GFM Network News

Consider Fall Weed Control

The wet spring didn’t just delay or prevent seeding, it spawned unusual weed problems, including one relatively new to Manitoba called Northern willowherb (Epilobium ciliatum). “This year it’s everywhere,” Scott Day, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives’ (MAFRI) diversification specialist in Melita, said in an interview Aug. 25. “You have areas of fields where it

Like A Light Bulb

It may sound strange, and it is not meant to be disrespectful, but when I think of Jack Layton, I think of a light bulb. It has nothing to do with how his shiny bald head sparkled under the studio lights. Layton was like one of those incandescent bulbs that shines brighter than ever, just

Recipe Swap – for Sep. 1, 2011

Sendyourrecipesorreciperequeststo: ManitobaCo-operatorRecipe Swap Box 1794, Carman, Man. R0G 0J0 or email [email protected] What if you held a fall supper and urged everyone to head out for a walk afterward? For starters, visitors to town would get a closer look at your fine community. Everyone would walk off a few calories piled on at dinner too.

Search For New Herbicides Continues

For Len Juras, hunting for new herbicides is a bit like living in one of those country-western “hurtin” songs – minus the twang of course. “The biggest lesson I’ve had to learn is letting go,” the senior research scientist for Dow AgroSciences said here last week. “Over the years I’ve had my heart broken many

The Business Of Sustainability In Dairy

Sustainability may be the new buzzword in agribusiness, but it’s not a simple subject. Dairy Farmers of Canada guest panellists provided delegates to the annual conference held in Winnipeg July 12 and 13 with three perspectives on sustainability. According to Petra Kassun- Mutch, founder of Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company in Ontario, sustainability isn’t just

Recipe Swap – for Jun. 30, 2011

If you have a few minutes and access to the Internet, I think you’ll find a new web-based health and wellness assessment tool an interesting exercise. It’s maybe an eye-opener too. Last week the Manitoba government launched Health e-Plan, a secure interactive online site to help you get a better idea about your health status

The Climate Change Conundrum

ith the June 20 crop insurance past, farmers and their crop insurance agents are pulling on their galoshes to assess the W damages from yet another spring with too much water. Cattle producers are worrying about winter feed supplies as they watch flood waters inundate their hayfields. We are told this year is one for

Recipe Swap – for Jun. 23, 2011

School’s out and summer’s in, which means a break in morning sandwich-making chores for those of us with kids. The smell of salmon evokes end-of-school- year memories for me. Mom always packed somethingreallyspecial in the lunch kit for that last day. Never mind that by noon, the bread was soggy and everything in the lunch

Farmers’ Market Season Lifts Off

Those hungry to visit farmers’ markets again got their first taste for the 2011 season with a special kickoff last weekend at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market MAFRI staff were on hand to launch a special GPS challenge that jointly promotes visiting more farmers’ markets this summer as well as a second Open Farm Day scheduled