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


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 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



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


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



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


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


VIDEO: Agriculture benefits from economic boom

REINLAND, Man. — Farming gets a little complicated when your local town grows into a rural metropolis. “It’s a little bit stressful when you’re farming right around the area with the traffic and the construction going on all the time,” said Jack Froese, who farms just outside the booming city of Winkler, just north of the […] Read more



Sunflower industry hopes for recovery

Sunflowers are down but not out in Manitoba. Seeded area fell to 66,000 acres this year, one of the smallest plantings in the last decade. However, industry representatives are feeling hopeful about next year because more buyers are interested in Canadian sunflowers. “We’ve had a couple of new organizations get into the business,” said Troy […] Read more


Sunflower industry hopes for recovery in Manitoba

Sunflowers are down but not out in Manitoba. Seeded acreage fell to 66,000 this year, one of the smallest plantings in the last decade. However, industry representatives are feeling hopeful about next year because more buyers are interested in Canadian sunflowers. “We’ve have a couple of new organizations get into the business,” said Troy Turner, […] Read more