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Manitoba farm organizations urge farmers to list available feed

A serious shortfall has livestock producers scrambling for feed and alternatives

Manitoba’s two largest farm organizations are urging farmers to list any hay, straw or other alternative feeds they may have available. The Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers say the province is facing a shortfall this season, amid widespread reports of below-expected hay and forage yields for the season. “Many beef producers have been […] Read more


Manitoba forage growers tapped for carbon project

The national project is the next step toward the CFGA’s goal of having farmers paid for storing carbon

Five Manitoba farmers are helping the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) put a value on carbon storage. Ryan Canart of Miniota, Allan Preston of Hamiota, Matt Van Steelandt of Melita, Jonathan Bouw of Anola and Clayton Robins of Rivers are all recognizable names on the grazing, soil health or regenerative agriculture field tour circuits […] Read more



Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association backs up regenerative ag

The movement is now an official cause for MFGA

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is officially endorsing regenerative agriculture. “MFGA’s interests in regenerative agriculture lie squarely in producing high-quality food while improving the natural ecosystem,” the position reads. “Regenerative agriculture” involves farm practices aimed at improving the landscape, soil health and biodiversity. Grazing is a key part of the system, including rotational or […] Read more




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