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VIDEO: Takeaways from the Canola Council AGM

Ed White of The Western Producer and Allan Dawson of the Manitoba Co-operator offer their perspective from discussions heard at the Canola Council of Canada annual general meeting which presented some of the challenges the organization is facing on NAFTA, Richardson International’s exit from the Canola Council and concerns on clubroot and climate change for […] Read more

Set an example for the younger generation during Ag Safety Week

Canada’s agricultural population is now made up of more farmers over age 70 than under 35

With an average age of 53.8 years, Manitoba has the second-youngest population of farm operators in Canada. That means this month’s Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is a way to set an example for the next generation, says Manitoba’s minister of agriculture. “Everyone in our farming community, and especially our young farmers, has the opportunity to […] Read more

Commission markets first hogs via teletype

Our History: March 1965

This photo on the front page of our March 4, 1965 issue showed Jack Spigelman (l), president of the Winnipeg Beef Company and Canada Department of Agriculture livestock grader John Tropak with the first lot of hogs to be marketed through the Manitoba Hog Commission’s new teletype system. The Winnipeg Beef Company bought the hogs […] Read more

Cellulosic biofuels best bet for climate concerns

They’re lower impact than other options and can even sequester carbon rather than produce it

A new study from Colorado State University is breathing new life into the concept of biofuels produced from switchgrass instead of grain crops. The team says the non-edible native grass which grows in many locations throughout North America could be a better alternative than corn and other cereal and oilseed crops when it comes to […] Read more

NWMP puts out the call for recruits

Our History: March 1890

If farming wasn’t working out for you and you needed a new career, your experience with horses would help you reply to this advertisement in the March 1890 issue of the Nor’-West Farmer and Miller. The Northwest Mounted Police wanted able-bodied men “of thoroughly sound constitution” between 22 and 45 for a five-year term of […] Read more

Early canola seed grower recognized

The 85-year-old farmer was one of the earliest seed growers to try the new crop

Murray McConnell, a pioneer canola seed grower, received the Canola Award of Excellence for 2018 from the Manitoba Seed Growers Association (MCGA) at the CropConnect banquet in Winnipeg Feb. 14. McConnell, 85, who farms near Teulon, Man., grew some canola plots for Baldur Stefansson, a University of Manitoba plant breeder and one of the developers […] Read more

Winning the race against rust

The latest technology has scientists poised for a breakthrough 
on this tough crop disease

With its ever-evolving virulence, rust is a disease of major global concern for farmers. Now a group of scientists says cutting-edge genome sequencing technology could provide a better path forward than the traditional approaches using fungicides. The scientists, from U.S. and Australian government agencies and universities, recently released the results in mBio, a journal from […] Read more

Grain shipping off the rails

Car fulfilment numbers are the worst they’ve been 
since the crisis of 2013-14

The latest grain-shipping numbers are in and it would seem the situation is going from bad to worse. According to the Ag Transport Coalition, car order fulfilment by the two railways was only at 38 per cent of demand during the week of February 12 (grain week 29). CN only delivered 17 per cent of […] Read more

‘Best Results’ with the Chinook Air Seeder

Our History: February 1989

In 1986, Canadian Co-operative Implements had merged with Vicon Manufacturing, keeping its former logo but renaming the company as Cereal Implements, as seen in this ad for the Chinook Air Seeder in our February 23, 1989 issue. However, it continued to struggle and was placed in receivership in 1991. News that month was dominated by […] Read more

Manitobans participating in CYL

One transplanted Manitoban and one current resident are part of the latest cohort in the program

There are two Manitobans participating as mentees in the latest edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. The program, which started in 2010, pairs young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 with industry leaders for a year-long mentorship geared to their individual interests. Participants also have a $2,000 budget for attending conferences and […] Read more