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A risky business

Moisture extremes are just one of the realities that make farming in Manitoba a real challenge and can affect trade

In recent years grain production in Manitoba has been batted from one weather extreme to another. There have been cool, wet seasons and hot, dry seasons. And each leave effects that linger far after the last bushel is harvested that can have big and unpredictable effects like a trade crisis because of an unexpected herbicide […] Read more


Turning on-farm experience into science

Collaborative models are helping farmers reduce risk and researchers more quickly establish best management practices tailored to local conditions

Combining scientific discipline with farmers’ knack for figuring things out on the fly could vastly reduce the risks associated with adopting new crops or production practices on the farm, an industry extension worker says. Daryl Domitruk, director of research and production for the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG), says marrying the two approaches can […] Read more



What is adaptive management?

Adaptive management has probably been taking place as long as human beings have been around. Just about everyone can be given a recipe or a method to do something but often they find they need to adapt that recipe or those instructions to fit their own situation. They may have to substitute recipe ingredients they […] Read more


Crop establishment important for weed management

Combining many tools into an overall integrated weed management strategy is a winner

There are many components to integrated weed management (IWM) including crop rotation, seeding rates, chemical, cultural and mechanical controls, but one of the most vital aspects of any successful IWM is crop establishment, says Dr. Rob Gulden of the University of Manitoba. At this year’s Crops-A-Palooza event in Portage la Prairie, researchers including Gulden manned […] Read more



A crop-by-crop rundown on sclerotinia control

Variety and fungicide are key for control, but for sunflowers there’s only one option — rotation

The good news is the hot, dry summer made sclerotinia somewhat scarce in canola fields this summer, but there was a minor downside — there weren’t many examples to show farmers attending a sclerotinia control session at this year’s Crops-A-Palooza, even in the inoculated demonstration plots at the Canada-Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre (CMCDC) here. But […] Read more


Preserve natural habitat and enjoy free pest control

Predatory and parasitic insects can contribute to pest suppression for your crops

Pest control services provided by naturally occurring, beneficial insects save growers in the United States around US$4.5 billion per year. Add that to the just over US$3-million benefit they provide through pollination of crops, and these are pretty valuable critters to have on the farm. New research at the University of Manitoba is trying to […] Read more



Sclerotinia biggest issue for Manitoba canola growers in 2016

The annual disease survey found this perennial challenge is still the biggest issue for farmers

Sclerotinia was the biggest issue for Manitoba canola growers last year, according to results from the 2016 disease survey. It showed that over 90 per cent of the 105 Manitoba fields surveyed had some level of sclerotinia infection. The incidence of the disease – the number of plants infected in the field – was between […] Read more


Keeping an eye on new canola diseases

Clubroot and verticillium stripe are two growing risks for canola growers

It appears clubroot is a fact of life for Manitoba farmers — but it’s still a long ways from the crisis seen in Alberta. Clubroot symptoms have only been reported in eight Manitoba fields to date; two in 2013 and six in 2015. No Manitoba fields surveyed in 2016 showed any clubroot symptoms. Delving a […] Read more



Season too short for cover crops? Maybe not

They could have a fit for Western Canada, but they require just as much planning as any other crop choice

Open just about any U.S. farming publication and you won’t read for long before seeing the words “cover crop.” There’s been an explosion of interest in the practice of sowing a cheap mixture of seed to cover the soil after harvest, and then seeding directly into it the following year. The benefits go beyond soil […] Read more


Is strip tillage the new black for Manitoba farmers?

The answer is ‘maybe’ — and probably ‘yes’ for sandy soils, but no research has yet been done in clay soils, according to University of Manitoba graduate student, Patrick Walther whose master’s thesis focused on soybean response to different tillage treatments. Walther compared four tillage treatments in soybean crops — standard double disc, vertical till […] Read more