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Wheat lost blast resistance recently

There’s good news and bad news for the world’s wheat crops. An international consortium of researchers have identified a gene in wheat that protects the plants from the deadly fungus which causes wheat blast infections. Unfortunately it would appear many strains of wheat lost this gene sometime in the 1980s, when it was inadvertently bred […] Read more


Fusarium head blight risk maps

Fusarium head blight risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. The map above shows the current risk for fusarium head blight development based on the previous seven days of temperature and […] Read more



Livestock breeders and “Dairy don’ts”

Our History: July 1887

Livestock breeders advertising in the July 1887 issue of The Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller included the Binscarth Stock Farm (C.L. Smellie), Beresford Stock Farm in Brandon (J.E. Smith), Chas. H. Fox & Co. in Winnipeg, Breeze Lawn Stock Farm (Sharman and Sharman) in Souris and O.P. Skrine and R.H. Skrine of Grenfell — now […] Read more


Finnish firm produces shipping container farm

Exsilio says its turnkey solution will let commercial kitchens and restaurants produce peak ingredients on site

Call it a garden in a box. Exsilio, a Finnish company, has developed a high-tech solution for cultivating crops like salads and herbs in urban environments. Its EkoFARMER system is a modified shipping container, stuffed with growing equipment. “Our solution is ideal for restaurants and institutional kitchens wanting to produce their own fresh ingredients,” Thomas […] Read more



This Old Elevator: June 2017

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

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 […] Read more


Just say no to Crow

Our History: June 1983

The Crow rate was a hot topic in June 1983. Jean-Luc Pepin, transport minister in the Pierre Trudeau government, had tabled a bill providing for annual payments to offset the money-losing rate, but debate continued on whether the payment should go to the railways (therefore only on grain shipments) or directly to farmers (which meant […] Read more



Cell wall secrets could unlock plant potential

U.K. researchers say figuring this puzzle out could improve hunt for traits

We’ve gone a long way in recent years unlocking the genetic potential of plants — but mainly the focus has been on seeds and fruits. Now researchers from Britain’s University of York and Quadram Institute say they’re unlocking the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the quality of some plant-based foods. […] Read more


Five policy priorities for food and agriculture

Several initiatives are taking place concurrently at the national level

The federal government is looking at agriculture and food policy from five different perspectives: The National Food Policy, with the potential to define long-term agriculture and food guidelines. The Liberal government campaigned on creating a National Food Policy. It was identified in Agriculture and Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay’s mandate letter and Fraser said the Prime […] Read more



Jack and Dianne Froese 2017 Red River Ex Farm Family

The Winkler couple has been recognized for commitment 
to the industry and environmental stewardship

Jack and Dianne Froese are the 2017 Red River Exhibition Farm Family of the Year. They operate Froese Enterprises near Winkler where they grow field crops, including pulses, soybeans and canola. They began farming in the 1970s and as young farmers they were interested in environmental stewardship, leading them to adopt numerous practices including cultivating environmentally friendly […] Read more


DDG can help forage digestibility

The ethanol industry byproduct can help cattle 
get more from late-season grasses

One of the challenges for cattle producers around the world is getting the most out of late-season forage. In many cases forages become harder to digest later in the growing season, making them less beneficial for animals. Now a group of Texas researchers say supplementing these forages with dried distillers grain from the ethanol industry […] Read more