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Guides

Serial Publications

Agricultural Climate of Manitoba

Agricultural Climate of Manitoba
Online version

This publication is a reference tool for agricultural producers and agribusiness. Using a series of maps, it describes the agricultural climate of Manitoba, based on the climate in the region over a 60-year period (1929 to 1988).

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Climatic Information for Potatoes in Manitoba

Climatic Information for Potatoes in Manitoba 
Online version

 

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Corn Production in Manitoba

Corn Production in Manitoba

The Corn Production in Manitoba manual has been updated! This 67-page booklet covers basic agronomic information for corn production in Manitoba. The main sections in the manual include how a corn plant grows, choosing a corn hybrid, soil nutrition and fertilizers, seed bed preparation, weed control, diseases and disorders of corn, insects in corn, troubleshooting, harvesting and storage of grain corn, corn stover and silage production, marketing grain corn, new uses for corn, and cost of corn production. This revised edition also includes full-colour photos to help in identifying problems that may affect corn crops.

Pages: 67
Price: depends on quantity required
Available from:
Manitoba Corn Growers Association
Box 188
Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0
Phone: 204-745-6661

Field Crop Production Guide

Field Crop Production Guide

The Field Crop Production Guide published by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Devlopment offers current production information on Manitoba crops such as barley, oats, rye, triticale, wheat, canola, flax, sunflowers, fababeans, field beans, field peas, lentils, forage crops, buckwheat, canary seed, caraway, coriander, corn, mustard, soybeans and some of Manitoba's newest crops such as amaranth, azuki bean, borage, chickpea, dill seed, fenugreek, lathyrus, lupin, mung bean, proso millet, quinoa, safflower and spelt.

This glove compartment-sized guide contains a wealth of information on everything from field selection to seeding rates, depths, fertilizer recommendations and harvesting tips for Manitoba farmers.

Pages: 90
Price: Free
Available from:
MAFRD GO Teams Offices and Centres
MAFRD Publications

Field Scouting Guide

Field Scouting Guide

This guide features more than 100 colour photos and descriptions of 23 insects, 30 diseases and 18 weeds common to western Canada. Information is provided on host crops, biology, scouting techniques, economic thresholds and control tips.

"The Field Scouting Guide is designed to assist growers and agronomists in making pest management decisions. These decisions must be based on accurate information which can only be obtained through effective field scouting. This book is a guide to the first steps in integrated pest management. Integrated pest management is a comprehensive approach to managing pests and will enable growers to lower the cost of production and increase farm net income." — Introduction from the Field Scouting Guide

Price: $25.00, including tax and shipping
Available from:
Food Development Centre
Box 1240
810 Phillips Street
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 3J9
Phone: 204-239-3150
Fax: 204-239-3180

Guide to Field Crop Protection

Guide to Field Crop Protection 

The Guide to Crop Protection provides information on the use of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides for control of weeds, plant diseases and insects. This publication is only a guide. Always refer to the product label for application details and precautions.

 

Pages: 577
Price: $9.82 (including GST)
Available from:
MAFRD GO Offices and Centres
or
Crop Industry Branch
Carman, Manitoba
Phone: 204-745-5662

A Guide to Management Intensive Grazing

Guide to Management Intensive Grazing 

The guide offers information for understanding animal grazing, plant growth, methods of improving pasture productivity, altering livestock distribution patterns and how to set up a management intensive grazing system. The Guide to Management Intensive Grazing is a valuable reference tool that can be used in the planning and development stages of a grazing system for any type of livestock. Published by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development it is the first step in developing a top notch grazing system to meet the production goals of tomorrow.

Pages: 29
Price: Free
Available from:
MAFRD GO Offices and Centres
MAFRD Publications

Land Use Planning for Livestock Development

Land Use Planning for Livestock Development 
Online Version

Recent changes to The Planning Act will influence the direction of agricultural development in Manitoba, especially development of the livestock industry. This four-page fact sheet highlights some of the changes in The Planning Act and outlines how you can represent agriculture during development of local land use plans.

The role of government and producer roles are outlined in this fact sheet. Specific topics include:

  • Livestock Operation Policy
  • Conditional Use and Technical Review
  • Non-Conforming Use or Building
  • Variances
  • Transition Period

See also Land Use Planning for Agriculture

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Producing the World's Finest Hay Products: Manitoba, Canada



This four-page colour brochure was produced as a marketing tool to highlight Manitoba's quality hay products to the rest of the world.

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The Manitoba Soil Fertility Guide

 

Manitoba Soil Fertility Guide 
Online Version

  

The Manitoba Soil Fertility Guide (revised March 2007) is a 74-page booklet that provides comprehensive information on soil fertility recommendations for Manitoba.The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of soil fertility practices in Manitoba and general fertilizer use considerations.

