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Average crop yields and widespread insect issues seen in 2020

FINAL REPORT: Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report Summary for 2020

Southwest Region A wet fall in 2019 meant unharvested crops from the previous year had to be dealt with this spring. A large number of canola swathes were left in the field, together with severely lodged flax. Much of the remaining flax was burnt. Starting weather conditions for seeding were optimum in the Southwest region

U of M student Calum Morrison, along with Professor Yvonne Lawley, are digging into cover crop use on the Prairies in an ongoing survey.

Survey looks for those who’ve grown cover crops – or haven’t

The University of Manitoba study looks to quantify cover crop production across the Prairies

University of Manitoba researchers want to hear from producers growing cover crops – and those who’ve yet to grow them. The survey of cover crops on the Prairies is in its second year, and is calling on all farmers to tell them if they grew a cover crop in 2020 — and if they didn’t, what they


A wet fall in 2019 left Manitoba producers with a lot of challenges to overcome this spring.

Ideal fall makes up for late start

With much of the harvest in the bin, Manitoba producers are mildly disappointed with a just-average crop

This season might be going out like a lamb, with near-optimal harvest conditions, but that doesn’t mean Manitoba grain growers haven’t grappled with their fair share of challenges. It all started a year ago, with the wet fall of 2019 postponing field work and applications until this spring, and causing many issues that required untangling

Bjorn Orvar, co-founder and chief scientific officer at ORF Genetics, poses for a photo outside the company’s greenhouse in southwest Iceland.

Will COVID-19 be a game changer in humanity’s relationship with meat?

Double-digit growth in plant-based foods expected this year, but lab-grown meat is the next frontier

Thomson Reuters Foundation – In a vast, illuminated greenhouse set among Iceland’s otherworldly lava fields, the genetically modified shoots of an ancient cereal crop may hold the key to the food of the future. Using abundant geothermal waters for heating and volcanic ash instead of soil, biotech company ORF Genetics is growing barley here to

Manitoba harvest progress at 88 per cent, soybeans see rapid progress

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for October 6

Southwest Region Sunny and dry weather dominated last week in the Southwest region, with one or two cloudy and windy days. Many producers have finished their harvest and doing some fall fertilizer application and other fieldwork. Some districts have inadequate topsoil moisture, which is making tillage challenging, as well as for fall anhydrous ammonia applications.


Manitoba harvest 80 per cent complete, weather conditions favourable

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 29

Southwest Region Mostly cloudy and some rainy weather last week in the Southwest region. Between 5 to 15mm rain fell in different areas of the region but strong winds allowed for rapid drying. Areas in the southwest corner of the region are reporting shortages of water for livestock due to lack of a substantial rain

Cabbage seedpod weevil.

What’s bugging you?

These three beetles are the latest addition to the pest spectrum in Manitoba

Manitoba farmers have, in recent years, found themselves hosts to three new uninvited guests. That was the message from John Gavloski, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development entomologist, to the Ag in Motion Discovery Plus virtual farm show this summer. He said all three of these new pests are types of beetle, and all three first

Area producers in many cases can finish their own cattle, but they’d have a hard time finding someone to process it, according to two local beef producers.

Legal on-farm slaughter a potential boon for producers

Scale-appropriate regulation may benefit remote communities, create an entry point to direct market meat

Legalizing on-farm slaughter of livestock would be more humane, benefit remote communities and beef up producers’ bottom line, say two Manitoba producers. Recent regulatory changes in Alberta are “exactly what we’re looking for,” said Ian Thorleifson, president of the Manitoba Elk Growers Association. On July 29, Alberta announced changes to slaughter regulations which included the creation of an on-farm slaughter operation licence. The licence


By allowing U.S.-grown grain of all types into our grain-handling and export system, we can also expect impacts on our grain transportation system.

Comment: Will Canada’s grain farmers be collateral damage?

The rush to pass Bill C-4 saw a number of under-the-radar changes shoehorned into the legislation

Canada is confronting an unprecedented crisis as we deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. On March 12 Prime Minister Trudeau and at least two other MPs had to self-isolate after being exposed to the virus. The following day, Parliament decided not to carry on business as usual, and moved to recess until April 20. At

Manitoba harvest at 70 per cent, soy, corn crops rapidly mature

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for September 22

Southwest Region Another dry and windy week in southwest Manitoba. Subzero temperatures arrived for one or two nights but daytime temperatures were mostly double-digit, which allowed farmers to continue harvest and other field operations. Recent frost is not damaging anything at this stage as soybean and corn are already maturing and drying down due heavy