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Redford Government and Lac Ste. Anne County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents

Lac Ste. Anne County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $500,000 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant. “The Internet is a powerful tool that puts a wealth of information at our fingertips,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Ensuring Albertans across this province have the opportunity to use this tool is part of our ongoing efforts to build Alberta and support our vibrant rural communities.”

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Cattle Trail at the Calgary Stampede

Friday, July 5, was the first day of the Calgary Stampede, and also of the Cattle Trail. Traceability in Alberta, which includes Alberta Agriculture, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, and Livestock Identification Services, will once again be at the event. Katherine Altman, extension and education manager with the traceability branch with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the event. The Calgary Stampede runs through to July 14.

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Late Blight

An Alberta Agriculture specialist says that conditions are excellent in most areas of Alberta for the development and spread of late blight. Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, provides information on

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Honey-Glazed Red Pepper with Goat Cheese

This appetizer will be a hit at any gathering. It’s just the thing to start off any bbq, dinner or gathering. Alberta-grown produce combined with Alberta honey is a sure combination for a delightfully sweet dish.

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Food Safety

Growing Forward 2 Food Safety Systems Producer Program

The Food Safety Systems Producer program under Growing Forward 2, is still open and accepting applications. Karen Mann, program specialist, discusses this program. For more information on any Growing Forward 2 program, call the Ag Info Centre at 310-3276, or go to the Growing Forward 2 website. For more information on the Food Safety Systems Producer program, call Karen Mann at 780-644-1872.

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Pest Corner

Moisture Raises Sclerotinia Stem Rot Risk

Sclerotinia stem rot is the most common and costly disease of canola on the Canadian Prairies, and its severity is directly related to moisture.

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Wheat Midge Flight Underway in Southern Alberta

Alberta Agriculture’s insect management specialist Scott Meers, provides an update about what pest issues he’s hearing about in the field, including the wheat midge flight in southern Alberta.

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Stripe Rust Survey Update

Dr. Denis Gaudet (AAFC-Lethbridge) provides an update on the Stripe Rust Survey:

12 winter wheat fields were surveyed July 3rd in the Lethbridge, Coaldale, Foremost and Bow Island area. Trace levels were seen in 2 fields around Lethbridge. The rest were clean. However, all of the fields had been sprayed with fungicides.

In unsprayed research plots at Lethbridge, 80% incidence and 50% severity is common in winter wheat.

Spraying recommendations:

  • At this late stage, spraying may not be possible or necessary in winter wheat because most is past flowering and into grain fill.

  • Spring wheats are still mostly clean. Spring wheat varieties that are resistant to stripe rust don’t require spraying.

  • We do not recommend spraying susceptible spring wheat varieties until the boot stage since protection of the flag and penultimate leaves is most important for saving yield and quality.

As always, frequent monitoring of fields for disease is recommended. The forecast for cooler weather and possibility of intermittent showers could complicate the stripe rust situation. For further information, contact Mike Harding, plant pathologist with Alberta Agriculture, 403-362-1338.

What’s New in Publications

Farm Direct Marketing for Rural Producers

This newly revised factsheet discusses some of the basic components and strategies of farm direct marketing agricultural products and services.

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Pulses and the Statistics Canada Acreage Survey

Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research discusses the latest Statistics Canada acreage survey and what it had to say about pulses.

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Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Crops

Many farmers are looking to market the balance of their old crop to make way for the new. “Summer is here and producers are preparing for a new crop that could be in the bin within the next 30 days,” says Rick Dehod, agriculture farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “As such, it’s a good time to review your marketing plan with the aim of emptying those bins to make room for the 2013/2014 crop, and firming up your plans to market that new crop.”

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Vegreville Hemp Crop Walk

The Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre will be hosting its 4th Crop Walk on July 17, 2013, at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, located west of Vegreville. The walk starts from in front of the building at 9 a.m. and will tour hemp and flax plots. There will also be an afternoon tour of the fibre processing facility for those interested in learning about the processing of bast fibres. For more information, contact Ruth DeSantis.

Busy Summer at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe

It’s going to be a busy summer at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe. Jim Helm, the head of research and a plant breeder, is expecting a number of international visitors.

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FutureFare 2013 Recognizes Recent Successes and Addresses Industry Change

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency’s fourth annual FutureFare  focused on topics of relevance to industry including improvements to best practices, technology and research, and recent changes in consumer expectations and market access.

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The Workforce Development Program

The Alberta Agriculture Workforce Development Program provides assistance to address specific workforce issues in agricultural production and agri-processing sectors. Al Dooley, labour recruitment specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses the components of the program. For more information, call 403-340-7625.

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Research & Technology

Returns on Research and Development Investment

Nevin Rosaasen, research economist with Alberta Agriculture, recently returned from a Canadian Public Policy Forum, Breadbasket 2.0. In a recent interview, he talked about some of the key learnings from the forum, especially when it comes to the value of research and development.

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Created July 9, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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