Pleasing no one isn’t ideal, but it suggests the province has done its job and found a compromise solution, says a spokesperson for Ducks Unlimited Canada.
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Manitoba wetlands policy upsets producers

Producers are frustrated by gov’t decision to prohibit drainage of sloughs that have semi-permanent or permanent ponds

No one is completely happy with Manitoba’s new policy on wetlands. Pleasing no one isn’t ideal, but it suggests the province has done its job and found a compromise solution, says a spokesperson for Ducks Unlimited Canada. “I think the Tories do deserve some credit for digging into this issue … and coming out with […] Read more

Agricultural exporters to Europe say the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement has not lived up to its promise, but they hope the technical barriers can be resolved.  |  File photo

CETA frustrates ag exporters

This summer, French politicians spent many hours defending the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. The French National Assembly ratified the trade deal in late July and politicians, at least those in the governing party, spoke in favour of the deal and the economic value to France. But some of […] Read more

Hundreds of cattle producers in parts of Manitoba, particularly the region between Riding Mountain and Lake Manitoba, the area north of Ste. Rose du Lac and the Interlake region, are struggling with a severe shortage of feed. | File photo

Manitoba plan deals with feed shortage

Manitoba cattle ranchers are getting loans, deferred payments on loans and higher rates on immediate AgriStability payments to help with a feed shortage in parts of the province. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced the support programs in a conference call with media Sept. 30. “We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our […] Read more


Harvest has been delayed in many areas of Manitoba after 50 to 125 millimetres of rain has fallen since Sept. 20. | Twitter/@CameronHild photo

Rain keeps Manitoba potato growers on edge this fall

Manitoba potato growers are hoping the 2019 harvest isn’t a repeat of 2018. Harvest has been delayed in many areas after 50 to 125 millimetres of rain fell since Sept. 20. Ideally, growers like to finish digging potatoes by the first week of October. That’s unlikely to happen this year because more rain is forecast […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematode cysts were found in Manitoba soil samples in 2017 and on soybean plants in commercial fields this summer.  |  File photo

Caution urged after soy disease found in Man.

Soybean cyst nematode can be managed, but it’s important for the province’s producers to know if it is in their fields

There’s no need to panic. Soybean cyst nematode, a parasitic worm, has officially arrived in Manitoba, but the world hasn’t ended for soybean growers in the province. “It’s not at the point where we really are raising major alarm bells,” said David Kaminski, field crop pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture. “We feel, in general, it is […] Read more


Why do Canadians eat organic?

In 2018, there were 5,791 organic crop producers in Canada, up 46 percent from 3,955 in 2015. Data from the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA), released the second week of September, shows the number of organic farmers has exploded in the last couple years. From 2012-15, the number of organic crop farmers grew slowly, going […] Read more

Montana farmers seeded 20,000 acres of winter canola this year, but some producers and crop advisers expect acres to increase 10-fold.  |  File photo

Montana producers eye winter canola option

The crop gains popularity because it blooms in late May and early June, when temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees cooler


The town of Hardin, Montana, gets awfully hot and dry in July. Temperatures of 33 to 36 C are commonplace and Hardin only receives 30 millimetres of rain in the entire month of July, on average. Growing spring canola doesn’t make a lot of sense in Hardin, 50 kilometres east of Billings, or other parts […] Read more

Premier Brian Pallister lauds the $94 million investment Paterson is making and the 70 permanent jobs it will create. | Ed White photo

Oat mill planned for Manitoba

A new oat mill is coming to Manitoba. Executives with Paterson GlobalFoods and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced this morning that the company will build a 250,000 tonne oat mill northwest of Winnipeg. The $94 million processing plant will be located next to the Paterson grain terminal, which services farmers around Winnipeg and in the […] Read more


Like all policies, the devil is in the details. In this case, one of the key details is what constitutes a wetland. | File photo

Manitoba wetlands policy frustrates farmers

Manitoba farmers are both frustrated and pleased with new water regulations in the province. This week, Manitoba’s minister for sustainable development, Rochelle Squires, announced changes to Water Rights Act regulations, including efforts to remove “unnecessary red tape.” “Streamlining the approval process for lower-risk, lower impact drainage and water-retention works will help strengthen our regulatory review […] Read more

Hundreds of cattle producers in parts of Manitoba, particularly the region between Riding Mountain and Lake Manitoba, the area north of Ste. Rose du Lac and the Interlake region, are struggling with a severe shortage of feed. | File photo

Manitoba announces feed shortage plan

Manitoba cattle ranchers are getting loans, deferred payments on loans and higher rates on immediate AgriStability payments, to help with a feed shortage in parts of the province. Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced the support programs in a conference call with media today. “We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our dry […] Read more