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Planning for the worst

Three municipalities and one regional committee have all earned provincial recognition for emergency preparedness

The province is encouraging municipalities to plan for the worst. Four regions, the municipalities of Cartier, Hanover, Louise and the Southern Emergency Response Committee, were all recognized for their emergency programs during this year’s Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Awards. Awards were presented during the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) seminar April 11-12 in Brandon. The […] Read more


Merger mania could hurt farmers

Mergers or acquisitions have been big news in the last year — but what does that mean for the farmer?

A wave of consolidation is, yet again, sweeping through the global agriculture sector, leaving many to wonder what this is going to mean for farmers. Equipment firms, precision agriculture companies, fertilizer makers and crop protection producers, all are getting swept up in the trend. Some observers are optimistic, while others are much more cautious. The […] Read more



Provincial Ex beefs up biosecurity

Brandon’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair joined the list of events requiring specific vaccinations in order for horses to compete this year

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is toughening up its biosecurity. The 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was the first time the body required proof of vaccination for both equine herpes virus and equine influenza. “It’s been very positive,” said Ron Kristjansson, general manager for the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “There’s more awareness of some equine […] Read more


Phytophthora a growing risk to soybeans

The once-rare infection is now the No. 2 cause of soybean root rot in Manitoba

The threat of phytophthora is on the rise in Manitoba. Results from a 2017 disease survey show it’s becoming common enough soybean growers will need to keep it top of mind as they plan their rotations this year. About 35 per cent of tested soybean crops in Manitoba were positive for phytophthora, although fusarium was […] Read more



HyLife Foods wraps expansion

It’s been two years coming, but the new cut floor is ready to go at HyLife Foods in Neepawa

More pork will be running through HyLife Foods in Neepawa in the near future. The company has completed two years’ worth of upgrades, HyLife announced April 3, a move that HyLife president Claude Vielfaure says will lengthen their product’s shelf life and quality as well as doubling space on the cut floor. “An example of […] Read more


Manitoba Pork worries after Chinese tariffs against U.S.

Canadian pork will not suffer the same Chinese tariff hikes as the U.S., but those tariffs will still be felt locally, experts warn

Manitoba’s pork producers may not know the exact impact from China’s tariffs against the United States, but they know it’s coming. The U.S. pork sector has been caught up in the latest round of trade volleys between the United States and China. The Chinese government announced a sweep of tariffs April 1, blaming new U.S. tariffs against […] Read more



Can Manitoba support 300,000 acres of field peas?

Right now there are headwinds but looming local processing capacity bodes well for the crop

Could Manitoba see 300,000 acres of peas a year? That was the self-admittedly provocative question Manitoba Agriculture pulse extension Terry Buss raised at a March 20 pea producers’ meeting in Brandon. Hitting that mark would mean an acreage five times larger than this coming season’s projected acreage, which has been pegged at 65,000 acres, up […] Read more


Plainview Colony brings home the bacon from Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Organizers say the annual competition was smaller than normal, but judges had nothing but good feedback for the entries that were there

Quantity may have been lacking, but there was no shortage of quality on display at the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair pork quality competition. Judge Jason Care said the smaller-than-average show was one of the few he has seen where every entry earned warm carcass points. “Most of the shows that I do, I have […] Read more



Discount reports put a new focus on soybean protein

Soybean producers are used to focusing on yield, but the new threat of discounts or rejection has some reconsidering where protein fits in their priorities

Calvin Penner suddenly has a new risk to contend with — the possibility his soybeans could be discounted or even outright rejected for low protein levels. Penner, who farms southeast of Elm Creek, says the threat’s a new one and makes him more aware than ever of the clauses contained within the contracts he signs […] Read more


Fall stand counts pegged as a better measure for canola production

CanoLAB speakers say it’s time to add a fall stand count to the schedule to see how close that target density really is

Few farmers track stand density after the combine rolls, but the Canola Council of Canada says those are the numbers that really count. “That’s going to give you your absolute measure of success,” Gregory Sekulic, agronomy specialist with the council, said. “When you’re talking about seed mortality, we quite commonly see in excess of 50 […] Read more