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Meet George Lubberts – Policy Wonk

Created April 10, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

George Lubberts, Farming Smarter vice president, is another organizational long hauler dating back to the Southern Applied Research Association and taking part in the formation of Farming Smarter in 2012. He describes himself as a bit of a board junky and sits on the boards of Canadian Foodgrains Bank and World Renew. George likes a […]

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Reclaim those Orphan Wells

Created April 9, 2021 | Category: News Articles

It’s time to reclaim orphan wells and other oil and gas infrastructure on your land. The Orphan Well Association (OWA) is responsible to decommission and reclaim the site. The OWA operates under the legal authority of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and is a not-for-profit, organization that works to decommission and reclaim the wells, facilities, […]

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Rotational study shows promise

Created April 7, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Multi-site research focuses on ideal stubble for staple, novel crops By Trevor Bacque Farming Smarter knows that when a farmer wants to try something new, they need agronomic research available. This prompted it to join a rotational study and produce new data for staple and novel crops. The project, Introducing High Value Speciality Crops to […]

Crop Recovery After Hail

Created April 2, 2021 | Category: field studies

Gauging crop recovery possibilities after a hail storm churns across the landscape is a long standing pastime in Alberta. According to an AMA insurance report, 66% of major hail storms take place in our province each year. That means that every year, after every storm, farmers look out over the fields and wonder what just […]

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Southern Alberta wind event

Created March 31, 2021 | Category: News Articles

Southern Alberta saw one of those days when wind caused havock and fire last Sunday, March 28, 2021. When a wind event causes winds of 140km/hr, it’s hard to imagine what might protect your soil. There are some tactics you can employ to hold your soil where you want it according to soil scientist Gurbir […]

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Alberta Soil Benchmark Project

Created March 26, 2021 | Category: Fertility

In southern Alberta, contact: Trevor Deering There is an undeniable benefit to an Alberta soil benchmark project that begins monitoring soil health in Alberta and the mechanisms that ensure it stays healthy and productive. Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA) Soil Health Lab, under the direction of Dr. Yamily Zavala, provides a unique service that evaluates soil […]

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Call in a Wetland Professional

Created March 24, 2021 | Category: News Articles

By Eden Northcott, Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. Wetlands are complex and so are the regulations associated with them. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to develop/remove wetlands on your property, remember to always consult a qualified wetland professional. Wetlands perform important ecological functions that require years of study to understand and thus must […]

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Meet Ryan Mercer – Mr. President

Created March 20, 2021 | Category: Business

Ryan Mercer, Farming Smarter Board President, sits on the board because he wants the organization to thrive. Part of that is a legacy from his father, Lloyd Mercer, who sat on the Southern Alberta Conservation Association (SACA) board. “My dad was involved, so it’s generational,” chuckles Ryan. He is now co-owner and president of Mercer […]

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Ken Coles – Fearless Leader

Created March 19, 2021 | Category: Business

M.Sc. Environment and Management; B.Sc. Chemistry; P.Ag; CCA Over a decade ago, a small non-profit Board of Directors hired Ken Coles to manage the Southern Alberta Research Association (SARA). I don’t think they knew they’d grabbed a tiger by the tail. At that time, SARA was Ken, 60 acres of Lethbridge College land and a […]

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Pale Green Weevil

Created March 16, 2021 | Category: Bug of the Month

March 2021 Bug of the Month – Polydrusus impressifrons It appears the Pale Green weevil arrived in Alberta in the last decade. Medicine Hat recorded the first incidence in 2010. Subsequently, they showed up at Frank Lake in 2012, Alyderside in 2013 and Calgary in 2016.  According to Dr. Hector Carcamo, AAFC, “it is not […]

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What is soil health?

Created March 15, 2021 | Category: News Articles

Soil Savvy March 2021 By Gurbir Dhillon While the term soil health is quite pervasive in the scientific and agricultural communities, its meaning and scope are ambiguous. Dr. H. Henry Janzen and his colleagues in the Soil Biology and Biochemistry journal1 recently published an excellent article on this topic. In light of some brilliant and […]

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Timothy Caulfield: Debunk Misinformation

Created March 12, 2021 | Category: News Articles

By: Natalie Noble Timothy Caulfield offered the Farming Smarter conference ways to debunk misinformation. Whether it be fad diets, attacks on GMO or misrepresentation of the industry in the media, getting the truth out there is a challenge. When Farming Smarter invited Caulfield to be keynote speaker for its 2020 conference, neither party knew exactly […]

