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Weed Wisdom March 2019

Created March 27, 2019 | Category: Farming Tips

Consider cultural weed management by Dr. Charles Geddes As the snow begins to melt, growers everywhere wait eagerly to get back to the land. This is often a time to plan out the coming growing season, and secure seed, fertilizer, and chemicals, among a wide range of other organizational tasks. Growers invest a large amount […]

Colour coded variety tables for barley and wheat

Created March 10, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Colour Coded Variety Tables for Barley and Wheat (all in pdf format) Fusarium Head Blight Reaction of Cereal Varieties For Alberta   Leaf Spot Reaction of Barley Varieties For Alberta   Leaf Spot and Stripe Rust Reactions of Wheat Varieties For Alberta

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 […]

Wheat School Update – Check Out the Latest Wheat School Episodes

Created February 5, 2015 | Category: Farming Tips

            RealAgriculture Wheat School Update      Wheat School: Reaching Wheat’s Full Genetic Potential – The UK Perspective Wheat production in the United Kingdom hovers just below 200, 000 hectares (about a half a million acres). It’s used for export markets, human consumption, and plays a key role in animal […]

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Article from Harry Brook – Storing Grain Safely

Created October 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Article in Word Document form with Diagrams click here Storing Grain Safely Harvest has been difficult this fall. Frequent showers have slowed the harvest and grain quality is suffering. No one has yet managed to control weather and that is the greatest risk of all. There might be a temptation to harvest damp or wet […]

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Tracking and Planning Important to Crop Success

Created September 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

While you may not have a lot of time to read right now, herbicide residues in soil can have a substantial enough impact on crops that you might want to read up on it during our next snow storm; which is far enough away in time that you may be able sit, relaxed in a […]

Spray Weeds Early in Corn

Created August 16, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Read the story with photos in pdf  –  Weed Effect on Corn2   The advent of herbicide tolerant crops has made spraying corn much simpler, but there still are few factors to consider for optimum results. One very important thing to consider is proper spray timing. Much research supports the importance of early weed removal, […]

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Alberta Crop Conditions Report – Aug 5, 2014

Created August 11, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Following is the Alberta Crop Report (Abbreviated) release prepared by James Wright of AFSC, reporting conditions as of August 5, 2014.Note:  Full Crop Report is published every two weeks, while an abbreviated Crop Report is available during the week prior to the full Crop Report.  This is the first Abbreviated Crop Report of the 2014 […]

Winter Wheat Weekly Update May 5-9th

Created May 12, 2014 | Category: Farming Tips

Winter Wheat Weekly Update May 5-9th Thank you to all industry agronomist’s and producers who provided information relating to the current winter wheat crop conditions in their areas.For the most part winter wheat fields are recovering well ( new growth both above and below the soil) with most area’s reporting fair to good conditions.In the […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week – Feb 18/14

Created February 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Top Items from Agronomy Update 2014 Over 30 presentations on a wide variety of topics related to crop production were made at the recent Agronomy Update conference. The presentations provided information on crop pests, weed control, soil fertility, new crop options, grain storage and marketing. Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week (Jan. 13/14)

Created January 13, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Points to Remember During Calving Season As calving draws closer, producers know that, as always, the season is a busy one. A little preparation and some advance management practices can go a long way in ensuring a successful calving season in 2014.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >     Barley and Cranberry Pork Stew […]

Agri-News – RTW this week (December 2, 2013)

Created December 4, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Marketing Nutrition Workbook — Healthy Eating Guidelines Now, more than ever, consumers are choosing food products with health benefits. It’s increasingly important for food processors to know which aspects of their food product they should promote. When it comes to the latest nutrition fads, many of which are featured on talk shows or […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week: November 4, 2013

Created November 5, 2013 | Category: Events

Features Alberta to Stand Up for Livestock Industry in Chicago Alberta’s Agriculture Minister will meet with American meat-packers to rally support to change U.S mandator Country of Origin Labelling rules. Verlyn Olson will attend the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference in Chicago, IL, Nov. 3-5.  Click here to read the Agri-News story >   […]

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RTW This Week – Agri-News:July 27 – August 2, 2013

Created July 30, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Flood Relief It’s been over a month since the disastrous floods took place in Alberta. Although the flooding caused damage to the province’s agriculture sector, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson says it could have been much worse.  Click to listen to the interview with Minister Olson. >  Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers Discuss […]

