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Roads south of Brandon on June 29, 2020 show the evidence of being overtopped by floodwaters the previous day.

PHOTOS: Water over WestMan

Based on the 30-year average, Manitoba Agriculture pegs the “climate normal” accumulated precipitation for what are typically the wettest months of the year — May, June and July — at 205 millimetres for the areas around Brandon, Rivers and Minnedosa. In the stretch of 2020 from June 28 into Canada Day, those areas received three


MPSG executive director Francois Labelle.

Labelle retiring from Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers

NAMED: Daryl Domitruk will be the new executive director effective July 15

Francois Labelle, executive director of Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) since 2014, is retiring July 15, the organization announced Tuesday. Daryl Domitruk, the organization’s director of research and production, will be the new executive director and keep his current position also, MPSG said in a release. “Francois’s contribution to Manitoba’s pulse and soybean industry

Floodwaters claim the main road access to the Brandon Municipal Airport on June 29, 2020.

Floodwaters rise in western Manitoba

WEATHER: Areas in and north of Brandon were particularly hard hit by intense storms that rolled through June 29.

Severe thunderstorms June 28 have left patches of western Manitoba fighting desperately to keep their heads above water. Areas around Brandon, Rapid City and north towards Riding Mountain National Park reported widespread flooding June 28-29. Brandon airport reported 155 millimetres of rain in a matter of hours, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC),

Pork producers have long been underwhelmed by the available price insurance and their lack of participation reflects that.

Hog price insurance: D.O.A. from the get-go

RISK MANAGEMENT | WLPIP is available in Manitoba but was never a viable option for hog producers. Why?

Since 2014, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have had livestock price insurance for hogs. It’s been used exactly once. “We were pretty excited when they introduced it because I mean we, at that time, didn’t have a lot of risk management options,” said Mark Ferguson, general manager of Sask Pork. In 2014, Alberta-based Western Livestock Price Insurance


Flea beetle damage ‘moderate’ across Prairies so far

Levels in Manitoba hit thresholds for spraying, reseeding canola

MarketsFarm — Flea beetles, cutworms and diamondback moths are only a few of the pests Prairie farmers have to deal with — and this year, so far, damage from flea beetles and cutworms has varied, as have moth counts. “Flea beetles are common throughout the Prairies, everywhere we grow canola. We haven’t been able to




Klassen: Feeder market recovery continues

Strength in fed cattle prices the main driver

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were $6-$8 higher on average while calves were unchanged to $4 higher. Strength in fed cattle prices was the main factor driving the feeder cattle market this week. Alberta direct fed cattle sales were reported on a live basis from $150 to $153 f.o.b. the feedlot, up

Insurance customers’ contact info dropped into MASC email

Crown crop insurance agency warns of privacy breach

A contact list of crop insurance customers at Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. has gone out via email to several dozen of the Crown ag insurance agency’s customers. MASC on Monday said a file containing names and contact information of an unspecified number of AgriInsurance clients was “attached in error” to an email sent last Tuesday