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First elected RDAR board

Created March 10, 2021 | Category: News Articles

The Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) organization elected its first board and replaced the appointed interim board put in place when Minister Devon Dreeshen created the arms-length non-profit. RDAR has 33 voting member organizations from diverse agricultural and research backgrounds. Its purpose is to establish Alberta ag research priorities, evaluate funding applications, and allocate the Alberta government’s ag-specific research […]

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NSERC funds Strip Tillage/Planter project

Created March 5, 2021 | Category: News Articles

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada approved a three-year grant to fund a strip tillage and precision planting at Farming Smarter!  The project will study the effect of strip tillage and precision planting on canola emergence, seed yield and quality.  The always reliable Lethbridge College will administer project grant. (The writer of this article is a little biased because he graduated […]

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Use whole toolbox on weeds

Created March 3, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Waaay back Wednesday First published March 2010 in Farming Smarter magazine By Lee Hart Technology improved crop production a lot over the past 50 years, but farmers need the whole toolbox rather than rely on the prospect of another new and improved herbicide as a solution to all weed control problems, says an Agriculture Canada […]

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Farmer-Led Research Fallacy

Created February 26, 2021 | Category: Government

By Ken ColesFarming Smarter Executive Director Our community may face a farmer-led research fallacy in its new way of supporting agriculture research. In February of 2016, I witnessed farmers and ranchers unite across the province in passionate protest against the newly introduced Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.  We saw […]

Calling All CWRS Wheat Producers

Created February 24, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Help identify key factors limiting CWRS yield potential  Take part in a prairie‐wide project to generate baseline producer data on current CWRS wheat management practices. This project aims to identify the key factors that prevent CWRS wheat producers from obtaining potential yields achievable on individual farms.Simply provide us with yield and other agronomic data specific […]

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Soil Savvy Microbiome

Created February 19, 2021 | Category: News Articles

By Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D. The final segment on beneficial soil microorganisms looks at the complicated and crucial relationship between plants and soil microorganisms. Plants co-evolved with soil microorganisms for millions of years and developed complicated plant-soil-microbe interactions that help execute essential biological functions, including nutrient uptake, resistance to pathogens, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem maintenance and […]

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Boost canola yields

Created February 19, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Southern Alberta canola producers stand to benefit from a joint research project by Lethbridge College and Farming Smarter to boost canola yields. The project will study if producers can boost canola yields by using strip tillage and precision planting. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) partly funds this three-year, Applied Research and Development […]

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Rotary Agriculture Scholarship for southern Alberta

Created January 27, 2021 | Category: Business

Take part in the success of the Rotary Agriculture Scholarship that helps local young people and our industry. The 2021 Rotary Club of Lethbridge East/Lethbridge Exhibition Park Agricultural Scholarship awards $10,000 to a southern Alberta student continuing their education into a third year in agriculture related studies at a recognized post secondary institution. This is […]

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Open Farm Days is about community

Created January 22, 2021 | Category: Events

Farming Smarter first took part in Open Farm Days in 2016 and its event grows each year. Farming Smarter has the location, space and partners to host a large number of people and give them a taste of agricultural diversity. In 2020, our Open Farm Days event had about 30 booths, two scheduled crop tours […]

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Alberta Subsurface Irrigation Research

Created January 20, 2021 | Category: News Articles

Lethbridge College study finds fertile ground for subsurface irrigation research Southern Alberta farmers have local research to guide further adoption of subsurface drip fertigation (SDF). A research project by Lethbridge College researchers breaks new ground in the study of SDF. Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi, research associate on the Mueller Applied Research in Irrigation Science team […]

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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.  […]

Nutrient Seminar Series Goes Virtual

Created January 8, 2021 | Category: News Articles

The 2021 Alberta Nutrient Management Seminar Series goes virtual with presentations by industry experts on a wide variety of topics. The Nutrient Management series will stretch from Jan 11 – March 1 in weekly online seminar topics. There will be four main topics: soil health; alternate nutrient management strategies; new techniques, technologies and precision agriculture […]

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Alberta Ag Research Now What?

