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Learn more about the potential amalgamation of five Manitoba commodity groups: Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers, National Sunflower Association of Canada and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc.

Here the updated proposal in a short one-hour webinar with the opportunity to ask questions.

Two dates available: January 15th & January 29th. Register at

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Five Manitoba Commodity Groups Release Updated Amalgamation Proposal for Vote in 2020

Carman, MB – December 11, 2018 – Farmer directors from five Manitoba grower organizations have updated a proposal to amalgamate into a new not-for-profit organization focused on research, communication and market development. The five associations want to hear from farmer members over the next year, with a vote to amalgamate planned for each organizations’ annual general meetings in February 2020.

The steering committee comprised of directors and staff from the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. with the assistance of consultant Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network have addressed many of the concerns heard through the January 2018 consultation period and at the 2018 annual general meetings in February.

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2019 NSAC Annual General Meeting
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
10:50 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

AGENDA
10:50 a.m. – Call to Order
10:55 a.m. – Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 2018 Financial Report
Appointment of Auditors
11:10 a.m. – Board and Executive Director Report
11:15 a.m. – Other Business
Manitoba Commodity Organization Amalgamation Proposal
11:30 a.m. – Adjourn

Registration to the CropConnect Conference is not required to attend the Annual General Meeting.
For more information on CCC or to register, please visit www.cropconnectconference.ca 

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Carman, MB – November 22, 2018 – Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. (WCMI) has joined with four other like-minded grower organizations to explore a potential amalgamation with the commitment to consultation and allowing membership to make the decision.

“As the WCMI board of directors looked to the future of winter cereals in Manitoba, the time was right to join the discussion with fellow commodity groups to explore a potential amalgamation with the understanding that membership will make the decision,” said Doug Martin, chair of WCMI.

WCMI directors Doug Martin and Allan Olinyk will join the steering committee consisting of directors and staff from the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA).

Click here to read the full news release.

VPT Results imageThe Manitoba Sunflower Variety Performance Trials (VPT) is organized and conducted by the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) in co-ordination with Manitoba Agriculture. This was the 12th year that the NSAC has coordinated the trials, which continue to serve as an important tool for sunflower growers with regional third-party performance data on various varieties. The hybrids tested in the trials are actively being pursued by sunflower breeding companies in Manitoba and may be in the experimental stage or registered under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
In 2018, the NSAC coordinated the VPT in four locations across the province: Melita, Carberry, Marquette and Rossendale.

2018 Sunflower Variety Performance Trial Summary

Now is the time to start thinking about harvest and getting equipment and dryers ready. Below are a few tips and reminders.

Maturity: The sunflower plant is physiologically mature when the back of the head has turned from green to yellow (although stay-green hybrids may stay green longer) and the bracts are turning brown (Stage R-9) about 30 to 45 days after bloom, and seed moisture is about 35%. Generally, when the head turns brown on the back, seeds are usually ready for harvest.

Common threshing mistake: Waiting to harvest and seeds become too dry and shell out. Combine at 14- 15% moisture and use air/dry down to under 10% moisture. Waiting too long to harvest can result in excessive field losses. Use of a dryer is also a good way to dry down sunflowers.

For more harvest tips, click here.

Frost anytime before the sunflower crop reaches physiological maturity (R9) can cause damage.
Once sunflowers reaches the R7 stage (ray petals have dropped, back of head starting to turn
yellow), sunflower can withstand temperatures as low as -4° C, but temperature, duration and
crop stage will influence the type and amount of damage.

A killing frost in sunflowers is considered to be -4 to -5° C for 6 or more hours, as this low
temperature for the extended period is required to penetrate the thick layer in the back of the
sunflower head and start the dry down process. The follow will attempt to describe what
happens when a frost occurs prior to the R-9 growth stage.

For more details, click here.

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Four Manitoba Commodity Groups Moving Forward Together to Explore Potential Amalgamation

Carman, MB – August 14, 2018 – Four like-minded grower organizations will continue to explore a potential amalgamation with the commitment to consultation and allowing membership to make the decision.

At the end of July, the steering committee consisting of directors and staff from five grower organizations met in Carman, Manitoba to review details on an updated proposal examining amalgamation and a model that did not include legal amalgamation. After reviewing both options, and following additional discussions after the July meeting, the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Association (MWBGA) will move forward together by allowing their memberships to decide on a potential amalgamation.

“I believe it is the time to look more closely at how Manitoba commodity organizations operate, with the end goal of how we can better serve our members – Manitoba farmers,” said Myron Krahn, past president of the MCGA. “Many farmers belong to multiple commodity organizations. Imagine what we could accomplish together if an administratively efficient organization was formed that allowed focus on crop-specific issues, increased research and agronomic capacity, included a mechanism to allow farmers of any age or gender to serve on the new organization, and enhanced grassroots involvement.”

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