, world soybean carry-out was raised to 60 million tonnes from the 57.6 million projected in October. This estimate based on comments from market participants, suggests that there is plenty of supply worldwide. Add to that the record area that is currently being planted to soybeans in South America, and the big picture does not seem to be as rosy as it once did. Corn futures on the CBOT managed to hold fractional advances during the reporting period. Some support came from reports that delays in shipping corn out of Brazil have forced Japanese buyers to turn to the U.S. to cover some nearby commitments. The talk in the trade is that Japan had purchased roughly 900,000 tonnes of corn from Brazil for shipment from July through September. However, heavy port congestion has prevented that corn from moving. As a result, export sources were indicating that at least 500,000 tonnes of U.S. corn have been bought by Japan for movement during the January to March period. Japan reportedly also purchased U.S. barley for the first time in over two years. The USDA report, meanwhile, pegged U.S. corn ending stocks at 647 million bu., which was up from the October projection of 619 million. The estimate was also at the high end of pre-report guesses. The numbers were considered by the trade to be nothing special and were unlikely to significantly break corn out of its consolidation phase of price movement. The price trend in wheat futures on the CBOT, MGEX and KCBT was up with the extremely dry conditions in the U.S. Winter Wheat Belt providing the price advances. Lingering worries about poor growing conditions for wheat in other major producing regions of the world also added to the support in the market. The release of the USDA report, however, changed the bullish tone that had existed in U.S. wheat. While there had been hopes the USDA would raise its U.S. wheat export prospects, the government agency actually lowered the forecast. Sluggish wheat exports and expectations that world competition will remain strong encouraged the USDA to increase its U.S. wheat inventory forecast to 704 million bu. This represents a 7.6 per cent jump in supply from the October projection. World wheat carry-over in 2012-13 was pegged by the USDA at 174.2 million tonnes, which was up from the 173.0 million projected in October. Dwayne Klassen writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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Glencore takeover of Viterra delayed by China review reuters / Glencore International Plc’s takeover of Canadian grain handler Viterra Inc. may not close until as late as Dec. 10, as the companies must wait further to clear the final regulatory hurdle. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) continues to review the $6.1-billion deal and its approval is not expected by Nov. 15, the previous closing date, Viterra said in a statement Nov. 19. The deal, one of the largest takeovers in the global agriculture industry in years, was originally expected to close by late July. Viterra shareholders overwhelmingly accepted Glencore’s offer of $16.25 per share in May.

“Glencore and Viterra continue to engage with MOFCOM to ensure approval as soon as possible,” Viterra said. Concerns about the delays drove Viterra shares to a sevenmonth low in late October, although they have since pared those losses to close Nov. 8 at $15.72 in Toronto, three per cent lower than Glencore’s offer. Some investors have speculated that China is holding off on a decision until it finds out if the Canadian government will approve a takeover of Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc. by China’s CNOOC Ltd. The new deadline also delays side deals Glencore has made to flip some Viterra assets to Agrium Inc., Richardson International Limited and CF Industries Holdings Inc.


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Rain may curb wheat area in France, Britain PARIS / REUTERS / Recent heavy rains could prevent some wheat from being sown in France and Britain after some rapeseed area was lost in the two major European crop producers, adding further uncertainty to the global supply outlook, analysts said. Germany, however, has seen favourable sowing conditions for both crops, with rapeseed notably expected to see a jump in area after a difficult sowing campaign a year ago. The rain-delayed grain sowing in France and Britain adds further pressure on the global supply network following adverse weather in leading producers from the United States to Australia.

KAP demands Ottawa improve meat inspections

The E. coli outbreak at XL Foods wasn’t farmers’ fault — but they’re paying for it By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF / PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE


t w a s n’t f a r m e r s w h o screwed up at the XL Foods plant, but they’re the ones paying the price. That was the view of farmers attending the recent Keystone Agricultural Producers’ General Council meeting. “We feel it’s the producers who are paying for someone else’s mistakes along the way,” said Minto farmer Bill Campbell. KAP passed a resolution d e m a n d i n g O t t a w a “t a k e more responsibility for onsite inspections of livestockprocessing plants.” In moving the resolution, Plumas farmer Lorne Rossnagel said Campbell’s comment said it all.

“I think this leads to the fact of the government’s responsibility in the CFIA downsizing and trying to get by with less people to monitor the food safety.”


“Producers are pretty much fed right up with these guys making quick decisions and as producers we have to pay for it financially,” said Rossnagel. T h e X L Fo o d s p l a n t a t Brooks, Alta., which was slaughtering 4,500 to 5,000 head of cattle a day, was shut down Sept. 27 because of E. coli contamination that sickened 17 people. The closure

put a damper on cattle sales and prices, and raised fears that some consumers may shun beef because of food safety concerns. Slaughter resumed Oct. 29, but officials haven’t said when meat from the plant can be sold. Farmers have done all they can to improve food safety, including tagging animals for traceability, Campbell said.

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Government has to do its part, including ensuring the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is doing a proper job, he said. “I think this leads to the fact of the government’s responsibility in the CFIA downsizing and trying to get by with less people to monitor the food safety,” he said. CFIA staffing levels have become a political football in Ottawa — with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz repeatedly saying they’ve been increased, but the union representing CFIA inspectors insisting that’s not so. KAP members also expressed concerns about the high volu m e s a n d i n c re a s e d l i n e s p e e d s t h a t h a ve b e c o m e standard at modern slaughter plants, and how that affects CFIA meat inspection. “They just don’t have the people to keep up with what happens and there’s a lot of pressure to keep that line moving,” Campbell said. “There are a lot of things happening here and I think there needs to be some accountability on somebody’s part. I guess it’s the CFIA and the government of Canada that should be held accountable for what has happened at this plant, not producers.” In other business, KAP tabled a resolution to lobby the federal and provincial governments for the construction of at least one federally inspected meat-processing plant in each province with major livestock production. Farm safety costs were also discussed, with Gary Sloik, manager of Keystone Potato Producers, warning that s a f e t y- re l a t e d c o s t s b e i n g imposed by the Manitoba government are making farmers uncompetitive. “If our competitors don’t have the same social costs, governments can’t expect us to keep employing people,” he said. Potato growers have done a lot to make work safer for their employees, but if an employee “doesn’t listen and gets hurt,” the farmer can be fined $70,000, Sloik said. “And that’s more than the profits a lot of years,” he said. “So we’re just driving people out of business.” KAP president Doug Chorney agreed safety and other regulations, as well as increasing wages, are making it harder for horticultural producers to operate. “It’s a countrywide problem,” Chorney said. “Our cost of production is just going up with no connection to what the market is paying for the product.” However, on-farm safety is important, Chorney said. “I really get a sense they (government officials) want to see farm safety improve and if we don’t work hard at it ourselves they’ll probably be making it happen,” he told the meeting. “We’re working hard on this and my advice going forward is keep both eyes on that issue.”


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ICE predicts interest in futures contracts will pick up


Trading volumes have been low in the 10-month-old contracts By Dwayne Klassen COMMODITY NEWS SERVICE CANADA


he head of ICE Canada is optimistic interest will pick up in the 10-monthold milling wheat, durum and barley futures contracts. Open interest in all three commodities is confined to the two nearby months and trading volumes have been very low. “There have been discussions held with a subsection of the group who helped create the milling wheat, durum and barley contracts in hopes of kick-starting the use of these risk-management tools,” said Brad Vannan, ICE Canada’s president and CEO. The review resulted in one change — a shift to a 13.5 per cent protein content from 12.5 per cent — “but collectively the group said it was still confident in the structure and as a result no other changes were made,” said Vannan, adding the hope is activity will pick up as people become more familiar with the advantages of futures contracts. But grain companies seem to have a “if it’s not broke, why fix it” mindset and are content to use the U.S. markets for hedging, said Mike Jubinville, an analyst with ProFarmer Canada. Market participants want to see the commercials who helped design the contracts start using them regularly, said one trade source. More trading would boost interest, added Jubinville. “Once there is liquidity in these commodities, then the speculators will start to use the contracts,” he said. Give it time, said Vannan. “I would say that the wheat market is still in its infancy, and there is still a lot of discovery going on,” he said. “None of the grain companies are approaching the task in the same manner, with each having a different view on how to develop what is best for them.” Vannan said he is certain that a standard will eventually be developed and once a successful program is created others will likely institute a similar system. He wouldn’t speculate on how long ICE Canada will be patient with the contracts, but said delisting of a futures contract is not a decision that would be made lightly.

Lydia Harrison of Durham, Ontario was first-place winner of the senior competition in the 28th annual Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition held Nov. 3 at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Senior finalists were (l-r) first runner-up Elizabeth Schouten of Kanata, Ont.; firstplace winner Lydia Harrison; Christopher MacFarlane of Peterborough, Ont., second runner-up Victoria Blakely of Riverview, N.B.; Mackenna Roth of Delaware, Ont. and Morgan McNeil of Hantsport, N.S. At right is competition president John MacDonald. PHOTO: MARTIN SCHWALBE



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U.S. weather forecaster drops El Niño watch Still a chance of ocean and atmosphere resembling a weak event Reuters


The U.S. national weather forecaster has called off its El Niño watch five months after raising the alert as it is now less likely that the much-feared phenomenon that can wreak havoc on global weather will emerge. Since June, the weather forecaster had predicted that El Niño conditions, essentially a warming of waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that can cause a major drought in Asia, would develop gradually during the Northern Hemisphere winter. For the United States, El Niño can bring higher-thanaverage winter precipitation to the Southwest, less wintry weather across the North as well as stronger winter storms in California and increased storminess across the southern states. “The previous El Niño watch has been discontinued as the chance of El Niño has decreased,” the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said Nov. 8 in its monthly report. While the chances of El Niño are low, the CPC said the tropical ocean and atmosphere may still resemble a weak El Niño at times, with sea surface temperatures above average. “While the development of El Niño, or even La Niña, cannot be ruled out during the next few months... neutral is now favoured through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2012-13,” it said. La Niña is El Niño’s less infamous counterpart and cools the waters in the equatorial Pacific, mainly causing cropkilling droughts in the Americas. The phenomenon was blamed for last year’s crippling drought — the worst drought in a century — in Texas, the biggest cotton growing-state in the United States and only disappeared at the end of April. El Niño leads to a heating of Pacific waters, triggering drought in Southeast Asia and Australia.

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This issue’s map shows the amount of precipitation that has fallen across the Prairies since Sept 1 compared to the long-term average. You can see that precipitation patterns this fall are the opposite of what we saw over the summer. Eastern areas of Manitoba are in the mid- to high range, while farther west amounts so far have been very low, with record-low amounts in south-central Saskatchewan.

Now anyone can be a weather forecaster The Weather Underground Internet site gives amateurs the tools they need to create their own localized forecasts By Daniel Bezte Co-operator contributor


t’s been awhile since I’ve discussed weather-related websites, and I figured it was about time to share one of my favourites — The Weather Underground (www. The Weather Underground is literally the first-ever Internet weather website, and I think it is the best weather website out there. I figured the best way to introduce you to this site was to provide you with a bit of background on it, so the following two paragraphs have been taken directly from their “About Us” page. “In 1991, while working under the direction of Perry Samson at the University of Michigan, PhD candidate Jeff Masters wrote a menubased telnet interface which displayed real-time weather information around the world. By 1992, the two servers his system used were rattling off their desks as ‘um-weather’ and became the most popular ser vice on the Internet. In 1993, Perry and Jeff recruited Jeff Ferguson and Alan Steremberg to help build a system

to bring Internet weather into K-12 classrooms. Chris Schwerzler joined Alan in his work on the Mac gopher client, ‘Blue Skies,’ which won numerous awards for its interactive imagery and text information. In the interest of expanding ‘Blue Skies’ to other platforms, Dave Brooks, author of the Windows ‘WS Gopher’ client, developed ‘Blue Skies for Windows’ in 1994. The growing Internet weather program was given the name Weather Underground, a reference to the 1960’s radical group that also originated at the University of Michigan, which had taken its name from the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, ‘You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.’ “In late spring of 1995, Weather Underground, Inc. evolved as a separate commercial entity from the university. By fall, the official website, www.wunderground. com, was released with daily forecasts and hourly conditions. Weather Underground has developed the world’s largest network of personal weather stations (almost 23,000 stations in the U.S. and over 13,000 across the rest of

the world) that provides the site’s users with the most localized weather conditions available. In 2008, it launched WunderMaptm, the web’s most interactive weather map, that allows users to choose from a number of different weather layers that are plotted on top of a dynamic map interface. Finally in July 2012, Weather Underground became part of The Weather Channel Companies.” If you haven’t visited this website I highly recommend that you do. One of my favourite parts to this website is WunderMap. In particular, I really like to use the weather model layers. With a little background knowledge on how to interpret these maps, almost anyone can start to develop their own weather forecasts. To find WunderMaps from the main Weather Underground web page you need to click on the Maps and Radar tab near the top of the page. From the drop-down list you then select WunderMaps. When this page loads it should automatically be focused on the part of the world where you live. For those of you who have used Google Maps or Google

Earth, then you will recognize how to navigate around the map. Along with automatically loading the map of your region it will bring up two layers of information, current radar imagery and weather station data. The layers that are visible are controlled by the menus on the right-hand side of the screen. To turn off a layer you simply click on the checkmark located just to the left of the layer’s name. To turn on a layer you click in the empty box beside the layer’s name. To learn how to view and understand the weather model’s layer, the first thing you need to do is turn off the radar and weather station’s layers. You then need to click on the Model Data layer to turn it on. When you do this nothing on the map will change, but a new menu will open up under the layer name. Before you start to play around you will probably want to zoom out on the map so that you can see at least all of Manitoba. The first option you have is to pick the weather model you want to look at. The GFS model is the weather model created by NOAA in the United

States and the ECMWF is the weather model created by the United Kingdom. These models are both considered to be very good. The next option to choose from is which weather model information you want displayed or the Map Type. While there are lots of different maps to choose from, here is a short list of the more useful maps. MSL: This map shows the surface pressure patterns along with where precipitation is forecast to fall and h ow m u c h p re c i p i t a t i o n is expected over a 12-hour period. 2mAG: This map shows the ground level forecasted air and dew point temperatures. Wind: This map shows expected wind speeds measured in knots (quick conversion is to double it for km). It also shows wind direction. While there are many more maps to choose from, these three maps will allow you to create a fairly accurate forecast. I’ll continue this discussion in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, your homework is to check out this website and see if you can start to become a weather forecaster!


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Agrium profit, outlook slump on lower potash sales

They are all winners, and so is agriculture

By Rod Nickel reuters


grium shares slumped s e ve n p e r c e n t a f t e r i t re p o r t e d a 5 6 p e r cent drop in third-quarter profit on lower potash sales and offered a weaker-thanexpected outlook for the fourth quarter. Downtime at Agrium’s Saskatchewan potash mine and drawn-out contract talks with China and India hurt thirdquar ter per for mance, CEO Mike Wilson said. The company’s stock had s o a re d by m o re t h a n h a l f this year, helped by spiking grain prices due to the U.S. drought. “We believe negative initial market reaction could prove pessimistic,” analyst Edlain Rodriguez of Lazard Capital Markets said in a note to clients. Fe r t i l i z e r f u n d a m e n t a l s remain strong, especially with U.S. farmers likely to plant a near-record-large acreage of corn this spring, he said. Rival PotashCorp of Saskatchewan also reported sharply lower third-quarter earnings due to a standoff on new contracts with China and India. New contracts with the world’s top two potash consumers were anticipated by late summer but are now expected by late this year for China and possibly early 2013 for India. Bo t h a re b e l i e ve d t o b e seeking discounts, with China c u r re n t l y a m p l y s u p p l i e d and potash too expensive for some Indian farmers after a cut in government subsidies. Agrium, which sells nearly half its potash in North America, shut down its Vanscoy, Sask. mine for expansionrelated work for at least eight weeks in the quarter, which dropped potash sales by more than half to 160,000 tonnes. Nitrogen profits were strong, thanks to lower prices for natural gas. But retail sales of seed, chemicals, and fertilizer dropped 10 per cent as the U.S. faced its worst drought in over half a century. “The negative impact of the U.S. drought on the company’s retail segment was much stronger than we expected, and appears to have caught most sell-side analysts by surprise,” said Robert Winslow, analyst at National Bank Financial. Agrium is attempting to fend off a push by its largest shareholder, Jana Partners, to spin off its retail division, which Jana says would provide a bigger return to investors than Agrium’s integrated strategy. The company has not been approached by potential buyers, Wilson said. “ We g e t p e o p l e s n i f f i n g around all the time, just like we do looking at other companies, but we haven’t really been approached to buy our retail business,” he said.

Dasha Metropolitansky of Oakville, Ont. was first-place winner of the junior competition in the 28th annual Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition held Nov. 3 at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Junior participants were (l-r) Raveena Raveendran, Tania Abraham, second runner-up Zackery Walker, Priethu Raveendran, Claire Doris, Karen Lemon, first runner-up Maxwell Archer and first-place winner Dasha Metropolitansky.   Photo: Martin Schwalbe

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CROPS Aster yellows doesn’t strike often — but when it does… Here’re some reasons why the 2012 infestation took such a big bite out of Prairie canola yields CANOLA COUNCIL OF CANADA RELEASE


es, 2012 was a bad year for aster yellows in canola, but we have to keep this disease in perspective. Sclerotinia and blackleg are potential threats each year, and remain the top two most important canola diseases. Aster yellows has had only four bad years on the Prairies to date: 1957, 2000, 2007 and 2012. That said, three of those years are fairly recent, and after the heavy infection rates in 2012, aster yellows is a hot topic among growers and agronomists. Here are 10 questions the Canola Council of Canada agronomy team posed to Chrystel Olivier, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, and her answers.

