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Ponds in central Manitoba, normally swollen with snowmelt, were far below the high-water mark in early April.

Manitoba’s hay market up in the air

Forage shortfalls are still very much on the table for this year, but how short and how that will impact hay prices is still a big unknown

Those watching the hay market are holding their breath, and keeping a close eye on the long-range forecast, as the clock starts ticking on the province’s potential forage harvest. Manitoba’s bone-dry start has had both forage experts and producers concerned the province may be in for another season like 2019 — when low yields and

Percentage of average precipitation in Western Canada for the 90 days ending April 5, 2021. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada map)

Manitoba forage, grassland growers burned by drought

MarketsFarm — An ongoing lack of precipitation, which is showing no signs of letting up in the coming months according to weather forecasts, is already causing problems for Manitoba’s forage and grasslands. Growers in the province have had to deal with three straight years with lower-than-normal precipitation. In 2019, multiple rural municipalities in Manitoba’s Parkland

Forage insurance changes arrive for spring

Forage insurance changes arrive for spring

Weather warning flags this spring may merit giving the province’s revised forage insurance a closer look

With another dry spring in the offing, it might be time to reconsider forage insurance in view of recent program changes. Those changes follow a forage insurance review completed last year. The province had announced the review in late 2019, following critically poor hay yields and widespread reports of feed shortfalls. The shortfalls led to

The Green Gold forage monitoring program is seeking producer participants for its annual hay day quest.

Green Gold calling out for Manitoba alfalfa growers

The yearly hay quality monitoring program is ramping up again for 2021, and organizers are calling out for grower participation

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) is once again on the hunt for producers to fill out its roster for this year’s Green Gold program. The association is looking for producers willing to tap their fields for regular hay samples, which will then feed into the alfalfa quality monitoring program. Why it matters: Alfalfa growers, particularly those

There are a number of things you need to get right when growing corn, says Sara Meidlinger, a market development specialist with Pride Seeds.

Cows love it but growing corn for silage or grazing can be tricky

Getting the crop off to a good start through seed selection and good seed placement is critical

Glacier FarmMedia – Corn can be an attractive option for feeding cattle, but there are a lot of specifics to consider when you choose to grow it. “Corn just tastes good and cows love it. It’s more palatable than barley, and it has a better dry matter intake,” Greg Paranych, agriculture field specialist with Alberta’s


Herman Wehrle of FP Genetics talks hybrid fall rye and how it might best work in greenfeed and grazing systems at MBFI north of Brandon.

Hybrid rye, coming soon to a grazing system near you?

Most of the province’s hybrid rye goes to grain, but new projects hope to get a better handle on its potential for feed, forage and grazing

Those marketing hybrid fall rye hope their next market expansion might involve hooves. Herman Wehrle, director of market development with FP Genetics, is exploring how hybrid rye might work into greenfeed and grazing systems, having already spent the last several years evaluating its use for silage. Why it matters: Industry is trying to shift hybrid

Manitoba producers who use silage can now 
get crop insurance, something the Manitoba 
Beef Producers has long sought.

Provincial forage AgriInsurance gets upgrade

Livestock producers are getting their wish on how MASC anticipates corn silage yields, among other announcements

Livestock producers relying on corn silage will soon be able to lock in insurance based on personal production history. On Oct. 16, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced individual productivity indexing (IPI) for silage corn, among a list of other feed crop insurance changes incoming for 2021. Until now, MASC has based

An Oct. 1 workshop at Bruce Sneesby’s farm near Westbourne, Man., takes attendees through forage ammoniation step by step.

This is your father’s forage treatment

Ammoniating poor-quality feed is an old technique that producers may want to keep in their tool box

Manitoba’s provincial hay and livestock experts want producers to consider winding back the clock if they have to make the best of poor feed. For many livestock producers, ammoniating forage is something that fell out of vogue decades ago. But now some of those experts want to bring it back to the table, with producers


Whether you spread out bales or group them in ‘pods,’ don’t worry about the residue left behind — it isn’t wasted.

Bale grazing is having its moment in the (winter) sun

Here are some things to bear in mind when using bales to extend the grazing season

Many producers have taken steps to extend their grazing period, and bale grazing is proving to be a popular choice. Bales can be purchased or grown on farm and placed strategically in cells or ‘bale pods.’ In some cases, cattle feed on bales directly where they are dropped from the baler, but in most situations, bales

A hay sample being emptied into a bucket.

Forage analysis valuable in developing winter feeding program

Determining the nutrient content of forages and other feeds through laboratory analysis is the best way to design a nutrition program that meets livestock requirements

Laboratory analysis to determine the quality of feedstuffs was developed more than 150 years ago. “Since that time, the ability to accurately analyze forages has greatly improved, as has the ability to use results to improve livestock feed efficiency and performance,” says Janna Block, extension livestock systems specialist at NDSU’s Hettinger Research Extension Center. “However, this valuable management