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Voices from our fields!

Created November 7, 2019 | Category: News Articles

First 4 episodes! Listen Here Farming Smarter found another way to bring you information you can use on your farm! Check out our new podcast series on SoundCloud. We have four great interviews to start: Ryan Mercer on farmer-led research; Dr. Randy Kutcher on his FHB rotation study taking place at Farming Smarter; Yvonne Lawley […]

Powering Your Profits

Created November 4, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Join an Alberta Canola Director and a lineup of guest speakers for a day of agronomy, marketing and management information. AirdrieJoin Alberta Canola Director Ian Chitwood for a day featuring agronomy, marketing and farm management information from a great line-up of expert speakers. Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Location: Airdrie – Apple Creek Golf CourseRegister before November 19 […]

Agri-News Nov. 4 2019

Created November 4, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch Oct. 30, 2019

Created October 31, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Wheat Initiative

Created October 24, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agronomy Expert Working Group Seeks Farmer Input On Extension Grower survey will help shape the future of wheat extension tools Berlin, Germany, October 15, 2019. The Wheat Initiative’s – Agronomy expert Working Group is trying to better understand how knowledge mobilization and technology transfer tools can be adapted to meet regional needs in a digital […]

Bug of the Month

Created October 22, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Winter cutworm Kevin Floate reminds us that the winter cutworm is present on the prairies and larval feeding takes place during mild winter days (>= 7C).  It causes damage to alfalfa, rye, and winter wheat in the US; no reports of damage in Canada. It might be because the species is relatively new to Canada […]

Agri-News Oct. 21, 2019

Created October 21, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Grain Exchange Oct. 2019

Created October 21, 2019 | Category: News Articles

AgriNews Oct. 15, 2019

Created October 15, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Oct. 7, 2019

Created October 8, 2019 | Category: News Articles

This week from Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

2024 Strategic Plan

Created October 7, 2019 | Category: News Articles

That’s our new mission statement in Farming Smarter’s new 5-year strategic plan. Hang on! I heard that groan; saw that eye drift onto something, anything else. Why oh why, does anyone write a strategic plan? And, more to the point, why would anyone read one? We wrote a new plan because we and our working […]

New Lethbridge College research chair

Created September 24, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Sept. 24, 2019 – Looking to support and augment southern Alberta’s agriculture industry, Lethbridge College has introduced its first applied research chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology. Dr. Chandra Singh joins the college’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) as the latest stop in a distinguished professional and academic career. Dr. Singh’s work […]

Agri-News Sept. 23, 2019

Created September 23, 2019 | Category: News Articles

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. […]

Agri-News Sept. 16, 2019

Created September 16, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Bug of the Month Sept. 2019

Created September 16, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Army Cutworm/Miller Moth with Hector Carcamo, AAFC Army cutworm in caterpillar stage. This is the stage where it eats your crop Bob Byers mentioned that army cutworm is back from its mountain holiday in Banff and area. It is busy laying eggs in farmers’ fields that have lots of green plants like weeds, maybe also […]

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Growing Point

The Growing Point 09 12 2019

Created September 12, 2019 | Category: News Articles

AgriNews Sept. 9 2019

Created September 11, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch Sept. 5 2019

Created September 5, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Sept. 3, 2019

Created September 5, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch 08 28 2019

Created August 29, 2019 | Category: Grains

Agri-News August 26, 2019

Created August 26, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Aug. 23, 2019

Created August 23, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Weather Synopsis Wanted – Slugs in field crops  West Nile Virus and Culex tarsalis Harvest Sample Program Provincial Insect Pest Reports Crop reports Review the 2019 weekly updates!

Agri-News Aug. 19, 2019

Created August 19, 2019 | Category: News Articles

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

Off-Stream Watering Systems Promote Riparian Health

Created August 14, 2019 | Category: News Articles

A push in the environmentally friendly direction Landowners or land managers that use Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) to protect riparian zones around water bodies can count on better water quality within the water body. Off-stream watering systems for livestock producers reduces the impact on the riparian areas where the connection to the water is immediate. […]

Bug of the Month August 2019

Created August 14, 2019 | Category: News Articles

The Lygus Bug – a Complex Pest By Hector Carcamo The lygus bug is a complex pest in more ways than one. The pest is not just one species but often two or three, although usually one will be dominant in a particular crop depending on the year and region. The tarnished plant bug is […]

PPMN Insect of the Week

Created August 13, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Insect of the Week (Aug 12) – Doppelgangers: Hoverflies vs. bees vs. yellow jacket wasps Posted: 12 Aug 2019 12:40 PM PDT Hoverflies are un-BEE-lievably good mimics of bees and yellow jacket wasps! Mimicry is used by insects in several ways. Some insects, like the ambush bug and praying mantis, look like plants. These predators […]

