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New opportunities not enough for pulse exports

While it works to diversify, Canada shouldn’t neglect its old standbys, says one expert

Canada must address barriers to major export markets while finding new opportunities for its pulse crops, one expert told producers at a Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers meeting on Jan. 29. “We’re still in a transition phase before a full realization of these new opportunities for pulses,” said Mac Ross, director of market access and trade policy with

Flooding picture still weather dependent

What happens between now and spring here, and in the U.S. and Saskatchewan, will be the determining factors

The province continues to keep a watchful eye on spring flood conditions, but says the true picture won’t be clear until winter is over. The comments came from Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler February 4, in a release announcing a new Basin Conditions Report that provided an updated snapshot of river levels and soil moisture conditions. “The report will present Red River and Assiniboine River Basin conditions

Bill Campbell was acclaimed to another term at the helm of KAP at the organization’s recent annual general meeting.

Campbell sees challenges ahead for Manitoba farmers

KAP’s president says safety nets, carbon tax and Crown lands among big issues on the radar


Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) president, Bill Campbell, kicked off the 2020 annual general meeting last week by acknowledging the disastrous weather challenges, and calling governments to action. “We began in the spring with dry conditions and feed shortages,” Campbell said. “We ended the year with excess moisture and crops still out in the field.” That’s just how weather goes, but

Drainage ditches were near capacity this fall after a rain- and snow-filled season.

Make spring nutrient plans now, say U of M soil scientists

The very wet fall last year has set the stage for a very challenging spring season

A series of looming challenges makes planning now for spring nutrient applications crucial, two Manitoba soil scientists say. A wet fall and stretched-out harvest kept many producers from applying nitrogen fertilizer. While spring nitrogen application is not unheard of, it will then have to compete with many other tasks, said University of Manitoba soil science

2019 was a crop year full of surprises

It was a challenging year, but the data shows there were still some surprising good yields

There were lots of surprises during the 2019 growing season, including just how well many Manitoba crops yielded, on average, despite challenges from April to November. The good, bad and ugly are captured in Yield Manitoba 2020, out this week with the Manitoba Co-operator. Of the 13 insured Manitoba crops under the microscope for the


Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers members cast their votes on Feb. 13.

Amalgamation vote passes, forming crop alliance

Members of the five commodity groups debated, then voted at CropConnect 2020

[UPDATED: Feb. 14, 2020] Five Manitoba commodity groups have voted to join forces after two years of consultation and debate. “I am relieved, and I’m happy with the outcome,” said Eric Fridfinnson, board chair of the soon-to-be-defunct Manitoba Flax Growers Association. The vote passed with a clear majority after members of the five organization voted

We need to have some type of avenue for young farmers, who are not at 85 per cent equity because this land will not pay for itself.” – Bill Campbell, KAP president

KAP passes resolutions on farmland access

Delegates raised concerns of private investors buying land and squeezing farmers out of the market

Access to land, particularly for young farmers, was front and centre on the second day of Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) annual general meeting. Two resolutions related to increasing land access passed in the final day of the meeting. The first called on KAP to lobby for tax breaks for landowners who rent or sell to

Argentina’s main corn, soy areas getting adequate rains

Reuters – Rains have been ample in key parts of Argentina’s breadbasket province of Buenos Aires, but they have been uneven and raised concern about crop yields in some isolated areas, a grower and climatologist said Feb. 3. The South American grains powerhouse is a major source of corn and soybean exports and Argentina’s top


Meeting the farm worker shortage in Manitoba is a big – and fast-growing challenge.

Working it out: Manitoba needs a farm labour plan

The province sees the highest cost for unfilled positions

The farm labour shortage is expected to hit Manitoba harder than any other province because of its diversity of agricultural products. That’s according to Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council, who spoke last week at the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual meeting in Winnipeg. “Because of the product mix that you

Gas rations lifted at Co-op cardlocks

Manitoba producers have been operating under fuel caps at Co-op cardlocks since early February

Producers will not have to worry about fuel caps the next time they fill up at a Co-op cardlock. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has lifted its restrictions on fuel volumes a week after starting to ration fuel at cardlocks in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The company announced the lifted restrictions Feb. 13. Why it matters:

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