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

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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 a wonderful place to call home,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “We are pleased to support the society’s ongoing efforts to encourage youth leadership and to showcase our province’s strong and vibrant agriculture industry.”

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. > 


Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers Meet in Halifax

Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson was recently in Halifax, meeting with his federal and provincial counterparts. Minister Olson says these types of meetings are important.

 Click here to listen to the interview. > 


Role of the Property Rights Advocate

One of outcomes of the Property Rights Task Force was the establishment of the Property Rights Advocate Office, which is not only new to Alberta, but unique to Canada. Lee Cutforth was named to that role in December of 2012. Cutforth discusses:


 To contact the Property Rights Advocate Office, call 403-388-1781.



Baked Buttermilk Chicken

This recipe, using buttermilk to make this chicken juicy and tender, is sure to be a family pleaser! The Alberta Milk website has an entire section – More About Milk. The site includes nutritional information and a wealth of recipes to try and enjoy.

 Click here for this recipe. > 





Pest Corner

Bertha Armyworm on the Rise

Alberta Agriculture’s insect management specialist, Scott Meers provides the weekly pest update. This week, Meers talks about the pest issues he’s hearing about in the field.

 Click to listen to the update. > 


Strip Rust Slowed by Recent Weather

Dr. Denis Gaudet and his research crew from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Lethbridge, have surveyed 12 winter and spring wheat fields in the Bow Island-Medicine Hat area. Stripe rust was found in two winter wheat fields at trace levels and was not observed in the spring wheat fields. The recent weather conditions may have slowed the stripe rust progression.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 


Diamondback Moth and Canola

The pod stage if the critical time to watch for insect feeding in canola. Thresholds for insects such as bertha armyworm, diamondback moth larve (pictured) and lygus bugs are based on losses at pod feeding.

 Click here to read the most recent Canola Watch. > 



New Crop Year Reminder for Western Producers and Industry

The Canadian Grain Commission has sent a reminder to the grain industry and producers about grain grading changes which come into effect in Western Canada on August 1, 2013.

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Livestock, Beer and the Pursuit of Profitability

Each year, many Alberta grain growers ask themselves whether they should grow malt or feed barley. Making the right choice between malt and feed barley varieties and agronomic practices is not always easy and the wrong decision can lead to economic losses. “While malt varieties tend to yield lower, they hold the promise of higher price if grade is achieved, on the other hand, feed varieties tend to yield higher but hold a lower price,” says Jason Wood, production crops economist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Alberta Wheat Commission Director Gary Stanford Presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) congratulates Director Gary Stanford and vice-president of the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), for being recognized at the recent GGC summer board meeting in Dawson Creek, BC by receiving the commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 Click here to read more. > 


2013 Lacombe Field Day

This year’s Lacombe Field Day is being held at the Field Crop Development Centre on July 25. The event will showcase the FCDC’s 40 varieties, developed over the last 40 years, including the newest barley varieties – Amisk and Canmore. Crop experts will be on-hand to provide updates and information and to answer questions. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch. To register, contact Kristy at 403-782-8100.



Canola Galla

The Crop Diversification Centre South at Brooks is hosting the Canola Galla 2013, featuring demonstrations and information on insects, weeds, diseases, and all things canola. Participants can choose to attend one of two days – July 31 or August 1. Mike Harding, research scientist, plant pathology, with Alberta Agriculture at Brooks says it’s going to be a very hands-on event. There is no cost, but registration by July 26 is required. For more information, contactHarding. To register, call Janet Lepp at 403-362-1321.

 Click here to listen to the Call of the Land interview. > 


Dealing with Inverse Crop Prices

Charlie Pearson, market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, says there is currently a substantial inverse between new crop and old crop prices. Pearson says that means there’s a big difference between prices for crop that was harvested last year (2012) and is being stored in bins, and new crop or crop that has been planted this spring and will be harvested this fall.

 Click to listen to the interview with Pearson. > 


Latest Crop Report

The latest Alberta Agriculture crop report has been posted to Alberta Agriculture’s website. Crop growing conditions as of July 16, continue to be very favourable across the province. In general, the condition of most crops is rated as good to excellent. Provincially, about 88 per cent of spring wheat, oats, barley and canola, and 90 per cent of dry beans and peas are in good to excellent condition.

 Crop reports can be found on Alberta Agriculture’s website by clicking this link. > 



The Brand – Canada Beef

The second 2013 edition of the Brand, the quarterly newsletter produced by Canada Beef, is now available online. The edition includes information on the national Check-Off, the 2013/14 marketing plan summary, goals and objectives of Canada Beef and an update on Canada Beef’s first 15 months of operation.

