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Monday, June 03, 2013 Edition.


Canola producers, particularly those with canola in storage, follow canola cash prices closely. However, not all canola producers track the difference between the cash price and the futures price for canola. This difference is termed ‘basis’. Following basis can often give clues of what is happening in the market…

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s AgroClimatic Information Service (ACIS) collects data from more than 350 stations throughout the province and provides farmers, ranchers and producers, access to meterological data and maps based on this data.

The Bison Producers of Alberta have moved their consumer based information, including nutritional information and recipes, to a consumer focused resource site – I Love Bison. This week, add a little ‘south of the border’ flavour to the menu with Bison fajitas and Mexican bean salad. Summer flavour at its best – your family will be asking for seconds…

There are changes to this year’s coverage for Bee Overwintering Insurance. Dean Dyck, program development analyst with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, AFSC, has the details in this Call of the Land interview.

“More consumers are looking to buy local food from Alberta producers which is wonderful news for farmers’ markets and the agriculture industry in the province,” says Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “We’re seeing higher attendance at markets, new markets are being established each year and the value of farmers’ markets has increased substantially.”

Henk van Dongen, an international marketing consultant will be spending a week in Alberta making presentations and doing one-on-one coaching sessions with individual farmers’ market managers, vendors, and other farm direct operators.Shannon Ruzicka with the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market Association says those one-on-one coaching sessions are very valuable.

A few flea beetles in a field are not worth the time and investment to spray. They will not cause economic losses. Only when defoliation reaches 25% across the field and feeding pressure continues does it make sense to spray for flea beetles. Canola Council of Canada has posted an article outlining a 5-step flea beetle spray decision, which gives producers information needed should they face this decision.

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is pleased to announce the release of the “Winter Wheat Production Manual,” a project originally spear-headed by the former Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission but handed over to and completed by the AWC.

and much more.

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Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

Editors: Lee Anne Bateman

Created June 4, 2013 | Category: Business

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