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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 […]

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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?  ————————————————- […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Grainews – Back to tillage after wet years

Created March 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | MARCH 11, 2015   CROPS Back to tillage after wet years         CROPS Cheaper crude clouds Canada’s economic fortunes     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS To tweet or not to tweet ›   MACHINERY & SHOP Familiar brands at work in Ukraine ›   CANOLA Crop rotation […]

Western Update – The Trials and Tribulations of #farm365

Created March 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   Western Update    People Crave Information about Farming – The Trials and Tribulations of #farm365  The great thing about social media – like Twitter and Facebook – is that it provides a megaphone for farmers, a group of people who have struggled for decades to be heard by consumers. The flipside is, of course, […]

Herbicide registrations, updates | Sask. March runoff

Created March 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Subscribe to Magazine | topcropmanager.com March 5, 2015 FEATURED NEWS: Fertilizing grass for hay and pasture If you click the images or links in the Sponsor Spotlight advertisement we will provide your subscription contact information only to that sponsor.      NEWS    Wrestling with resistant wild mustard Herbicide-resistant wild mustard can be a big […]

Western Update – Pre-Owned Gets Certified, T-Shirt Sales, and the Question of Western Canadian Precision

Created March 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update     Kickin’ Tires – Ep. 8: Pre-Owned Gets Certified, T-Shirt Sales, and the Question of Western Canadian Precision In this latest edition of the Kickin’ Tires podcast, co-hosts Shaun Haney and Jim Hale talk certified pre-owned and the bid for used machinery spending, and then move on to a talk on brand […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 9 – 13, 2015

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Alberta Observes Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 15 – 21 Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs March 15-21 this year.  It’s a great time for farmers, farm workers and families to initiate discussion around safety and implementing a health and safety system on their farms.   Click here to read the Agri-News article > Variety Registration […]

ARD SADD Branch Statistical Publications – Feb. 20, 2015 Releases

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

2015 Alberta Average Farm Input Prices Agriculture Farm Input Charts and Graphs Since 1976, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Statistics and Data Development Branch has carried out a monthly survey of prices for selected Alberta farm inputs. The prices are collected by the Alberta Federation of Agriculture in partnership with the Statistics and Data Development […]

Western Update – Where, When and How to Test for Clubroot

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             Under the Microscope: Where, When and How to Test for Clubroot In this edition of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, walks us through how labs test for clubroot and while a seed testing lab is your go-to for this nasty canola […]

AlbertaBarley.com Newsletter for March 2015

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES, BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!   Endangered short line kept in service by community co-op The Battle River Railway is providing farmers in a string of eastern Alberta communities with a local means […]

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

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features On-farm Grain Storage Options Recent record yields and transportation backlogs have increased interest in farm storage options. Alberta Agriculture project assistant Todd Bergen-Henengouwen is one of those who has been looking at grain storage and says there are a lot of options available, both temporary and permanent. Click here for the Call of the […]

Western Update – Calcium Deficiency, Productive Dairy Crosses and Markets this Week

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update        Canola School: Diagnosing Calcium Deficiency  Although canola’s calcium requirements are relatively high (about double the level of sulphur and phosphorous, according to the Canola Council of Canada), deficiencies are rarely seen in western Canada. When deficiencies do occur, it is often as a result of highly saturated soils, which […]

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

Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Upgrading Pastures and Hay Land Winter is a good time to for planning and evaluating cropping decisions. When it comes to forages and pastures, Grant Lastiwka, forage livestock business specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says there are things farmers can do now to help set them up for success.  Click here for the Agri-News story […]

Western Update -BSE-Infected Beef Cow Found in Alberta

Created February 19, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             BSE-Infected Beef Cow Found in Alberta   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed Canada’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) since 2011 in a beef cow from Alberta. In a statement emailed to RealAgriculture.com late Thursday, the CFIA said the case was detected through the national […]

AlbertaBarley.com Newsletter for February 2015

Created February 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

      WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES,BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!     Rise in craft brew demand is a huge opportunity for farmers A spike in craft brew demand across North America will call for an increase of […]

Western Update – Beyond the Bushel Ep 2 – Why Farmers Choose Wheat

Created February 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             Beyond the Bushel – Ep.2: Why Farmers Choose Wheat In this second of four episodes of Beyond the Bushel, we asked several western Canadian farmers the simple question of “Why grow wheat?” From there, your host Shaun Haney explores what goes into making wheat a successful crop in […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 9 – February 13, 2015

