8:30 AM08:30

Manitoba Hay and Silage Day

June 20, 2019
MBFI Brookdale Farm Site

Hosted by Manitoba Agriculture, Hay and Silage Day is your chance to learn more about harvesting high quality hay and silage, costs of production, feeding baled and chopped silage, along with watching live infield demonstrations with new hay and silage equipment.

Please call Manitoba Agriculture at 204-622-2007 to register ($20/person).


9:45 a.m. The Silage How-to Guide for Livestock Producers 
Ray Bittner, Manitoba Agriculture 

10:15 a.m. Getting a Handle on Feed Costs-Silage vs Hay Cost of Production 
Ben Hamm, Manitoba Agriculture 

10:45 a.m. Managing Silage That Turns Out Less than Ideal 
John McKinnon, JJM Nutrition, Saskatoon, SK 

11:45 p.m. Silage Inoculants: What You Need to Know? 
Derwyn Hammond, Pioneer Hybrid 

12:30 p.m. Lunch - sponsored in part by Pioneer Hybrid 

1:30 p.m. Green Gold Alfalfa Monitoring Program - for optimal forage harvesting 
John McGregor, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association 

1:45 p.m. New Silage and Hay Equipment Demonstrations 
Major Manufacturers 

Download the flyer.

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10:00 AM10:00

The Conservation Districts Tour

Come and see the success stories of Whitemud Watershed Conservation District in their work to protect our soil, water, habitat and climate!

Weds, June 26, 2019
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Starts and ends in Neepawa

Register here by June 5. The cost is $25 (by cheque or invoice) which includes lunch.

The buses will depart at 10:00 AM from Neepawa (location to be confirmed) and will return by about 4:00 PM to the starting point. Tour buses sponsored by Manitoba Conservation Districts Association.

The tour is one day but if you have a long drive, rooms are available at Bay Hill Inns & Suites. Call 204-476-8888 by May 20 and mention the "Conservation Districts Tour" to be placed in our block (at your own cost). Rooms start at $128 plus tax. Another option is Westway Inn Motel, starting at $99: 204-476-2355.

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to Jul 18

Regenerative Farming & Ranching

Offered by the Soil Health Academy

Located at Manitoba Beef and Forages Initiative Learning Center
Junction of Highways 10 and 353
Brandon, Manitoba
(11 miles North of Brandon on #10)

3 Days of In-depth Classroom and Hands-on Field Training

Tuition of $1,275
$200 Discount for Full Time College Students

Michael Thiele

Soil Health Academy has acquired funding to offer scholarships.

Visit their website for more info on the agenda, hotel, scholarship application and more.

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to Jul 17

Natural Systems Agriculture Field Tours

The Natural Systems Agriculture research group has planned three field tours this summer. Join them to see their organic crop and soil management research. All are welcome!

July 16 at the Carman Research Station, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
July 17 at Glenlea Research Station (west side of Highway 75), 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
July 17, Libau, MB, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Directions: 1 km east of highway 59 on Road 84N, 40km north of Winnipeg. Site is on the north side of the road).

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to Nov 15

10th Annual CFGA Conference

Don’t miss 10th annual CFGA conference held Nov. 12-15 in Moncton NB at the Four Points by Sheraton Moncton.

This year the conference, titled “Canadian Forage Production School, Eastern Edition” will give the nation's farmers tools, information, advice, tips and tricks to make the most of their forage and grassland management and production.

The conference leads off with a pre-conference tour on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The tour departs from Moncton and will visit the 223-hectare Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Farm in Nappan, N.S. to look at research on cover crops, late-season grazing and bale grazing. The pre-conference tour will return to New Brunswick for stops at a Sussex-area beef farm before proceeding to Dwayne and Becky Perry’s award-winning dairy farm, Perryhill Farms.

The technical working group also meets Nov. 12 as researchers gather to share knowledge on outcomes of their recent studies on forage and grasslands.

During the main event, Dr. Dan Undersander, expert on forage production, grazing, hay, haylage and silage making and Professor emeritus, agronomy at the College of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Wisconsin, will focus on the topics of harvesting for quality, mowing and drying, chopping and ensiling.

Other featured topics include a focus on corn. Speakers include Chuck Belanger of Maizex Seed Inc. speaking on the topic of corn fertility, Colin Brown of Corteva Agriscience discussing planting and Eric Richter of Syngenta diving into the subject of corn weed control.