Canola Watch July 10: Hail | Insects | 50% flower

Created July 15, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Hail struck a number of areas over the past week, and canola damage ranged from light to total destruction. The photo above shows a couple hailstones collected around Lethbridge this week. Canola has a remarkable capacity to recover from light hail at early flowering — although if the flowering period is extended as a result, […]

Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created July 9, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Redford Government and Lac Ste. Anne County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents Lac Ste. Anne County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $500,000 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant. “The Internet is a powerful tool that puts a wealth of information at our […]

July Agri Digest Online

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

The JULY 2013  issue of Agri Digest Online is posted. The front cover exhibits a little of the excitement in Calgary last week when flash floods hit the area – and the Calgary Stampede – hard. Inside (page 15), you can help in the effort to get the clean-up completed and the 2013 Stampede underway […]

Variable Rate Nutrient Application : Should I Consider It For My Farm?

Created June 19, 2013 | Category: Farming Smarter

What Are We Talking About? Variable rate nutrient application (VRNA) means applying different rates of fertilizer or manure to different parts of a field growing the same crop, based on a pre-determined prescription. The rate can be controlled manually by the equipment operator or automatically by a computer in communication with a global positioning system […]

Alberta RTW this Week Agri-News

Created June 19, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Click here for the full version Features Appointments to the Alberta Grains Council Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has appointed two new members to the Alberta Grains Council.  Read the story here >  Classroom Garden Program Plants Seeds in New Communities Through its commitment to enhancing agriculture education and awareness efforts in the province of Alberta, […]

Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Alfalfa Autotoxicity When looking to breathe new life into an old alfalfa stand, alfalfa autotoxicity is one factor to be carefully considered before developing rejuvenation plans.  Read the Agri-News story >   Alfalfa Toxicity Affects Seedling Emergence and Growth Both seedling emergence and growth are reduced by alfalfa autotoxicity. Plants that do emerge are often […]

Timely Information for Pest Management

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

On his weekly insect update, Scott Meers discusses cutworms, grasshoppers, diamondback moth, leafhoppers, and spraying for flea beetles. http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl20951 Bertha traps go up the week of June 16. The map will go live on June 23. If you manage a bertha trap location and have not gotten your supplies please email shelley.barkley@gov.ab.caand we will get you your supplies. ———————————————————————— […]

Alberta Crop Report

Created June 12, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

This information has been made available by Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. The June 4, 2013 Crop Report is also available as a PDF file on the AFSC website. Seeding is virtually completed at 97% in line with the long term average. Feed crops remain to be completed. Emergence is estimated at 63%, ahead of last year’s 55%. […]

Canola Watch June 5: Tank mixing | Blackleg | Late seeding

Created June 11, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Canola seeding is complete or nearly complete in most regions. Timely rains mean rapid crop establishment and reduced flea beetle threat for most regions — although see the Tweet of the Week below. Good growing conditions also bring heavy weed growth, especially in fields that did not get a pre-seed burnoff. Larger weeds may need the high […]

Alberta RTW this Week Agri-News

Created June 4, 2013 | Category: Business

Monday, June 03, 2013 Edition. Features: Basis Signals for Canola Marketers 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 […]

June Agri Digest now available!

Created June 3, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

The JUNE 2013  issue of Agri Digest Online is posted. Hope you enjoy the bit of Irish news in the Across Borders section – a wee reminder that farming faces the same issues the world over. Click the Link to view : http://agridigestonline.advancedpublishing.com/Vizion5/viewer.aspx?id=30&pageId=1 If you do not get the new issue of Agri Digest, try clicking […]

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Pulse Check – from Alberta Pulse Growers

Created May 21, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Read the Bi-Weekly publication of Pulse Check – from Alberta Pulse Growers [A bi-weekly check-in from Alberta Pulse Growers]<http://pulse.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4f92726baa18eeeb2df5f8140&id=3e7ae2f916&e=d30e4968ec> Welcome to Pulse Check!As the commission that represents pulse producers in Alberta, Alberta Pulse Growers wants to stay connected with our members and our friends in the agriculture industry. We’ve created Pulse Check to help us do […]

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Optimum Seeding Date and Rates for Irrigated Grain and Oilseed Crops

Created February 13, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

May 2011 Agdex 100/561-2 Optimum Seeding Date and Rates for Irrigated Grain and Oilseed Crops Irrigation farmers strive for optimum crop production. The timeliness of seeding is one of the most important agronomic practices for achieving high yields of cereal and oilseed crops under irrigation. As well, increased seeding rates can be useful for ensuring […]

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From an idea to a product; steps to Success

