Canada’s canola play continues to pay off

January 13, 2014

The fields of canola that bloom vibrant yellow are more than just a pretty backdrop to a drive in the country – they are a Canadian innovation that has become the country’s most valuable farm export.

Exports of the small black canola seeds and the cooking oil and animal feed they yield have more than doubled in the past 10 years. And the group that represents growers and marketers of canola figures rising global demand will help it boost canola production by 40 per cent by 2025.
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“The world is telling Canada’s canola industry to keep it coming,” said Terry Youzwa, a grain grower in Saskatchewan and chairman of the Canola Council of Canada, a group comprised of growers and the companies involved in the marketing and processing of the crop, including Cargill Ltd., Monsanto Canada and Richardson Oilseed Ltd.

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“Life science companies have invested heavily in scientific research in order to improve canola genetics and maximize yields,” said Neil Arbuckle of Monsanto.