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Animals at Minnedosa's Bison Park are gathered in front of their now-flooded pasture July 1.

PHOTOS: More rain en route as water damage continues

Southern Manitoba can expect another five to seven days of “widespread precipitation” and “occasional heavy thunderstorms” with the potential for more overland flooding, the provincial lood forecasting agency said Friday. Storms could develop over most southern, southwestern and southeastern Manitoba watersheds during that period, bringing up to 100 millimetres of “heavy localized” rain, the provincial

Keystone Agricultural Producers says new drainage regulations are just more of the same and are a

KAP unhappy with new drainage regulations

Manitoba’s general farm organization was expecting rules that would let farmers manage water better and help protect wetlands

The Manitoba government’s new drainage regulations, which came into effect Oct. 2 are a “big disappointment,” says Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) vice-president Mitch Janssens. “We were trying to convince them to dangle the carrot to create more beneficial wetlands, but also allow producers to improve their land. That’s not what we got. That’s where the big disappointment is. We


A Manitoba livestock specialist is stressing the importance of, “getting those livestock out of the dugouts,” as water supplies in her area continue to lag.

Has the time come to ditch your dugout?

After three years of dry conditions, a new approach to watering systems may be needed

Manitoba’s dwindling pastures have some provincial livestock specialists urging producers to take another look at watering systems. Pam Iwanchysko, livestock specialist in the northwest, is stressing the importance of, “getting those livestock out of the dugouts,” as water supplies in her area continue to lag in some areas. “Certainly that could be something that could

Comment: How much water is needed to produce a pound of beef?

And just as importantly, what kind of water are we talking about?

An excerpt from a Beef Cattle Research Council blog post on the environmental impact of beef production. For the full text, visit beefresearch.ca. Yes, it takes water to produce beef, but in the 2.5 million years since our ancestors started eating meat, we haven’t lost a drop yet. Based on the most recent science and

Emerging opposition

An informal network of drainage 
advocates has formed in Manitoba

Stung by what they see as a lack of response and downright indifference from the province to the plight of local landowners, drainage advocates have begun to organize into an informal network across the province. In October 2017, a dozen of them sent a letter to Rochelle Squires, who then had just been appointed the


“Growing season rainfall varies a lot depending on where you are in the province and the crops that you’re growing,” says Provincial meteorology specialist, Timi Ojo.

The importance of sticking to your crop’s water budget

Keep this crucial concept in mind when choosing crops to grow

A ‘perfect’ growing season would have just enough heat and moisture at the right times to make a bumper crop. The problem of course is that it rarely happens. With moisture being so critical to both short- and long-season crops, if producers had a better idea of their crop water budget going into a new

Jodi Goerzen, Seine Rat River Conservation District manager, looks at LIDAR watershed maps on her computer. The maps are being developed as part of a larger flood and drought resiliency plan being developed for the CD.

First-ever plan on economics of water storage networks in development

Theirs will be a first-ever plan that builds an investment case for flood and drought resiliency, says Seine Rat River Conservation District manager

2019 will see a comprehensive flood and drought protection plan produced for southeastern Manitoba, the first ever to be developed in the province. Now under development in the Seine Rat River Conservation District, the plan will eventually map out sites across the district most prone to excess water flow, or vulnerable to dry spells, and

Consultations on streamlined drainage regulation end January 19

The draft regulations aim to reduce red tape and wait times, while increasing protection for wetlands

Manitobans have until January 19 to tell the province what they like — or don’t like — about the approach it proposes to protect wetlands as it introduces changes to Water Rights Regulation. Manitoba is introducing the most significant changes to Water Rights Regulation since the 1980s. The proposals include a more streamlined drainage approval


Crop irrigation in the U.S. withdraws 118 billion gals. of water daily while its livestock sector uses an additional two billion gals. a day.

Comment: Brother, can you spare a cup of water?

Agriculture is a very thirsty industry and that could spell trouble

Humanity depends on three critical threes: Without oxygen, most humans will die within three minutes; without water, life expectancy is three days; without food, we’ve got three weeks. Few here give three seconds of thought of any of these life-ensuring elements because, here, food is safe and plentiful, air quality laws are in place and

Local ALUS co-ordinator and conservation district manager, Colleen Cuvelier, explains one of several perennial forage projects ALUS is funding in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District during a July 2018 field tour.

ALUS gains steam in western Manitoba

ALUS returned to its roots in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District in 2014, and producers are buying in

A multi-province program that promises to pay landowners for conservation practices is attracting so much interest in the Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District that providers say they can’t meet the demand. District manager and local ALUS co-ordinator, Colleen Cuvelier said program co-ordinators couldn’t accommodate all the proposals this year, estimating another 100-200 acres could have