SaskCanola Update - December 2019
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This update includes agenda details and registration links for our upcoming meetings and the latest information from each of the four strategic priority areas that we invest in. 

Upcoming Meetings

  • CropSphere Conference - Saskatoon - January 14 & 15, 2020
    • 7th annual conference featuring keynote presentations by Andrew Coyne, Darci Lang, and Sylvain Charlebois, along with sessions on market outlook, research, and agronomy. Click here to register for this valuable learning and networking event.
  • SaskCanola Annual General Meeting - Saskatoon - January 14, 2020
    • If you grow canola in Saskatchewan, you are an investor in SaskCanola. Attend our AGM to learn about the Commissions' 2018-19 priorities and investments. An update on the trade disruption with China will be provided. If you have any recommendations for what SaskCanola should be looking into, consider bringing a resolution forward at our AGM. Pre-registration not required, details here
    • Note: you do not need to be registered for CropSphere to attend the SaskCanola AGM.
  • Top Notch Farming - Sturgis - January 21, 2020
    • Agenda: canola research and agronomy updates, pulse disease and barley agronomy sessions, along with intergenerational farm transfer. Click here to register.


Canola Digest - Science Edition
Canola growers, through the provincial canola organizations, are helping to drive research priorities for canola in Canada. Research summaries and ongoing reports are shared in this 
Canola Digest - Science Edition. As you read through, if a question, idea or concern comes to mind, please get in touch with our Team.

Investing in a resilient canola future - mitigating clubroot risks in Saskatchewan
SaskCanola's priority with clubroot is to find ways to prevent the spread in the province. Currently there are relatively few confirmed cases in commercial canola fields and by helping raise grower awareness about prevention of spreading clubroot contaminated soil alongside strategic use of resistant varieties, there is a unique opportunity to contain these cases. Click here to learn more about two clubroot-specific research projects that SaskCanola invested in.

Grower Relations

Canola Watch 2019 CCA/CCSC Exam
Certified Crop Advisors and Certified Crop Science Consultants can get six credits each for passing our annual
Canola Watch exam, based on content from 2019 postings. This exam is good way for farmers to test their canola agronomy knowledge too!

Pest Monitoring in Saskatchewan: Why it is important and how you can get involved

The Government of Saskatchewan and its partners monitor for crop pests, including insects, diseases and weeds, because:

  • Crop pests hurt farmers' bottom line.
  • Pest monitoring programs provide valuable information and are used to create forecast maps, guide research decisions, detect and track new or emerging pests, and support management decisions.

The Ministry of Agriculture is adopting a permission-based survey system. Please sign up to allow them to access your land so that they can continue to monitor pests and provide you with valuable, timely information.

What should customers know about farmers?
"We're not going to do something dangerous that impacts quality because we also eat the stuff we produce," Anthony Eliason of Outlook SK. In this Canola Digest article, six western Canadian farmers share something about their farm and business philosophy that they want consumers to know.

Reminder: Harvest Sample Program deadlines extended
Due to the challenging conditions this harvest, the deadline to submit samples to the
Harvest Sample Program has been extended to Dec 31, 2019.

Public Affairs

HDRD + New Growth Plan = Opportunities in Saskatchewan
Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel, or HDRD, can use the same plant-based feedstocks as biodiesel and therefore is an excellent opportunity for the canola industry. HDRD and biodiesel are actually quite distinctive in their physical properties and chemical composition because they are produced differently. HDRD is very similar to petroleum diesel, making it a more desirable biofuel option for our engines and climate. Think of it this way - biodiesel is a fuel additive, and HDRD is a "drop-in" fuel, meaning it is interchangeable with petroleum diesel without blending, shelf-life, or potential energy limitations.

Biodiesel production brought new opportunities to Saskatchewan and to the canola industry, but many diesel users are familiar with the challenges especially in cold weather. What if there was a solution to the shortcomings that come with a biodiesel additive? And what if we are already using it?

Unfortunately, there is no HDRD currently being produced in Canada. Anything that is being included in the fuel stream in Canada is produced in Singapore, Finland, Netherlands, and the United States. At the same time, much of the traditional biodiesel produced in Canada is exported.

In the recently released Saskatchewan Growth Plan 2030, the Premier announced a goal to increase value-added capacity to 75% of the canola produced in this province. This would be a great opportunity to build capacity to 75% of the canola produced in this province. This would be a great opportunity to build capacity here at the source of the feedstock, where about half of Canada's canola crop is grown. By having the manufacturing capacity right here, the exposure to trade risk from the perspective of canola seed would be reduced. It would also support growth to the local economy by providing jobs and reduce the burden on the grain transportation and logistics system.

We are always looking for solutions to the challenges we face today and potential roadblocks in the future. HDRD processing capacity in Saskatchewan is a win-win for the economy, farmers, and the environment. All while it overcomes the hurdles of the more commonly known biodiesel additive. Now we just need to come up with a new name to reduce any confusion.

A Canola Update on Trade with China
Click here to watch a video update from the two national canola organizations regarding the status of Canadian canola trade with China.

Canola Promotion

Comfort Food
The days are short and the evenings are so long in December. This time of year, our Canola Promotion Manager Lynn Weaver, loves spending time in the kitchen preparing comfort foods.
Click here for a few of Lynn's favorite recipes to try this month - or browse our entire recipe database for a holiday recipe.

Bake for the Holidays Canola Oil Tips
Tips for baking with sticky ingredients, melting chocolate, or recipes that call for vegetable oil in this
Canola Eat Well article.

Photo by Peggy Wiome of McClean Lake
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