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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: September 7 – 11, 2015

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Crop Residue Management

How you harvest, what you are using to harvest and what you do with the residue will have a huge effect on what happens next spring. “Crop residue isn’t trash as it has a significant amount of fertilizer value,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Stettler. “The straw has probably the lion’s share of this, as it contains about 80 per cent of the potassium used by the crop. If you remove it repeatedly, you can develop a soil deficiency over time.”

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Fall Tillage

The decision of whether or not to till in the fall is not one to be made lightly. Harry Brook, crop specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre has the details.


New Bee App Takes Flight in Alberta

Alberta beekeepers will have better access to bee disease and treatment information through a new mobile app developed by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The free app for iPhone and Android is an easy to use tool that will link beekeepers to pictures and current information about pests, diseases and recommended management practices.

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After School Casserole

This delicious afternoon treat comes to use courtesy of  the Egg Farmers of Alberta

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Markets

Farm Safety


Harvest Safety

With harvest season underway, safety on the farm is a priority. Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator at Alberta Agriculture, talks about some of the things farmers should be keeping in mind.

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

Pest/Disease Corner


Fusarium Graminearum Survey Underway

“Fusarium graminearum continues to be a pathogen that causes problems in cereals and corn in Alberta and across the prairies,” says Michael Harding, research scientist, plant pathology, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), Brooks. “This year, AF is conducting a survey to help us get a better idea about where the disease is and isn’t commonly found.”

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What’s New in Ag Information


The Economics of Milk

The Economics of Milk Production, 2014 has been released. Caitlynn Reesor spoke with Pauline Van Biert, research analyst with Alberta Agriculture about the report.

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Agri-Food Exports for Alberta 2005 to 2014

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has just released its Agri-Food Exports for Alberta 2005 to 2014 publication.

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Webinars


Farm Direct On-farm Labour Strategies Webinar

The Explore Local Webinar Series kicks off September 8. Al Dooley, labour recruitment specialist with Alberta Agriculture, will be discussing on-farm labour strategies.

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Export Markets


Alberta Welcomes Buyers from Mexico and Colombia

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Guadalajara, coordinated a program for a delegation of 13 buyers from Mexico and Colombia. This was the largest Mexico/Colombia delegation of food ingredients and animal feed buyers that have visited Alberta in recent years.

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Crops


Getting Started in Horticulture

When it comes to people looking to get into agriculture, their area of interest is often horticulture. Dustin Morton is a commercial horticulture specialist at the Ag-Info Centre.

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Livestock


Beef Researcher Mentorship Program

Tracy Herbert, Beef Cattle Research Council beef extension coordinator,  says their Beef Researcher Mentorship program offers new beef, cattle and forage-related researchers opportunities to deepen their understanding of the beef industry in practical and meaningful ways.

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Environment


Watershed Alliance to Host Workshops on Water Quality

As part of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance’s (RDRWA) long-standing efforts to develop an Integrated Watershed Management Plan, the RDRWA will be hosting two workshops focused on water quality in mid-September.

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Water Pumping Program

Earlier this summer, Alberta Agriculture announced a reduction in the rental cost for the Water Pumping program for this pumping season, as a way to support producers as they manage dry conditions this year. Randy Dekens, program supervisor, says this program has been assisting Alberta producers in securing adequate water supplies for domestic, livestock and agricultural purposes for the past 39 years.

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Forestry


Check Your Elm Trees for Dutch Elm Disease Symptoms

The executive director of STOPDED says it is important to check all elm trees for symptoms of Dutch Elm Disease (DED). “All species of elm trees in Alberta are susceptible to DED,” says Janet Feddes-Calpas. “If a tree is infected with this fungus, it must be removed immediately to prevent further spread.”

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Jobs In Agriculture


Research Technologist

Edmonton – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is looking to fill this research technologist position at the Crop Diversification Center North. As the ideal candidate, you will possess knowledge and skills, specifically in plant pathology, biology, or microbiology, and in agriculture with field, laboratory, and/or greenhouse research experience. Your major responsibilities will include, conducting and maintaining greenhouse, laboratory and field experiments, preparing fungal inoculum and growth media, organizing materials and equipment, as well as collecting and entering data for statistical analysis. This competition (Job ID #1031468) will close on September 8, 2015.

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Statistics


Alberta Crop Report

Alberta producers were able to make good harvest progress this past week with the South region showing the greatest advancement. Thick smoke haze in the atmosphere reduced temperatures and slowed drying across much of the province. High winds in southern Alberta helped to dry crops but also caused damage by blowing swaths and breaking heads.

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General


How to Put on a Farm-to-Table Culinary Event

If you’re a local food producer interesting in putting on a farm-to-table culinary event, an upcoming bus tour will not only provide opportunity for learning and networking, but also features a demonstration dinner. That dinner will be held at Nature’s Green Acres, home to Shannon Ruzicka. 

  • Click here for a Call of the Land interview with tour organizer Colin Gosselin
  • Click here for a Call of the Land interview with Shannon Ruzicka


AFC Call for Nominations

The Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC) is looking to fill four seats on its board of directors. The group’s nominations committee would like to see a slate of candidates representing a broad cross section of the industry running in the upcoming election. 

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Pest/Disease Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Webinars

Export Markets

Crops

Livestock

Environment

Forestry

Jobs In Agriculture

Statistics

General

Coming Events

Range Health Assessment Training
Stavely, September 15 Details >
 

How to Put on a Farm-to-Table Culinary Event Bus Tour
Sherwood Park, September 15 Details >
 

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show
Woodstock, Ontario, September 15-17  Details >
 

Range Health Assessment Training
Cypress Hills/Manyberries, September 17  Details >
 

Art of the Harvest
Airdrie, September 26  Details >
 

Facility Design Workshop
Airdrie, September 30  Details >
 

Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons
Camrose, October 2-4  Details >
 

Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference
Toronto, October 5-6  Details >
 

Real Dirt on Farming
Red Deer, October 6  Details >
 

Canadian Association of Farm Advisors Conference
Lethbridge, October 8  Details >
 

Natural Health Product and Functional Ingredients Industry Conference
Edmonton, October 21-22 Details >
 

Getting into Farming Information Session For the Aspiring Farmer
Leduc, October 22  Details >
 

Return Unwanted or Obsolete Pesticides and Livestock Medications Campaign
Various Sites, October 26 Details >
 

Farm Tax Update for Professionals
Webinar, October 22  Click Here >
 

FarmFair International
Edmonton, November 11-15 Details >
 

Agricultural Excellence Conference
Regina, November 25-27 Details >
 


Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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