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Forage forecast gets some good news

Forage got a needed boost in the last week of May, especially in areas that got rain before the temperatures rose

The province got some of its first forage-friendly growing days in the last week of May, but it still may not be enough. This spring was another hard start for hay growers. Cold temperatures and lack of rainfall delayed alfalfa and pasture regrowth, leading the province’s forage experts to put out warnings against premature turnout. […] Read more


Manitoba protein strategy looks for sustainability

Profits aren’t the only kind of green the province hopes to court with its protein strategy

Manitoba isn’t going to just produce more protein, it’s also going to do it more sustainably. That’s one of the top goals of the provincial government’s much-heralded protein strategy, unveiled for consultation earlier this winter. The question that raises, of course, is what that buzzword is going to mean in practice. Pasture potential Carbon sequestration […] Read more



Fields wanted for MFGA Green Gold Program

The MFGA is looking for farmers to join up for its annual forage quality monitoring effort

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is filling out the roster for this year’s Green Gold Program, and it’s looking for producers to add. The program has become a standing tool for producers trying to get the optimal value from their hay cut. Participating producers submit samples from their fields throughout the season every year, […] Read more


WANTED: Hay fields for Green Gold testing

MFGA seeking producers with hay fields that are mostly alfalfa

Once again the Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association (MFGA) is seeking producers interested in participating in our Green Gold program. We believe the MFGA Green Gold Program (Optimum Alfalfa Harvest Date or Hay Day) represents one of MFGA’s longest-standing, most successful services to Manitoba forage producers and we want it to be the best program possible. On […] Read more



Looking for legumes

Experts are pitching pasture seeded with legumes as one strategy to limit drought impact, but there are a few things to keep in mind

Producers looking to buffer against feed issues may want to add some legumes in their pasture mix. The concept has been highlighted more than once this seminar season as speakers ponder how to “drought-proof” Manitoba’s feed supply in light of two years of dry temperatures and a significantly short forage harvest in 2018. Bruce Anderson […] Read more


‘Drought proof’ your pasture with legumes

Experts are pitching pasture seeded with legumes as one strategy to limit drought impact, but there are a few things to keep in mind

Producers looking to buffer against feed issues may want to add some legumes in their pasture mix. The concept has been highlighted more than once this seminar season as speakers ponder how to “drought-proof” Manitoba’s feed supply in light of two years of dry temperatures and a significantly short forage harvest in 2018. Why it […] Read more



Regenerative agriculture gets ready for the spotlight in Brandon

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is gearing up for its regenerative agriculture conference later this month

An upcoming conference in Brandon will examine how to build up land, rather than just harvesting from it. The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is preparing for its first-ever regenerative agriculture conference Nov. 27 and 28, with the theme “Adapting to Today’s Food and Farming World.” MFGA says it’s hoping a lineup of producer testimony […] Read more


Some points for a horse hay shopping list

Our own senses are wonderful tools for making informed choices about hay. Choose hay that is as fine stemmed, green and as leafy as possible

Hay selection is an important aspect of horse ownership. The type and quality of hay the horse eats can make a big difference in its overall nutrition, and its value in a horse’s diet is unquestionable. The extra dollars spent on sourcing good-quality hay and its proper storage is invariably cost effective on many levels […] Read more



Straw shortfalls throw a wrench in feed plans

There have been widespread reports of straw shortages, with producers pointing to drought stress on cereals, as well as harvest technologies that pulverize it

Straw is in high demand and short supply in Manitoba. Producers looking to it as an alternative feed source are finding there is little to be had due to drought-shortened cereal crops, crop rotation shifts, and the proliferation of rotary combines. Ray Bittner, provincial livestock specialist in the Interlake, said there is “almost no straw […] Read more


Spring forage woes linger for first cut

Producers were glad to see forage jump in June, but many first-cut reports are still coming up short

Manitoba’s first forage cut is still showing the signs of a slow start this spring. The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association observed lower alfalfa yields compared to last year in some regions. John McGregor, co-ordinator for the MFGA Green Gold program, says stands in eastern Manitoba were three inches shorter on average, coming in at […] Read more