Karen Haugen-Kozyra of Virseco Solutions will explain and explore the soil carbon in forage management during the conference as well. Haugen-Kozyra will reiterate the significant carbon sequestration benefits of perennial forage crops.

The export forage sector is on the schedule during the conference, with regions throughout Canada bringing their experience to the Moncton event to let farmers in eastern Canada know about the opportunities that exist for them as well. Among the topics on the agenda, the Peace Region Forage Seed Association will talk about how they've become a global powerhouse in forage seed export, and the Ontario Hay Marketing Co-Operative will discuss rotation options for export forage from Eastern Canada.

The Canadian forage export industry will also be the focus on Friday, Nov. 15 when industry leaders gather to discuss the latest concerns and events in their industry, as well as explore new opportunities.

Watch the CFGA Facebook Page for the launch of the 2019 CFGA Conference Website in the upcoming weeks, as well as CFGA's Twitter account.

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to Nov 20

Regenerative Ag Days & MFGA AGM

MFGA’s Annual Fall Celebration is on the books and Regenerative Agriculture is front and centre! JOIN US for this 1.5 day event:

TUESDAY, NOV 19 (evening)
Victoria Inn, Brandon

Enjoy the camaraderie and company of your colleagues and friends in an informal setting as MFGA hosts our AGM and a small producer panel of experts talking regenerative ag, research, innovation and producer prosperity.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 20 (full day)
Mb Ag Building, Brandon

Learn more about healthy soil, water management, livestock and grain producer prosperity and other important topics from leading experts including renowned feature speaker Dwayne Beck!

Trade Show booths will be limited and welcome.....first come, first booked! For more information, contact: denice@mfga.net


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to Dec 4

44th Conservation Districts Convention

Save the date: the 44th Conservation Districts Convention will be
December 2 - 4, 2019 at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg.

Our members have already booked all of the rooms at Canad Inns Polo Park -- word got around fast! Here is our recommended alternative which is just a 4 minute drive from the convention:

Clarion Hotel & Suites, 1445 Portage Ave
Rooms starting at $145 plus tax
$10 per room per night donated to MCDA
Block of rooms available until October 18
To book, call 1-855-216-6393 and mention this convention.

Other hotels and convention information will be posted at https://mcda.ca/convention-44/

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Sean Goertzen
Executive Director
Manitoba Conservation Districts Association

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4:30 PM16:30

MB Open Farm Day Host Site Registration

Deadline to register for Open Farm Day is Tuesday April 30, 2019 

Click on "Register Your Site" and Scroll down the page and follow the directions!  

SAVE THE DATE FOR OPEN FARM DAY - Sunday September 15, 2019 

Celebrating 10 years of Open Farm Day in Manitoba!

Don't forget to Like and FOLLOW US on Manitoba Open Farm Day Facebook page to become aware of the difference facets of agriculture, learn about ag events being held across the province and to see what our Host Sites have been doing. 

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8:30 AM08:30

Interconnection between Soil, Animal and Human Health!

Come Join Circle H Farms for a day of learning about:
The interconnection between Soil, Animal and Human health!
Steve Campbell of Tailor Made Cattle Co., (Boise, Idaho USA) will present efficient and economically sound ways to improve Soils, Animal and ultimately our own health.

  • Reading the animal to address mineral deficiencies and excesses!

  • What are our forages telling us?

  • Minerals programs can’t be “one size fits all”!

  • What is a Brine and how to mix and use it?

  • Improved function through gut health!                                                                
    WHEN - April 17th, 2019
    COST $30                                                                                                                                                                      
    WHEREMBFI Learning Center                                                                                                                    (11 miles north of Brandon on #10 hwy to #353, Turn East ¼ mile)
    START AT 9AM – 4:30PM
    Please contact to Pre-Register for lunch call/text             
    Brian Harper, 204-724-0936
    EMAIL: harper4@goinet.ca
    8:30 – 9:00am registration
    9:00 – 9:45  Profit hiding in plain sight
    9:45 – 10:00 Break/Questions
    10:15 – 11:15  SOIL, Plant, Animal and Human Health
    11:15 – 11:30  Break / Questions
    11:30 – 12:00 finish SOIL, Plant, Animal and Human Health
    12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
    12:45 – 1:00 Questions
    1:00 – 2:15 Whorls, Swirls and Curls
    2:15- 2:30 Questions
    2:30 – 3:15 Making the brine and use of conditioner
    3:15 – 3:30 Break/ Questions
    3:30 – 4:30 Live animal evaluation

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