PPMN Insect of the Week

Created August 12, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Insect of the Week (Jul 29) – Monarch vs. Painted Lady The case of the Monarch butterfly vs. Painted Lady butterfly (also Viceroy butterfly) An orange butterfly fluttered by. Was it a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)? Or a Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)? If it’s a Monarch, it is species of Special Concern listed under […]

The Growing Point August 2019

Created August 12, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch August 8, 2019

Created August 12, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

Created August 12, 2019 | Category: News Articles

August 8, 2019 Weekly Update Weekly Update (August 8, 2019; Wk 18) Otani, Weiss, Giffen, Trudel, Svendsen, Olfert, Vankosky Weather synopsis (August 8, 2019; Wk 18) Bertha armyworm monitoring (August 8, 2019; Wk 18) Predicted grasshopper development (August 8, 2019; Wk 18) Lygus in canola (August 8, 2019; Wk 18) West Nile Virus and Culex […]

Agri-News August 06, 2019

Created August 7, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

Created August 7, 2019 | Category: News Articles

August 1, 2019 Weekly Update Weekly Update (August 1, 2019; Wk 17) Otani, Weiss, Giffen, Trudel, Younie, Svendsen, Olfert, Vankosky Weather synopsis (August 1, 2019; Wk 17) Predicted grasshopper development (August 1, 2019; Wk 17) Wheat midge (August 1, 2019; Wk 17) Bertha armyworm monitoring (August 1, 2019; Wk 17) Lygus in canola (August 1, […]

PPMN Insect of the Week

Created August 7, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Insect of the Week (Aug 6) – Doppelgangers – good vs. good (ladybeetle larva vs. lacewing larva) Posted: 06 Aug 2019 07:31 AM PDT Often life choices involve lesser evils. But in the case of lady beetle larva and lacewing larva, they both contribute to the greater good. But which one do you have? Both […]

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

Created July 26, 2019 | Category: News Articles

July 25, 2019 Weekly Update Weekly Update (July 25, 2019; Wk 16) Otani, Weiss, Giffen, Trudel, Svendsen, Olfert, Vankosky Weather synopsis (July 25, 2019; Wk 15) Wheat midge (July 25, 2019; Wk 16) Bertha armyworm monitoring (July 25, 2019; Wk 16) Lygus in canola (July 25, 2019; Wk 16) West Nile Virus and Culex tarsalis […]

Bug of the Month July 2019

Created July 23, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Japanese Beetle By Jean-Philippe Parent, PhD Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre Simon Chaussé MSc candidate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Université de Montréal Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre Julia Mlynarek, PhD Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Harrow Research and Development Centre The Japanese beetle is an invasive pest […]

Agri-News July 22, 2019

Created July 22, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Hail Damage Recovery Relies on Timing and Early Preparation

Created July 18, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Southern Alberta’s home-made hail simulator crushed some hail damage doubt Farming Smarter’s three-year hail recovery research project suggests that insurance is the most reliable way to protect from crops loss due to hail damage. “Generally speaking, right now hail insurance is your best return on investment in trying to help yourself recover from hail-damaged crops,” […]

Weed Wisdom July 2019

Created July 18, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Wild Buckwheatby Charles Geddes   Word alert: oc·re·a Noun BOTANY a dry sheath around a stem formed by the cohesion of two or more stipules, characteristic of the dock family.   Description and Identification Also known as black-bindweed, climbing bindweed, corn bindweed, or Polygonum convolvulus. In western Canada, wild buckwheat has been the third most […]

Agri-News July 8, 2019

Created July 8, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch July 4, 2019

Created July 4, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News July 2, 2019

Created July 2, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch July 2, 2019

Created July 2, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch June 27 2019

Created June 28, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News June 24, 2019

Created June 25, 2019 | Category: Government

Agri-News June 17, 2019

Created June 18, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Bug of the Month June 2019

Created June 14, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Flower Midge By Boyd A. Mori, PhDResearch Scientist Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaSaskatoon Research and Development Centre Word AlertRacemeBotany noun, plural: racemes A flower cluster with the separate flowers attached by short equal stalks at equal distances along a central stem. The flowers at the base of the central stem develop first. Canola growers need to […]

Weed Wisdom June 2019

Created June 14, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Wild Oatby Charles Geddes Description and identification Wild oat is the second most abundant mid-season weed in spring wheat in western Canada, and arguably the most problematic weed in the Canadian Prairies overall. This weed is common throughout the Prairie Provinces. Wild oat is found in about 50% of spring wheat fields following in-crop weed […]

