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Biosecurity, disease reduction program for commercial Manitoba beekeepers

This aid under the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers might be short lived

It may be a case of use it or lose it for Manitoba’s beekeepers. They’re being urged to apply now for help under a cost-sharing program that’s aimed at commercial beekeepers trying to control diseases which may only be available this year. “There is a maximum of $3,500 in the program,” Rheal Lafreniere, Manitoba Agriculture’s […] Read more


Wheat breeding: Public or private?

Some argue private investment will boost yields, but others note that public breeders have done a pretty good job so far

Making wheat a more competitive crop requires public and private breeder co-operation — and getting a return on investment from farmers buying seed. That was the consensus among panelists discussing wheat breeding at the 3rd Canadian Wheat Symposium in November. “My observation would be that ultimately farmers are going to be paying for this one […] Read more



Manitoba, Canadian farmland values up again in 2015

Farm Credit Canada says the annual percentage increase in farmland values is getting smaller

Manitoba farmland values led the way with the highest average percentage increase in Canada last year, says Farm Credit Canada (FCC). But the pace of increases the last few years here and across Canada is slowing in step with the plateauing of farm cash receipts, and slower drop in interest rates, J.P. Gervais, FCC’s chief […] Read more


Deciding if you should spray canola for blackleg

Longer canola rotations and switching varieties can reduce the need and cost of a fungicide

The best time to spray canola with a fungicide to control blackleg is at the two- to four-leaf stage, but there are things farmers can do to avoid having to spray at all. “Blackleg becomes a greater risk when you have seen blackleg in your field in the past and you’ve seen yield loss,” said […] Read more



man beside a hay-making machine

Quebec haymakers use homemade dryer to improve quality

The Normandins also modified a small hay baler to convert big square bales into small ones

David Normandin and his brother Mathieu preferred driving tractors to milking cows and that’s why they make hay and not milk. The brothers, along with their father Luc and Luc’s partner’s daughter, Audrey Mailloux, operate Norfoin Inc., 57 km southeast of Montreal in the Montérégie region of la belle province. The operation had been a […] Read more


Assets

It was as much luck as good planning that saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars when the Gregorys barn caught fire last July. Now they re warning other farmers to learn their lesson The 9,000 square-foot honey house and storage building that Paul Gregory and his brother Lee and their families owned as part […] Read more



It Was As Much Luck As Good Planning That Saved Them Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars When The Gregorys’ Barn Caught Fire Last July. Now They’re Warning Other Farmers To Learn Their Lesson

The 9,000 square-foot honey house and storage building that Paul Gregory and his brother Lee and their families owned as part of a farm and forage seed business near Fisher Branch, Man., burned to the ground July 15, 2008. Today, they consider themselves lucky. While the metal-clad building and all its contents were destroyed, nobody […] Read more


Covering Your Assets

It was as much luck as good planning that saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars when the Gregorys’ barn caught fire last July. Now they’re warning other farmers to learn their lesson The 9,000 square-foot honey house and storage building that Paul Gregory and his brother Lee and their families owned as part of […] Read more



Case Study –Steppler Farms Ltd.

With four sons who want to keep involved with the farm, the Stepplers are adjusting to five families earning income from one operation. Here’s how they’re meeting the challenges OBJECTIVE Provide opportunities for four sons to get as involved as they want with farming Maybe Andre Steppler is so consumed with cattle because he was […] Read more


Up in the West

The trend line for Manitoba soybean acres is definitely up, especially after the crop s miracle recovery in 2008 It could go from where we are right now to 450,000 acres. Bruce Brolley It s hard to believe that as recently as the mid-1990s, you could drive the length and breadth of Manitoba s Red […] Read more