Flood risk low in Manitoba

Late winter in Manitoba is normally the time when government officials worry about spring flooding and hold meetings on how many sandbags to order. Not this year. The risk of flooding is low in most of the river basins across southern Manitoba, including the Red River, Assiniboine and Souris Rivers. “The combination of drier soil […] Read more

Manitoba winter wheat group makes changes to cut costs

In the fall of 2013, farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan seeded more than 900,000 acres of winter wheat. Since then acres have steadily dropped, hitting 400,000 in the fall of 2016 and only 240,000 this year. Consequently, the groups that represent winter wheat growers have fewer check-off dollars and during the last few months they’ve […] Read more

Ag sector wants quick action on trade agreement, but auto industry fears cast shadow

In January, Canada’s agriculture industry celebrated when the federal government committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. A month later, Canadian agricultural leaders are still pressing the government on the deal, which has recently been revived as the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP. They want Ottawa to formally ratify the deal as soon as […] Read more

Big data might equal bigger profits

It sounds like the opening line of a lame joke: three economists walk into an agricultural trade show and … It isn’t a joke. It’s something that happened to Keith Coble, agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, when he attended the Commodity Classic, an annual event for American corn and soybean growers. Coble and two […] Read more

Light shone on poly cropping

BRANDON — Bale grazing, swath grazing and feeding on standing corn have become standard practices on western Canadian cattle ranches. The practices are collectively known as extended grazing, or stretching the use of pasture into the late fall and winter. Research shows that bale grazing, swath grazing and corn grazing can dramatically reduce feeding costs. […] Read more

Expansion promises potato boom

Manitoba potato growers received an ideal Valentine’s Day gift this year: strong spud demand for the next 15 years. On Feb. 14, J.R. Simplot announced an investment of $460 million to expand its potato processing plant in Portage la Prairie. The expansion will more than double the capacity of the french fry plant, thus driving […] Read more

Man. beef producers vote in favour of mandatory livestock inspection

Livestock inspections may soon be mandatory in Manitoba. In a close vote Feb. 8, members of the Manitoba Beef Producers passed a resolution at the organization’s annual meeting in Brandon to lobby the provincial government for mandatory inspections. Manitoba cattle producers have debated the idea in the past, but it was previously voted down. Not […] Read more

Rotational choices – can you have beans with your brassica?

Rotating soybeans with canola could be an option financially, but agronomically, is this choice going to work?

BRANDON — Canola and soybeans were the biggest crops in Manitoba last year, representing more than half of all seeded acres in the province. Given the scale of the two crops, it’s logical that many producers are growing soybeans and canola in rotation. Agronomists still aren’t sure if that’s a good idea or not because […] Read more

‘Leaving money on the table’

Canada’s beef industry has science on its side when it comes to the safety of using growth promotants, but it is of no help when it comes to selling beef overseas. “We can talk about science-based (practices), but at the end of the day, if the consumers don’t want to buy our products, I think […] Read more

Firm braves non-GM approach

Supporting modern agriculture while also selling into the market for non-genetically modified food seems like a contradiction. But an American firm is hoping to pull off that high-wire act with its herbicide-tolerant canola, now for sale in Canada. “Because it’s a non-GM product, we’re looking at this being aligned with production contracts (for non-GM canola),” […] Read more