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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 27 – May 1, 2015

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Seed Treatments

One tool farmers have in their tool box is seed treatments. Bill Chapman, crop business development specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says he got a lot of questions this winter from producers asking how to know if they’re getting a return on that investment.

  • Click here for part one of the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for part two of the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for the Agri-News story


Spinach Stuffed Manicotti with All-purpose Tomato Sauce

Simple, fresh and healthy tomato sauce goes with just about everything. Try this delicious manicotti dish served with homemade tomato sauce.

  Click here for this week’s recipe >

Markets

Farm Safety


Make it Safe, Make it Visible

Seeding is underway in some parts of the province, which means more farm machinery will be on the roads as farmers move equipment, in many cases long distances between fields. Farm machinery is large and slow and this can lead to some hazards on the road. In these Call of the Land interviews, Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator, talks about those hazards, and what farmers can do to minimize the chances of having accidents.

  • Click here for part one of the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for part two of the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for part three of the Call of the Land interview

Crops


Canola Seeding Rates

Seven to 10 plants per square foot emerged uniformly. That’s the target. That’s the ultimate goal with canola stand establishment.

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Canola Seeding Tips

Growers who want a precise seeding rate that hits the seven- to 10-plant target will tweak the five-pound rate based on thousand seed weight (TSW) and on seeding conditions. Seed lots with a higher TSW have fewer seeds per pound, and, therefore, more pounds per acre are needed to achieve the target stand.

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Improve Your Fertilizer Returns

Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler says there are three tools to help growers make their fertilizer dollars go farther.

  • Click here for the Agri-News story
  • Click here for the Call of the Land interview

Importance of Sulphur

Last week, Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, discussed spring application of both nitrogen and phosphorus. Today, he takes a look at the importance of sulfur, especially for canola.

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Micronutrients

Micronutrients . . . where should they fit into spring fertilization plans? Doon Pauly is an agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, and discusses.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >


Stripe Rust Reported in Four Counties

Stripe rust on winter wheat has been reported in the counties of Cardston, Lethbridge, Lacombe, and Warner.

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Livestock


Herd Management Tools

Improving herd and distribution management has become a little easier thanks to a pair of new tools. 

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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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Managing Prosperity in the Beef Industry

An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist says as the cow-calf business continues to provide strong margins, and producers look at where to invest their positive margins, the question becomes what to invest those positive margins in.

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Environment


Protecting Alberta’s Water Resources

Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, are small freshwater, clam-like species that pose a huge threat to Alberta’s waterways and irrigation systems, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development water research specialist.

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  • Click here for the Call of the Land interview


Moisture Situation Update

Warmer weather has seen an early start to spring this year, with winter snows retreating from most of the agricultural areas of the province. Over the past 30 days, precipitation accumulations have been highly variable, ranging from less than 5 mm throughout much of central Alberta to well over 50 mm across parts of the southern Peace Region.

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Candid Modern Farmers

Farming Smarter has released the third installment in its trio of stewardship videos. Entitled Candid Modern Farmers, it joins the previously released Farming in the Wild and Not Grandpa’s Farm

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Jobs In Agriculture

Trade and Relations Officer

Location – Edmonton.  Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to further your career in international business? Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations (IIR) and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development are looking for two talented individuals to further Alberta’s international marketplace objectives, covering the geographic regions of Japan and Korea (also including Taiwan for the position with IIR). This competition (Job ID #1029310) will close on April 28, 2015.

  Click here and type ‘agriculture’ in the Keywords space provided in the Basic Job Search box. >

Statistics


Principal Field Crop Crop Areas Report

Statistics Canada has released its report on principal field crop areas, March 2015.

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General


Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3-9, 2015) encourages Canadians to be prepared to cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency while rescue workers help those in urgent need. This week is a national effort of provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, and Public Safety Canada. Alberta Agriculture director of emergency planning Brad Andres discusses.

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National Soil Conservation Week

Last week was National Soil Conservation Week. Tom Goddard, policy advisor with Alberta Agriculture’s environmental stewardship division, discusses the importance of soil conservation in these Call of the Land interviews.

  • Click here for part one 
  • Click here for part two
Monday, April 27, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Crops

Livestock

Business

Environment

Jobs In Agriculture

Statistics

General

Coming Events

Working Well Workshops
Various locations, April-June 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 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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