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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

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),



Arden-area corn grower Roland Unger says good weather and some production tweaks helped him earn second place in the MCGA yield competition while growing the crop in a non-traditional area.

Perfect weather sees top corn yields from western Manitoba

Both regionally and individually, corn growers from western Manitoba earned top provincial yields in 2015

The results from the annual Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA) yield competition give a tantalizing glimpse into the future of corn in western Manitoba. The event, in its 45th year, saw Baker Colony, near MacGregor, capture the top prize for 2015 with a yield of 241 bushels per acre. Roland Unger of Arden was the

Manitoba crop insect and disease update

Conditions as of July 21, 2015

Levels of armyworms are starting to decline in some fields as they turn to pupae. Currently, scout for grasshoppers around field edges. In corn, now is the time to be scouting for European corn borer. Also consider scouting for aphids in cereals and pulse crops. Pulse Crops Soybean aphids: Soybean aphids have just started to show up in


Central Manitoba alfalfa in early bud stages, some Eastern producers already cutting

Forage and grassland conditions for Eastern, Central Manitoba and Western/Interlake as of June 3 and 4

This is the ninth release for the Green Gold program assessing forage conditions in Manitoba. Reports will be issued from various areas of the Province (Eastern, Central, Interlake, and Western) in the weeks and months ahead. Hay Day for both the Central and Eastern area is June 7 but haying has started, approximately June 10 for

Widespread frost across much of southern Manitoba May 30 destroyed many acres of already stressed canola prompting many farmers to start reseeding.

Canola crop succumbs to final blow with May 30 frost

A blizzard, a frost, flooding, crusting, flea beetle and another frost have prompted many Manitoba farmers to reseed their canola

Manitoba farmers this week were scrambling to find canola and flaxseed to replant fields destroyed by a widespread frost early May 30. “It’s as widespread as we’ve seen for frost for quite a while,” David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) claim services manager, said June 1. “We can’t keep up with the claims

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is giving some farmers re-seeding frozen canola back to canola some flexibility to speed things up. Widespread frost across much of southern Manitoba May 30 destroyed many acres.

MASC flexibility will speed up canola re-seeding in hardest hit areas

Some farmers won’t have to wait for an adjuster or leave a check strip before re-seeding, but farmers must check first with their local MASC office to see if the policy applies to them

Some Manitoba farmers re-seeding canola after widespread frost May 30 can move a little faster thanks to changes from the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC). Normally farmers have to get an MASC adjuster to inspect a field before they re-seed or leave a check strip, but farmers in certain areas won’t have to do that,


Study concludes Manitoba soybean-crushing plant viable

But that’s partly because of market distortions caused by poor rail service and lacking competition

Poor rail service and a lack of competition contribute to the viability of a 2,000-tonne-per-day soybean-crushing plant in Manitoba, a study prepared for the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) and Soy 20/20 says. “Indeed, the numbers tell us that if adequate and regular rail service existed in Manitoba then both a Canadian and/or a

In preparation for Growing Forward 3, KAP and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture are asking famers about which farm programs work and which don’t, says KAP general manager James Battershill.

KAP seeks members’ input on Growing Forward 3

By starting early Manitoba’s general farm organization hopes to have more influence 
over the outcome than it did with Growing Forward 2

Which farm programs are working and which are not? That’s what Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) staff is asking members as it and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture prepare for Growing Forward 3, the federal-provincial framework for farm programs to take effect April 1, 2017. “We felt we needed to be as proactive as possible to