QUESTION 1: Are there differences between varieties when it comes to aster yellows (AY) severity? Does this represent some genetic resistance? So far, no canola varieties are known to be resistant to AY, but based on field observations during the past 15-20 years, B. rapa seemed to be more susceptible to AY compared to B. napus, B. juncea or S. alba. However, no laboratory work was done to investigate the cause of the difference in susceptibility. This summer of 2012, differences in the percentage of plants expressing symptoms were observed between cultivars for B. napus and S. alba, in the AAFC experimental nursery (small plots). No laboratory work was conducted to explain the difference between the percentages of symptomatic plants. Note: Trials in small field plots at the AAFC farm showed differences in the percentage of AY-infected plants between lines of Camelina sativa. Insect sampling revealed that there were fewer leafhoppers in the lines showing few (or no) AY symptoms. These results suggest that feeding preference from the leafhopper might influence the percentage of AY infection among the plants. These results, although promising, need to be taken carefully as feeding preferences might not have a major impact on AY infection in large field acreage. QUESTION 2: Can infected seed carry aster yel-

lows on to the next generation? It has always been admitted that phytoplasmas could not spread via seeds. However, phytoplasma DNA was found in seeds and/or embryos of several plant species in Canada (B. rapa, B. napus), Europe (B. rapa, tomato and corn), Oman (alfalfa), Africa (Coconut palm), Peru (corn) and Asia (mulberry). In most cases, phytoplasma DNA was found

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in the embryos and the early-seedling stage. The exception is alfalfa where one seedling out of the 84 tested grew with phytoplasma symptoms. Recently, several articles in Europe started to mention that “a low percentage of seed transmission should be considered for phytoplasma.”

QUESTION 3: Can perennial weeds provide an overwintering bridge for aster yellows? If yes, which weed species are more likely to have the disease? And what is the likelihood that the disease will transfer from weed to crop next year? Perennial weeds and plants — including dandelion, shepherd’s purse, most pasture grasses and common shrubs and trees such as raspberry, willow and chokecherry are potentially a strong disease reservoir for phytoplasma and

the likelihood of AY being transmitted from the reservoir to the crop is high. However, no study has been conducted to know the extent of the infection among the perennial weeds and plants. Studies in carrot crops in the U.S. showed that weed management is important to reduce leafhopper population. Note: Based on PCR tests done on leafhoppers sampled in Saskatchewan, a steady decrease of AY infection was observed from 2000 (outbreak year) until 2003 (eight per cent in 2001, five per cent in 2002 and three per cent in 2003). Knowing that in 2001-03, the amount of migratory leafhopper that were infected was very low, the percentage of infected leafhopper observed in 2001-03 could be explained by the See ASTER YELLOWS on page 18 »

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ASTER YELLOWS Continued from page 17

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presence of a high number of AY-infected weeds and grasses following the outbreak year.

Question 4: Some growers

claim that insecticide applied for other insects also seems to have reduced aster yellows. Is this possible? It is possible that some growers might have caught the bulk of the AY-infected leafhopper a few hours or day after the migratory leafhoppers arrived in their crops. However, I have heard both sides of the story: some growers sprayed at the same time as the neighbours with no positive results, while the neighbour seems to have a less infected crop. In order to have successful spraying, insecticides should be applied very quickly after the migratory leafhoppers arrive, as leafhopper can transmit AY in less than eight hours. Leafhoppers could arrive very early in the season.

Aster yellows can cause misshapen and malformed seeds, which often shrivel up and blow out of the combine. These can occur in pods that otherwise look normal.  Photo: AAFC

The difference between good canola pods and infected ones.

pasture surroundings canola crops, was found on average at a rate of three to four per sweep during the past 10 years. This year, the average was above 200. Drought also seems to increase the percentage of phytoplasma infection in hosts.

shapen and malformed seeds, which often shrivel up and blow out of the combine. These can occur in pods that otherwise look normal. This statement was based on Question 5: Why were leafhopharvesting AY-infected plants per phytoplasma carrier rates in 2001-05 (with infection conso high this year? What is hapfirmed with PCR test) and seppening down south in their overwintering areas to cause Question 6: The disease survey arating normal-looking seeds this? How does insect ecology counts only plants with blad- from small, shrivelled, miscorrespond to disease epide- der pods as having aster yel- shapen seeds. Small, shrivelled seeds conmiology? lows. Is it true that for every Based on observations/sur- one plant that tests positive for stitute 30-60 per cent of the veys made during the last out- bladder pods, 2.5 are positive seeds in AY-infected plants (note that the “empty spots” breaks, several hypotheses have by PCR? been advanced, but never really PCR tests show that actual in the pods were not counted). proven. levels of aster yellows infection Due to their light weight, those Mild winters caused by cli- are much higher than what a seeds are usually lost durmate change are increasing visual assessment of bladder ing harvest or spiral cleaning. This statement was still true in the survival of overwintered pods would suggest. leafhoppers, plants and phyThis is true as AY-infected 2007, but I don’t think it is true toplasma. This year, in the Prai- plants do not always show for 2012. In the previous year, 98 per cent of the AY-infected ries, all leafhopper species were symptoms. plants had normal-looking very abundant. The number of the main AY vector M. quad- Question 7. Is this statement seeds and less than one per rilineatus was overwhelming, correct? Thirty to 60 per cent of cent of the AY-infected canola had no seed production. In with thousandsHeadline: found in crops. seeds are usually lost in aster We know corn Type Area: NA Colours: CMYK Other potential AY vectors yellows-infected plants, but 2012, based on observations Manitoba Size: 6 x 6.625 Resolution: 300 ppi made at the AAFC farm and in were also very Publication: abundant. As an this year seed loss was signifiCooperator several fields, roughly 10 per example, Athysanus argentar- cantly higher. IO: MBC 2012-001 NA Insertion 12 and cent ofJanuary the canola plants had ius, an AY vector feeding in the Aster Bleed: yellows can cause misMBC 2012-002 Dates: February 2, 2012

no seeds and 20-25 per cent of the symptomatic plants contained mostly shrivelled seeds. The rest of the AY-infected plants had a mixture of normallooking seeds and shrivelled seeds.

Question 8: Are the offspring of leafhopper carriers also carriers? Can phytoplasma transfer generation to generation in the insect? The main AY vector, Macrosteles quadrilineatus, does not transmit AY via the eggs, therefore offspring do not carry phytoplasma. According to the literature, the other common leafhopper species that transmit AY in the Prairies have never been reported as being able to transmit via eggs. However, Scaphoideus titanus, a leafhopper present in the Prairies in very low number can transmit AY via eggs. Two other leafhopper species can transmit phytoplasma via eggs, but they are exotic leafhopper species transmitting exotic phytoplasma strains. Question 9: What do you think are the key reasons for the higher outbreak in 2012? Several reasons might explain the 2012 outbreak. • Milder winters during the previous years that allow local leafhopper population to survive winter and to build up, hence the high

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abundance of local leafhopper species observed this year and better overwintering of AY-infected plants. • The drought and mild winter that occurred in the U.S. this year might have increased the abundance of the leafhopper and their level of infection. • South winds seem to have arrived in the Prairies earlier in 2012. Below are the arrival dates of the first south wind each year, based on meteorological data. In conclusion, this 2012 outbreak might be due to high inoculum coming early this year. 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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Question 10: What are the key

management techniques growers can follow to reduce severity of the next outbreak? This is difficult to answer, as we don’t know all the parameters and players involved in the AY epidemiology. An easy way to reduce the incidence would be to reduce the level of weeds in the fields, as it gives leafhoppers food choice. So far, there is no economic threshold for canola, and no resistant cultivars. If spraying is the grower’s choice, it will need to be very timely (i.e., just after the leafhopper arrival), otherwise, it is not effective.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

Why were canola yields down?


The Manitoba Canola Growers Association is asking the life science companies for an answer By Allan Dawson CO-OPERATOR STAFF /PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE


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The MCGA is also looking at ways to encourage new farm leaders. That used to happen naturally through farm organizations such as United Grain Growers, the Pools and Canadian Wheat Board, Sirski said. UGG and the Pools are gone and the wheat board is no longer engaged in farm policy. The MCGA plans to approach other farm organizations across the West to explore ways to encourage new farm leaders, he said.

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as canola turned into a wimp or were 2012’s lacklustre western Canadian yields due to poor weather, diseases, insects and pushed rotations? The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) hopes to find out later this month when it meets with the life science companies that produce new canola cultivars, MCGA director Ernie Sirski told the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) General Council meeting here Oct. 25. Statistics Canada estimates Canadian canola yields averaged 28 bushels an acre this year, down 14 per cent from the five-year average of 32. Bill Campbell, who farms at Minto, said in his area certain canola varieties performed much worse than others. Sirski, who farms at Dauphin, said all canolas performed the same on his farm this year. But in his area, later-seeded canola generally yielded better. So did fields that were entirely sprayed for cutworms, rather than just spot sprayed. Sirski wondered if spraying an entire field might have killed a generation or two of leafhoppers, the vector for aster yellows phytoplasm — a disease, which affected many canola crops this year In an interview earlier this fall, Ed Rempel, another MCGA director, said many farmers suspect some of the new canola hybrids don’t perform as well under severe stress as older ones.

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Organic farmers ponder the future of food when the “cheap” energy era ends Organic conference looks at bridging the gap between current farming methods and those of the future By Daniel Winters

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hey weren’t shying away from the big issues at the recent Organic Connections conference here. R e n ow n e d s u s t a i n a b l e farming expert Fred Kirschenmann declared the days of “cheap” energy to be coming to an end. “It’s not a question of exactly when we run out of oil, natural gas, or coal — it’s when it’s no longer going to be affordable,” said Kirschenmann, who has a 2,600-acre organic farm in North Dakota, and is also the distinguished fellow at Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and a professor of religion and philosophy at Iowa State University. He framed the issue in a much wider context spanning virtually all of human history. Back in the hunter-gatherer days, humans garnered an excellent return on the energy they “invested” in feeding themselves, said Kirschenmann. He estimates people expended only 1,000 calories for every 20,000 calories of energy they gathered or hunted. That efficiency ratio fell by half about 10,000 years ago, when mankind adopted animal-powered agriculture and herding, but the real sea change was when it began tapping into “old calories” in the form of fossil fuels, mined mineral amendments such as rock phosphate, and

cant amounts of food in the decades ahead. Avis and his wife, also an engineer, formed Verge Permaculture, a Calgary-based company that specializes in a systems-design approach to creating “sustainable human habitat” via interconnected elements such as low-energy buildings, water managem e n t , w a s t e re u s e, a n d renewable energy and food production. (Information on their projects and seminars is posted on their website and blog at www.vergepermacul Citing the need for radical change, he points to the ruined landscape left behind by humans in the Middle East. The cradle of civilization, and formerly one of the most abundant places on Earth, it is now largely a desert. “There’s a pattern of human settlement that we don’t want to follow,” Avis told conference attendees. “If they had been told they would end up in a desert, they would have laughed at you.” Like Kirschenmann, he marvelled at how cheap energy has been, noting a single 160litre barrel of oil represents the equivalent of 10,000 hours of manual labour. “When in history has one person had 150 horses at their disposal at the turn of a key?” he asked. Avis said he hopes the days of peak oil are far off. “I have a two-year-old son — I hope it’s 50 years,” he


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Canola variety selection tool now live with 2012 results The tool includes an economic calculator, interactive maps, and the ability to refine searches by five traits Canola Council of Canada release


he online Canola Variety Selection tool is now live with data from the 2012 Canola Performance Trials (CPT), giving canola growers another tool to compare variety performance. The CPT provides sciencebased, unbiased performance data that reflects actual production practices. The selection tool provides comparative data on leading varieties and newly introduced varieties. The tool includes an economic calculator, interactive maps, and the ability to refine searches by season zone, herbicide tolerance (HT) type, yield, days to maturity, lodging and height. This year producers will benefit from being able to compare data from the 2011 trials as well. “With all the weather challenges in 2012 we did lose some sites, but overall the year went well and we collected a lot of data to help growers make their seed decisions,” says Franck Groeneweg, chair of the CPT governance committee and grower director with SaskCanola. “The committee worked very well together, with good co-operation among representatives from the seed industry and the provincial grower groups.” The three Prairie canola grower groups — the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association — fund the CPT program. Seed trade companies that participated paid entry fees. The B.C. Grain Producers Association conducted trials in the Peace as their means of participation.


U.S. drought deepens in plains states, wheat crop suffers REUTERS / Hot and dry conditions in parts of middle America have deepened an ongoing drought in many states. October is typically the third-wettest month for Texas, but instead last month was the ninth driest since 1895. Oklahoma was also dry and like Texas, saw above-normal temperatures. The persistent drought was hindering growth of the winter wheat crop in those states, and pastures remained parched. The portion of the contiguous U.S. now deemed to be under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought — the two most dire classifications — continues to edge up and now stands at 19.36 per cent. The area classed as “moderate” shrank slightly and is just under the 60 per cent mark. In the High Plains, which include Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, severe or worse drought levels covered 83.94 per cent of the region, with 57.54 per cent of the region in extreme or worse drought.

The CPT 2012 booklet has results from 23 small plots and 81 field-scale plots. Line companies, independent retailers and seed companies, including Viterra, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Cargill, Canterra Seeds, BrettYoung Seeds, FP Genetics and SeCan, participated in small-plot trials. Monsanto, Bayer CropScience and Canterra Seeds participated in audited field-scale trials. Results are organized by short-, medium- and long-season zones. In addition, a booklet containing the results is being mailed with the November 1 edition of Canola Digest to Canada’s about 43,000 canola growers. A pdf of the booklet can be downloaded at Haplotech (led by Dr. Rale Gjuric) co-ordinated the trials under the guidance of a governance committee that oversaw approval of varieties, protocol design, data collection, analysis and reporting, and financial management.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

Popular herbicide may be linked to increased pathogen virulence, says Huber Emeritus professor from Purdue University and former U.S. army bioweapons expert points to growing evidence of potential harm from genetic engineering and herbicide “abuse” By Daniel Winters CO-OPERATOR STAFF / REGINA


on Huber may not be a big fan of organic agriculture, but he’s become a hero among organic farmers with his contention that glyphosate is less benign than its promoters crack it up to be. Huber an emeritus professor of Plant Pathology from Purdue University, isn’t backing down, even though some dismiss him as a crank who lacks peer-reviewed evidence to back up his claims. The retired U.S. army colonel and bioweapons expert who has written 115 journal articles, co-authored textbooks, and spent 50 years studying soilborne disease and microbial ecology, now travels the world and can be seen in YouTube videos presenting research that he believes shows genetic engineering is “a massive experiment based on flawed science and failed promises.” “It’s a total betrayal of the public trust. I don’t know how else to describe it,” said Huber, following a presentation at the recent Organic Connections conference here. Huber, who co-ordinates a committee of the American Phytopathological Society, caused a stir last spring when he warned the USDA that a previously unknown pathogen linked to genetically modified corn and soybeans threatened exports. “We’re hanging by a thread, if we want to maintain markets,” he said.

He told the Organic Connections conference glyphosate should be subjected to more independent research into its side-effects — a statement that met with thunderous applause in a hall filled with organic farmers and marketers. He pegs glyphosate as the hidden cause behind increased virulence of crop pathogens such as fusarium head blight and the growing incidence of previously unheard of diseases in livestock and humans. Although many organic practices “don’t make a lot of sense” to him scientifically, he lauded the organic community’s commitment, tenacity, and vision. “You’ve got the light at the end of the tunnel. I encourage you to promote it all you can,” said Huber. First patented by the Stauffer chemical company in 1964 for descaling boilers, glyphosate was later patented by Monsanto in 1970 for use as a broad-spectrum herbicide. Its introduction as a pre-season burn-down is credited with vastly reducing the amount of tillage for annual crop farmers. In the 1990s, genetically modified crops set the stage for near universal adoption, and a recent report predicted that global production of glyphosate by 2017 would hit 1.35 million tonnes. Huber argues that the chemical’s true mode of action has been ignored since experiments in the early 1980s showed that it killed weeds via pathogenic action, which he compares to a

“bad case of AIDS,” not a direct phytotoxic effect. More than three decades of widespread use have led to an emerging agronomic “train wreck,” with resistant weeds up tenfold and a fourfold increase in fungicide use, he said. “We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” said Huber. “It’s going to take a major calamity — and it’s coming.” Repeated applications of the herbicide, which he describes as a “powerful antibiotic,” have disrupted the delicate balance of soil ecology that previously held soil pathogens in check. It also ties up essential minerals such as manganese in the soil and plant tissues. Those tied-up nutrients suppress the immune systems of both plants and animals, he says. Low-level presence of glyphosate residues is suspected to cause disease in livestock by killing off beneficial intestinal microflora and allowing harmful microbes to multiply unchecked. He said abuse of glyphosate through overuse has led not only to a proliferation of resistant weeds, but also to a re-emergence of dozens of formerly insignificant crop pathogens such as fusarium head blight, take-all, Goss’s Wilt, as well as mycotoxins in grain and diminished survivability in the soil of rhizobia-based legume inoculants. Glyphosate’s alleged toxic effect on human gut flora has reduced the ability of the immune system to fend off sal-

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monella and E. coli. Residues in food and feed may be a possible cause for the uptrend in outbreaks of illness and massive recalls of tainted meat and eggs, he added. Citing soaring rates of allergies, celiac, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, and Alzheimer’s, Huber predicted that the effect on human health from glyphosate and genetically modified crops will one day result in repercussions many times than the fallout from the tobacco lawsuits. Monsanto Canada spokesperson Trish Jordan said that although Huber’s credentials are impressive, he has a long history of making “sensational claims” that have never been reliably proven. She said his presentation at a conference devoted to organic farming amounts to preaching to the

choir about the alleged dangers of two products they don’t use. “Groups who are ideologically opposed to biotechnology will often jump on unvalidated claims to further their agenda,” she said. “That’s fine, but I think you also have to look at the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence that clearly underscores that these products are safe and they perform well for farmers.” She added that the recent defeat of a California ballot initiative that would require labelling of GM products shows that consumers are comfortable with innovation in agriculture. “We already have a labelling scheme. If you want to avoid biotech crops, shop organic,” she said.

