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Bug of the Month – Wheat Stem Sawfly

Created October 15, 2021 | Category: Bug of the Month

The Wheat Stem Sawfly is an economic pest that pressures your crops inside & out. The Stem Sawfly can be scouted at the same time as Wheat Midge; meaning you can get two bugs with one stone! Scouting post-harvest will give you a better understanding of how future season populations in your fields. Wheat Stem […]

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Weed Wisdom – White cockle

Created October 15, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

By: Sarah Tiffen and Charles Geddes White cockle (Silene latifolia Poir.) is a biennial or a short-lived perennial, that blooms during the night. It is a dioecious weed therefore each plant is either male or female and both are required for seed production. This weed is found across the prairie provinces along roadsides, in waste areas, pastures, and cultivated fields. The plant prefers well-drained areas and is a heavy seed producer. Each female plant can […]

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Soil Savvy – Phosphorus Deficiency

Created October 14, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Besides nitrogen, phosphorus is one of the most critical essential elements for adequate crop growth and productivity in agricultural ecosystems. Phosphorus is involved in the synthesis of several essential compounds required for plant growth and functioning. These compounds include adenosine triphosphate (ATP); the energy currency of the cell, containing a high-energy phosphate group that helps […]

Critical Thinking & Credible Sources

Created October 13, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Critical thinking is important, especially online! In this day and age, misinformation can be easier to find than information! It’s important to build up a database of trusted sources for credible information. In our day-to-day lives, a lot of us encounter circumstances that require us to think critically. Critical thinking is the ability to analyze […]

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Hail Damage Simulation Published!

Created October 8, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

The Hail Damage Simulation project results are published! Read it in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science! Our very own Gurbir Dhillon, Mike Gretzinger, Lewis Baarda, and Ken Coles were all major players in this study, alongside some folks at InnoTech Alberta and SARDA Ag Research. This study focused on quantifying the economic loss in […]

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Rolling Through the Barley Plots

Created October 1, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Rolling barley impact your yield and help your equipment! Our project is investigating the best time to roll your barley plots. Rolling barley pushes rocks into the soil, avoiding damage when it comes time to silage the field. This year, we’ve increased the size of our plots. While this helps decrease variability, we found increasing […]

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Soil Savvy – Biological Nitrogen Benefits

Created September 24, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

By Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D.  One of the major long-term goals of the sustainable farming systems is to achieve high crop yields with lower application rates of inorganic nitrogenous fertilizers. Biological nitrogen fixation is one of the major pathways to achieve this goal and promote long-term agricultural sustainability by reducing nitrogenous greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate the overall carbon footprint of […]

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Variable Rate Irrigation

Created September 24, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Soon, irrigation could see hands-off technology entering the market in southern Alberta. Together, with UBC’s LiteFarm & Ensemble Scientific, we are working towards building a community-driven, open-source irrigation system to benefit farmers around the globe. Farmers in southern Alberta can look forward to being among the first to test this system! The new irrigation system […]

Lewis Baarda – Sharp as a quip

Created September 23, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Spend a little time around Farming Smarter and you may experience an infamous Lewis Baarda quip coming at you from left field. He is, after all, the Field Tested Manager. But he’s one of those quiet people that catch you by surprise with a completely appropriate witticism when you don’t even know he’s listening.  Lewis […]

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Our Pulses are Perfectly Placed

Created September 17, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

We’ve kept a finger on the pulses, it’s time to get the results ready! As our Perfectly Placed trials wrap up their third year, we’ve seen dramatic differences this year. We’re focused on adapting the precision planters for crop production in southern Alberta with this trial. Our trials were located in Lethbridge, Taber, and Medicine […]

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Soil Conductivity Project Almost Fully Charged

Created September 10, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

The EM38 Soil Conductivity project might spark an interest in changing your fertilizer habits. The Soil Conductivity study will wrap up this year. For this study, we’ve been mapping the field with a EM38 ground conductivity meter. We map the fields every couple of weeks, until the crops grow too big for us to pass […]

