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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 15 – June 19, 2015

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Canola Price Rally

Charlie Pearson, provincial crops market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says prices have rallied nicely over the last couple of weeks.

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Opportunity to Participate in Trade Mission to India

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of pulses, canola oil, fertilizers, swine and dairy genetics as well as agricultural and grain storage equipment, to participate in a trade mission to India from August 18 to 25.

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Crunchy Honey-Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

This delicious breakfast will get anyone’s day off to a great start!

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Markets

Pest/Disease Corner


Weekly Insect Update

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry insect management specialist Scott Meers looks at the insect situation in the province. 

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What’s New in Ag Information

New Statistics Publications

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has released the following statistics publications:

Export Markets


Alberta Companies Make New Connections in South Korea

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the Alberta Korea Office recently helped five Alberta agri-food industry organizations promote their food and food ingredients at the Seoul Food and Hotel Show in Seoul, South Korea.

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Crops


Pulse Crop Walks

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be hosting a series of pulse crop walks at various sites in June.

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Alberta Crop Report (June 9)

Dry weather continued throughout the province this past week, exacerbated by warm temperatures in the mid to upper twenties and wind. Surface soil moisture ratings in the top 6 inches of the soil profile declined in 4 of the 5 regions and was unchanged in the other (South).

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Forage


Sainfoin Training

A new variety of sainfoin is the focus of an upcoming training session in Lethbridge. “AC Mountainview has the ability to regrow more quickly than older varieties,” says Grant Lastiwka, forage/livestock business specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Olds. “Having a non-bloating, early growth and good regrowth legume is certainly something that is viable for many grazing operations.”

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Livestock


The Beef Cow Investment

The Beef Cow Investment session from the recent Cow-Calfenomics risk management series is now available for viewing on Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s webpage.

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Organic Beef Mentorship Program

The 2015 Organic Beef Mentorship program is open for applications.“Organic Alberta offered the program last year with four pairs of mentors and mentees,” says Melisa Zapisocky, livestock manager, Organic Alberta. “The program was a big success and we’ve decided to offer it again this year.”

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International Symposium on Bison Health

The 1st International Symposium on Bison Health takes place on June 24 -26, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Food & Ag Processing


CFIA Looking for Input on the Safe Food for Canadians Act

The Canadian Food Inspection (CFIA) is seeking input from micro and small food processing businesses on the requirements for the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

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Forestry


Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Toso Bozic, bioenergy/agroforestry specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says there are many reasons why a tree should be pruned.

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When to Prune?

When it comes to deciding when to prune, the main factor is often what the type of tree it is. “Coniferous trees can be pruned any time of year,” says Toso Bozic, bioenergy/agroforestry specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton. “For the majority of trees the best is time from March to mid-April or during the winter. With birch and maple, prune ONLY during growing the season – June and July – when leaves are fully developed. And, DO NOT prune elms between April 1 and October 1.”

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Research & Technology


Advanced Agronomic Practices Project

A current three year research project is taking a province-wide look at the efficient and effective use of in-crop nitrogen fertilizer, foliar fungicides, and plant growth regulators. Sheri Strydhorst, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says the project is investigating the use of advanced agronomic practices to increase wheat and barley yields.

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Statistics


Report Shows Meat Available for Consumption is Declining

The Statistics Canada 2014 food availability data for per capita consumption is out. “The numbers show that meat availability and, therefore, consumption is declining in Canada,” says Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton. “The reasons vary regarding consumption changes with overall beef, veal, pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb availability down just under 1% from 2013.”

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General


Farming Smarter Field School

Farming Smarter’s annual field school is taking place this June. Assistant general manager Jamie Puchinger has the details.

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Canadian Food Championships

It’s a first for Edmonton and Canada—the Canadian Food Championships. This is Canada’s only qualifying cooking competition for the World Food Championships, and it’s being held in Edmonton during the Taste of Edmonton. Paul Lucas, general manager of Events Edmonton, says there are spots for competitors, and you don’t have to be a professional chef.

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Working Together to Help Feed Honey Bees

June marks the launch of Buzzing Gardens, a national program spearheaded by Bees Matter that provides Canadians with free seeds to plant pollinator-friendly gardens. Farmers, beekeepers, and several agricultural organizations, including the Canola Council of Canada, have come together in support of honey bee health and are taking action to help improve access to nutritious food sources. 

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Young Dairy Farmers Unite to Succeed

Forty young dairy farmers from across the province recently joined together to prepare and set the stage for the future at the Next Generation Forum in Red Deer.

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Beekeepers’ Field Day

The 62nd annual Beekeepers’ Field Day is approaching and Dr. Steve Pernal, research scientist at Beaverlodge Research Farm, has the details. 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest/Disease Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Export Markets

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Food & Ag Processing

Forestry

Research & Technology

Statistics

General

Coming Events

Peter Donovan Soil Carbon Workshops
Various sites, June 15-30 Details >
 

Future Fair 2015
Calgary, June 16  Details >
 

Stockmanship with Curt Pate
Eaglesham, June 16  Details >
 

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

Irrigation Management Seminar
Lethbridge, June 17  Details >
 

Stockmanship with Curt Pate
Beaverlodge, June 17  Details >
 

Battle River Watershed Alliance AGM
Killam, June 18  Details >
 

Stockmanship with Curt Pate
Smoky Lake, June 18  Details >
 

Beaverlodge Beekeepers’ Field Day
Beaverlodge, June 19  Details >
 

Porkapalooza BBQ Festival
Edmonton, June 19-21 Details >
 

Safe Food for Canadians Act Consultation
Edmonton, June 23  Details >
 

Farming from the Air
Fort Kent, June 23  Click Here >
 

Farming Smarter Field School
Lethbridge, June 23 – 25  Details >
 

Organic Transition Workshop
Tofield, June 24  Details >
 

Safe Food for Canadians Act Consultation
Airdrie, June 24  Details >
 

SARDA Summer Field School
Donnelly, June 24  Details >
 

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Workshop
Olds, June 25-26.  Details >
 

Controlled Traffic Farming & Precision Agriculture Field Day
Cleardale, June 29.  Details >
 

Focus on 4-H
Mayerthorpe, July 2-5   Details >
 

Bees, Trees and More
Water Valley, July 7  Click Here >
 

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

How To Measure Soils Health Workshop
Parkland County, July 16. Details >
 

Sainfoin Training: Improving the Profitability of Livestock Grazing
Lethbridge, July 21 or 22 Details >
 

Medicine Hat Field Day
Medicine Hat, July 22  Details >
 

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


Created June 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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