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Rain relief brings good news for forage crops

The initial dour outlook for forage is looking brighter now that the dry spell has broken

Forage growers are seeing a glimmer of hope for the first time this season, with stands jumping from the recent rains. Some areas broke 10 millimetres of cumulated monthly rainfall for the first time in the last week of May. Brandon counted just over 55 millimetres through May and June as of June 3, while […] Read more

Fair weather sees good forage growth, alfalfa weevils on the scene

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern Manitoba/Interlake and Western Manitoba/Central as of May 30 – 31

Fields in the Western area received some welcome rains with reports in the 2 inch range as of May 30. Central Manitoba reported only trace amounts of precipitation. Fields in Southeast Manitoba received around 7 mm while the Interlake received as much as 14 mm. Fields in the East that saw 3-4 inches of growth […] Read more

Rain, warm temperatures spur good alfalfa growth

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern Manitoba/Interlake as of May 24

Fields throughout the southeast experienced very little winter kill even though soil temperature in the southeast were getting down to the critical temperatures of -12 C. This may in part be due to were the weather stations are located and that many of the fields in the area had considerable stubble left from last fall. […] Read more

Concern raised over flagging forage

Manitoba’s dry spell needs to break soon, or it could mean bad news for forage crops in the west. For some winterkilled crops, though, it’s already too late

Forage crops are off to a rough start. Producers and provincial experts say forages got a double hit this spring, with strained crops failing to survive the winter while those that made it through still struggle with slow growth. Ken Harms, who produces hay near Snowflake, says subpar stands in his area actually ran into […] Read more

WANTED: Hay fields for Green Gold testing

MFGA program is nearly set to begin

Over the past 4-5 years DFM producers have participated in MFGA’s Green Gold program by submitting samples of alfalfa during the period of May and June. If you are interested in participating in the program in 2018 please contact John McGregor by email at [email protected] or call 204-396-9217. See below for more information. We believe the MFGA […] Read more

Community pasture benefits worth over $13 million a year, study says

From forages worth $5.67 million annually to $4.7 million in carbon sequestration services, the benefits from the province’s 350,000 acres of community pastures add up fast

All Manitobans gain from this province’s community pastures, according to a new study that details the broad range of social and environmental benefits derived from them, and assigns a dollar value to them too. Released last week by the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures (AMCP) the study pegs the value of ecosystem services derived from […] Read more

Manitoba putting points system out to pasture

Producers will have to bid for forage and grazing Crown lands as of next fall rather than the current points-based system

Manitobans will have to jump through different hoops to access Crown lands for haying or grazing this year. The province announced an end to the old points-based system in December, to be replaced by a tendering system similar to how cropped Crown lands were already leased. Changes will be in place for the next round […] Read more

Nip forage diseases at the bud

Spoiled feed can mean wasted profit and, depending on the pathogen, animal health issues

Moisture is the enemy when it comes to forage diseases. For any farmer who has watched dark splotches appear on their low-laying alfalfa leaves or opened a bale only to find it spoiled, that will come as no surprise. Fungi are the culprits for most forage diseases, Linda Jewell, AAFC plant pathologist said during the […] Read more

New risk-management research

Federal government invests nearly $1 million in the hope of developing better risk management programs for forage producers

Farmers could soon be turning to eyes in the sky to better manage the risk associated with hay and forage production. The federal government recently announced it would invest $988,000 in collaborative research aimed at using satellite-based technology to estimate forage growth at the farm level. That information would then be developed into a forage […] Read more