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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 6 – 10, 2015

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Features


Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) Now Available

Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) is here. One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, the “Blue Book” is revised annually. New product registrations and other new details give producers the most up-to-date information available to protect their crops. 

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Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

These chocolate chip oatmeal cookies get a protein boost from a secret ingredient – pureed beans! 

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Markets


2015 Pulse Acreage

One market analyst expects to see more peas and lentils put in the ground this spring. Chuck Penner is with LeftField Commodity Research, and he explains why.

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Pest Corner


How are Biocontrol Agents like James Bond?

As the public grows more concerned about chemical use, many growers struggle with how to keep their product saleable while using fewer pesticides. As such, some growers are turning to a new kind of ‘undercover operative’ to deal with crop pests.

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Competition and Antibiosis

Competition and antibioses are two of the ways biocontrol agents can help control plant pests.

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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is an important catchphrase in agriculture today; but what does it all entail? Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says many growers are not aware that IPM does not just refer to insect pests.

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Wanted: Swede Midge Trap Managers

The Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network is looking for people to manage Swede midge traps in Beaver, Minburn, Wetaskiwin, Two Hills and Smoky Lake Counties.

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What’s New in Ag Information


Alberta Agriculture Publications

As mentioned above, Crop Protection 2015, often referred to as the “Blue Book,” is now available. Gerard Vaillancourt, director of information management with Alberta Agriculture, dropped by the studio to talk about how you can get this and other publications.

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Webinars


Safe Food Handling Webinar

Join this webinar on April 14 as Kelly Bauer, public health inspector with Alberta Health Services, discusses what is required and allowed at Alberta Approved Farmers’ Markets. 

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Crops


CropChoice$ Updated

Planting time is just around the corner and if you are still firming up your crop plans, why not sit down with an expert—you and CropChoice$. Here to tell us more about CropChoice$ is Rawlin Thangaraj, production crops economist with Alberta Agriculture.

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Snapshot of Last Year’s Growing Season

As we head into the new growing season, let’s take a look back at 2014. Lukas Matejovsky, crop statistician with Alberta Agriculture, says crop growing conditions during 2014 were mainly favourable.

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Choosing Forage Seed

If you’re in the process of choosing forage seed, the three most important factors to consider are variety, germination, and weeds. Linda Hunt, agriculture extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says if you’ve already decided on a particular variety, you need to start by looking for pedigreed seed.

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Livestock


Supplementing Pregnant Cows

When feeding cereal silage, greenfeed or swath grazing to pregnant cows, there can be a concern with a lack of calcium and magnesium. An added product can often be the solution.

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New Body Condition Scoring Resources

New resources have been added to www.BodyConditionScoring.ca to help cow-calf producers make decisions about managing body condition in their cow herd. 

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Business


Improvements to the Advance Payments Program

It’s now easier for Canadian farmers to navigate their way through the federal government’s Advance Payments Program.

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Environment


Moisture Situation Update (March 31, 2015)

Since the start of winter (November 1st), most areas across the province have had at least near normal precipitation accumulations, with a few isolated areas estimated to have received below normal accumulations. Most notable of these is the extreme northern Peace Country, where dry conditions have been generally dominating weather patterns for several years.

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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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Research & Technology


Find out about Livestock Research

Ever wondered if you can feed fababeans to pigs? Or camelina meal to poultry? What about genomics and beef production? The answers to these and many other questions can be found on a new website for Alberta Agriculture’s livestock research branch, says Miranda Smit, co-developer of the website. 

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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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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Webinars

Crops

Livestock

Business

Environment

Jobs In Agriculture

Research & Technology

General

Coming Events

Effective Spraying Workshop
Flat Lake Hall, April 9  Click Here >
 

Alberta Lamb Producers ‘Meet the Board’
Stettler, April 11  Details >
 

Solar Energy Workshop
Vermilion, April 16  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 >
 

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 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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