Agri-News June 10 2019

Created June 10, 2019 | Category: News Articles

New Feed Testing Tools

Created May 30, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) When you don’t know the quality of feed on an operation, maintaining animal health and welfare can become significantly more difficult. Visual assessment of feedstuffs is not accurate enough to access quality and may lead to cows being underfed and losing body condition or wasting money on expensive supplements that […]

Bug of the Month

Created May 23, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Wireworm Wireworm laying on Alberta soil. Photo: Haley Catton With information from Dr. Hector Carcamo and Haley Catton AAFC research scientists. Dr. Haley Catton a Cereal Crop Entomology scientist and researcher points out that wireworm is a chronic pest in Canada and native to Alberta’s grasslands. They seem to prefer grain crops, but will attack […]

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May 24 canola grower update

Created May 16, 2019 | Category: Events

Trade with China Join a phone call with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau CCC president Jim Everson CCGA CEO Rick White

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, […]

Try a biobed for pesticide rinsate management

Created April 24, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Article information compiled by Kyle Stringam Biobeds offer a safe way to dispose of pesticide rinsate on a farm. It can be easy to overlook the potential effects of disposing of pesticide rinsate but this is where the great benefits of a biobed come into practice. A biobed is a lined, waterproof below-ground pit or […]

Bug of the Month April 2019

Created April 24, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Glassy Cutworm glassy cutworm Photo: Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org Dr. Carcamo and Kevin Floate suggest watching for this cutworm now particularly in fields where wheat and corn are in rotation. According to the Cutworm Pests of Crops on the Canadian Prairies: Identification and Management Field Guide, outbreaks can last 2-3 years. Lifecycle of glassy cutworm taken […]

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Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Update 04 09 2019

Created April 9, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Happy Spring! We’re back for the 2019 growing season!   April’s information will focus on wind trajectories related to the prairie provinces.  This is an important tool used to track potential arrival events for pest species moving northerly into the Canadian prairies from more southerly points of origin (e.g., diamondback moth, aster leafhoppers). Wind Trajectories (Apr […]

Students bring answers to agriculture industry

Created April 5, 2019 | Category: News Articles

The mission has one final task for Lethbridge College’s AgENTs. Students from the Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence (AgENT) program will pitch innovative solutions to industry-provided challenges at the AgENT Innovate Ag Competition on Saturday. The event marks the culmination of the first year of the extracurricular AgENT program, which launched in September. Each week, approximately […]

Canola Watch April 4, 2019

Created April 4, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch March 28 2019

Created March 28, 2019 | Category: News Articles

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 […]

Tuesday Video – Bruce Burnett

Created March 26, 2019 | Category: News Articles

2019 Global weather impacts on coming crop season

Agri-News March 11, 2019

Created March 11, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Canola Watch March 6, 2019

Created March 6, 2019 | Category: News Articles

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.

Agri-News Feb. 205, 2019

Created February 25, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Weed Wisdom Feb. 2019

Created February 21, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Weed seed predators – weed management while you sleep by Dr. Charles Geddes As you sleep, tucked away in your bed at night, little critters are out in your fields saving you money on weed control. Aside from germination, weed seed predation causes the largest seedbank decline, resulting in mortality rates of 50% to 90% […]

Bug of the Month – Bed Bugs

Created February 19, 2019 | Category: Bug of the Month

Eww! says Claudette By Dr. Hector Carcamo Bed bugs happen to anyone, anywhere. You get bed bugs simply by coming into contact with them. Click the photo for more info. Bed bugs are more than just a nuisance human pest. Although they prefer our blood, they can also feed on chickens. This makes them an […]

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AgriNews Feb. 19, 2019

Created February 19, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Feb. 11, 2019

Created February 11, 2019 | Category: News Articles

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 […]

Canola Watch Feb. 8, 2019

Created February 8, 2019 | Category: Industry

Agri-News Feb. 4, 2019

Created February 4, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Jan. 28, 2019

Created January 28, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Jan. 21, 2019

Created January 21, 2019 | Category: Government

Bug of the Month

Created January 15, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Sugarbeet Root Aphid by Kevin Floate, Hector Carcamo, Tyler Wist Like many aphids, the sugarbeet root aphid (Pemphigus betae) has a complex life cycle on two host plants. It overwinters as an egg on the primary host, which is typically narrowleaf cottonwood (Populus angustifolia) or balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera). The aphid that hatches from the […]

Agri-News Jan. 14, 2019

Created January 15, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Jan. 7, 2019

Created January 7, 2019 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Dec. 10 2018

Created December 10, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Agri-News Dec 10 2018 Cow-Calfenomics back in 2019

