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Researchers at the Brandon Research and Development Centre are conducting a plot trial on various 
forages to determine what is most productive in Manitoba conditions.

Sainfoin’s forage potential tested

Trials at the Brandon Research and Development Centre aim to see how 
the crop will measure up in a second-cut system compared to alfalfa

Does sainfoin have the potential to be a productive second-cut system, comparable to alfalfa? Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers intend to find out. At the Brandon Research and Development Centre they have seeded two varieties of sainfoin, Melrose and AC Mountainview, in both pure stands and mixed with grasses. Mae Elsinger, an AAFC range

Local resident, Brian Archibald, captured a number of drone images of the Killarney Grow Project’s harvest day action.

Bringing a community together for a cause

In its eighth year, the Killarney Grow Project has seen tremendous 
community support for its Canadian Foodgrains Bank efforts

A Killarney charity project has resulted in a show of neighbourliness that will stretch around the globe. The occasion was the harvest of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) Killarney Grow Project, and it wound up being a display that impressed even the organizers. “It is amazing how the community came together. For the three swather


This year’s Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup saw 49 junior participants and 91 head of cattle.  Photos: Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup

Junior cattle producers work on show skills

Cattle producers under the age of 25 from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan 
recently came together for a weekend of education and camaraderie

The annual Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup (MYBR) continues to strengthen the skills of young folks in the cattle industry. “It is a great way for juniors of all cattle breeds to work together, learn new skills, and meet new people,” said event organizer Lois McRae. “Where else can you attend an event with 49 junior

Manitoba has approximately 231 different species of native bees, including 24 different species of bumblebees.

More than just bumblebees

A new research project at AAFC is assessing habitat 
for the 231 different species of native bees in Manitoba

How pollinator friendly is your farm? A new study being conducted at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research and Development Centre is looking to gather data on the province’s native bees and create an on-farm habitat-assessment tool. “We don’t have a lot of information on native bees in Manitoba but we are starting to get

Stan Cochrane is the chair of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, 
which is restoring the Dominion Exhibition Building.

Reviving a symbol of Canada’s agricultural past

Built in 1912, the Dominion Exhibition Building No. II is being 
refurbished to resume its place as a host for community events

Once a hub of agricultural activity, in recent years Brandon’s Dominion Exhibition Building No. II has been left idle and close to disrepair. Fearing loss of the valued landmark, in 2009 the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba took on the challenge of restoring the building to its former glory. “As both an organization and a community


The Brandon Research and Development Centre held a field tour of its oats and wheat trials on August 3.

Local testing of cereal varieties key to determining productivity

Researchers at the Brandon Research and Development Centre are committed 
to testing varieties under local conditions

On paper that new wheat or barley variety looks like a winner — but how’s it actually going to perform under real-life conditions? That’s the question federal and provincial crop researchers working at the Brandon Research and Development Centre (BRDC) are hoping to contribute to with a host of ongoing variety trials at their 2,500-acre

Land management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Marla Riekman discusses the impacts forage and grazing practices have on the soil.

Applied research already well underway at MBFI

MBFI has kick-started a number of research projects, examining everything from energy-dense annual forages to riparian health

Just 18 months into its existence, the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative (MBFI) has hit the ground running with a number of research projects. “Transitioning from the initial concept of MBFI to successfully completing several research projects in such short order is no small feat,” said Ramona Blyth, chair of the MBFI board during the

The Canadian cattle industry continues to work with McDonald’s Canada as part of a national discussion to verify the industry’s sustainability.

McDonald’s commits to continued sustainable beef conversation

McDonald’s Canada is now working with Canadian Roundtable 
for Sustainable Beef to create a single national standard

McDonald’s Canada is doubling-down on its strategy of meeting sustainability goals by working with the beef industry. With a recent pilot project on sustainable beef that partnered with the industry groups and experts that demonstrated and verified the sustainability of the Canadian beef supply wrapped up, it’s looking to build on that base. The key


Syngenta's new soy varieties have been established on the company's Elm River research farm.

New soybean offerings coming in 2017

As soybean acres rise across Western Canada, new soybean varieties are keeping pace. “We have been really ramping up our soybean portfolio over the last number of years and we have been able to put some pretty exciting products in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, especially as the acreage has been increasing,” said Wayne Bennett, product

Jeffery Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, senior manager 
of sustainability for McDonald’s Canada.

McDonald’s backs Manitoba research project

Newly established beef and forage research farm recently 
opened its doors to showcase value to sector


McDonald’s Canada sees itself as a longtime partner of the Manitoba beef industry. It contributed $25,000 in February to the Manitoba Beef and Forage Industry for a collaborative project of science-based research to enhance ecosystems, producer profitability and build awareness of the beef and forage industry. One McDonald’s executive says the now-completed pilot is just