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STAR-7 lifts-off during a mock accident exercise in the RM of Rosser in 2018.

STARS sees summer spike in calls

The Manitoba base saw a near-record 81 calls in August

STARS air ambulance saw its second-highest number of monthly calls to date last month, with 81 calls during August this year. Of those, 45 were on-scene emergencies, while the remaining 36 were inter-facility transfers. Why it matters: With so many farms being remotely located, STARS unfortunately responds to a number of agricultural accidents each year, with call

Combines and trucks roll north of Deerwood, Man., Aug. 26.

Cereal harvest nears the finish line as canola lags

Cereal harvest is creeping closer to complete, while canola and peas are still well behind three-year averages

Harvest progress in Manitoba is still behind the three-year norm. According to the Sept. 1 provincial crop report, Manitoba’s cereal harvest is starting to wrap up. In winter cereals, winter wheat sat 95 per cent finished and fall rye topped off at 97 per cent complete. Spring wheat, meanwhile, was about half done as of


Panel discusses risks and rewards in Canada’s beef industry

Beef industry panel discusses lessons learned and the path forward in the wake of COVID-19

A few weeks ago some of the key players in Canada’s beef industry sat down for a virtual roundtable to explore sustainability in the sector. Moderated by Canadian Cattlemen editor Lisa Guenther, the hour-long panel consisted of Maryjo Tait from Celtic Ridge Farms, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) president Bob Lowe, Jarrod Gillig, vice-president of operations

Annual ryegrass harvest underway east of Altamont, Man., Aug. 26.

Harvest in Manitoba starts slow, but with bright spots

About 13 per cent of harvest was complete in the province as of Aug. 25

Harvest was slow to take off across the province but farmers are reporting good progress getting it into the bin. “Harvest has been off to a good start,” according to Dwight McGill, who farms near Pleasant Valley, Man. “It’s been, ‘Hurry up and wait,’ as it was in the spring with how fields dried up

Spencer Myers (left) and Scott Garvey test four UTVs near Carman, Man., earlier this summer.

UTVs put through their paces

We put four utility terrain vehicles to the test over two days. Here's what we found

The results are in for this year’s Glacier FarmMedia (GFM) machinery challenge, formerly the Grainews Machinery Challenge. Even though this year’s usual venue, the Ag in Motion farm show, went digital, both I and former Grainews machinery editor Scott Garvey headed out to Carman, Man., for two days to test UTVs (utility terrain vehicles). This


A shot of the 180 acres being used in the variable rate fertility project.

Data-driven decisions at the Discovery Farm

Field-size trials and commercial equipment make farm adoption simpler

Research results are always interesting — but will they scale up for the farm? Glacier FarmMedia’s Discovery Farm, located at the Ag in Motion show site near Saskatoon, is answering that question by doing field-scale trials on a 180-acre site known as Field of Excellence. “By doing it at the field scale with commercially available equipment, growers or

Chemical enters at the end of the boom before flowing through the nozzles and back towards the tank.

Breaking down the recirculating sprayer boom

Non-profit Sprayers 101 demonstrates the concept and benefits of a recirculating sprayer system

Looking at the back of a modern sprayer the pile of hoses and valves in a traditional plumbing system can seem complicated, and even more so when you start to look at recirculating sprayer booms. Hoping to mitigate that confusion, Dr. Tom Wolf and Dr. Jason Deveau have “Everything you never wanted to know about

Guy Ash says METOS is taking training online to enable users to make the most of the company’s technology.

METOS launches eLearning portal

Ag tech company announces online certification and new Canada-focused website

As new tools and technology rapidly enter the agriculture sector, the challenge will be training farmers and farm workers to make the most of them. METOS, a division of Pessl Instruments, is launching a new online training portal to tackle this challenge, that will train and certify operators of the company’s technology. Guy Ash, global


Grainews went to Texas to field test the 2020 model year line of Defender UTVs.

Five UTV options for the farm and ranch

Farmers can choose from a wide selection of handy options

It’s no secret that side-by-sides and similar models have replaced the traditional four-wheeler as the farm vehicle of choice. The surge in demand for side-by-sides has opened up the options available to the average Prairie farmer, with an ever-increasing range of models offered from familiar brands including Can-Am, Polaris, Honda, John Deere, Kubota, Yamaha, and

Clockwise from top left: Acey Brinkman, Colin Penner, Jill Martens, Garrett Sawatsky.

University of Manitoba growing next generation of ag experts

U of M’s agriculture diploma program preparing students for an evolving industry

Fast-moving change in the agriculture industry is requiring a whole new level of agility from Canada’s agriculture education institutions. At the University of Manitoba, that’s meant instructors are looking for ways to make students more agile and able to adopt new strategies and tools more quickly and effectively. “We’ve talked with industry that said it’s