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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


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

Forage consisting of small grains and cover crops could pose a risk of nitrate toxicity.

Nitrate toxicity poses risk to cattle

Dry and cool conditions can cause issues when using annual crops as forage and fodder

Haying and grazing season is underway and due to dry conditions more of the forage supply is consisting of small grains and cover crops. Although these crops offer flexibility in cropping systems and a great source of livestock feed, they could pose a risk of nitrate toxicity, according to Janna Block, livestock systems specialist at […] 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

Mogulones crucifer root weevil on houndstongue. This root weevil has been highly successful in 
controlling houndstongue in British Columbia.

Using insects to control invasive weeds on pasture

Houndstongue biocontrol project in B.C. has been highly successful

Once invasive plants reach a point of domination, elimination is generally not feasible. Land managers sometimes turn to biologic control, a last resort for reducing a widespread weed’s populations to below an economic or environmental damage threshold. Eradicating the weed may be impossible, but biocontrol agents may reduce it to manageable levels. Since 1951, 82 […] Read more





Hay in the swath in northwestern Saskatchewan.

Feed Watch: July 8, 2019

A dry spring has robbed many Prairie producers of first cut hay yields and lowered carrying capacity on pastures. Still, rain improved pasture conditions in many areas and some producers are cutting poor hay fields to encourage regrowth for a second cut. Overall hay growth and pasture looks better in Alberta than Saskatchewan and Manitoba. […] Read more

Pasture conditions in Bruce County, Ontario, are excellent. Photo: Tom Cunningham

Feed Watch: July 1, 2019

A look at forage, pasture and feed conditions across the Prairies and Ontario

While dry weather has dominated the Prairies until recently, Ontario producers have received too much rain and not enough sunshine. “We’re trying to get some hay off,” said cow-calf producer Tom Cunningham as it rained outside on the Friday before the July long weekend. Cunningham farms north of Wiarton, Ontario, in Bruce County. Cunningham estimated […] Read more