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Teamwork pays off in increased agri-food exports and market access Canada is the world’s sixth-largest exporter of agriculture and food products with sales of more than $40 billion By Alex Binkley

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anada has enjoyed considerable success in boosting agri-food exports thanks to close collaboration among governments and industry Patti Miller groups, says Agriculture Minister Gerry President of the canola council Ritz. Ritz credited the Federal Market Access Team at Agriculture Canada and Agri- and contributed more than $9.2 billion to Food, which co-ordinates the Canadian the nation’s trade surplus. The report’s findings were welcomed approach to finding more buyers for food by the Canola Council of Canada and the products. The department’s latest market access Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “Our industry exports 85 per cent of report highlights improved access for beef in South Korea, maintaining the what we produce, so market access is $1.6-billion market for canola in China, vital,” said Patti Miller, president of the and the successful challenge against the canola council. Working with the access team, “we’ve U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) maintained and grown export markets law. Canada is the world’s sixth-largest worth more than $1.6 billion per year. It’s exporter of agriculture and food prod- been extremely valuable, but our work is ucts. Exports exceeded $40 billion in SEC-RR2Y-MBLead12J_MC.qxd 2011 not yet done,” she said.10/24/12 2:13 PM

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Free trade talks with the European Union, South Korea and Japan, as well as the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “offer significant potential to further improve market access for canola,” she added. Canola is the country’s most valuable crop, generating more than $15.4 billion in economic activity each year and generating 228,000 jobs. In 2011, more than $8.4 billion in canola seed, oil, and meal were exported to 55 countries. CCA president Martin Unrau said restoring access for Canadian beef under 30 months of age to South Korea could produce sales of $30 million by 2015. Other positives for the industry are increased sales of boneless Canadian beef to China and the COOL ruling, he said. “Many of the major market access gains highlighted in this report have required years of hard work to come to Page 1 he said. fruition,”

The access report identifies 10 priority markets, as well as ongoing work with the U.S. on regulatory alignment through the Regulatory Cooperation Council and the Beyond the Border Initiative. The government is also working with the U.S. on its Comprehensive BSE Rule, which will modernize the way the U.S. recognizes other countries’ BSE status and bring USDA practice in line with the system adopted by the World Organization for Animal Health in 2006. The 10 priority markets listed in the report are Taiwan, the European Union, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., China, Indonesia, India, and Russia. The government has also launched a campaign to win international acceptance of a policy that would commit importers to accept grain shipments as long as the amount of genetically modified organisms was under 0.1 per cent of the volume of the product.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

Grains Act amendments get good grade but could be higher Farm leaders want more reforms and for Ottawa to pick up more of the operating costs By Alex Binkley co-operator contributor / ottawa


roposed changes to the Canadian Grain Commission grade well with national farm groups, but they say the results could be even better. The commission’s operating costs “must be driven down through a more comprehensive streamlining of operations than the current amendments facilitate,” said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada and spokesman for the Canadian Special Crops Association. Others also expressed support for the changes when appearing before the Commons agriculture committee, albeit with reservations. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture “continues to have reservations with the changes

to the Producer Payment Security Program,” said Humphrey Banack, the farm group’s second vice-president. Government should ensure all reforms to the commission are completed before it introduces increased user fees next August, added Rick White, general manager of the Canadian Canola Growers Association. As well, licensing issues have to be resolved and the commission needs closer ties and more accountability with growers’ groups, he said.

Omnibus bill

The changes to the commission are contained in the Conser vative government’s omnibus budget bill. After protests in Parliament and elsewhere last month, the government referred the commission changes to the House

committee for study. The Senate agriculture committee has also held a session with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to review the proposed changes, which are supposed to save farmers and grain companies $20 million annually. Bacon pointed out that until “things like modernization of the governance structure, and elimination of other costs from the CGC structure are done, a mandate to recover all costs will result in CGC operational costs that must be recovered through higher fees to grain companies, and lower returns to farmers.” He urged the committee “to look at what additional changes need to be made to the CGC to ensure that it is as cost effective as is possible. It’s crucial to eliminate these costs before any move to full

cost recovery by the commission.” If the government proceeds with making budget cuts greater than $40 million to the commission, there should be a clear outline of what additional costs farmers will face, he added. The commission plays a valuable role in protecting Canada’s reputation as a supplier of highquality grain, he said. That has a major benefit to the Canadian economy, not just the farmers, and government should carry some of the cost. Changes to the program that ensure farmers are paid for grain delivered to buyers who default must not undermine the trust farmers have in the system, said Banack. Moving that feature to an insurance-based program as the legislation proposes has merit, he said. “Addi-

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The commission needs to work with farm groups and grain buyers to clear up these matters, he added. White said the legislation didn’t address several key issues. “Changes to the CGC governance structure are imperative and should be included in the legislation that strives to modernize the commission,” he said. The commission has to be accountable to both industry and farmers, and third-party inspection of grain before it is shipped to a foreign customer should also be available. “A final important area that needs to be considered is public versus private good,” White said. “The CGC provides a large number of services that benefit the good of Canada, and these costs should not be included in the proposed increased user fees, which will be paid solely by farmers. “The grain research laboratory, policy development, the maintenance of grain quality standards and assurance system — to name a few — should continue to be funded by the government as we believe they are there for the public good not just for the benefit of farmers.” White urged the government to cover one-quarter of the commission’s budget — nearly triple the proposed nine per cent. The government should also introduce separate legislation in the spring “to complete the CGC’s progress towards modernization.” “In the end it is farmers who will be paying for the majority of the costs of the CGC so they should have an institution that is lean, modern, efficient, and who advocates for them and understands their business,” said White.

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CN Rail CEO says legislation could derail service

Legislation stems from a rail service review conducted for the government by an independent panel By Nicole Mordant/Reuters VANCOUVER


ooming legislation aimed at improving rail service for shippers in Canada could backfire and end up making the country’s sprawling rail networks less efficient, the chief executive of Canada’s biggest railroad warned Nov. 7. Canada’s Conservative government plans to introduce legislation this fall giving all shippers more clout in ensuring consistent rail service, and improve ways to resolve disputes. The rail companies are concerned that the legislation could end up dictating or imposing levels of service that don’t take

into consideration existing commercial arrangements with customers. Claude Mongeau, the CEO of Canadian National Railway Co., said the imposition of service obligations on rail companies might give relief to one unhappy shipper but that may come at the cost of upsetting service for others down the line as railroads are large, interconnected networks. “It doesn’t take many to create a ripple effect... I say beware of what you ask for as you may just derail the efficiency that we have been able to gain,” Mongeau told Reuters in an interview after speaking to a business audience in Vancouver. The planned legislation stems from a rail service review con-

ducted for the government by an independent panel following years of complaints from shippers, such as farmers and forestry companies, about poor rail service, including damaged rail cars and unpredictable pickups. Railroads have defended their service track record saying it is fairly good overall and that additional legislation is not the answer, especially in a free market economy.

Mutual trust

Mongeau said legislation could poison relationships built up between customers and railroads over many years, and stop them from sharing information and data for fear it could be used against them in a dispute. “It is difficult to

have mutual trust with a gun to your head,” he said. Representatives of shippers and railroads spent four months in a government-sponsored committee this year trying, but ultimately failing, to develop both a template for service agreements and a dispute resolution process that could be used commercially. Mongeau said that if the government is bent on introducing legislation it should be “balanced” and “targeted.” That could be achieved by requiring mediation as a first step to resolve disputes, rather than imposed arbitration, he said. If cases did end up in arbitration, it should take place under the aegis of the Canadian Transport Agency, a government regu-

Claude Mongeau wants mediation rather than imposed arbitration as a first step to resolve disputes.

lator that has a duty to ensure transportation efficiency in Canada, instead of a roster of arbitrators who don’t have rail industry experience, Mongeau said. Arbitration should also only be available to rail customers whose access is limited to a single railroad, not to those who can switch service providers if they are unhappy with their service, he said.



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Russia to face milling wheat, rye deficit Kazakhstan to have two million to three million tonnes grain free for Russia By Polina Devitt and Robin Paxton MOSCOW/ALMATY / REUTERS


ussia’s miller’s union said it has asked the government to ease conditions for importing wheat from Kazakhstan and rye from Germany this spring to cover a shortage after drought slashed grain crops. Russia, historically the world’s No. 3 global exporter, was hit by hot and dry weather this year, which slashed its wheat harvest by a third. Its exportable surplus has already been exhausted. “It would be appropriate to think in advance about creating attractive conditions for milling wheat imports to Russia (mainly from Kazakhstan) and for rye imports from Germany, which has a good harvest this year,” the union said in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who oversees the farm sector. Russia has just completed

its harvest, and millers are not currently experiencing a deficit. But milling wheat and rye are likely to run short this spring, the lobby said in the letter, published on its website. It did not provide specific proposals on the easing of grain imports, nor did it specify how much grain the country might import this season. In good harvest years, such as 2011-12, Russia imports about one million tonnes of grain a year, mainly wheat from Kazakhstan for its border regions in the Urals and Siberia, as well as some top-quality milling wheat that Russia cannot supply. In the current 2012-13 marketing season, which started on July 1, Russia may import two million tonnes of grain, the chief executive of SovEcon agricultural analysts, Andrei Sizov, told Reuters Nov. 6. Germany is the EU’s largest producer of rye, with a harvest

Drought struck once again in Russia this year, leaving millers to seek imported supplies from Kazakhstan and Germany. PHOTO: REUTERS/EDUARD KORNIYENKO

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lent export news and may be another illustration of how tight Russian supplies are,” a German trader said. Yevgeny Aman, executive secretary at Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry, said Russian buyers were currently unable to compete with relatively high domestic prices for Kazakh wheat. “Kazakh grain is not yet passable in Russia,” Aman said by telephone. “Russia has its own volumes but these will dwindle as they are located closer to the sea and will be exported. We may get to the point where Russia, Siberian regions in particular, will feel the need for our wheat.” According to SovEcon, Russia’s 2012-13 grain exports will reach around 12 million tonnes by the end of November, which exceeds the official estimate of 10 million tonnes for this year’s exportable grain surplus. In an indication of how tight Russian supplies are, Russia has been conducting market interventions to cool prices but with little effect. Traders have speculated for months that Russia may restrict exports, as it did in 2010, but Russian officials have said they will oppose any ban on grain exports. Kazakhstan was also affected by drought this year, which slashed its grain harvest to 13 million tonnes by clean weight, but thanks to carry-over stocks the countr y will maintain exports at around eight million tonnes in the marketing year to June 30, 2013, the ministry has said. A m a n s a i d Ka z a k h s t a n’s traditional export markets in Central Asia and Afghanistan would demand five million to six million tonnes of grain this season, leaving two million to three million free for export elsewhere.

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ADM in talks with U.S. government on bribery probe


The probe follows an internal review By Tom Polansek CHICAGO / REUTERS


rcher Daniels Midland said it is negotiating with the A m e r i c a n g ov e r n m e n t to resolve possible violations of U.S. foreign bribery laws and could face penalties. ADM reported that it “initiated discussions” with the Justice Department, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission, after recently completing an internal review of questionable transactions relating to grain and feed exports. The review began in August 2008 and it voluntarily disclosed the review to the U.S. government and “certain foreign regulators” in March 2009, and has provided periodic updates to the agencies, a company filing stated. ADM declined to provide additional details, but said in a statement that it had terminated employees as a result of the review. “As soon as we became aware of some questionable transactions, ADM undertook a comprehensive internal investigation and retained an independent auditing firm to conduct its own review,” the statement said. ADM could face civil and criminal fines from the potential violations, but said they were not expected to have a “material impact” on the business. The disclosure comes as ADM seeks to speed up the global race for grains trading power with a $2.8-billion bid for smaller Australian shipper GrainCorp. “ADM has a network t h a t ’s a l l a r o u n d t h e world, so it’s difficult to figure out which locations” its potential violations may have occurred in, said Min Tang Varner, an analyst for Morningstar. The disclosure of negotiations with the U.S. government “will probably bring a not-so-nice taste to investors’ mouths,” but shouldn’t significantly impact earnings much “unless the company is on the hook for a material amount,” she said. ADM last week reported net earnings of $182 million for the quarter ended on Sept. 30, down from $460 million, a year earlier.

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Both fragile and valuable, this piece of the Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands is now protected in perpetuity.  Supplied photo

Oak Lake Sandhills a biodiversity hot spot The region is populated by rare sand formations and endangered species By Bill Stilwell Nature Conservancy Canada


lthough few people have heard about it, the Oak Lake S a n d h i l l s a n d We t l a n d s Natural Area is one of the most fragile and valuable natural landscapes in the entire province. Now a local family has permanently protected a portion of this diverse habitat. “I like to protect nature,” said Tim Mowez, a Virden resident and landowner. “Pretty soon there will be nothing left if we don’t protect it.” The Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area, located near Oak Lake, Man., provides habitat for a wide assortment of plants, insects, birds and animals. Now a significant tract of this habitat is permanently protected with a conservation easement. While this protects the habitat from clearing and breaking, grazing will continue as it has in the past. Tim and Kathy Mowez own an entire quarter section (160 acres) of this natural habitat south of the Trans-Canada Highway, between Virden and Oak Lake. This ecological

landform is quite fragile and so the owners recently decided to protect their property. This ensures that nature can continue undisturbed with no threat of clearing or development in the future. “The animals have to have a place to live too,” Mowez said. “If you don’t have trees and bush you won’t have birds and other wildlife.” Tim bought the property from his father in 1984. He comes by his conservation ethic honestly, as his father was also conservation minded, according to Tim. “My dad never believed in pushing bush down,” he said. “He preserved it.” While grazing takes place here, the property has never been cleared or broken. The entire property is heavily tree covered, but the soil beneath is sandy and without the protection of ground cover it would quickly erode. Thus, maintaining permanent cover on the property is a top priority under the terms of the new conservation easement. Tim enjoys the outdoors and he gets immense pleasure from the time spent at the property hunting, taking

walks, hiking, cutting firewood and enjoying other outdoor activities. Over the years, he has observed clearing and development taking place nearby. He wanted to ensure that his unique, rare and productive wildlife habitat is permanently protected and this influenced his decision to act. The project is a purchased conservation agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, on the property located in the Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands southeast of Rutledge Man., according to Josh Dillabough, securement representative with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The project protects sandhill prairie, sandhill blowouts, sandhill forests and their associated species. The Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands Natural Area is a biologically diverse area, said Dillabough. “It covers 777,787 acres (314,760 ha) and supports a high diversity of habitat types which, in turn, make the area a hot spot for biodiversity. Dozens of sandhill formations rise up to 10 metres above the plain, supporting a

mixture of aspen woodland and sandhill prairie.” These sandhills are the only place in Manitoba where one can see the threatened Western Spiderwort, according to Dillabough. As well, the endangered Prairie Skink, Manitoba’s only lizard, lives on the sandhill slopes alongside a suite of rare plants such as Smooth Goosefoot and Silky Prairie Clover. “The need for private land conservation and stewardship is urgent,” he said. “More than 85 per cent of the Western Spiderwort population is under private ownership. Large portions of this natural area were highlighted in the Prairies and Parklands Conservation Blueprint. Portions of the woodlands, grasslands and wetlands were ranked as being amongst the ‘Top 15’ in the Canadian portion of the blueprint.” If you would like more information about conservation agreements or any of the Nature Conservancy of Canada programs, please call the Manitoba Region’s toll-free number: 1-866-683-6934, its Brandon office: 1-204-725-5987 or visit the NCC website:


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now anyone starting to look like Burt Reynolds about now? At mid-November a new moustache will be showing on anyone taking part in Movember. This is the month men taking part in the global men’s health awareness project are growing a ’stache to raise awareness and fundraise for men’s health, specifically prostrate cancer research and male mental health initiatives. Clean-shaven guys who rarely, if ever, wear a moustache registered online November 1 to become one of the “Mo Bros” to fundraise by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. There’s practical reasons to grow a “lip sweater” at the beginning of a Canadian winter. But Movember is actually a global event that started in much warmer Australia with 30 “Mo Bros” in 2003. Last year 854,288 were signed on across the world. Men have raised major money this way — $125.7 million as of 2011. This is a fun way for men to remind themselves and each other to take better care of their health. The sad fact is men die five to six years younger than women from many preventable illnesses. Their suicide rates are four times higher than females. Research suggests up to half of the male cancer cases could be prevented by a healthier diet and lifestyle. Movember is a month tens of thousands of moustachiod men remind each other to go to that doctor’s appointment they’ve put off, put a healthier choice on the dinner plate, and get some much-needed rest. You can read more about Movember online at:


ow many of us know someone with diabetes? The month of November is also Diabetes Awareness Month. Here is a sampling of the dozen recipes you’ll find on CanolaInfo’s Diabetes Canada Calendar. You can download your own copy of the 2013 calendar at cfm.

