Waterhemp has been found 70 kilometres from the U.S. border. |  USDA photo

Waterhemp new threat for Manitoba soybeans

The glyphosate resistant weed found in the Rural Municipality of Tache has already taken over fields in North Dakota

Waterhemp, a bothersome weed for growers in Iowa and Illinois, is now in Manitoba. The weed was found last fall in a soybean field southeast of Winnipeg. The discovery in the Rural Municipality of Tache may be the first detection of waterhemp in Western Canada. The finding wasn’t a shock because waterhemp has spread throughout […] Read more

Manitoba Ag Days 2017

The 40th annual edition of Manitoba Ag Days is on this week in Brandon. WP reporters are there covering all the action and you can find all their stories, along with any social media using the show’s hashtag – #AgDays17,  collected below. Check back frequently as this page will be updated throughout the day while […] Read more

Matt Reimer was a star attraction at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon this year. In 2015, he invented a driverless robotic tractor that can be operated with a laptop computer.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Robot tractor offered to public

Provoking spontaneous applause from a group of farmers is not an easy task, but Matt Reimer pulled it off Jan. 20 during a speech at Manitoba Ag Days. Last year, Reimer used basic knowledge of computer programming to build a robotic tractor on his farm near Killarney, Man. Reimer told a crowd of about 200 […] Read more

The costs and benefits of buying new equipment can vary dramatically depending on why it's being bought. | File photo

VIDEO: Do cold calculations before buying equipment

BRANDON —The costs and benefits of buying new equipment can vary dramatically depending on why it’s being bought. That’s why producers have to apply different math to their equipment-buying decisions that accounts for why they are thinking of buying something new, say Manitoba Agriculture farm management specialists. “Try to take the emotion out of it […] Read more

Producers of all ages with gather in Brandon over the next few days as Manitoba Ag Days kicks off this week. | File photo

Manitoba Ag Days

Manitoba Ag Days kicks off this week, running Tuesday through Thursday January 19 to 21. Producers from across Canada and the central United States will gather in Brandon to take in the latest agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment. Western Producer reporters will have daily coverage of the show, and you’ll be able to follow […] Read more

Manitoba Ag Days 2015

Manitoba Ag Days is underway for 2015 and Western Producer reporters are there covering all the action. Visit this page for all our ongoing coverage of the event – photos, videos and stories. This page will be updated throughout the day: #agdays15 Tweets Angela Brackenreed from the Canola Council of Canada talks to Ed White […] Read more

At least one analyst says expectations for a return to normal weather and corn yields are unrealistic and he expects to see prices rise this spring.  |  File photo

Prepare for price volatility: analyst

Poor U.S. moisture reserves | Crops will survive ‘rain shower to rain shower’ and roller-coaster markets will fray nerves, he warns

The market expects corn yields to bounce back this summer but Frayne Olson isn’t convinced, considering the extreme dryness in the western corn belt. “Given today’s prices, what do you have to assume about the size of crop to get those price levels? You have to have a very large corn crop … to get […] Read more