The harvest of some field crops throughout much of the province had been close or on pace until rains caused delays. Throughout much of Manitoba 10 to 25 millimeters was received, with the southwest getting 40 to 45 mm. | File photo

Frost strikes numerous locales, wet conditions slows harvest

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) – Numerous areas throughout the growing areas of Manitoba experienced frost, according the province’s weekly crop report for the week ending Sept. 9. The coldest locations were Sprague in the eastern region, Narcisse in the Interlake and Lake Audy in the southwest, which experienced temperatures of minus two Celsius on Sept. 8. Many […] Read more

The risk of flooding is low in most of the river basins across southern Manitoba, including the Red River, Assiniboine and Souris Rivers. | File photo

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


If all the hog barns in Manitoba were gone tomorrow about one to two percent less phosphorus would flow into Lake Winnipeg, according to Don Flaten, University of Manitoba soil scientist and nutrient management expert. | Robert Arnason photo

Hog production protest misses the mark

In my 15 years as a journalist, I’ve spoken to more than 150 people who lead environmental groups and animal welfare organizations in Canada. It’s difficult to tell over the phone, but my instincts tell me that most of these folks are good people. They sincerely believe in their causes, saving bees or halting the […] Read more

Brandy Dvorak is set to become the Manitoba 4-H Council president at the group’s annual meeting in November. She stands by a park in Minitonas, Man., which received some TLC from her 4-Hers.  |  Karen Morrison photo

Introducing north to 4-Hers goal of new Man. president

MINITONAS, Man. — Introducing 4-Hers to northern Manitoba has long been a goal of incoming Manitoba 4-H Council president Brandy Dvorak. She recalled her own experience as a child in 4-H travelling to Churchill by train to whale watch and see the nickel mine, Prince of Wales Fort and Pisew Falls. “I’d like to expand […] Read more


Les Ferris, who farms north of Holland, Man., isn’t sure how his canola crop will yield this year. Like many crops, Ferris’s canola suffered through a warm and dry summer.  | Robert Arnason photo

Dry, hot summer leaves Manitoba yields in doubt

It’s been a strange growing season, and many producers aren’t sure what they’ll get this harvest

HOLLAND, Man. — On a sunny morning in mid-August, Les Ferris walked into the edge of a canola field, just east of his farmyard, and pulled a couple of plants out of the ground. He looked at the tops for signs of heat blast, then inspected the bottom to assess the number of branches on […] Read more

Rains this week that brought 10 to 25 millimetres of precipitation to most of southern Manitoba should aid soybeans. | File photo

Manitoba soybeans welcome recent rain

Rains this week that brought 10 to 25 millimetres of precipitation to most of southern Manitoba should aid soybeans. Overall the crop is looking decent, but more rain is needed to maximize yields. “You want those August rains during the pod filling stage. Right now, we definitely need some more (rains),” said Cassandra Tkachuk, Manitoba […] Read more

Crops in many areas of Manitoba are starting to dry out, according to the latest weekly report from Manitoba Agriculture for the week ended July 4. | File photo

Manitoba crops could use a drink: report

Crops in many areas of Manitoba are starting to dry out, according to the latest weekly report from Manitoba Agriculture for the week ended July 4. Precipitation is below average in many areas, and fields in the southwest region and in western parts of the central region could use moisture. Despite that, most crops are […] Read more


All regions of Manitoba received rainfall, ranging from 15 to 55 millimetres, during the week ended June 19, with the moisture generally beneficial for crops, according to the latest provincial crop report. | File photo

Rain welcome across most of Manitoba

WINNIPEG — All regions of Manitoba received rainfall, ranging from 15 to 55 millimetres, during the week ended June 19, with the moisture generally beneficial for crops, according to the latest provincial crop report. However, cool weather has slowed corn and soybean growth. Crops in most areas have received one herbicide application with fungicides starting […] Read more

Sunflower acres expected to drop

It’s become a familiar story in Manitoba. If growers have a choice between soybeans and another crop, beans usually win out. Such is the case this spring with sunflowers. Soybeans will set another acreage record and sunflowers will possibly hit the second lowest level ever in the province. Statistics Canada has predicted 50,000 acres of […] Read more