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Manitoba Hydro awarded 3.36 per cent rate increase by PUB

Alternatives to rising cost of electricity need serious thought, says RM official

Municipal leaders say the 3.36 per cent interim rate increase granted Manitoba Hydro this month offers only temporary relief from higher energy costs and longer-term solutions are needed. “It’s certainly better than 7.9 per cent but it’s still an increase everyone is going to have to deal with,” said Randy Henuset, deputy reeve of the […] Read more


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Recovering pigs being moved to other barns

Though pigs survived latest PEDV outbreak, officials concerned about disease spread

Manitoba hog farmers whose barns are affected by the ongoing porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDv) outbreak are running out of space to put the surviving pigs. Five unaffected barns recently had to receive pigs from locations battling the virus due to space constraints, Dr. Glen Duizer of Manitoba’s chief veterinary office said last week. While the […] Read more



Sclerotinia seen in canola, aphid populations rise in soybean crops

Manitoba Insect & Disease Update for August 16

Sclerotinia stem rot has been observed in scattered canola fields through the canola disease survey. In most fields levels are low, but incidence was about 50 per cent in a field in the Carman area. Blackleg symptoms are easiest to identify when stems are cut at the base. The perfect time to scout is at harvest, so bring your clippers along […] Read more


New apple press starts operations near Winkler

Burwalde Juice Co. owner expects business to be brisk

A new Manitoba farm-based company offering apple pressing for backyard growers expects to start operations this week. Burwalde Juice Co., located on a farm north of Winkler, is the newest apple press providing cold-pressing, pasteurizing and bottling services to those who drop off loads of apples to be made into cider. They purchased the press […] Read more



Expanded staff to put hog disease in the crosshairs

Manitoba Pork says it hopes to fill the new swine health programs manager by early fall

Manitoba Pork hopes revisiting its disease management and prevention programming will help the industry dodge the next disease threat. The council will be expanding staff to include a swine health programs manager as part of the process, chair George Matheson said during a recent interview with industry-run broadcast “Farmscape.” The new hire will take on […] Read more


Rain falls, but more needed; cereal harvesting, canola swathing begin

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 14

Warm weather has advanced crops, and also caused some injury in canola. Rainfall occurred throughout the province, but more rainfall is needed in many areas. Harvest has begun in winter cereals, spring cereals, and field peas. Canola is starting to be swathed. Insect monitoring is on-going, but disease incidence remains low. Haying continues, but in […] Read more



Goss’s wilt makes its first appearance of the year

Goss’s wilt in corn and Phytophthora root rot in soybeans have been among the pathogens noted in the provincial disease and insect updates

Reports of Goss’s wilt in corn are early, but not surprising, according to Holly Derksen, field crop pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture. One infection was reported near Austin, followed by reports of the disease near Morden. “Which is not surprising at all,” Derksen said. “We have it everywhere every year, but especially in the Morden, Altona, […] Read more


4-H kitchen heats up at Manitoba Summer Fair

Junior and intermediate cooks had already proved themselves with regional wins by the time they donned their aprons at the provincial championships in Brandon

Ffion and Nia Devonald are award-winning chefs, and they aren’t even in high school yet. The pair — and their herb and tomato rendition of the grilled cheese sandwich — took the junior title during the inaugural 4-H Manitoba Food Challenge Provincial Championship June 10 in Brandon. “We’ve baked with our family for a while, […] Read more



Brandon University launches new drone training

New course gives students opportunity to become certified drone pilots

Brandon University will be one of the first post-secondary institutions in Canada to offer an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot ground school when it introduces a course credit for taking the program this fall. Pilot training schools now offer similar training but not university course credits. The new course will offer students everything they need […] Read more


VIDEO: Growing North

KAP heads to northern Manitoba to hear from producers

Four communities, six flights and two days. Follow Keystone Agricultural Producers as they tour the organization’s northern districts and learn about production challenges and successes beyond Manitoba’s boreal forest. From excess moisture and transportation issues, to emerging opportunities in forestry and surface water management, the province’s northern farms are breaking new ground.