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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 areas northeast and southeast of Calgary. Soil moisture reserves are showing signs of depletion across parts of the province, as a result of several weeks of dryer than normal conditions. However, crop growth is still reported to be largely unaffected, with most crops in these dryer areas, relying on previously stored moisture and regular intervals of adequate rain.

 Click here to read the full update. > 

When to Swath Canola

As canola producers get ready to swath their crops, it’s important to realize just how important the timing of that swathing is. Harry Brook, crop specialist at the Ag Info Centre, says swathing too early or too late can have major implications. Brook says there are a number of resources to help producers assess when to swath their canola, from calling the Ag Info Centre at 310-3276, to going to the Alberta Canola Producers Commission  website. He says it’s important to scout fields before making management decisions.

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

Beef Pops with Grainy Mustard Sauce

Each beef skewer is a luscious mouthful of perfectly grilled, tender steak and a plump grape tomato served with a tangy, herb-flecked mustard sauce for dipping. Canola oil is used in both the marinade and sauce to balance their textures and flavors healthfully. It is an appetizer that is as delicious and easy to make as it is impressive to serve.

 Click here for this recipe from Canola Info. > 


 One Key to Success for Farmers’ Markets

Henk van Dongen, marketing specialist who was recently in Alberta speaking with members of the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market Association, talked about:


Pest Corner

Weekly Insect Update

Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, talks about bertha armyworm and other insect updates.

 Click to hear what Meers has to report. > 

 Late Blight

Late blight was discovered in Southern Alberta earlier this summer, but has been developing and spreading eastward through the region. Growers should increase their vigilance and monitoring for this disease and be prepared to respond as necessary.  We are interested to know if there are any late blight issues on tomatoes or potatoes in home gardens or market gardens. If you suspect late blight any garden potato or tomato plants please send a photo of the symptoms to Rob SpencerFor further information, contact Mike Harding, plant pathologist with Alberta Agriculture, at 403-362-1338,Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, at 403-742-7563, or call the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276). 

Managing Late Blight

Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says increased awareness in both the industry and the public has led to a greater effort to monitor fields, gardens and greenhouses in order to protect crops from late blight, as well as a quicker response to any perceived infections. He says it is recommended that all growers of potato or tomato (commercial or home garden) take specific steps to prevent the carryover of disease into future years, as a number of valuable crop industries in Alberta could be impacted by repeated outbreaks. More information on late blight, including the Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes–Frequently Asked Questions factsheet, is posted on Alberta Agriculture’s website.

 Click to hear what Spencer has to say. > 


Harvest Sample Program

Free, unofficial grain grade with Harvest Sample Program. With this year’s harvest starting in Western Canada, producers have until November 1, 2013 to send in a grain sample to get a free unofficial grade and quality information through the Harvest Sample Program. If you haven’t participated before, sign up by October 15 to make sure you receive your Harvest Sample Program kit in time to send a sample this fall.

 Click here for more information from the Canadian Grain Commission. > 

Statistics Canada Crop Production Estimates

The first Statistics Canada Crop Production Estimates report of the growing season has just been released. Charlie Pearson, provincial crops market analyst, provides some of the highlights. Pearson cautions; however, that these are very preliminary numbers.

 Click to hear what Pearson has to say. > 

The Ultimate Canola Challenge Plots

They’ve been dubbed the “ultimate canola challenge plots.” Murray Hartman, oilseed specialist with Alberta Agriculture, talked about these plots, and what he hopes to achieve, at the recent Lacombe Field Day.

 Click here to listen to the interview. > 


Sainfoin — A Great Perennial Legume

Producers thinking about seeding a new hay or pasture field in the next few years may want to consider trying something new and adding sainfoin into the mix. “Sainfoin is a cool-season, perennial forage legume,” says Stephanie Kosinski, forage specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “It was introduced to North America from Europe and parts of Russia and Asia. It develops a deep, branched tap-root and numerous fine lateral roots.”

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. > 


Sensitivity Analysis and Cow Profitability

During the course of this year’s calf run, many producers will be trying to decide whether their cow herd is profitable. Several factors come into play in calculating profitability, including calf prices, feed costs and pasture rent. How these factors play-out often means the difference between a profitable year and one that needs an infusion of outside cash.

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. > 


Commercial Value and Traceability

Traceability is an integral part of modern livestock production, and now there is more information on the commercial value to traceability. Cattle ranchers are seeing the financial benefits of tracking and disseminating value-added traits such as home-raised, age-verified, hormone-free and preconditioned programs to the buyers at auction mart sales.

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 

Alberta’s Competition Team Selected for the 2013 CIEC

Through a rigorous selection process, the team representing Alberta in the upcoming Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC September 13 – 15, 2013) and held at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Calgary, Alberta, have been selected.

 Click here for more information. > 

Federal Funding for Beef Research

The federal government will spend $14 million on cattle research over five years. This investment in the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is to lead a research cluster of industry experts, scientists and universities to enhance the competitiveness of Canada’s beef sector.

 Click here to read more. > 


What Level of Spendable Income Do You Want or Need?

Farm financial specialists often speak about cost of production, return on assets, return on equity and maximizing returns. Agricultural lenders often assessed loan requests on three premises: does the farm create enough gross income to pay its operating costs as they come due; does the farm make all of its debt payments on their due dates; and, does the farm provide the farm family with a reasonable standard of living?

