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


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


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



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


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



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


Waterlogged soil puts seeding in jeopardy in parts of Manitoba

Farmers in certain areas of southern Manitoba need four to five weeks of ideal weather or they won’t be planting a crop this spring. The spring weather in late April has been far from ideal with successive storms dumping wet snow on parts of Manitoba from April 22-24. On top of that, temperatures for the […] Read more



Processor bankruptcy costs Man. vegetable growers a customer

A Manitoba company with world beating technology to turn vegetables and pulses into purees is now bankrupt. Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products of Portage la Prairie filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. Receivership records show that the company owes $9 million: $6 million to secured creditors and $3 million to unsecured creditors. The secured […] Read more


Lower protein a problem in prairie soybeans

Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. A few buyers have expressed concerns about beans from Manitoba and Saskatchewan because protein levels in shipments have been below acceptable levels. Francois Labelle, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association executive director, said the protein issue has come up at industry meetings this winter. “It’s just […] Read more