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Putting crops to alternate use
Alternative Use Crops: Convert annual crops to livestock feed. The AgriInsurance program provides flexibility for producers to put their crop to alternate use during the growing season. Alternate use means a change to the use of a crop from what was originally intended when planting in the spring. If producers are considering putting a crop to alternate use (i.e. silage, greenfeed, grazing) for their own use or someone else’s, contact an ARD and MASC Service Centre for more information. Review the frequently asked questions for more detail.
Factsheets and Resources
- How Do Dry Conditions Affect Crop Development?
- Development of Wheat and Corn Under Hot and Dry Conditions
- Harvesting Annual Crops for Greenfeed or Silage
- Effect of Dry Conditions on Cereal Yields and Response to Nitrogen
- Fertilizer Nitrogen Applications in Hot, Dry Weather Conditions
- Weed Control Advice for Dry Conditions
- Herbicide Spraying in Hot, Dry Conditions
- Herbicide Carryover Risk for 2021
Groundwater Conditions for a Potential Well
The Water Branch can provide information on your current well if available, and what the expectations might be for constructing a new well. Email your contact information, the legal land location and the information you are looking for (existing well information or groundwater potential) to Manitoba Groundwater: Drought. Feedback provided may include aquifer depths, potential pumping rate, and if available the water quality in the area. A listing of Licensed Well Drilling Contractors is also available.
For information on water well drilling, watershed districts and how to apply for water use licensing, visit: www.manitoba.ca/drought.
Resources for feed
- The Manitoba Hay Listing Service provides an inventory of hay and alternative feed for sale and pasture for rent. If you have hay, alternative feed, or pasture land for sale or rent contact an ARD and MASC Service Centre to have your listing added.
Social Media/Buy and Sell Sites
MFGA Hay Relief Website: https://www.mfga.net/hay-relief
Guides and Calculators
- Cost of Production guides are available for different grain and silage crops.
- Standing Corn Silage Decision Calculator helps livestock producers determine the cost on a per ton and per acre basis to purchase, put up and haul corn silage from grain producers. Includes a worksheet for determining the custom silage cost per ton based on the work rate (tons/hour) and the custom rate ($/hour).
- Standing Greenfeed Decision Calculator helps livestock producers determine the cost on a per bale, per ton and per acre basis to purchase, put up and haul greenfeed cereal crops from grain producers.
- Standing Hay Cost Calculator provides two different estimates of the value of standing hay based on the market value or cost of production methods.
- Straw Cost Calculator can help determine the NPK dollar value of the straw as a crop fertilizer.
- Forage Purchase Calculator provides a method of comparing the pricing for baled forages and piled silage. This calculator takes into account different moistures and adding in the cost of freight to see what feed purchase is more economical after freight.
- Managing Low Forage Supplies Calculator estimates the forage needed for the herd based on animal category and weight, and identifies the shortfall. It identifies 8 different potential rations to fill the shortfall on a least cost basis that help decide the economics of buying greenfeed compared to hay, straw, and other alternatives.
Monitoring, Reports and Maps
- Manitoba Drought Monitor: highlights the various drought management efforts currently underway in Manitoba. This includes monthly Water Availability and Drought Conditions Reports that use drought indicators to classify the level of dryness and to summarize any drought impacts that are occurring.
- AgriMaps – Manitoba Ag Weather Program: a network of over 100 weather stations that provide regularly updated air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, wind speed and direction, soil temperature, and soil moisture for local areas.
- Crop Weather Report: a weekly summary of weather data from the Manitoba Ag Weather Program and Environment and Climate Change Canada, that include temperature (maximum, minimum, average) and total rainfall along with seasonal accumulations of degree days, corn heat units and rainfall (actuals and per cent of normal) for over 100 locations in five regions.
- Manitoba Crop Report: information crop development, pest activity, harvest progress, crop yields and grades, fall field work progress, haying progress, estimated yields and pasture conditions.
- Manitoba Crop Pest Updates: a weekly report and observation on insect population, diseases and weeds of field crops, including which potential pests are of current concern and where in Manitoba highest levels are occurring. Scouting tips are provided as needed.
- Manitoba Fall Soil Moisture Survey: maps that provide a good indication of what can be expected in the spring by the amount of moisture within the root zone just prior to freeze-up.