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Some winterkill seen in forages, alfalfa growth advancing quickly

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba as of May 23

This is the first 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

Eyes on winterkill as producers assess forage stands

Some forage fields are lagging, a number of producers in the east and 
central Manitoba have said, but the final toll is still up in the air

It appears forage producers in eastern Manitoba are suffering the same weather-related winterkill that hit winter wheat in the region. The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) says it has got reports of damage in the southeast corner of the province, while producers in the western Pembina Valley have also noted poor regrowth. “Part of […] Read more

Southeast Manitoba sees considerable winterkill in alfalfa

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Report for May 18, 2017

Fields throughout the Southeast have experienced considerable winter kill due in part to the mild conditions this past winter and rains that may have reduced the insulating effect of the snow and/or caused icing that suffocated the alfalfa. Winter Kill Hopefully most of you have walked your alfalfa fields and assessed if you have any […] Read more

Research and ranching

Brandon-based Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives is realizing its 
potential as education and research centre

The Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative is fast becoming one of the key centres for sector education and research in Western Canada. The rapid ascent could not be more perfectly timed, as the MBFI is in the midst of adding a learning centre to the Brookdale site, to complement the activities on the farm. “Our […] Read more

Creating a better process for assessing pasture

Stakeholders from across the industry are currently working together to develop 
a Manitoba-focused rangeland and pasture health assessment

Following in the footsteps of our Prairie neighbours, Manitoba is working towards developing a customized rangeland and pasture health assessment. “The project is born out of similar initiatives that started in the United States, Alberta and then Saskatchewan. They have developed these tools for assessing rangeland health, looking at various indicators like bare soil, litter […] Read more

Canadian forage research on the rise

The Beef Cattle Research Council has increased forage research funding from $40,000 to $6 million since its inception

The forage industry has begun to see a promised increase in research funding from the beef industry. According to Reynold Bergen, science director with the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), more of Canadian cattle producers’ checkoff dollars are being put towards research and the piece of the pie that had been allocated towards forages has […] Read more

CFGA focuses on increased forage production

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association showcased the adoption of high-performance 
production systems at its national conference held last week

The forage industry is looking to increase productivity on Canada’s forage acres by showcasing the adoption of high-performance production systems. “If every pasture, piece of pasture or piece of native rangeland increased its productivity by 15 per cent with good forage management, we could make some massive impacts environmentally and economically,” said Cedric McLeod, executive […] Read more

MBFI collaboration draws accolades from visiting graziers

Tour participants said the model performs extension, something Canada has begun to fall behind on

Around 40 delegates to the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association annual conference, recently held in Winnipeg, arrived a day early to get a look at how Manitoba does it. They enjoyed unseasonably warm and sunny weather as they took a close-up look at the action at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative (MBFI) operations around […] Read more

Showcasing the value of the forage industry

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association will highlight Manitoba’s 
unique forage research initiatives at the organization’s national conference

If you want to talk about grasslands and forage, go to where the action is — and lately a lot of that action is in Manitoba. In the eyes of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA), Manitoba has been a standout in its efforts towards forage research and the ideal place to hold this […] Read more