Federal scientists have been studying neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for several years. The final judgment was scheduled for this fall but it won't happen until the spring. | File photo

Neonic ban decision expected in six months

Health Canada will make a decision on neonicotinoid insecticides in about six months. Federal scientists have been studying neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for several years. The final judgment was scheduled for this fall but it won’t happen until the spring. “Due to the vast amount of new information received, and the […] Read more

Manitoba farmers are confused and frustrated by the new 'no net loss' approach to wetlands rules. | File photo

Wetland regulations bog down Manitoba farmers

Last October, Manitoba’s government adopted a ‘no net loss’ approach to wetlands. One year later, Manitoba farmers are confused and frustrated by the new rules. Few understand how the new system is supposed to work and anecdotal stories are making the rounds, about water resource officers issuing large fines or pressuring producers to unplug drainage […] Read more

The province hoped to have a limited hunting season for moose this year, in the Duck and Porcupine Mountain regions, but the moose population hasn't recovered sufficiently to withstand it. | File photo

Manitoba extends its ban on moose hunting

Province stopped the moose hunt in 2011 and says species’ population has not yet recovered enough for it to continue

Moose hunting is again banned in Manitoba. The province hoped to have a limited hunting season for moose this year in the Duck and Porcupine Mountain regions, but the moose population hasn’t recovered sufficiently to withstand it. The government is also banning night hunting on private land, beginning Oct. 10, as part of the Wildlife […] Read more


From 2017 to 2019, certified organic acres have been around 1.7-1.8 million.
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Organic grain production hits a plateau

Organic acres have leveled off in Western Canada. From 2017 to 2019, certified organic acres have been around 1.7-1.8 million. That’s up significantly from the early 2010s, when acreage was around 1.3 million, but the period of rapid growth in the organic sector may have stalled out. In early October, the Canadian Organic Trade Association […] Read more

The Exceldor plant in Blumenort employs about 650 workers. Some of the employees live in Blumenort and nearby Steinbach, but the co-operative draws employees from across southern Manitoba. | Screencap via Google Maps

COVID-19 hits Manitoba poultry plant

A poultry plant in southeastern Manitoba has 27 workers with COVID-19. One employee who contracted the virus has died. The cases are at the Exceldor plant in Blumenort, Man., southeast of Winnipeg. Exceldor is a Quebec co-operative that now controls Granny’s Poultry, a well-known brand in Manitoba. The first case of COVID-19 was detected at […] Read more


Last year, Canadian farmers produced 106.4 million hundredweight of potatoes. The 2020 crop could be around 100 million cwt. | File photo

Potato yields drop in 2020

Canadian potato production will decline this year, possibly by six percent or more. A hot and dry summer, especially in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, cut into potato yields across the country. Last year, Canadian farmers produced 106.4 million hundredweight of potatoes. The 2020 crop could be around 100 million cwt. “The biggest decrease in […] Read more

At this point, True North isn't permitted to reveal the customer's name. However, the beef packer is starting a grass-fed program from scratch to satisfy the client's needs, so it's likely a company that's recognizable to Canadians. | File photo

Man. company looking for grass-fed beef

Duane Vaags is looking for grass-fed cattle — everywhere and anywhere he can find them. Vaags started a new job this fall, working as the grass-fed beef program auditor for True North Foods, a federally licensed packing plant in Carman, Man. Recently, a major buyer approached True North’s owner, Calvin Vaags, with a request. “The […] Read more

In a lengthy article posted on its website in September, Alberta Pork says the balance of power between packers and hog producers is out of whack. | File photo

Desperate hog farmers explore all options

This year’s pricing crisis 
prompted some producers to talk about a return to single desk marketing


A prairie producer group is talking openly about a return to a single-desk system, where farmers pool their product and sell it through one authority. In a lengthy article posted on its website in September, Alberta Pork says the balance of power between packers and hog producers is out of whack. “The negotiating power now […] Read more


Early reports suggest yields are 120 to 160 bushels per acre in the province’s Red River Valley, said Morgan Cott, agronomy extension specialist with the Manitoba Crop Alliance. | File photo

Manitoba expects average corn crop

Corn yields could be around average this year in Manitoba, which is positive considering a major frost hit much of the province in early September. Early reports suggest yields are 120 to 160 bushels per acre in the province’s Red River Valley, said Morgan Cott, agronomy extension specialist with the Manitoba Crop Alliance. Frost arrived […] Read more

The Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association is hosting four online presentations on Thursday nights in November. | Screencap via mfga.net

Sessions focus on holistic ag

Ranchers and other producers can participate in a free regenerative agriculture conference next month. The Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association was planning to hold its Regen Ag conference in Brandon this November, but COVID-19 has made that impossible. The farm group, like many others, has adjusted to the pandemic and is hosting four online presentations […] Read more