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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: July 27 – 31, 2015

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Features


What to do with Hail-Damaged Crops

Crops in some areas of the province have recently been pummeled by hail. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, looks at what can be done with damaged crops, and the importance of giving your animals time to adjust if they are going to be turned out into these fields.

  • 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 article


Assessing Fusarium Risk Now Assists with Control Measures Next Year

An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry specialist says there are steps growers can take today to help prevent the spread of Fusarium head blight in next year’s crop.

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Barbecued Tandoori Turkey Drumsticks

This week’s taste treat comes to us courtesy of the Alberta Turkey Producers.

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Markets


Approved Farmers Markets – A Viable Option to Market Your Products

“Depending on what product you have to sell, there may be a number of marketing opportunities available to you,” says Marissa Brewer, new venture specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Stony Plain. “The most common for fresh or processed food products are retail, food service and direct marketing. When selling directly to consumers, a good place to consider starting is at an approved farmers market.”

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Market Opportunities for Gluten-free Products

Ava Duering, competitiveness analyst with Alberta Agriculture, explains who’s buying gluten-free products and opportunities for Alberta producers and processors.

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Pest/Disease Corner


Identifying Fusarium

Fusarium head blight is a fungal disease of cereal crops that affects kernel development. Fusarium graminearum is well established in southern Alberta and trace amounts are found in central and northern regions. Kelly Turkington, research scientist, plant pathology with Agriculture Canada in Lacombe, says the first step to help limit the impact of this disease is to know whether the disease is present to begin with. 

  • Click here for an interview on identifying fusarium in wheat
  • Click here for an interview on identifying fusarium in barley
  • Click here for an interview on knowing what species of fusarium you are dealing with


Insect Update

Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses the pest situation in the province. 

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Livestock


Tax Relief for Livestock Producers

Agriculture Canada has released a list of designated regions on the prairies where tax deferrals have been authorized for 2015. 

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Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey

Earlier this year, cattle producers were asked to participate in the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey, and the results of that survey are now being released. Kathy Larson, beef economist with the Western Beef Development Centre, says 400 producers from across the prairies participated.

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Business


Cash Flow and Short Term Break Points

“The current dry conditions are creating short term cash flow stress in farmer’s businesses,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton. “Livestock producers are being placed in a position where they have to make business decisions in short order. Crop producers are looking at what can be salvaged. This is when pushing your pencil will really pay off – helping you keep flexibility and objectivity in your decisions.”

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What to do if You’re Not Taking Your Insured Crops to Harvest

David Maddox, senior manager, verification services, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, AFSC, looks at what options are available for producers who may not be taking their insured crops to harvest.

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Farmers’ Advocate Office Undertakes Surface Rights Mapping Project

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is currently collecting surface lease, transmission line, seismic, and pipeline right of way agreements from landowners for the Surface Rights, Land, and Energy: Pricing Transparency Mapping Project. “This fall the FAO will launch four interactive online maps depicting project details and the compensation values paid to landowners under the heads of compensation,” says Jeana Les, research and communications specialist for the FAO. “There is currently no central repository where this type of information is compiled and accessible to landowners.” 

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Food & Ag Processing


New Videos to Combine 4-H Canine Project and Pet Food

A new Growing Forward 2 project is combining the 4-H canine project with the pet food industry. “We’re creating three short YouTube videos highlighting the 4-H program as well as how pet food is produced, right from where the ingredients come from through to processing,” says Leona Reynolds-Zayak, business specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Vermilion. “The videos will also focus on how to read labels to ensure pets are receiving a balanced diet and are getting all the nutrients they require.” 

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

Environment


CleanFARMS

Farmers once again have the opportunity to recycle their empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers, and to keep them out of landfills. “CleanFARMS partners with ag-retailers and municipalities to collect empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers from farmers across the country,” says Shane Hedderson, operations manager. “Since the program began in 1989, more than 100 million empty containers have been collected.”

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Moisture Situation Update

Ralph Wright, manager, agro-meteorological applications and modelling section, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, gives an update on conditions around the province as of July 20. 

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Internationally Recognized Soil Ecologist in Alberta

An internationally recognized soil ecologist is in Alberta for the next couple of weeks, leading field schools across the province. Nora Paulovich, manager of the North Peace Applied Research Association, has the details.

