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Literature review for research on manured, tile-drained land being sought

Literature review for research on manured, tile-drained land being sought

Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative Inc. wants to see what scientists 
have already discovered and consider how it might fit under Manitoba conditions

Tile-drained fields can remove surplus subsurface moisture improving crop-growing conditions, but there’s also a risk after manure is applied that nutrients and pathogens could leave the field in that water. The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative Inc. (MLMMI) wants to find out what scientists already know about mitigating nutrient losses in fields with controlled tile

flooded field drainage - FIW

One step closer to surface water regulations

The province is aiming to reduce red tape and nutrient loading with newly tabled legislation

The Manitoba government has tabled long-discussed legislation aimed at safeguarding the province’s waterways. “We are fundamentally changing the way we protect wetlands and are taking a fresh approach to ensure clear water for future generations right across the province,” said Tom Nevakshonoff, minister of conservation and water stewardship. “Every action has a consequence and we


water flowing in a ditch

New drainage regulations in Saskatchewan ‘good first step’

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency’s phased-in approach over 10 years will lead to more 
carefully planned drainage and reduced downstream impacts

A new approach to drainage regulation rolled out this month by Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency is being called a good first step, but rural leaders say they’re anxious to hear more details. Herb Cox, provincial official responsible for the WSA said September 1 new regulations are the first phase of an agricultural water management strategy

Capturing rainwater is  a conservation activity urbanites can become involved with, says Pembina Valley Conservation District manager Cliff Greenfield.

Rain garden makes wiser use of run-off, beautifies urban areas

Rainwater capture takes the load off the drainage system, and provides low-cost water for gardens

A strip of newly planted trees and shrubs on the east side of the recreation centre in Morden might look merely like landscaping. Wait until it starts to rain. Then it’s an example of how towns and cities can also help overland flooding and nutrient run-off. The site at the east side of the Morden

The area is being destroyed by too much water.

Whitewater Lake region under threat

Excess water covering dikes and boardwalks and burying farmland and roads

On a recent visit to Whitewater Lake in southwestern Manitoba, my husband and I were dismayed to see first hand the impact that excess water is having on the area. Years ago we made our first trip there and enjoyed walking on the long dikes and boardwalks, surrounded by a variety of water birds and


Horses are prone to allergic reactions

Horses are prone to allergic reactions

Horse Health: There are multiple triggers that can cause either skin or respiratory reaction

Horses, just like humans, can and do get allergies. Although allergies in horses are not fully understood, we do know that the root cause lies in the immune system. The body becomes hypersensitive and appears to “overreact” to seemingly innocuous substances called allergens. Histamine, a naturally occurring hormone in the body, reaches overly high levels,

installing drainage in a field

Interest in drainage expected to grow

As the province’s newest water management association pulls away from the dock, new members are invited on board

The fledgling Manitoba Agricultural Water Management Association (MAWMA) is looking for members, particularly farmers and landowners as well as others with a interest in water management. Formed in late 2012 with a focus on the tile drainage industry, the organization’s board of directors includes three producer members, representing potato, grain and speciality crop growers at

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh reveals the province’s new surface water management strategy.

Changes to drainage regulations on tap

Government is promising an end to red tape for farmers looking to complete minor drainage works, 
while increasing fines for illegal drainage

Manitoba farmers will be consulted on changes to drainage licensing as part of the province’s plan to restore Lake Winnipeg and better prepare for periods of drought and flooding. Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh revealed the province’s new surface water management strategy in Winnipeg last week, which allocates $320 million to the initiative


Culross farmer Carl Classen has partnered with the LaSalle Redboine Conservation District to build a reservoir to collect and store run-off from a half section and then put it back on his land later. Classen benefits from improved drainage, nutrient retention and the potential for small-scale irrigation. If a lot more farmers did the same less phosphorus would end up in Lake Winnipeg, there’d be less strain on the provincial drainage system and reduced flooding.

On-farm reservoirs good for the environment and farmers’ pocketbook too

A pilot project near Elm Creek is testing an on-farm reservoir as an economic way to ease the threat of flooding and reduce nutrient losses into Lake Winnipeg

Like most farmers in the Red River Valley, Carl Classen sometimes has too much water on his fields, then not enough. But he has a two-pronged solution: Improve drainage to get water off his land faster, but instead of sending it downstream to potentially flood someone else, he’s storing it in a reservoir to irrigate

Pregnant donkeys are towed out of danger behind an ATV. Although they are miles from the nearest river, a flash flood swept through the Von Bargens’ yard near Gilbert Plains on April 28 leaving them with over a dozen dead calves. photo: submitted

Flash flood swamps farmyard

AGilbert Plains family is blaming illegal drainage for the flash flood that had swept through their farmyard April 28 — causing $500,000 in losses. “It was truly like something you would watch on TV,” said Karen Von Bargen, who ranches with her husband Craig. Amazed by the force of the sudden deluge, they clung to fences