Created January 6, 2021 | Category: Government

By Madeleine Baerg  March 30, 2020, after months of consultation with farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry announced that farmers will direct the managment of Alberta ag research funds.  Specifically, Minister Dreeshen announced the creation of Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), an arms-length non-profit to establish Alberta ag research priorities, evaluate funding applications, and allocate the Alberta […]

Grain Vacuum Makes Hauling a One-Man Job

Created December 30, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Grain Vacuum Makes Hauling a One-Man Job is the final Way Back Wednesday of 2020. It is an article from 2013 in Farming Smarter magazine. Farmers hated feathering equipment when time is on the line. One of those nuisances is balancing the grain to air ratio using a vacuum system. “We used to put the […]

Canadian Grain Commission Appointments

Created December 22, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The Canadian Grain Commission got two new appointments by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. She appointed Doug Chorney as Chief Commissioner and Patty Rosher as Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission.  “Now more than ever, it is important to have strong leadership in our agriculture sector to ensure Canadians continue to […]

Durum Planter Research Underway

Created December 18, 2020 | Category: News Articles

This week we talk to you about durum agronomy and specifically, planter research. Someone told Ken Coles that durum agronomy hasn’t seen updates for 20 years. Coles got on the case to do multi-factor durum research.   In this research, Farming Smarter set up trials with air drills, planters, growth regulators, fungi, max fertilization, normal fertilization and seeding rates. Coles said that durum is highly susceptible to fusarium head blight and it would be interesting to […]

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Bug of the Month Dec. 2020

Created December 18, 2020 | Category: Bug of the Month

White Pine Weevil By Hector Carcamo Ph. D. Another evil weevil: the white pine weevil is a pest of Christmas trees! White pine weevil feed on a large number of conifers including many that are planted in Christmas tree nurseries. The females prefer young trees to chew holes and lay eggs on the terminal leader. […]

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Farm Safety Check 

Created December 16, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Remember when you were a kid with a chore list and you finally checked them all off? Well now we have a new Farm Safety check list for you!  Farming Smarter Safety Officer Shelly Barclay says, “Farming Smarter does Farm Safety Checks often. We also hold annual safety orientations and make all our new employees sign off on their own copy of […]

Fusarium Head Blight in Rotations

Created December 11, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

 Farming Smarter joined Dr. Randy Kutcher, University of Saskatchewan Chair in Cereal and Flax Crop Pathology, to study fusarium head blight in rotations.   The project: is one of four pillars of his program at USask and takes place at 10 sites in western Canada​. Each site has six to nine crops and are no till.​   The main object is to determine the optimum crop sequence to minimize FHB in wheat and durum. […]

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Sorghum Grass in Alberta

Created December 9, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

A Waaay Back Wednesday post from 2006 Farming Smarter MagazineIt’s so far back, we can’t find the photo that went with it. But there are lots of sorghum images on Google! You can also find the original article on Study shows Warm Season Grasses can work in rotation Warm season grasses offer producers an […]

Novel and Staple crops: What yields better?

Created December 4, 2020 | Category: News Articles

  Deciding what crops to put in rotations and in what sequence can make the gears in your head grind. Fear not farmers, we have the answers for you based on our novel crop rotational study.    Let’s take a look at some of the thing’s Dr Jan Slaski, InnoTech AB, has for this project guidelines:  Four staple crops (wheat, barley, canola, pea) ​  Four novel crops (hemp and quinoa) and (dry bean/corn or flax/faba bean or soybean/canary seed) ​  Two x two-year studies​  Studying Emergence, biomass, […]

Ritchie Brothers to host online auction for 4-h

Created December 2, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Ritchie Bros. Auctions will run the Southern Region 4H auction this week before and during Farming Smarter’s virtual conference.  The auction opens Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. and runs to Dec. 3, 4 pm with 49 lots for sale has everything from toy tractors, to clothing to a Farming Smarter subscription for all of 2021. Find an item that tickles your fancy and bid like crazy during the auction!  Customers need to register (free) to bid online. There are no fees for the event. […]

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Specialty Crop Project

Created November 27, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

The high value specialty crop project fits with Farming Smarter’s mandate to change the way people farm. The development of high value specialty crops is crucial for a diversified and robust agricultural industry in Canada. It is very important for on-farm profitability and is a key driver for value added industries. With strong developing markets, […]

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Grain Corn Agronomy Research

Created November 25, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter began to study grain corn agronomy for a southern Alberta crop quite a while ago. This week’s Way Back Wednesday takes us to an article from our 2015 magazine where we talk about grain corn in rotations. Corn On Deck for Rotations A steady domestic market, seeding/harvest timing and lots of upside yield […]