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Perfectly Placed Hemp

Created September 3, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Our perfectly placed hemp harvest can’t come soon enough! While our Hemp Agronomy project is focused on the fertility of the plant, our Perfectly Placed trial focuses on seeding. Specifically, we’re comparing vacuum/precision planters to air drills. We’ve done this trial on cereals, canola, and pulses and seen great results. We thought, why not hemp? […]

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All About Alfalfa

Created August 27, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Our alfalfa trials are almost ready for harvest. Let’s check in on them! Right now, we have three separate trials for alfalfa going on at Farming Smarter. We’re researching how to best combat alfalfa weevil, the best time & product to desiccate alfalfa, and the effect of plant growth regulators on the crop. Because alfalfa […]

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Aphids in your cereals!?!?

Created August 24, 2021 | Category: Bug of the Month

Each year, aphids emerge in cereal crops in a fairly regular pattern in Western Canada. Mid-July rolls around and, depending upon what’s been happening in the growing regions south of our Canadian border, winged cereal aphids could be catching a ride on the winds flowing northward. Flying to the greener pastures of the Western Canadian […]


Scouting Post-Harvest

Created August 18, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Why scout for disease after harvest? Harvest means the end of the crops, but the job’s not done yet. A thorough field scouting after harvest is important to provide insight into the future wellbeing of your crops.    There are still insects & diseases to inventory. Knowing they’re there when we’re rotating crops & managing fields allows us to understand what […]

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Ambert Kingcott – Show Her the Money!

Created August 16, 2021 | Category: Business

Should you have the chance to sit and talk with Amber Kingcott, her genuine concern for farmers, farms and farming shines through instantly. She comes from farm families on both sides and, clearly, loves all things farm related. Today, Amber is the lead Manager within the Agriculture Department for BDO Canada LLP in Lethbridge. Her […]

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Hanging Out in the Hemp Field

Created August 13, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Hemp agronomy research is blazing forward at Farming Smarter For the CHTA variety trials, we’re doing things a little bit differently – we’ve broken our trials into two separate plots, one looking at fibre agronomy & the other investigating grain agronomy. The Nitty-Gritty of Grain Agronomy In our grain trials, we have mainly diecious varieties […]

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It’s a Cover Up (Crop)!

Created August 6, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Cover crops combat soil erosion while improving soil quality. Use of cover crops has been increasing throughout the Prairies, but little is known about their benefits & detriments. A Farming Smarter project is investigating how to incorporate cover crops in the fall season. Our strategy is to implement them within crop rotations. We’re using a […]

Weed Seed Protectors

Created August 4, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Way back Wednesday – Feb. 2019 By Dr. Charles Geddes As you sleep, tucked away in your bed at night, little critters are out in your fields saving you money on weed control. Aside from germination, weed seed predation causes the largest seedbank decline, resulting in mortality rates of 50% to 90% of annual weed […]


Durum Roll, Please!

Created July 30, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Durum prices are rising, we’re here to help increase your yield! Last week, we hosted our Lethbridge Plot Hop event. There, Ken Coles, Farming Smarter Executive Director, gave a presentation on our Precision Planted Durum. These plots test the affects of agronomy tools on the yield of irrigated durum. We test precision planted versus air […]

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Plot Hop a Hopping Success

Created July 28, 2021 | Category: Events

What a joy to be at a live field day! A day full of sunny skies, good jokes, and informative presentations! Our Lethbridge Plot Hop was a phenomenal success, and we’re beyond happy to have spent it with fantastic people. Getting people back in the field for a live field day is a great return […]

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2021: Year of the Lygus

Created July 26, 2021 | Category: Bug of the Month

Bug of the Month By Dr. Héctor Cárcamo Lygus bugs are native insects in Canada that feed on the buds, flowers and young seeds of most plants. They are a perennial pest in seed alfalfa and occasionally in other crops like canola. In 2021, there are reports of high lygus numbers in greenhouses in Quebec, […]

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Kochia Loves This Drought!

