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Potential clubroot control shows promise in the lab

The next phase is greenhouse testing followed by field trials

Saskatoon-based MustGrow Biologics Corp. is working on a product derived from mustard seed it says will potentially control clubroot, a yield-robbing canola disease currently without chemical control. It has infected thousands of acres in Alberta and is spreading in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “In the lab we are seeing 100 per cent control (of clubroot spores),” MustGrow’s chief operating officer Colin

Record grain movement in May

Another month, another record

Canada’s two major railways moved a record amount of grain in May. For CN Rail May marked the third monthly record in a row having shipped 2.5 million tonnes of grain up from 2.4 million in May 2014, it said in a news release June 1. CP Rail moved 2.8 million tonnes of grain in May, beating its previous record set in May


Canadian potato growers could soon benefit from the AgriRecovery program, and a surplus food-buying program for food banks.

Details on food buyback coming soon

Market disruptions are widespread, the federal agriculture minister says

The Canadian government is close to announcing more details on its program to buy surplus food, such as potatoes, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau told reporters during a video conference on June 9. “It’s a matter of days before we inform everyone of the criteria of the programs but we have already started to work with the different industries that have services that

The frost that hit much of agro-Manitoba May 30 only caused light damage for the most part but it's one more stress along with growing flea beetle feeding in canola, cutworms in various crops, packed soils and hot dry winds. This frost damaged canola seedling was photographed near Starbuck May 31.

MASC records more than 480 reseeding claims so far

Flea beetles, wind, crusted soil and frost have been the main perils

After the harvest from hell last fall Manitoba farmers are struggling with spring seeding setbacks. As of June 4 the Manitoba Agricultural Service Corporation (MASC) had received more than 480 reseeding claims representing 130,000 acres, due to perils including frost, flea beetles, crusted soils and hot, dry winds, or a combination of some or all,

Flooded southeast Manitoba crops under threat

Initial reports suggest many farmers could soon be filing crop insurance claims

The final fate of flooded fields in southeastern Manitoba has yet to be determined, but initial reports aren’t good with the likely result that many affected insured farmers will submit crop insurance claims. “Approximately 20 to 30 per cent of the land in southern districts (of eastern Manitoba) was still unseeded and will now likely


Protecting Canadian pulse crop market

Pulse Canada lists of pesticides growers need to talk to buyers about before applying or not use at all

To protect their markets Canadian pulse growers need to be aware of three pesticides — glyphosate, diquat (Reglone) and glufosinate — that either they need to talk to buyers about before applying, or not apply at all. Pulse Canada’s maximum residue limits (MRL) advisory, updated in April, says farmers should talk to buyers before applying glyphosate to the following crops: peas, lentils, chickpeas,

As farmers are putting their next 
crop in, there’s controversy over how hard hit some producers have been, 
according to the latest income figures.

Farm income up amid calls for more farm aid

Do Prairie grain farmers need more government help? Not right now according to one producer

Long before COVID-19 disrupted agricultural markets, Canadian farm leaders were lobbying the federal government for money to offset the effect of trade disputes and harvest problems. But the latest farm income figures don’t necessarily back that call, showing, on the whole, Canadian farmers netted more money in 2019 than the year before. 2019 Canadian farm

Despite low rates, farm interest costs ballooned in 2019

Farm income may have been up in 2019, but expenses kept pace, according to government figures. Both cash receipts and operating expenses after rebates for Canadian farmers were up six per cent to $66 billion and $53 billion, respectively, according to Statistics Canada. One of the biggest increases in expenses was interest, up almost $600


Pot crop receipts obscure farm income figures

Measured by cash receipts cannabis ranks fourth behind canola, wheat and soybeans

It didn’t take long for cannabis to become a major crop in Canada. It was legalized for recreational use in October 2018. In 2019 cannabis cash receipts of $2.3 billion put it fourth behind canola ($8.6 billion), wheat, excluding durum ($5.4 billion), and soybeans ($2.5 billion). Cannabis narrowly beat grain corn which in 2019 generated

One might suspect the wilted sunflower seeding on the right was damaged by frost May 30, but Anastasia Kubinec, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development's (MARD) manager of crop industry development, says a cutworm was the culprit. She says farmers should be checking their fields for more than frost damage right now.

Frost was mostly light, but check your fields for other crop stressors right now

Flea beetles and cutworms are on the rise, while packed soils and dry hot winds are other things to watch for

[UPDATED: June 2, 2020] Potential frost damage might be the least of the many crop stressors Manitoba farmers see as they scout their fields the next several days. “Frost is just one of the factors we’re looking for right now,” Anastasia Kubinec, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s (MARD) Manager of Crop Industry Development, said in