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EU rapeseed harvest begins with modest crop expected

Rapeseed harvesting has started in the European Union with the market expecting a small crop like last year, though recent rain could boost yields after a tough growing season. Crops have endured torrential autumn rain, insect pressure after a mild winter and a very dry start to spring. The adverse conditions have led analysts to

Crops advancing quickly across Manitoba, as do the grasshoppers

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for July 28

Southwest Region Producers welcomed some nice warm days during the past week. Several areas received precipitation, with some larger amounts reported in thunderstorms with high winds and hail in the Shilo and Glenboro areas. There is no shortage of moisture in most of the region. Drowned out spots are very visible due to wet weather

U.S. causing ‘trying times’ for trade

The U.S. is among the nations leading an inward turn around the globe

A recent virtual summit focusing on managing agri- cultural trade in an increasingly chaotic world focused largely on recent actions taken by the United States. Hosted by the Farm Foundation and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), the conference brought together trade experts from various backgrounds to discuss issues of trade on July 8. Joe

A myriad of factors have likely contributed to keeping infection numbers down so far this year.

Why are Manitoba’s PED numbers so low?

Spring weather, residual immunity, biosecurity awareness and efforts to avoid COVID-19 may have all played into keeping Manitoba’s porcine epidemic diarrhea numbers down

It’s been a good year so far for PED in Manitoba’s hog barns. The province has had only two cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) this year; one in the northeast and one in southeast Manitoba, both in nursery barns confirmed June 10. This is in comparison to 60 cases by July 22 last year,


Manitoba producers could soon benefit from a sustainable beef market in Eastern Canada.

Eastern Cargill plant tapping into sustainable beef

Cargill’s Guelph plant had just completed its standard certification when COVID-19 hit

Cargill says it’s on its way to opening up Eastern Canada for its certified sustainable beef supply chain. The company says its Guelph processing plant had just been certified according to sustainability standards, as set down by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, when the COVID-19 pandemic gained steam. “It was end of February, end

‘There’s no doubt that some of the programs are a bit confusing and I think there could be a marketing push to show there are programs out there for young farmers.” – Paul Glenn, Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum.

Young Farmers call for BRM education

Programs are confusing and poorly understood, especially among younger producers

Glacier FarmMedia – Members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food heard testimony from young farmers during a recent virtual meeting. Canadian Young Farmers’ Forum past chair Paul Glenn told members there is “nothing more important” than business risk management (BRM) programs to those starting out in the industry, but the outlook to bring such people into agriculture

Don Flaten toasts the graduating class in this photo, tweeted by the U of M Aggies account.

Diploma in Agriculture students celebrate with virtual convocation

Pandemic realities prevented the usual acknowledgement of this achievement for students

Sixty-four students received their diplomas in agriculture during the University of Manitoba online convocation ceremonies held June 29. Pete Giesbrecht from Winkler received the Governor General’s Bronze Medal, an award given to the graduate with the highest academic standing in the two-year Diploma Program in Agriculture. Noah de Rocquigny from St. Claude was the recipient


NDP leader Wab Kinew, seen here addressing reporters on June 30, says the PC government didn’t do enough to help Manitoba farmers on a carbon tax exemption for grain drying.

NDP criticizes ‘ballpark’ figures on carbon tax cost of grain-drying

The official opposition is arguing that the province should have gathered better data before fighting for grain dryers to be exempted from carbon tax

Manitoba’s official Opposition says the province should have done more to quantify farm carbon tax cost before entering the ring with the federal government. Why it matters: Farmers in Manitoba say the carbon tax took a significant financial chunk out of their wallets given the surge in grain drying last fall — and farm groups

It might look bad, but there’s a pretty good chance those canola 
volunteers aren’t actually doing that much harm.

What to do with those yellow soybean fields?

Now is also the time to scout for Bertha armyworms and diamondback moth

That bright yellow volunteer canola in your soybeans might look worse than it really is — so before trying to control it, consider whether it makes economic sense. That’s the advice Tammy Jones, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development’s (MARD) weed specialist gave in an interview following a Crop Talk webinar July 15. (Jones’ last day