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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

Fair weather sees seeded cereal, canola crops quickly emerge

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 26

Southwest Region Most of the southwest region received rainfall during past week and on the weekend. Thundershowers in some areas brought a significant rainfall in short period of time. Amounts are varied and can be viewed here. Some areas close to Boissevain and southeast parts of the region toward Killarney, already dealing with surplus moisture,


With the arrival of spring turnout, it’s a good time to consider your herd health program.

Practise cattle and people health management at turnout time

Now is a good time to evaluate vaccination and herd health management protocols

Spring turnout to the pasture is a good time for producers to review their cow-calf health management plans, according to North Dakota State University Extension livestock experts. They note that a number of factors can impact cow-calf health, including slow grass growth and moisture conditions that may delay grazing readiness and result in prolonged feeding.

Pastures have yet to find a spring boost, and as a result, there hasn't been much grass for grazing.

Cool weather slowing pasture growth

Overnight frosts likely didn’t hurt alfalfa stands

Frost and cold weather are delaying hay land and pasture growth this spring — this while some producers with short feed stocks are looking to put cattle out early. On May 13, temperature lows across the province included -8.5 C at Brandon, -8.1 C in Steinbach, and -10.2 C in Dauphin, according to Environment Canada data. “Presently pastures are short and there isn’t

Union warns of fuel supply disruption in ‘Dear Farmers’ notice

Farmers 'should not be worried,' FCL says

The union representing locked-out workers at Regina’s Co-op Refinery Complex is warning Prairie farmers that a disruption of fuel supplies during seeding could be the “only option” it has in its labour dispute with Federated Co-operatives (FCL). Unifor 594, whose 730-odd members at the CRC were locked out Dec. 5 after serving 48 hours’ strike


Slow germination expected to hasten with warm weather

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 19

Southwest Region The week began with rains across the region in the amounts of 2 to 15 mm. Killarney, Waskada, and Alexander receiving the most. Soil surface drying conditions later in the week allowed producers to accelerate the seeding activities despite overnight lows still reaching -10°C. The majority of spring harvest is done and producers

Saskatchewan to adjust WLPIP premiums for producers

Province also opts in to fund AgriRecovery set-aside plan

The Saskatchewan government plans to temporarily subsidize livestock producers entering the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) against its recent jump in program premium costs. The province on Thursday announced it will provide $5 million to “partially offset” WLPIP premiums, which it noted have risen “significantly” since the end of February this year on COVID-19-induced

New dean of agriculture named for U of S

Soil science prof Angela Bedard-Haughn takes over Aug. 15

One of Western Canada’s major post-secondary ag institutions will get a new hand at the wheel this summer. The University of Saskatchewan announced Wednesday it has named soil science professor Angela Bedard-Haughn as the dean for its College of Agriculture and Bioresources for a five-year term starting Aug. 15. Raised on a family farm in


Pulse, cereal crops see seeding progress across Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 12

Southwest Region Cool and wet conditions were the norm last week. Moderate snowfall happened across much of the region, stalling all field activities for two days. Total precipitation was 2 to 10 mm in different areas. Snow melted quickly and producers were able to start some seeding again. Very cold overnight temperatures coupled with below

Pastures are stressed after two dry years, and another slow, cool spring, leading to worries there could be another conception wreck this season.

Cow conception concerns return with cold start to spring

Manitoba might be in for a repeat of last year’s high open rates, given tight feed and another slow start

Livestock experts worry that history might be repeating itself when it comes to nutrition and the upcoming breeding season. Last spring, veterinarians and provincial livestock extension staff raised the alarm over open cow rates. Short feed in 2018 had been compounded by a brutally cold winter in early 2019, as well as cold temperatures in