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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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FMC Fall Herbicide Product Lineup; Versatile & Powerful

Created September 15, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Meet the FMC herbicide all-star lineup for post-harvest weed control!   With harvest wrapping up, it’s time to start thinking about your post-harvest weed control. Thankfully, Top Crop Manager has released the FMC Fall Herbicide chart featuring all the latest and greatest products. Tackle weeds before they get the chance to tuck into the soil […]

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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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Wetlands Identification Just Got Easier

Created September 1, 2021 | Category: Industry

Identify wetlands on your land with the new Alberta Wetland Classification System Field Guide. Ducks Unlimited Canada, alongside the partnership of Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), developed this field guide to help properly identify wetlands. It can aid anyone interested in identifying and classifying wetlands in Alberta. […]

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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 […]


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 […]

Plot Hop 2021

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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Adrian Moens – Seeder of Success

Created July 21, 2021 | Category: Business

Board Director Adrian Moens is far too modest when it comes to talking about his contributions to Farming Smarter. His long-standing association with Executive Director Ken Coles means Adrian watched Farming Smarter grow from its infancy. He remembers Corny VanDasselaar telling him about an organization that provided local agronomic research and that piqued his interest. […]

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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 […]

Alberta Barley & Alberta Wheat Commissions

Barley & Wheat: Together Forever?

Created July 14, 2021 | Category: Business

An amalgamation of two industry commissions is on the horizon.  Alberta Barley & Alberta Wheat Commission ask you take part in a survey consultation for a possible merger between the two entities.  In 2018, the two commissions embarked on an initiative to see how efficient it would be to operate as one commission.  While this may sound like a large […]

Join the WGRF Conversation

Created July 8, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Virtual Workshops: Use these links to register: Tuesday July 20 Crop and Soil Management (weeds, diseases, insects, plant nutrition) Wednesday July 21 Precision Agriculture (variable rate, soil management zones, data) Thursday July 22 Sustainability (cropping systems, diversified crops, climate change) Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) wants to hear your views on cross cutting crop production […]

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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 […]


Composting, From Table to Farm

Created June 30, 2021 | Category: Events

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) wants to foster a composting initiative in a bid to advance a circular economy. Farmers may be able to establish an income stream through this program. July 14th, RCA will host a webinar to discuss the benefits of this composting program and how to establish on-farm composting operations. You […]

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OWA here to help

Created June 24, 2021 | Category: Industry

It’s benefical to allow land access to the Orphan Well Association (OWA) The Orphan Well Association (OWA) fostered great relationships with landowners on sites where they execute work. However, a few landowners feel that by restricting access to the OWA, they may create leverage to obtain overdue surface lease payments from defunct companies or the […]

agricultural policy framework

Time to chime in!

Created June 23, 2021 | Category: Government

The Agricultural Policy Framework is the agreement between federal, provincial and territorial governments to fund agricultural research and other initiatives. The current agreement is called the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) that expires in April 2023. To guide future investments into Alberta’s agriculture industry, the Alberta Government needs a strategy to take to negotiations with Agriculture […]

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Sugar Beet Open Farm Day

Created June 16, 2021 | Category: Industry

CP Farms hosts its 5th Open Farm Day Aug. 14! It offers a fun, family-friendly, and yummy experience that makes guests aware about a special ingredient they use in the kitchen: Alberta-grown sugar! CP Farms, along with 200 other local farmers, grow sugar beets to produce the only source of 100% Canadian sugar — 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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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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Lethbridge College launches new Bachelor of Agriculture Science degree program

Created June 3, 2021 | Category: Industry

June 3, 2021 – Lethbridge College shows it is ready to meet the changing needs of the agriculture industry by launching its Bachelor of Agriculture Science program. The degree program, unique to Lethbridge College, begins September 2021 and offers opportunities for career development, a path to further education and hands-on research opportunities, while focusing on […]

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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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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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Great Friends on the Plains

Created May 14, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

It’s so great when friends find a way to help each other! Smart Partner Kubota Canada needed a partnership to put a Great Plains precision planter through its paces. Farming Smarter Field Tested offered to use one of these planters for our field scale trials. Kubota Canada just added these planters to its line equipment […]

