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When grasses reach this height, it's a good time to consider cutting.

Alfalfa in early bud stage, time to cut alfalfa/grass mixes

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of June 1

This is the fourth release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba: Green Gold report for

First forage cuts fast approaching

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of May 29

This is the third release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba and the Interlake: Green


Frost damage in alfalfa that occurred on May 19.

Alfalfa sees rapid growth, and a question about stubble

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba, and Interlake as of May 25

This is the second release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba and the Interlake: Green

Forage growth in the West/Central area on May 23.

Some winterkill seen in forages, alfalfa growth advancing quickly

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba as of May 23

This is the first release for the Green Gold program in 2017 assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. The reports below highlight the most recent forage conditions for Eastern, Central and Western Manitoba: Green Gold report for

Southeast Manitoba sees considerable winterkill in alfalfa

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Report for May 18, 2017

Fields throughout the Southeast have experienced considerable winter kill due in part to the mild conditions this past winter and rains that may have reduced the insulating effect of the snow and/or caused icing that suffocated the alfalfa. Winter Kill Hopefully most of you have walked your alfalfa fields and assessed if you have any


Alfalfa passes optimum stage, haying activity across much of Manitoba

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Reports for June 8, 2016 (final report)

Alfalfa is now past the optimum stage throughout most of the province and haying has started. Looking at the RFV (relative feed value) for most areas we are at or below the 150 point and in some cases closer to 130 RFV for pure alfalfa stands. Weather conditions at the beginning of the week have

Lodged alfalfa in a field in southeastern Manitoba.

Recent rain makes for challenging hay cutting

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Reports for June 2, 2016

With the continued rain throughout the Province getting first cut hay up at the Optimum stage for Dairy Quality hay was a challenge. For most areas an opportunity existed if producers wee going for alfalfa silage and forages had a very limited amount of grass in them. Another factor to watch for is that as producers get delayed, they may

Alfalfa weevils are starting to make their mark on some Manitoba alfalfa fields.

Alfalfa fields in late veg stage, alfalfa weevil damage cropping up

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Reports as of May 30, 2016

Eastern Fields in the area are in the early to late bud stage with very little change likely due to the daytime temperatures remaining in the low 20’s this past weekend. Looking at the forecast this week it looks like we will continue with rain and cooler temperatures which may help in slowing the drop


LaBroquerie  alfalfa.

Rapid alfalfa growth sees ideal RFV values fast approaching

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Reports for May 24, 2016

With the rapid growth of the alfalfa over the weekend, the results from yesterdays clipping in Eastern Manitoba indicate that we are presently averaging a RFV of 195. Looking at some of the samples they are at or close to a RFV of 170. Remember 170 is used to determine HAY DAY with the target

Recent frost damage to forage crops mostly minimal

Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association Green Gold Report for May 19, 2016

Eastern Manitoba After the hard frost on May 16 there was some concern the crop may have been damaged. Looking at fields on the morning of May 19, although there was visible damage, the extent across the Green Gold fields was very minimal. The picture above is generally what was seen in most of the fields. There