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Rainfall offers reprieve for crops, severe flea beetle pressure continues

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 15

Southwest Region A much-needed rain fell across the Southwest this past week. Rainfall accumulation in the region was between 45 mm to 115 mm. Rain fell over several hours, allowing opportunity to soak in. Some runoff was available to replenish dugouts and sloughs. There are some reports of standing waters in low- lying areas and

This field of alfalfa in Manitoba’s Interlake on June 12 got a boost with recent precipitation, but many forage crops are stunted due to cool temps and very dry soils this season.

Cream of alfalfa crop to come up short

Dairy producers anticipate alfalfa shortfall as high quality first cut approaches

Growers targeting high quality alfalfa are typically rolling by mid-June, but this year’s dairy quality hay might involve a lot of driving for little yield. David Wiens, chair of the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, said he expects stand quality to be high, but that yield will likely to fall shy of normal. Alfalfa crops, “look


Second list of Crown lands opened for hay

Second list of Crown lands opened for hay

Producers have until June 21, after the province announced a second list of Crown lands opened for haying due to concerns of looming poor forage

Livestock producers have one more week to put their names in the hat for an extra list of Crown lands opened for haying this year. On May 18, the province announced that parcels of wildlife management areas and non-agricultural Crown land would once again be listed for casual hay permits, echoing similar provisions made in

Cattle numbers likely to drop as prices hold steady

Cattle numbers likely to drop as prices hold steady

Lack of regrowth on pastures may send more cattle to market

Prices at six of Manitoba’s eight cattle auctions didn’t see much movement overall for the week ended June 3. Now on a biweekly schedule, the auction marts at Ashern and Ste. Rose skipped this week, with their next sales on June 9 and 10 respectively. At Winnipeg Livestock Sales, field representative Scott Anderson said slaughter

Crop recovery good after late-May frost, flea beetle pressure on canola sees reseeding

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 8

Southwest Region Daytime temperatures across the Southwest region reached the mid- 30 C mark; average temperatures ranged from 18 to 21 C. The 37 C high over the weekend came with damaging winds. In general, most of the southern parts of the Southwest region received 2 to 10 mm. The majority of the northern districts


Pasture records can be critical to making informed choices in a year with drought conditions.

Pasture records key tool in drought decision-making

Hard management decisions only get harder if the farmer only has a ballpark figure on pasture supplies

Knowing exactly what you can expect out of a pasture can put producers on better footing when making hard management choices during drought, producers and grazing experts say. If the season continues as it has been so far, despite May rains across the Prairies, there will be hard decisions in plenty. Most land in Manitoba

Frost falls on agro-Manitoba, reseeding efforts take shape

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 1

Southwest Region Cooler than normal temperatures continued from the previous week. All parts of the region had temperatures drop below freezing last week, down to -5 C for several hours in some areas. There are some reports of reseeding canola, but damage is not widespread. Increasing temperatures this week will spur new growth. Daytime temperatures

The author, centre, with his parents, in front of the white picket fence built with reclaimed boards from the razed house. photos: submitted

Old house razing entertains, educates Basswood brothers

For these four lads it was a chance to wreck something for praise, not retribution

The Mennonite brethren may be known for their barn raising, but in the summer of 1975, four Manitoba brothers gained notoriety for an old farmhouse razing. The farmhouse, along the main entrance to Basswood, and just off the Yellowhead Hwy., was a perfect spot for villagers to witness the destruction. In fact, we could have


Area rainfall provides critical moisture, potential frost conditions ahead

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 25

Southwest Region Most of the Southwest region received rainfall over the past week. Recorded amounts ranged between 25 to 35 mm for the most part, though showers were extremely spotty, with some areas winning the thunderstorm lottery, while weather stations a few miles away recorded only a few millimeters rain. Glenboro and Ninette received the

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Klassen: Feeder market heating up

Wholesale beef prices climbing

Compared to last week, quality yearling packages were $2-$5 higher while calf values were unchanged to $2 higher. A surge in buying interest surfaced for yearlings last week as fed cattle prices continue to trade near 52-week highs. Alberta packers were buying fed cattle in the range of $162-$165 delivered and breakeven pen closeouts are