Agricultural News


A Prolonged Calving Season Can Be Costly: New Calculator Available

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

As the calving season ends and producers switch gears toward breeding season, there is an opportunity for producers to evaluate their calving distribution and the impact it has on their bottom line. Now is the time for farmers and ranchers to incorporate any changes they want during breeding season, Read More...

2019 Agricultural Tour

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Register now for Rocky View County’s annual Agricultural Tour—a day-long tour featuring farms and ag-businesses in the northwest area of the County.This year’s tour will feature Souto Farms, Long Run Ranch Beef, Glengary Bison and Woolliams Farms, and other topics that are important to Alberta’s Read More...

Weed Spraying Underway in the County

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

We will be spraying noxious weeds in Rocky View County throughout the summer. We control weeds every year to protect native plants, crop lands, and wildlife habitats from being displaced by invasive weed species.This year we’re spraying roadsides in division 6. Spot treatments will occur on Read More...

The Number of Horses Infected with West Nile Jumps in Alberta

Monday, May 27, 2019

West Nile virus is becoming a more serious issue in horses — rates are rising in Alberta and a third of the horses which become infected will die. The number of cases nationally more than doubled last year, with more than half in Alberta.But there is a way to protect your horses, said veterinarian Read More...

Summer Scouting Timing: Cutworms

Monday, May 27, 2019

With a new growing season upon us, growers must keep a watchful eye for pests in their fields. One early-season pest is cutworms.Cutworms have a ferocious appetite for young developing plants. They can be a problem in many western Canadian crops but canola is most susceptible to damage. The advent Read More...

Livestock Infections Deadliest When Host Species are Distant Relatives

Monday, May 27, 2019

University of British Columbia researchers have found that taxonomy can help predict infection severity when pathogens or parasites leap to a new species, Bovine Veterinarian reports.Some pathogens can infect multiple species. Researchers Maxwell J. Farrell and T. Jonathan Davies found that when Read More...

Tips for Baling in High-Moisture Situations

Monday, May 27, 2019

Sommerfeld is a cattle producer based near Medstead, Sask. Canadian Cattleman Magazine turns to Sommerfeld’s methods for cutting, raking and baling. Sommerfeld prefers cutting with a 13.5-foot discbine, which allows him to cut at about six miles per hour. Rather than travelling back and forth across Read More...

Persistence Pays

Monday, May 27, 2019

Forage legumes provide high yields, protein, and good animal performance while improving soil fertility by fixing nitrogen from the air. Alfalfa is the highest yielding and most widely-used legume but can cause bloat. Legumes like cicer milkvetch, sainfoin and birdsfoot trefoil do not cause bloat. Read More...

Rangeland and Riparian Health: New BCRC Web Page

Monday, May 27, 2019

Learning to recognize range and riparian plants and their role in the ecosystem is key to good range management. Plants can be grouped based on various characteristics including plant type, season of growth, origin, response to grazing and forage value. This blog post provides a preview of the new Read More...

What U.S Flooding Could Mean for Canada’s Prairie Farmers

Monday, May 27, 2019

Flooding across the U.S. agricultural belt continues to thwart the planting of key crops in that country — something that could help some Canadian farmers fetch better commodity prices. New data this week revealed several states are well behind schedule for planting thanks to weeks of rain, with Read More...

ALUS Rocky View Accepting Applications

Friday, May 3, 2019

The ALUS Rocky View program is accepting applications from May 1 to June 30, 2019. These applications will be reviewed by the Partnership Advisory Committee and a select few projects will be implemented in the fall of 2019. If you have any questions regarding the program or need assistance filling Read More...

Crop Rotations and How Winter Wheat Can Benefit Your Farm with Ken Gross

Monday, April 29, 2019

In episode one of With the Grain, the new podcast series examining winter wheat, host Craig Manness talks to Ken Gross, agronomist with the Western Winter Wheat Initiative about some of the benefits of growing winter wheat. Together, they examine crop rotations, particularly the relationship between Read More...

Farmer Participation Needed for Team Alberta Grain Conditioning Study

Monday, April 29, 2019

Team Alberta is seeking farmer participation for a grain conditioning study that will assess on-farm energy consumption and efficiency of grain drying and conditioning systems.The data obtained from the grain conditioning project will be a critical source of information for Alberta farmers regarding Read More...

Resistant to Resistance?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Should a farmer who regularly practises a one-in-four-year rotation of canola in an area without confirmed clubroot be growing clubroot-resistant cultivars of canola? This was a question I asked at a canola agronomy meeting last November.At that time, I was describing my own farm and I thought the Read More...

High Protein Forage Can Increase Rates of Gain, Benefit Soil

Monday, April 29, 2019

Respect it, but don't fear it. That's the message from cattle producers and beef specialists alike who through years of experience and research appreciate the value of grazing cattle on pure or percentage stands of alfalfa.Paying attention to a few production and management principles can greatly Read More...

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