Created February 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features COOL Discussions in Washington Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson was in Washington last week as part of a delegation led by federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. They were there to reinforce Canada’s position on United States Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) to key industry coalitions and members of the newly elected U.S. House and Senate. […]

Western Update – The UAV Boom – Managing Risks, Leveraging the Benefits & Training Operators

Created February 5, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update            The UAV Boom – Managing Risks, Leveraging the Benefits & Training Operators   Between 2010 and 2013, Transport Canada issued 1,527 approvals for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations, with the number growing every year. Last fall, the organization announced exemptions to the Special Flight Operations Certificate, once mandatory for all non-recreational […]

foragebeef.ca

Created February 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Foragebeef.ca articles and links: Making Progress with Feed Efficiency — the case for RFI (Residual Feed Intake) Frequently Asked Questions about Feed Efficiency and Residual Feed Intake (RFI) The Economics of Feed Efficiency — the case for RFI Invasive Plant Species Control Page

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 2 – February 6, 2015

Created February 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features To Spray or Not to Spray The decision on whether to spray or not can be a difficult one for producers, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist, and the wrong decision can have serious financial consequences.   Click here to read the Agri-News story > Winter Wheat and Warm Weather What does this unseasonably […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: January 26 – January 30, 2015

Created January 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Growing Hemp in Alberta An Alberta Agriculture crop specialist says there are opportunities for growing hemp in the province, particularly organic hemp. Click here for the Call of the Land interview with Harry Brook Click here for the Agri-News article Insect Forecasting Maps Online Four new insect maps have just been posted to Alberta […]

Western Update – Sprayer Speed Impact, A New Tool for Cattle Producers and Nitrogen Management for Corn

Created January 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   TechTour: Gearing Down on High-Speed Spraying   On-farm efficiency is certainly a hot topic in today’s agricultural climate. But are we getting a little too keen for speed in the sprayer? We’ve heard often the importance of patience while seeding (check out the Canola School on seeding speed/depth from 2013), but sprayers are often exceeding 15mph in […]

Western Update – Does Your Farm Have a Succession Plan?

Created January 21, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   The Great Succession – Half of Farms Have No Plan; Does Yours? A recent survey suggested that 52% of family businesses don’t have a succession plans. Farms are family businesses – does that number sound about right to you? If so, there are thousands upon thousands of farms and farmers that are still […]

Western Update – The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling

Created January 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   The Seedpod – Ep. 3: The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling Change happens fast in agriculture. Just a century ago, Canadian farmers were behind a horse and plow. Today, we talk about cab comfort, the potential for unmanned aerial vehicle spraying, smart phone apps and biotechnology. The seed industry is […]

Western Update – A Crazy Car Crash, Pulse Promoter of the Year

Created January 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update  Rocky Mountain Equipment CEO in Wild Crash in Dakar Rally The CEO of a major farm equipment dealer in Western Canada has been released from a South American hospital after a wild crash in the Dakar Rally in Bolivia (see video below.)Not only is Matt Campbell the head of Rocky Mountain Equipment, which operates […]

Western Update – What Now for Verticillium Wilt, Fewer Wheat Acres & Camelina Approved for Feed

Created January 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Canola School: Verticillium Wilt Confirmed in Canola – What Now? It’s too early to say how big a problem verticillium wilt could become for the Canadian canola industry, but it should be on the radar for growers, says the crop pathologist taking the lead on the new disease issue within Manitoba Agriculture. As […]

Agri-News – This week in Agriculture

Created January 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Cow-Calfenomics Heads North Cow-Calfenomics 2014/2015 – Seizing Opportunities in the Alberta Cow-Calf Sector is heading north. “Cow-Calfenomics is an information session designed for Alberta’s beef producers,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton. “The series focuses on enhancing farm business management knowledge and demonstrating tools available to enhance decision-making […]

Western Update – Spotting Herbicide Resistance, Cinderella-Crop Tantrums and Speaking Up Without Fear

Created January 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Wheat School – Spotting Herbicide Resistant Wild Oats Herbicide resistant wild oats are pretty easy to identify, says Neil Harker, a research scientist in weed ecology and crop management at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe Research Centre.”You generally see them in patches. If you see [wild oats] in real straight lines, then you suspect a […]