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Forestry


Woodlot Management Guide for Alberta

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a new guide for landowners who are looking to increase their knowledge or experience with forestland management.

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Rural Development


Call for Dairy Industry Achievement Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Alberta Milk Dairy Industry Achievement Award. Deadline to nominate a candidate for the award is September 30, 2015.

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Jobs In Agriculture


Field Services Coordinator

The Egg Farmers of Alberta are looking for a northern Alberta field services coordinator.

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Plant Propagation Aide

Smoky Lake – Do you have a green thumb and an interest in using this horticultural passion to contribute to enhancing forest productivity, forest health and conservation of genetic biodiversity? If so, then Alberta Agriculture and Forestry may have an opportunity for you as a Plant Propagation Aide at the Alberta Tree Improvement and Seed Centre  This competition (Job ID #1030985) will close on August 5, 2015.

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


Field Operations Aide

Smoky Lake – Reporting to the Tree Improvement Forester at the Alberta Tree Improvement and Seed Centre, this position plays a critical support role in enhancing forest productivity, forest health and conservation of genetic biodiversity. As the Field Operations Aide you will be involved largely in monitoring and maintaining the health of seed orchards and field trials. This competition (Job ID #1030983) will close on August 5, 2015.

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


Greenhouse Specialist

Brooks – As the greenhouse specialist research scientist at the state of the art research greenhouse facilities in Brooks, Alberta, you will report to the senior manager of greenhouse operations.This exciting opportunity will have you involved with the development of a novel research project, the “Greenhouse Grafted Aero-Pomato Production System.” You will provide insight and input on the aero-pomato plant assimilates their distribution and consumption. You will also design and set up greenhouse trials for screening of varieties for their suitability for grafting and compatibility in growing and producing. This competition (Job ID #1031029) will close on July 31, 2015.

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

Research & Technology


Alberta Bio Future Product and Technology Commercialization

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions  has launched a new funding program, “Alberta Bio FutureProduct and Technology Commercialization,” aimed at helping companies with pre-commercial or commercial development of new bioindustrial products or bioindustrial technologies.

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Statistics


Alberta Crop Conditions as of July 21

Over the past week most of the province received upwards of 20 mm of rain, which helped dry areas and somewhat alleviated moisture stress on cereals and oilseeds crops. Localized areas around Calgary, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Valleyview/High Prairie and Smoky Lake received over 50 mm of precipitation. Scattered hail storms were reported in a few areas with some crop damage. Areas missed by the recent rains included northern and western parts of the Peace Region and the south east area of the South Region, where both locations received less than 10 mm of rain.

  Click here to read the report >

Agri-News Briefs


Consider Becoming an ABP Delegate

The Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) is now accepting nominations for delegates to run in their 2015 fall elections.

  Click here to read the Agri-News brief >


Grain Silage Greenfeed Calculator

The Government of Saskatchewan has posted a new grain silage greenfeed calculator.

  Click here for the Agri-News brief >

Monday, July 27, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest/Disease Corner

Livestock

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Environment

Forestry

Rural Development

Jobs In Agriculture

Research & Technology

Statistics

Agri-News Briefs

Coming Events

Building Soil – Creating Land (Part 2)
Various site, July 28 – August 5 Details >
 

Making the Grade
Olds, July 28  Details >
 

Fort Kent Summer Field Day
Fort Kent Research Site, July 28 Details >
 

Planned Grazing Using High Stock Density to Improve Profit
Ponoka, July 28  Details >
 

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Field Day
Vegreville, July 29  Details >
 

Breton Plots Field Day
Breton, July 30  Details >
 

A Morning at the Research Farm
Fairview, August 5  Details >
 

HortSnacks in the Field
Crossfield, August 10  Details >
 

Dugout Workshop
Fort Kent, August 12  Details >
 

Water Treatment System Workshop
Bonneyville, August 12 Details >
 

Home, Hobby and Horticultural Show
Ponoka, August 21-22  Details >
 

Alberta Open Farm Days
Various locations, August 22-23 Details >
 

HortSnacks on Wheels
Sherwood Park. August 24-25. Details >
 

Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change
Edmonton, November 23-25 Details >
 


Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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