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Forage producers have a new tool to help them pick and manage their seeding choices.

Forage tool aims to make the perfect match

A new online tool promises to tailor forage choices for a producer’s field conditions and planned use

Developers of a new interactive online tool say it will allow producers to pick and choose the best forage species for their farm. The Saskatchewan Forage Council, along with Beef Cattle Research Council, Alberta Beef, Forage Grazing Centre, federal government, government of B.C., among others, launched Forage U-Pick earlier this month. Why it matters: Forage

As Manitoba farmers take off their first forage cut, a new report offers them hope this crop could soon be more insurable.

Forage insurance review offers hope to producers

Issues with the program prevented widespread adoption, but that could now change

The first word is in on possible forage insurance changes, and it largely reflects concerns voiced by producers. On June 19, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development released the findings of the awaited forage insurance review, announced last fall in the wake of critically low hay harvests. The report called for a hard look on how


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

Pasture and forage projects get conservation funding nod

Pasture and forage projects were highlighted in the first round of Conservation Trust funding announcements for 2020

Manitoba’s forage and pasture organizations will account for major chunks of the first round of 2020 Conservation Trust funding announcements. Why it matters: One project from the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures and three from the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association make up over $480,000 of the $1.8 million in Conservation Trust funding announced last week. The Association of Manitoba

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

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

Though later rains brought some life back to pastures, producers still face a feed shortfall.

Livestock producers scrambling for feed solutions

DROUGHT Two years of drought has 
the sector scrambling as winter approaches See story pg 6

Producers searching for feed may have to go off the beaten path again this year, as supply concerns mount. The province got little relief from its recent streak of poor forage this year. Most first cuts yielded between 40 to 60 per cent of normal, according to a recent report from the Manitoba Forage and


Clayton Robins is among the few farmers happy about the state of his pastures and hay crops, something he partly credits to his pasture management and integration of alternative grazing on annuals. His take on cover crops has earned him a place in the CFGA’s national carbon sequestration project.

Manitoba forage growers tapped for carbon project

The national project is the next step toward the CFGA’s goal of having farmers paid for storing carbon

Five Manitoba farmers are helping the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) put a value on carbon storage. Ryan Canart of Miniota, Allan Preston of Hamiota, Matt Van Steelandt of Melita, Jonathan Bouw of Anola and Clayton Robins of Rivers are all recognizable names on the grazing, soil health or regenerative agriculture field tour circuits

”The rains are timely. They’re just not big enough.” – Pam Iwanchysko, Manitoba Agriculture.

Almost all of Manitoba declared eligible for livestock tax relief

Low feed supply prompts a second year of tax deferral

Manitoba’s forage shortage will warrant federal tax relief again this year. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released its first list of regions eligible for the livestock tax deferral program allowing producers to defer income from cattle sales into the following tax year. For many municipalities, it will be the second year in a row for