MFGA eBulletin - April 6 2016
Hay Situation & Price Update - April
Alfalfa harvest is underway as prices trend lower in Arizona and California. Fields are greening up in other regions, giving a glimpse of how the hay crop survived winter. Most areas of the country reported adequate to surplus hay and roughage supplies. USDA's latest World Agricultural Outlook Board report provided an update on soil moisture conditions in major and minor hay-producing areas of the United States. As of March 29, about 8 percent of U.S. hay acreage are in areas experiencing drought. Those areas included most of California and portions of Oregon, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, with pockets in Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Read the full article.
Alfalfa Fields Wanted for Manitoba's Hay Day!
If you are growing Alfalfa and want your field included in the Green Gold Program (Optimum Alfalfa Harvest Date) for 2016, contact John McGregor, Hay Day Expert, at john@mfga.net
2016 Census of Agriculture benefits farmers
At the beginning of May 2016, Canadian farm operators will have the chance to take part in a national dialogue. They will receive a letter in the mail with easy to follow instructions on how to complete the Census of Agriculture questionnaire. The Census of Agriculture is the definitive source of community level data, and by drawing on these data, decision makers will know that they are acting in the interests of farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations across Canada. Farm organizations are heavy users of census data and draw on this information when formulating policy requests, producing communication and outreach work, and conducting market research. For more information, please visit the Statistics Canada website:
Red Clover - An alternative to antibiotic growth promoters?
Food has always been used to overcome illness and improve health. Human nutritionists have recently started calling foods with medicinal value functional foods. Now researchers out of Kentucky are looking at legumes for a functional feed, a plant, or plant-based product, which could be used to achieve the same benefit as antibiotic growth promoter.  Read on...
Forages in Rotation
Over the past year there has been a lot of interest from both livestock and grain producers wanting information on including legume forages in short rotation in cropping systems. Research shows that adding legume forages into an annual cropping rotation can be a viable option, providing high quality feed, good yields and reasonable levels of residual soil nitrogen (N) two years after legumes are taken out of a cropping system, providing an alternative way to build soil N. Read on...
Tune-Up or Trade-In and Up to New? Evaluating Your Mower-Conditioner

Most people who consider themselves to be mechanically inclined often struggle with this question.With hay season just around the corner, it's time to look at your mower-conditioner. Regardless of mechanical inclination, the reward for buying new is always updated model features, renewed warranty coverage, and trouble-free operation. If buying new, start by researching the latest models and features then think carefully about how a new machine would fit your operation. Consider taking advantage of a larger model or self-propelled machine. It's important to remember when you up-size your mower-conditioner, up-sizing your supporting equipment such as tedders and hay rakes may also be necessary. 
Industry Articles/Announcements
Manitoba Beef Producers Recent e-Newsletters
Research credits for wheat & barley announced 
The Western Grains Research Foundation has announced that research tax credit rates for producers who contributed to the western wheat and barley check-offs in 2015 are 74 per cent for wheat and 73 per cent for barley. The Canada Revenue Agency determines the annual eligible tax credit under its Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program, which provides producers with the opportunity to get a tax credit for their check-off investments. For more information on claiming this tax credit, consult your accountant or the Canada Revenue Agency directly. More info on the program is available online
Manitoba Farmers' Voice spring edition is out 
Look for the latest edition of the Manitoba Farmers' Voice online. Dairy farmers and creators of Cornell Creme ice cream, Lisa and William Dyck, are profiled as well as KAP updates, annual meeting highlights and pictures, and an article on cover crops.
Access the April 2016 Agri-Digest issue 
Manitoba Open Farm Day Hosts Needed
Sign up to be an Open Farm Day Host by April 30, 2016, and be part of an opportunity to reach new customers! Last year, 37 farms participated and attracted more than 6,500 visitors. Download the flyer or visit their website. Contact: info@openfarmday.ca or 204.727.1852. 
Industry Events
Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District Annual Banquet
Wednesday, April 6 at Elkhorn Elks Hall in Elkhorn, MB
Come out and help us celebrate 20 years with Guest Speaker Gabe Brown. For tickets, call 204-567-3554. Download the poster.
Woodworth Grazing Club AGM AND 
Kenton Co-op Beef Producers Feed Meeting
April 6 at Lenore Hall in Lenore, MB
Schedule: Noon - Lunch;  1:00 - 2015 Financial Report FCL Speaker Co-op; 2:00 - Gabe Brown from Bismarck, North Dakota on soil health, cover crops livestock and pasture management. Everyone Welcome! Please call Michael Thiele at (204) 365-6334 or email mthiele@mymts.net to register. Registration $20.
Stock Piled Grazing Tour at Iain Deans Farm
April 8 in Newdale, MB
Iain Deans at Newdale has started his spring grazing program. Producers interested in how to plan for early stockpile grazing and the good reasons to do it are welcome! We will start at 1:30pm in his yard. Directions: N 1/2 3-16-20. From intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 250 at Newdale head east on Hwy 16 for 2 miles. Turn north for 1/2 mile then east for 1/2 mile. Yard on south side of road. Please RSVP to Michael Thiele at mthiele@mymts.net or cell 365-6334.
AIC 2016: Disseminating Agricultural Research
April 13, 14 in in Winnipeg, MB
A conference that brings together stakeholders involved in, or who make use of agricultural research to discuss issues surrounding the dissemination and utilization of agricultural research. For more information, visit their website.
3-Day Grazing Club Workshop being planned
July 2016 in southwest Manitoba (tentative)
Tentative date & agenda with Ian:  HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT; SOIL IMPROVEMENT; MOB GRAZING; SOIL FERTILITY AND ANIMAL HEALTH; GENETICS; INFRASTRUCTURE. If you are interested in attending, a firm commitment is required by early April. Contact Michael Thiele mthiele@mymts.net or 204-365-6334. Registration will be approximately $500 US, depending on number of producers that register.
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