CropConnect Conference dates are February 12 & 13, 2020 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg.
Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Flax Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, Manitoba Oat Growers Association, Manitoba Seed Growers Association, the National Sunflower Association of Canada, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. make up the host committee for the CropConnect Conference.
CropConnect will run for two days offering a wide range of speakers, access to crop specific information, a tradeshow, and a banquet. The event will also include the nine participating organizations’ Annual General Meetings. Note: Registration is NOT required to attend the annual general meetings.
Carman, MB – September 18, 2019 – Five Manitoba commodity groups continue to move forward for potential amalgamation with the continued commitment to providing information to members. Members will vote in-person at the annual general meetings as part of the CropConnect Conference on February 12 and 13, 2020.
The steering committee comprised of directors from the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Manitoba Flax Growers Association (MFGA), National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Winter Cereals Manitoba, Inc. (WCMI) and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) with assistance from their legal counsel have drafted bylaws of the potential new organization (NEWCO), as well as a draft of the amalgamation agreement.
The annual general meeting dates of the five organizations, as part of the CropConnect Conference, are:
• National Sunflower Association of Canada – February 12, 2020 at 10:50 a.m.
• Manitoba Corn Growers Association – February 12, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
• Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. – February 12, 2020 at 2:40 p.m.
• Manitoba Flax Growers Association – February 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
• Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association – February 13, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Registration for the CropConnect Conference is not required to attend the annual general meetings.
Is there another method to determine if sunflowers are ready to desiccate?
The answer is “yes”. This season many sunflower fields are not showing ALL the typical characteristics for physiological maturity, particularly brown bracts. Therefore, how can you tell if the sunflower seed moisture content is 30-35% moisture?
As sunflower are starting to move into the R6 stage around the province, growers needs to start considering whether they will Desiccate their sunflower crop. Desiccation is used to quicken dry-down of sunflower heads. Desiccants decrease losses due to inclement weather, lodging and bird depredation by speeding up the dry-down process.
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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.
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.
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).
The 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.
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.
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.