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Converting marginal cropland to grass has 
found new backers for Ducks Unlimited.

DUC forage program brings in the green

A DUC program trying to pitch a return from crop to forage is getting financial help from Cargill and McDonald’s Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has gained some big corporate names backing its Forage Program. In late March, Cargill and McDonald’s Canada, along with DUC, announced $5 million to transition a target 125,000 acres of less productive farmland from annual crops to forage or pasture by 2025. The companies have said they will provide $1.25 million

Producers tour Western Winter Wheat Initiative and Ducks Unlimited plots at Carberry’s crop diversification centre this July. The groups hoped to demonstrate the impact of balanced fertility through the plots this year.

Rains bring relief for winter wheat seeding

Winter wheat is ready to go, but the fields slated for the cereal may not be ready

Recent rains have brightened the outlook for winter wheat, assuming farmers can get on the drill. Western Winter Wheat Initiative agronomist Ken Gross said conditions are ideal for the crop’s first flush, despite the dry conditions that have plagued Manitoba this growing season. “As far as getting winter wheat into the ground, it may be


(FIle photo by Allan Dawson)

Winter wheat harvest varies by province

MarketsFarm — Depending where a farmer is located, Canada’s winter wheat crop has varied this year. Ontario has long been the country’s powerhouse for winter wheat. Statistics Canada projected the province’s farmers to seed just over one million acres this year, nearly 75 per cent of Canada’s total winter wheat acres. However, Marty Vermey, senior

Weighing in on Manitoba's new Sustainable Watersheds Act.

New law aims to protect wetlands, lakes, rivers

The Manitoba government passes its Sustainable Watersheds Act to co-ordinate programs and policy in water management

The Manitoba government has adopted a carrot-and-stick approach to addressing an issue that has divided neighbours and cost the provincial economy billions due to flooding and reduced water quality. Fines for breaking the rules will rise sharply, but incentives for protecting key wetlands are being developed, and the approval process for low-impact drainage projects will be streamlined.

2,000 Hectares That’s how much wetland Manitoba loses every year to drainage. The new law specifies no net loss of “wetland benefits.” Source: Manitoba government $748 Million Protecting key wetlands would prevent 1,000 tonnes of P and 55,000 tonnes of N from entering lakes and waterways annually. The estimated saving on removal using existing technology:



Blain Hjertaas takes attendees through the carbon and hydrological cycle during a March 14 workshop on agriculture and climate change in Pipestone.

Confronting climate change through the power of plants

Carbon sequestration was front and centre as producers gathered in Pipestone to ponder how agriculture could change the conversation around climate change

Blain Hjertaas insists farmers already have the key to solving climate change. It’s growing in their fields. Ground should never be bare, the holistic management instructor argued in Pipestone March 14, part of an event dissecting agriculture’s role in climate change. Hjertaas argued that conventional annual cropping leaves gaps in early spring and in fall

MBFI research co-ordinator Kristelle Harper stands in front of the herd at the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives Johnson Research Farm.

Putting spurge on the menu for research — and cattle

With an incoming learning centre and research ranging from rodent control to grazing systems and leafy spurge, 2017 looks to be busy for Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives

Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI) is ramping up for 2017. Preparations are underway for a long list of projects at the collaborative’s three test farms outside of Brandon. “Some of them are continuing projects from last year,” said MBFI president Ramona Blyth. “Research is never just done in one year, so there’s the carry-over

Wetland loss continues to grow at an alarming rate and Ducks Unlimited Canada says compensating farmers for environmental services could slow and even reverse that trend.

Compensate farmers for environmental good: Ducks Unlimited

The conservation group has told the Senate agriculture committee protecting wetlands requires funding

The next Agriculture Policy Framework needs to compensate farmers and landowners who embrace environmentally sustainable land management, Ducks Unlimited Canada has told the Senate agriculture committee. Otherwise the alarming loss of wetlands and other critical wildlife habitat will continue its upward spiral, Scott Stephens, DUC’s director of regional operations for the Prairie region told the


Your own goose — and how to cook it

Your own goose — and how to cook it

A few more of us are finding out we’re still a little wild at heart

My husband hunts. I don’t. But I do get why he goes, even if I’m not getting up at 5 a.m. to go with him. Like most hunters, he’ll tell you this fall ritual is important to him. It’s a family tradition and a walk in the woods. It’s a time to reconnect with the

Ducks Unlimited hosted a grazing tour at Ryan Boyd’s operation on June 30 to discuss the benefits and challenges of growing winter wheat in western Manitoba.

Demonstrating the benefits of growing winter wheat in Westman

Ducks Unlimited recently partnered with a Brandon-area farmer to illustrate how winter wheat 
can be a positive addition to your crop rotation

Why waste three months of sunlight on bare ground when you could grow some profit? That is the notion a number of western Canadian producers have begun to experiment with, including Forrest-area producer Ryan Boyd, who says he’s seen several benefits from adding winter wheat into his rotation. “Looking at dollars and cents I think