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Western Update – Following the #Farm365, its all about the bees, and the fertilizer pipeline

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 Following Along on the #farm365 with Andrew Campbell
acCurious about what happens on a dairy and grain farm each and every day? Farmer from southwestern Ontario and monthly columnist here at Real Agriculture Andrew Campbell is planning to post a new photo of what happens on the farm each and every day for 2015 and tagging it with #farm365. As if on cue, the first photo of the year features a newborn heifer that hit the straw at 1:40 am on January 1st.

A FarmTech ’15 Preview: All About the Bees
From 2013 to 2014, Canada has seen increases in beekeepers, colonies, honey production and value, according to Statistics Canada data. This has the country in a very good position in the industry, says Lee Townsend. Townsend is a commercial beekeeper from Stony Plain, Alberta, and a speaker at the upcoming FarmTech Conference in Edmonton. His talk will provide an update on the state of beekeeping across the country, and address some of the misconceptions of the industry, in an effort to bridge the gap between farmers and beekeepers. 

 Current and Connected: Sask Young Ag-Entrepreneurs to Co-Host January Conference in Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Young Ag-Entrepreneurs (SYA) is partnering with the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors to host this year’s Current and Connected Conference and AGM, taking place January 7-8 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon. The event will tackle topics ranging from lease financing and farm transfers to innovation and sustainability. In addition, keynote speaker Rob Wager will speak to the ever-controversial technology of genetic engineering.

Fertilizer Pipeline to Prairies Off to Strong Shipping Start
fertThe odds of a fertilizer shortage in Western Canada this upcoming spring are lower than they were last year,  according to a Saskatchewan-based sales manager for fertilizer manufacturer Yara Canada.”We’re off to a good start. We’ve actually had record Q1 shipping of all products in Western Canada,” explains Dean Anderson in the interview below, filmed at Farm Forum in Saskatoon earlier this month. He notes the supply situation is much more comfortable than it was a year ago.

Soybean School West: Is Manitoba Still Free of Soybean Cyst Nematode?
scnManitoba farmers whose soil test results say they have soybean cyst nematode in their soil may want to get a second opinion, says a soil ecologist from the University of Manitoba. While the number of soybean acres has exploded on the eastern side of the Prairies over the last few years, Western Canadian growers have so far been unhindered by the pest common to most soybean growing areas in North America.

Created January 7, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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