Mexican Baked Eggs on Black Beans Canadian Diabetes Association 1 tbsp. canola oil 3/4 c. minced onion 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste) 1 - 19-oz. (541-ml) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained 1 - 19-oz. (541-ml) can low-sodium diced tomatoes 1/4 c. grated Cheddar cheese 6 eggs

In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for about five minutes. Add chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes and stir for two minutes. If you like it extra spicy, add more red pepper flakes to taste. Add black beans and tomatoes. Stir. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 to 30 minutes until thickened to desired texture. While mixture cooks, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Lightly brush six ramekins (placed on a baking sheet) or one twoquart casserole dish with canola oil or cooking oil spray. Mash bean mixture well and evenly divide amongst the dishes. Make a shallow hole in the middle of each one. Carefully crack one egg on top of each dish. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until egg is cooked to desired doneness. Serves 6.

Traditional Pan-Fried Trout 2 lbs. whole fresh trout fillets 2 tbsp. whole wheat or all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper 2 tbsp. milk 2 tbsp. canola oil Lemon and parsley, optional garnishes

On a plate, mix flour with pepper for dredging the fish. Place milk in bowl, dip trout in milk and then place on plate to coat with flour on both sides. In a large saucepan, heat canola oil to medium high. Place fish in pan and fry for approximately four to five minutes per side or until golden brown. Allow fish to stand in pan for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and serve with baked potatoes and steamed vegetables, if desired. Serves 6.

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Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Blackberry Dressing 1/2 c. wild rice 2 c. water 1/2 c. celery, diced 1/2 c. cucumber, diced 1/4 c. green onion, chopped 1/2 c. fresh or frozen blackberries, divided 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar 1-1/2 tbsp. canola oil 2 tsp. granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1/4 c. toasted pecans, chopped

1. In a large saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes. Remove from heat with lid still on and allow to stand for 30 to 60 minutes until desired texture is achieved. Drain and cool. 2. In a large bowl, combine rice, celery, cucumber and green onion. 3. Prepare dressing: Whisk well or use blender to combine 1/4 cup of the blackberries, red wine vinegar, canola oil, sugar and pepper. 4. When ready to serve in a large bowl or individual plates, place rice mixture on bottom, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup blackberries, pecans and drizzle attractively with dressing.

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he weather these last few weeks, here in the Jacksons’ neck of the woods, has been like the voters every American news channel has dragged kicking and screaming into their newsrooms for live, on-air interviews. Undecided. Not warm certainly, but not really cold either. Rainy sometimes, but not really raining. Sometimes a few snowflakes have drifted down noncommittally from ambiguous clouds but invariably they have turned to water once they landed, sometimes immediately, sometimes not for a few minutes, sometimes not till morning. Don’t get complacent. The weather, just like the voters did, will one day make up its mind, and it’ll be a cold day in November when that happens. Or if we’re lucky, a cold day in December. Or if we’re unlucky, a cold day in January, because if the weather doesn’t make up its mind till January, then global warming may be an even bigger problem than we think it is. “It’s so depressingly grey out there,” said Rose Jackson, turning away from the dining room window and walking back across the room to the table where her husband Andrew and daughter Jennifer sat. “I almost wish it would snow.” “Well darling, I have really good news for you,” said Andrew. “It will.” “Yes, but when? And what do I do till it does?” said Rose. “I would like to be my usual cheerful self, but it’s so hard at this time of year.” “You need a happy light,” said Jennifer. Rose paused. “A what?” she said. “A happy light,” said Jennifer. “It’s a UV light you sit under for a few minutes a day that gives you… I don’t know, a full spectrum of something or other, which is supposed to help if you suffer from seasonal something something. Miss O’Brien told us about it in health class but I wasn’t really listening.” “What you really need, Rose,” said Andrew, “is to spend the winter in Hawaii. But since that ain’t gonna happen, how about I buy you a happy light?” He turned to Jennifer. “Did Miss O’Brien happen to mention how much they cost?” “I have no idea,” said Jennifer. “I think you can get different sizes and price ranges.” “Just get me a cheap one,” said Rose. “If you



pay too much then you’ll just be depressed about spending too much money.” “But if I get a cheap one,” said Andrew, “then your happiness will be shallow and superficial.” “Geez,” said Jennifer. “Just go to Hawaii for the winter. Both of you. Then we’ll all be happy.” Rose laughed. “Oh yeah,” she said. “And leave you here alone to look after the place? Maybe not.” “I wouldn’t be alone,” said Jennifer. “I mean Randy lives, like, 15 feet away.” “A hundred and fifteen actually,” said Andrew. “Whatever,” said Jennifer. “Randy and Jackie

could just move in here while you were gone. They’d probably love it.” There was a brief silence. “Omigod,” said Rose. “We could totally do it.” “Absolutely,” said Jennifer. “You could and you should.” “We totally could,” said Andrew, “but we totally can’t.” “Why not?” said Rose. “Why can’t we?” “Simple,” said Andrew. “We’re sheep farmers. Sheep farmers don’t go to Hawaii for the winter. Sheep farmers stay home in winter so they can hunker down in the snow with their flock and fight off wolves and cougars with pointed sticks and burning torches.” “I’m pretty good with pointed sticks,” said Jennifer. “I almost took Brady’s eye out with one once.” “True enough,” said Andrew, “but you know you’re not allowed to play with fire.” “Randy can do the burning torches and I’ll do the pointy stick,” said Jennifer, “and the sheep will thrive and grow massive amounts of wool and gestate like crazy and you two will be sunburned and happy in your tropical paradise.” There was another pause. Andrew and Rose looked at each other. “You know the real reason we can’t go, don’t you dear?” said Andrew. Rose nodded. “Because,” said Andrew, “our nearly 18-yearold daughter is way too eager to get rid of us, which is making the UM light in my head go off.” “UM light? What’s a UM light?” Jennifer wanted to know. “It’s an Ulterior Motive light,” said Andrew. “Parents have them in their heads and they come on when kids make suggestions that may be ulteriorally motivated.” “First of all,” said Jennifer, “ulteriorally isn’t a word, and secondly, you wouldn’t have room in your head for a light, what with all the rocks and whatnot.” “Well something is flashing in there,” said Andrew. “So either way, we can’t go to Hawaii till I get that checked out.” Jennifer sighed. “Failed again,” she said. “Well, you can’t say I didn’t try.” “Well I’d say you succeeded,” said Rose, grinning. “I feel a whole lot better!”

Celebrating Canada’s colours From coast to coast and everything in between, each area has its own unique palette Connie Oliver Around the House


anadians are proud of their country and its gorgeous landscape. From east to west, each province has its own unique terrain and natural colours and each season brings a new look and feel to our personal outdoor experience. Fashion designer Simon Chang, who has a background in photography and graphic design, has paid tribute to our diverse geography with a new paint collection. Home Hardware Stores Limited, through its Beauti-Tone Paint Division, is launching this tribute with 42 colours spread over six palettes, each one inspired by Canada’s distinctive regional charms. The Simon Chang Oh Canada! Trend Colour Collection inspires Canadians to “Think Canadian. Paint Canadian.” “This collection captures the beauty of the many regional aspects of our country as seen through the eyes of a fresh, original designer,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited.


The photograph has colours from one of the six colour palettes in the new collection. Entitled Beauti and the East, it encompasses colours from charming and picturesque fishing villages and fall colours found in the eastern seaboard’s bays and gulfs. The rust-orange feature wall colour is called A Reel Find. The wall not only has a rich, bold colour but also a salvage piece — rustic, rough-hewn doors with chunky

details. This item is definitely not something you’d run across every day, but it does provide an interesting idea. The size and textural quality of the object is the main focus and could be replicated with other like items such as an oversized mirror framed in barn board or a set of more common doors saved from the salvage bin. The unusual touch of including a mirrored sideboard and tabletop and mir-

ror on the chairs keeps this room light and airy. There is a lot of wood here, so adding in these lighter touches is a good idea. While a mirrored surface may not be for you, consider other ways to lighten up heavy wood furnishings. For example, part of the chair could be painted in a lighter colour or covered with textural fabric. A dark sideboard could be topped with a mirrored serving tray to help reflect accent pieces rather than completely covered with mirror. Chang says this collection is not just for walls. Give a favourite piece of furniture or accessory new life with a new colour. For complete project instructions go to www. inspiration.htm for some fun and easy ideas. The Simon Chang Oh Canada! Trend Colour Collection of Beauti-Tone paints is available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations. Spread a little Canadiana throughout your décor and cherish the country we call home. There is so much inspiration to be found from east to west and everywhere in between. Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Winnipeg.


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Recycle some baling twine

By Coco Aders Freelance contributor

Here’s a perfect way to recycle some of that baling twine and create a new watch strap. The strap is elasticized to fit most sizes and the loom is made from shish kebab skewers. (Shorter sticks result in the weave sliding down the elastic when being removed from the stick, causing the elastic to stretch too much and ruining the weave.) Supplies: • A watch • Very-fine slot screwdriver to   remove watch strap • 3 shish kebab skewers (2 for lady’s watch) • 1/4-inch elastic • Used baling twine • Needle and thread • Scissors • Scotch tape Instructions: Wash the twine in plenty of soap and rinse well. It will always retain a slight scent, but you don’t want it to be dirty. To dry, squeeze it between layers of towelling and let air-dry. While the twine is drying, remove the strap

Try a pot of baby’s tears This plant will provide some attractive foliage in the home

from the watch. Measure the elastic by wrapping it around the wrist of the future wearer. Be careful not to pull or the strap will be too small. Add one inch to that length and cut a total of three pieces. Turn the end of the elastic over and sew, making a pocket at the top for the watch pin to slide into. Do this with the other two pieces of elastic. Slide the pin into the slots and reinsert the pin into the watch. Do this only with the one side. Scotch tape the elastic to the skewers so it will not stretch while you are working. Leave a tail of about five inches of twine and begin weaving it in and around the skewers. Since you are making this from used twine you might have to join two pieces. If so, make sure the ends to be joined are nice and clean and freshly trimmed. Wrap a piece of scotch tape tightly around the two butted-up pieces of twine. Continue wrapping the twine around the skewers until you have almost run out of elastic. Test the length of the strap again and trim if necessary. Just like the other end, fold the elastics over and sew to form a pocket. Slide the watch pin through the elastic strips and reinstall. Weave the end tails under, around and over the elastic until you have hidden it. Thread the ends of the twine through the strap to secure.


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ometimes I come across a plant in an unusual way and last summer I did just that. I am a thrift store junkie and a garage sale addict! Early in the summer I was in Brandon, and made my usual stop at the MCC Thrift Store. This interesting establishment has a big window near which donated plants for sale are displayed. I purchased one of the many pots of baby’s tears that were there. The pot had been started with several small slips and by summer’s end the pot had completely filled with attractive foliage that was cascading down over the edge of the pot. Baby’s tears, Soleirolia soleirolii, is a member of the nettle plant family. Another common name for the plant is angel’s tears. The tiny thread-like stems sport tiny, round, somewhat kidney-shaped leaves that form a dense, mosslike mound of foliage. The plant drapes attractively and will cascade to form a lovely ball of applegreen foliage. The plant likes high humidity and consistently moist soil. If the air is too dry or if the planting medium — which should be a peat-based soilless mix — is allowed to dry out, some of the leaves will turn brown and the plant will be less attractive. The brown leaves are very difficult to remove because they are so tiny and because of the multitude of thin, intertwining stems. Although the plant likes moist soil and high humidity, it does not like to be too wet and performs best if its pot drains well and if its location has good air circulation. I have my baby’s tears displayed in a jardinière, and this particular ornamental pot has a pedestal, so that the plant can cascade unimpeded. Even so, I have had to clip the ends off some of the

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This plant has attractive foliage that will cascade over the edge of the pot.  PHOTO: ALBERT PARSONS

stems because they became too long. Pinching the plant does no harm; it will simply cause a more mounded plant as opposed to one with a cascading growth habit. I have my baby’s tears located on the dining room table, which is adjacent to a north-facing window and it seems happy with that light level. I add a bit of balanced 20-20-20 soluble fertilizer — halfstrength or less — to the water every three weeks or so. I carefully planted the stems that I snipped off into a pot of damp, soilless mix, and so far they seem to have taken, so I may have some new pots of this interesting plant come springtime when the horticultural society has its spring plant sale. I’m sure they will be snapped up just as quickly as I grabbed my plant at the thrift store! Baby’s tears is a unique plant that will add a great deal of charm to any indoor space. Albert Parsons writes from Minnedosa, Manitoba.


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Farmers search for ways to combat cross-border dairy shopping Provincial and national dairy organizations are rolling out programs to convince consumers that Canadian milk and cheese is the better choice By Shannon Vanraes CO-OPERATOR STAFF / PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE


ross-border shopping is taking a bite out of Canadian dairy sales. “They go for gasoline and then end up picking other supplies up, too,” said Henry Holtmann, vice-chairman of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. British Columbia is the epicentre for cross-border dairy sales, he said, adding it has seen approximately 10 million litres lost to American retailers. “But this affects the whole pool,” said Holtmann. “In Manitoba, we’re responsible for about 17 per cent of that. We share losses and growth.” Canadian custom regulations limit the amount of dairy products an individual can bring into Canada to $20 worth. However, it doesn’t appear that regulation is being enforced, Holtmann said. “I guess Canada Customs is not looking at that, they’ve got too many other things on the go,” he said. So while customs agents focus on drugs and national security, cheese often gets a free pass. All this coincides with a strong Canadian dollar and increased tax exemptions for those shopping south of the border, added Holtmann. “What’s the solution to this? We’re exploring that right now,” he said. One of the avenues his organization and the Dairy Farmers of Canada are looking at is emphasizing the quality of Canadian dairy products. “We really want to establish that there is a difference between the dairy products you buy in Canada versus those bought in other regions,” said Holtmann. Buying Canadian dairy products means you’re buying local and can be assured of quality control, said Holtmann, adding the classic “Blue Cow” label is being updated to reflect current social values and consumer concerns. The long-standing label will soon be backed by an integrated program of on-farm best practices, bringing traceability, sustainability, animal welfare, quality and biosecurity under one program. Consumers are already demanding more information about how their food is produced and retailers are responding in kind, said Holtmann. “So how do we measure this and put it under the Blue Cow label? That’s what we’re working on,” he said. However, some producers are concerned the

program will add unnecessary complexities to their routines. “Why can’t we tell our story without adding to our workload?” asked Jill Verwey, echoing a common sentiment at a recent producer meeting in Portage la Prairie. Holtmann responded by saying that although the stories behind producers are very important, they must be backed up with facts and numbers. And although some consumers will always be motivated by price, he said the idea of value needs to be emphasized to keep consumers shopping north of the border. To assist in getting that message out the Strategic Milk Alliance has been formed. The alliance is an evolution of the Prairie Milk Marketing Partnership, which later became Milk West with the addition of B.C. Now that the Dairy Farmers of Canada has joined in, the initiative will cover all provinces except Quebec. “This is about maximizing the value of our advertising dollars,” said Dairy Farmers of Manitoba board member Scott Gilson. The effort includes more market research into which demographics should be targeted for optimal response. “One thing we’ve found through this is that teenage girls aren’t drinking as much milk as they used to,” said Holtmann. “So we want to target the right groups in the right markets.” The central plank in all marketing will be a focus on the quality of Canadian dairy products, he said. “Basically, at the end of the day, Canadian product differentiation is key,” Holtmann said.

Henry Holtmann of Dairy Farmers of Manitoba speaks to producers during a meeting in Portage la Prairie. PHOTO: SHANNON VANRAES

“One thing we’ve found through this, is that teenage girls aren’t drinking as much milk as they used to.” HENRY HOLTMANN

More than 20,000 egg cartons comprise this fire truck, which was created by the B.C. Egg Marketing Board to symbolize the hidden costs of cross-border egg shopping. Every year, nearly two million dozen U.S. eggs are brought into B.C. resulting in $3.1 million in forfeited GDP for the province. PHOTO: CNW GROUP/B.C. EGG MARKETING BOARD


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Province to back new loan program for hog producers A $5 levy on hogs could float a new stabilization program for Manitoba producers By Shannon VanRaes














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financial stabilization program is on the horizon for Manitoba pork producers. Speaking to hog farmers and industry representatives in Niverville, Manitoba Pork Council chairman Karl Kynoch outlined a new loan program designed by the council — one that would see cash loans distributed by financial institutions, administered by Manitoba Pork Council Corporation, and guaranteed by the provincial government. Manitoba pork is hoping the program will be capped at $75 million. “We’ve still got a little way to go, but the government has agreed to talk about long-term viability programs with us, and we’re moving forward,” said Kynoch. The Manitoba Hog Stabilization Program would see a mandatory $5 levy applied to all hogs sold in the province. Farmers who opt out of the program or who are not eligible for the program would have funds immediately returned to them, but for those who participate, the levy would go directly to repaying loans provided by the program. Kynoch said the objective is to provide producers with enough cash to cover their costs and finish their pigs during this period of financial hardship. Loan payments would be calculated on a monthly basis, based on the difference between production costs — such as feed — and market returns, he added.

