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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

Insect levels seen low, stripe rust reported in winter wheat

Manitoba Insect & Disease Update for May 24

Insect pest concerns are currently low overall. There have been some insecticide applications for cutworms in the Northwest, and for flea beetles in canola in the Central and Northwest Regions. Striped rust has been reported from a winter wheat field; no other plant pathogen activity has been reported. Stripe rust overwinters in winter wheat Stripe rust was […] Read more


Path of Manitoba PED infections tough to track

Officials investigating a recent spate of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) cases in southeastern Manitoba hog barns aren’t yet seeing a clear picture of how the virus is spreading from site to site. The province’s chief veterinary officer on Thursday confirmed positive tests for PED at a finisher operation in the same area as five previous […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soy slips to 13-month low

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell to a 13-month low on Friday while corn and wheat each gained more than one per cent on spreading and position squaring ahead of a three-day weekend, traders and analysts said. Some traders sold soybeans and bought corn as wet weather in the Midwestern crop belt was […] Read more

Flying hook nearly hits farmer

Wawanesa farmer warns others not to use a tow rope with hook to extract a stuck vehicle

A Wawanesa farmer was left shaken earlier this month after bolts on a truck he was trying to tow broke, sending a tow rope and metal hook hurtling at him at bullet speed. The tow rope snapped like a slingshot and the impact of the hook on the end of it shattered the tractor’s fibreglass […] Read more

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Grain sector likes transportation act changes

Time will tell, but the industry says the Bill C-49 changes should lead to better grain service

After decades of complaining about poor rail service for grain, western farmers and shippers say Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, is close to what they’ve been asking for. Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), which represents Western Canada’s major elevator companies, said it includes most of the changes it […] Read more

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