Bug of the Month Dec. 2018

Created December 4, 2018 | Category: Bug of the Month

Who survives under the snow? by Dr. Hector Carcamo How cold is cold enough to reduce insect pest numbers like the evil weevils that attack our crops? Well the answer, as is often the case, is ‘it depends.’  It depends on insect species and several environmental factors. Let us take three of our evil weevils as […]

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Agri-News 12 03 2018

Created December 3, 2018 | Category: News Articles

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Internet Security: A Quick Guide To Staying Safe Online

Created November 30, 2018 | Category: Interesting

Farming Smarter is thinking about internet security a lot after falling victim to two phishing schemes within a month. On Nov. 13 and Nov. 26, our contacts were sent false invoices that, when clicked on, harvest your passwords and gain access to your accounts. Maran Magnell, employee at Dok-Tor Harddrive says that when these types […]

Weed Wisdom November 2018

Created November 23, 2018 | Category: News Articles

The annual Kochia migration by Dr. Charles Geddes As I write,  wind gusts hit up to 100 km per hour in Lethbridge and the annual migration of feral Kochia is in full swing. Kochia is a tumbleweed. This weed grows into a large, bushy, oval, top-heavy plant that senesces in October. Plants with this structure […]

Deep topic delves below the soil surface

Created November 23, 2018 | Category: News Articles

By C. Lacombe & M. Gretzinger There might be something to the nutrient stratification story in minimum and zero till operations. Farming Smarter started into a three-year project led by SARDA this past spring to see if deep banding some nutrients might make a difference to crop health. “We seeded late and into drought conditions. […]

Agri-News: November 19, 2018

Created November 19, 2018 | Category: News Articles

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Agri-News: November 13, 2018

Created November 13, 2018 | Category: News Articles

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On-farm research made easy

Created November 9, 2018 | Category: News Articles

It works! Two farms took advantage of Farming Smarter’s Field Tested project this past season. This project sees trained staff with experience to conduct effective and reliable on-farm research working with producers to execute reliable field-scale trials. Mercer Seeds brought in Farming Smarter this past season to provide an unbiased and scientifically rigorous examination of […]

Canola Watch November 8, 2018

Created November 8, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Consider yield and profit when choosing a seeding rate Canola Watch Quiz Seed trait priorities: Disease R, maturity, seed treatment Late fall fertilizer and soil testing Green seed: What to do about it? How to contain a clubroot-infested patch? Why tell people about your clubroot? CCGA: Be heard on proposed seed treatment bans How do […]

Agri-News: November 5, 2018

Created November 6, 2018 | Category: News Articles

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Late Season Soil Sampling

Created November 1, 2018 | Category: News Articles

How’s our soil health? Our team is about to find out! Lewis Baarda (On-Farm Research) and Toby Mandel (Site Manager) kick started our autumn soil sampling for the Deep Banding Immobile Nutrients project yesterday afternoon. Our last foray into the world of soil had us collecting samples in early May.  Over the summer, we also […]

Agri-News, October 29, 2018

Created October 29, 2018 | Category: News Articles

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Agri News – October 22, 2018

Created October 22, 2018 | Category: News Articles

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Weed Wisdom – October 22, 2018

Created October 22, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Herbicide-resistant weed diagnostic testing – collect samples now By Dr. Charles Geddes The incidence of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes in western Canada is on the rise. Recent surveys indicate that about 57% of fields in Saskatchewan, and 68% of fields in Manitoba, contain a herbicide-resistant weed biotype. These numbers are up compared with Saskatchewan and Manitoba […]

Bug of the Month – Potato Psyllids

Created October 17, 2018 | Category: News Articles

By: Dan Johnson Insect pest monitoring offers some interesting lessons in how we might benefit from keeping close tabs on the crop environment. This year was a good example. Surveyors continued sampling potato fields for an invasive combination, the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) and the bacteria this small bug can transmit, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lso). The pathogen […]

Canola Watch – October 11, 2018

Created October 11, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Questions About Handling High-Moisture Canola Survey: Your Experience With High-Moisture Canola Canola Discovery Forum: Last Chance To Register, CEUs High Green. Will It Clear? Delayed Harvest and Residue Management Shop Around Samples Clubroot Identified In Northern Sunrise County Our Most-Clicked Articles From the Past Month Coming Events

Agri-News: October 9, 2018

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Agri-News: October 1, 2018

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Agri-News: September 24, 2018

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Canola Watch – September 19, 2018

Created September 20, 2018 | Category: News Articles

Tips for drying touch canola Canola Watch quiz – aeration fans Map of the Week – Fall temperature probabilities Storage: When to turn on the fan? Check the bins Clubroot Management: Harvest Theme Autumn, not winter, starts on September 22 2016 all over again? Delayed harvest too stressful? Talk about it Swath timing considerations for […]

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