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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,

The back side of a standard New Holland boom retrofitted with the WEED-IT Quadro. Retailer Croplands Equipment sells the Quadro in either a retrofit kit which allows it to be installed on most types of existing sprayer booms or as a120-foot Millennium boom.

Smart sprayer tech developing quickly

This technology isn’t quite a done deal yet, but it’s now more science fact than fiction

Producers have been hearing about weed-targeting spot-spraying sensors for some time, but it’s always seemed to be the stuff of science fiction. In some cases, however, the future is now while in others it’s coming quickly — it all depends on the type of sensor tech you’re interested in. Well-known spraying expert Tom Wolf separates precision spot-spraying tech into

Federal government offers more measures to help agricultural sector

Latest moves include investment fund, changes to TFW program

The federal government continues to unveil policies and dollars it says will assist the agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. A $100-million fund, launching in partnership with Calgary-based Forage Capital Inc., will be used “to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.” According to the federal government, Farm Credit

Private crossing upgrades costs are a hot topic with some farmers and CN wants to avoid conflict as it meets new regulations.

CN wants to discuss farmers’ private rail crossings

New safety regulations take effect Nov. 27, 2021 and in some cases upgrades will be required

CN Rail will soon contact farmers with private crossings to discuss making them safer by Nov. 27, 2021, as required under federal regulations introduced by the former Conservative government in 2014. But before letters are mailed, CN is asking provincial farm groups, including Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), for input to ensure it strikes the


Bibeau faces off with opposition MPs over pandemic supports

The government is under pressure to come up with more farm aid

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed to a parliamentary committee that the cost of business risk management (BRM) programs would exceed its usual expense because of COVID-19. Typically around $1.6 billion is spent on the programming each year, but earlier this month Bibeau told the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food the amount

Crop tour projects 2020 Kansas wheat crop at 284.4 mln bushels

Reuters – Crop scouts who conducted a three-day tour of hard red winter wheat fields in Kansas, the top U.S. wheat producer last year, estimated the state’s 2020 crop at 284.4 million bushels, organizers said in an online meeting May 21. The average yield from fields scouted on this week’s tour was 44.5 bushels per

An Australian farmer unloads barley at a farm near Gunnedah, 275 miles northwest of Sydney.

Australian barley farmers, Canadian canola growers share Chinese nemesis

China is Australia’s biggest malting barley market, but Chinese tariffs will all but stop Australian barley imports. Sound familiar?

Australian barley farmers and Canadian canola producers are on opposite sides of the world, but share a common blight: China, once their best customer is now a hostile adversary, accused of letting geopolitical goals sideline international trade rules. May 19 China, which accounts for two-thirds of Australia’s malting barley exports, imposed an 80.5 per cent


Threshing machines prepare to break a Guinness World Record in Austin, Man., in 2016.

Manitoba Agricultural Museum reopening May 29

The Austin museum has been closed due to COVID-19

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum will reopen to the public on May 29, 2020 with reduced hours, new safety measures and new opportunities to rediscover the museum. At this time, only the outdoors spaces will be accessible for walk-ins, while the buildings of the Homesteaders’ Village and the museum indoor exhibits will be accessible on reservation

Opinion: Digital committee meetings face technical and time limitations

Politicians may have to drop some of the partisanship to get the job done

Our members of parliament should be applauded for their efforts to practise democracy during these trying times. MPs have taken to meeting online to conduct parliamentary committee meetings. So far, they have proven challenging but workable. Recent meetings of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food committee have highlighted the inconvenience. There are regular technical