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Karl Kynoch introduces the idea of a new hog stabilization program to producers during a meeting in Niverville. PHOTO: SHANNON VANRAES

Repayment of loans will be spread over at least five years, although the program would run for 10. It is one component of bringing long-term stability to the hog industry, said Kynoch. The announcement was met with few question and even fewer comments from the producers on hand. “Right now I don’t think we will necessarily use it, but in the future that might change,” said Kevin Peters, whose family operates a 3,000-sow operation near Randolph. “For us it’s simply a loan, so if we can do without a loan we will try and continue to do it that way,” he said, adding there are positive aspects to the program, including an interest rate of 4.5 per cent. But for ISO-weanling producers, the program offers nothing. “They don’t want to be subsidizing any hog that is leaving the province,” said Kynoch. That point did spark discussion among producers. “It’s not really solving the problem, I would have liked to see a program where the government helped subsidize feed costs, that would have helped all farms, including weanling exporters,” said one producer who wished to remain anonymous. The council is still working with Manitoba Agriculture and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) to hammer out program details, including when the first cheques would go out, and how retroactive the program would be. Ky n o c h s a i d t h e c o u n cil is pushing for September 1, while MAFRI is looking at October. In either case, the first cheques would likely go out in February. “The one thing the industry really doesn’t want is another loan, the producers are maxed out on credit,” acknowledged Kynoch. “But yet I think everyone realizes that getting a cash injection from the government is not going to happen... so this is probably the best alternative.” For some producers the program is moot; they’re leaving the industry now. “I’ve got 24 pigs left and in two weeks the barn will be empty,” said Jim Penner. Others at the Niverville producer meeting were in the same situation, noting this will be the last producer meeting they attend. “This is a nostalgia meeting for a lot of people,” said Paul Moser.


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U.S. drought boosts American demand — and prices — for Prairie hay Most of the West is good, but some areas could face higher prices due to demand south of the border By Phil Franz-Warkentin COMMODITY NEWS SERVICE CANADA


n c re a s e d d e m a n d f ro m American livestock feeders for Canadian forages should keep domestic prices firm, according to provincial forage specialists. While most of Western Canada has relatively good forage stocks, some areas are short on supply and will face high prices because of U.S. demand fuelled by this year’s drought. Forage prices are generally up by 30 to 40 per cent from yearago levels, said Glenn Friesen, a provincial forage specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. U.S. buyers are focused on areas near the border, but will start purchasing hay from northern areas as well if they get

desperate, said Friesen. Volumes heading south will be relatively small — likely a “couple hundred thousand tonnes” — but that will be enough to keep prices high, he said. In Manitoba, forage yields were average to below average, he said. Supplies are particularly short in the southeast corner, while more minor shortages were seen in south-central Manitoba into the Interlake and on some of the sandier soil areas of the southwest. Around Lake Manitoba, where fields were flooded out a year ago, producers had smaller reserves and are now needing to bring some hay in from elsewhere, said Friesen. Some producers who are short on feed are reducing the size of their herd, he said. However, many are hoping for a mild

winter so they don’t have to buy high-priced feed. “They feed more expensively when it gets cold,” Friesen noted. Forage is also moving out of Saskatchewan, which is a relatively new thing for that province, said provincial forage specialist Lorne Klein. The U.S. drought has boosted demand, but another factor is that truckers bringing supplies to the province’s oilpatch are looking for freight to haul back south, he said. American buyers are primarily looking for alfalfa in big square bales, said Klein. He said he’s heard that hay is fetching as much as $140 a tonne, a sharp increase from the $90 being offered last year. Even with those higher prices, he expected to see more hay move to the

U.S. in 2012 than the previous year. “Even though the majority of buyers in the U.S. would prefer to have the big square (bales), they are buying the big rounds — because they just have to,” said Klein. By spring, there will be little carry-over of hay in Saskatchewan — especially in the south, he said. But Klein said U.S. demand could be short lived as high feed costs may lead to herd reductions or force some feeders out of business. While Saskatchewan’s yields were average to above average, there are some areas where forage is in short supply. Alberta also had “for the most part, some pretty good crops,” said provincial forage specialist Grant Lastiwka. He said quality was better

than in the past two years, as moisture conditions were good, while the heat and humidity resulted in good second growth, and even third growth in some parts of the south. The Peace River area, the extreme north, and the southwest were drier, and production was hindered as a result. However, cattle numbers are not as large in those areas and large greenfeed crops were making up for any shortages. There is good carry-over inventory from the previous year in eastern Alberta. Amer ican forage buying in Alberta has so far been less than expected, but is forecast to increase once Manitoba and Saskatchewan supplies are drawn down. International demand for forage is also expected to increase in the coming years, he said.

Sandy’s torrential rains missed U.S. heartland By Carey Gillam REUTERS


e c e n t s now, rain and cooler temperatures helped to ease suffering in some drought-stricken areas of the U.S., but others saw conditions worsen. Monster storm Sandy, which devastated the eastern U.S. with heavy rains and high winds, had little to no impact on the driest areas of the American heartland. Indeed, the worst level of drought — “exceptional” — expanded in the U.S. South, which includes Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. Roughly 60.16 per cent of the contiguous United St a t e s w a s s u f f e r i n g from at least “moderate” drought as of Oct. 30. The area under “exceptional” drought — the most dire classification — ticked up to 5.89 per cent, mostly in western Kansas and Nebraska. Nebraska is the worsthit state, with just over three-quarters of it in the exceptional drought category. Winter wheat farmers who have planted or are wrapping up planting their new crop will need significant rainfall and/or snow to provide enough moisture to grow a healthy crop. About three-quarters of Kansas is in the second-worst “extreme” category, with half of that rated exceptional. However, recent widespread rains have helped ease drought conditions in Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

U.S. Thanksgiving turkey dinner to be easy on the wallet Many retailers locked in costs before drought drove up feed prices By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO / REUTERS


mericans will be able t o e n j oy re l a t i v e l y cheap Thanksgiving turkeys this year, thanks to many retailers locking in their costs before a drought this year drove up U.S. feed prices. And retailers are determined to keep prices for the traditional Thanksgiving main course as low as possible, even though sky-high corn prices have nearly doubled the cost of producing a pound of turkey meat this year. Offering attractive prices for turkey can help retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Supervalu Inc. lure customers into their stores for other Thanksgiving staples such as turkey stuffing, cranberries and sweet potatoes, industry sources said. “Like the rest of the industr y, we’re seeing an increase in the prices on turkeys,” said Mike Siemienas, spokesman for Super valu Inc., the third-largest U.S. grocery store operator. “We continue to work with sup-

pliers to ensure we’re getting the best price possible for our customers.” Retail prices for frozen turkeys have barely moved in recent weeks. Whole frozen turkeys were selling for $1.62 a lb. in September, up from $1.57 a lb. at the same time two years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. O n e re a s o n f o r t h a t i s many producers’ contractual prices with retailers were set this spring when feed was far cheaper as U.S. farmers began planting what looked like would be a record corn crop. The expectations for a bumper autumn harvest evaporated as the worst drought in half a century devastated crops and sent corn and soybean prices to record highs this summer. The impact of higher feed costs are beginning to show up at some supermarkets that did not lock in pre-drought prices. A manager at Paulina Market in Chicago said the meat market recently increased the price of their fresh turkeys

A turkey looks around its enclosure in North Reading, Massachusetts. PHOTO: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

by about 50 cents a pound to $3.75 a pound. At Casey’s Market in a Chicago suburb, owner David Casey said his wholesale suppliers are quoting prices that are “up a couple ticks, about five per cent.” The surge in grain prices were also making it more difficult for some producers to secure bank loans. John Burkel, a turkey g r ow e r a n d p r o c e s s o r i n


Minnesota, said the rising grain prices can make it difficult to obtain bank financing. “I used to feed a turkey for 22 cents a pound, now it costs 45 to 50 cents,” Burkel said. “When you go to the bank and say, ‘I need a line of credit that’s twice what I typically have,’ they look at you and say, ‘Are you out of your mind? How are you getting that back?’”

In 2011, the United States produced 5.79 billion pounds of turkey — a 7.4 per cent drop from the 6.25 billion pounds produced in 2008, according to USDA data. The nation consumed about 5.02 billion pounds of turkey in 2011 — 6.6 per cent less than the 5.37 billion pounds in 2008. Industrywide, farmers and processors say they have scaled back their flocks, and further production cuts are expected as grain prices remain high. September’s egg set placements fell six per cent from a year earlier, according to USDA data. Jim Hertel, managing partner of Illinois-based food retail consultancy Willard Bishop, cautioned that even if turkey wholesale prices continue to rise savvy retailers will eat as much of the difference as possible. “Smar t retailers will be looking to absorb the costs they can, and spread any of the price increases across other categories that haven’t been as hard hit,” Her tel said.

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The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

U.S. Farm Bill could be delayed until April 2013 Presidential election and the wobbly economy could delay movement By Christine Stebbins

the 2008 Farm Bill if they can’t pass the new bill by Dec. 31. But Flinchbaugh said Congress can do what it wants. “In 1995 and 1996 they didn’t” extend the earlier legislation, Flinchbaugh said. He believes it will not be as easy to pass an extension as it may look now based on how farm bills are funded. “If they try a one-year extension, I don’t know where they are going to get the money,” he said. “They might do a 30-day extension or 60-day extension until they get the new one.”



he U.S. Congress could delay passage of a new five-year Farm Bill until spring planting given the full plate of legislation needed after the election to avoid a fiscal cliff with its mandatory U.S. budget cuts, a top farm policy expert said Nov. 5. “My prediction is that we will get a Farm Bill by April 2013. It will look very close to the Senate version,” Barry Flinchbaugh, a Kansas State University agricultural economist who advises legislators on shaping U.S. farm bills, told an agricultural bankers’ meeting. The Farm Bill is the master legislation that directs government supports and food aid programs. Squabbling over political issues, the divided Congress adjourned in September without passing a new bill before the old one expired on Oct. 1. That fed more anger in U.S. farm country — which is still reeling from the worst drought in half a century — against partisans in Congress. Any fallout from the failure to pass a Farm Bill will be seen in the U.S. Farm Belt from Ohio to Nebraska and the Dakotas to Texas on Tuesday when voters go to the polls for the national election.

Minor issue Livestock auctioneer Todd Ulmer assesses cattle as they graze in a severely drought-affected cornfield in Morristown, South Dakota last summer. Livestock producers have been hit particularly hard and anger is mounting over the federal government’s inability to pass a new Farm Bill. PHOTO: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST

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Hardest hit by the drought were livestock producers and dairy farmers who lack the crop insurance that Grain Belt farmers enjoy, and continue to be squeezed by soaring costs to feed their animals. “If the president is re-elected we have more of a chance of getting a Farm Bill passed in the lame duck. If Romney is elected they are obviously going to want to wait until he can have some input,” Flinchbaugh told Reuters on the sidelines of the meeting.

The Democrat-controlled Senate passed its version of the bill in June, which would replace traditional crop subsidies with an insurance-like program and cut food aid for the poor — food stamps — by $4 billion. The Republicancontrolled House of Representatives splintered over demands by some conservatives to cut food stamps and farm programs even more. Food stamp cuts would account for $16 billion of the $35 billion in savings proposed by the House agriculture com-

mittee. The Senate package would save $23 billion with crop subsidies providing half of the cuts. Since the 2008 Farm Bill expired on Oct. 1, government supports have been operating under the 1938 Agricultural Adjustment Act passed during Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. The AAA brought back the concept of “price parity” from the 1900s and led to sharply higher guaranteed crop prices, Flinchbaugh said. Most policy farm analysts expect Congress to extend

But the Farm Bill is the minor issue compared to the fiscal cliff the country is facing, Flinchbaugh said. Under a contentious budget compromise in 2011 neither side liked, Republicans and Democrats locked themselves into massive mandatory budget cuts and tax increases in January 2013 to avoid raising the U.S. debt ceiling after last year’s first-ever U.S. debt downgrade by rating agency Standard & Poor’s. Economists say such automatic drastic measures will likely push the economy back into recession. “I’m pleading for horse sense,” Flinchbaugh told Reuters. “If Congress attempts to kick the can down the road one more time — by spring we will have federal Treasury bonds rated BB, versus AA now.”

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Higher feed costs could trigger wide-reaching shift in consumers’ meat purchases By Nigel Hunt LONDON / REUTERS


surge in feed grain prices has stripped many livestock farmers of profit and set off a chain of events that threatens to drive up world meat prices in 2013. The global economic downturn has made it difficult for farmers to pass on rising costs to cash-strapped consumers, and they have sought to scale back production plans in the face of mounting losses. I n t h e p o r k i n d u s t r y, t h i s h a s m e a n t slaughtering breeding sows, which in the short term can actually increase meat supplies, with the eventual decline in production not felt until 2013. “If you take a breeding pig out of the system now it takes around nine months before there is any impact on the level of slaughtering because of the lifespan of a pig,” said Stephen Howarth, analyst for Britain’s AHDB-BPEX. Retail prices for pork and beef in the United States have remained stable so far, but analysts said retailers would eventually be forced to pass on rising costs to consumers when supplies get tighter. “Because there is no immediate drop-off in production, you don’t tend to get much of a price reaction in the short t e r m . It c a n f e e d t h ro u g h into a bigger price reaction further down the line,” he added. Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Information Centre in Denver, Colorado, said as prices rise shoppers could switch from more expensive to cheaper meats. “For 2013, we may see a little bit more substitution by consumers away from beef and towards chicken and pork because we’ll see record-high price levels across most categories, especially for beef,” he said. One forecast pegs 2013 U.S. beef production at 24.8 billion pounds, the lowest since 2005, and at 23.6 billion for 2014, its lowest since 1993. Livestock economist Chris Hurt of the University of Purdue said the U.S. hog industry should begin to see a reduction in pork supply about May or June next year. Many U.S. feedlots have been operating at losses for several months. Hurt said he expected the numbers of cattle leaving feedlots to taper

off noticeably in January or February next year.

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The price of corn hit a record h i g h o f j u s t ov e r $ 8 . 4 3 a bushel in August, and while it has since fallen about a dollar, that’s not nearly enough for hard-pressed livestock producers. Tim Koch, meat analyst at German agricultural markets consultancy AMI said a reduction in Germany’s pig herd and high animal feed costs would make 2013 a “painful time for farmers and consumers alike.” Howarth predicted European Union pork production will decline by at least two per cent in 2013, and exports for Canada will also contract. “The big unknown is China, which accounts for about half the global market for pig

meat,” he said. “Any dropoff in production will mean an increase in demand for imports, but there are conflicting stories coming out of China.” If declines in pork and beef production lead to higher prices, it might be an opportunity for poultry producers, who can quickly ramp up production. “In other words, look out. Especially in late 2013, chicken substituting for pork and beef is going to be pretty predominant,” said Purdue University’s Hurt. One major meat sector has managed to avoid rising feed costs and looks set for expansion: lamb. “Most sheep in the U.K. and the main global producers are grass fed. It (rising animal feed costs) will make lamb a bit more competitive rela-

A butcher holds a slaughtered pig in a market in Budapest Nov. 7. A surge in the cost of feed grain after the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has stripped many livestock farmers of profit and set off a chain of events that threatens to drive up world meat prices in 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/LASZLO BALOGH

tive to other meats,” Howarth said. “Where it has been very expensive relative to other

meats, it may be a bit less so,” he added, noting most major producers planned to expand production in the next year or so.

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Drought repercussions will weigh on livestock sector for months to come Low protein in soymeal and higher toxin levels in distillers grains add new challenges for pig, poultry and cattle feeders By Gavin Maguire chicago / reuters


he repercussions of this year’s drought across the U.S. Midwest will likely continue to affect the livestock feeding industr y for many months to come. Drought not only impacted the quantity of crops produced but also quality, leading to abnormally low protein content in soybeans and higher-thanusual toxin levels in corn that stand to disrupt the feed industry’s intake of soymeal, corn and distillers dried grains (DDGS) for the foreseeable future. Soybean prices have slumped around 15 per cent since their early-September highs on the back of reports of higher-thananticipated soybean yields that may be two bushels an acre

higher than USDA estimates issued in September. That’s good news, but the overall usable content of the beans themselves are noticeably below average in terms of protein (soymeal) levels. Agronomists attached to Iowa State University, one of the top agriculture programs in the country, have projected soybean protein levels at around 33 to 34 per cent of total soybean weight this year, versus around 35 to 36 per cent on average. Soybean oil content is averaging higherthan-normal levels, at around 19.5 to 20 per cent of weight versus 18.5 per cent normally. These deviations in protein and oil content may not appear to be all that drastic at first glance, but stand to have a p o t e n t i a l l y p ro n o u n c e d impact on the overall amount of soymeal availability over the

coming months once the soybeans themselves are processed into meal and oil. The latest report from the National Oilseed Processors Association reveals that the average soymeal yield in September was at its lowest level in close to two years. For hog and poultry producers, this lower overall protein content — aligned with historically tight soybean stocks — is cause for concern, and could force feed purchasers to tweak feeding rations in the months ahead in order to offset any tightness in soymeal supplies.

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AUTO & TRANSPORT Auto & Truck Parts





Combine ACCessories FARM MACHINERY Combine – Accessories

REMANUFACTURED DSL ENGINES: GM 6.5L $4,750 installed; Ford/IH 7.3L $4950 installed; GM Duramax/Ford 6.0L, $8,500 installed; new 6.5L engines $6500; 24V 5.9L Cummins, $7,500 installed; other new/used & reman. engines available, can ship or install. Thickett Engine Rebuilding, 204-532-2187, Binscarth. 8:00am-5:30pm Mon.-Fri.

