Agricultural News


Black Knot and Tree Pruning

Monday, April 20, 2020

With the arrival of spring, many people head outside to clean their yards as well as prune and maintain trees. Following are some resources to help with pruning your trees and dealing with black knot. Pruning Tips Fact Sheet (PDF) Alberta Agriculture Black Knot Information Black Knot on Fruit Trees Read More...

Getting your Grazing Season Started on the Right Foot Webinar

Monday, April 20, 2020

This 1 hour webinar will give you tips and considerations going into the grazing season to help you develop a grazing plan. The webinar will be live streamed on April 22nd at 6:00pm MST. Event Registration Read More...

As Business Continues, Stay Safe During COVID-19

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Canadian beef business prides itself on the value of a handshake, but with the ongoing COVID19 situation, it is important for producers to practice social distancing and follow self-isolation guidelines as required.There are many production practices, such as vaccinations and processing, that Read More...

What to Look for When Staging Canola and Flax Crops

Monday, April 20, 2020

In oilseed crops like canola and flax, timing is crucial for application of herbicides and fungicides to help protect yield. Proper herbicide and fungicide application timing based on the product label often comes down to a grower’s experience and knowledge of what growth stage is appropriate — and Read More...

Focus on Production this Year — Not Prices — Say Market Watchers

Monday, April 20, 2020

Farmers are being advised to have a marketing plan in place, but otherwise focus on production.It’s a good time to take a break from chasing prices, say market watchers.“This year, more than most I’ve seen in recent years, could be a good break for growers who have stretched their rotations to try Read More...

Don’t Try to ‘Play the Odds’ this Growing Season

Monday, April 20, 2020

Many farmers still taking unnecessary risks, says Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association chair.Spring is a time of hope and Randy Schmitz’s hope is that Alberta farmers will slow down a little as they begin a new growing season. Full Article Read More...

Producers Urged to Contact AFSC About Unharvested Acres

Monday, April 20, 2020

The crop insurer understands that many farmers will need a quick decision, says Alberta Wheat chair. Full Article

COVID-19 Resources for Producers

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Western Producer has compiled the following resources so readers can get the most up-to-date-information available on the COVID-19 pandemic.Western Producer coverage of COVID19 can be found below. This page will be updated daily. Full Article Read More...

Farming Through the Coronavirus

Thursday, March 26, 2020

During this time of uncertainty, there are actions you can take to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. The following seven business continuity tips may help you navigate this uncharted territory. Full Article Read More...

It Might Seem Far Off—But a Bright New Future is Before Us

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Although no one can say how much devastation will be caused by COVID-19, experts in both disease outbreaks and economics all agree on one point — this crisis will pass.And if the country’s biggest bank and the province’s leading ag colleges are right, the future will be bright. Full Article Read More...

Prime Minister Announces Support for Farmers and Agri-food Businesses Under Canada’s Response to COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Canadian farmers and food businesses work hard so Canadians have quality food on their grocery store shelves and kitchen tables. In these times of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make sure that they are supported so they can continue providing the good, healthy food that nourishes our Read More...

Recommendations for Canadian Cattle Sales During COVID-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

The following list has been compiled to assist with guidance regarding COVID-19 and cattle sales.These are recommendations that were made through consultation of the Public Health Agency of Canada website found here. This is not an exhaustive list and businesses should stay up to date on their Read More...

Carrying or Grazing Capacity

Monday, March 23, 2020

Are you managing a new-to-you pasture and you need to determine how to stock it? Perhaps it has been recently purchased or rented, or you simply don’t trust the information provided on historical stocking rates. The first principle of pasture management is to balance the available forage supply with Read More...

Farm Preparation in the Face of COVID-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

Farm preparation in the face of COVID-19 means making plans that are subject to change to protect people, livestock and farm assets.Emergency management specialist Rebecca Gimenez Husted provided a disaster response plan for the livestock sector during a virtual conference sponsored by Alberta Farm Read More...

Agriculture Braces for Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

Monday, March 23, 2020

The farming industry is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. Obviously, there’s a lot riding on the continued good health of the farm community and the uninterrupted production of food.Agricultural organizations are aggressively doing their part to maintain public health and safety as the global Read More...

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