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Correlation between risk management and mental health: Study

Study supports education around risk mitigation planning to support good mental health

Farm business management activities have a positive correlation to mental health, according to a new study from Farm Management Canada. “Farm business management practices offer a significant opportunity for managing the stresses of farming in a way that contributes to positive mental health,” said Heather Watson, executive director of Farm Management Canada in a news

High winds, recent frost hurts crop development

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 2

Southwest Region Some scattered showers in the southwest region last week. St. Lazare and Russell received 4 to 7mm respectively. Crops need some good moisture in some areas of the region, as soil surface is quickly drying with very windy conditions. Temperatures were variable throughout the week. Daytime highs were normal; while nighttime lows dropped

Ukraine’s wheat sales close to reaching 2019-20 export quota limit

Ukraine’s wheat sales have reached 19.925 million tonnes as of May 22, leaving only 275,000 tonnes available for export over the rest of the season which runs until June 30, Economy Ministry data showed. The ministry said in response it would not increase the wheat export quota for the current season which is 20.2 million

Farmer Ian Shippen stands under a mobile irrigation boom stretching nearly half a kilometre on his farm in the heart of Australia’s Murray-Darling River basin.

China claims Australian irrigation scheme is an unfair subsidy

China’s 80.5 per cent tariff on imports of Australian barley stem from an anti-dumping, anti-subsidy investigation launched in 2018. Beijing justified the penalty May 19, concluding Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin Plan — a scheme to improve the well-being of an ecologically vital river system — is a subsidy for Australian growers. Under the plan, Australia buys

One might suspect the wilted sunflower seeding on the right was damaged by frost May 30, but Anastasia Kubinec, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development's (MARD) manager of crop industry development, says a cutworm was the culprit. She says farmers should be checking their fields for more than frost damage right now.

Frost was mostly light, but check your fields for other crop stressors right now

Flea beetles and cutworms are on the rise, while packed soils and dry hot winds are other things to watch for

[UPDATED: June 2, 2020] Potential frost damage might be the least of the many crop stressors Manitoba farmers see as they scout their fields the next several days. “Frost is just one of the factors we’re looking for right now,” Anastasia Kubinec, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s (MARD) Manager of Crop Industry Development, said in


All three Prairie provinces have now said they will be drawing on AgriRecovery.

Manitoba to join in on AgriRecovery program

Manitoba will join the other Prairie provinces requesting AgriRecovery funds for a beef set aside program

Manitoba will be opting into AgriRecovery to help offset the financial hit from COVID-19. Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen confirmed May 29 that Manitoba has signed on for beef set aside funds, offered through AgriRecovery. “Manitoba is working with the federal government,” he said. “We are trying to get approval for a funding

PHOTOS: Harvest up in smoke

The “harvest from hell” of last year is going up in smoke for many farmers this spring as farmers across the province are taking the torch to unharvested fields. The photos here show a blackened field edge before the main field was set ablaze. Using a quad and other off-road vehicles both saved time and

A lot of unharvested canola and wheat acres stayed behind on Manitoba fields over the winter due to poor harvest weather last fall, but what remained this spring may not be all that bad.

Most unharvested canola still has value: MASC

The quality of much of Manitoba’s overwintered wheat was worse than expected

Most of the unharvested, insured crop in Manitoba fields is still worth harvesting, according to the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). “We feel we’ve addressed the (insured) fields that everybody agrees aren’t worth combining,” David Van Deynze, MASC’s vice-president of innovation and product support said in an interview May 21. There are anecdotal reports of farmers frustrated with MASC for


Slow spring increases root rot risk

Early-seeded pulses may be setup for root rot concerns this year, given the cold spring and saturated soils

Mud may have kept you out of fields this spring, but pulse experts warn that root rots might be plenty active under the surface. Cool temperatures and soil moisture curbed producer efforts to access fields this year. The province estimated that only nine per cent of seeding was complete in Manitoba after the first week

According to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, AgriStability does not work for its members.

Set-aside funds snapped up

Cattle and pork producers tell MPs $100 million for program is not enough

A federal committee was told the $50 million made available by Ottawa for a set-aside program in the beef industry has already been spent, according to the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to $50 million in AgriRecovery funding was being earmarked to fund a COVID-19 set-aside program for cattle producers,

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