FLEX PLATFORMS, CORN HEADS, Rigid Platforms- for all makes combines. JD 925, 930, 630, 635 Flex; CIH 1020 25-30 ft. Flex; JD 925 Rigid; NH 971 24 ft. Rigid; JD 643, 843, 893, 1293; CIH 1083 Corn heads. Call Gary Reimer (204)326-7000, Reimer Farm Equipment located #12 Hwy N, Steinbach, MB

AUTO & TRANSPORT Trucks 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD Diesel Crew Cab, Allison Auto, 4WD. One owner, no accidents, never towed, well maintained. Safetied. Excellent condition. $23,995 OBO (204)248-2208 or (204)723-0057 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty

liVe steam tractor D405 Quality made all metal. Brass boiler, forward, reverse, neutral control & working whistle (double acting brass cylinder & piston). Engine runs 15 mins per fueling supplied. 11"Lx 5 3/4"W x 7 1/4"H. Reg $449.95 SPECIAL! $299.96 + tax steam catalogue $6.95

shiPPing $16 • extra Fuel $6.95/Box - 5 Boxes For $24.95

YesterYear toYs & books Inc. DePt. BF • 16385 telePhone rD. s., Brighton, on k0k 1h0

AUCTION DISTRICTS Parkland – North of Hwy 1; west of PR 242, following the west shore of Lake Manitoba and east shore of Lake Winnipegosis. Westman – South of Hwy 1; west of PR 242. Interlake – North of Hwy 1; east of PR 242, following the west shore of Lake Manitoba and east shore of Lake Winnipegosis. Red River – South ofHwy 1; east of PR 242.

The Pas

Birch River

Minitonas Durban




Fisher Branch

Ste. Rose du Lac


Riverton Eriksdale



Shoal Lake




Rapid City





Elm Creek



Ste. Anne



Pilot Mound Crystal City

Lac du Bonnet


Austin Treherne



Stonewall Selkirk


Brandon Souris










OVER 200 VEHICLES LOTS OF DIESELS Chrysler Dodge (800)667-4414 Wynyard, Sk.


PRICE TO CLEAR!! 75 truckloads 29 gauge full hard 100,000PSI high tensile roofing & siding. 16 colours to choose from.

Ask about our blowout colours...65¢/ft.2


Gilbert Plains

St. Pierre


Morris Winkler Morden




Red River

AUCTION SALES AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Parkland Gladstone Auction Mart

Closed Bred Heifer Sale

For Ed & Garry Grumpelt of Gladstone, MB Fri., Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:00a.m 250 Bred Heifers 60 tan & white heifers bred Hereford 190 Simmental/Red Angus x bred Red Angus Most of the heifers are age verified. The bulls are registered & have under 90lbs birth weight. The bulls were exposed June 1st For more info, phone the mart:(204)385-2537 Gerald McGowan manager:(204)385-2043 Dave Nickel auctioneer:(204)637-3393 License # 1108

AUCTION SALES Manitoba Auctions – Interlake MCSHERRY AUCTION SERVICE LTD Estate & Moving Auction Sat., Nov 17th 10:30am Stonewall, MB. 12 Patterson Dr. Auction Note: More Items than Listed. Vehicle, Yard & Rec: 94 Chev 1500 Ext Cab, 8 cyl Truck, Sft Insp; Antique Furniture: Mahogany Curved Glass China Cabinet; Chair; Child Rocker; Child Table & Chairs; Mag Stand; Piano Stool; Antiques: Table Top Gramophone; Gramophone Horn; Candle Stick Phone; Grandpappa Clock; Brass Figurine Mantle Clock; Mantle Clock; Wall Clock; Chandelier; Torche Lamp; Halogen Lamp; Railway Lamps; Parlor Coal Oil Lamp; Brass Aladdin Lamp; Jadite Aladdin Lamp; Coal Oil Lamps; Lamp Shades; Age Purple Candle Sticks; Paintings; Convex Frames; Coffee Grinder; Nickle Machine Jars; Purse; Crib /Stroller; Fireplace Irons; Cast Seat; Brass; Bell Swing; Piston Water Pump; Cash Register; Metal Mail Box; Bob Sleigh; Traps; Bakelight Tackle Box; Livebait Box Fishing Items; Wood Lures; Vintage Fishing Rods; Wood Duck Decoys; Snow Shoes; Cowboy Hat; Adv & Collectibles: Canada Dry Clock; Gates Clock; Wawanesa Clock; Coca Cola Memorabilia; Prevent Fire Sign; Via Sign; Roblin Sign; Boat Sign; Circus Banners; Buffalo Oil Cans; Oil Cans; Mickey Mouse Telephone; Antique Crockery & Glassware: RWing 8-gal Butter Churn; Medalta 6-gal Butter Churn; RWing 1-gal Large Wing Crock; Ginger Beer Bottles; 1-gal RWing; 3-gal, 5-gal Butterchurn; Adv Crockery Jug; Crockery; RAlbert China; RAlbert Tea Pot; China Tea Set; Shell China; Delphite; Jadite; Carnival Glass; Pitcher & Basin; Pitcher; Candy Dish; Bridal Basket; Carnival Hen on Nest; Silverware; Glassware; Vase; Spice Set; Panther Orn; Swan Orn; Household: Full Line of Household Furniture & Effects; Many Tools. Stuart McSherry (204)467-1858 or (204)886-7027 Meyers Auction 9:30 am Sunday Nov 25, 2012 Antiques, Collectables, Coins, Shop Tools & Household. Indoors At Meyers Auction Site 431 Lansdowne Ave, Arden, MB Meyers Auctions & Appraisals, Arden, MB. Bradley Meyers Auctioneer 368-2333 or 476-6262 sell Detailed List & Pictures at

AUTO & TRANSPORT AUTO & TRANSPORT Auto Service & Repairs DOES YOUR POWERSTROKE NEED help? Does it run rough? Lose coolant? Hard start? We have scanners & equipment to repair your diesel. Specializing in the 7.3L & 6.0L Powerstroke. We repair anything from injectors to head gaskets to turbos to transmissions to brakes. We can supply reasonably priced injectors & high performance turbos. Give us a call to get your Superduty running smooth. Friesen Tractor, Riding Mountain (204)476-0791.

CONCRETE FLATWORK: Specializing in place & finish of concrete floors. Can accommodate any floor design. References available. Alexander, MB. 204-752-2069.


AUTO & TRANSPORT Vehicles Various

Multi-coloured millends.........49¢/ft.2



Crew Cab, White. 8-cylinder, Automatic, 4WD. Excellent condition, OBO (204) 294-2339

B-Gr. coloured......................70¢/ft.2

Swan River


AFAB INDUSTRIES IS YOUR SUPERIOR post frame building company. For estimates and information call 1-888-816-AFAB(2322). Website:

Also in stock low rib white 29 ga. ideal for archrib buildings BEAT THE PRICE INCREASES CALL NOW


FARM CHEMICAL SEED COMPLAINTS We also specialize in: Crop Insurance appeals; Chemical drift; Residual herbicide; Custom operator issues; Equipment malfunction; Yield comparisons, Plus Private Investigations of any nature. With our assistance the majority of our clients have received compensation previously denied. Back-Track Investigations investigates, documents your loss and assists in settling your claim. Licensed Agrologist on Staff. For more information Please call 1-866-882-4779

CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT 1988 CASE 580 BACKHOE w/front end loader. Phone:(204)952-9793. WANTED TO BUY an excavator, prefer 200-270 JD, Komatsu, Hitachi or Case, prefer 2000-2005, has to have thumb. Phone (204)871-0925. WHEELED EXCAVATOR CASE 1085B, extend-ahoe, wrist-o-twist, 2 digging buckets, $17,500; Hitachi 300 Track excavator, $35,000. Phone:(204)871-2708 or (204)685-2124. We know that farming is enough of a gamble so if you want to sell it fast place your ad in the Manitoba Cooperator classifieds. It’s a Sure Thing. Call our toll-free number today. We have friendly staff ready to help. 1-800-782-0794.



FARM EQUIPMENT AUCTION LOCATION: From Langdon, ND, 3 miles east, 1 mile north, 1/4 mile east.



TIME: 10:00 AM

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: Most of the equipment was purchased new with an excellent maintenance program in place. Major equipment sells at 11:30 AM. Live online bidding available on major equipment. Registration, terms & details at TRACTORS 2004 Case-IH STX375, 4WD, deluxe cab, buddy seat, powershift, 4 hyd., return flow, mirrors, Firestone 710/70R42 metric duals with spacers, 2012 Outback STS E-drive TC guidance, 2,871 hrs., S/NJEE0104161 1999 Case-IH 9380, 4WD, N14 Cummins, 12 spd. gear, 4 hyd., front suitcase weights, rear weight pkg., 20.8-42 triples, shows 3,979 hrs., S/N74808 1992 Case-IH 7150, MFWD, powershift, 4 reverse, 4 hyd., 3 pt., 1000 PTO, air seat, front fenders, front suitcase weights, 14.9-46 press steel hub duals, 380/85R30 fronts, 7,957 hrs., S/NJJA45277 1968 JD 3020 Standard, diesel, open station, 2 hyd., 540/1000 PTO, JD 148 loader brackets, rear weights, 18.4-34 rears, 9,806 hrs., S/N116183 1966 IHC 656, gas, open station, 2 hyd., 540 PTO, JD 148 loader bracket, rear weights, 15.5-38 rears, shows 2,106 hrs., S/N23219 JD 148 loader, 84" bucket, tractor hyd., w/stand NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT (2) EZ Steer assisted guidance systems (2) EZ Steer Plus guidance systems HARVEST EQUIPMENT 2008 Case-IH 8010 axial flow, AFS, Field Tracker feeder house, Pro 600 display, Y&M, rock trap, chopper, power reverser, long unload auger w/ext., hopper ext., HID lights, wheat concaves, round bar concave, 520/85R42 straddle duals, 540/65R30 rears, 1,160 sep. hrs., 1,572 engine hrs., S/NHAJ200451 2010 Case-IH 2016 pickup head, 16', Swathmaster 9-belt pickup, hyd. wind guard, single pt. hookup, S/N23472 2008 MacDon FD70 flex draper, 40', finger reel, fore/ aft, slow speed transport, mounts for Case-IH 8010, S/N180770 Case-IH 8220 pull-type swather, 25', auto fold, finger reel, 1000 PTO, S/N166451 JD 590 pull-type swather, 25', auto fold, bat reel, 540 PTO, S/N877444 1997 Case-IH 8825 HP. self-propelled swather, diesel, CAH, 25', double swath, finger reel, platform, wheel stabilizers, center/right/left delivery, aux. lights, 21.5-16 bar tires, 869 hrs., S/NCFH0200068 GRAIN CART UFT grain cart, 750 bu., roll tarp, full hyd.

AIR SEEDER 2012 NH Flexi-Coil P2050 air seeder, 57', 7" space, full run monitor, Intelliview IV display, full floating hitch, walking tandems across, dual wing casters, Stealth carbide point openers, single bar harrow, 3" rubber packer wheels w/rock guards, HD trip shanks, NH Flexi-Coil P1040 tow behind commodity cart, 330 bu. twin compartment, dual hyd. fan, standard mechanical drive, 10" hyd. fill auger, 3 metering wheels, field light pkg., 30.5-32 rears, 21.5-16 walking tandem fronts, cart S/NYBS015504, seeder S/NYBS003476 TILLAGE EQUIPMENT 2012 Wil-Rich Quad X2 field cultivator, 60', full floating hitch, HD spring shank, edge-on with 9" sweeps, walking tandems across, full set flotation tires, Wil-Rich depth control, Wil-Rich 4-bar harrow 2009 JD 2410 chisel plow, 43', full floating hitch, tandems across, single pt. depth, Summers 104 heavy duty 3-bar harrow Case-IH 5800 chisel plow, 40', tandems across, 3-bar harrow, rear hitch Degelman 7645 land roller, full hyd. 2009 Riteway 8100 Jumbo heavy duty harrow, 72', heavy duty 9/16" tooth, hyd. pitch, S/N81929 Flexi-Coil harrow, 84', hyd. fold, adj. sections Wil-Rich 2900 hinged auto reset plow, 12x16" Steiger Trail-R-Disc, rock flex, 30', needs work TRUCKS 2001 Freightliner Classic conventional, flat top, 500 hp.. 12.7 Detroit, shows 987,965 miles 1999 IHC 9300 conventional, mid-roof sleeper, 470 hp.. 12.7 Detroit, 80,585 miles 1974 IHC Loadstar 1800 twin screw, 537 V8, 5&3 spd., Frontier 19-1/2' box, hoist, roll tarp, 3 pc. endgate 1974 IHC Loadstar 1700 lift tag tandem, V8, 4&2 spd., 19-1/2' steel box, hoist, roll tarp, 67,046 miles 1965 IHC Loadstar 1600 single axle, 345 V8, 4&2 spd., Knapheide 13-1/2' steel box, hoist, roll tarp ALSO TO INCLUDE: PICKUPS & RECREATION,TRAILERS, 2011 APACHE AS1010 SELF-PROPELLED SPRAYER, CHEMICAL/FERTILIZER EQUIPMENT, HOPPER BINS, GRAIN HANDLING EQUIPMENT, OTHER EQUIPMENT, TANKS, SHOP EQUIPMENT, GUNS & SAFE


HEADER TRAILERS & ACCESSORIES. Arc-Fab Industries. 204-355-9595

FARM MACHINERY Fertilizer Equipment

FARM MACHINERY Loaders & Dozers

FERTILIZER SPREADERS, 4-9-TONNE, $2500 up; Large selection 8T tender, $2500; 16T, $5900. (204)857-8403.

BUHLER ALLIED LOADER MODEL 2895-S w/joystick, bucket & grabel fork, fits 9820 Case IH, loader built for 150-250 HP, $7,500. Phone (204)871-0925.


FARM MACHINERY Parts & Accessories

BIG BINS & FLOORS at old prices, 20,000-56,000bu. bins holding prices until spring. NEW MOISTURE CABLES! Call Wall Grain for details (204)269-7616 or (306)244-1144 or (403)393-2662. CUSTOM BIN MOVING Book now! Fert Tanks. Hopper Bins/flat. Buy/Sell. Call Tim (204)362-7103 or E-mail Requests SUKUP GRAIN BINS Heavy Duty, hopper or flat bottom, setup available. Early order discount pricing now in effect. Call for more info (204)998-9915

FARM MACHINERY Grain Cleaners 2-2 ROLL 245 CARTER Day graters w/aspirators. 2-2 roll 245 Carter Day graters wo/aspirators. Many Shelves for the above machines. Magic box w/4 Canola spirals. Phone:Ed Bergen, Sanford, MB. (204)736-2278 or Cell (204)782-3234.

FARM MACHINERY Grain Dryers NEW SUKUP GRAIN DRYERS w/canola screens, 1 or 3PH, LP or NG. Efficient & easy to operate. Early Order discount pricing now in effect. (204)998-9915 NEW MC DRYERS IN STOCK w/canola screens 300-2,000 BPH units. Why buy used, when you get new fuel efficient & better quality & control w/MC. Call Wall Grain for details (204)269-7616 or (306)244-1144 or (403)393-2662.


WALINGA GRAIN VACS Tired of shovelling out your bins, unhealthy dust and awkward augers? Walinga manufactures a complete line of grain vacs to suit your every need. With no filters to plug and less damage done to your product than an auger, you’re sure to find the right system to suit you. Call now for a free demonstration or trade in your old vac towards a new

Walinga agri-Vac! Fergus, On: (519) 787-8227 carman, MB: (204) 745-2951 Davidson, SK: (306) 567-3031 FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Swathers 400 VERS SWATHER 18-FT. good running order, shedded, $1,500 OBO. Phone (204)966-3857.

FARM MACHINERY Haying & Harvesting – Various

Penno’s Machining & Mfg. Ltd. Eden, MB 204-966-3221 Fax: 204-966-3248

Check out A & I online parts store

Combines FARM MACHINERY Combine – Case/IH 2005 CASE IH 8010 combine, 4-WD, front tire size is 1250-45-32, means they are 45-in wide, rear tires 28L-26, means 28-in wide. Apparently will go as far as a track machine. 4-Spd, hyd trans, straw chopper & spreaders, pro-600 monitor, bin extensions w/2052-30-ft dripper header, $165,000. Phone:(204)871-0925.

FARM MACHINERY Combine – Various

Tractors Combines Swathers


1-800-667-9871 • Regina 1-800-667-3095 • Saskatoon 1-800-387-2768 • Winnipeg 1-800-222-6594 • Edmonton “For All Your Farm Parts” The Real Used FaRm PaRTs sUPeRsToRe Over 2700 Units for Salvage • TRACTORS • COMBINES • SWATHERS • DISCERS Call Joe, leN oR daRWIN (306) 946-2222 monday-Friday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WATROUS SALVAGE WaTRoUs, sK. Fax: 306-946-2444

NEW WOBBLE BOXES for Macdon JD, NH, IH, headers. Made in Europe, factory quality. Get it direct from Western Canada’s sole distributor starting at $995. 1-800-667-4515.

NEW & USED TRACTOR PARTS NEW COMBINE PARTS Large Inventory of new and remanufactured parts

STEINBACH, MB. Ph. 326-2443 Toll-Free 1-800-881-7727 Fax (204) 326-5878 Web site: E-mail: FARM MACHINERY Salvage GOODS USED TRACTOR PARTS: (204)564-2528 or 1-877-564-8734, Roblin, MB.

