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The Keep It Clean campaign uses a ‘traffic’ system to quantify trade risk from crop protection products.

Keep It Clean enters its fifth year

Industry program helps avoid residue problems on exported crops

Canadian farmers are being encouraged to use an industry alert program to keep unacceptable pesticide residues on crops from spiralling into potential trade problems. The voluntary program called Keep It Clean informs producers about which products to use on cereal, oilseed and pulse crops and which ones to avoid so as not to exceed maximum

Blocked tissues that transport water cause the telltale wilting and death of Potato Early Dying disease.

Potato Early Dying a silent yield killer

Industry network seeks to reduce impact of the disease

A national initiative to reduce the severity of a silent enemy in Canadian potato fields is claiming some early success halfway through its four-year program. The Canadian Potato Early Dying Network (CanPEDNet) is starting to learn more about verticillium wilt and how to deal with this major yield-limiting pathogen in commercial potato cropping systems, said


Potato scab is unsightly, consumers don’t want it and it results in more food waste.

Unsightly tubers hard to sell

Researchers close in on scab-resistant potatoes

A research project by Agriculture and Agri-Food scientists hopes to develop genetic resistance to a chronic disease in Canada’s potato crops. The project by AAFC researchers in Prince Edward Island aims at identifying precise genes responsible for resistance to common scab disease in some potato varieties so breeders can use them in developing new resistant

“You have to be resilient to be a potato grower.” – Dan Sawatzky, KPPA.

Manitoba potato growers look for brighter 2021

Industry coming off three straight challenging years

Beleaguered Manitoba potato growers are hoping for a normal crop this year after three consecutive years of adverse weather, unharvested acres, lower-than-expected yields and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Guarded optimism would be the best way to describe growers’ mood as they prepare for the 2021 crop amid weather and market conditions largely beyond their control.

MCA is hoping a whole-farm research approach will yield 
better results for farmers.

MCA calls for Whole Farm Research Program submissions

Letters of intent will allow group to select projects to begin next spring

The Manitoba Crop Alliance has launched a major research initiative by calling for project proposals under its newly formed Whole Farm Research Program. MCA is requesting letters of intent for wide-ranging cross-commodity research projects. The deadline for applications is April 15. MCA already funds separate research projects for all of its five agricultural commodities: wheat, barley, corn, flax


Year-round grazing requires year-round planning and management.

Winter grazing not just about winter

Regenerative grazing key to year-round pasture management

Whenever Steve Kenyon gives a presentation on year-round grazing systems, producers immediately think only of winter grazing. Bale grazing, swath grazing, crop residue grazing — Kenyon knows that producers who graze their cattle over winter love to talk about these things. But he cautions that, despite their importance, these methods are only a small part

Manitoba producers may be a bit leery of soybeans after three straight dry years,
 but over time the crop will do well.

Don’t let dry weather scare you off soybeans

Growers told the long-term outlook for the crop is still positive

Three straight dry summers shouldn’t dissuade Manitoba producers from growing soybeans, despite a sharp drop in acreage during that time, an industry official says. The long-term outlook for soybeans in Manitoba is still positive, even though the province’s seeded acreage in 2020 was less than half the peak reached three years ago, said Bryce Rampton,

The Manitoba Crop Alliance will be a more efficient and farmer-focused organization as it officially launches, organizers say.

Manitoba Crop Alliance predicts increased research benefits

The newly merged farm group is up and running

Five years after it was first envisioned, Manitoba’s newest farm organization is now fully operational and promising increased service to its commodity group members. The Manitoba Crop Alliance has received formal designation from the provincial government and began operating August 1, collecting levies from its member organizations. It’s the culmination of a long and winding


Manitoba pork producers are awaiting resolution on the trade front so they can return to profitability.

Trade wars cast a long shadow over hog industry

Trump tariffs a significant factor, NAFTA weighs in too

The ongoing trade war between the United States and the rest of the world is side-swiping Manitoba’s pork industry. Hog prices have tumbled since last spring, leaving producers worried about their future just as the industry is recovering from a decade of economic woe. “It’s pretty terrible. It’s about as bad as it’s been in

Canada’s auditors general say the federal government and provinces are behind their own targets to address the cause and effects of climate change.

Canada lagging on climate change action: report

Emission reduction plans lack details and are late in addressing the issue

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are lagging far behind their targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are woefully unprepared for climate change, a new report says. Canada is expected to miss its 2020 emissions reduction target by 20 per cent and is also likely to miss its 2030 target without a major effort, says