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Western Update – Following the #Farm365, its all about the bees, and the fertilizer pipeline

Created January 7, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Following Along on the #farm365 with Andrew Campbell Curious about what happens on a dairy and grain farm each and every day? Farmer from southwestern Ontario and monthly columnist here at Real Agriculture Andrew Campbell is planning to post a new photo of what happens on the farm each and every day for […]

Ranch pencils out profit with bale, swath grazing

Created January 6, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

View this article on the Western Producer Producer urges those planning to winter graze to have their feed tested and provide windbreaks for cattle MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Steve Kenyon uses a lot of multi-purpose farm equipment, and he doesn’t own any of it. As well, the no-till drill, the fertilizer spreader, the combine and […]

Four life lessons from the farm that will serve you well in life

Created January 6, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

View this article on Alberta Farmer Express Fifteen-year-old Andrea De Groot has a thing or two to teach us adults about life on — and off — the farm. And those lessons have been learned working alongside her farmer father. “On the outside, I may look like a regular high school girl,” said De Groot, a […]

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Winner of Field School Pass and Farming Smarter Jacket!

Created January 5, 2015 | Category: Farming Smarter

The winner of this years Field School Pass and Farming Smarter Jacket is (drum roll) Cameron Grabo We would like to thank Cameron and all the other attendees for filling out a conference survey evaluation and attending the 2014 Conference and Trade Show. We look forward to seeing everyone at the AGM on February 26 […]

In dry years, tall stubble can make all the difference in yields

Created January 5, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Article from Alberta Farmer Express Leaving tall stubble standing in the field can add an inch 
of soil moisture and boost yields by as much as 17 per cent Large chunks of Alberta have seen some wet years recently, but water tends to be the most limiting factor for crop growth. And there’s only two remedies […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Dec 15 – 19, 2014

Created December 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Interpreting Variety Tables New crop varieties and variety tables will soon be released and determining which ones are significant to a specific operation is key to achieving success. Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre says it’s more than just picking the highest yielding variety, adding the variety tables should be seen as […]

Western Update – Is the Mega-Farm Model Fatally Flawed?

Created December 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Is the Mega-Farm Model Fatally Flawed?   Bigger is better. Go big or go home. The push for excess in all things, it seems, knows no bounds. But how big is too big? Or is that the wrong question to ask? From combines, seeding units and land bases, to suburban houses, fast food […]

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Conference 2014 Articles from Western Producer

Created December 14, 2014 | Category: Farming Smarter

Burger Chain wants more Canadian Beef MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A & W does not use hamburger derived from cull cows. As well, it continues to buy some of the meat for its Canadian burgers from the United States and Australia. Queried by producers during a Dec. 3 Farming Smarter conference, A & W purchasing […]

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Western Update – Swaying the Moveable Middle and Knowing GMO

Created December 14, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Update   Open, Honest Conversations Can Sway the “Moveable Middle” I remember reading an interesting quote that, paraphrased, said society was losing touch with where food came from and that the increase in urbanization was a death knell for rural life. The quote was from the 1920s. Shocking? A little, but it’s also an excellent […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Dec 8 – 12, 2014

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Spike in Reports of Heated Canola The Canola Council of Canada is warning about a spike in heated canola over the past couple of weeks. Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, discusses what producers should be doing.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > What Alberta Poultry Producers Need […]

Western Update – Come Hang Out with Us At RealAg Live!

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Real Agriculture is Hosting a New Event – Join Us at TechTour LIVE  A brand new Western Canadian event is rolling out in early March – Real Agriculture’s TechTour LIVE! In partnership with Dow AgroSciences Canada, this one-day, workshop-focused event is all about boosting your on-farm-efficiency advantage. Featuring top-notch speakers Donald Cooper, of […]

Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative – Rule #37

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Farming Smarter

from The University of Western Australia #37 Rules of thumb Rule of thumb: A useful principle having wide application but not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable in every situation.“Then they measured my right thumb, and desired no more; for by a mathematical computation, that twice round the thumb is once around the wrist, and […]