Created July 21, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Weed WisdomBy Dr. Charles Geddes Kochia enjoys a dry, hot year. There is less competition from the crops. Due to the lack of precipitation this year, many crops have experienced inhibited growth which leaves more resources available to the pesky weed. What is causing this? While the heat has a negative impact on crops, the […]

Having Fun with Fungi

Created July 16, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Fungi can devastate crops quickly and spraying them can quickly add up. If you’re spending that money, you want to know it’s going to work – but how do you know if you need to spray your crops before it’s too late? Farming Smarter is researching the effectiveness of spore trapping as a cost-effective way […]

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Heat Bubble Pops

Created July 9, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Let’s Check-in on the Crops While we were all trying our best to hide from the heat and stay out of the sun last week, our crops are definitely wishing they could do the same. The drought was in full swing in our drylands plots and farmers’ fields all over southern Alberta! Our Lethbridge and […]

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Mimic Nature to Increase Yields and Decrease Inputs

Created July 7, 2021 | Category: Business

Way back Wednesday From the Farming Smarter magazine Spring 2019 by Kristi Cox Farm soils require crop producers to make a transformational shift in thinking according to Dwayne Beck, Research Manager at Dakota Lakes Research Farm who spoke at the December Farming Smarter Conference.  He maintains that incremental changes might make small improvements, but to create a monumental difference takes a revolutionary change in approach.   Dakota Lakes […]

Dr. Gurbir Dhillon – Digging In

Created July 5, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D. took the Long Road to Tipperary… well, Lethbridge actually. He started in India where he grew up and attended the Punjab Agricultural University to earn his BA. Agriculture. He dropped in at the University of Delaware to earn a Masters in Soil Science then flew north to earn a Doctorate of Soil […]

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Precision Planters

Created July 2, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter Gaining Expertise Farming Smarter has history now working with precision planters. It’s first project began in 2016 as small plot trials and moved to field scale in 2020. In the latest Plot Shot video, Lewis Baarda provided an update on a dryland Field Tested precision planting project. It has seen roughly an inch […]

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As above, so below

Created June 25, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Above ground and below ground biomass are strong indicators of crop health and yield potential. With all things being equal, a crop with poorly developed roots that brandish small, spindly slightly coloured leaves will more often than not yield much less than the same crop that has a long, highly developed root system and large, […]

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News From The Field

Created June 18, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Field Tested is up and rolling again for the 2021 research season with 23 on-farm trials located across Southern Alberta. The Field Tested research crew has been busy visiting fields and collecting range of early-season data. They’ve looked at things like flea beetle damage, emergence, canopy closure, weed populations and crop heights and staging. This […]

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Toby Mandel – Shop Master

Created June 16, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Meet the man that is the silent backbone of the shop, keeping everything up & running – Toby Mandel, Farming Smarter Site Manager. Anyone that owns equipment needs a Toby. He can build, weld, take apart (& reassemble correctly!) and maintain all the working parts needed to run just about anything in top shape. “I […]

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Cutting Back Herbicide Resistant Kochia

Created June 11, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Using precision agriculture tools can help identify and respond to kochia pressure in farmers fields. Farming Smarter’s herbicide resistant kochia research project is now entering its third field season. It began the research project with the research team gathering information from each field in the study. This includes historic yield, soil conductivity, soil samples, and […]


Agriculture Internships with Cash Incentives

Created June 9, 2021 | Category: Growing Knowledge

Your business can be the next home for an up & coming superstar – CAREERS: The Next Generation offers cash incentives to hire interns. There are three funding levels, based on hours of work, for internships within: Trades (Agriculture Equipment Technician); Information & Communication Technology (Precision Ag, Social Media & Marketing, Data Capture & Analysis), […]

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Ben Van Dyk – Treasurer AND Treasure

Created June 8, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Ben Van Dyk, Farming Smarter Board Treasurer, calls himself a workaholic, but, really, he’s a philanthropist extraordinaire. The fact that a mutual friend turned him on to Farming Smarter is something the organization appreciates. Ben came to Canada in 1980 from Holland and gives back to his adopted community in myriad ways. Some of the […]

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Pea Leaf Weevil: Monitoring and Control

Created June 4, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Farming Smarter has pea leaf weevil under a microscope this year for the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network. Pea Leaf Weevil populations in southern Alberta remain at levels that could cause concern in 2021 particularly in areas that had extensive damage in surveys last year. With our survey, we hope to better understand the patterns of […]

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Strategic plan for success

Created June 2, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Farming Smarter updated its Strategic Plan over the winter to adjust to some of the major changes brought on in 2020.