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Feb. 2013 From an idea to a product; steps to Success source: New Venture Coach Printable pdf by Elaine Stenbraaten You’ve got an idea for a product you’d like to sell. Did you know there is a process of development stages to follow that gives you, your business and your product a better chance of success? […]

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Burcon NutraScience Builds Peazazz Production Facility

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Jan. 2013 Source:Food Ingredients First Burcon NutraScience Corporation reports that it has commenced building a Peazazz semi-works production facility: a first commercial-scale plant to produce Peazazz, the world’s premier pea protein that offers exceptional usability and high-quality protein nutrition. The transparent, pea protein is expected to be available for customers looking to purchase commercial-scale market […]

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Monsanto Acquires Select Assets of Agradis

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Jan 2013 Monsanto Acquires Select Assets of Agradis, Inc. to Support Work in Agricultural Biologicals Source:Food Ingredients First Agradis was formed in 2011 by Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), a privately held company led by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. Founder and CEO, dedicated to developing genomic-driven solutions to address global challenges, and Plenus, S.A. de C.V. […]

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Cargill Envirotemp FR3 Dielectric Fluid Identified As Technology Enabler

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Jan. 2013 Cargill Envirotemp FR3 Dielectric Fluid Identified As Technology Enabler in New IEEE High Temperature Insulation Standard Source:Food Ingredients First Cargill announced that the demonstrated enhanced thermal capabilities of its Envirotemp FR3 renewable (natural ester) dielectric fluid, which is made from vegetable oil, have been published within a new design standard by the Institute […]

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BASF to Expand its Plant Biotechnology Research to Corn

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Jan. 2013 Source:Food Ingredients First BASF will continue to focus on the development of crops that deliver higher yields and improved resistance to stress conditions. A key component of these activities in plant biotechnology is an industry leading collaboration with Monsanto for key row crops such as soybeans and corn. Both companies have jointly developed […]

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Soy Protein Can Be Replaced by Rapeseed Protein

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Jan. 28, 2013 Science Daily Today, more than 500 million people are suffering from a lack of adequate protein in their diet. Each year, the number of human beings increases by 80 million, a figure which is equivalent to the present population of Germany. Thus, providing enough food, particularly sufficient protein for the increasing populace […]

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Cows Fed Flaxseed Produce More Nutritious Dairy Products

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

January 2013 Source:Nutrition Horizon Traditional cattle feed mixtures of corn, grains, alfalfa hay and grass silage result in dairy products with low concentrations of omega-3 and other polyunsaturated fats, according to Gerd Bobe, the lead scientist on the study, which has been published online in the Journal of Dairy Science. Ten pregnant cows at OSU’s […]

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UK Food Agency Reveals Consumer Attitudes to GM Labelling

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Food Ingredients First Jan 2013 The key findings of the research are: – Consumer awareness of the current labelling requirements is low. – Participants were typically not seeking information or labelling with regard to GM foods. Only 2% of participants mentioned spontaneously that they looked for information about GM content when buying food products for […]

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Proliferation of Food Eco-Labels to Continue

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Food Ingredients First Jan 2013 The number of eco-labels in the food industry is expected to continue to proliferate in 2013. Over 200 seals and logos represent some ecological, ethical, ingredient or sustainability attributes in the global food industry. Organic Monitor finds the mushrooming number of eco-labels could have adverse implications. The majority of eco-labels […]

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Common Pesticides a Threat to Bees, EFSA Warns

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Food Ingredients First Jan. 2013 Three widely-used pesticides made by Syngenta and  Bayer pose an acute risk to honeybees, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has warned. Fears over the effects on bees of neonicotinoid insecticides – among the most commonly used crop pesticides in the world – led France to withdraw approval in June […]

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Bio-Tiles and Heat-Resistant Biopolymers

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Jan. 17, 2013   Science Daily- Even tiles can be organic — if they are made of renewable raw materials. They are more resource-efficient than their ceramic counterparts and unlock new creative options for design. Bioplastics made of polylactides (PLA) are becoming more heat-resistant, thereby making them suitable for high-temperature filling processes in the food […]

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Novel Barley Genotyping

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Novel Barley Genotyping Eureka Genomics and the James Hutton Institute Collaborate January 11th, 2013 Eureka Genomics is developing a custom assay for the genotyping of barley, enabling identification of over 400 SNPs in a single test. At $15.00 per sample, the assay will offer a low-cost opportunity for researchers to identify and optimize traits such […]

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Alberta Farmers Reminded to Insure Hay and Pasture