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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 […]

Grain Drying Participants Needed

Created April 29, 2021 | Category: field studies

Grower participation needed in new grain drying study focusing on minimizing postharvest losses of grains.  Lethbridge College requires growers to participate in a new AFC funded project. The project aims to develop more efficient wheat storage and handling guidelines for Alberta’s climatic conditions. This study focuses on energy efficiency, timely and uniform drying, and the […]

Food Waste needs brilliant ideas

Created February 17, 2021 | Category: Government

Put your brilliant idea on paper and submit it to the second round of the Food Waste Reduction Challenge launched November 2020 through Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Its first round of the Challenge received 343 applications. It says another intake round will happen in spring 2021. Food waste gained a profile over the past […]

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Alberta Ag Retrospective

Created January 15, 2021 | Category: Government

by Kristi Cox for Farming Smarter Alberta Ag has existed in some form since the inception of the Province in 1905. While Alberta Ag changed over time to meet the evolving needs of producers, it remained a critical piece of the success of agriculture in the province. Various programs, initiatives, offices and individuals ensured producers had all the tools they needed to get the most productivity out of the land.  […]

Canola Watch Sept. 19, 2019

Created September 19, 2019 | Category: Farming Tips

Three institutions combine to tackle Canadian agriculture challenges

Created September 17, 2019 | Category: Business

Sept. 17, 2019 – Three of Canada’s leading post-secondary agriculture institutions team up for a one-of-a-kind training opportunity and competition this weekend at Lethbridge College. McDalBridge brings together students from McGill University, Dalhousie University and Lethbridge College to create innovative solutions to Canadian agricultural challenges. The event will take place from Sept. 20 to 22. […]

Canola Watch – August 15, 2018

Created August 15, 2018 | Category: Industry

Canola Watch Quiz Map of the Week 10 Observations and Tips from the ICW Harvest Timing For An Uneven Field Late Season Weeds Harvest Prep to Reduce Combine Losses, Store Safely Safety Tip: Preventing Fires At Harvest Most Popular Articles


Canola Watch – August 10, 2018

Created August 10, 2018 | Category: Business

Pull patches of club root, burn galls While scouting for club root also look for… Early, hot swathing can increase green counts Harvest options for multi-stage crops Late season hail: yield and disease risk How to reduce costly harvest losses Late season spraying? Follow pre-harvest intervals Bertha Armyworm: Some Hot Spots in the Peace Lygus: […]

Agri News – July 31, 2018

Created July 31, 2018 | Category: Industry

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Canola Watch – July 19, 2018

Created July 20, 2018 | Category: Industry

  Keep It Clean Quiz Map of the Week – Bertha Armyworm Counts Bertha Armyworm Thresholds Diamondback Moth Larvae Observed Keep Canola Bins Malathion Free Missing Pod? Here are the Main Reasons. Come to the Most Important Clubroot Event of the Year Coming Events Our Most Clicked On Articles From Last Week    

Agri-News – July 16, 2018

Created July 17, 2018 | Category: Industry

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Farmers’ Advocate Office Undertakes Surface Rights Mapping Project

Created August 11, 2015 | Category: Business

Farmers Advocate Office of Alberta Ag wants help with an initiative called Surface rights, land and energy: pricing transparency mapping project. They ask landowners to supply them with pipeline right-of-way and seismic agreements (back to 2011) and surface lease and transmission line agreements (back to 2010). hope to create four interactive maps with information on […]

Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector’s Strength

Created April 15, 2015 | Category: Business

Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector’s Strength  OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 13, 2015) – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Article from Digital Journal The latest data shows that the agriculture and agri-food sector continues to generate significant economic benefits for Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today released the annual Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and […]

Technical Bulletins for Beef Forage

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

AC Admiral Bromegrass The plant breeding work done by Dr. Bruce Coulman of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada  in partnership with SeCan, have written the Technical Bulletin for AC Admiral Meadow Bromegrass – Link (pdf) AC Armada Bromegrass The plant breeding work done by Dr. Bruce Coulman of the […]

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 […]