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Farming Smarter – Full Coverage

Created May 26, 2021 | Category: Business

Get access to Farming Smarter at home or on the go. As great as it would have been to have people at the farm this year, we can’t do it yet. Thankfully, the fun doesn’t stop there! Thanks to our great team at Farming Smarter, and Lethbridge College, we’ve got you covered – like full, […]

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Portable neutron probe installation

Created May 21, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Moisture is an important choice in a soil till method. Because till methods lead to vastly different moisture and temperature levels, it can be difficult to know which method is best for your crop. The advantage of no-tilling means your soil will have more moisture, at the cost of a lower temperature. The inverse is […]

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Corn Research Boosts Whole Farm Returns

Created May 19, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Way back Wednesday From Farming Smarter magazine Fall 2015 Corn production is exploding across the prairies and especially southern Alberta. The south with its hot, dry summers and irrigation suits grain corn as well as silage, but grazing corn, a system that’s unique to western prairies, also expanded. The increase in corn acreage is partly […]

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5 Agronomy Smarts Scholarships

Created May 17, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) generously sponsors five Farming Smarter 2021 Agronomy Smarts subscriptions for young farmers or agriculture students. It’s a simple process to take advantage of all the learning available through Farming Smarter events, workshops and digital content on various platforms. Alberta Wheat Commission asked that the applicants be between 18 and 39 and derive a minimum two-thirds of […]

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Living Lab for Ag Climate Solutions

Created May 17, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter wants to create a Living Lab for agriculture climate solutions with partners and deliver practical agriculture solutions to southern Alberta through a recently announced federal government program – Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS). The goal of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada program is to support the development and implementation of farming practices that store […]

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Meet Carlo Van Herk – Farming Smarter’s Puppy

Created May 13, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

B.Sc. Agricultural Studies If a Golden Retriever were a human, it would be Carlo Van Herk! He is the friendliest face and the most energetic member of the crew. You can count on him to bring an uplifting presence to the work place and a cheerful attitude to the long days in the field. Since […]

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Prairie Farm Crop Production Future Changes

Created May 12, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Amaethon’s March Report examined future changes prairie farm crop production could face. The main objective was to identify the most concerning issues facing prairie farm crop production. As farms continue to get bigger, autonomous equipment is seen as a natural development that would also help address labour shortages. However, without stable internet in all corners […]

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Farming Smarter – Full Seed Ahead!

Created May 7, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter has about a third of its agronomy projects seeded and expects to finish by May Long. Seeding challenges this year was the inclusion of early seeding dates and some intentionally late seeding dates in order to fit ongoing research projects. One of the research projects includes strip tilling of corn early in the […]

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Variable Rate Nitrogen in Canola

Created May 5, 2021 | Category: Farm Business Management

Variable rate nitrogen applications in Canola may only work in certain circumstances, according to the recently published study. Economic Evaluation of Variable Rate Nitrogen Management of Canola for Zones Based on Histroical Yield Maps and Soil Test Recommendations By using precision agriculture strategies such as management zones, there is potential to increase profitability. However, the […]

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Precision Planting Hitting the Mark

Created April 30, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Try precision planting as a tactic to improve emergence and possibly yield with your pulse crops. When Farming Smarter began this research, we wanted to evaluate how effective precision row crop planters are as an all-encompassing seeding system. We believe that this innovation will lead to an increase in crop yield. In these pictures, you […]

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2021 Research Team Ready

Created April 28, 2021 | Category: Events

Farming Smarter continues its research projects in 2021 with an infusion of eight research assistants and three practicum students. “This is the most summer students we have ever hired. The past few years, we had interns from France where the agriculture degree has a requirement for international work experience. Due to COVID, French students cannot […]

