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Farm Management Resources for Farmers – Manitoba Agriculture

Source: Manitoba Agriculture

With concerns over cash flow and market access for crop commodities, the Farm Management Team with Manitoba Agriculture have put together the following list of resources that could be used by producer applying for a cash advance or concerned/interested about financial management and risks.  The Farm Management Team focused on resources that could assist with increased loan exposure from a production / financial management / and risk management perspectives.

Contact information for Manitoba Agriculture’s Farm Management Specialists can be found here.

Manitoba Agriculture has many other resources available on their web pages here.

Financial Management

Production Economics

Business Risk Management

  • AgriInvest – helps cover small margin declines
  • AgriStability – assists in cases of large margin declines caused by circumstances such as low prices and rising input costs.

2019 Crop Diagnostic School

Attend the 2019 Crop Diagnostic School Hosted by Manitoba Agriculture & the University of Manitoba

The Crop Diagnostic School is designed to refine the diagnostic skills of agronomists and producers involved in field scouting and assessing crop health. This event is organized by Manitoba Agriculture and the University of Manitoba (U of M).

Daily sessions for the 2019 school will be held July 9 to 12 and July 16 to 18 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm (U of M Carman Research Facility), located 1.8 km west of Carman. 

**New for 2019**  A reduced rate for farmers of $50 per person, limited to 15 spots per day.
Please register early to ensure your booking. 

How to Register

Due to the hands-on training nature of this school, enrolment is limited to 75 people per day. To register or for more information, call the Crop Industry Branch at 204-745-5660 in Carman or email


Evaluation of Nitrogen Decision Guides for Fertilizing Corn in Manitoba (Completed 2016)

Manitoba Agriculture nitrogen rate guidelines for corn were developed before 1990 and are out-of-date for current yield levels. Recently NDSU has released N rate guidelines for corn and a number of in-crop scouting measures can be used to assess sufficiency and need for more N. A study was initiated to evaluate a number of N decision guides for suitability in fertilizing corn in Manitoba.  Read the 2016 results here.

4R Fertilizer Management Survey (Completed 2017)

The MCGA funded a 4R Fertilizer Management Survey looking specifically at corn production in Manitoba. Given the prospects for growth in corn production, and the unique aspects of fertilizer management for corn production in Manitoba, it is important to have a strong understanding of fertilizer practices of corn producers. In addition, as fertility management is a prime driver for agronomic outputs, as well as environmental impacts (greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water quality and land use efficiency), it is essential that adequate data is made available.

View information compiled by Morgan Cott, MCGA Field Agronomist & John Heard, Crop Nutrition Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture: Fertilization Practices of Manitoba Corn Growers.

Manitoba Corn Development Program (Completed 2018)

Grain Innovation Hub: Manitoba Corn Development Program
MCGA funding of up to $372,900 + $1,165,000 by GF2 over 5 years

Under this program work in Ottawa by Dr. Lana Reid’s GF2 corn breeding project was validated and complimented by a lot of work done in Manitoba.  Projects include:

1) Corn Breeding Project – for screening of AAFC developed inbreds and test hybrid crosses at several locations in Manitoba, establishment of a Goss’s Wilt screening nursery where hybrids can be challenged with the disease and tested for resistance and where screening methods can be standardized.

2) Corn End Uses Project – Dr. Derek Brewin, (Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba) and Masters student Sabrina Reza studied the implications of changing demand for corn in Manitoba see the article “Forecasting Corn Demand in Manitoba” September 2017 MCGA newsletter for more information.

3) Identification and characterization of the bacterial populations causing Goss’s wilt on Corn in Manitoba.  Dr. Fouad Daayf, (Department of Plant Sciences, University of Manitoba) students and research associates studied the genetics of the Manitoba populations of Goss’s bacterial wilt. They have identified the strain(s) and compared these with other known strains.  Strains were also used to challenge several AAFC inbreds and early hybrid lines to determine the genetics behind corn resistance to the disease. View poster presentation distribution and diversity of the Goss’s Wilt pathogen population here.

4) Corn Physiology for flooding survival –  Dr.Claudio Stasola, (Department of Plant Sciences, University of Manitoba) and students studied the way that plant phytoglobin  expression in corn affects a hybrids ability to withstand flooding and they have identified the mode of action in corn roots.  

Read the full report here.

Manitoba Corn Initiative – Corn Agronomy, Fertility, and Agrometeorology Project (Completed 2018)

Manitoba Corn Initiative – Corn Agronomy, Fertility, and Agrometeorology Project
MCGA funding up to $208,556 + GF2 funding $231,189 over 5 years

Dr. Yvonne Lawley coordinated a team of researchers (Dr. Don Flaten, Dr. Derek Brewin & Dr. Paul Bullock) and students from the University of Manitoba for the corn improvement program co-funded by the Canada-Manitoba Growing Forward 2 funds.  Four masters students graduated throughout the five-year project.  Their results have been published in our newsletters that were mailed directly to MCGA members, including the April/May 2017 MCGA newsletter includes masters grad Patrick Walther’s article “On-Farm Trial: Corn Residue Management for Soybean Production in Manitoba”, in several magazine and newspaper articles “Prairie corn: Agronomics and economicsin the September 2017 Issue of the Corn Guide and Country Guide and through the various Twilight Tours held at the University of Manitoba Research Farm in Carman, MB. 

Here are a few materials that were produced from work done by MCGA funded students under the supervision of Dr. Yvonne Lawley at the University of Manitoba, Disc tillage not the only answer to corn residue, Tillage tools for Corn Residue Management, Managing Phosphorus and Zinc in Corn, Canola before Corn Cropping sequence effects.

The full report can be read here.

Corn Population and Row Spacing

Corn Population and Row Spacing – 2018-2019
MCGA Funding $36,225 + WGRF $36,225 + Cap Ag Action MB $68,040
Dr. Yvonne Lawley, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

Project objectives are to:

  • Create a yield-density model for corn in central Manitoba for common row spacings in Manitoba.
  • Quantify the impact of corn row spacing and population on corn dry down.
  • Identify a targeted range of plant populations to optimize future research integrating fertilizer rates.

Optimum Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Strategies for Modern Corn Hybrids in Manitoba

Optimum Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Strategies for Modern Corn Hybrids in Manitoba – 2017-2020

MCGA funding was provided for soil testing by John Heard in 2017, $106,219 in 2018 & $103,919 in 2019), and Dr. Don Flaten, Department of Soil Sciences, University of Manitoba

This research project is being run concurrently with work by John Heard, Crop Nutrition Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture. Manitoba farmers are planting corn hybrids with much greater yield potential than when the last corn N fertilization trials were conducted by the University of Manitoba almost 35 years ago. Studies in the US have shown that today’s high yielding hybrids are much more efficient than old hybrids with respect to nitrogen use efficiency, i.e. that modern corn hybrids produce more grain per lb of N than old hybrids. This study will test the hypothesis that similar improvements in nitrogen use efficiency have reduced the N requirements per bushel of grain yield for modern corn hybrids grown in Manitoba.

Read the interim report, including preliminary data from 2018, here.

View the poster highlighting the preliminary results below:

Past results are also available, including work with John Heard, Crop Nutrition Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Curtis Cavers, Research Agronomist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada out of Portage la Prairie. Click on the links if you missed their talk at CropConnect 2018 – (CropConnect Talk on Corn N) or if you want another look at the Research Results Poster that John put together (Nitrogen for Manitoba Corn: Rates and Splits).