By Fadi Didi
A research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says Root rot was rampant in pulse crops this year, due to the wet conditions.
Dr. Bruce Gossen says it has become more prevalent on the prairies as the popularity of pulse crops continues to increase.
Gossen says this past year was especially bad for disease and yield loss due to the wet conditions.
The good news is there are research groups working diligently to combat the issue.
The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board has set a goal to encourage the construction of new finishing spaces by 2018.
Sask Pork chairman Florian Possberg says the provincial industry hasn't seen any new construction of hog production facilities for over 10 years.
He says it's the result of some tough economic times.
Possberg would like to see 100-thousand new finishing spaces within the next two years.
Starting in the New Year, Small Farms Manitoba will fall under the direction of Direct Farm Manitoba.
Direct Farm Manitoba is a new association that recently grew out of the Farmer's Market Association of Manitoba.
Small Farms Manitoba is a directory that now includes about 140 farmers as well as about a dozen farmer's markets.
The annual Small Farms Conference will now be called the Direct Farm Conference, taking place January 21st in Winnipeg.