Hemp will hog attention as we study fiber and grain

Created November 20, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The industrial hemp project called Agronomic Influences on Fiber & Grain builds on a previous hemp project led by Dr. Jan Slaski at InnoTech Alberta. These trials were built on the knowledge we gained from the first projects and on questions that arose the first time around.   The industrial hemp project combines seeding rate and seeding date trials that were separate in the first project. The fertility […]

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Bug of the Month Nov. 2020

Created November 18, 2020 | Category: Bug of the Month

Asian ladybird beetle  (Harmonia axyridis) With Dr. Carcamo, John Acorn & Brendan Roy Farming Smarter recently hired a keen entomologist as a research technician, Brendan Roy, He is always alert to what might be crawling in the snow, say for example a multicolored ladybird beetle. Especially, when that ladybird beetle is a potential invasive pest. […]

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Weed Wisdom Nov. 2020

Created November 17, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) By: Kasey Dunn and Charles Geddes Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) is a perennial weed species introduced to North America in the early 1800s. The first plant was discovered in Alberta in 1933. It can reproduce by seed, but its persistence is mainly due to vegetative reproduction by a vastly […]

Barley continues to be on a Roll

Created November 13, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The purpose of rolling barley is to push rocks into the soil so that the chopper header does not hit the rocks, avoiding damage to the equipment. However, there seems to be no common time to roll and rolling occurs at many different stages of crop growth. With a final report of the project coming soon, we hope to […]

Energy Strategies to improve your Farm

Created November 11, 2020 | Category: News Articles

  Your practices for on-farm energy management can improve economic viability and enable environmental sustainability in agriculture. When talking about energy usage, you should include energy bills, submeters and assessments.  Saving energy requires you to know about energy patterns, make the correct equipment selection, find an appropriate energy provider and address which systems will be reliable for the future.   Submeters are useful energy or gas meters that will […]

Mike on the Mic Episode 1: Practicum Talk

Created November 9, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Lethbridge College / Farming Smarter Partnership Welcome to the first episode of Mike on the Mic. In this episode Mike Kaake talks with Farming Smarter’s communications manager,  Claudette Lacombe and Lethbridge College’s Deb Hadley about practicums and the relationship that the College has with Farming Smarter. This is the start of a five podcast series posted […]

Flashback Friday: Night Spraying Fungicides 

Created November 6, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Today for Flashback Friday, we will look back at the Night Spraying Fungicides project that Farming Smarter worked on from 2013-2015 (Crazy to think that was five years ago now!)   The Night Spraying Fungicides project used small plot research trials to evaluate differences in fungicide efficacy and crop tolerance. Three foliar application timings (day 12-2pm, night 12-1am, early morning 4-5am) were assessed using […]

Virtual Conference & Trade Show

Created November 4, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Our Virtual Conference is December 2-3 and features two days of speakers from across the Prairies to broaden your agricultural knowledge.  Some of the virtual conference presenters include Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Police and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, Brent VanKoughnet, owner at […]

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Microbial management

Created October 28, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Way Back Wednesday – Farming Smarter Magazine Spring 2016 A new tool in crop input efficiency by Lee Hart While earth worms are important indicators of soil health, it is understanding and using the millions and millions of microscopic bugs in the soil that will take western Canadian farmers to the next level of crop […]

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Weed Wisdom – Canada Thistle

Created October 23, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Canada thistle [Cirsium arvense (L.) Scop.] Word Alert: allelopathy – The growth suppression of one plant species by another due to the release of toxic substances (Webster 1983) by: Nicole Vincent and Charles Geddes Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is an aggressive perennial weed classified as noxious in Alberta. According to the 2017 Alberta Weed Survey, Canada […]

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Protect fields from wind

Created October 21, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Soil erosion information and advice

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Specialist on Call

Created October 16, 2020 | Category: Events

 When Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM MSTAdd to Calendar     Where Call +1-403-741-6032 Box 339, Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0 Register Now! Driving Directions

Expand your horizons

Created October 9, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Plan to attend this virtual workshop targeted for agricultural producers interested in learning about exporting products. Registration link

Our Extension Unit

Created October 7, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Part 5 of 5 In the last post about Farming Smarter work units, we learn about the extension unit. Jamie Puchinger, assistant manager leads the extension unit at Farming Smarter. This unit’s goal is to share learning that comes from Farming Smarter and other researchers. The unit produces all external communication and extension. This includes […]

