Managing soil health from the ground up

Soil scientist Stephen Crittenden with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada offered a presentation earlier this year on soil health. As producers are likely to face more and new extremes that challenge their crops, identifying management practices that complement the soil and water in their respective growing regions will be essential. It’s a better understanding that has

The wild side of pest control

You may not always see beneficial insects in your field, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t providing you with an important pest control service. Dr. Alejandro Costamagna, associate professor of entomology at the University of Manitoba, spoke earlier this year about how all insects are not created equal and how some insects are a very

Making cover crops work in Manitoba

Are cover crops something you’re interested in but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Earlier this year, Yvonne Lawley with the University of Manitoba aimed to answer that question for producers in a presentation that looked at the types of cover crops that grow well in Manitoba, how setting a goal can improve the success

Is your winter wheat off to a good start?

Manitoba Co-operator editor Gord Gilmour speaks with agronomist Ken Gross of Ducks Unlimited Canada about winter wheat crops in Manitoba and what he looks for when assessing plants to determine if they’re off to a healthy start.

Faces of Ag

Laura and Ryan Plett juggled hunting and fishing guide careers with their livestock operation until two years ago.

Laying foundations with Sawmill Creek Livestock

Laura and Ryan Plett know all about building something from nothing. Their farm, tucked into the bush near Stead, on the southeastern tip of Lake Winnipeg, is largely forested. Pasture expansions mean pushing farther into the bush. Grazing is marginal. The Pletts’ herds, now hundreds of head strong and combining cattle and sheep, was grown arrow

Sarah Jensen of Arborg is one of two Manitoba names among the 2020 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program finalists.

Veterinary student gets CYL nod

Sarah Jensen can’t single out one moment that decided her on a career as a large-animal vet, but she has early memories of tagging along with the veterinarian making calls to her home in the Interlake. “I think it was a combination of factors,” she said. “One, growing up on a cattle farm and watching arrow

Deep Dive

VIDEO: Bibeau announces grain code of practices

The grain industry is thus far applauding the move to document production practices

Canadian grain farmers will soon have a “first-ever” grain production code of practices, following an announcement by the federal agriculture minister at Crop Connect 2020 in Winnipeg. Marie-Claude Bibeau said the federal government will be providing $800,000 in funding for the program, intended to document the practices for trading partners and consumers. It will demonstrate Watch the video arrow

PHOTOS: Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day with farm photos

A way to share the joys and challenges of farm life with other Canadians

February 11 is Canada’s Agriculture Day, intended to showcase all the amazing things happening in our industry. It’s a time to create a closer connection between consumers, our food and the people who produce it. Sharing what you love about Canadian agriculture can be as simple as posting a photo. For me, a social media View the photo gallery arrow


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Concerted effort needed to make winter what you want it to be

Five days before Christmas, Pilot Mound residents cut the ribbon and cut the carrot cake inside their brand new, community-run theatre. After a decade of work and community fundraising events, the volunteer board that runs the theatre was so happy to open, said Heather Brewster, a board member. On March 19 the Tivoli Community Theatre

Mark November 11 with a visit to Camp Hughes

November 11 is fast approaching, but this year’s events may need to be somewhat different. If Remembrance Day programs are cancelled in your area, or if you’re unsure about attending a socially distanced service, consider an outdoors way of remembering and honouring our fallen soldiers. If the weather and roads remain good, one good way

Artificial intelligence plays critical role in precision agriculture

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in agriculture continue to grow, driven by the increased demands of precision farming. This growth is due to increasing demand for agriculture produce, real-time livestock monitoring, and the need for enhanced decision-making to optimize farm management. Other factors contributing to the rising interest in precision farming solutions are growing food demand and government assistance to farmers. India, for

Manitoba beekeeper receives recognition for protecting pollinators

A Manitoba beekeeper has received national recognition for his work advocating for and protecting pollinators. Ian Steppler accepted the 2020 North America Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Farmer-Rancher Canada award for pollinator conservation during a virtual conference on October 20. “I’m quite flattered and really happy to be able to accept this award,” said Steppler who

Will the gusher of grain movement continue this winter?

Glacier FarmMedia – The grain transportation system has been ‘pounding it,’ with monthly records falling like flies through spring, summer and even into harvest. So will it continue? That will depend on sales and demand from other sectors that ship by rail, say experts. “We’ve done very well in the aftermath of everything that’s happened

Ag in the Classroom pivots under COVID-19

Sue Clayton, executive director for Manitoba’s Agriculture in the Classroom, says new government funding will help the organization bolster online resources in the age of COVID-19. Why it matters: Agriculture in the Classroom typically offers hands-on ag experience to Manitoba students, but that will look different in the coming year. The federal and provincial governments

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