Western Update – Ottawa Fine-Tunes Weekly Grain Mandates for Railways

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Ottawa Extends and Adjusts Weekly Grain Mandates for Railways The federal government is extending – but also reducing – the weekly minimum grain shipping requirements for Canada’s two national railways, as it aims to resolve the remainder of the grain backlog in Western Canada. A new Order in Council will take effect on Sunday, November 30th and […]

Western Update – Mayo Schmidt Announced as New CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Created December 1, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   Mayo Schmidt Announced as New CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities Louis Dreyfus Commodities today announced the appointment of Mayo Schmidt as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 5th, 2015. Schmidt will succeed interim CEO Claude Ehlinger, who will continue in his existing roles of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Louis Dreyfus Commodities […]

Western Canada Agronomy Research Capacity Study

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

      In collaboration with several Western Canadian producer crop commodity organizations, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) commissioned a study by Toma and Bouma Management Consultants to evaluate agronomy research capacity in Western Canada. This project provides an inventory (capital and human resources) of agronomic research capacity in Western Canada, and projected capacity […]

Grainews: Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

TOP NEWS | NOVEMBER 27, 2014 LIVESTOCK Hi-Pro buying, shutting Lethbridge feed mill More top stories CANOLA ICE weekly outlook: Canola to hit major resistance at C$440 › DAIRY CATTLE Farmers focus on improving Ayrshire dairy cattle genetics › CEREALS Plant growth regulators › CANOLA Condo seller to tap China’s edible oil demand MOST READ | past 48 […]

Western Canada Update – Letting Rick Mercer Drive Your Combine

Created November 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   The Farmer’s Side of the Story – Letting Rick Mercer Drive Your Combine It’s not often a farmer gets to show off – and explain – what’s happening in his wheat field on national television during primetime hours. Humphrey Banack of Round Hill, Alberta had the opportunity this fall when he hosted […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Nov 24 – Nov 28, 2014

Created November 24, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Council Continues Work to Attract and Engage New Rural Entrepreneurs Premier Jim Prentice has extended the Next Generation Advisory Council’s mandate supporting Alberta’s future agricultural and rural leaders. The Next Generation Advisory Council will continue to examine ways to engage and support entrepreneurs to lead Alberta’s agriculture, food and rural businesses. Click here to read […]

Western Canada Update – Fungicides Under the Gun, Talking to Farmers and Markets News

Created November 24, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Popular Fungicides Under Scrutiny, Possible Ban in the EU – What Does This Mean for Canada? Several incredibly important and effective crop fungicides, including those that suppress fusarium in cereals, could be banned from use in the European Union soon. While this is an immediate concern for European farmers who could lose […]

Grainews: Corn could be your 2015 cash crop

Created November 23, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Practical production tips for the prairie farmer TOP NEWS | NOVEMBER 21, 2014 CORN Corn could be your 2015 cash crop CROPS Battling graft, China to overhaul grains import quota system › MACHINERY & SHOP How to install U-joints › NEWS Grainews Giveaway › BARLEY Ceiling still far off for rising feed barley market MOST READ | past […]

Western Canada Update – Spray Tips Year in Review, TWORA and TRCW-24 Disc

Created November 23, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update  Spray Tips with Tom Wolf – Ep. 12: The Year in Review – 8 Points of Your Spray Operation to Evaluate As farmers shut the door on the 2014 production season (save for those in Ontario still slogging through corn harvest), so too do we wind down the last of the Spray […]

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Conference Commercial

Created November 19, 2014 | Category: Farming Smarter

Listen to our new Conference commercial! http://www.farmingsmarter.com/wp-content/files/2014/11/Farming-Smarter-Conference-Nov-19-14.mp3 Farming Smarter 2014 Conference Commercial For more information about the conference click here

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: Nov 17 – 21, 2014

Created November 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Ethics and Energy Negotiations A spokesperson for the Farmers’ Advocate Office says it is important farmers, ranchers, land agents, and energy companies have a basic understanding of ethics as they relate to energy negotiations.   Click here for the Agri-News article > Manure Management Records Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA), anyone, including crop […]

New cereal varieties for 2015

Created November 17, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Top news | November 15, 2014 Cereals New cereal varieties for 2015 Crops Churchill caps off challenging year Most read | past 48 hours News Grainews Giveaway › Machinery & Shop How engineers invented the rubber-belted ag tractor › Machinery & Shop New round balers from NH › More top stories Crops U.S. grains: Wheat at three-month high, […]

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