Alberta Barley Newsletter for December 2014

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Business

Live from Amsterdam: Checking in from Hi Europe and Ni Alberta Barley’s vice-chairman and region three director-at-large Mike Ammeter and GrainsWest editor Trevor Bacque are in Amsterdam this week for the Hi Europe and Ni show. Read more The Farmer Model Report  On June 23/24, 2014, Alberta Barley hosted a forum for a farmer-led discussion on […]

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: 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 – Pulse School, FNA/CWB News and Domino’s Committment

Created October 21, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

 Western Canada Update   Pulse School: Understanding and Maintaining Grade Quality In this Pulse School, we talk to Sherrilyn Phelps, agronomy and seed program manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. Phelps walks us through some of the factors involved in pulse grading, and some of the potential 2014 growing season concerns, including seed tag and high moisture/high temperature […]


Alberta Weed Spotter iPhone App launched!

Created August 21, 2014 | Category: Government

Alberta Weed Spotter iPhone App launched!“Alberta Weed Spotter” app that was developed in partnership with the Athabasca University and co-funded by the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.This free app features all 75 weed species currently regulated in the Alberta Weed Control Act, as well as look a likes, and has two main […]

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Hemp production on the Rise

Created August 11, 2014 | Category: Industry

Click here to view the interview on Global News An old crop with some new applications has drawn attention among Alberta farmers. Since 1998, the year growing low THC hemp was made legal, farming of the crop has been building steam. Now, it’s poised to become a noticeable crop in Southern Alberta. As the manager of […]


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 […]

Dr. Slaski in hemp plots

Hemp taking root in area fields

Created August 5, 2014 | Category: Farming Smarter

BY LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JULY 25, 2014. Garrett SimmonsLethbridge Heraldgsimmons@lethbridgeherald.comSouthern Alberta is known for its vast network of irrigation, which allows producers to grow several crops unique to this region.Potatoes, sugar beets and the famous Taber corn are just some of the crops often associated with this part of the country. But if a recent trend […]


July AgriDigest Online

Created July 14, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

To view the July 2014 AgriDigest click here FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q – How much does it cost to subscribe to Agri Digest Online? A – Agri Digest Online is absolutely free to anyone who wishes to read it, with or without signing up for new issue alerts. However, it helps us greatly if you […]


AgCanada Articles: 1/3 of your mouthfuls of food owed to pollinators

Created June 4, 2014 | Category: Grains

From the week of May 26 AgCanada Top Articles of the Week Guenther: NW Sask. growers hustle within seeding window, May 23 So far so good summed up the seeding reports for farmers in the NW corner of Saskatchewan. In a rush to get seed in the ground, some farmers were opting for a post-seed […]

Western Canada Update: The Advancing Women in Ag Wrap Up, Work/Life Balance, Cucumber Water

Created May 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   The Advancing Women in Ag Wrap Up: Work/Life Balance, Cucumber Water & Why Different is Good The very first Advancing Women – Leadership in Agriculture conference, held in late April in Calgary, was a career highlight for our editor Lyndsey Smith, and in this video, she’s joined by field editor Debra Murphy […]


Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture – April 14, 2014

Created April 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Blue Book Now Available as Free Download Crop Protection 2014, or the “blue book” as it is more commonly known, is now available as a free downloadable .pdf. Hear the Call of the Land interview Read the Agri-News story  Managing Prosperity on the Beef Farm An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist says […]

Western Canada Update – April 2, 2014

Created April 2, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update     Spray Tips with Tom Wolf – Ep 4: Making the Pressure Gauge Your Speedometer      Good spray quality is essential in application, but all of the factors involved can make getting there quite a challenge. In this vlog, Tom Wolf talks about the evolution of pressure ranges in nozzles and […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week – Mar 24/14

Created March 24, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features 2014 Summer Farm Employment Program Full time farmers thinking about hiring a student for summer employment, should apply soon. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is once again offering the Summer Farm Employment Program that gives Alberta’s youth the opportunity to gain farm work experience and provides wage support to farmers for the months of […]


