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Hay disaster benefit kicks in for Manitoba growers

Eligible Manitoba forage growers can expect to share in a $5 million hay disaster benefit (HDB) for the 2019 crop year. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC), the provincial crop insurance agency, announced Friday that the HDB has been activated and benefit payments to eligible forage producers on about 1,500 claims will begin “shortly.” The HDB,

Vermeer buys TMR mixer maker Schuler

U.S. hay and forage equipment manufacturer Vermeer Corp. is expanding its reach in the cattle feeding business with a deal for fellow Iowa firm Schuler Manufacturing. Vermeer announced Wednesday it purchased Schuler for an undisclosed sum and that Schuler products will still “initially” be sold under the Schuler brand, but with an “intentional transition” to


Producers with available hay or forages are being encouraged to list them for sale.

Manitoba farm organizations urge farmers to list available feed

A serious shortfall has livestock producers scrambling for feed and alternatives

Manitoba’s two largest farm organizations are urging farmers to list any hay, straw or other alternative feeds they may have available. The Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers say the province is facing a shortfall this season, amid widespread reports of below-expected hay and forage yields for the season. “Many beef producers have been

Clayton Robins is among the few farmers happy about the state of his pastures and hay crops, something he partly credits to his pasture management and integration of alternative grazing on annuals. His take on cover crops has earned him a place in the CFGA’s national carbon sequestration project.

Manitoba forage growers tapped for carbon project

The national project is the next step toward the CFGA’s goal of having farmers paid for storing carbon

Five Manitoba farmers are helping the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) put a value on carbon storage. Ryan Canart of Miniota, Allan Preston of Hamiota, Matt Van Steelandt of Melita, Jonathan Bouw of Anola and Clayton Robins of Rivers are all recognizable names on the grazing, soil health or regenerative agriculture field tour circuits


Regenerative agriculture uses grazing to improve forage yield, soil organic matter and even habitat in some cases.

Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association backs up regenerative ag

The movement is now an official cause for MFGA

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is officially endorsing regenerative agriculture. “MFGA’s interests in regenerative agriculture lie squarely in producing high-quality food while improving the natural ecosystem,” the position reads. “Regenerative agriculture” involves farm practices aimed at improving the landscape, soil health and biodiversity. Grazing is a key part of the system, including rotational or

Cattle in the Interlake graze parched pastures as producers eye their stunted hayfields with concern.

Pressure rising again on feed supply as first cut falls short

Recent rains came too late to boost growth

Hay shortages still have a chokehold on Manitoba as producers take stock of their first cut. Rains gave much-needed relief to fields across southern Manitoba since the end of June, but it was largely too late for the forage crop. Top-tier stands this year only reach about 60 per cent of normal, according to John

Prairie hay shortage on horizon

MarketsFarm — While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops



Rains helped bolster short hayfields in the last week of May, but many fields (such as this one in central Manitoba) still lag behind what is normal for this time of year and many regions are still dry.

Forage forecast gets some good news

Forage got a needed boost in the last week of May, especially in areas that got rain before the temperatures rose

The province got some of its first forage-friendly growing days in the last week of May, but it still may not be enough. This spring was another hard start for hay growers. Cold temperatures and lack of rainfall delayed alfalfa and pasture regrowth, leading the province’s forage experts to put out warnings against premature turnout.