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Hunting permission slips pitched

Producers say they’re sick of dealing with trespassers during hunting season and hope written permission rules might help them cope

Hunters would need written permission before their next trip onto private agricultural land, if the Manitoba Beef Producers gets its way. MBP will be lobbying to extend signed landowner access rules for hunters and require written permission from landowners. The province currently requires hunters to get permission before hunting or retrieving game animals, regardless of […] Read more


Drought strategies a long-term game

The winter’s feed challenges have minds on drought planning this winter

After a dry season “drought proofing” feed is a hot topic during this year’s round of winter livestock seminars. After last year’s headline-making dry weather left many with half or less of their normal hay, prematurely dried-out dugouts, triggered herd culling, the message is finding an interested audience. Speakers, meanwhile, are hitting largely on the […] Read more



Ranchers call for certainty on unit transfers

Northern ranchers are worried that Crown land unit transfers might disappear ‘with a stroke of the pen’

Northern beef producers say they stand to take a big hit on farm value, should unit transfers not be on the table when the province releases their Crown lands regulations. The province froze both new Crown land leases and unit transfer applications in the wake of changes to the Crown Lands Act, pending a review. […] Read more




Looking for legumes

Experts are pitching pasture seeded with legumes as one strategy to limit drought impact, but there are a few things to keep in mind

Producers looking to buffer against feed issues may want to add some legumes in their pasture mix. The concept has been highlighted more than once this seminar season as speakers ponder how to “drought-proof” Manitoba’s feed supply in light of two years of dry temperatures and a significantly short forage harvest in 2018. Bruce Anderson […] Read more


Spud growers battling storage woes

A wet and cold fall saw some potatoes dug and stored at less than optimal conditions

A tough harvest is translating into a challenging storage season for Manitoba potato growers. It’s especially frustrating because growers were looking at a bumper crop, forecast to be the third-largest harvest on record. But they were denied that by rains that delayed harvest and hard frosts that hit in mid-October causing ground to freeze as […] Read more



Ag Action Manitoba adds to fundable farm projects

Farmers have until Feb. 22 to apply for 2019-20 beneficial management practice funding

Livestock producers and forage growers will feature heavily in the next round of farm funding under Ag Action Manitoba. The province has added five beneficial management practices (BMPs) for assurance funding in 2019-20, most of which relate to perennial crops or livestock, on top of 10 management practices already on the books. Why it matters: […] Read more


Green and yellow peas in white bowls

Roquette gives pea quality checklist

Environmental Farm Plans, cross-contamination worries and MRL conflicts are among the highlights of Roquette’s pea quality requirements

Farmers wanting to feed Roquette’s soon-to-be- commissioned pea protein plant in Portage la Prairie will face a few stiff quality stipulations. John Buch, risk and grain department manager with Roquette, gave an overview of the company’s requirements during Ag Days 2019, including grade, traceability and MRL conflicts that will preclude growers from using certain chemistries […] Read more



Farmers urged to add on-farm research

Farmers are already expected to wear many hats, from mechanic to grower, but it may be time to add ‘researcher’ to that list, according to one Ag Days speaker

Greg Bartley wants more producers to take research into their own hands. An on-farm specialist with the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Bartley has been working with farmers to develop research trials in the commercial field, rather than the research plot. That research may become a producer’s greatest tool in measuring the actual value of […] Read more


Potato growers battling storage woes

A wet and cold fall saw some potatoes dug and stored at less than optimal conditions

A tough harvest is translating into a challenging storage season for Manitoba potato growers. It’s especially frustrating because growers were looking at a bumper crop, forecast to be the third largest harvest on record. But they were denied that by rains that delayed harvest and hard frosts that hit in mid-October causing ground to freeze […] Read more