Created February 6, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Alberta Farmers Reminded to Insure Hay and Pasture Getting Adequate Moisture is Always Producers’ Biggest Concern “Never knowing from one year to the next whether they’ll get enough moisture to grow productive forage crops continues to be the main reason farmers insure nearly 7.5 million acres of pasture and hay across Alberta,” says David Maddox, […]

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Poor yields dent Canadian farmers’ love for canola

Created January 30, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Agrimoney January 2013 Canadian farmers’ love affair with canola has cooled, with sowings of the oilseed set to drop for the first time in more than a decade this year, clearing space for one of the country’s biggest ever wheat crops. Canadian canola plantings are to drop this year by more than 100,000 hectares, ending […]

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Meeting with Alberta Innovates folks.

Created January 29, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Hilarious scientist telling me about Jerusalem artichoke. Ludovic capo-chichi,  Jan slaski and Margarita Pliner.

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Fusarium – The Enemy Within – Article by Harry Brook, Crop specialist

Created January 24, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Article for January 23, 2012 Fusarium – the enemy within. There has been a lot of press lately on the cereal disease Fusarium graminearum. You might wonder what the big deal is about. Fusarium fungal species are always around us. They naturally occur in the soil and the group is a large one with many […]

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A Protester Recants

Created January 17, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Mark Lynas Lecture to Oxford Farming Conference Download pdf transcript 3 January 2013 Transcript I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and […]

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Farm Industry News Feed

Created January 10, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

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Classroom Agriculture with Greg Stamp

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

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DuPont came one step closer to commercializing advanced biofuels by breaking ground on its cellulosic ethanol facility

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

3 Dec 2012 — DuPont came one step closer to commercializing advanced biofuels by breaking ground on its cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa.  Expected to be completed in mid-2014, this more than $200 million facility will be among the first and largest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world.   This new facility is expected […]

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Canada Western Solin no longer regulated as of August 1, 2013

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Winnipeg, December 12, 2012 – On August 1, 2013, Canada Western Solin will be removed from the list of official grains of Canada and will no longer be regulated under the Canada Grain Act. Solin, an oilseed crop that is sometimes called linola, became an official grain in 1995. It was grown, marketed and handled […]

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GM Study Conclusions Not Supported By Data, Says Eu Risk Assessment Community

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Date:29 November 2012 Source:Food Ingredients First 29 Nov 2012 — Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Séralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK603. These are the conclusions of separate and independent […]

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Fire Logs Made From Lawn Clippings Offer Earth-Friendly Option

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

By Marcia Wood, ARS News ServiceNovember 15, 2012Artificial logs that create a cheerful and welcoming blaze in your fireplace can be made from a perhaps surprising source: grass clippings. U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Syed H. Imam and his colleagues have shown that lawn clippings can be mixed with other natural compounds to […]

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Issues Associated with “Least Toxic Pesticides” Applied as a “Last Resort”

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Lanham, MD; Novemver 12, 2012 – Recommendations and decisions to use “least toxic pesticides” and “pesticides as a last resort” have flourished in the last decade, but according to three scientific organizations – the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section of the Entomological Society of […]

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Lubricants from Vegetable Oil

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2012) – Oil-independence is the dream of many countries that lack raw materials. Nevertheless, black gold still retains its dominant role as a power source, and also serves as a basic material for the chemical industry. In order to change this, researchers started the “Integrated BioProduction” project. At the Fraunhofer Center for […]

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Food vs. fuel: Is there surplus land for bioenergy?

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

by Staff Writers, Bio Fuel DailyLeipzig, Germany (SPX) Oct 19, 2012 An interdisciplinary team of 11 scientists from seven European countries and the USA have discussed the concept to utilize so called surplus land for the production of feedstock for bioenergy. They identified environmental, economic and social constraints but also options for efficient use of […]

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Global Researchers Collaborate to Advance the Mapping of the Barley Genome

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

Source:Food Ingredients First 18 Oct 2012 — In a major advance that will unlock the benefits of the mapping of the barley genome–one of the world’s most important cereal crops–work conducted and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with researchers around the world has resulted in the most advanced sequencing of […]

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Major investment to persuade bacteria to help cereals self-fertilise

Created January 9, 2013 | Category: Farming Tips

July 15, 2012The John Innes Centre will lead a $9.8m research project to investigate whether it is possible to initiate a symbiosis between cereal crops and bacteria. The symbiosis could help cereals access nitrogen from the air to improve yields.The five-year research project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, could have most immediate […]

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