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Rainfall offers reprieve for crops, severe flea beetle pressure continues

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 15

Southwest Region A much-needed rain fell across the Southwest this past week. Rainfall accumulation in the region was between 45 mm to 115 mm. Rain fell over several hours, allowing opportunity to soak in. Some runoff was available to replenish dugouts and sloughs. There are some reports of standing waters in low- lying areas and

Don’t cheap out on materials and “start basic,” says Greg Paranich, an agricultural field specialist and electric fence “troubleshooter.

How to stay (properly) grounded when installing electric fencing

Quality — whether ground rods, wire or insulators — is worth the money, says fencing expert

To anyone who’s never built one, an electric fence can seem like a pretty simple structure. In some ways they’re right — like any kind of electrical circuit, an electric fence requires a source of power, a conduit, some kind of ground and usually insulators. But, as is often the case, it’s only as good

France sees no easy fix for sugar beet disease without neonicotinoids

None of the alternatives to neonicotinoids for protecting sugar beet crops works well enough on its own, France’s health agency ANSES said June 2, as the country looks for ways to do without the chemical seen as harmful to bees. France suspended its ban on the use of neonicotinoids on sugar beet crops until 2023

Foodgrains Bank program to bring COVID relief to African countries

Foodgrains Bank program to bring COVID relief to African countries

The pandemic has made bad situations worse in countries struggling with conflict, displacement and economic disaster

A $10-million federal grant will help Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners bring aid to several African countries affected by COVID-19, the organization announced May 27. “(The pandemic) has made a bad situation worse,” said program manager Stefan Epp-Koop. “Many of these countries have conflict or political instability, high levels of displacement — people being forced to

“You don’t stay on top without effort.” – Brian Innes.

Brian Innes new head of Soy Canada

The longtime canola council staffer joined Soy Canada earlier this spring

Brian Innes is Soy Canada’s new executive director. Innes, who was the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of public affairs based in Ottawa, started his new position May 3, replacing Ron Davidson who is retiring after 50 years of public service in agriculture and foreign affairs. Like the canola council where Innes worked for 9-1/2


MCGA contributes $100,000 to Prairie Innovation Centre

The money will support an industry-education ‘Collaboration Zone’

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) has committed $100,000 to sponsor an industry collaboration area, the Collaboration Zone, within Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture. “Working with industry is an integral piece of the vision for the centre,” said Tim Hore, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environment, in a media

This field of alfalfa in Manitoba’s Interlake on June 12 got a boost with recent precipitation, but many forage crops are stunted due to cool temps and very dry soils this season.

Cream of alfalfa crop to come up short

Dairy producers anticipate alfalfa shortfall as high quality first cut approaches

Growers targeting high quality alfalfa are typically rolling by mid-June, but this year’s dairy quality hay might involve a lot of driving for little yield. David Wiens, chair of the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, said he expects stand quality to be high, but that yield will likely to fall shy of normal. Alfalfa crops, “look

Second list of Crown lands opened for hay

Second list of Crown lands opened for hay

Producers have until June 21, after the province announced a second list of Crown lands opened for haying due to concerns of looming poor forage

Livestock producers have one more week to put their names in the hat for an extra list of Crown lands opened for haying this year. On May 18, the province announced that parcels of wildlife management areas and non-agricultural Crown land would once again be listed for casual hay permits, echoing similar provisions made in


The pork sector was among those applauding the passage of the new legislation.

Ag leaders pleased on passage of anti-trespassing laws

Strong opposition highlights the need for more conversations around biosecurity and farming practices

Agriculture leaders say they’re pleased to see two biosecurity and anti-trespassing bills pass into law. Manitoba Pork general manager Cam Dahl thanked the province for “helping producers protect their biosecurity as well as help them protect their workers and their families on the farm.” “These bills go a long ways to helping with those efforts,” he told the

The Manitoba Pork Council claims that the price of a farm visit to pick up deadstock has dramatically increased compared with other provinces where the biowaste recycling company, Rothsay, operates.

Rendering complaint fails to gain traction

The Manitoba Pork Council says its pricing complaint will not be pursued by the Competition Bureau of Canada

The Manitoba Pork Council says it is disappointed it won’t get its day with the Competition Bureau of Canada after filing a complaint on a hike in fees for on-farm deadstock pickup. Why it matters: The Competition Bureau of Canada has opted not to take up the Manitoba Pork Council’s complaint against deadstock pickup fees.