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Meet George Lubberts – Policy Wonk

Created April 10, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

George Lubberts, Farming Smarter vice president, is another organizational long hauler dating back to the Southern Applied Research Association and taking part in the formation of Farming Smarter in 2012. He describes himself as a bit of a board junky and sits on the boards of Canadian Foodgrains Bank and World Renew. George likes a […]

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Boost canola yields

Created February 19, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Southern Alberta canola producers stand to benefit from a joint research project by Lethbridge College and Farming Smarter to boost canola yields. The project will study if producers can boost canola yields by using strip tillage and precision planting. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) partly funds this three-year, Applied Research and Development […]

Farming Smarter Research Unit

Created September 30, 2020 | Category: Growing New Ideas

Part 4 of 5 The research unit run by soil scientist, Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D., and research coordinator, Mike Gretzinger, leads grant-funded research projects either led by Farming Smarter or in collaboration with researchers from other institutions. Dhillon and Gretzinger coordinate field research activities and data collection. They also work closely with the extension unit to […]

Update for Alberta’s Wetland Policy

Created February 8, 2019 | Category: Growing Stewardship

By Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. | Taylor Bujaczek & Jay White A recent update to Alberta’s Wetland Policy (Dec. 2018) means that grants are now available from the Government of Alberta to finance private wetland restoration in addition to existing Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) payments. This means even more opportunities for farmers to get […]

Cypress Field Day: A Time For Learning

Created July 13, 2018 | Category: Farming Smarter

Cypress County Learning Adventure Almost 100 people learned many things to improve their farming from experts that covered pulses, soil health, weed management and canola disease. They were a wonderfully inquisitive bunch that came to Cypress this year! With a stream of questions and an atmosphere of learning, there was no doubt that each participant […]

#FSFS18 answered many questions

Created June 26, 2018 | Category: Farming Smarter

Field School participants got very hands on this year. They downloaded and tried a new weed identification app; they passed around bee food samples, they dug into wild oat demonstration plots and they passed around plants with diseased roots.  They got to see the insides of a spore trapper and a queen bumble bee among […]

Seed Prep @farmingsmarter

Created April 20, 2016 | Category: Farming Smarter

It’s all hands on deck when it comes time to seed as anyone near a farm knows. So, I helped prepare seed for plot planting the other day. We weighed wheat into brown envelopes – 122.2 grams per envelope. That’s right down to one or two seeds by weight. Then the envelopes get organized by trial and […]

We may be looking for you!

Created December 21, 2015 | Category: Business

  Office Administrator – Job Posting   Do you enjoy working with numbers and being detail-oriented? Do you enjoy multi-tasking and working in a fast paced environment? Do you enjoy being a team player and working with people?   If you said “yes” to any of these questions, we may be looking for you!   Farming […]


Report: Winter Pea and Lentil in Alberta

Created December 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

 New Study Report: Adaptability and Quality of Winter Pea and Lentil in Alberta Farming Smarter participated in this trial that shows winter pulse crops have potential in the Bow Island and Lethbridge areas of southern Alberta. Adaptability and Quality of Winter Pea and Lentil in Alberta

Partnership Works for Everyone

Created September 24, 2015 | Category: Growing New Ideas

Partnership Works for Everyone Click here for a pdf of this post with photos Farming Smarter made sure Lethbridge College, Special Crops students toiled in the hemp fields Sept. 18. Lethbridge College Agriculture Sciences instructor Adriana Navarro Borrell M.Sc. brought 34 students to experience agriculture research in real life. “It was great opportunity for us to help […]

Western Daily – Grain Pricing Transparency is Sadly Long Overdue

Created September 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– Western Daily ———–   Grain Pricing Transparency is Sadly Long Overdue ————————————————-   Legumex Walker Selling Special Crops Business to Scoular ————————————————-     Why Bale When You Can Pellet – Premos 5000 Wins Agritechnica Gold ————————————————-     How “Little Things” Led to a UN Food Security Declaration ————————————————-     Grain […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: September 14 – 18, 2015

