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Producers explore the ABCs of do-it-yourself soil health tests

The Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives has a few ways of determining 
potential problems that have nothing to do with a lab

The science behind soil health might be complex, but most of the tests showcased during the latest Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives workshop could be done with equipment bought from a dollar store. “We have the ability to really investigate the soil ourselves,” Marla Riekman, land management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, said. “You can use […] Read more


Prime drying weather boosts first forage cut

Haying was in full force during the first week of June after forage quality fell to 
optimal cutting levels across the province

Grain producers may have been cursing the province’s dry spell in the first week of June, but it was good news for forage growers looking for their first cut. John McGregor, co-ordinator of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association’s Green Gold program, said farmers saw between seven and 10 days of good drying weather around […] Read more



DDG can help forage digestibility

The ethanol industry byproduct can help cattle 
get more from late-season grasses

One of the challenges for cattle producers around the world is getting the most out of late-season forage. In many cases forages become harder to digest later in the growing season, making them less beneficial for animals. Now a group of Texas researchers say supplementing these forages with dried distillers grain from the ethanol industry […] Read more


Alfalfa flowering and proper forage drying

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of June 8

[Updated, June 16, 2017] This is the sixth (and final) release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western […] Read more



Alfalfa moves to late bud stage in Eastern Manitoba

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of June 5

This is the fifth release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba: Green Gold report for Eastern Manitoba, […] Read more


Alfalfa in early bud stage, time to cut alfalfa/grass mixes

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of June 1

This is the fourth release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba: Green Gold report for […] Read more



First forage cuts fast approaching

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of May 29

This is the third release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba and the Interlake: Green […] Read more


Window opens on first forage cut of 2017

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association estimated the province’s ‘Hay Day,’ when 
forage quality begins to hit the cut-off for 
optimum quality at May 30

Hay Day is on the horizon, according to the first Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association Green Gold reports. Between May 18 and May 23, eastern Manitoba forage stands had dropped 34 points, although growth had slowed due to cooler temperatures, with plants adding only 1.3 inches in height. The east averaged 221 relative feed value […] Read more



Alfalfa sees rapid growth, and a question about stubble

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of May 25

This is the second release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba and the Interlake: Green […] Read more


Putting spurge on the menu for research — and cattle

With an incoming learning centre and research ranging from rodent control to grazing systems and leafy spurge, 2017 looks to be busy for Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) is ramping up for 2017. Preparations are underway for a long list of projects at the collaborative’s three test farms outside of Brandon. “Some of them are continuing projects from last year,” said MBFI president Ramona Blyth. “Research is never just done in one year, so there’s the carry-over […] Read more