Agricultural News


Archive: March 2019

Emerald Ash Borer

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Though small in size (typically 8.5 -14 mm long and 3.1 -3.4 mm wide), the emerald ash borer beetle is wreaking havoc on ash trees in North America. Native to Asia, it was first observed in North America in Windsor, Ontario in 2002, and has since been observed as far east as Quebec and as far west Read More...

County Offers Support For Agriculture Gopher Control

Friday, March 22, 2019

Richardson ground squirrels (gophers) usually emerge from hibernation in mid-March. If you’re considering a control program this year, you’ll want to begin soon. Since males emerge first (and the breeding season commences immediately), severe infestations may be prevented with early Read More...

2019 Alberta Soil Tour

Friday, March 22, 2019

This two-2-day event will focus upon the Central Alberta Region. The tour will start from Red Deer, and go southeast into the badlands area near Drumheller, finally returning to Red Deer.The Alberta Soils Tour is an excellent training opportunity for those working with soils, whether the focus is on Read More...

Seven Things to Remember When Preparing for a Farm Transition

Friday, March 22, 2019

Maintaining harmony during transition is difficult but it can be done.Where is it written that your parents have to go south for the winter together? Many aging farmers like to visit the Sun Belt at this time of year to get rest, connect with friends and have some well-deserved fun. But what if one Read More...

Check Your Soil for Herbicide Residue

Friday, March 22, 2019

Learn how to conduct plant bioassays to detect potential herbicide residues in your soil.Plant bioassays are a simple, inexpensive, accurate and direct method of determining if it is safe to grow crops on land previously treated with known herbicides or on cropland or compost with an unknown history Read More...

Alberta Producers Create Buzz on Their Farms with Pollinator Program

Friday, March 22, 2019

Program encourages farmers to seed an acre or two with plants that attract pollinators and build biodiversity. A small parcel of less productive land seeded to pollinator-friendly plants drew an “amazing” number of native bees, said Rocky Mountain House producer Vance Graham, one of 38 Alberta Read More...

Resuscitating Calves

Monday, March 18, 2019

Although many things can be done to prevent cows from having difficult births and calves that require resuscitation, sometimes resuscitating a calf on farm is necessary. Dr. Claire Windeyer, veterinarian and professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty Veterinary Medicine, describes some ways Read More...

Prevent Tractor Runovers and Rollovers

Monday, March 18, 2019

According to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting, the leading causes of farm fatalities across Canada are tractor runovers and rollovers. Although today’s tractors have many more safety features than machines of the past, they can still be extremely dangerous.Tractor runovers tend to happen Read More...

AgSafe Alberta and Agriculture Safety Week

Monday, March 18, 2019

Delivering farm safety management tools, resources and programs for Alberta’s farmers and ranchers.AgSafe Alberta’s goal is to help farm businesses take the next step in setting up practical farm safety programs to boost the development of a ‘safety culture’ to make it a fully-integrated part of the Read More...

2019 Blue Book Now Available

Monday, March 18, 2019

One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is the Crop Protection publication - also known as the “Blue Book” in industry circles. Crop Protection 2019 includes the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on crop protection products. This year's edition Read More...

MD of Bighorn 'Before the Plate' Screening

Monday, March 18, 2019

We hear things on a daily basis about where our food comes from. Most of the time, the news is pretty grim. Bad news sells. But what if we step back? What if we looked at the whole picture? What if we could literally see what it takes to get food to our plate. Back in 2016 that is what we set out to Read More...

Spring Road Bans

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Rocky View County’s spring road bans will be in effect March 18 to June 3, 2019. These dates are subject to change based on weather and road conditions. During the ban period, the following restrictions apply to commercial and heavy vehicles, including agriculture loads or equipment: 90% on paved Read More...

Changes to Canadian Agricultural Partnership Environmental Stewardship Program

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New changes to the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Environmental Stewardship & Climate Change (ES&CC) Producer Program and updated intake dates are available on the CAP website.Highlights include:1. The target audience now includes Commercial Manure Applicators. Eligible to apply for Read More...

Farm Registration Now Open for Alberta Open Farm Days

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The 7th annual Alberta Open Farm Days returns August 17-18 and farms can now register online. Last year’s event continued to break records with 117 host farms, over 23,500 visits, 20 farm-to-table culinary events, 10 tours, and over $189,000 in on-farm sales.Open Farm Days contributes to building Read More...

Managing Disease in Oat Crops

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fungal diseases, bacterial diseases and viral diseases each need different management. Oat growers across the prairies have a number of foliar diseases to watch out for in their fields: crown and stem rust and septoria leaf complexes. Oats can also harbour a lot of different species of fusarium but, Read More...

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