Manitoba Forage & Grassland eBulletin
March 19, 2015

Farewell to our Executive Director, Wanda McFadyen

At the end of March, Wanda McFadyen is stepping down from her position as Executive Director of Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association to become more engaged in the family business. 

   Wanda brought to MFGA an incredible knowledge of all the people in agriculture in Manitoba, and beyond. She always knew what was happening and how our goals could connect to the work of others. She has been an important part of our ongoing work to rebrand and restructure MFGA. We have appreciated her knowledge and expertise and will miss her. 

   Wanda has assured us that she will use her remaining time throughout March to facilitate a smooth transition of our current activities and open files to an interim group while we look for a new E.D. This is an important time for MFGA with many new and exciting activities in "the works". We wish Wanda every success in her new adventures, and I'm sure we'll continue to "cross paths with her."

   Thank you, Wanda.

Jim Lintott, Chairman, MFGA

Establishing a New Pasture

There are a number of reasons for establishing a new pasture. Some of these include the need to replace an existing pasture that is no longer productive or the rotation of an annual crop field to a pasture because additional grazing is required. An existing pasture that is not very productive may respond to the application of fertilizer or an over seeding of forage seed, but the response may not be nearly as significant or long term as reseeding and getting productive species established in the field. When planning to seed new pastures there are a few questions that you should ask yourself before actually starting the process.

4 Steps to Ensuring Forage Stand Success

For a great alfalfa field, you need successful stand establishment. This starts with proper site selection and seedbed preparation. When a forage stand fails, it's expensive. It costs more money to reseed the stand and results in lost production. 

Before planting alfalfa, grass, or other forages this spring, there are 4 key steps needed to provide the best chance for successful establishment.

REGISTER NOW to receive 2015 Green Gold Reports (Alfalfa Scissor Clipping Project)

The first cut typically produces more forage than any other cut. Knowing the forage quality decline of an area helps develop a trend for producers to judge how the current season is shaping up and when to start the first cut on their farms. Since sampling is real-time, the effect of weather conditions on quality is accurately reflected in the results. For 2015, MFGA will again be expanding the program by inviting more forage growers to participate and submit samples from their farms. 

Producers growing alfalfa who would like to participate and those wishing to receive the timely reports should contact John McGregor at

Industry Events 

VIDEO: New Holland Relative Feed Value System

New Holland unveils the latest innovation in Large Square Baling. The new CropRFV Relative Feed Value system for BigBaler 230/330 or 340 Large Square Balers.  

Watch this promotional video to learn more.


Focus on Safety During Calving Season

MFGA on the Move
MFGA has been 
"on the move" in March working with various organizations for the benefit of our producers:
- Manitoba Eco-Sites Conference call
- MFGA Board Meeting 
- Prairie Improvement Network (PIN) Annual Meeting 
- Agriculture Awareness Day at the Leg

Choose the right hay conditioning system for fast drydown

Fast drydown is the key to good haymaking. New Holland's DiscbineŽ disc mower-conditioners offer conditioning systems designed to do just that. With the right conditioning system, you'll harvest crops more quickly and produce more nutritious, high-value feed. 

   Choose the gentle conditioning of rubber chevron-intermeshing rolls that save the delicate leaves, steel chevron-intermeshing rolls for winter forage or long-stem and cane grasses, or New Holland's LeaningEdge™ flail conditioning system for fast drying of grass hay. For more information, see your New Holland dealer, the hay and forage experts.  

MASC AgriInsurance Coverage - Deadline March 31

In 2014, the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) introduced a suite of new forage options to it's AgriInsurance programming. Livestock and hay producers may select between:
Basic Hay Insurance: provides low cost coverage for production shortfalls on all acres of eligible hay types.
Select Hay Insurance: maximum protection for production shortfalls or quality losses.
MASC also offers optional coverage specific to forages: 
The Enhanced Quality Option is available to alfalfa growers that strive to grow high quality alfalfa. 
The Harvest Flood Option provides coverage on coarse hay if a producer is unable to harvest due to wet conditions at harvest time.
The Hay Disaster Benefit provides increased claim payments to producers enrolled in Select Hay Insurance or Basic Hay Insurance when there is a severe disaster.
Read more detail on MASC's Insurance Options for Forages or visit

Manitoba Celebrates 11th Annual Agriculture Awareness Day

MFGA Vice Chair Henry Nelson and Chair Jim Lintott attend Ag Days
An excerpt from the Manitoba News Release
   Manitoba's farmers and food processors are using new and sometimes unexpected technologies in their businesses to create opportunities for sustainable growth, which Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn highlighted at the 11th annual Agriculture Awareness Day.
   "Manitoba's agriculture sector is soaring to new heights, which is the theme of today's celebration," said Minister Kostyshyn.  "We are highlighting the creativity, innovation and adaptability of our province's farmers, food processors and many others who are turning ideas into opportunities."
   Canadian Prairie Garden Purees, located in Portage la Prairie, uses a new processing technique to transform fresh Manitoba-grown produce into healthy, preservative-free purees that are sold to consumers and other food processors.  As recent winners of the Manitoba Food Processors Association's Manitoba TASTE Award for best new product, CEO Kelly Beaulieu spoke about what it takes to turn an innovative idea into a successful business.
   "Bringing innovation from concept to a commercial world-class business is ?tremendously hard work but we have had some wonderful people who got behind our dream and helped us achieve it," said Beaulieu.  "We have had the critical supports we needed, including advice, seed funding and encouragement, to achieve success.  Our company is achieving international recognition, which is proof Manitoba can compete in the global business arena."
   Three Manitoba chefs participated in a friendly competition at today's event to create a new dessert using at least one of these purees.  The participating chefs were Justin Bohemier, Brad Gray and MJ Feeke, who was represented by Natasha Hudek and Amirah Mansilla.
   An aerial drone was also on display during the event to highlight how this technology can be used on Manitoba farms.  Drones can give farmers a birds-eye view of field conditions, crop development and their livestock herds.
   "Whether it's auto-steer and GPS guidance that help us farm more efficiently, or new monitoring technology like drones that give us real-time data about our crops, farmers are always eager to adopt new technology and innovative practices to benefit our operations," said Dan Mazier, president, Keystone Agricultural Producers.  "We also know that a strong food-processing industry in Manitoba is an important market for our crops, fruits and vegetables, and livestock.  Farmers love to see companies like Canadian Prairie Garden Purees finding success through innovation."
   The minister noted there are many opportunities throughout the year to learn more about agriculture and connect with farmers.  Host farms are currently being recruited for Open Farm Day, an annual event which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20.  More information will be posted at in the coming months.
   In 2005, a unanimous all-party resolution was passed by the legislative assembly to create an annual Agriculture Awareness Day to promote greater awareness of the contributions agriculture makes to this province and the important role the agriculture industry plays as a key driver of the Manitoba economy.   Last year, the Manitoba government also introduced legislation to formalize the recognition of Agriculture Awareness Day as part of the Farm and Food Awareness Act.
   For more information on Manitoba's agricultural programs and services, follow the Twitter account at For more information about Canadian Prairie Garden Purees, visit

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