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Hay shortage in Manitoba Interlake reaches tipping point

MarketsFarm — A state of agricultural emergency has been declared in 12 municipalities, mostly in Manitoba’s Interlake region, due to chronically low hay yields. Drought and grasshoppers have hindered crops to the point that hay production is about 25 to 30 per cent of average. “We’ve moved cows out of pastures because the grasshoppers ate […] Read more

Conditions vary across the Prairies, but some producers are struggling with drought, particularly in Manitoba's Interlake.

Feed Watch: September 2, 2019

A lack of carryover of feed from 2018, combined with another summer of drought, has taken its toll in Manitoba’s Interlake region this year, triggering a declaration of agricultural disaster in 12 municipalities. The RMs of Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake and Woodlands announced the motion in […] Read more


While some producers have seen below-average yields due to dry weather, others are struggling to finish haying in wet conditions. Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Feed Watch: August 19, 2019

As the end of the growing season nears, some producers in Alberta are struggling to finish haying given wet conditions. Meanwhile, producers in other parts of the Prairies would have gladly traded some sunshine for rain this year. Feed Watch will be on hiatus next week, but we’ll be back after the long weekend in […] Read more

Pasture near Hanley, Sask., which was grazed once this year. Rain is needed to replenish topsoil moisture in the region.

Feed Watch: August 12, 2019

Winter is coming and feed is going to be tight for many beef producers. Manitoba Beef Producers and Keystone Agricultural Producers urge Manitoba farmers to list any available hay, straw and alternative feeds they can sell. “Many beef producers have been hard hit by back-to-back dry conditions that have led to diminished pasture and forage […] Read more


Haying is underway in Western Canada.

Feed Watch: August 5, 2019

Many parts of the Prairies were hammered by drought this year, and poor hay yields are reflecting that lack of rain. Saskatchewan producers have given up hope for a second cut, but regrowth has raised expectations for a second cut in some parts of Manitoba. Meanwhile, parts of Alberta and Ontario have seen too much […] Read more

Crop reports stoke hay shortage concerns

MarketsFarm – Rainfall varied across the Prairie provinces during week ended August 2, as concerns of a hay shortage continue. Approximately 39 per cent of the hay crop in Saskatchewan is now baled or stored. While hay quality is 55 per cent good-to-excellent, yields have been well below normal across the province. According to the […] Read more


A producer in northwest Sask. bales ahead of forecasted rain in July.

Feed Watch: July 29, 2019

While rain has boosted pasture growth in recent weeks, it didn’t come early enough for a second cut of hay in Saskatchewan. First cut hay yields are well below normal in Manitoba as well, although there is still some hope for a better second cut. Still, the most recent crop reports reaffirm that most parts […] Read more

Hay and silage day attendees take to the field June 20, 2019, for equipment demonstrations at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives north of Brandon.

Don’t let hot air spoil your silage

Silage expert highlights dry matter and nutrient loss at a recent hay and silage event in Manitoba

If you think you’ve packed that silage enough, pack it again. That’s among the tidbits from John McKinnon of JJM Nutrition Services in Saskatoon as Manitoba farmers prepare for what’s potentially another bad forage year. Late rains, a delayed or even skipped first hay cut, thin stands, frosts and a generally cold spring all have […] Read more


Many regions in Western Canada and Quebec are eligible for livestock tax deferrals due to dry conditions this year.

Feed Watch: July 22, 2019

While rain has generally improved conditions in Western Canada, a hay shortage looms in many regions. On Monday morning, the federal government released its initial list of regions eligible for livestock tax deferrals. The tax deferral allows livestock producers in designated areas to defer some of their 2019 sales to 2020, in order to restock […] Read more

While some producers have seen below-average yields due to dry weather, others are struggling to finish haying in wet conditions. Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.

Prairie hay shortage on horizon

MarketsFarm — While rain across the Prairies has eased concerns of an all-out drought, worries of a hay shortage going into winter haven’t ceased. Darren Chapman, a Virden, Man. producer and chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA), explained that regrowth following the first cut of hay has been strong. First-cut hay crops […] Read more