Research at the University of Regina indicates that marketing genetically modified food could be easier if consumers knew more about how the technology works.  |  File photo

More knowledge changes GM attitudes: study

A Sask. psychologist finds that consumers warm up to genetically modified food after learning more about the science

For more than two decades, plant scientists and other experts have tried to convince people that genetically modified food is safe. Their arguments haven’t worked. Public polling continues to show that 40 to 50 percent of Canadians think GM food is unsafe to eat, despite decades of research showing it is safe. Online discussions about […] Read more

Chicken disease found in Man. flock

Chicken and egg producers in Manitoba are concerned about a disease outbreak at a backyard chicken farm. In late May or early June, a case of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) was detected on farm south of Steinbach in southeastern Manitoba. ILT is an acute respiratory disease of chickens. It’s caused by a herpes virus that usually […] Read more

This summer, Bee Innovative and scientists from the University of North Dakota are testing out a concept called “precision pollination” in sunflower crops near Bismarck, N.D.
They want to know if a technology, known as BeeDar, can improve yields for sunflower producers. | Screencap via beeinnovative.com.au

BeeDar may help focus pollination efforts

Technology will be tested in North Dakota this summer that could help producers move hives based on bee activity

A high-tech company from Australia believes it can make bees more productive, particularly when it comes to pollinating crops. This summer, Bee Innovative and scientists from the University of North Dakota are testing out a concept called “precision pollination” in sunflower crops near Bismarck, N.D. They want to know if a technology, known as BeeDar, […] Read more


Workbook helps assess pasture health

Measuring the productivity and ecological benefits of grasslands is trickier than keeping track of canola yields, but Manitoba producers now have a tool for assessing range and pasture health. The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association’s Range and Pasture Health Assessment Workbook is based on a similar tool in Alberta. The environment and parks department in […] Read more

The rainfall was heaviest in the southwest and central regions of the province. For example, Boissevain, south of Brandon, received 40 millimetres June 15 and another 13 mm on Father's Day, based on Manitoba Agriculture weather data. | File photo

Soggy weekend welcomed in southern Manitoba

A much-needed rain fell on most of southern Manitoba on Father’s Day weekend. The rainfall was heaviest in the southwest and central regions of the province. For example, Boissevain, south of Brandon, received 40 millimetres June 15 and another 13 mm on Father’s Day, based on Manitoba Agriculture weather data. Other communities also recorded more […] Read more


On hundreds of fields in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the pests have been chewing on canola plants that developed slowly because of dry conditions in May and early June. | File photo

Flea beetles ‘marginally worse’ than normal

Flea beetles are feasting on canola plants this spring and if it doesn’t rain, soon, there’s a chance that things could get worse for canola growers. On hundreds of fields in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the pests have been chewing on canola plants that developed slowly because of dry conditions in May and early June. […] Read more

Most of the sunflower seed planted in Manitoba comes from the United States, but seed deliveries arrived later than usual this year, which might have dampened a possible increase in the crop.  |  File photo

U.S. demand creates sunflower opportunity

American stocks are low because of increased demand, but prairie growers aren’t expected to increase acres by much

Consumers and food companies want more sunflower oil. Demand for the product is booming, especially in the United States because the food industry has moved away from unhealthy fats. Food processors have changed or are changing their product formulations, and their preferred option is often sunflower oil. “Domestically is probably the greatest area we’ve seen […] Read more

Farmers are urged to use fungicides when economic thresholds warrant rather than doing it just to help them sleep better.  |  File photo

Fungicide resistance not always easy to notice

Resistance is a growing problem but symptoms aren’t as obvious as a weed still standing following herbicide treatment

Potato growers are aware of the problem. Pulse growers are aware of the problem. Grain and oilseed growers? They could be aware, but many may not know that fungicide resistance is a real problem in Canadian agriculture. “A lot of work has been done on herbicide resistance and that’s the one that everyone is the […] Read more


Yesterday the province announced a $52 million endowment fund to support Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW), a program in which farmers will be paid for preserving and protecting wetlands on their land. | Screencap via gov.mb.ca

Manitoba funds wetland protection program

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government has fulfilled a promise to farmers. Yesterday the province announced a $52 million endowment fund to support Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW), a program in which farmers will be paid for preserving and protecting wetlands on their land. “The GROW Program will support the enhancement of ecological goods and services on […] Read more

Man. flock in voluntary quarantine after ILT detected

Chicken and egg producers in Manitoba are concerned about a disease outbreak at a backyard chicken farm. In late May or early June, a case of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) was detected on farm south of Steinbach in southeastern Manitoba. ILT is an acute respiratory disease of chickens. It’s caused by a herpes virus that usually […] Read more