The Focal Point: Winter 2024 Edition

Welcome to the third edition of the Focal Point, Manitoba Crop Alliance’s (MCA) annual research magazine.
In just two and a half years, our research program has grown exponentially, with the addition of new projects in all crop types, as well as the development of our Whole Farm Research program.

The Fence Post: Fall/Winter 2023

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Table of Contents

 

  • Message from the Chair: Science is science.
  • Message from the CEO: A “New Deal” for Canadian agriculture.
  • What’s new at MCA 
  • Five Questions with Lori-Ann Kaminski
  • Cover: Half a century of tasseling
  • Research & Production
  • Market Development
  • Advocacy
  • MCA Events 
  • Crop Profile Snapshots

The Fence Post: Spring/Summer 2023

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Table of Contents

 

  • Message from the Chair: Farmers, it is time to become engaged.
  • Message from the CEO: Building our future on the dreams of the past.
  • What’s new at MCA 
  • Five Questions with Pam de Rocquigny
  • Cover:Crafted with care
  • 2023 Annual Report Summary
  • Research & Production
  • Market Development
  • Advocacy

The Focal Point: Winter 2023 Edition

Welcome to the third edition of the Focal Point, Manitoba Crop Alliance’s (MCA) annual research magazine.
In just two and a half years, our research program has grown exponentially, with the addition of new projects in all crop types, as well as the development of our Whole Farm Research program.

The Fence Post: Fall/Winter 2022

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Table of Contents

 

  • Message from the Chair: Farmers are resilient 
  • Message from the CEO: Celebrating two years working Stronger Together
  • What’s new at MCA 
  • Five Questions with Darcelle Graham 
  • MCA events 
  • You need people who care: Manitoba’s malt value chain is a labour of love from grain to glass
  • Plant innovation 
  • What is 4R Nutrient Stewardship? 
  • The basics of biologicals
  • Water world
  • A season of transition 
  • New marketing stream in the works for oilseed sunflowers 
  • Connecting consumers to our crops
  • Being a voice for Manitoba farmers

The Fence Post: Spring/Summer 2022

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Table of Contents

 

  • Message from the Chair: There are so many reasons to be optimistic
  • What’s new at MCA
  • The Weed team: Meet the researchers fighting the good fight for farmers
  • Wheat levy delivers
  • Future funding for barley breeding
  • How effective are PGRs?
  • Don’t get caught short
  • Wheat market experiences extreme volatility
  • New initiative aims to champion wheat to Canadian consumers
  • Message from the CEO: We are strengthening our communications program

The Focal Point: Winter 2022 Edition

The second edition of The Focal Point – Manitoba Crop Alliance’s (MCA) research magazine – will be mailed out to members later this month. Building on the research foundation initiated by MCA’s five founding organizations, MCA has established a comprehensive research program to continue to advance the interests and profitability of farmer members.

The Fence Post: November 2021

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Table of Contents

 

  • Report from the CEO’s Office
  • Budgeting for Manitoba Crop Alliance’s 2021-22 fiscal year
  • Grain Marketing Insights
  • Updates from the Flax Council of Canada
  • Sunflower market outlook
  • New crop missions remain as webinars for 2021
  • A lay of the (political) landscape
  • Introducing the new Habitat-Friendly Wheat Ecolabel
  • 4R Nutrient Stewardship in Manitoba
  • Grasshoppers: Tips on identifying, monitoring and managing
  • Making withdrawals from the 2021 soil nutrient bank

The Fence Post: April 2021

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Table of Contents

 

  • Report from the CEO’s Office
  • Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit
  • Advance Payments Program: Manitoba Crop Alliance celebrates 40 years of being administrator in 2021
  • Responsible grain update
  • Call for farmers to participate in Manitoba Crop Alliance Research on the Farm Trial Program for 2021
  • Research on the Farm: Fungicide management of Fusarium head blight
  • Field crop diseases to scout for this season
  • How can I Keep it Clean and help keep markets open for all?
  • Insects to scout for in 2021
  • Whole Farm Research
  • University of Manitoba hires new plant science professor
  • Optimizing benefits of high-priced phosphorus fertilizer

The Focal Point: Spring 2021 Edition

The first edition of The Focal Point – Manitoba Crop Alliance’s (MCA) research magazine – was mailed out to members this month. Building on the research foundation initiated by MCA’s five founding organizations, MCA has established a comprehensive research program to continue to advance the interests and profitability of farmer members. The research program allows for a whole-farm, cross-commodity approach to research that is not crop-specific, such as soil health, pest management and crop rotations.

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