 Click to view the latest issue of The Brand. > 


Farm Safety

Disability and Liability Insurance for Farmers

It only takes a second – a slip on ice, a moment of distraction around moving machinery or unpredictable livestock, and suddenly you or one of your valued employees is injured and unable to work. “For self-employed farm owners, it is important to give careful thought to insurance options for disability and liability,” says Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 


Stay Safe When Working with Huge Bales

Farm safety is important throughout the year, and Ag Safety Week organizers want to remind producers to always take precautions, regardless of the task at hand or current circumstances. The articleStay Safe When Working with Huge Bales focuses on the hazards associated with the handling and transport of large bales and the importance of safe handling techniques such as proper lifting procedures and the use of appropriate equipment. Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public education campaign focusing on the importance of practising safe agriculture. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) deliver CASW in partnership with exclusive corporate sponsor Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Government of Canada.

 To view or download the Stay Safe When Working with Huge Bales article. > 



16 Questions to Consider before Buying Farmland

Strong commodity prices have generated positive profit margins for most producers. “With interest rates low and cash reserves available, many producers are considering either cash or leverage-investment purchases into an active farmland market,” says Rick Dehod, grain farm business specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “A well-researched financial plan will guard against ill-prepared decisions.”

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 


Starting and Growing a Business

Launching and operating a successful business requires solid business and market planning and execution of business principles. “Sound development and preparation can take months, and it can take a considerable amount of time before a business turns a profit,” says Kathy Bosse, new venture coach, local/domestic market expansion with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Agri-Industry Workforce Development Initiative

Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce is Alberta’s 10-year labour force development strategy.  Agriculture and Rural Development has developed a main page online where details of this initiative can be quickly and easily found. The webpage includes information and news on upcoming events, webinars and workforce seminar, as well as links to information sites for grants, recruitment, retention and resources and tools.

 Click here for more information. > 



On-Farm Stewardship Program

The On-Farm Stewardship Program is designed to support the implementation of beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce the risk of agricultural contaminants entering surface and ground water supplies. The program provides financial support to active producers for the implementation of approved projects that minimize impacts on water supply and quality. Murray Green, a stewardship extension specialist with the program, talks about some of his responsibilities. For more information, contact Green at 403-948-8518 or visit the Growing Forward 2 website.

 Click here to listen to the Call of the Land interview. > 


Rural Development

Visit Farmfair International in Alberta

On November 3 – 10, in Edmonton, Farmfair International will once again showcase agriculture. From genetics and livestock to the latest in equipment, this show is a one-stop marketplace for producers and the industry. Northlands is one of Canada’s oldest and most established agriculture societies and produces many events including Canada’s premier agriculture showcase: Farmfair International.

 Click here for more information. > 


Dutch Elm Disease

During the recently held Dutch Elm Disease Awareness week, the focus was on what can be done to save Alberta’s elm trees. Janet Feddes-Calpas, executive director of the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED), says there are a number of things that can be done:


  • be aware of the Alberta elm pruning ban between April 1and September 30
  • keep elm trees healthy, and vigorous
  • water elms well from April to mid-August
  • remove dead branches and trees as they can provide beetle habitat, but only between October 1 to March 31
  • dispose of all elm wood immediately by burning, burying or chipping
  • report all suspect trees to the DED Hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS

Feddes-Calpas adds there are a number of things to avoid as well: do not transport or store elm firewood at any time; and, again, do not prune elms between April 1 and September 30.



Century Farm Awards

Families Honoured for 100-year Commitment to Agriculture

Pioneering Alberta families who have farmed and ranched the same land for 100 years or more are being recognized by the Government of Alberta with Century Farm and Ranch Awards. “We are proud to celebrate the legacy of Albertans who have dedicated their lives to agriculture and who have helped shape this province into what it is today,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The strength and future success of our agriculture industry depends greatly on the hard work, ingenuity and determination of our farming families.”

 For more information, a link to the Alberta Agriculture Flickr photo site, click here. > 


Research & Technology

Stacking Agronomic Practices

New agronomic research could increase yields and profitability for Alberta wheat producers. Sheri Strydhorst, agronomic research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, is leading the new research to determine the synergistic benefits of stacking agronomic practices to maximize wheat yield. Field trials are being grown in Barrhead, Willingdon and Lacombe.

 Click to listen to the Call of the Land interview. > 



Nutritious Food Basket Price Report

The latest Edmonton Nutritious Food Basket Price report is available online. This report provides the average weekly cost for groceries broken-down by food category as well as age and gender needs and consumption.

 Click here for more information. > 

Created July 23, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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