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Manitoba Corn Growers Association general manager Pam de Rocquigny says COVID-19 hasn’t slowed her organization from issuing cash advances.

Corn Growers says cash advances flowing fast

The canola growers’ association expects its backlog to be cleared up by month’s end

COVID-19 has delayed delivery of cash advances by the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), but that hasn’t been the case for the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. “It (COVID) hasn’t impacted our ability in terms of still providing that service standard (of dispersing advances) three to seven (business) days (after receiving a completed application),” association general

FarmCash currently offers no- and low-interest loans to Alberta farmers against 50 different products.

Alberta’s FarmCash considering expanding services to other provinces

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) got into the cash advance business last year creating FarmCash Advance for Alberta farmers only, but it’s considering expanding to other provinces, says FarmCash chief operating officer Syeda Khurram. That’s despite a number of other well-established grain and oilseed advance administrators, including the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Manitoba Corn Growers Association and


“It is conceivable that the directors representing corn will not be able to convince the majority of the new board to initiate trade action when these unfair subsidies happen again... “ – Bob Bartley.

Commodity groups prepare to cast deciding vote

Leaders in the five crop groups say merging will make them stronger, but members have the ultimate say

After years of consultation, meetings and webinars, five Manitoba commodity groups are preparing to vote on whether they will merge to form the Manitoba Crop Alliance. As the vote nears, producers have gone “relatively quiet,” said Pam de Rocquigny, general manager of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. “I think there’s been lots of communication out to our members,”

Comment: Let’s get it right

Will individual commodity issues be sidelined by new organization?

The Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association, National Sunflower Association, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and Winter Cereals Manitoba are involved in a proposed amalgamation to become one large entity and represent all of these crops. These organizations have improved farming practices and returns to growers for each of their respected

Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association says drafts of bylaws and the amalgamation agreement are available online.

Manitoba commodity groups issue merger info

The five commodity groups proposing a merger say the draft agreement and bylaws are available online

The five Manitoba commodity groups proposing to merge have more information for members to consider before they vote on it in person February 12 and 13 during the Crop Connect conference in Winnipeg. A draft amalgamation agreement and draft bylaws for the new organization are available online (see at bottom), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers


Currently there are three name options to choose from for the new commodity organization, plus an opportunity to suggest a different name for consideration.

Evolving commodity supergroup searches for a moniker

Deciding what to call an organization made up of five is more complicated than you might think

What’s in a name? As Shakespeare wrote, “… a rose by any other name would smell as sweet… ” But five Manitoba crop commodity groups considering a merger beg to differ. The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA), Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Flax Growers Association, National Sunflower Association of Canada and Winter Cereals

The first case of Bt-resistant European corn borer is a reminder to Manitoba corn
growers to plant non-Bt refuge and select hybrids with at least two different Bt traits.

Heads-up on preserving corn borer-resistant corn

Bt breakdown highlights the importance of following refuge protocols

The first case of European corn borer resistance to Bt corn underscores the need for Manitoba corn growers to take steps to protect the technology, says Manitoba Agriculture’s entomologist John Gavloski. That development was recently confirmed in Nova Scotia. “If corn growers are growing Bt (corn borer)-resistant corn they need to be taking the refuge

Much-needed rain falls south of Brandon along Hwy. 10, June 15, 2019.

Much needed rainfall showers on Manitoba

The province got some much needed rain over the weekend, although some regions are still looking for moisture

Fields finally got a break in the dry spell coming into the third week of June, although some more than others. Manitoba Agriculture reports that much of agro-Manitoba got less than 60 per cent of average moisture between May 1 and June 9, although much of the east and Red River Valley were creeping closer


“There are tweaks and changes and we have responded to some of those over the last year.” – Mark McDonald, National Sunflower Association.

Merger talk subdued at recent CropConnect

That’s seen as support but the final say rests for farmer-members when they vote in 2020

Is silence assent? That’s the question after the topic of a farm group merger garnered little discussion at the recent CropConnect meeting in Winnipeg. There, association leaders received so few questions and little feedback, which some interpret as support. “I would say most people would be for it,” National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) president

Merger will create a substantial new organization

The new group would represent 8,000 Manitoba farmers and 40 per cent of annual crop acres

If the proposed merger of five crops organizations goes ahead next year, it’s going to create a new force to be reckoned with, according to consultant Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network. A tie-up of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA), Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower