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Developing the economic developers

A new certification program aims to improve and standardize skills for those working to build the rural economy

It’s back to school for community economic development officers. The Economic Developers Association of Manitoba (EDAM) has launched its newly completed, eight-module certification program, dubbed Community Edge, and the first class has graduated, following the group’s spring forum in Roblin in mid-May. “EDAM developed a strategic plan in 2013 and recognized that professional development was […] Read more


Transplanting herbicide-resistance advice from Down Under

Australia has something to teach Canadian farmers about herbicide resistance, at least, according to BASF’s latest online resource

On the other side of the world, farmers have learned some valuable insights about herbicide resistance that you can share. In Australia they’ve long been fighting this battle and the land Down Under has learned some tough lessons. The International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds found Canada is third in the world in terms of […] Read more



Horse owners have mixed views on EIA policy

There are fears that tightened testing requirements for equine infectious anemia could be too expensive for smaller equine events

Horse owners are up in arms over proposed plans to tighten federal policy on equine infectious anemia (EIA). The incurable disease can cause anemia, anorexia, weakness and fever, among other symptoms and can be potentially deadly. The disease has been a recurring problem for equine owners in Western Canada, one that has been federally reportable […] Read more


Livestock industry sweating the details on Crown land changes

Manitoba Beef Producers says Crown land changes are a step in the right direction, but the group still has a wish list before the first bids come in this fall

Livestock and forage growers already know the next round of Crown land allocation will look different, but how different is yet to be confirmed. The province took its tender-based Crown lands program to the industry this spring, with the promise that feedback would be considered before the program got its first stress test when 2019 […] Read more



VIDEO: Major storm hits Southern Manitoba

Southern Manitoba is taking stock after major storms on June 14 brought a confirmed tornado touchdown near Waskada, Man., while a wide swath near the international border saw anywhere from quarter and toonie-sized hail to ice chunks the size of softballs. Total crop damage has yet to be determined.


On watch for sick seedlings?

Sparse emergence might be more than a germination issue, Manitoba Agriculture warns

Poor emergence is a common story for crops caught by lack of rain this year, but seedling disease may be another culprit. Manitoba Agriculture field crop pathologist Holly Derksen says seedling disease may mimic a poor stand, particularly if infection came in on the seed or if the germinated seed is exposed before it breaks […] Read more




Early weed identification key for early management

Do you know which weeds are lurking in your fields? When they’re young, provincial extension staff warn it might be hard to tell

Manitoba farmers are well acquainted with redroot pigweed, with its common reddish tinge, and most would not balk at putting a name to the seedling, even with only a few cotyledons breaking ground. If you’re in one of the unlucky Manitoba municipalities to be ‘blessed’ with waterhemp however, it might not be redroot pigweed at […] Read more



Flea beetles on canola leaf

Ideal flea beetle weather hits canola fields hard

Flea beetle damage has been enough to tip the scales for some producers considering reseeding their canola

Canola growers are reaching for the insecticide or, in some cases, extra seed after a spring that has been friendly for the flea beetles, but less than optimal for the crop. Justine Cornelsen, western Manitoba agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, says she has heard some farmers intending to reseed after their first […] Read more


Running down the risks of seedling disease

Sparse emergence might be more than a germination issue, Manitoba Agriculture warns

Poor emergence is a common story for crops caught by lack of rain this year, but seedling disease may be another culprit. Manitoba Agriculture field crop pathologist Holly Derksen says seedling disease may mimic a poor stand, particularly if infection came in on the seed or if the germinated seed is exposed before it breaks […] Read more