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Hemp acres subdued despite early interest

Hemp acres subdued despite early interest

Acres actually fell following a period of excitement in the sector

Back in 2018 hemp conference speakers were conveying the message that the future looked bright. An age of development and expansion was at hand for the crop. Hemp acres since, however, have not matched the surge in excitement. Grain hemp acres have yet to recover to their pre-2018 levels, according to seeding data from the

“It’s a significant increase from a year-to-year standpoint.” – David Koroscil, MASC.

MASC reports slight forage insurance uptick

This was the first year programs included changes from a forage insurance review

Slightly more producers bought into forage insurance this year, although it’s unclear how much that increase was brought on by changes new to the program this year, and how much was due to expectations of a poor season. “It’s probably a combination of both,” Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Carson Callum said, “and we don’t


A recent crop report indicates harvest yields so far this year vary from less than half of normal to normal.

Crop insurance prepared for hefty drought payouts this year

The program, founded in 1960, is designed to be actuarially sound

There’s enough money to cover Manitoba crop insurance payouts in the wake of this year’s drought, the worst in years, says David Van Deynze. Despite an early harvest due to dry and hot growing conditions, Van Deynze, chief product officer with the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), which administers the federal-provincial program, says it’s too

Fall rye (right) shows more vigorous early-spring growth compared to winter wheat (left), which needs more heat to start growing.

Weighing your options for winter cereal crops

Manitoba is still in a state of drought as winter cereal seeding season approaches, but in some ways, that’s increasing interest

Planting into dust, in a drought year, may have some producers questioning the possibility of success, but cereal experts have shown some optimism over the future of winter cereals this season. Why it matters: The province is dry, but the urge to get the most out of water-use efficiency, or ease the feed strain for

The strawberry field at Grunthal Berries at the beginning of June 2021.

Fruit farmers call for better insurance safety net

Exiting berry farmer says her experience illustrates a lack of support, forethought from provincial government

First there was winterkill, then frost damage and finally lab tests confirmed what Colleen Edmunds of Grunthal Berries feared — the majority of her strawberry field was dead. Edmunds was ready to retire, and this was the final straw. “Why keep doing it?” she said. They finished out the raspberry picking season and pulled the


A resolution passed at a recent KAP meeting called on the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation to exclude a farmer’s Individual Productivity Index calculations from standing crops cut for feed, instead of being combined.

Drought triggers calls for crop insurance adjustments

MASC urged to waive IPI calculations

As a severe summer drought tightens its grip on Manitoba, farmers are seeking adjustments to crop insurance coverage to help them salvage what they can from drought-ravaged crops. A resolution passed at a recent Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) meeting called on the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) to exclude a farmer’s Individual Productivity Index (IPI)

“I think most of the grain companies will work with us, but if they hear we’re putting stuff to alternate use, are they going to be as forgiving as they might be?” – Fred Grieg, Manitoba Crop Alliance.

Contracts, economics complicate calls for alternate-use crops

Livestock producers and grain buyers have found themselves in a kind of tug of war over the province’s marginal crops

Livestock operations desperately want their neighbour’s marginal crops, but even with incentives to divert acres into the feed stream, economic realities might have growers balking. Why it matters: Manitoba’s livestock sector is in crisis, and with more to come if they can’t source winter feed, but filling in that gap with marginal annual crops may

How to switch your crop to alternate use

The AgriInsurance program provides flexibility for producers to put their crop to alternate use during the growing season. Alternate use means a change to the use of a crop from what was originally intended when planting in the spring. For example, if you indicated on your Seeded Acreage Report that you were growing oats for


New-crop insurance feature lets farmers pay for higher canola values

New-crop insurance feature lets farmers pay for higher canola values

Farmers who lock in higher canola prices can use the Contract Price Option to backstop some of the production risk

As of last week farmers could lock in $16 to $17 a bushel new-crop canola, but the spectre of drought may discourage some from pre-selling as much as they would if it wasn’t so dry. It’s hard not to take advantage of such strong prices. And while there’s no guarantee, odds are they will likely

Forage insurance changes arrive for spring

Forage insurance changes arrive for spring

Weather warning flags this spring may merit giving the province’s revised forage insurance a closer look

With another dry spring in the offing, it might be time to reconsider forage insurance in view of recent program changes. Those changes follow a forage insurance review completed last year. The province had announced the review in late 2019, following critically poor hay yields and widespread reports of feed shortfalls. The shortfalls led to