Created September 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices Evaluation Project Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) recently released the Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) Evaluation Project final report which evaluated the environmental effectiveness and economic implications of implementing water quality BMPs at the field and watershed scales.   Continue reading > Soil Information Viewer Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AF’s) webpage has […]


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

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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 […]

Western Daily – The Courtship of Syngenta by Monsanto Appears to be Over

Created August 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———–  Western Daily ———–   A High School Saga – The Courtship of Syngenta by Monsanto Appears to be Over ————————————————-   MYFB – Ep. 6: Incorporating the Farm for Today’s Benefit and for the Long Term  ————————————————-   Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Do You Trust Cloud-Based Services With Your Farm Data?  ————————————————- […]


Field School and Disease Crop Walk videos now online!

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

Check out our new videos from the 2015 Field School and the 2015 Disease Crop Walk 2015 Farming Smarter Field School 2015 Disease Crop Walk

Harvest Progress, Preserving Farmland and Premier Wall Talks GMOs

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–   TWORA – Harvest Progress, Preserving Farmland and Premier Wall Talks GMOs – Aug 20  ————————————————-    Saskatchewan’s Hay Harvest Challenge Underway – And Who Couldn’t Use a $1000 Voucher? ————————————————-       Production of CX-6 Smart Seeder Begins ————————————————-   Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 19: Aphid Watch […]

Western Daily – Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–    Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates ————————————————-    V-Shaped Tile Plow Reduces Soil Disturbance and Ruts ————————————————-    Enns Brothers Acquires Western Manitoba Deere Dealer ————————————————-    Corn School West: Countering the Yield Lag After Canola ————————————————-       […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 17 – 21, 2015

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Using Pea Straw in Cattle Rations With a shortage of feed supplies for cattle this summer, many farmers are looking at their options, one of which is pea straw in cattle rations. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says with the pea harvest underway, now is the time to think […]

Western Daily – Canola Swathing, WASDE Confusion, Export Focus and More

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–       Canola School: Cutting Canola in the Heat ————————————————-    Which Should Get More Support: Exports, or Domestic Consumption? ————————————————-    WASDE Confusion, Corn Stockpiles and Fall-Back Questions – This Week in the Grain Markets ————————————————-    BC Ranchers Win CCA’s Environmental Stewardship Award ————————————————-   […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 3 – 7, 2015

Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features The Economic Impact of Fusarium in Alberta To illustrate the cost of Fusarium head blight to Alberta’s producers, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry recently published a report on its research into the economic impact.  The report outlined the potential costs at both a farm level and for the province as a whole. Click here to […]

Western Daily – PCC Defaults, Anne Wasko Talks US Cow Herd and the CWB Name is Booted

Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–    CWB Name Becomes History as G3 Canada Launches ————————————————-    Beef Market Update: Keeping a Watchful Eye on the U.S. Herd Expansion ————————————————-    Pacific Coast Canola Defaults; Legumex Walker Not Expecting Special Crops Business to be Affected ————————————————-    Soybean School West: Testing the Belief that […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: July 27 – 31, 2015

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features What to do with Hail-Damaged Crops Crops in some areas of the province have recently been pummeled by hail. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, looks at what can be done with damaged crops, and the importance of giving your animals time to adjust if they are going to be […]

Western Daily – Tribine Harvestor Goes into Production

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–     Production of Articulated, 4WD “Tribine” Harvesters to Begin in ’16 ————————————————-    Tax Deferrals Announced for Western Livestock Producers Affected by Drought ————————————————-    This Week in the Grain Markets – Whose Numbers Need a Reality Check? ————————————————-   Pulse School: Pea Research Spotlight on Drought, Yield […]

All the Latest Pulse School Episodes

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  The RealAgriculture Pulse School Update      Pulse School: Pea Research Spotlight on Drought, Yield and Nutrition ————————————————-    Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses ————————————————-    Pulse School: Disease Control in a Dry Year ————————————————-   Pulse School: What Happens if you Push the Herbicide Timing Window?  ————————————————-    Pulse School: Take […]