Spraying EquipmEnt FARM MACHINERY Sprayers 1994 WILLMAR 765HT high clearance sprayer, 600-gal tank, 80-ft. boom, rinse tank, 9.5-48 & 18.438 tires, Micro-Trak Spraymate 2 auto rate controller, 2,993-hrs, good condition, $34,000. (204)436-2534.

Tillage & Seeding FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Drills 1998 CONCORD 4010, RED, 5-fold, comes w/2009 Case 3430 variable rate tank, mid-row banders, Dickey John NH3 kit, hyd. winch on tank, blockage monitors, openers, field ready, excellent cond., always shedded, $80,000. Phone:(204)791-3130 or (204)467-8547.


TERMS: All items sold as is where is. Payment of cash or check must be made sale day before removal of items. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. $35 documentation fee applies to all titled vehicles. Titles will be mailed.

1-866-729-9876 5150 Richmond Ave. East BRANDON, MB. New, Used & Re-man. Parts

Rebuilt Concaves

Rebuild combine table augers Rebuild hydraulic cylinders Roller mills regrooved MFWD housings rebuilt Steel and aluminum welding Machine Shop Service Line boreing and welding

For info contact Brad at Steffes Auctioneers (701) 237-9173 Steffes Auctioneers Inc. 2000 Main Avenue East, West Fargo ND (701) 237-9173 Brad Olstad ND319, Scott Steffes ND81

Harvest Salvage Co. Ltd.

COMBINE WORLD located 20 min. E of Saskatoon, SK on Hwy. #16. 1 year warranty on all new, used, and rebuilt parts. Canada’s largest inventory of late model combines & swathers. 1-800-667-4515


The Manitoba Co-operator | November 15, 2012

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Air Seeders

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted

2009 JOHN DEERE 1830 Airseeder, 50-ft, 7.5-in SS, Rubber Packers, Atom Jet Openers, 350 TBH, Conveyor, DS. $124,000; 2004 John Deere 1890 Airseeder, 42-ft, 7.5-in Spacing, Rubber Gauge Wheels, All Run Black, 270 TBH Tank, 8-in Auger. $85,000. Call Ray at (204)825-8121.

WANTED: DISC, TANDEM OR off-set. Must be in good shape & able to operate in stones. 15 or 16-ft. Phone:(204)837-1553

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Tillage 16-FT. HUTCHMASTER OFFSET DISC, new tires, all new bearings, new front gang discs, 24-in. notched disc blades, VGC, $9,500. (204)762-5448. CCIL MODEL 204, 28-FT. deep tiller, tandem axles, mounted harrows, $4,500; Morris Model TD-81, 14-ft. tandem disc w/updated 5/16x24 new front discs & bearings, $8,500; JD Model 215 tandem discer, Duracushion, 16-ft., 22-in. blades, $8,500. www. (204)525-4521, Minitonas, MB.

FARM MACHINERY Tillage & Seeding – Various BOOKING SPECIALS FOR ALL makes of Harrow Tines, mounted, Std, drawbar, Heavy Harrows. ex: 9/16x26-in. ST 100 or more $19.95 each. Special ends Nov 30th 2012. Fouillard Implement Ltd (204)683-2441, St Lazare, MB.


WANTED: Intl 7200 42-ft. hoe press drill. WANTED: Wallis & Massey Harris cast top radiators, any condition. WANTED: Wallis tool box lid. Phone (204)826-2554.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – White

• Sprayed foam insulation • Ideal for shops, barns or homes • Healthier, Quieter, More Energy Efficient®

1979 WHITE 2/155 2WD 150-HP, 8,800-hrs, lots of new parts, good rubber, w/Leon 808 loader & joystick, like new, can sell separate, $14,500 OBO. (204)825-7337

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Case/IH CASE IH 140-HP 5088, 3-PTH, FEL, cab & A/C, very good rubber, $17,000. Phone (204)871-0925. CIH 4240 MFWD, 3-PT., 2,215-hrs, Loader $24,000. Call Gary Reimer (204)326-7000, Reimer Farm Equipment located #12 Hwy N, Steinbach, MB FOR SALE: 2290 CASE 1982 3,300 original hours, very good shape. Phone:(204)768-9090. TRACKMAN TRACKS FOR STX450 Quad, brand new, $7,500 each. 2 used scraper tracks for STX450, no rips or tears, $4,500 each. (204)871-0925

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – John Deere

DELUXE WOOD & WATER OUTDOOR FURNACES CSA APPROVED Now available North American wide at prices never seen before


Mastercard, Visa &Interac available


This is not a misprint!! FC30HD Unit plus accessories

Introductory Doorcrasher Special

You receive base pump, rad hose, insulation, fittings, rust inhibitor PLUS our FC30HD (can heat 1 building) WOOD WATER FURNACE Some claim this is “North America’s Hottest Deal!”

Friesen Built Inc. 1-866-388-4004


1979 JD 4440, W/148 FEL w/joystick, $19,500. www. (204)525-4521, Minitonas, MB.


1998 JOHN DEERE 9200 4WD Tractor, 20.8 x 42 Firestones, 12-Spd, Greenstar Ready, 4 SCV’s, Very Clean with 5700-hrs. Call Ray at (204)825-8121.

FREE STANDING CORRAL PANELS, Feeders & Alley ways, 30ft or order to size. Oil Field Pipe: 1.3, 1.6, 1.9, 1 7/8, 2-in, 2 3/8, 2 7/8, 3 1/2. Sucker Rod: 3/4, 7/8, 1. Casing Pipes: 4-9inch. Sold by the piece or semi load lots. For special pricing call Art (204)685-2628 or cell (204)856-3440.

JD 7320 24-SPD LH Rev Trans, MFWD, 6,500-hrs, 741 JD Loader, $69,500. Call Gary Reimer (204)3267000. Reimer Farm Equipment Located #12 Hwy N, Steinbach, MB

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – 2 Wheel Drive STEVE’S TRACTOR REBUILDER specializing in JD tractors in need of repair or burnt, or will buy for parts. JD parts available. Phone: 204-466-2927 or cell: 204-871-5170, Austin.

FARM MACHINERY Tractors – Various

OLIVER 88’ STANDARD PTO & hydraulic, side curtains, excellent tires, runs good, asking $2500. Phone:(306)898-2343 lvg msg, Bredenbury SK.

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Miscellaneous D/TILLER,



MAGNETO FOR OLIVER TRACTOR for sale or trade for a Case Mag. Phone (204)436-2140.

10-FT 3-PH (204)347-5995.

FULL LINE OF COLORED & galvanized roofing, siding & accessories, structural steel, tubing, plate, angles, flats, rounds etc. Phone:1-800-510-3303, Fouillard Steel Supplies Ltd, St Lazare.

Gladstone Auction Mart Ltd

Nov 23, 11:00am

Dispersal of 45 mostly Simm Red Angus X Cows Bred to Red Simmental Bulls Bulls exposed June 29th Cows are Age Verified. Plus Other Dispersals We’re Expecting Around 200 Cows For This Sale For More Info Call the Mart at (204)385-2537 Gerald (204)385-2043 License #1108


560 INTERNATIONAL MANURE SPREADER, stored inside; Farmall H narrow front tractor; Antique wood-beam plow. Phone (204)324-8080. FOR SALE: ANTIQUE MODEL JD Model D; Manure Scrapers for cleaning chicken barn; Outback Guidance System; Electric motors 1/4, 1/2, 1 & 2-HP. Phone (204)895-1650 FOR SALE: VARIOUS PARTS for Intl crawlers T.D.6 & T.D.9. Also parts for JD 1010 crawler & complete 7-ft. angle dozer. Phone (204)376-5082. INTERNATIONAL 810 SUNFLOWER HEADER w/trailer 20-ft, $3000; 820 Flexhead, $2000; 1020 30-ft, $8000; JD 925, $6500; JD 930, $7500; Large selection used grain carts, 450-1050-bu also Gravity wagons, 250-750-bu; new 400-bu w/12T wagon, $7100; 600-bu, $12,000; tarps available; grain screeners, hutch #1500, $1500; #1600, $2000; DMI 48-in, $2500; Kwik Kleen 5 tube, $4500; 7 tube, $6500; Hutchmaster rock cushion disc 25-ft, $9500; JD 331 30-ft, $9500; Bushog 21ft, $7000; DMI ripper 7 shank, $11,900; Valmar applicator, $850. Phone (204)857-8403. ROTARY MOWERS: JD 709, $3000; Woods 7-ft, $3000; Woods 10-ft Batwing, $3500; 15-ft Batwing, $4500; IH 9-ft Sicle mower, $1650; NH 9-ft, $2200; Balers: JD 535, $5900; JD 530, $3900; JD 510, $1500; Scrapers: 440, $3900; 640, $5000; New Box Scrapers: 10-ft, $2250; 12-ft, $2450; 9-ft 3-PH blade, $900; JD 780 spreader, $8000; New Idea #3634, $4000; H-S 400-bu, $2500; Meyers 550, $11,900; Summers 70-ft heavy harrow, $14,000; Degelman 70-ft Strawmaster, $22,000; Leon 12-ft blade, $3000; 10-ft, $2500. Phone (204)857-8403 SKIDSTEERS BOBCAT 530, $4,900; Mustang 332, $4,500; Gehl 6625, $12,900; Snowblowers VType 3-PH, $250; Homemade 3 Auger, $1,000; 8-ft. Single Auger, $800; Lorentz 8-ft. $1,700; McKee 7ft., $1,400; Front Blade Leon 12-ft., $3,000; 10-ft. $2,000; JD 9-ft., $2,500; Breaking Disc 12-ft. Kewannee, $18,000; Weigh Wagon Auger, $2,500; 150-bu. Feeder Cart, $750; 12-ft. Feed Body, $1,500; Harsh Feed Cart, $6,000; ROORDA Feed Cart, $2,000. Phone (204)857-8403. WHITE 31-FT TANDEM DISC & Suzuki 4-wheeler. Call Jack Bullied (204)526-2857.


WIRELESS DRIVEWAY ALARMS, calving/foaling barn cameras, video surveillance, rear view cameras for RV’s, trucks, combines, seeders, sprayers and augers. Mounted on magnet. Calgary, Ab. (403)616-6610.


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November 19 @ 9:00 am

Holstein Feeder Sale

November 30 @ 9:00 am Receiving open until 10PM Thursdays


Wednesday, November 21 @ 1:00 pm Gates Open Mon.-Wed. 8AM-4PM Thurs. 8AM-10PM Friday 8AM-6PM Sat. 8AM-4PM We Will Buy Cattle Direct On Farm For more information call: 204-694-8328 or Jim Christie 204-771-0753 Licence #1122

Everview Charolais Complete Dispersal Sale Saturday, November 17th, Heartland Livestock, Virden, MB. 65 cows, 29 bull calves, 32 heifer calves, 22 bred heifers and a herdsire. Kevin Boucher; (204)532-2357, Helge By; (306)536-4261 View catalogue at

BRED COW SALES DECEMBER 6 at 11:00 AM Tom and Mark Sloane, Clearwater

Tom 204-873-2031 Mark 204-873-2361 110 Red & Tan Cow Bred to Red Angus & Simmental Bulls, March calving


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60 Black & Limo Cows Bred Black Angus for end of March calving Other Consignments Approx 60 bred heifers 20 3, 4 yr old cows bred Red Angus

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Rose Valley Farms (Kelvin & Wayne Nichol), Killarney Kevin 204-523-8678 90 Red & Tan cows Bred to Charolais Bulls, Feb calving

For more information or to consign to upcoming sales call 204-523-8477 Or visit the website at DEALER LICENCE #1361

REGULAR CATTLE SALES EVERY TUESDAY AT 9 AM Saturday, November 24th Bred Cow & Heifer Sale at 10:00 am Monday, November 26th Sheep and Goat sale with small animals at 12 Noon

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Livestock Handling Equipment for info regarding products or pricing, please call our office. We also have a line of Agri-blend all natural products for your livestock needs. (protein tubs, blocks, minerals, etc) For on farm appraisal of livestock or for marketing information please call

Harold Unrau (Manager) Cell 871 0250 Auction Mart (204) 434-6519 MB. Livestock Dealer #1111


Valley Livestock Sales Minitonas, MB Bred Cow & Heifer Sale Thursday, Nov 22nd at 11AM Mike LeBlanc - Roblin, MB 20 Red & Char Cows bred Red Limo, 12 Blk heifers bred Blk Angus, Start March 1st Jason Barkman - Kenville, MB 20 Red Cows bred Red Simm Angus, Start March 15th Eileen Soloway (Les Soloway Estate) Pine River, MB 46 Red, Tan & Char cows 6 heifers bred Red Limo, Start April 1st Closed herd 2 MORE SMALL DISPERSALS For More Information & Pictures: Valley Livestock Sales Minitonas

204-525-4363 cell 204-734-8624




LIVESTOCK Cattle – Hereford MJT CATTLE CO. LTD. Hereford & Black Angus Herd Dispersal. Tues., Dec. 4th, 11:00am MST at the ranch, Edgerton, AB. 14-mi East of Wainwright on Hwy 14, 11.5-mi North on #894. Selling 430 registered Hereford & Black Angus one iron, ranch raised females. Herd bulls sell. View & bid online at www.LiveAuctions.TV For a catalogue or more info Contact Mick (780)755-2224 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306)933-4200. View the catalogue online at


LIVESTOCK Cattle – Angus 200 VERY GOOD BRED BLACK ANGUS heifers born Spring 2011 in Southwest SK. AI bred to Final Answer, Right Answer & other easy calving BW 74, 78, 88, Angus bulls. Calving date approx March 24th, 2013. Call Harry Dalke (204)822-3643 cell (204)362-4101, Morden, MB.



HOLSTEIN & AYRSHIRE HEIFERS, freshening soon. Phone (204)859-2028.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Limousin TRIPLE R LIMOUSIN, HAS bulls for sale for Fall breeding. Also pick out your 2013 Herdsire now. Take delivery next Spring. Red or Black 40+ to pick from. Plus bred Heifers & 4H projects, steers & heifers. Your source for quality Limousin genetics. Call Art (204)685-2628 or (204)856-3440.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Simmental 4 SIMMENTAL COWS & 4 Simmental heifers, calving Apr-Early May, 6 Simmental heifers calving Feb-Early Mar. Phone:(204)748-1366.

LIVESTOCK Cattle Various 15-20 PAIRS JULY OCT calves, Red cows, Black calves. Jim Donald (204)546-2220, Grandview.

November 27, 2012

15 SIMM ANGUS COWS bred Red Angus, preg checked; 1 coming 3 yr old Reg Red Angus bull, 2 coming 2 yr old Simm Angus bulls. (204)727-6988


20 BRED HEIFERS MOST Blacks, some Red Bred to Black Angus bull. To start calving mid March, asking, $1,650. Phone (204)379-2408, St Claude.

at Grande Clairiere, MB Sale at Grande Clairiere Hall at 2 pm. • 50 Sim/Angus Bred Heifers • 25 Bred Sim/Angus Cows 3-5 yr old • 25 Cows Cows Bred to Maple Lake Bulls (Guest Consigner Brenda & Corny Hiebert)

Viewing anytime at the farm, See Pasture Tour on website: Call Gerry Bertholet 204-858-2086 or 204-741-0340 Ward Cutler 204-851-2614

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Black Angus FOR SALE: 35 BRED Black Angus cows, bred to registered black angus bull, cows have been preg checked & vaccinated. Please call Jeff (204)612-1734. Keystone Klassic Red & Black Angus Sale Sat., Dec. 1st, 1:00pm, Keystone Centre, Brandon, MB. Offering 75 females, including an elite selection of foundation bred heifers & fancy heifer calves. For a catalogue or more info contact T Bar C Cattle Co. Ltd at (306)933-4200 (PL #116061). View the catalogue online at MJT CATTLE CO. LTD. Hereford & Black Angus Herd Dispersal. Tues., Dec. 4th, 11:00am MST at the ranch, Edgerton, AB. 14-mi East of Wainwright on Hwy 14, 11.5-mi North on #894. Selling 430 registered Hereford & Black Angus one iron, ranch raised females. Herd bulls sell. View & bid online at www.LiveAuctions.TV For a catalogue or more info Contact Mick (780)755-2224 or T Bar C Cattle Co. (306)933-4200. View the catalogue online at OSSAWA ANGUS AT MARQUETTE, MB has for sale 1-5yr old herd sire & 6-20mo old bulls, ready for fall breeding. Phone:(204)375-6658. REG BLACK ANGUS BULL calves for sale, low birth weight & very quiet, started on grain & ready to go, buy now & save. EPD’s & delivery avail. (204)843-2287.

LIVESTOCK Cattle – Red Angus HAMCO CATTLE CO. HAS registered Red Angus red heifers for sale. Calving Feb-Apr. Some AI bred. Call Glen, Albert or Larissa Hamilton:(204)827-2358 or (204)526-0705.

