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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 29 – July 3, 2015

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Features


Blue-Green Algae in Dugouts

Blue-green algae has been seen in dugouts this summer. Shawn Elgert, water specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says blue-green algae can be dangerous to humans and animals. Elgert says at this time of year we see different types of growths in dugouts, and it’s important to determine what is growing to determine how to solve the problem.

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Irrigation Water Control to Prevent Fusarium graminearum in Cereals

Proper water management can go a long way towards helping control Fusarium graminearum. 

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Vegetarian Chili Chowder

Mixed beans and potatoes give this vegetarian chili some substance. Serve with whole wheat bread to make a complete protein. 

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Markets

Pest/Disease Corner


Insect Update

What have the hot and dry conditions meant for insect populations? Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says some like it hot, and some don’t.

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What’s New in Ag Information


New Publication on Pests and Natural Enemies

Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada is a new, 152-page, full-colour field guide that is now available online as a free download.

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Export Markets


Incoming Mexican and Colombian Buyer Delegation

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of grains, pulses, oilseeds, animal feed and food ingredients to participate in a one-on-one meeting program with qualified buyers from Mexico and Colombia food and animal feed industry on July 29, 2015, in Edmonton.

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Crops


Making the Grade

Alberta Barley, Alberta Wheat Commission, and Alberta Canola Producers Commission are holding a one-day workshop designed to help producers get the best grade for their grain. Making the Grade goes July 28, 2015, at Olds College and will include hands-on sessions from experienced industry speakers on barley, wheat and canola grading and agronomy.

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2016 International Year of Pulses

“Having an international year is a great way to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as well as how sustainable they are,” says Shirzad Chunara, registered dietician and development officer, Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton.

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Market Implications of Agricultural Reports

A couple of important agricultural reports come out this week, from Statistics Canada and the USDA.  Neil Blue, market specialist with Alberta Agriculture, tells us about why producers should be aware of them and their market implications.

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Livestock


Predator Management Plans

Every year livestock producers lose animals to predation. Louise Liebenberg, a sheep farmer near High Prairie, says that it’s important to have a predator management plan, and one size does not fit all.

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Impact of Wildlife Survey Results

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) has been working with the Miistakis Institute for the past two years on surveying Alberta’s beef producers. The Impact of Wildlife to Beef Producers study is now complete and the results were presented to ABP delegates at the recent semi-annual general meeting.  

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Business


Filtering Information to Make Better Decisions

Farmers and ranchers are bombarded with information. Filtering information is a process for determining which information is worth further consideration. Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says filtering information guides managers in using their time and resources appropriately.

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Workforce Development Program Grant

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry continues to offer the workforce development program grant.

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Environment


Soil Health Workshop

2015 is the International Year of Soils, and many workshops and seminars are being offered this year on this topic, one of which is coming up in July. How to Measure Soil Health is taking place July 16 at Holborn Hall in Parkland County. Melisa Zapisocky, livestock program manager with Organic Alberta, explains.

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What’s in Your Water?

Those who live in urban municipalities seldom worry about whether or not their water is safe to drink, because regulations are in place that require municipalities to treat and test water quality on a regular basis. For rural residents who rely on wells for their household water, access to an adequate supply of clean drinking water is not as simple as turning on a tap.

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Moisture Situation Update (June 23)

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Ralph Wright looks at the soul moisture situation around the provinces, as of June 23rd. 

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Jobs In Agriculture


Plant Pathology Technologist

Location – Brooks. The Plant Pathology Technologist at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Crop Diversification Center South provides hands on technical skills support to the Plant Pathology Program. As the ideal candidate you will possess knowledge and skills, specifically in plant pathology, biology, microbiology horticulture or agriculture with field, plot and/or greenhouse research experience. This competition (Job ID #1030405) will close on July 2, 2015.

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HACCP/ Quality Assurance Specialist

Location – Leduc. This Alberta Agriculture and Forestry position is required to assist with the development, implementation and enforcement of all written programs supporting processing operations at the Food Processing Division. This includes but is not limited to HACCP plans, pre-requisite programs and facility standard operating procedures. The position is also responsible for conducting air quality testing, environmental microbial swabbing, Listeria swabbing, product and water sampling, as well as the interpretation of these test results. This competition (Job ID # 1030384) will close on July 2, 2015.

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FFBNetwork Project Manager

Reporting to the Alberta and Food Council (AFC)’s Executive Director, the Functional Foods & Bioactives Network (FFBNetwork) Project Manager provides strategic input, networking expertise, extension activities, and policy direction for the FFBNetwork. This competition closes on Friday July 10, 2015. 

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Statistics


Alberta Crop Report (June 23)

Most of the province received isolated rain showers over the past week, which helped previously dry areas and somewhat alleviated moisture stress. However, soil moisture conditions still remain very dry. Areas with recent rains (upwards of 40 mm) include western parts of the Southern, Central and North West Regions, stretching as far south as M.D. of Foothills and north up to Woodlands County.

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General

International Rapeseed Congress

The International Rapeseed Congress takes place July 5-9, 2015, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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HortSnacks on Wheels

If you want to check out some greenhouses in eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan later this summer, HortSnacks on Wheels is a whirlwind bus tour of four such operations. Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture has the details.

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Applications Open for 2016 BIISA Award

The Beef Industry Innovation & Sustainability Award (BIISA) is accepting applications for the 2016 award. The BIISA is presented on behalf of beef cattle producers by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and publicly recognizes industry stakeholders and value chain members for their outstanding commitment to the sustainability of Canada’s beef industry through innovation.

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Environmental Stewardship Award

The deadline for nominations for the Alberta Beef Producers 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award is Wednesday, July 1.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest/Disease Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Export Markets

Crops

Livestock

Business

Environment

Jobs In Agriculture

Statistics

General

Coming Events

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

Alberta Reined Cow Horse
Ponoka, July 3-4  Details >
 

14th International Rapeseed Congress
Saskatoon, July 5-9  Details >
 

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

Succession of the Farm
Red Deer, July7  Details >
 

PRFSA Annual Summer Tour
Beaverlodge, July 7  Details >
 

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 in the Field
Vimy, July 21   Details >
 

Making the Grade
Olds, July 28  Details >
 

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


Created July 2, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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