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Nationwide co-op to buy lambs this fall

The Canadian Lamb Producers Co-operative is ready to launch. Notices have been sent out to lamb producers, who have until Aug. 6 to sign a 36-month production agreement committing them to sell a minimum of 25 lambs each year, buy a $500 share, and pay a one-time $35 per head fee for each lamb they […] Read more

Grasshopper today’s top pest issue in Manitoba

Weird weather appears to putting the lie to the age-old assertion that on the Prairies, you get either grasshoppers or mosquitoes, but never both. In scattered pockets around the province, young hoppers are boiling underneath the grass canopy even as hordes of mosquitoes hover above creating misery for man, bird and beast. “Currently, the biggest […] Read more

Weather impact info now on the AIR

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has created a new application Canadians can access over the Internet to report on how weather and climate conditions affect their farm operations. “It allows a producer to provide their story to us,” said Trevor Hadwen, an AAFC agroclimate specialist based in Regina. The Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) is an […] Read more

Hog sector aims to head off PED at pass

Keeping a newly emerging swine disease out of Canada will require a team effort, according to the Manitoba Pork Council’s point man on the issue. That means truckers, gathering yards and farmers need to work together to make sure porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), a virus spread by fecal matter, isn’t given a free ride into […] Read more

Winter wheat hit hard in southwestern Man.

One of the first casualties of this spring’s unusually cold weather appears to be the winter wheat crop in Manitoba’s southwest. The recently-released crop report, compiled by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Iniatives staff across the province, says winter wheat however continues to struggle, with poor winter survival being reported across much of the southwest […] Read more

More farmers say they suspect resistant weeds are in their fields

New survey says 43 per cent of farmers now believe they have herbicide-resistant weeds, 
but the number who report using more than one mode of action is falling

Reading Time: 3 minutes More Canadian farmers are reporting herbicide-resistant weeds, according to a new poll. Nearly two-thirds of the 500 farmers surveyed in a poll conducted for BASF Canada said weeds in their fields are getting tougher to control, and 43 per cent said they suspect they have weeds resistant to herbicides. In a similar poll conducted a […] Read more

BIXS carcass data available

Some ranchers are getting a taste of what national traceability system has to offer in terms of finished beef

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you shipped age-verified calves that were slaughtered at one of the major plants in Canada after May 2010, there may be some interesting information waiting for you online. “There’s two million records in the system, so there’s a good chance you’ll have some in there,” said Marlin Beever, a rancher from Rivers, Man. who […] Read more

Website offers ‘sober second thought’for pinpointingcanola problems

Diagnostics A new online tool extends users’ reach beyond their own experience when troubleshooting canola problems

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canola growers and agronomists have a new online tool for diagnosing problems in their crops. “Often symptoms will look similar for a number of different problems,” said Jay Whetter, communications manager for the Canadian Canola Council. “You’ll go into a field and it will look like something you’ve seen before. You’ll go, ‘I know what […] Read more

Tiny seeds, big headaches

Precision seeding Looking for the perfect row-crop planter for canola? Do your homework first, say the experts

Reading Time: 4 minutes Canola seeds may be tiny, but they don’t come cheap. That’s prompted more farmers to use row-crop precision seeders in order to get more bang for their buck. There are many row-crop seeders on the market, but the problem is none of them do a perfect job, said Frank Prince, a Pipestone, Man. farmer who […] Read more