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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 20 – April 24, 2015

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Risks of Seeding Too Early

Seeding is underway in southern Alberta, but for many farmers, it’s still a ways off. Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, cautions about seeding too early.

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Social Media Tips

Thanks to the power of smartphones, people have begun to use social media and the internet to research products they want to buy, services they may need or the entertainment they choose to enjoy.

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Funny Egg Fish

This week’s recipe comes to us courtesy of the Egg Farmers of Alberta. It serves four and can be ready in 20 minutes

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Markets

Pest Corner


Cereal Rusts Could be a Major Concern in 2015

An Alberta pathologist says cereal rusts could be a major problem in the province this year.

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Pest Management Season Begins

It’s that time of year again when crop growers should start scouting for pests. As the specialists in pest management at Alberta Agriculture start to plan their survey season, they are looking for wheat, canola and pea fields to survey.

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What’s New in Ag Information


Getting Product to Market

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has released four new fact sheets on distribution.

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Export Markets


Cereals Canada New Crop Missions

We often hear about trade missions by various agricultural organizations, but what comes out of these missions? In these Call of the Land interviews, Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada answers this question, and discusses how customers are very interested in hearing from farmers about how their crops are grown.

  • Click here for part one 
  • Click here for part two

Crops


Spring Nitrogen Application

Seeding is already underway in the south. Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, says for those farmers applying nitrogen this spring, there are certain things to keep in mind.

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Spring Application of Phosphorus

Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture in Lethbridge, says phosphorus may provide challenges this spring, especially in the south.

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When to Seed Canola

The sun is shining, snow is gone, and farmers are itching to get in the field; but when should you be seeding your canola?  Keith Gabert is an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada.

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Preparing for Seeding

Now is the time growers should be getting ready for seeding.“For example, growers can check their seeders and make sure they’re ready to go,” says Keith Gabert, Canola Council of Canada. “Did you have any issues with it last year? Are the hoses in good shape? Are the openers worn? Is it leveled? Now is the time to deal with these maintenance questions.”

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Forage


Spring Termination of Hay Stands

Traditionally, forage stands are terminated in the fall so that a good seedbed can be established and the sod root system has some time to decompose. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says hay stands can also be terminated in the spring.

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Alberta Tame Pasture Scorecard

Highly productive pastures are the biggest key to high profitability of most beef, and other grazing ruminant operations. The Alberta Tame Pasture Scorecard is a quick and easy way of doing a pasture assessment.

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Business


Pricing Workshop

Pricing is a huge component when it comes to selling your product. Eileen Kotowich, farmers market specialist with Alberta Agriculture, talks about an upcoming workshop to help producers go through the process of determining a price for their product.

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Getting Into Farmers Markets Workshops

It’s that time of year when many farmers markets start to gear up. If you’re wanting more information on what’s involved in getting your product into a farmers market, we’ve got a couple of Getting Into Farmers Markets workshops coming up. Eileen Kotowich is a farmers market specialist with Alberta Agriculture.

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Spring Price Endorsement

Many Alberta crop producers are making their crop insurance decisions, and one of those decisions is that of Spring Price Endorsement, or SPE. Neil Blue, market specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says the Spring Price Endorsement, a supplementary election to production insurance, is a form of price insurance to protect against a price drop for that crop.

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Deciding on a Business Structure

“When deciding to start a business, or to expand your current business, you should examine which business arrangement would be most beneficial to your operation,” says Abby Verstraete, farm business analyst, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD), Edmonton. “This decision should not be a permanent one; you may have to think and re-think your structure as your business grows, and your strategy changes.”

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2014 Alberta Farmland Values

Average farmland values in Canada continued to rise in 2014, but the climb wasn’t as steep as the previous year both nationally and in many key agriculture regions, according to the latest Farm Credit Canada Farmland Values Report.

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Transition Tactics

One of the sessions from the recent Cow-Calfenomics risk management series is now available for viewing on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)’s webpage.“In one of the segments from that session, John Reid of Solar Harvest Consulting speaks on transition tactics,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, ARD, Edmonton. “John talks about transitions between generations, and some of the questions that need to be addressed in this transition. In the presentation, he shares over 35 years of his experience and insights on this topic.”

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$500 Million Program to Upgrade Rail Lines

The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has announced a multi-year program to invest approximately $500 million in infrastructure improvements to its Western Canada feeder rail lines in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The company does not mention grain in its news release, but says the upgrades will occur on lines “handling rising volumes of industrial products, natural resources and energy-related commodities.”

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Jobs In Agriculture


Business System Analyst

The Egg Farmers of Alberta is looking for a business systems analyst to lead the development, analysis, implementation, documentation and evaluation of the organization’s business systems integration with technology solutions.

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Provincial Livestock Welfare Specialist

Location – Edmonton. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is looking to fill this Provincial Livestock Welfare Specialist position, who will be responsible for enhancing the animal welfare system in the province. You will provide leadership and technical expertise to advance welfare friendly technology, contribute to science-based animal welfare policy, and champion the delivery of programs to facilitate improvements in the well-being of food animals.  This competition (Job ID #1029260) will close on April 27, 2015.

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General

Holistic Management Overview

The Holistic Management Overview with Don Campbell takes place on April 23, 2015, at the Cottonwood-Gordon Hall west of Innisfail.

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Solar Energy Workshop

There will be a one-day workshop on grid-tie solar options for Alberta farmers on April 28, 2015, at the Rochester Agricultural Society Hall.

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Young Guns Contest

If you are between the ages of eight and 21, and are involved in Beef 4-H, junior cattle shows or beef production – this is your opportunity to win one of three prizes in the Young Guns Contest.

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Canadian Livestock Transport Conference

The Canadian Livestock Transport: Innovation, Education and Awareness Conference takes place May 5-6th, 2015, at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary.

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Variety Registration System Streamlined

The variety registration system is being streamlined. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced upcoming changes to streamline and modernize the way crop varieties are registered in Canada.

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Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture Strength

The latest data shows that the agriculture and agri-food sector continues to generate significant economic benefits for Canada, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ’s annual Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System.

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Livestock Transport Conference

After 10 years, Canadian Livestock Transport will be returning to Calgary to host the livestock transport conference on May 5-6th at the Delta Bow Valley

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Monday, April 20, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Export Markets

Crops

Forage

Business

Jobs In Agriculture

General

Coming Events

Working Well Workshops
Various locations, April-June Details >
 

Getting into Farmers Markets Workshop
Spruce Grove, April 21 Details >
 

Holistic Management Overview
Cottonwood-Gordon Hall, April 23  Details >
 

STOPDED AGM & Conference
Olds, April 23  Click Here >
 

Freehold Owners Association AGM and Seminar
Red Deer, April 25  Details >
 

Getting into Farmers Markets Workshop
Olds, April 28  Details >
 

Meat at NAIT
Edmonton, April 28-29  Details >
 

Marketing and Pricing for Profit Workshop
Olds, April 29  Details >
 

Generating Electricity from the Sun
Rochester, April 28  Details >
 

Sprayer Information Day
Manning, April 29  Details >
 

Visions 2015
Red Deer, April 30-May 1 Details >
 

Ingredients for Success; The Conference on Food Innovation
Calgary, May 26-27  Details >
 

Farming Smarter Crop Walks
Lethbridge, May-June  Click Here >
 

International Farm Management Congress
Quebec City, July 12-17 Details >
 

UCVM 2015 Beef Cattle Conference
Calgary, June 17-19  Details >
 


Created April 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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