Soybean aphids fail to show up in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more

Protein in Prairies soybeans isn't as high as in other regions and this is an issue for grain marketers.  |  File photo

Cargill juggles deliveries to manage soy protein

There were about 1.6 million acres of soybeans in Western Canada in 2015, and probably half of them were grown east of Portage la Prairie, Man. Back then, companies such as Cargill didn’t have to worry about the protein content in soybeans because there were sufficient supplies of high protein beans from Manitoba’s Red River […] Read more

Clubroot flares up in Manitoba, North Dakota

Two municipalities in southern Manitoba and a county in North Dakota have become hot spots for clubroot. Positive symptoms have been detected on canola plants on multiple fields in the municipalities of Louise and Pembina. Those municipalities are in south-central Manitoba and butt up against the U.S. border. Across the line, clubroot is becoming a […] Read more


Green Prairie International, a supplier of forage products based in Lethbridge, has been developing relationships in Saudi Arabia's livestock market for about five years. | Screencap via greenprairie.com

Saudi anger with Canada leaves forage exporter reeling

Jordan Van Hierden says the Canadian government’s spat with Saudi Arabia could cost him millions in lost forage sales. Green Prairie International, a supplier of forage products based in Lethbridge, has been developing relationships in Saudi Arabia’s livestock market for about five years. Van Hierden, who manages the company’s equine and feed division for North […] Read more

Soybean aphids disappear in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more


Patricia Tozatti, a Brazilian studying to earn a PhD in food science at the University of Saskatchewan, is focused on wheat and baking quality.  |  William DeKay photo

The knowledge worker quandary

International ag students pose a challenge to brain gain efforts in Canada

Hewers of wood and drawers of water. For decades, economists and ordinary Canadians have used those words to describe the flaws of the economy and the country’s over dependence on natural resources. Digvir Jayas, research and international vice-president at the University of Manitoba, also believes Canada is over-reliant on resources, but he uses different words […] Read more

Man. learning centre focuses on beef, forage

Writing a mission statement on a website is easy. Acting on that mission statement is hard. The leaders of the Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives (MBFI), a partnership of Manitoba Agriculture, Manitoba Beef Producers, Ducks Unlimited and the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association, have moved beyond the talk and are now acting on the hard […] Read more

Protectionism takes another step

Things must get worse before they get better. That might be the reality of America’s trade battle with Canada, China and Mexico. That’s because U.S. President Donald Trump will only back down from the ongoing trade war if enough Americans feel the pain caused by retaliatory tariffs, according to an economist at the C.D. Howe […] Read more


The CPTPP, or TPP 2.0, is an 11-nation trade agreement that includes the key country of Japan. Canada and the other 10 countries signed the agreement in early March but it doesn’t take effect until six nations ratify the deal.
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New federal trade minister committed to CPTPP

Jim Carr wants the 11-country Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal ratified in the fall


Canadian farmers want to sell more canola, pork and wheat to countries like Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. To make that happen, the federal government needs to ratify the Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership and do it as soon as possible. New Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr is determined to ratify the 11-nation trade deal […] Read more

Chinese buyers may be turning to Canadian pork suppliers, but it’s unlikely that pork exporters are seeing a boom in sales because China increased its pork production in recent years.  |  REUTERS/Scott Morgan photo

Trade war benefit unclear

For more than two weeks, China has imposed a tariff of 62 percent on pork imports from the United States. At that punitive rate it’s possible that no U.S. pork is moving into China, a country of 1.4 billion where the average person consumes 40 kilograms of pork per year, the highest rate in the […] Read more