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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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more



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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more



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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more



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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more



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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more