Most North Americans use velvet antler as dried powder in capsules, for recovery from injury or exercise, to boost testosterone, and improve circulation.

Regaining access to China markets

Tainted food scandals have convinced Chinese buyers that imports are safer

Cervid (elk and other deer) products have been used and prized in China for at least 2,700 years. That makes China a very valuable marketplace for cervid products. Indeed, it was a good market until Canada and the U.S. took action to contain and eradicate BSE in early 2003. China immediately closed its markets to […]

The rooster’s wake-up call

Anyone who has lived on or near a farmyard with chickens is well aware of the rooster’s ability to trumpet the arrival of morning long before the sun peeks over the horizon. But roosters have been delivering a wake-up call of a different sort lately — sounding the alarm over the risks inherent with the […]

Summer flood bulletin #24

Province of Manitoba –  Assiniboine River – Portage Diversion This morning, flows on the Assiniboine River into the Portage Reservoir were at 47,110 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Flows on the Portage Diversion are approximately 29,610 cfs and flows on the Assiniboine River dikes between Portage la Prairie and Headlingley are 17,500 cfs.  Flows are […]

Kevin Yuill has land on both sides of the diversion channel.

Lingering effects of flood waters not covered by compensation

Repeated flooding along the Portage Diversion has some producers wondering 
how they will keep their businesses afloat

For farmers along the Portage Diversion it’s déjà vu all over again — again. “This is three times in four years for us — a person doesn’t have fun when that kind of flooding is going on,” said Kevin Yuill, who has land on both sides of the diversion channel, which begins just west of […]

Souris farmer Walter Finlay (r) shows KAP president Doug Chorney one of his fields that was too wet to seed this spring.

Short-term aid, long-term solutions needed

The province is assessing whether AgriRecovery can be triggered

Special programs will be needed to help compensate farmers for nearly 3.5 million acres of cropland either unseeded or drowned out by flood waters, Keystone Agricultural Producers said last week. Manitoba farmers need short-term aid through AgriRecovery to offset an estimated billion dollars in losses caused by flooding and excessive rains and longer-term efforts to […]

Summer flood bulletin #23

Assiniboine River – Portage Diversion Flows on the Assiniboine River at the Portage Diversion crested at 3:15 a.m. on July 15 at a flow of 51,480 cubic feet per second (cfs), slightly lower than the earlier summer crest.  Flows are expected to decline slowly. This morning, flows on the Assiniboine River into the Portage Reservoir […]

weather map of the Canadian prairies

Slight chance of thundershowers

Issued: Monday, July 14, 2014 - Covering: July 16 – July 23, 2014

It just seems to be that kind of year. We saw yet another upper low drop into our region last weekend, bringing with it some record-cold temperatures on Sunday. Winnipeg’s official high temperature on July 13 was 15.7 C, which easily broke the previous record for the lowest daily high of 16.7 C, set back […]

This is a cabbage butterfly caterpillar feeding on an Arabidopsis plant where, on an adjacent leaf, a piece of reflective tape helps record vibrations.

Plants can hear the difference

They respond differently to vibrations caused by 
chewing insects than to wind

University of Missouri-Columbia – Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found plants can not only tell the difference between the sound waves caused by insects chewing and wind but they respond with more defences. ‘We found that feeding vibrations signal changes in the plant cells’ metabolism, creating more defensive chemicals that can repel attacks […]

Grain shipments contribute to record CP second quarter — July 17, 2014


Canadian Pacific Railway says net income for its second quarter was a record $371 million, 48 per cent higher than a year ago. Total rail revenue for the quarter was up 13 per cent to $1.642 billion over last year, with Canadian grain shipments accounting for the largest share of the increase. They rose 32 […]

Another Canadian logistics ‘disaster’ not likely for 2014/15 — July 16, 2014


CNS – Last winter, rail movement of western Canadian grain was described as ‘disastrous’ for a number of reasons, including bad weather and record large amount of supplies needing to be moved. But, this spring and summer, movement has started to improve in most places, helped by government legislation and better weather, and the same problems […]