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 

 Food & Ag Processing

Investing in Agriculture and Food Conference

The Certified Agricultural Consultants and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) are hosting the North American Consulting School (NACS) in Calgary on November 20 and 21, 2013. This day-and-a-half event of learning and connecting is themed Investing in Agriculture and Food.

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 

Alberta Milk Enhances its Website

Alberta Milk, the non-profit organization representing Alberta’s dairy farmers, has launched its new website feature, Ask a Dairy Farmer. Questions are submitted electronically and will be responded to by Alberta Milk. All questions and answers will then be publically on the website. This new feature is part of an overall upgrade to the Alberta Milk  website. The website also provides information on dairy nutrition, supply management and current events.

Rural Development

Busy Summer for 4-H Members

As fall approaches, 4-H Clubs across the province start to gear up for another busy year. Cameron Horner, 4-H specialist communications and marketing, says it was a very busy summer for 4-H members as well. 4-H registration begins October 1.

 Click here to listen to the interview. > 

Jobs In Agriculture

Field Office Administrator

Leduc – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is looking to fill this challenging and diverse position with an applicant who has strong organizational skills and keen attention to details. Working out of the Leduc Field Office, the successful applicant will provide administrative and reception services, accept applications for a multitude of agricultural programs, greet and direct clients to appropriate resources. This competition (Job ID # 1019072) will close on September 4, 2013.

 Click here and type ‘agriculture’ in the Keywords space provided in the Basic Job Search box. > 

Farm Implement Inspector

Edmonton – the Farmers Advocate Office is looking to fill this position with an applicant who has strong communication, mediation and negotiation skills. The successful applicant will assist in administering the Farm Implement Act, and assist farmers in settling warranty complaints, mediating farm machinery disputes, maintaining the Obsolete Parts Directory and conducting inspections to help resolve complaints. This competition (Job ID # 1018892) will close on August 30, 2013.

 Click here and type ‘agriculture’ in the Keywords space provided in the Basic Job Search box. > 

 Animal Health and Welfare Veterinarian

The Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) is looking for a bright and energetic veterinarian who wishes to help improve the health and welfare of animals in Alberta. The successful candidate will facilitate communication and collaboration with industry, government and public stakeholders on animal health and welfare projects, as well  as working closely with the Chief Provincial Veterinarian. This competition (Job ID # 1019110) will close on September 13, 2013.

 Click here and type ‘agriculture’ in the Keywords space provided in the Basic Job Search box. > 


Employment Opportunities at Olds College

Olds –Olds College has several full-time, part-time and contract positions listed on their website. From instructional assistant, project manager, systems administrator to weekend waterers – there are several positions available at Olds College.

 Click here to see the full listing of employment opportunities at Olds College. > 


Employment Opportunities at Lakeland College

Vermilion and Lloydminster – Lakeland College has several positions listed on their website. The job listing is organized into Academic jobs; Executive jobs; Staff jobs; Student jobs and Faculty Association.

 Click here to see the full listing of employment opportunities at Lakeland College. > 


Research & Technology

Agronomic Practices Stacking Research

A new research study is examining the synergistic benefits of stacking agronomic practices to maximize wheat yield. “This research is investigating three agronomic practices: supplemental nitrogen fertilizer, plant growth regulators (PGRs) and foliar fungicide applications,” says Sheri Strydhorst, agronomic research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Strydhorst is leading this new research which aims to help increase yields and profitability for Alberta wheat producers.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 


The Search for a More Durable Rust Resistance

Canadian wheat producers have always relied on winter. Prolonged cold weather has always been the backstop against rust diseases that blow over the 49th parallel every spring as unwelcome houseguests. And winter can usually be relied upon to kill off any residual inoculum – usually.

 Click here for more information. > 


Wild Oats and Herbicide Resistance

Wild oats and herbicide resistance is just one of the many research projects at the Field Crop Development Centre and Lacombe Research Station. Neil Harker, weed scientist with Agriculture Canada, talks about the project which is in the fourth year of this five-year study.

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


Canola Crop Emergence

Crop emergence of canola is often less than it is for wheat and barley, and is estimated at only 40 to 70 per cent of the planted seeds. To help improve those numbers, Bob Blackshaw, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, talks about some of the research he has done on openers and seeding speed effects on canola emergence.

 Click to hear the interview. > 


Monday, August 26, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events


Pest Corner





Food & Ag Processing

Rural Development

Jobs In Agriculture

Research & Technology

Coming Events

AgriStability Workshops
Across Alberta in 42 locations
Aug 26, 27, 28, 29, Sept 3, 4, 5, 6  Details > 

2013 Flood Relief Outdoor Concert
Okotoks, Sept 7  Details > 

Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships
Calgary, Sept 13 – 15  Details > 

Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference
Calgary, Sept 15 – 18  Details > 

Webinar – Improve staff retention without spending buckets of money
Alberta, Sept 17  Details > 

Conference on Canadian Stewardship
Toronto, Sept 17 – 18  Details > 

Canada Beef Inc. – 2nd Annual Forum
Calgary, Sept 18 – 20  Details > 

2013 Western Nutrition Conference
Saskatoon, SK, Sept 24 – 26 Details > 

Fall Rare & Exotic Sale
Lloydminster, Sept 28  Details > 

Current & Connected Conference – Canadian Association of Farm Advisors
Lethbridge, Oct 3  Details > 

National Farm Animal Care Conference – achievements, challenges & future directions
Ottawa, ON, Oct 9 – 10 Details > 

Biofibe 2013
Winnipeg, MB, Oct 15 – 17 Details > 

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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