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 27/14

Created January 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea a Reportable Disease in Alberta Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, often referred to as PED, has killed more than a million young pigs in the United States. While one case has been confirmed in Ontario, there have been no cases of PED diagnosed in Alberta. As of January 20, 2014, PED is now areportable […]


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 (Jan. 6/14)

Created January 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture issues including Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) made up the agenda for the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit held in Oklahoma on January 3 to 5, 2014. Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson provides some background on how COOL came to be in the first place.  Click to hear […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (December 23, 2013)

Created January 3, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Looking Back on 2013 with Alberta’s Agriculture Minister A look back on 2013 with Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. Some of the highlights in 2013 include:   the bumper crop the importance of finding new markets for agricultural commodities value-added initiatives in 2013 successful new initiatives in 2013 Capitalizing on Learning Opportunities As the 2013/2014 […]

Pulse Check – December 24, 2013

Created January 3, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Upcoming Events CropSphere 2014– Jan 13-14, TCU Place Arts & Convention Centre,  downtown Saskatoon Agronomy Update 2014– Jan 14-15, Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer Irrigated Crop Production Update 2014– Jan 21-22, Lethbridge Lodge Hotel.  FarmTech 2014 – Jan 28, 29 & 30 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands. Register HERE APG AGM– Jan 29, 2:45-3:45, Edmonton EXPO […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 16, 2013)

Created December 17, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Hall of Fame Call for Nominations The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame is accepting nominations to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry. Every two years, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three Albertans whose outstanding leadership, innovation and business practices have advanced Alberta’s agriculture […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 9, 2013)

Created December 10, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Oh, Christmas Tree The members of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association are part of a thriving business. In 2011, there were 2,381 farms in Canada growing Christmas trees. When it comes to choosing and caring for a Christmas tree, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  Click here to read more […]


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 (Nov. 25, 2013)

Created November 25, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Good Fences Make Good Neighbors As a response by the Government of Alberta to landowners’ needs, the Alberta Property Rights Advocate Office became operational in December 2012. “In their day-to-day work, the Office often deals with the question of what is meant by property rights. We like to use a practical, working definition of […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (November 18, 2013)

Created November 18, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Rancher’s Risk and Return — a New Economic Analysis Tool for Alberta Cattle Producers A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. The new tool,Rancher’s Risk and Return is an excel spreadsheet calculator that […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (Nov. 12, 2013)

Created November 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Minister Olson on Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has returned from Chicago where he was attending the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference to rally support to change U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling, COOL rules.  Hear the Call of the Land interview >   New Inductee to 4-H Alberta Hall […]

Pulse Check – November 12, 2013

Created November 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

APG Zone Annual General Meetings Zone 1: December 9, Taber Legion Hall, 5205 48 Avenue, Taber, AB,  Registration 9:00 a.m., Meeting 9:30a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Zone 2: November 13, Acme Community Centre, 139 Allison Street, Acme, AB, Registration 8:30a.m., Meeting 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (partnering with ABC) PRE-REGISTER HERE to win Farm Tech Admission Zone 3: November 25, Westlock District Community Hall, 10711 104 […]


Minister Ritz Highlights Trade Opportunities at Agri-Trade 2013

Created November 9, 2013 | Category: Government

Minister Ritz Highlights Trade Opportunities at Agri-Trade 2013 RED DEER, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Nov. 7, 2013) – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz delivered remarks at Agri-Trade 2013’s first annual All Crops Breakfast and Market Outlook today to highlight current and upcoming opportunities for Canadian field crop producers. He was joined by representatives from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, […]

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 >   […]


Agri-News RTW This Week (for Oct 28)

Created November 1, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Alberta Government and Clear Hills County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents Clear Hills County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $240,600 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant.  Click to read the Agri-News story >  International Apiculture Congress An Alberta Agriculture apiculturist reports on Apimondia’s biannual International Apiculture Congress […]


Agri-News – RTW this week – Oct 21, 2013

Created October 22, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Post-Harvest Nutrient Management With the completion of harvest in many areas across the province, producers will already be thinking about the 2014 crop year. One aspect of next year’s crop production that can be considered this fall is nutrient management.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >   Ag for Life 2013 Harvest Gala The second […]

