Many producers harvested straw in 2020 after strong prices in 2019.

Straw market stabilizes with decent wheat crop

Prices for straw have also been driven up by demand for straw as a feed for dairy cattle

Reading Time: 2 minutes After reaching untold heights in 2019, more wheat acres this year means the price of straw has stabilized at much lower levels. These cheaper prices — which in some areas are half those experienced last year — are a relief for farmers, particularly those using straw for both bedding and as a component in cattle […] Read more

Manitoba to open more Crown lands to haying, grazing

Province now taking requests for permits

Reading Time: < 1 minute Manitoba livestock producers up against dry conditions can now apply for temporary passes to get onto Crown land not normally designated for grazing or haying. The province announced Friday it will make such lands available this year for agricultural use “under certain circumstances.” Permits and land uses will be handled through the Agricultural Crown Lands […] Read more

VIDEO: First cut hay in full swing, be sure to replenish field nutrients

Field Talk with Deb Campbell

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario reporter Jennifer Glenney speaks with Deb Campbell, owner of Agronomy Advantage Inc., about first cut hay. “Yes it’s about yield, yes it’s about quality, but in the big picture it’s also about reaching productivity out of these hay fields and getting hopefully a solid three years of productivity […] Read more

Large square bales wait for pickup during a previous hay season.

Hay market tight, but concerns with COVID-19-related demand

Significant market opportunities available in Canada and the U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Demand for Ontario-grown hay remains strong in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but longer-term effects are more difficult to judge. “It’s not anything near what other people have had to deal with,” said Ontario Hay and Forage Cooperative chair Fritz Trauttmansdorff of the COVID-19 repercussions for hay growers. He suggested lower-than-average 2019 […] Read more

Ontario should have a healthier hay crop across most of the province this year, compared to 2019.

Hay acreage increasing in Ontario

Extra acreage should help reduce costs for farmers who have to buy hay

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hay fields in southwestern Ontario appear in generally good shape following a challenging fall 2019 and winter 2020. But the same can’t be said in eastern portions of the province. Why it matters: For farms that are reliant on hay for livestock feed, a strong early stand is crucial for good yield through the rest […] Read more


Manitoba eases load limits for grains, livestock, vegetables, fertilizer

'Essential' commodities allowed at normal axle weights on more roads

Reading Time: 2 minutes Springtime load limits on certain Manitoba highways will be lifted early this year for transport of crops, livestock, fertilizer and other “essential” goods. Provincial Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced Tuesday that certain essential goods may be trucked at “normal loading” axle weights on highways usually subject to Level 1 road restrictions during spring thaw. Essential […] Read more

Grazing corn stalks is one option producers have to extend the grazing season.

Cover crop grazing can benefit cattle and soil

Farmers able to extend grazing and save hay costs by planting and managing their cover crops

Reading Time: 4 minutes Grazing beef cattle on cover crops is a great way to save on feed costs and it’s good for the soil, according to three panelists at the Grey-Bruce Farmer’s Week Beef Day. Why it matters: Integrating animals into cropping systems creates a more complete nutrient cycle. Adam Shea, who farms in eastern Ontario, has a […] Read more

Massey Ferguson’s 9900 self-propelled windrower gets a new header.

Hesston puts new disc headers out front

Low-profile rotary disc cutterbars provide a cleaner cut

Reading Time: 2 minutes AGCO’s Hesston by Massey Ferguson header line is getting an upgrade with a new 9300 series of RazorBar rotary disc headers for its WR9900 self-propelled windrowers. The 9300 Series Razorbars are “built to optimize crop throughput and quality, helping operators cut and condition more acres in a day,” the company said in a release. The […] Read more


The DumpDek serves as an intermediate stage between the forage trucks and the silo. It allows the driver to dump a load immediately upon arrival at the silo.

DumpDek force feeds forage blower’s blast

The machine helps those using upright silos move forage faster with dump wagons

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Keeping expensive equipment running during peak season is vital in all types of farming operations, including hay harvest. A forage hauler sitting waiting for something to happen is not good. In a typical forage harvest, the forage-collecting tandem trucks and trailers are sometimes seen waiting to dump their load so it can […] Read more

Hay disaster benefit kicks in for Manitoba growers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Eligible Manitoba forage growers can expect to share in a $5 million hay disaster benefit (HDB) for the 2019 crop year. Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. (MASC), the provincial crop insurance agency, announced Friday that the HDB has been activated and benefit payments to eligible forage producers on about 1,500 claims will begin “shortly.” The HDB, […] Read more