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Fall Wild Oats Tips

Created October 5, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Brought to you by Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee

Farming Smarter Research Unit

Created September 30, 2020 | Category: Growing New Ideas

Part 4 of 5 The research unit run by soil scientist, Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D., and research coordinator, Mike Gretzinger, leads grant-funded research projects either led by Farming Smarter or in collaboration with researchers from other institutions. Dhillon and Gretzinger coordinate field research activities and data collection. They also work closely with the extension unit to […]

All about Field-tested Unit

Created September 23, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Part 3 about why Farming Smarter restructured into units for 2020.  Lewis Baarda, On-Farm Research, leads the Field-tested unit doing field-scale research with farmers and farm managers. The unit works with farmers who may have a question about new technology, product or idea that needs evaluating in a real-world environment and the Farming Smarter crew […]

Video Releases, Sept. 21

Created September 21, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Bug of the Month Sept. 2020

Created September 21, 2020 | Category: Bug of the Month

Bug of September is not a bug! By Héctor Cárcamo Slugs are a common nuisance in most people’s gardens, especially in wet spots and wet summers. In fact, they can also be a pest in farmers’ fields. In central Alberta, around the Lacombe – Ponoka region (and elsewhere) slugs have been observed at high densities […]

New strain of clubroot beats resistance genes

Created September 16, 2020 | Category: News Articles

This article is from way back in our 2014 Fall edition of the Farming Smarter Magazine! by Helen McMenamin Plant pathologists found a new pathotype of clubroot thriving even in resistant varieties of canola. So far, they have only found the new pathotype in the Edmonton area, where clubroot first appeared in canola some years […]

Video Releases Sept. 14

Created September 14, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Watch as 2019 conference speakers cover agronomy topics and catch the latest 2020 Plot Shot.

Taking an interest in agriculture

Created September 11, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Farming Smarter offered a free public event in conjunction with Alberta Open Farm Days (OFD) and welcomed 170 people on August 15, 2020. Nearly 80% of people who joined us live in the city and over 50% had never been to an OFD event before! “This event is great for people not involved in agriculture,” […]

Learn about our Contract Research Unit

Created September 9, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Part 2 of 5 We’ve learned about why Farming Smarter restructured itself into smaller business units and what units came out of it. This post we are going to be looking into the contract research unit. The contract research unit, led by research associate Trevor Deering, does research for private companies on crop protection and […]

Minimize Sawfly Damage

Created September 2, 2020 | Category: Insects

This is a Way-Back Wednesday post featuring an article from the 2005 Farming Smarter Magazine edition. You can’t get away from the sawfly, but you can keep the damage they do to a minimum. Alberta Agriculture entomologist, Scott Meers, has been reviewing all the information he can find on sawflies to complete his master’s degree […]

Video Releases August 31

Created August 31, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The Big Alberta Soil Benchmarking Project

Created August 28, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Soil is one of the most important components involved in growing crops, yet soil biology is not well understood, and the physical characteristics have not been monitored. Now there is a study that is hoping to fix that. Led by the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA) and supported by 10 other Alberta forage and applied research […]

Farming Smarter Business units

Created August 26, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Part 1 of 5 introducing new business units. Farming Smarter instituted some organizational restructuring that could help them grow in size, quality and impact. Ken Coles, Executive Director of Farming Smarter, says restructuring the organization into smaller business units will help it meet some goals. Business units divide the tasks, create ownership and accountability, foster […]

Video Releases August 24

Created August 24, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The Rolling Barley project is on a Roll

Created August 21, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The purpose of rolling barley is to push rocks into the soil so that the chopper header does not hit the rocks, avoiding damage to the equipment. However, there seems to be no common time to roll and it has been seen that rolling occurs at many different stages of crop growth. With a new […]

No clear winner in FHB treatments

Created August 19, 2020 | Category: News Articles

By Lee Hart While the differences haven’t been earth shattering, so far a three-year southern Alberta study looking at the effect of different treatments on wheat shows the combination of using a fungicide and timing of irrigation might have a slight benefit in reducing fusarium head blight (FHB). Results of the third year of the […]

Video Releases August 17

Created August 17, 2020 | Category: News Articles

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Pollinators are the Bee’s Knees

