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Barbecued pork.

Meat sector braces after halt to China trade

Livestock producers and meat processors are still determining the impact as China turns off the tap on all Canadian meat


It’s hard to say how much damage has been done since China announced its sudden aversion to Canadian meat. “It’s a bit too soon to tell to get a real dollar figure on it, because it is a situation where, when we want to sell pork, we’re trying to maximize the value of that product,”

Forecast: And now, your fairly quiet forecast

Last week’s forecast played out fairly close to what the weather models predicted. If we see the same thing for this forecast period, expect mostly sunny skies, maybe the odd thundershower, and temperatures right around average for early July. This forecast period will begin with a large upper low dropping into northern Manitoba from the


Observation towers near Oak Lake will track shorebirds living in and passing through the area.

New towers to track shorebirds

Southwestern Manitoba a key stopping point in birds' annual migration

New tracking towers in southwestern Manitoba aim to aid the tracking of shorebirds passing through the area, which is considered a Prairie hot spot for the creatures. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has installed three towers near Oak Lake, and another near Whitewater Lake. Antennae atop the towers collect signals from radio transmitters that

Editorial: Winds of war

Are we staring down the barrel of another agriculture trade war? That’s the multibillion-dollar question that should be keeping the Manitoba agriculture sector up at night. After all, there are few that are more trade dependent. Manitoba is an export juggernaut. A few numbers from Statistics Canada help set the stage. In 2017 Manitoba sent

Kaminski returns to Manitoba Agriculture

David Kaminski is once again a field crop pathologist for the province

David Kaminski, Manitoba Agriculture’s new field crop pathologist, is a familiar face to many of the province’s farmers. That’s because Kaminski had the same position from 2001 until 2007 and worked as a manager with Manitoba Agriculture out of its Carman office until 2013. In May of that year Kaminski started his arborist business. After


Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens says the silver lining in the recent USMCA is the upswell of public support for Canadian dairy farmers.

USMCA discussions dominate at Dairy Farmers’ AGM

Supply management is the hill we must die on – Alistair Johnston Canadian Dairy Commission

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba chair David Wiens minced no words in his address to the organization’s annual general meeting earlier this month. “This has been one of the most dramatic years,” he told the assembled delegates. He was of course mainly referencing the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it has affected the

Forecast: Nice long-weekend weather expected

Issued August 27, 2018: Covering the period from August 20 to September 5

It looks like the transition from a summer to a fall weather pattern has begun. This was evident in last week’s forecast, which didn’t quite play out as expected. We did see a rather strong area of low pressure move through our region last weekend, but the forecast timing and track of the system was

Many rural Manitoba homeowners were plagued by Asian lady beetles last fall through the winter and into this spring.

Respite from the ‘lady bugs?’

There were fewer aphids in Manitoba crops this year so Asian lady beetle populations should drop too

Those pesky Asian lady beetles, the bane of rural Manitoba homeowners, aren’t expected to be nearly as plentiful this fall because there haven’t been as many aphids for them to feed on, says Manitoba Agriculture entomologist John Gavloski. “The ladybird beetles were abundant last year because they had lots of food,” he said in an


Clinic attendees get into the fine details of combines during a July 13 clinic in Neepawa.

Women take the wheel at combine clinic

Ag Women Manitoba wants to beat back the 
preconceptions over female farm equipment operators

Tiffany Dancho and Pam Bailey don’t think machinery should just be for men. Two of the lead voices behind Ag Women Manitoba, Dancho and Bailey set off for Neepawa and the group’s inaugural combine clinic July 13 in the hopes of getting women more comfortable in the cab. “I’ve been in equipment for 10-plus years,

Sitting long hours in the tractor can cause lower back pain.

Farmers need to keep in shape

Sitting long hours in the tractor cab is hard on 
the body so here’s some tips to help prevent injury

Paul Gregory, 60, is a farmer and president of Interlake Forage Seeds Ltd. in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. He is also an avid skier and running marathoner who believes one must condition their body for farming just like for sport. “Lower back pain is a part of long days in the cab of a tractor or