MFGA eBulletin - March 2 2016
Hay Situation & Price Update - February
Each month John McGregor, MFGA Hay Expert, surveys MAFRD forage staff and some of the forage producers and industry personnel to get their impression of hay prices and the hay situation. Since the last update in January the continued mild temperatures throughout January and February has continued to lower the demand for hay. Read John's full report here.
Effective Frost-Seeding
The time of the year when frost-seeding is most effective will be here before long. This method can be used to renovate pastures, improve forage stands, or alter the species mix within a pasture by broadcast seeding when the soil is already frozen or subject to frosts. Frost-seeding offers several potential advantages when properly implemented, including: establishment of forage in undisturbed sod, reduced labor, energy and cash expense compared to conventional tillage methods, the ability to establish forages with minimal equipment investment, and little, if any, "non-grazing" period. Learn more about the benefits and risks of frost-seeding.
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Wanted: forage growers willing to submit samples for the 2016 Green Gold Program
Don't miss your chance to show support of the Green Gold program! For 21 years, the Green Gold program has put forage quality up front for alfalfa producers during the spring growing season - a time when forage quality is especially difficult to assess. This increased awareness of forage quality is significant because 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. The program now covers alfalfa development in the north and south areas of the Eastern, Central and Western areas of the province. For 2016, MFGA would like to invite forage growers to participate in the program and submit samples from their farms. To participate and to receive the timely reports, contact John McGregor, Green Gold Program Coordinator at john@mfga.net
Cellular RTK Correction Signal
With the introduction of PLMâ„¢ RTK+, New Holland is the first major original equipment manufacturer to offer a proprietary cellular RTK correction network. PLM RTK+ provides a cellular-delivered RTK correction signal, and is available to producers in the United States and Canada through a subscription at participating New Holland dealers. For producers who depend on precision farming technology, the new PLM RTK+ offers a number of benefits. The signal is available and consistent with sub-inch accuracy anywhere within the network. There are no line shifts between bases as with traditional single base or stand-alone stations. And, there are no line-of-sight limitations that occur with radio correction. Trees, valleys, hills, buildings and other obstructions are not a problem. 
Industry Events
Grazing Club Event: Cover Crops and Livestock Water Systems Tech Day
Thursday, March 3 in Brandon
Kevin Elmy will speak on cover crops: goal setting, species selection, species adaptation, blend design Carl Driedger will speak on livestock watering systems. Some do's and don'ts that will help in purchasing systems and proper setup. Registration $25 and Includes lunch. RSVP to Michael Thiele mthiele@mymts.net or 204 365 6334 cell.
Manitoba Sheep Association AGM
Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg - Airport West
If you are planning on attending and would like to stay over the night before or after if booked by Feb 19th under the code SHA the room rate is $119.99. This covers the days March 4th to 6th. Call 1-800-665-0352 to book your rooms. Please register with at mb@mbsheep.ca. For more details, go here.
FCC Farm Forum 
Tuesday, March 8 in Winnipeg, MB
Held at the Victoria Inn, this forum is an opportunity for producers to learn and re-energize from motivational speakers, and to network. This year's speakers are business icon Arlene Dickinson, Olympic gold medalist John Montgomery and former NHL player Ryan Walter. 
Plant Mineral Nutrition & Crop Diseases
March 9 & 10, in Morden, MB
This is a 2 day workshop with Dr. Don Huber and Dr. George Kindness. Book your room at: Quality Inn - Winkler, Manitoba 1-866-368-4716. RSVP to Michael Thiele 204 365 6334 or mthiele@mymts.net before March 6.
The Farm Labour Shortage: Growing the AgriWorkforce Summit
March 14 & 16, in Winnipeg, MB
This national summit is presented by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council. If you're a farm employer, a member of an ag association or commodity group, an employer in the processing sector, or a member of government/education institute, this conference is for you. It will be an opportunity to discuss ag labour issues, including finding and keeping domestic workers and using temporary foreign worker programs. More info and registration.
New Forage Varieties Webinar
March 23 at 8:00 pm in Manitoba
The forage breeding program at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre is aimed at improvement of crops such as alfalfa, sainfoin, cicer milkvetch, orchardgrass, and giant wild rye. Join this free webinar to learn more about the success stories of some of these crops, consequent impacts, and how you can utilize them on your operation. Register here.
Drone Workshop 
Saturday, April 2 at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, MB
For details on this workshop, download the poster.
AIC 2016: Disseminating Agricultural Research in Winnipeg, MB
April 13, 14 in Ottawa, ON
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. 


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