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High winds, recent frost hurts crop development

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 2

Southwest Region Some scattered showers in the southwest region last week. St. Lazare and Russell received 4 to 7mm respectively. Crops need some good moisture in some areas of the region, as soil surface is quickly drying with very windy conditions. Temperatures were variable throughout the week. Daytime highs were normal; while nighttime lows dropped

A lot of unharvested canola and wheat acres stayed behind on Manitoba fields over the winter due to poor harvest weather last fall, but what remained this spring may not be all that bad.

Most unharvested canola still has value: MASC

The quality of much of Manitoba’s overwintered wheat was worse than expected

Most of the unharvested, insured crop in Manitoba fields is still worth harvesting, according to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). “We feel we’ve addressed the (insured) fields that everybody agrees aren’t worth combining,” David Van Deynze, MASC’s vice-president of innovation and product support said in an interview May 21. There are anecdotal reports of farmers frustrated with MASC for


Farmer deliveries well above average in April

MarketsFarm — Farmer deliveries of major grains into the Canadian commercial pipeline were up substantially in April, hitting their third-highest monthly total on record, according to updated data Statistics Canada released Monday. Farmers in April delivered 5.868 million tonnes of major grains, about a million tonnes above the monthly average during the 2019-20 crop-year-to-date, and

An employee prepares grocery orders for home deliveries in Montreal May 2.

When a ‘status quo’ food system won’t cut it

The Second World War radically changed the Canadian food system. What can it teach us about what’s to come?

Most Canadians probably never dreamed they’d spend so much time this year in line to get into Costco. As COVID-19 shut down society mid-March, grocery stores became different places. Signage told customers to buy only one pack of toilet paper, bag of rice or jug of milk — if they were even on shelves. Headlines

An orange-ish hue is “a clue something is going on” with otherwise fine-looking spring-harvested canola, a CGC researcher says.

CGC wants samples of spring-harvested canola and flax

Just like the fall harvest sample program, farmers will get a grade and quality information in return

Farmers are being asked to submit samples of spring-harvested canola and flax to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for research it’s doing that could help farmers and processors. “Farmers who participate in this project will receive a detailed report (for free) on the quality of their spring-harvested crop, which they can use to make informed


Ellis Seeds burns an unharvested flax field near Wawanesa this spring after quality samples deemed it not worth harvesting.

Cold spring keeps a tight leash on seeding

Farmers are bemoaning the late start to seeding, on top of the issues carried over from last fall

Farmers across Manitoba were ready to hit the field by early May, but Mother Nature wasn’t co-operating. Cold temperatures delayed seeding across the province through the first part of May. According to the first Manitoba crop report May 5, producers had only managed a “piecemeal approach” to seeding at that point. Why it matters: Farmers

Adjustments likely ahead for StatsCan’s early acreage estimates

Projections still in line with grain trade's expectations

MarketsFarm — The results of the first acreage estimates for 2020 from Statistics Canada come with an asterisk, as the COVID-19 pandemic halted data collection early. Canada’s actual seeded area is expected to see some shifts from the projections released Thursday. “As a result of the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, these estimates were produced

NFU sees red flags in CUSMA bill for grain growers

Bibeau urged to 'correct mistakes' in NAFTA 2.0-enabling legislation

The National Farmers Union is warning of sweeping changes to Canadian grain regulation it sees tucked into federal legislation meant to put through the successor deal to NAFTA. Bill C-4, the implementing legislation for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), passed second reading Feb. 6 and came back without amendment Feb. 27 from the Commons standing committee


YouTuber and “Millennial Farmer” Zach Johnson speaks in Winnipeg at CropConnect 2020, Feb. 12.

City folk want to hear from farmers, says YouTuber

‘Millennial Farmer’ Zach Johnson’s videos of everyday farm life have garnered him an audience of 425,000

Millennial Farmer” Zach Johnson’s message for Manitoba farmers is simple: “People do want to hear from us.” “There’s such a disconnect now that it’s actually become popular to try and get yourself connected again,” Johnson told the Co-operator after his talk at CropConnect 2020. “Farmers have this massive opportunity right now to be able to

Drainage ditches were near capacity this fall after a rain- and snow-filled season.

Make spring nutrient plans now, say U of M soil scientists

The very wet fall last year has set the stage for a very challenging spring season

A series of looming challenges makes planning now for spring nutrient applications crucial, two Manitoba soil scientists say. A wet fall and stretched-out harvest kept many producers from applying nitrogen fertilizer. While spring nitrogen application is not unheard of, it will then have to compete with many other tasks, said University of Manitoba soil science