Don Cruikshanks, manager of the Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association, at a unique research site in the Pembina Hills where two watersheds meet. The location allows researchers to do comparative analysis of farm management practices related to water and nutrient management.

Agriculture’s role in nutrient loss

Ultimately, storing water on the land isn’t just about flood control, it’s about capitalizing on available nutrients as well

Checking the news feeds across my conservation agriculture news, I see a common thread. Increased nutrient loads at Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay, the ever-present “dead zone” of the Gulf of Mexico and calls for more action on the state of Lake Winnipeg. The human contributions are relatively constant, albeit constantly increasing, so when things go […]


Phil Veldhuis will soon be selling his honey year round at St. Norbert’s Farmers’ Market, which is about to go online.

St. Norbert’s Farmers’ Market 2.0

Whether you pay for goods online or in person, the province says a farmers’ market is still a farmers’ market

It’s a stormy afternoon at the St. Norbert’s Farmers’ Market just south of Winnipeg, but Phil Veldhuis’s spirits are far from damp. The market has just announced an online service that means inclement weather over the winter months will no longer stymie producers’ efforts to reach customers. “I’ve had this dream for a number of […]


Chris Dzisiak (second from left) helps run swathed grain into the threshing machine.

With harvest on hold, Dauphin farmers step into the past

The 16th annual Threshing Day harkens back to a time when everyone pitched in

Dauphin-area farmers found a soothing diversion from this year’s stressfully late and difficult harvest Aug. 30 — stepping back in time to when they could all pitch in. Usually on a Saturday at this time of year, Chris Dzisiak would be busily swathing canola and harvesting early wheat. But cloudy skies and soaking rains have […]


Earl Geddes.

VIDEO: Retiring Cigi chief looks back

Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) CEO Earl Geddes is retiring after more than 35 years in agriculture during which time he was a farmer, farm leader, consultant, senior wheat board official and head of Cigi. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson asked Geddes about some of the highlights of his career.


Harvest has been a struggle for forage growers this summer. (File photo)

Farmers struggle with wet harvest

Some regions are 
soggier than others

It rains. Then it pours. Now, will it freeze? With weather watchers raising the possibility of frost this week, Manitoba farmers are struggling to get harvestable crops into the bin — wet or dry — and keeping their fingers crossed later crops such as corn and soybeans will reach maturity in time. Many hay producers […]


These eight women make up half the current number of Valley Harvest Maids, a non-profit group of volunteer cooks who’ve been baking and cooking traditional meals at the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum since the late 1960s. Pictured (l to r) are Judy Thiessen, Esther Wieler, Mary Penner, Tina Holenski, Gert Hiebert, Katharina Peters, Mary Zacharias and Tina Friesen. Jake Buhler, in back, is the vice-president of the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum who was helping out in the kitchen last week.

VIDEO: Forty years of ‘old-fashioned food’

Women in the cheerful kitchen of the Valley Harvest Maids at the Threshermen’s museum between Morden and Winkler keep everyone very well fed with the traditional recipes

Would you be calm with 1,000 or more expected for dinner, bringing with them big appetites and even bigger expectations that your cooking will be just as good as it’s always been for over 40 years? You are if you’re a Valley Harvest Maid. On a sunny August afternoon, a half-dozen women from the farms […]


A flooded field in Manitoba this past July.

KAP, APAS fear pleas for AgriRecovery falling on deaf ears

KAP says aid is needed to offset some of the ongoing affects of excessive moisture and cuts to AgriStability

Hopes are fading of extra federal and provincial assistance for farmers affected by moisture this year, Manitoba and Saskatchewan farm leaders say. “I am very concerned, unlike in 2011 when I had a real good feeling that government would be doing something for farmers,” Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president Doug Chorney said in an interview […]


Swathed canola near Elphinstone awaits drier weather.

Rain, rain go away

Recent rains and forecasts for more along with shorter days and cooler temperatures are delaying Manitoba’s harvest

Harvest is looking like spring — too wet. Most of agro-Manitoba received rain last week, and again over the long weekend with more was forecast for this week, prompting concerns about harvest delays and deteriorating grades. “I think everyone is pretty worried about this is affecting the quality of grain, especially wheat,” Keystone Agricultural Producers’ […]


Man using laptop computer in field

Telecom proposal mixed news in rural areas

Wireless frequencies now available to Internet users would be reallocated to cell phone use

Proposed changes to how telecommunications capacity is allocated could improve services for some rural Internet users, but be a step backward for those living on the outskirts of major population centres. Industry Canada is proposing to reclassify population centres of more than 30,000 people as “urban” and reallocate spectrum currently used only used for high-speed […]


Rainfall flood watch issued for Southwest Assiniboine River area

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s Hydrologic Forecast and Water Management Centre advises water levels on the Assiniboine and Souris rivers in the southwest area of the province are rising due to heavy rainfall. The Assiniboine River and Souris River watershed has received 280 to 300 per cent above the normal precipitation from […]