Ducks Unlimited wants wetlands law re-introduced in Manitoba

Ducks Unlimited Canada is calling on the Manitoba government to pass legislation protecting wetlands as soon as possible. Manitoba’s former NDP government introduced surface water management legislation last year that would have had a lasting impact on rural landowners. The NDP failed to introduce the bill for a vote in the legislature, so it never […] Read more

Cosmetic pesticide ban reconsidered in Manitoba

Manitoba may be re-thinking its ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides. In a release issued this morning, Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox said the province would consult with Manitobans about legislation that prohibits the use of pesticides on lawns and public green spaces, including schools, day cares and playing fields. “The purpose of the […] Read more

Manitoba commits to ALUS

Manitoba is fully committed to the Alternative Land Use Services model and plans to implement the ecosystem services program to manage water in the province. Brian Pallister, who was elected premier of Manitoba in April, borrowed a strategy from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and issued mandate letters to his provincial ministers in May. The province […] Read more

Manitoba releases latest crop report

SOUTHWEST Twenty to 80 millimetres of precipitation, high winds and hail damaged crops. Fungicide applications are progressing well, and most crops look good to excellent. There are no major insect issues, but alfalfa weevil is causing limited damage to crops. NORTHWEST Rainfall ranged from 10 to 100 millimetres in some areas with some hail. Most […] Read more

Outside investors not to blame for higher land prices: lender

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Many Manitoba producers blame Bay Street investors for rising farmland values, but a farmland ap-praiser says sales data doesn’t support that theory. “I want to make it very clear, outside investors that are coming from pension plans … they are responding to the market, they are not pushing the market,” […] Read more

Rain dampens forecast

Sunflower acres | Seeded acres unlikely to hit 120,000, says processor

Manitoba sunflower acres won’t increase as much as expected because persistent rain has hampered seeding in the southwestern corner of the province. Ben Friesen, commodity purchasing manager with Keystone Grain, a special crops processor in Winkler, Man., was expecting sunflower acres to rise significantly this year. “Originally, I had projected Manitoba in the 120,000 acre […] Read more

Weird spring in eastern Man. without floods

I feel odd this year, out-of-kilter, like something’s not quite right. That’s what it’s like to be a southeastern Manitoba agriculture reporter and not have massive floods to cover. Almost every spring for years, I’ve been racing out in April and May to cover destructive flooding along the Red or Assiniboine rivers. Floods can spread […] Read more

Farmers, government clash over flood control measures

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Dan Roy was thinking about his saskatoon berry farm as he rode his horse up the slope last week to look over the water rushing down the Portage Diversion. The farm was devastated by flooding in 2011 when water deliberately released by the provincial government at the Hoop and Holler […] Read more