EMI payments close to $63 million on 985,000 acres too wet to seed

The deadline for selecting fields for Excess Moisture Insurance coverage in 2015 is this Nov. 30

Manitoba farmers were paid almost $63 million under Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI) on 985,000 acres reported as too wet to seed this spring. “It’s a little less than what we were estimating before we had all the data keyed in and got the actual calculations done,” Craig Thomson, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) vice-president of […]

FCC again extends loan plan for young farmers — August 28, 2014


Canada’s federal farm lending agency has held over its Young Farmer Loan program for a third year and again boosted the program’s budget commitment. Farm Credit Canada said Thursday it will continue the program, which grants loans to eligible producers under age 40 for up to $500,000 to buy or improve farmland and buildings. The […]


Clubroot infections found in Manitoba mild so far

Keeping this serious 
canola disease under control requires early detection, which can be revealed through soil testing

Clubroot has been detected in 13 Manitoba fields since 2009, but all have been mild infections, says Anastasia Kubinec, oilseed specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD). “What we’re finding in Manitoba right now is clubroot at very low levels,” Kubinec told the Westman Crop Talk webinar Aug. 20. MAFRD released a map […]


Report sounds alarm for food processing in Manitoba

Trouble in the pork and potato industries could put a $100-million 
drag on food processing in Manitoba, a new report says

Manitoba’s food-processing sector could take a $100-million nose-dive by 2020 if challenges faced by two of its three biggest players — pork and potatoes — aren’t addressed soon. That’s the worst-case or “business-as-usual” scenario laid out in a recent study by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University. Researchers gathered data from Statistics Canada […]

Robert Clarke McNabb

Agricultural Hall of Fame: Robert McNabb

Five new members of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame were inducted July 17 at a ceremony 
in Portage la Prairie. We’re featuring a new inductee each week

Robert (Bob) McNabb was born and raised on a farm at Minnedosa, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained a degree in agriculture, majoring in animal science. While at university, he took flying lessons and obtained his commercial flying licence. Following graduation, Bob spent eight years in northern Saskatchewan where he was […]

Burger King, Tim Hortons reach deal on marriage — August 26, 2014


Two days after confirming their talks on the idea, Canada’s biggest quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain and the world’s second-biggest burger chain have lined up their US$15.5 billion merger deal. Burger King Worldwide and Tim Hortons on Tuesday announced a “definitive agreement” to combine the world’s fourth- and eighth-biggest QSR firms into the No. 3 spot, […]

Burger King throne would move north in Timmy’s merger — August 25, 2014


The world’s second-biggest burger chain is in talks with Canada’s biggest quick-service chain on a merger into a new Canadian-based company. Burger King Worldwide and Tim Hortons confirmed their talks Sunday, following a report in that day’s Wall Street Journal. The U.S. paper reported the Miami-based burger firm plans a “tax inversion” deal to move […]

The treatment works by introducing a beneficial fungus which consumes the harmful fusarium strain.

A new biocontrol for fusarium head blight in cereals coming

An Ontario company will use a fungal organism found on a Manitoba field pea leaf 
to ward off FHB and possibly other fungi

Fighting fungi with fungi. That’s how an Ontario company plans to use an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) discovery to control fusarium head blight in wheat and other cereal crops. Adjuvants Plus Inc. at Kingsville, Ont. has reached a 10-year licensing agreement with AAFC to use its patented technology — a fungal organism called Clonostachys […]

Mentoring food and business skills among a younger generation, and closer connection to consumers are some of the benefits that will come from improving the business environment for smaller-scale direct marketers, said proponents at MAFRD-hosted consultations across Manitoba.

Small-scale producers want regs re-evaluated

Supply management limits and restrictions on advertising were among the concerns

Producers attending public consultations on small-scale food production last week had a consistent message — the current system prohibits their success, and food safety rules and regulations need to be re-evaluated. Not everyone is so lucky. Monika Zinn, a small-scale mixed-livestock producer in Springfield, raises and directly markets chickens. She was not grandfathered. She said […]


Severe clubroot case in northern North Dakota gets Manitoba’s attention

This province has clubroot but there could be undetected 
fields with high spore levels farmers should be looking out for

A suspected severe case of clubroot just across the border in Cavalier County, North Dakota is a wake-up call for Manitoba farmers. “I’m drawing attention to this because it’s at high levels right there so you can probably expect it’s at high levels close by and there is greater risk in those areas (close to […]