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Crop Report 2017-08-08 | Manitoba Agriculture | Province of Manitoba

Moderate to hot weather from past weeks has advanced crops, but also caused some injury in canola.Rainfall occurred throughout the province, but in many areas more is still needed.Harvest has begun in winter cereals and field peas with good yields and quality reported.Insect monitoring is on-going in many crops, but disease incidence remains low.Haying continues, but in dry areas re-growth …

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Can’t hide forever in Costa Rica – Winnipeg Free Press

Premier Brian Pallister may be running, but he will not be able to hide from the mess he continues to make for himself. Remarkably, Pallister has been incommunicado for more than a week after new details of his leisurely vacation work ethic were revealed by a freedom of information request filed by the opposition New Democrats. Email and telephone records …

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When times get tough not the time to cut back production says Dr. John Carr

By Harry Siemens – Earlier this year, Andrew Dickson, general manager of Manitoba Pork cautioned hog farmers it would be very critical how hog producers tend to both ends of their business, inputs, sales, and of course management from sow to finish, depending at when they sell their pigs. Dickson said producers must make sure they have a margin in there …

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Interview with president Hank Wall – Tomorrow’s Technology Today – VALLEY FIBER DIFFERENCE

Valley Fiber was founded on the principle that “it’s not good enough”. We are delivering dedicated strands of Fiber to homes and businesses across southern Manitoba. Valley Fiber will also deliver a full Tier 2 Data Exchange to Winkler, MB. Our partnerships to date include SHAW, MB Hydro Telecom, ViaWest, Vertiv Power Solutions, and more every day the project moves …

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Fastest Internet coming to Winkler and Southern Manitoba

Harry Siemens –  Valley Fiber’s plan to bring the fastest Internet on the planet to Winkler broke ground recently and is excited about hooking up the first customer soon.  is breaking ground. As a proof of concept, the Rosebrook development north of the city will be first in line for 1,000 MB/s underground fiber optic Internet. It doesn’t stop there. …

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I need faster Internet – Valley Fiber

Siemens Says – I embraced technology early in my life thinking it was 1982 when I bought my first Osborne computer, a tiny five-inch screen, green in colour, two floppy disk drives 187,000 kb, and no ram or memory. Price tagged, about $3,500 after I paid the duty and exchange on my Canadian greenback because I had to buy it in …

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Hal Anderson, CJOB 680 with Jake from Elie and Harry Siemens talking crops and career

Hal Anderson weekends of CJOB 680 in Winnipeg, MB speaks with Jake from the Hutterite Colony south of Elie, MB and Harry Siemens, Farm Advocate and Journalist talking crops and career.

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How interest rates affect the exchange rate and hog producers bottom line

By Harry Siemens – Tyler Fulton, the Director of Risk Management with h@ms Marketing Services said two financial components, interest rates and the exchange rate between the Canadian and U.S. dollars are critical in the Canadian hog producers’ bottom line. “I think that’s largely the focus of producers right now is the effect that interest rate changes have had on the …

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Biosecurity key to gaining control of Manitoba PED outbreak

By Harry Siemens, Dr. Egan Brockhoff‏ says Biosecurity can fall apart in many ways. Sharing washing equipment between barns risks moving pathogens from barn to barn! Dr. Egan Brockhoff, the Veterinary Council of the Canadian Pork Council said there’s a great group of people working together in a cooperative way to help control and manage this outbreak.   Pigs pic …

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There is life after PED virus says Dr. John Carr

Harry Siemens – A parity 1 litter surviving with parity 3 colostrum administered within 6 hours of birth. The farm team is broken up into different departments with no interaction allowed between the guys until they resolve PED problem. The first piglets living to 10 days!   Dr. John Carr, an international livestock consultant, and a veterinarian had fought the war …

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Crops need rain

Harry Siemens – How things change so very quickly when talking about the weather in Manitoba. In preparation for this column, I sent out several tweets to hear from farmers how their crops are doing. As I sat down to write this, weather warnings and heat and we all know how hot it is out there. There’s been an absence of …

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Feeder cattle thrive on natural supplements

Harry Siemens – Fast forward to MacGregor, MB where Harold Unrau of HU Livestock, distributor of Boviglo, sold his share in a 12,000 head feedlot to his brother Norm. He now sells and promotes a relatively new product designed to improve an animal’s overall digestion, blood, gut, and alertness with good results. A pen of calves on Boviglo Harold Unrau with …

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Higher U.S. hog numbers expected to result in lower market hog prices

Harry Siemens – h@ms is a hog marketing service provider representing Manitoba and Saskatchewan producers and put out a regular Hams Market Commentary. On August 3, the Ham’s Market Commentary said they sold 5,500 hogs on Wednesday, selling in the range of $187 to $189 per CKG. The daily exchange rate at 1.256. Canadian dollars currently trading at .739 cents U.S. …

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PC Trade critic, Gerry Ritz talks crops, Churchill, and trade…

Former ag minister Gerry Ritz, now the opposition trade critic talks about the crop in his area in Saskatchewan, response to a Port of Churchill Twitter storm, and trade as he sees it going forward for Canada. PS: Thanks Gerry for the five years of marketing freedom for western Canadian farmers. Aug 1, 2012.

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MP Chair George Matheson outlines important issues

Harry Siemens – “I would say three of the main subjects discussed were trade and labor, the environment, and our social responsibilities for pork because of the current situation in with PED virus,” said George Matheson in their meeting with Agriculture Minister Ralf Eichler and other provincial commodity groups. Representatives of Manitoba Pork took part in a commodity groups meeting …

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A dear friend passes on..

Today I comment with sadness as my good friend Jake passed away July 28. Jake Wohlgemuth wasn’t only my good friend, but a good friend of the farming communities both in southeast Manitoba and Swan River. His son Randy, my first paid client as a professional speaker back in 1986 gave me the opportunity to speak to his clients and …

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PEDv prevention: Biosecurity up to the barn door

By Harry Siemens – Manitoba Pork said it cannot be stressed enough Biosecurity is critical in keeping PEDv out of pig operations and away from producer pigs. “Ensuring that PEDv doesn’t ‘walk’ into your barn is essential. Some items to keep in mind as you review your biosecurity protocols: Put a barrier up at the end of your driveway. This keeps …

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Optimism rising in the dry bean world

Harry Siemens – The dry bean industry in Manitoba, western Canada and beyond isn’t big by any stretch of the imagination, but continues to be a significant niche market for farmers. “If you are involved in production or marketing of dry edible beans, have a vested interest or are wanting to cultivate relationships with dry bean growers consider signing up with …

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