Created August 14, 2020 | Category: News Articles

by Cassidy Langridge Farming Smarter conducted the Locally Adapted Pollinator Sanctuaries for Marginal Lands project in 2019. Its goal was to develop a long term, comprehensive, cost-effective and sustainable seed mix to conserve natural insect pollinators and enhance local biodiversity in southern Alberta. The results show rich biodiversity of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. […]

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Video Releases August 10

Created August 10, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Match Nitrogen to plant needs

Created August 7, 2020 | Category: News Articles

by Heather Grande Farming Smarter, in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), teamed up to discover Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer options. This project researches rates and source of nitrogen fertilizers. In the first two years of this five-year project, they have noted nitrogen fertilizer form, rate, and placement/timing affect grain yield and protein. Two sites […]

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Two Learning Adventures next week

Created August 5, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Aug. 13 you can learn to Target Your Connection and, then, Aug. 15 you can come try them out at Open Farm Day! During this pandemic, a lot of people took up new things while they are stuck at home. Some explored baking, knitting or renovating, but how about meeting local food producers? Farming Smarter […]

Video Releases August 4

Created August 4, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Rotational study Plot Shot, weed seed managment, crop agronomy and grain storage.

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How ultra-early seeding can affect your crop

Created July 31, 2020 | Category: News Articles

by Heather Grande Farming Smarter is looking into how planting seeds at earlier times may benefit plant growth, especially with the increase in temperature earlier in the year. Ultra-Early Seeding investigates the effects that global warming is having on plants and how planting seeds earlier may lengthen growing periods. Farming Smarter, in collaboration with Agricultural, […]

Farming Smarter tackles live streams

Created July 29, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Farming Smarter now offers people the option to attend events virtually. Covid – 19 forced the decision to go digital when Alberta Health Services lowered the number of people that were aloud to attend event. Farming Smarter still wanted to give every person an opportunity to attend events and access the information. Hosting live streamed […]

Bug of the Month

Created July 28, 2020 | Category: Bug of the Month

Bertha Armyworm Some bugs are cute, some are helpful, and some are creepy little pests. The Bertha Armyworm fits in the last category. This worm may be tiny, but the damage they can do to a crop can be gigantic. This little worm lives throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the interior of British Columbia, and our very […]

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Video Releases July 27

Created July 27, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Every week, Farming Smarter releases videos on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel to keep up!

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Combat Kochia resistance

Created July 24, 2020 | Category: News Articles

by Heather Grande Farming Smarter has a study on the best ways to combat herbicide resistant kochia. Kochia does extremely well in southern Alberta weather and is a very strong and problematic weed. Kochia grow faster rate than most weeds and may have more than one generation in a growing season. This makes it able […]

RDAR- the New Decision Maker in Town

Created July 22, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The provincial government created the Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) committee to direct Alberta’s agriculture research in a way that would help farmers, researchers, and the agriculture industry as a whole. Made up of people in the agriculture industry, RDAR will determine research priorities instead of having the government dictate these choices. Currently, the group […]

Video Releases July 20

Created July 20, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Life after neonic insecticides

Created July 17, 2020 | Category: News Articles

by Heather Grande Canola growers will want to follow Farming Smarter’s research into effective ways to combat flea beetles on canola without the use of neonic pesticides.Neonic has been the pesticide of choice for many years because the seed treatment protects plants without the need of spraying as they mature.In recent years the Pest Management […]

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New committee to tackle herbicide-resistant wild oats

Created July 15, 2020 | Category: News Articles

A newly formed committee plans to address herbicide-resistant wild oats and wants to engage landowners in finding new techniques and management. The Canadian Weed Science Society introduced the Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee (RWOAC). This committee formed after a request that the society have a committee that will “engage scientists, producers, and the agriculture industry […]

Video Releases July 13

Created July 13, 2020 | Category: News Articles


Three-year biostimulant project begins

Created July 10, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Farming Smarter has a 3-year biostimulant research project to study the impact of biostimulants on crop yields to provide unbiased information for farmers.   The Canadian Agricultural Partnership and Lethbridge College fund the biostimulant project still in its first year. The project tests the different capabilities of various biostimulants to see if they provide benefits to farmers who want to use them.   In the agriculture industry, biostimulants are microorganisms and biological substances used to enhance plant […]

Get to know our Summer Crew!

