On board the DC-3 is an instrument similar to one on NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) space satellite launched in 2015.

NASA conducting aerial soil moisture data collection over south-central Manitoba

The NASA aircraft carries a radiometer instrument similar to the one on board 
the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite launched in 2015

The U.S. space program is taking to the skies again in southern Manitoba this summer. They’ll be using a Second World War-era DC-3 airplane to make multiple early-morning north-south passes over farm fields around Elm Creek, Carman and Roland later this summer. It’s all part of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) flight […] Read more


The ‘broadband gap’ still divides Canada despite investment, rural leaders say

Municipal leaders gathered in Winnipeg for the national Federation of Canadian Municipalities held a 
Rural Forum special assembly June 4 to draw attention to needs and policy issues for rural areas

Municipal leaders hope a $500-million commitment in this spring’s federal budget for expanding broadband Internet services to underserviced areas of rural and remote Canada achieves its goal this time. The “broadband gap” still divides rural and urban Canada despite significant investments already made trying to close it, said councillors and mayors attending the Federation of […] Read more



Accompanied by their chaperon Tracy Claeys, (far right), Manitoba delegate Amber Dyrda (front) and Christine Kilpatrick (l to r), Luke Weidenhamer, 
Levi Rimke, Jenai Buchanan and Marika Dewar-Norosky assemble before their meetings with Ottawa officials.


Manitoba delegates inspired by 2016 Citizenship Congress

Youth delegates met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and held a mock 
parliamentary debate in the Senate Chamber at the annual 4-H event

Marika Dewar-Norosky is seeing farm and rural life in a new light following a once-in-a-lifetime trip as a 4-H delegate to Ottawa this spring. The Grade 11 teen from Newdale 4-H Club was one of six Manitoba delegates visiting the nations capital in early May to participate in the 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress. 4-H Canada […] Read more


Anthony Mintenko, Manitoba Agriculture’s fruit crops industry development specialist, began putting out detection traps to keep a lookout for spotted wing drosophila last week.

Fruit Crops Branch begins monitoring for SWD

The Manitoba Agriculture Crop Industry Branch’s Fruit Crops Program began monitoring for spotted wing drosophila last week

Commercial fruit growers in Manitoba welcome all visitors, but the one no one wants to see this summer is spotted wing drosophila (SWD). The tiny vinegar fruit fly was first detected in 2013 in Manitoba but that year — and in 2014 — showed up in early August after most fruit crops were already harvested. […] Read more



Lundar School carpentry teacher Donald Nikkel (l) oversees the school's Industrial Arts home-building project giving students like 16-year-old Cauy Kinkead valuable training and skills.

Lundar School students build for the future — and help others

The school will auction off a finished RTM built by the students as 
part of their Industrial Arts program integrating home building in their studies

Lots of students haven’t nailed down what they plan to do after high school but 16-year-old Cauy Kinkead definitely has. He plans to become a journeyman carpenter, and he credits his school’s unique Industrial Arts program, with its emphasis on home construction, for piquing his interest in a trade. The Grade 10 student at Lundar […] Read more


Helmut Neufeld, a longtime volunteer at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin, has been hard at work restoring threshing 
machines in preparation for the July 31 Harvesting Hope event.

Everyone’s pitching in to help pitch at Threshermen’s Reunion

Organizers expect more that 125 threshing machines to be on hand for the world-record event

The pioneer harvest to be staged at the 2016 Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede in Austin next month won’t just be the largest in this organization’s 62-year history. It will be the grandest display of operating threshing machines the world has ever seen, and that’s no publicity pitch. Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help […] Read more



MWI flags lack of public bus service

The rural women’s group says better use could be made of existing Handi-vans

Expanding use of Handi-vans could bring some relief to rural Manitobans who no longer drive and now struggle to find rides to out-of-town appointments, the Manitoba Women’s Institute says. The aging population of our small towns is increasingly reliant on family or volunteers to drive them, but there are also those who don’t even have […] Read more


A map included in the new online climate atlas of the Prairie Climate Centre depicts the average number of +30 C days between 2051 to 2080 if a high carbon future unfolds under a ‘business-as-usual’ carbon emissions scenario.

Zooming in on climate change impacts

A new atlas outlines climate change scenarios from a local perspective

Municipal officials and planners can now catch a glimpse of the future for their jurisdictions under different climate change scenarios. A new climate altas released by the Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) outlines how living and growing conditions in Western Canada might be affected, including a worse-case scenario showing desert-like summer heat enduring for weeks by […] Read more



rhubarb

Is there a ‘stalk’ market in rhubarb?

Research at Portage la Prairie explores potential for commercial production of rhubarb

My parents had a rhubarb patch they harvested for years and years. A sturdy crown divided off it still grows full bore in my backyard. Just how long can rhubarb last? A much bigger patch being established at the Agriculture Canada station (formerly the Central Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre) at Portage la Prairie this summer […] Read more


Retired dairy farmer Raymond Philippot displays his provincial award received for long years of service with the Manitoba Dairy Museum located in St. Claude.

St. Claude farmer recognized for his work creating the Manitoba Dairy Museum

Raymond Philippot is one of five Manitobans to receive an award this month 
from Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon for long service promoting history and heritage

Years back, when talk began about setting up a museum in St. Claude, everyone was all for it, except no one knew where to start. It wasn’t just a matter of collecting old stuff. The provincial Culture and Heritage Branch urged them to try something different. Manitoba already had plenty of pioneer museums. “They said […] Read more