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Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Aug. 15, 2019

Created August 16, 2019 | Category: Insects

Weekly Update week 19 Weather synopsis Predicted grasshopper development Bertha armyworm monitoring Wanted – Slugs in field crops  West Nile Virus and Culex tarsalis Harvest Sample Program Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop reports

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

Created May 2, 2019 | Category: Insects

April 27, 2019 Weekly Update Weekly Update (Apr 26, 2019; Wk 3) Otani, Giffen, Weiss, Trudel, Olfert, Vankosky Weather synopsis (April 24, 2019; Wk 3) Wind Trajectories (Apr 26, 2019; Wk 3) Weiss, Vankosky, Trudel Pea leaf weevil (Apr 24, 2019; Wk 3) Alfalfa weevil (Apr 24, 2019; Wk 3) Predicted grasshopper development (Apr 24, […]

Bug of the Month March 2019

Created March 27, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Spiders are friends in the field by Prof. Dan Johnson, University of Lethbridge@DanJohnsonAB Natural enemies of insect pests perform a great ecosystem service and therefore deserve of efforts to conserve them, or at least not actively kill them. We often forget one of the most important groups of organisms that tirelessly battle insects that feed […]

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Tuesday video – Haley Catton

Created March 6, 2019 | Category: Insects

Haley Catton of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada gave an interactive presentation at WheatStalk 2018 at Farming Smarter.

Tuesday Video – Dr. Kevin Floate

Created February 26, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Cutworms & Carnage Dr. Kevin Floate talks about cutworms in Alberta at Farming Smarter’s Lethbridge conference 2017. He talks about the types of cutworms in Alberta and the crop damage they do. He emphasizes that the Alberta government has an online reporting site to gather info about cutworm populations, types and crop preferences and encourages […]

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Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – August 16, 2018

Created August 15, 2018 | Category: Insects

Weather Synopsis Pre-Harvest Intervals  Bertha Armyworm Lygus in Canola Thrips Flea Beetles Ladybird Beetles Harvest Sample Program Stored Product Pests Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports Previous Posts

Prairie Pest Monitoring – July 26, 2018

Created July 25, 2018 | Category: Insects

Weather Synopsis Predicted Grasshopper Development Wheat Midge Lygus in Canola Bertha Armyworm Cabbage Seedpod Weevil Cereal Aphid Manager West Nile Virus And Culex Tarsalis Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports Previous Posts  

Prairie Pest Monitoring – July 9, 2018

Created July 10, 2018 | Category: Insects

The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network showcases pea aphids and their natural enemies as their chosen insect of the week. Pea aphids are affected by parasitoids, predators, and diseases reducing pest populations.  Find out more about their natural enemies. 

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – May 24, 2018

Created May 25, 2018 | Category: Insects

Weather Synopsis Wind Trajectories Cutworms Flea Beetles Cereal Leaf Beetle Alfalfa Weevil Pea Leaf Weevil Predicted Grasshopper Development Predicted Bertha Amyworm Development Canola and Flax Ticks and Lyme Disease Weather Radar Insect Pest Reports Crop Reports  

Prairie Pest Monitoring – May 21, 2018

Created May 23, 2018 | Category: Insects

Insect of the Week The ground beetle took the top spot in the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network’s Insect of the Week initiative.  Ground beetles, also known as carabid beetles, feed on pests that can be harmful to your fields. Smaller species often eat cutworm eggs, while the larger species attack and kill fully grown cutworms.  […]

Bug of the Month March 2017

Created March 16, 2017 | Category: Bug of the Month

Rice Leaf bug – Trigonotylus coelestialium Widespread across North America, the rice leaf bug is present in the Canadian prairies.  Adults are narrow bodied, long, and mainly green.  Some have green legs with red hind feet, and red antennae.  Eggs overwinter in grasses in or near cereal crops.  Adults inhabit new cereal crops, such as […]

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Tools for Insect Management – Mark Cutts

Created January 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy


Wheat Midge and Stem Sawfly Forecast 2015

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Insects

Wheat Midge The wheat midge forecast for 2015 shows a collapse of the extreme populations in the eastern Peace Region. Caution must be taken in interpreting this due to the potential for residual populations from the very high levels of the 2013 crop year. Wheat midge has not followed our forecasts very well in the […]

