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A project aims to create alfalfa management tools after creating a database tying management to crop performance.

National effort underway to level the playing field for alfalfa

Data-driven project aims to boost the bottom line of producers — and reverse slide in forage acres

Glacier FarmMedia – A new initiative designed to improve alfalfa producers’ access to precision management tools could boost the crop’s popularity and increase production, industry officials say. Data collection has started for two new alfalfa artificial intelligence (AI) decision management tools across Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba. The project aims to create the database

beehive frame without honey

U.S. honey crop stung by climate change

Drought-weakened bee colonies shrink North American honey crop, threaten almonds and fruit Gackle, N.D. | Reuters — There was barely a buzz in the air as John Miller pried the lid off of a crate, one of several “bee boxes” stacked in eight neat piles beside a cattle-grazing pasture outside Gackle, North Dakota, about 150


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

Fields near St. Laurent show frost damage after cold temperatures May 30.

Weather divides first blush look at hay

The first hay fields are being cut and producers in the west are looking at some of their first good hay stands in several years, although the eastern part of the province is less cheery.

Hay producers have some hope that the last two years of difficulty are behind them, at least in the western part of the province. Initial reports suggest hay stands look promising in most of the province, although some frost damage was noted in the east as of the end of May. Why it matters: Manitoba’s

Pastures have yet to find a spring boost, and as a result, there hasn't been much grass for grazing.

Cool weather slowing pasture growth

Overnight frosts likely didn’t hurt alfalfa stands

Frost and cold weather are delaying hay land and pasture growth this spring — this while some producers with short feed stocks are looking to put cattle out early. On May 13, temperature lows across the province included -8.5 C at Brandon, -8.1 C in Steinbach, and -10.2 C in Dauphin, according to Environment Canada data. “Presently pastures are short and there isn’t


Green Gold canvassing for 2020 alfalfa fields

Green Gold canvassing for 2020 alfalfa fields

The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is looking for farmers to submit samples as the Green Gold alfalfa quality program enters its 25th year

The call is out for producers willing to feed data into this year’s Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association Green Gold program. The annual program, which monitors alfalfa quality through May and June, publishes weekly reports on alfalfa crop progress leading up to the first hay cut and is entering its 25th year this season. Why

Manitoba hay production goes well beyond alfalfa — and so should forage insurance, producers say.

Province says mic is open on forage insurance review

The province says it is looking for producer feedback as the first step of its promised forage insurance review

The floor is open for producers to let the province know what they want to see change on forage insurance. The government has launched the first steps of its promised review of forage insurance programs in Manitoba. An online survey is now open at engagemb.ca or available at six Agriculture and Resource Development offices across



Cattle in the Interlake graze parched pastures as producers eye their stunted hayfields with concern.

Pressure rising again on feed supply as first cut falls short

Recent rains came too late to boost growth

Hay shortages still have a chokehold on Manitoba as producers take stock of their first cut. Rains gave much-needed relief to fields across southern Manitoba since the end of June, but it was largely too late for the forage crop. Top-tier stands this year only reach about 60 per cent of normal, according to John

Rains helped bolster short hayfields in the last week of May, but many fields (such as this one in central Manitoba) still lag behind what is normal for this time of year and many regions are still dry.

Forage forecast gets some good news

Forage got a needed boost in the last week of May, especially in areas that got rain before the temperatures rose

The province got some of its first forage-friendly growing days in the last week of May, but it still may not be enough. This spring was another hard start for hay growers. Cold temperatures and lack of rainfall delayed alfalfa and pasture regrowth, leading the province’s forage experts to put out warnings against premature turnout.