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“I think most of the grain companies will work with us, but if they hear we’re putting stuff to alternate use, are they going to be as forgiving as they might be?” – Fred Grieg, Manitoba Crop Alliance.

Contracts, economics complicate calls for alternate-use crops

Livestock producers and grain buyers have found themselves in a kind of tug of war over the province’s marginal crops

Livestock operations desperately want their neighbour’s marginal crops, but even with incentives to divert acres into the feed stream, economic realities might have growers balking. Why it matters: Manitoba’s livestock sector is in crisis, and with more to come if they can’t source winter feed, but filling in that gap with marginal annual crops may

Canary seed growers will benefit from greater legal protections due to the changes.

Canary seed being added to Grain Act August 1

The change means farmers delivering canary seed will be covered under the CGC’s payment protection program

Starting Aug. 1, 2021, western Canadian canary seed growers will have the same payment protection as exists for 20 other grains regulated under the Canada Grain Act. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), which administers the grain act, announced June 9 canary seed will be added to the act when the new crop year starts. In addition to payment protection,


Silage is one way to make the most of annual forage crops during a dry year.

Making the case for annual forages

With another dry year looming, producers may want to do whatever they can to set their annual forages up for success

A season staring at drought conditions is no year to leave feed on the table, and producers may want a more deliberate plan to make the most of their annuals. After three years of short pastures, producers will be used to the province urging them to consider annuals for feed. Greenfeed has been an often-repeated

Intercrops peek out between the corn rows of MBFI’s latest look into corn grazing practices.

Spicing up the mix in MBFI’s corn fields

Corn grazing at MBFI will see a few new species in the undergrowth, part of a project on intercropped corn grazing

Corn grazing at MBFI will see a few new species in the undergrowth, part of a project on intercropped corn grazing

For most of Manitoba’s cattle, it’s time to settle into the yard. The herd at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) north of Brandon however, is getting ready to hit the cornfield. Corn grazing itself is no surprise at MBFI. It’s how the applied research and demonstration farm, which has a goal of keeping cattle

Cereals show the damage from munching wireworms, something BASF hopes its new seed insecticide will help avoid.

BASF’s ‘novel’ wireworm seed treatment makes pitch to PMRA

Teraxxa could be available in Western Canada next year if approved by Canadian regulatory authorities

BASF hopes Teraxxa F4, its new cereal seed insecticide for wireworm control, will be available in Western Canada next year. Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is reviewing Teraxxa and must approve it before it can be used commercially in Canada. The seed treatment is now in the public consultation period after getting handed


(PortSeattle.org)

Cereals North America: Shift to La Nina may hurt yields

Winnipeg | CNS Canada –– El Nino weather patterns are typically beneficial to North American grain yields, but cut into the production prospects of key Eastern Hemisphere demand markets, according to presenters at this week’s Cereals North America conference. However, an expected shift toward La Nina conditions by late 2016 could see North American grain yields