Western Daily – Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–    Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses   Crop Inputs You Can’t See – The Coming Wave of Microbe-Based Products Ag Ministers Hopeful RCMP Will Find “Scoundrels” Involved in Food Terrorism Look Who’s Leading the Drive for a National Food Policy   Front Versus Rear Boom: Comparing Sprayer Designs […]

Western Daily – Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   Western Daily ———–    Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016   Canterra Seeds and Limagrain Establish Limagrain Cereals Research Canada   TWORA – Smoky Skies, Stressed Crops and a Spike in the Grain Market – July 2 Grain Market Spikes Following June 30th Reports from USDA and StatsCan   Weather Whiplash – Dave Phillips […]


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

Created July 2, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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 […]

#FSFS15 Lethbridge Herald – hemp session

Created June 29, 2015 | Category: Events

Hemp becoming popular cash crop by Garrett Simmons, on June 24, 2015 LH_Hemp becoming popular cash crop_June 24, 2014


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

Created June 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Opportunity to Participate in Trade Mission to India Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of pulses, […]


Field School 2015 Preview Video

Created June 12, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 8 – June 12, 2015

Created June 10, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Dealing with Dry Pastures Some cattle producers are faced with dry conditions in their pastures, and grasses heading out early. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, has seen some of those pastures, and says it’s important to know what you’ve got and how to graze to make best use of […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 1 – June 5, 2015

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Introducing Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier Caitlynn Reesor interviews the new Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier, who is the MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne.     Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Baked Stuffed Zucchini Boats This recipe is ideal for summer days, when zucchini is plentiful. For the rest of […]

Western Daily -TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–    TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns ————————————————-    Livestock Producers in Western Canada: You May be Eligible for Tax Deferral ————————————————-    Pulse School: Take a Hike…Through Your Faba Beans ————————————————-    TPP Participation is Critical for Maintaining Canadian Pork Exports ————————————————-    This Ain’t 2012 – Weather, […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: May 18 – May 22, 2015

Created May 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Risks of Late blight in Alberta An ARD specialist said that over the last several years, there has been a great deal of concern in Alberta surrounding a serious disease called Late blight that mainly affects potatoes and tomatoes.    Click here for the Agri-News article > Safe Food for Canadians Act Consultations The CFIA […]

Western Daily – Hiring a Custom Farming Outfit: The Pros, The Cons and the Paperwork

Created May 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–     Hiring a Custom Farming Outfit: The Pros, The Cons and the Paperwork ————————————————-    How an Elevator’s Made: An Up-Close Look at the Construction of a Modern Grain Terminal ————————————————-   Progress, Predictions and Deciding When to Sell – This Week in the Grain Markets ————————————————-    A COOL […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: May 11 – May 15, 2015

Created May 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features New Version of Call of the Land App Released A new coming events feature has been added to the Call of the Land mobile application which includes a searchable listing of upcoming agricultural events across the province. Click here for the Agri-News story.Click here for the Call of the Land interview. 2015 Summer Farm Employment Program […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 27 – May 1, 2015

Created April 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Seed Treatments One tool farmers have in their tool box is seed treatments. Bill Chapman, crop business development specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says he got a lot of questions this winter from producers asking how to know if they’re getting a return on that investment. Click here for part one of the Call of […]

“Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | APRIL 24, 2015   CROPS “Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil         CEREALS Winter wheat stripe rust update     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS Looking at the new crop insurance initiative from AFSC ›   CEREALS Understanding today’s wheat basis ›   MACHINERY & SHOP Loader tractor […]

Western Daily – Planting? Ready, Set — Whoa!

