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The deadline for selecting higher Excess Moisture Insurance and filing Harvest Production Reports to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is Monday Dec. 1.

Mon. Dec 1. deadline to up EMI coverage, file Harvest Production Reports

There's a $100 late filing fee, plus another penalty for farmers who turn out to be in a claim position

Farmers have until Monday Dec. 1 to select whether they want to bump up next year’s excess moisture insurance coverage to $75 or $100 an acre. Dec. 1 is also the deadline for filing 2014 Harvest Production Reports to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). Farmers who miss the Dec. 1 deadline, including those who

CWB 2012-13 annual report: notes

Looking for CWB’s 2012-13 annual report? You won’t find it. All that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz tabled in Parliament in July were the notes to CWB’s financial statement, which the public is having trouble finding. The Manitoba Co-operator has received a number of requests for the notes submitted to the ag-minister by CWB and we’ve obtained a copy


Aggie Bedpush coming to a community near you

Instead of pushing a bed down the TransCanada, students will be visiting several communities to raise funds for charity 

The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences student council will be holding its 33rd annual charity fundraiser “Aggie Bedpush” in a number of Manitoba communities beginning Friday, Oct. 3. Each year, a large team of Aggie students led by FASO (the Faculty of Agriculture Students’ Organization) pushes a custom-made, burgundy-colored steel bed

Piles of dead bees were reportedly two inches thick in front of the affected hives, with others spread over the whole bee yard.

RCMP investigating after bees poisoned

A Manitoba beekeeper is out thousands of dollars after his bees were the target of truly poisonous wrath

It’s a sting being felt by beekeepers across province. And now the deliberate poisoning of hundreds of thousands of bees at multiple locations in the Rural Municipality of Elton has left apiarists and the RCMP looking for answers. “We came to the first yard and there were just piles of dead bees all over on

Frost damage reported in a few areas

An area around Somerset saw below-freezing temperatures for four to seven hours last Friday

Most Manitoba producers have dodged an icy bullet for now, but there are reports of some minor injury and areas that received a killing frost. Long-season crops, including corn, and later-seeded crops in parts of western Manitoba got some frost early Monday morning, but the extent of the damage wasn’t known at press time Monday,


Showmanship winners (l-r) Judge Sheldon Kyle; Brigitle Herrema, Ont.; Sadie Anwender, Sask.; Royce Mollenbeck, Sask.; Grace Glover, Boissevain and gold sponsor Buzz Bradley of Rocky Mountain Equipment.

Junior Cattle Producers and Canadian Junior Shorthorn Weekend

Neepawa hosted 65 Junior Cattle Producers from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta for the 
seventh annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup along with the Canadian Junior Shorthorn Weekend.

On Aug. 1 and 2 Neepawa hosted 65 Junior Cattle Producers from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta for the seventh annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup along with the Canadian Junior Shorthorn Weekend. Events included the Ag Challenge, a timed competition with some hands-on knowledge of the livestock industry. The Juniors enjoyed the challenges and tasks

Don Cruikshank demonstrates how field runoff water samples are collected.

VIDEO: Touring the ebbs and flows on the Manitoba Escarpment, Part Two

Monitoring stations and water filtration systems further research in south Tobacco Creek watershed

Years of research by the Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association have given it a broad understanding of what’s been happening in the south Tobacco Creek watershed. Under its guidance, the project has been adjusted for a variety of conventional and modern agricultural practices in order to measure how each differently impacts water quality throughout the cycle. The

International guests learn how to make durum bread.

VIDEO: Canadian durum exports still the best, but less consistent

Poor international durum yields mean 
more business for Canadian grain

International durum buyers visiting the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) last week said they are seeing less consistency in their purchases from Canada since the end of single-desk marketing. “Sometimes we see peaks in proteins or test weight,” said Italian broker Miria Filomena Balletta in an interview. “Not just in the same cargo, but in


VIDEO: Touring the ebbs and flows on the Manitoba Escarpment, Part One

Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association studying effects of soil erosion, flooding

The Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association is known for its innovative conservation work on the Manitoba Escarpment’s south Tobacco Creek watershed, a little over 110 km southwest of Winnipeg. Provided with funding from all levels of government and farmer-land owners, the association has built small dams to slow runoff and reduce soil erosion and

A sclerotinia-infected canola stem. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Sclerotinia risk high, but does it pay to spray?

Provincial agriculture officials are warning Manitoba farmers that the sclerotinia risk in canola is high in many areas of the province — but farms may want to do a cost-benefit analysis before treating if their crop is already compromised by excess moisture. [Related story] If using a fungicide to protect the crop, target application for