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LIVESTOCK Cattle – Charolais

400 BRED HEIFERS, REDS, Blacks, Tans, full herd health program, bred to Black & Red Angus bulls, to start calving April 1st, 2013, over 200 are 1 Iron Blacks from a reputation herd. Phone:(204)325-2416. BRED COWS FOR SALE, having second calf, also bred heifers February & March calving, Black & Red Angus. Call Doug (204)447-2382, Ste Rose. BRED HEIFERS FOR SALE, bred Black Angus to start calving about April 1st, mostly black but some good colored also. Dale Smith (204)876-4798, Snowflake MB. FOR SALE: 12 SIMMENTAL & Simmental-cross Black Angus cows, 5 Simmental-cross Black Angus bred heifers. Bred to registered Black Angus bull. Phone:(204)375-6658. FOR SALE: 66 BRED Heifers, Red & Black Angus & Char X, bred to easy calving Angus Bulls, all preg checked & Ivomec. (204)824-2571. FOR SALE: 90 BRED heifers bred Black Angus due for Apr calving, average weight 1,100-lbs. Phone (204)548-2883. HERD DISPERSAL 115 COWS Charolais, Charolais Angus X bred Charolais. Red & Black Angus bred Black Angus. Bulls also for sale. (204)732-2664 Please leave msg. QUALITY BLACK ANGUS HEIFERS bred to easy calving bulls, started late January 1200-1400-lbs. Phone (204)728-7308.

LIVESTOCK Cattle Wanted WANTED: ALL CLASSES OF feeder cattle, yearlings & calves. Dealer Licence# 1353. Also wanted, light feed grains: wheat, barley & oats. Phone:(204)325-2416. Manitou, MB.

TIRED OF THE HIGH COST OF MARKETING YOUR CALVES?? 300-700 LBS. Steers & Heifers Rob: 528-3254, 724-3400 Ben: 721-3400 800-1000 LBS. Steers & Heifers Don: 528-3477, 729-7240

Contact: D.J. (Don) MacDonald Livestock Ltd. License #1110 Horses

FARM MACHINERY Machinery Wanted

50 PB REG CHAROLAIS cows, 3-7-yrs of age. Bred Feb-April to leading herd sires. Starting at $1650. Available now for viewing. Steppler Farms (204)435-2463, (204)750-1951.

LIVESTOCK Horses – Belgian

20-24-FT MEDIUM DUTY TANDEM disc, prefer Ezee-on, others considered also 1037 NH bale wagon. Phone: (306)876-4707.

SELLING PUREBRED CHAROLAIS HEIFERS & bull calves, good blood lines. Phone (204)526-2857.

5 YR OLD BELGIAN Gelding, Green Broke, 17+ hands, light in colour. Phone (204)371-5120, Vita.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012 • 9:00 AM LOCATION: Indoors at the Alerus Center, 1200 S. 42nd St, Grand Forks, ND (Just off I-29) AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: The auction will take place in the Alerus Center ballroom by huge video screen & photographs. All units will be on hand for inspection on the Alerus Center Lot- go outside to “look & touch” come inside to “bid & buy”. Running inspection from noon to 5pm November 28th and 8am to 10am auction day. Please be prepared as there will be two auction rings. SPECIAL NOTES: All items must be removed by December 6 at 1pm- loading dock on site. Alerus Center is equipped with hotel & restaurant facilities. We will accept absentee bids until 6pm November 28th!

ONLINE BIDDING: Please register in advance to bid live online by visiting IMPORTANT NOTICES:



A BIG SELECTION OF LATE MODEL 2009 Miller Condor A75 self propelled sprayer- loaded COMBINES (many well equipped, late model units- and clean, only 642 hrs; Ag Chem Rogator 854 self visit our website for hours, options & details)

2) 2011 Case IH 9120 track combines; Case IH 9120 combine, RWA & duals; Case IH 8120 track combine; Case IH 8120 combine, RWA & duals; 3) Case IH 8010 combines; Lexion 585R track combine- low hrs- very clean; 2) JD 9870STS 4WD combines- loaded; JD 9760STS 4WD combine; JD 9650STS; Agco Challenger 660 combine; Case IH 2166 combine; 2) Case IH 1680 combines; 2) IHC 1480 combines

propelled sprayers; Fast 9420 88’ suspended boom sprayer on tracks; Numerous other suspended boom sprayers, floaters & tenders- lots of quality units; a nice selection of new water & chem tanks

A NICE SELECTION OF FARM TRUCKS Including 6 late model diesel tandem & tri-axles w/ new boxes & hoists



2) Late model Case IH Magnum MFWD’s- like new; Including 2011, 2009, 2007 Timpte Ag Hoppers Case IH STX325 4WD, 3200 hrs, sharp; JD 9400 A NICE SELECTION OF REEFER VANS 4WD, triples, loaded, very sharp, nearly new rubber, 5650 hrs; JD 7420 MFWD, partial power shift, 741 S/L Including some late model units form a local reduction loader; Cat MT765 belted tractor, single owner; Cat PLANTERS & OTHER ROW CROP 85C, 30” belts- good rubber & undercarriage; Cat 75; EQUIPMENT JD 8400 MFWD; JD 8400T; Versatile 976 4WD, good rubber; Case IH 3294 MFWD w/ Allied 895 loader SWATHERS, GRAIN CARTS, VACS, & grapple; Versatile 895, 875 & 835 4WD’s- all solid AUGERS, DRYER, HAY & LIVESTOCK older tractors; JD 4440; IHC 1086 & numerous others EQUIPMENT


Corn heads; flex drapers; flex heads- a huge assortment as always



Late Model Bourgault 3310 PHD air drill w/ Mid Row Banders & 6650 ST tow behind cart, loaded unit, very clean, low acres; Late Model Summers Super Coulter Plus 50’- new coulters; 2) Case IH DMI Tigermate II 5fold field cultivators; Case IH PTX600 chisel plow; Including Ditchers, many other units SPRAYERS, FLOATERS & CHEMICAL GPS gear, etc.


Check out the November 21 issue of Wheel & Deal for Full Listings! Or visit our website





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TERMS: Cash, cashier’s check or bank wire in US funds. All sales final. Statements made auction day take precedence over all advertising. ND Sales tax laws may apply on some construction & consumer units. Document fee on vehicle titles will apply & vehicle titles will be mailed to buyers

Canadian buyers are always welcome, please furnish a letter of credit for registration. Most units move easily across the border, feel free to ask in advance for document assistance if necessary.

GRAND FORKS AREA EQUIPMENT & TRUCK AUCTION For more information call 701-757-4015 office, 701-215-2058 Dennis


Main Resource Equipment Auctions 2702 17th Avenue S Grand Forks, ND 58201 • Fax 701-757-4016

Dennis Biliske ND Lic. 237, ND Clerk 624

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE Silage Rings - DEAL OF THE DAY! Pre-winter clearance. First 500 loose clean truck tire sidewall silage covers free! Call Brandi for details! Also have them in bundles. Don’t miss out! (204)774-0725

P. QUINTAINE & SON LTD. 728-7549 Licence No. 1123

Specialty LIVESTOCK Livestock Equipment 1996 358 NH MIXMILL, always shedded, PWR bale feeder, long unload auger & scale. Phone (204)242-0171. 3 15-FT STEEL CATTLE feeder troughs & 1 20-ft cattle feeder trough. Heavy duty. Keith Hagan. Virden, MB. Phone:(204)748-1024. APOLLO ROLLER MILLS ELECTRIC & TTO, all sizes. Very cost efficient for both grain & cattle prices. 50 years experience to suit your application. “Certainly Worth A Call!” Farmers Premium Equipment. Phone:(204)724-4529. FARM-AID 430 MIXER WAGON, shedded, flotation tires. Phone (204)859-2028. JD 550 T.A. MANURE spr, $5500; NH 795 manure spr, $7,250. (204)525-4521, Minitonas, MB. KELLN SOLAR SUMMER/WINTER WATERING System, provides water in remote areas, improves water quality, increases pasture productivity, extends dugout life. St. Claude/Portage, 204-379-2763. PORTABLE WINDBREAKS, CALF SHELTERS, free standing rod & pipe panels, fence line & field silage bunks. Also sell Speed-Rite & 7L Livestock fence equipment, drill pipe & sucker rod. Phone (204)827-2104 or (204)827-2551, Glenboro. TANDEM AXLE 55-BUSHEL FEED cart for filling feed bunks or feeding on the ground, hydraulic unloading auger, $825; 4 750x17-in truck tires, $50; 86 parts car. Phone:(204)522-8938 or cell (204)522-5762.

LIVESTOCK Livestock Services & Vet Supplies The following dealer has had his licence suspended and/or cancelled under Section 15 of the Livestock Dealers and Agents Licensing regulation, which comes Under the Livestock and Livestock Products Act. (C.C.S.M. c. L170)

LIVESTOCK DEALER LICENCE Matthew John Ramsey, Strathclair Auction Mart Ltd. Strathclair, MB

1000 Litre Plastic Caged Storage Tanks $74.50 ea. Call Ken 204-794-8383 #2 Mountain View Rd Winnipeg, MB

Trux-N-Parts Salvage Inc. MUSICAL NEW ARRIVALS MARSHALL AMPS, Behrinter Products, Wireless Mics, Casio keyboards, assorted Banjos, Mandolins, Violins, Guitars, Amps, P.A, Harmonicas, Strings, Cases, Accessories. Hildebrand Music Portage La Prairie Mall (204)857-3172.

PERSONAL I AM A SINGLE white male, 5’8” 155-lbs w/good sense of humour, financially secure, honest, trustworthy. Looking for Filipino lady between 50-60 yrs of age to love & be loved by. Reply to Ad# 1019, c/o MB Co-operator, Box 9800, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3K7 LOOKING FOR ROMANCE? A best friend, and a happy relationship? CANDLELIGHT MATCHMAKERS can help make it all happen! Confidential, Photos & Profiles to selected matches, affordable, local. Serving MB, SK, NW Ontario. Call/Write for info: Box 212, Roland, MB, R0G 1T0, (204)343-2475.


REAL ESTATE Houses & Lots RTM HOMES: AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY! 1,520-sq.ft., 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath. Master bdrm has full bath & walk-in closet. Huge island & walk-in pantry in espresso kitchen. Only $85,000. Marvin Homes Inc, Steinbach. (204)326-1493 or (204)355-8484.

ORGANIC FARMLAND W/HOUSE. BEAUTIFUL treed large front yard, 1320-sq-ft house w/attached garage. Farm yard has 2 sheds & 7 granaries, includes all farm equipment, always shedded, hay, grasses, forage, cereals, oil seeds as produced. 240-acres owned, w/rental property is 500-acre operation, all land is certified organic. Call Norm, cell (204)990-8752 or home (204)755-3333.

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CENTRAL MANITOBA FARM LAND for sale by tender, 366.5-acres of prime farm land 2-mi west of Portage La Prairie, approx 3200-ft of Trans Canada Hwy & Railway frontage, close to water for irrigation, this land has grown all types of cereals/oil seeds & potatoes. Please contact Carl Burch Law Office for tender packages. Tender packages close at 2:00pm, Dec 07. Call (204)728-1818 or email

GOOD QUALITY GRAIN & Cattle Farms wanted for Canadian & Overseas Clients. For a confidential meeting to discuss the possible sale of your farm or to talk about what is involved, telephone Gordon Gentles (204)761-0511 or Jim McLachlan (204)724-7753, Home Professional Realty Inc.

FARM FOR SALE BY TENDER Farmland: NE 3-14-11W & NW 3-14-11W. Approx 315-acres, abandoned building of no value; subject to MTS Communications Inc. caveat 1044627/3. TENDER MUST BE for all of the land described above. SEALED TENDERS TO PURCHASE the land will be received by: Christianson Law Corporation 316 Saskatchewan Ave E. PO Box 940 PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB R1N 3C4 until 4:30pm on 30 Nov 2012. TERMS OF TENDER ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. Each Tender shall be in writing & in a sealed envelope, plainly marked as to contents, & shall be submitted w/a certified cheque, solicitor’s trust cheque or bank draft payable to CHRISTIANSON LAW CORPORATION, IN TRUST, in an amount equal to 10% of the tender price. 2. If a Tender is accepted, the cheque or draft shall constitute a non-refundable deposit. If the Tenderer fails to complete the purchase of the property the Seller shall retain the deposit as liquidated damages. 3. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by certified cheque, bank draft, or lawyer’s trust cheque & trust conditions on 1 Jan 2013 (the Closing Date). 4. Vacant possession of the land will be provided on the Closing Date. 5. Property Taxes will be adjusted as of 1 Jan 2013. 6. The Tenderer will pay the applicable Goods & Services Tax or provide an acceptable undertaking to self-assess. 7. Time is of the essence in the submission of tender & closing of sale. 8. Highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Successful Tender is subject to a First Right of Refusal. Deposit to be returned if First Right is exercised. 9. The Tenderer shall be deemed to have relied on the Tenderer’s own inspection & knowledge of the Land, its true condition, possible liabilities & the title thereto independent of any representations by or on behalf of the Seller. For further particulars call (204)857-7851, Bjorn Christianson, Christianson Law Corporation.

PB BLUE & RED Heeler puppies for sale, excellent farm & cattle dogs. Call (204)447-2756 or (204)447-0184.

MINNEDOSA AREA MIXED FARM in a great location. Whole section of land w/1500-sq.ft home, 36x24-ft heated shop, calving barn, quonset, cattle facilities, good water supply. Very scenic w/the Little Saskatchewan River running through the farm. Rick Taylor, Homelife Home Professional Realty. (204)867-7551 email

REGISTERED BORDER COLLIE PUPS of top imported breeding. Parents working cattle & sheep, ready to go Oct 1st, $300. Phone Martin Penfold (204)722-2036 (Virden/Moosomin area)

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FOR SALE: BORDER COLLIE pups 8 wks old, some tri colours, males & females, out of working parents, $150. Call (204)873-2430.

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WANTED: GRAIN & LIVESTOCK farms for both foreign & domestic buyers. Receiving calls weekly from buyers looking to farm & invest. Considering selling? Now is the time to discuss all options. Professional service & confidentiality guaranteed. Contact Rick Taylor:(204)867-7551, Homelife Home Professional Realty.

REAL ESTATE Land For Sale LAND FOR SALE by Tender N1/2 36-14-23W Hamiota approx 305 cult; NE1/4 6-15-22W Blanshard approx 135 cult; N1/2 2-15-22W Blanshard approx 250 cult. Highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Tenders must be received by Nov. 30th, 2012. Mail written sealed tenders to R & K Haggarty Box 93 Cardale, MB R0K 0J0 For more info call (204)566-2188. Hit our readers where it counts… in the classifieds. Place your ad in the Manitoba Co-operator classifed section. 1-800-782-0794.


SALE BY TENDER PROPERTY: Parcel 1: SW¼ 26-4-8 WPM, in Manitoba, exc. M. and M. (being 160 cult. acres). Parcel 2: SE¼ 27-4-8 WPM, in Manitoba, exc. firstly: the Nly 1240’ of the Ely 875’ exc. secondly: M. and M. (being 137 cult. acres). Parcel 3: Nly. 1240’ of the Ely 875’of the SE ¼ 27-4-8 WPM, in Manitoba, exc. M. and M. (being 24.9 acre yardsite including buildings). For further information contact Larry J. Selby at


351 Main St., PO Box 297 Manitou, MB. R0G 1G0 (204) 242-2801

FARM LAND SALE BY TENDER Sealed, written tenders for property in the RM of Pembina will be received by

SELBY LAW OFFICE Parcel 1: NW ¼ 35-1-8 WPM, in Manitoba Exc. Mines and Minerals Parcel 2: NE ¼ 35-1-8 WPM, in Manitoba Exc. Mines and Minerals Parcel 3: W’ly 1320’ perp. of SE ¼ 21-28 WPM, in Manitoba Exc. Mines and Minerals Tenders close November 29, 2012 For further information contact Larry J. Selby at


351 Main St., PO Box 297 Manitou, MB. R0G 1G0 (204) 242-2801 MACK AUCTION CO PRESENTS a land auction. TAMMY GREER Thurs., Dec. 6th, 2012 7:00pm TAYLORTON ROOM, DAYS INN, ESTEVAN, SK. 3 Quarters of Land Located in the RM of Benson No. 35 SW 4-5-8 W2 (C/W Surface Oil Lease); NE 28-4-8 W2; NW 10-5-8 W2. Call (306)421-2928 or (306)487-7815 Mack Auction Co. Pl311962 Farmland For Sale By Tender Tenders Close Dec 10th, 2012 at 5:00pm Property: NW 10-5-5W RM of Roland 160-acs. For more info and/or a Tender Application: Contact: Chris Sutton Cell: (204)745-7493 Home: (204)343-2160 Office: (204)745-3300 Email: REMAX ADVANTAGE

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FOR SALE: 100 2011 & 50 2012 solid core alfalfa hay bales. Rossburn, MB Phone:(204)859-2695. FOR SALE: APPROX 240 bales of oat straw, net wrapped, will load. Phone:(204)799-8130 or (204)837-9750. FOR SALE: SMALL SQUARE horse quality, timothy or mixed bales, shedded. Phone (204)866-2253 (204)422-8123. LARGE QUANTITY OF WHEAT straw bales, 4x4x8. Can deliver. Phone Phil:(204)771-9700. La Salle, MB. LARGE ROUND WHEAT, OATS & straw, $15; small square oats, $2. Nice tight bales, baled w/no rain. Call Sam (204)266-1119 or Chad (204)266-2071. MEDIUM SQUARE WHEAT STRAW 3x3 bales, $15 per bale. (204)781-8664, Rosser, MB. WHEAT & OAT STRAW bales for sale, 3 x 3 x 8. Phone (204)343-2144 or cell (204)745-0085.

SEED/FEED MISCELLANEOUS Hay & Feed Wanted WANTED: DAIRY, BEEF, GRASS & Straw bales in large square bales. Phone Mark 1-800-371-7928, Winnipeg.


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