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–   Corn School: Ready, Set, Whoa!  ————————————————-    Capital Gains Exemption Tops List of Ag-Related Pieces in Federal Budget – Gerry Ritz on what’s in it for farmers ————————————————-   This Week on Real Ag – Seeding, Acreage Estimates and the Federal Budget – April 24, 2015  ————————————————-    Who […]

Western Daily – The AgNerds Talk Bluetooth – Enabled Lawnmowers and Other Signs of the Apocalypse

Created April 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    Western Canada Daily ———–    AgNerds: Bluetooth Alert – Your Lawn Mower Needs an Oil Change ————————————————-    Government Commits to Streamlined Variety Registration Process; Includes 2-Tier Option ————————————————-    The Many Uses of a Re-Purposed Tote – Share Yours! ————————————————-   Farmer Equity and G3’s CWB: Questions About Farmer Ownership Remain  ————————————————-   […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 20 – April 24, 2015

Created April 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Risks of Seeding Too Early Seeding is underway in southern Alberta, but for many farmers, it’s still a ways off. Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, cautions about seeding too early.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Social Media Tips Thanks to the power of smartphones, people have […]


New Video – Candid Modern Farmers

Created April 16, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

Candid Modern Farmers What does sustainability mean to a southern Alberta farmer? It means a prosperous and healthy livelihood for future generations. This is no small thing. It means protecting natural resources through intelligent farm practices that recognize renewable is only true if you make it so. They want you to know they love the […]


Grainews: Smarter Farming launches my film career

Created April 13, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

Smarter Farming launches my film career  Original post from Lee’s Blog Farming Smarter, the southern Alberta applied research association, based in Lethbridge, launched my film career today. I play a brief but pivotal role in Farming Smarter’s latest promotional video called “Not Grandpa’s Farm”. If you really pay attention near the end, I have a […]


Not Grandpa’s Farm – New FS Video!

Created April 8, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

Not Grandpa’s Farm (Changes) #FSfuturefarm It may be Grandpa’s farm but it isn’t Grandpa’s farming. Technology transformation and modern farming realities mean that today’s farmers need advanced education and lifelong learning to succeed. Farming Smarter helps with lifelong learning.Farmers include: Robert Weisgerber – Schuler, Fred Weisgerber – Schuler, Andrew Kirscherman – Hilda, – Matt Stanford – […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 6 – 10, 2015

Created April 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) Now Available Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) is here. One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, the “Blue Book” is revised annually. New product registrations and other new details give producers the most up-to-date information available to protect their crops.  Click […]


Farming in the Wild

Created April 2, 2015 | Category: Growing Stewardship

Farming Smarter released the first of three videos this morning to share agricultural stories in a whole new way. Go see what Farming in the Wild is all about. Share it around with friends and family. It really is a different perspective and there’s more coming soon!

Western Update – Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?

Created April 1, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

       Western Update            Wheat School: Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?  Responding to demands from both the Canadian wheat industry and international customers, the Canadian Grain Commission has proposed creating a new class of milling wheat for Western Canada. As part of this Wheat School West episode, Daryl Beswitherick, program […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 30 – April 3, 2015

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Fumigating Grain Beetles Accessing and using fumigants for grain beetle control in stored grain has become more complex, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist. “Obtaining the fumigant, whether Phostoxin, Gastoxin or Weevilcide, is only half the job, as requirements for application and record keeping have changed,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, […]

Western Update – Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             The Seedpod(cast) – Ep. 4: Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment   Are you flying blind when it comes to starting your crop? An untested seed lot is exactly that, untested – you don’t know what diseases may be lurking in the bin that […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 23 – 27, 2015

Created March 24, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Social Licence in Agriculture Industry leaders recently got together to discuss social licence in agriculture at an event organized by the Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta. We asked what social licence means to them and what their associations are doing to help their members achieve it. We hear from: Lee Markert, chair of the Alberta […]

Western Update – Are Farmers Being Sold More Tech Than They Need?

Created March 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update         AgNerds: Are Farmers Being Sold More Tech Than They Need? To justify purchasing a new piece of technology for a farm, its value can’t be based on the “wow factor.” It must solve a problem and improve the overall efficiency of the operation. With that in mind, are farmers […]

Spring 2015 FS Magazine now available!

Created March 17, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 16 – 20, 2015

Created March 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Top Five Reasons to be an Open Farm Days Host Are you a producer with a great Alberta agricultural story to share? Do you know an Alberta farm or agri-business that needs a showcase? Look no further – Alberta Open Farm Days is for you!   Click here to read the Agri-News article > To […]

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