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Cover crops may buffer bad spring in 2020

This fall had little window for fall-seeded cover crops, but those who already have cover crops in the ground say it’s now their best insurance against a wet spring

Joe Gardiner of Clearwater has an insurance policy against a wet spring next year — and it has nothing to do with MASC. Gardiner is one of a growing number of Manitoba farmers to embrace cover crops, having started the practice several years ago in an effort to increase fall grazing. This year, he jumped

Quebec ag co-op to power up on dairy cattle manure

About a dozen Quebec dairy farms will be getting their collective manure together next year for the province’s first-ever ag co-operative devoted to renewable natural gas. Coop Agri-Energie Warwick, launched Monday, plans to start construction this spring on a $12 million biomethanization plant which will take in slurry and manure from dairy cattle mixed with


Maple Leaf lands ‘sustainability-linked’ credit

Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods is taking its recently-established sustainability cred to the bank. The Toronto food firm announced Wednesday it’s the first Canadian company to secure “sustainability-linked terms” for its credit facilities. Specifically, the company has picked up an unsecured committed revolving line of credit and two unsecured committed term facilities for a

How a radish cover crop interseeded into soybeans planted in August looked on Sept. 27, 2019.

Calling all cover croppers!

A survey is looking for hard numbers on the practice and what it looks like on Prairie farms

The University of Manitoba is looking for numbers on local cover crop use, and it’s turning to producers to get them. Yvonne Lawley of the University of Manitoba is spearheading the Prairie Cover Crop Survey, which hopes to gauge how widely and in what form cover crops are taking root across the Prairies. The survey

With African swine fever knocking on our door, Canada needs a new deadbolt to protect animal agriculture in the country.

Animal Health Canada: A much-needed new deadbolt for the front door

The core problems facing the governance of animal health policy in Canada… are the fragmentation of authority and responsibilities, the large number of actors inside government and out, and the lack of a streamlined and transparent mechanism for achieving overall coherence in a complex policy area. In short, the system needs to be rationalized. –


A panel of Manitoba Pork staff addressed issues of disease management, traceability and communication. 


Manitoba pork producers discuss PED, African swine fever plans

2019 was a ‘disappointing year’ for PED outbreaks after gains made in 2018

Disease management remains a baffling issue for pork producers and top of mind for the Manitoba Pork Council. “It’s been a disappointing year,” said MPC board chair George Matheson, citing 79 confirmed cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) this year. “What we’re doing just doesn’t seem to be working.” Disease prevention was front and centre

Manitoba farmers need manure spreading flexibility this fall

The Manitoba government’s deadline is almost here, 
but wet weather has kept applicators out of the field

The manure could soon hit the proverbial fan. The Nov. 10 deadline for applying manure to Manitoba fields, as well as fertilizer, is just a few days away. As of last week many livestock farmers hadn’t emptied their hog manure lagoons or cattle pens because wet weather prevented some fields from being harvested, while many

How effective is spring manure application?

In some ways spring is the best time to apply manure, but in other ways it’s not. Crops get the best use of nutrients when applied in the spring, but with seeding being a priority there’s often not a lot of time, says Petra Loro, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s livestock environment specialist. But if


Manitoba harvest estimated 89 per cent complete

FINAL of 2019: Manitoba Crop Report for November 5

Southwest Region Intermittent snow flurries, mixed precipitation, and cold and cloudy weather has slowed harvest progress. Some snow accumulations creating small snowbanks in windrows and field edges is postponing harvest until melted. North of PTH 45, producers are reporting snow on swaths did not melt and are waiting for good weather conditions to finish harvest.

These cows had to engage some high-stepping to cross the yard after a major snowfall covered Manitoba.

Bad weather creates ‘a whole new stress level’ for beef producers

Rain and snow postpone sales, keep hay and silage on the fields

Wet and wintery weather has set back many cattle producers across Manitoba, particularly in the southeast. “I haven’t seen it this wet in 12 years,” said Grunthal Auction Mart manager Harold Unrau on October 11 as snow was falling across the province. “Everything is mud.” Areas between Winnipeg and Brandon and south through the Red