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The Raynor’s farmland was completely dishevelled and a number of out buildings were destroyed.

Tornado among several storm events in the southwest

Two rural properties took the brunt of Manitoba's most recent violent weather episode

Displaced bales, crushed crops and chunks of metal scatter fields in the southwest as the area recovers from one of Manitoba’s largest tornadoes in recent years. A low-pressure system that moved in from Montana sparked the extreme weather, which also doused the Virden area with nearly 75 mm of rain. Quarter-sized hail was also reported

Discoloured counters? Paint on denim?

Hello Reena, I would like to thank you for all your work in helping us live green! I have read a tip on getting rid of ladybugs. Where I live everyone encourages them in their gardens to eat aphids. I have always known ladybugs to be beneficial insects. What do you think? — Rose Dear

Innovative poultry farm family named 2012 Farm Family of the Year

The Doerksen’s of Blumenort become the 46th Manitoba farm family honoured by the Red River Exhibition

The Red River Exhibition Association (RREA) has named the family behind Doerksen Poultry Farm Ltd., of Blumenort as the 2012 Farm Family of the Year. Orville and Beverly Doerksen, and their children Ken and Lorisa Wall, Alan and Myra Brydges and Joel and Christine Doerksen, join a distinguished list of 46 other Manitoba families who

Make A Wheelchair Bag

My son-in-law asked me to make a wheelchair bag for his mother for Christmas. It was a challenge, since I didn’t have a pattern for one, but this is what I came up with and it seemed to work very well. Materials: 28 inches (.7 metre) of a sturdy fabric Approximately 50 to 60 inches


The Red River Exhibition Association (RREA) announc ed June 7 that the multi-generational Chapman clan from Virden has been chosen as its 2010 Farm Family of the Year. “The Chapman family exemplifi es the qualities recognized by this annual award, established in 1966 to profile the diversity of primary agriculture in Manitoba as well as

Farmer Panel Hears Range Of Views

“What would be the point of farming if you had debt all your life?” – DAN MAZIER Farmers from different age groups tend to have different perspectives on life and the business of growing food. At the Farm Management Conference held last week on the sidelines of the Wheat City Stampede, participants heard from four

Farmers Prepared For Flooding

“I would say 98 per cent of the people are prepared for the flood.” – DAVE WALDNER The Flood of the Century seriously disrupted Dave Waldner’s hog operation. But if it happens again, he’s ready. The ring dike around his farm east of Rosenort has been raised two feet above 1997 flood levels. Municipal water

Publicity and promotions good for business

“To grow your business, you have to think bigger.” – CLINT MASSE Start with a product you believe in. Gear it to your customers. Advertise like crazy. That was some of the valuable advice learned at every stop on the agri-tourism best-practices tour in the capital region of Manitoba. There are some very essential ingredients