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 […]

A. Donald Kroeker
1935 –

Agricultural Hall of Fame: Donald Kroeker

Five new members of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame were inducted July 17 at a ceremony 
in Portage la Prairie

Donald (Don) Kroeker was born on January 6, 1935, in Winkler, Manitoba. He graduated with a BSA from the University of Manitoba in 1957, majoring in agricultural economics. Don was awarded the Gold Medal for outstanding scholarship. In 1957, Don married Eileen McGill and together they raised five daughters, Wendy, Kathy, Diane, Cindy and Donna. […]

Rex Newkirk (Cigi) (l-r), Jake Davidson (executive director Manitoba and Saskatchewan winter cereals agencies), Doug Martin (Winter Cereals Manitoba), Garth Butcher (Winter Cereals Manitoba) and Earl Geddes (Cigi) in the Cigi bakery during the presentation of funding for the new Cigi Winter Wheat initiative. Missing: Jeff Jackson, Alberta Wheat Commission.

Winter wheat growers fund Cigi position

Technical specialist will increase customer knowledge of winter wheat

Prairie winter wheat growers have joined forces to fund a new market development position at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi). Winter Cereals Manitoba, Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission, and the Alberta Wheat Commission are investing $225,000 over three years ($75,000 each) which will enable Cigi to hire a technical specialist in winter wheat responsible […]

U.N. food body says Gaza farms devastated by fighting — August 14, 2014


Rome | Reuters — The conflict in Gaza has caused serious damage to crops, herds and fishing as well as greenhouses and irrigation systems, bringing food production to a halt and sending prices sharply higher, the United Nations food body said on Thursday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement that […]


New federal funding for beaver control

Rural municipality politicians are concerned about unrealistic expectations

Beavers might be Canadian icons, but the buck-toothed mammals are a growing concern for some Manitoba rural municipalities. The furry nuisances topple trees and plug culverts, flooding towns and farmland. A new beaver-control program brings good news for farmers, but is troubling for municipal politicians in problem areas, who are concerned the program has unrealistic […]

The 2014 harvest has begun. This field of winter wheat near Miami was swathed last week, while some others nearby have been harvested. Winter wheat planting is also about to start, especially in fields too wet to seed this spring.

Winter harvest underway; seeding about to start

Ken Gross of the winter wheat initiative provides tips on getting 
the most out of your winter wheat crop

Winter wheat harvest has begun in Manitoba and planting won’t be far behind. It’s too early to say how well this year’s crop will yield, but winterkill and fusarium head blight are taking a toll. But there are things farmers can do when seeding this year’s crop to try and mitigate the impact on 2015’s […]

Two people in one week were arrested for packing heat at a Washington congressional building.

Livestock industry lobbying, American style

Pork council spokesman says incoming 
president might have been talking turkey

The incoming president of the National Pork Producers Council in the U.S. was arrested July 23 when officers at a congressional office building found a loaded 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag, the Washington Post reports. Ronald William Prestage, 59, who lives in Camden, S.C., was charged with carrying a handgun outside a home or […]


Cereal research programs set back a season from summer flooding

2014’s flooding is the latest along in the growing season 
anyone can remember, say BRC staff

Flood waters that lapped close to the doorsteps of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre last month also submerged the plot sites of cereal research programs, and that means no data for researchers this year. All three programs have been set back a season due to data lost after their plots were inundated by […]

Farm family

Province, city recognize UN International Year of Family Farming

A flag honouring the family farm was raised at Winnipeg City Hall July 30

Provincial and municipal leaders gathered at Winnipeg’s City Hall July 30 to raise a flag honouring the United Nations declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn joined Brian Mayes, city councillor for St. Vital, to highlight the significance of family farming on a […]

European farmers feel Russian sanctions’ bite — August 10, 2014


London | Reuters – European dairy firms halted production of cheese and butter destined for Russia and Norwegian salmon prices fell, as a wide array of small fresh food producers felt the first impact from Moscow’s tit-for-tat ban on their goods. Russia stopped imports of most food from the West on Thursday in retaliation for […]