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Big Grass Marsh near Gladstone is essential habitat for waterfowl and wildlife while filtering pollutants from water entering the Lake Winnipeg watershed. In the late 1930s it became the first conservation program of Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Illegal trench now repaired at Big Grass Marsh

The job ahead — finding a way to reduce flooding in the area — will be more complicated

An illegal trench dug at Big Grass Marsh before freeze-up last fall is fixed, with the province, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Whitemud Watershed Conservation District (WWCD) picking up the tab. Work crews hauled clay and rock to the site of the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) dam north of Gladstone in early February and filled



Melinda German, general manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers, provided an update on Brandon’s research and demonstration farms at the Manitoba Feedlot School in Brandon last week.

Manitoba Beef and Forage Inc. research projects have started

First-year projects include energy-dense forages, pasture species and rotational grazing practices

It now has an official title — Manitoba Beef and Forage Inc. (MBFI) — and some of its first projects are underway. MBFI has four major partners — Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), Ducks Unlimited, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) and Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association (MFGA). They’ve joined to find answers on the

field of winter wheat

Winter Cereals Manitoba announces wheat project funding

Part of a $2.2-million, four-year initiative across the Prairies

Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. (WCMI) has announced an investment of $125,000 in 11 winter wheat-related research and development projects. They are part of an overall program with investment from all funding partners being $2.2 million over four years, including $1 million in matched funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) under the Growing Forward 2

groundbreaking ceremony

Turning the sod on water management with multiple benefits

The Pelly Lake Watershed Management project will help control spring runoff, boost hay yields, reduce nutrient loads and produce biofuel

In a symbolic nod to the past, officials here used an old coal shovel to turn the sod on a project many see as a new future of renewable energy and renewed water quality. After decades of failed attempts to drain a picturesque valley located about five km southeast of Holland so that farmers could


While farmers are using fertilizer efficiently today, drainage is mobilizing phosphorus already stored in the soil.  photo: ©thinkstock

Manitoba farmers credited for using fertilizer efficiently

Manitoba farmers credited for using fertilizer efficiently New research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development has confirmed what Keystone Agricultural Producers president Doug Chorney already knew about how farmers manage fertilizer in this province. After comparing how much synthetic fertilizer Manitoba farmers use in every municipality across agro-Manitoba against the nutrients removed by crops,

Drainage critics predict more water heading our way

Critics say Saskatchewan’s plan to increase crop production by 10 million tonnes by 2020 will greatly increase illegal drainage — and send more water rushing towards Manitoba. The provincial government’s ambitious plan, which also includes doubling agricultural exports by decade’s end, needs to be coupled with better water management, said Charles Deschamps, a Wadena-based resource

Water cycles on the great plains have changed

A water crisis isn’t coming. It’s already here. And unless action is taken, Robert Sandford says the hydrological changes the Lake Winnipeg Basin is experiencing will bankrupt the province. “More extreme weather events are clearly already a reality,” said the author and adviser to the United Nations Water for Life Decade. Rising global temperatures have


Allan Chambers passes

Allan Chambers, a Manitoba farmer who served the farming community and agricultural sector in many capacities over his lifetime, died Oct. 21 at the age of 70. Chambers, who farmed certified seed and beef cattle in the Interlake but later retired to his birthplace near Belmont, Man., was active in producer organizations, municipal politics and

Couple protects property through NCC

The “privacy” signs on the gates belie the friendly and welcoming couple whose acreage is just south of Stuart Lake in the Rural Municipality of Park. Fred and Karen Crivea live on their 39-acre hobby farm surrounded by their horses, kittens, rabbits and dogs. Like many of us who live rurally, the Criveas cherish the