Call of the Land

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Insects

From the Dec 4, 2014 Broadcast of Call of the Land The first insect forecast maps are now available on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, joins us in studio today to talk about those maps, and what the fall surveys are indicating for both wheat midge […]


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 […]


When Lygus Becomes a Pest

Created August 19, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Dr. Hector Carcamo sent us these photos to help canola producers spot when Lygus bugs become a pest that needs treatment.     “Lygus bugs can feed on canola while the seeds are still soft. However the smaller, younger stages as the one shown with only one spot on their backs and no wing buds […]


Pest surveillance branch update July 3/14

Created July 3, 2014 | Category: Insects

Pest surveillance branch update July 3/14 Timely information for pest management We will have finished up our alfalfa survey tonight. Thank you to everybody who helped us find a field or offered a field for the survey. It made for a very easy and efficient survey.We are in the middle of the canola survey so if […]


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 […]

Canola Disease and Pest Videos online!

Created May 29, 2014 | Category: Insects

Canola Disease Management and Identification Canola Pest Management and Identification

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 […]

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 (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 […]

Pest Surveillance branch update December 12, 2013

Created December 13, 2013 | Category: Insects

The 2014 Wheat Midge Forecast Map has been posted on You can also find the forecast by clicking on this link$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/prm14667  2014 Wheat Midge Forecast Follow this link to return to the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network home page. The wheat midge forecast for 2014 indicates a general decrease for midge risk in […]

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 (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 (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 […]

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-News RTW this week – Oct 15, 2013

Created October 16, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Potential Effects of the U.S. Government Shutdown on Agriculture The American government has been shut down for over a week now. On the agriculture side of things, the USDA has not been producing crop production reports. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz discusses how this could affect markets.  Click to hear what Ritz has to […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update Oct 11, 2013

Created October 13, 2013 | Category: Insects

*Click here for the PDF Timely information for pest management   We have attached the final version of the report Scott gave to the Western Committee on Crop Pests for 2013. Thank you to all who provided feedback. You will also be able to find it at Alberta Invasive Plant Council starting to look different…… […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

The Basics of Insect Sweeping

Created July 15, 2013 | Category: Insects

By now you’re fully aware of the importance of monitoring insect pests in your canola. So, you’ve collected and assembled your sweep-net, now what? The standard technique for sweeping is one 180 degree sweep for every quick step through the canola field (accompanied by the odd fall, of course). Sounds simple (and perhaps slightly embarrassing), but […]

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 […] – Dr. Hector Carcamo and Field School Videos

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Insects

Duration: 5:54 Dr. Hector Carcamo from the Lethbridge Research Centre spoke about Beneficial Arthropods at the 2013 Farming Smarter Field School   Click this link to view ———————————————————————————————————— Duration: 3:46 This years Farming Smarter Field schooltook a look at things in and on the ground. The event attracted over 250 participants over three days.   Click […]

Pest Surveillance Branch Update June 27, 2013

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Insects

Timely information for pest management / Pest Surveillance Today Scott Meers discusses first off the cabbage seedpod weevil, which is gearing up.$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl21023 A quick tool for reporting your canola sweeps can be found here.$Department/pestmon.nsf/weevilWebSubmission By using this form to report your canola sweeps you will be adding points to this live feed map. We […]


Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created June 26, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Alberta Agriculture Working with Producers on Flooding Situation Alberta Agriculture is currently working with producers to assess the impact of flooding in southern Alberta and will also be helping with recovery. The latest information on the flooding situation can be found at Additional agricultural information related to flooding is available on Alberta Agriculture’s homepage, Alberta […]


Timely information for Pest Management

Created June 19, 2013 | Category: Insects

Timely Information for pest management of Grasshoppers, cutworms, bertha armyworms and a climbing cutworm Weekly insect update —————————————————————————— Pathology Cereal leaf lesions: a number of leaf lesion diseases on cereals have been reported this past week. For example, spot blotch, net blotch and scald are being reported on barley crops. Still no reports of stripe rust. […]

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.$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 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 […]

Flea Beetles, Monarch Butterflies and more!

Created May 31, 2013 | Category: Industry

Visit the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network  Today Scott Meers talks about insect activity in the province, starting with flea beetles in the Peace:$department/newslett.nsf/all/cotl20928 FYI  Monarch Butterflies are off to a slow start this year, with the number moving north in May at an all time low (as indicated by first sightings reported to Journey […]

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