Agri-Digest Online October Issue

Created October 2, 2013 | Category: Events

— Click Here to View — The October Issue of the Agri-Digest Online is now available! Agri-Digest Online is a Pan-Canadian Journal of Issues and Events in Agriculture   Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Agri-Digest Q – How much does it cost to subscribe to Agri Digest Online?A – Agri Digest Online is […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Sept 23, 2013)

Created September 24, 2013 | Category: Business

Features Frost So Far This Fall Albertans know that winter is coming and that autumn brings cooler temperatures and the threat of over-night frost; but, before September 15, early widespread frosts were all but absent from most of the agricultural areas of the province. However, since that time, overnight cool northern air, clear skies and […]


RTW this Week: Agri-News (September 16, 2013)

Created September 16, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features One Day – 1000 Young City Slickers The Multicultural Heritage Centre is once again hosting the City Slickers program in Stony Plain at the Stony Plain Heritage Park, on September 20, 2013. City Slickers is a powerful one-day event that introduces Grades 4 and 5 students to the many facets of agriculture. Children experience […]


RTW this Week – Agri-News (Sept 9, 2013)

Created September 11, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Harvest Safely — Harvest Safety Make a plan to ensure everyone gets home safely this harvest season! “The safety conversation around ‘no one gets hurt’ needs to be the first conversation, first action and first thought farm owners and workers have as they go to work each day,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator […]

CCC Media Release: Research Investment

Created September 5, 2013 | Category: Government

Historic investment in canola research September 5, 2013 The federal government announcement of new investment in canola disease research in collaboration with SaskCanola brings total government/industry investment in canola research to more than $25 million over the next five years. “This unprecedented investment in innovation demonstrates huge confidence in the canola industry,” says Canola Council […]

RTW this Week (from August 26, 2013)

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Moisture Situation Update as of August 20 Early in the morning of August 21, generally light frosts were recorded at several locations in a large area extending along the foothills from Grande Cache in the north, down to the M.D of Ranchlands (south of Calgary). This cold air brought freezing temperatures into some agricultural […]

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Pulse Check for August 28

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Desiccating & HarvestingYour Faba Beans Faba bean crops will mature in approximately 110 to 130 days, although this maturity time can vary greatly due to either drought or excess moisture conditions. Late seeded fields tend to have increased days to maturity, decreased yield and slower pod ripening but this can vary greatly from year […]

Alberta Crop conditions better than average, Big Yields seen

Created August 7, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Spring crop yields seen 10-20 per cent above long-term average Alberta crop conditions are well above average, pointing to big yields, the government of the Western Canadian province said on Friday in its most recent crop report as of July 30. * Overall crop rating was 87.5 per cent in good or excellent condition, down […]


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 […]

Storage and Diversification – David Wong

Created July 30, 2013 | Category: Industry

Storage and Diversification One price risk management tool available to growers is storage.  When market conditions result in what growers believe are unacceptable prices, and with poor basis levels, storage can be used as a marketing tool.  To summarize, when futures are strong and basis levels are narrow/strong, it is a sell signal.   When futures […]


RTW this Week – Agri-News (July 22, 2013)

Created July 23, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features RTW Agricultural Society and Province Partner to Promote Agriculture The Government of Alberta is stepping up with funding for the Olds Agricultural Society to support rural youth development and facility upgrades. “The Olds Agricultural Society is part of the heart of this community and does a tremendous job organizing events that help make Olds […]

Federal Research Investment will Drive Canola Industry Growth

Created July 22, 2013 | Category: Government

  July 22, 2013  Winnipeg – The federal government’s newly-announced $15-million investment in canola research will help drive the industry to new heights, says Canola Council of Canada (CCC) president Patti Miller. “This is a great day for the canola industry,” said Miller, speaking at the news conference where Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz announced […]

Weekly Crop Water Report July 22, 2013

Created July 22, 2013 | Category: Industry

Click here to download an excel spreadsheet with all the data (some users may have to download the file and then open using Internet Explorer) Crop water use values are provided in mm per day.  Crop water use values are based on a seeding date of May 15.  For more detailed crop water use values […]

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