Created July 8, 2020 | Category: News Articles

by Cassidy Langridge School’s out for the summer but that doesn’t mean that students stop learning. They just come to Farming Smarter, where they continue learning while also having a bit of fun. During the summer months, Farming Smarter enjoys energetic students that come work with us either in the office or out in the […]

Video Releases July 6

Created July 6, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Deep Banding Update

Created July 3, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

The Deep Banding Immobile Nutrients project is more than two-thirds of the way through and we have some preliminary observations. We’re in the third year of the project, working with peas, canola and wheat in three different locations in Alberta. Lethbridge, Vegreville and Falher each have their own crops with different soils (brown, black and […]

Video Releases June 29

Created June 29, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Spray Tips and Tricks

Created June 25, 2020 | Category: News Articles

For spraying, there are a few ways to get the best out of your application. The first tip is to use the biggest droplet size. The reason for this is mainly gravity. Bigger droplets are heavier and more likely to fall where you intended than smaller ones that the wind can carry away. Nozzle choice […]

Bug of the Month

Created June 24, 2020 | Category: Bug of the Month

Saltmarsh Caterpillar or Woolly Bear By Héctor Cárcamo and Vincent Hervet Hector I heard another report of damage to canola on Twitter #abbugchat recently in addition to a direct query Vince and I handled previously. It’s important to note that people see damage then find these caterpillars because they are easy to spot. However, their […]

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Video Releases June 22

Created June 22, 2020 | Category: News Articles

The EM38 Project

Created June 19, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Farmers rely on information sources to direct crop input decisions. However, many fail to account for soil characteristics and the variability of the weather. Once seeding is complete, farmers have few options to measure the real-time changes in crop input demands and spatial patterns in the field. This project evaluates the use of an EM38 […]

2020 UFA Community Grants Open

Created June 17, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Rural communities in Alberta can apply to a $100,000 grant program for projects that strengthen education, recreation and culture in their community. The UFA Rural Communities Foundation (RCF) opened this year’s program on Farmer’s Day, June 12, to applications from communities. “Farmer’s Day is a day to recognize farmers and their important work at home […]

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Video Releases June 15

Created June 15, 2020 | Category: News Articles

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Trapping Spores for Science

Created June 12, 2020 | Category: field studies

Farming Smarter begins testing a new product, Sporenado, to find if it’s effective at of trapping fungal spores as an early warning system for crop protection.  Approved in September of 2019 after the growing season, this year is the first round of onsite testing conducted by Farming Smarter. The project continues through until the end of the 2023 season.  The idea of this project is to place the Sporenado spore […]

Video Releases June 8

Created June 8, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Field Tested 2020 Up & Running

Created June 5, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Field Tested’s on-farm research program for 2020 is underway.  The program, now starting its third season, provides a research service that helps to evaluate products, practices and technologies in a field setting. The agriculture industry is enterprising and progressive, continually experimenting with better ways to produce crops. Once the commotion of field season begins, finding […]

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Auction buy a win for Smart Farmer

Created June 2, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Craig Walsh, a farmer from Foremost, AB, a Smart Farmer Subscriber and a past Farming Smarter Board member, knows a good deal when he sees one.  Canterra Seeds supports the 4H Southern Region auction every year at Farming Smarter’s Conference & Trade Show.  In 2019, they donated a $600 gift certificate towards the purchase of canola seed to the 4H auction. The gift card was […]

New Videos June 1, 2020

Created June 1, 2020 | Category: News Articles

Dianne Westerlund quickly covers pasture management just before the storm of the season broke above Medicine Hat last June. Plot Shot – Mike Gretzinger gives a quick overview of what the Deep Banding imobile nutrients project. Dr. Hector Carcamo, AAFC Researcher, talks about his research into flea beetle control.

Lyle Ruggles & Ag Minister Dreshen 2019

New ways to learn from Farming Smarter

Created May 29, 2020 | Category: News Articles

For some, the ability to walk a virtual tour, at a time of their choosing and without having to step foot off the farm opens a learning opportunity that did not exist before now.  Farming Smarter can see that communication technologies just keep opening new ways of learning and wants to make sure Alberta’s agriculture system […]

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Air quality really matters

Created May 27, 2020 | Category: News Articles

On a farm a loss of nitrogen, a valuable crop nutrient, can spell economic loss for any farmer. A way to find out if you are losing this nutrient is to look at all your farm inputs and outputs, including air emissions. Managing emissions can be a balancing act, but with the proper resources you […]

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