Some farmers were trying to beat the 100-bushel-per-acre canola challenge last year, but in June 1976 the goal was to beat the 30-bushel mark in Elanco’s Rapeyield 30 contest. The winner that year was 43 bushels. Our June 17 front page reported on a “major discovery” at the Agriculture Canada Research Station in Lethbridge. Two […] Read more
A program to train firefighters to rescue people trapped or engulfed in grain is expanding into Manitoba. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is expanding its BeGrainSafe program, which includes a two-day program for firefighters, according to a May 29 news release. The training will now be available in Manitoba and Quebec. The course includes an […] Read more
After exposing more than 70 million seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers at the University of Illinois were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant. Though preliminary, the findings suggest that the mutation rate in amaranth is very low, and that low-level herbicide application contributes little — if anything — to the onset of […] Read more
Allan Dawson delves into what the future holds for Cigi. The organization has been educating customers from around the world on the benefits of Canadian wheat and barley for nearly 50 years. It was funded by farmers, through the Canadian Wheat Board, and the federal government. Since the end of the CWB, Cigi has had […] Read more
The photo of dust blowing from a field near Miami was typical of many others across southern Manitoba on May 16, 2008. There were blizzard-like conditions in the Red River Valley, and Manitoba Agriculture reported that many fields had lost so much topsoil that seed was exposed. As of May 22, crop insurance officials reported […] Read more
Allan Dawson drills down into the numbers on falling farm income and deciphers what it actually means for Manitoba farmers. Among other things he found some cause for hope, including the fact farmers are entering this downturn from a strong position and that some commodities still saw rising cash receipts. Alexis Stockford looks at what’s […] Read more
In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these […] Read more
How many wild pigs are roaming agro-Manitoba? Nobody knows the answer to that question, and that’s going to be a problem for the province. Ryan Brook, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan who was educated at the University of Manitoba has the best handle, and even he admits his numbers are far from certain. […] Read more
This Acme Pulverising harrow, clod crusher and leveler was claimed as “Best Selling Tool on Earth” in the May 1887 of the Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller. The paper’s editors were running a series of competitions inviting readers to submit essays on various topics. That month’s issue featured two entries on the topic “How to […] Read more
In this week’s issue of the Co-operator, our Alexis Stockford goes hog wild and delves into the quickly growing issue of wild pigs in Manitoba. She found there’s little in the way of hard data, but many anecdotal reports suggest the population is growing very quickly. Allan Dawson is keeping on top of the canola […] Read more
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