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 final week of April were expected to hit daily highs of 3–5 C. | File photo

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

Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products of Portage la Prairie filed for bankruptcy protection in late March. | Screencap via canadianprairiegarden.com

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

Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. | File photo

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


Soils in Manitoba were saturated going into the winter and multiple snowstorms hit the province in December. Conditions are right for major flooding if events such as late spring blizzards or heavy rain during snowmelt occur. | File photo

Manitoba flood risk outlined

Parts of Manitoba are at risk of major flooding this spring, the province announced in its first forecast of 2017. Soils in Manitoba were saturated going into the winter and multiple snowstorms hit the province in December. Conditions are right for major flooding if events such as late spring blizzards or heavy rain during snowmelt […] Read more

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Manitoba rewrites hog barn regulations

Manitoba is removing “impractical and costly” regulations in an effort to revive its hog industry. This morning, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced changes to rules for farm buildings, which should simplify the construction and renovation of hog barns. Dan Mazier, Keystone Agricultural Producers president, praised the regulatory change. “KAP is extremely pleased with this announcement […] Read more


Waterhemp 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. | USDA photo

Waterhemp found in Manitoba

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

French plant-based ingredient maker Roquette will build the world's largest pea protein facility in Manitoba to meet fast-growing demand for vegetable protein in food and pharmaceutical products in North America, the group said on Wednesday. | Screencap via www.roquette.com

France’s Roquette bets on pea protein with Manitoba factory

Reuters and Saskatoon newsroom PARIS (Reuters) – French plant-based ingredient maker Roquette will build the world’s largest pea protein facility in Portage la Prairie, Man., to meet fast-growing demand for vegetable protein in food and pharmaceutical products in North America, the group said on Wednesday. The global pea protein market has seen a sharp rise […] Read more

A provincial disease survey found that 90 percent of tested canola fields in Manitoba had sclerotinia stem rot. | Canola Council of Canada photo

Sclerotinia severity worse than normal in Manitoba

This summer was one of the worst for sclerotinia in Manitoba. A provincial disease survey found that 90 percent of tested canola fields had sclerotinia stem rot and in infected fields, about 15 to 20 percent of canola plants had symptoms of sclerotinia. However, the real story of 2016 was disease severity. On a scale […] Read more


Desperate prairie farmers continued to chip away at unharvested acres this week, but lodged crops, damp grain and muddy field conditions added further delays to what has already become one of the latest and most difficult harvest seasons in recent memory.
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Waterlogged crops, pastures frustrate northern Man. farmers

When Doug Northcott looks at his canola, he sees swaths of income slowly rotting away on fields too wet to work. When he looks into his bins, he sees lots that needs attention right now, but he can’t do that either. “We’ve got grain to dry but we can’t move around (the yard) really because […] Read more

A fourth industrial park has just opened in Winkler, Man. The community is home to a growing number of local manufacturers and continues to attract more skilled workers and businesses.  |  City of Winkler photo

Winkler: ballooning with community spirit

Manitoba town’s soaring population attributed to a skilled workforce, immigration and spirit of co-operation

WINKLER, Man. — If visitors to Winkler drive around the small city looking for the multinational-owned factories that one would assume have powered the tremendous growth in the local economy, they won’t find any. However, they will see a lot of factories ringing the community of 12,000 people, almost all of them owned by local residents. […] Read more