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Safeguard Your Supply of Anhydrous Ammonia: Help prevent crystal meth production 

 
 
 
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Soil Management Guide

Soil Management Guide

 
Online version

This guide focuses on three principles:

  • Keeping the soil in place by reducing tillage practices
  • Maintaining or improving soil quality parameters, such as organic matter, bulk density, earthworms and desirable soil structure
  • Managing and protecting water supplies

Featured Chapters

  1. Understanding the Soil Landscapes in Manitoba
  2. Using Soil Survey Information
  3. Water Use and Moisture Management
  4. Nutrient Management
  5. Soil Salinity
  6. Drainage Management
  7. Soil Erosion Tillage, Organic Matter and Crop Residue Management
  8. Soil Compaction
  9. Soils Information for Planning Purposes
  10. Greenhouse Gases in Agriculture
  11. Other Applications of Soils Information
  12. Summary
  13. References
  14. Glossary
  15. Appendices
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Tri-Provincial Manure Application and Use Guidelines, Manitoba Version

Tri-Provincial Manure Application and Use Guidelines, Manitoba Version 
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The goal of Tri-Provincial Manure Application and Use Guidelines is to provide a set of recommended practices, supported by science-based information, to help ensure the sustainable use of manure as a fertilizer across the Prairie region.

Topics addressed in the guidelines include:

  • Understanding manure
  • Soil sampling and analysis
  • Manure sampling and analysis
  • Understanding soil and manure test reports
  • Calculating manure application rates
  • Manure application equipment
  • Manure and the protection of water, air and soil
  • Recordkeeping
  • Unit Conversion Table and a Quick Look-up Conversion Table for manure
  • Worksheets for calculating manure application rates (solid/liquid, metric/imperial)
  • Methods for calibrating manure applicators and sample calculations (solid/liquid, metric/imperial)
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Urban Guide to Weed Control

 
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Pages: 8
Price: Free

Available from:
MAFRD GO Offices and Centres
MAFRD Publications

or

Online

Weed Control for Non-Crop Areas

Weed Control for Non-Crop Areas 
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Weed Control in Landscape and Turf Areas

Weed Control in Landscape and Turf Areas 
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Weed Seedling Identification Guide

Weed Seedling Identification Guide

Correct weed identification is crucial when choosing in-crop herbicide options.This guide is unique by offering weed identification early in the season when it is more difficult to tell small seedlings apart.The Weed Seedling Identification Guide is handy to have early in the year to make timely decisions on herbicide choices based on which weeds are present.

This guide features 58 photographs and descriptions of broadleaf and grassy weed seedlings common to Manitoba. Broadleaf weeds are grouped according to cotyledon shape and a description of true leaves and other plant characteristics is included.Information is provided on identifying features such as auricles and ligules on grassy weeds.

Pages: 25
Price: Free
Available from:
MAFRD GO Offices and Centres
MAFRD Publications

Serial Publications

Seed Manitoba

 


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This guide is compliments of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Manitoba Seed Grower's Association and the Manitoba Co-operator. Seed Manitoba is an unbiased source of information on how seed varieties performed in trials under a variety of soil and weather conditions. The data was collected from several sites across Manitoba. New varieties are listed along with characteristics of all varieties tested. This easy-to-follow guide also includes a list of seed vendors in Manitoba.

 

Pages: 130
Price: Free

Available from:
MAFRD GO Offices and Centres
MAFRD Publications

or

Online

Yield Manitoba



 
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Yield Manitoba is an annual publication of the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC).

The publication features yield information by crop variety as well as agroclimatic maps and a variety of other statistical information.

Topics include

  • MASC Risk Area Map
  • Variety Yield Tables
  • Agroclimatic Maps
  • Percent of Normal Accumulation of Corn Heat Units
  • Total Accumulation of Corn Heat Units
  • Normal Accumulation of Corn Heat Units
  • Percent of Normal Accumulation of Growing Degree Days
  • Total Accumulation of Growing Degree Days
  • Normal Accumulation of Growing Degree Days
  • Percent of Normal Accumulation of Precipitation
  • Total Accumulation of Precipitation
  • Normal Accumulation of Precipitation
  • Weather Stations Used for the Maps

Available from:
Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation
or

Online

 

 

Commercial Strawberry Production on the Prairies

Fruit Crop Guides

This book provides information about how to start and maintain a commercial strawberry planting, what cultivars are available, what equipment is needed and what food safety guidelines have to be implemented. Colour photos show the common diseases and pests that could affect your commercial strawberry crop. An extensive resource section points you to a wealth of information about strawberry production.

Pages: 106
Price: $20.00 (Cheque or money order, payable to the Prairie Fruit Growers Association)
Available from:
MAFRD Crops Knowledge Centre
Box 1149
Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0
Phone: 204-745-5660

Fruit Crop Insect Guide

Fruit Crop Insect Guide

This full-colour, spiral-bound booklet serves as a means to identify the majority of pests that affect small fruit crops including strawberry, raspberry, saskatoon and chokecherry. Some of the pests are specific to the Canadian Prairies but many of the pests included are found across North America. Identification of pest insects is aided by excellent pictures. Relevant text information includes life cycles, host plants, economic thresholds and more.

Pages: 54
Price: PFGA Members - $10
Non-Members - $12
(Prices include tax and shipping)
Make cheque payable to Prairie Fruit Growers Association
Available from:
MAFRD Crops Knowledge Centre
Box 1149
Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0
Phone: 204-745-5660


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