Articles for category Agriculture

Participate in the 2018 Wheat Surveys

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Insect technologists with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and applied research associations are about to do their biggest surveys of the year, and they are looking for wheat producers to volunteer the use of their harvested fields. Full Article Read More...

Starting a Local Food-Selling Business in Alberta

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

As the popularity of local food grows in Alberta, it is important for budding entrepreneurs – from retailers to restauranteurs – to know what rules and regulations apply to their venture. Jan Warren, new venture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), offers some food for thought when Read More...

Expensive Feed or Custom Feed: A Cost Comparison

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A lack of moisture has curtailed pasture and hay production in many areas of Alberta this year. Dean Dyck, farm business management specialist at the Alberta Ag Info Centre, compares buying feed for cows to moving them to a custom operator to feed and care for those animals. Full Article Read More...

Don’t Let High Winter Feed Costs Stall Your Herd’s Reproductive Momentum

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Across Canada dry conditions are contributing to a poor hay crop and uncertain feed grain production. Consequently, winter feed costs for cows are moving higher. Planning now for winter feeding provides an opportunity to utilize available feed resources most efficiently. Pregnancy-checking and Read More...

Registration Open for the 2018-19 BCRC Webinars

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This year’s BCRC webinar topics include an update on the upcoming changes to antibiotic use, grazing management, animal transport, and other practical, science-based information for Canadian beef producers.We recommend registering regardless of whether you can attend during the date/time listed. By Read More...

Seed Annuals Now to Use for Fall Grazing

Friday, August 24, 2018

Environmental conditions have been making grazing and obtaining winter feed supplies a challenge this year. Perennial pastures that experienced stress last fall and into this spring have shown a decrease in forage yield. Karin Lindquist, forage and beef specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Read More...

The Situation is Grim for Many Ranchers

Friday, August 24, 2018

Provincial officials will need to quickly roll out assistance programs if drought continues, says Charlie Christie, chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Alberta’s main cattle group is warning the provincial government to stand ready as a severe feed shortage could soon lead to a major culling of herds. Read More...

Producers Can Now Take Beef Sustainability to the Bank

Friday, August 24, 2018

Raising ‘certified sustainable’ beef earns producers a premium and McDonald’s is going all in. Four years after McDonald’s chose Canada to launch its landmark sustainable beef initiative, some producers and feedlots are happily cashing cheques for participating in that effort. Full Article Read More...

Why Baling Hay and Hot Weather Don’t Mix

Friday, August 24, 2018

Uneven yields up the risk of moldy, heated feed while leaf loss increases when the temperature soars. This year is going to be a challenge deciding when to bale hay, says provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. Full Article Read More...

Dispose Pesticides or Livestock Medications

Friday, August 24, 2018

Farmers - Safely dispose of unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides and livestock medications at no charge, available at a number of locations throughout Alberta in October between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Locations and Dates (PDF) Read More...

Airdrie Farm Safety Event: September 22, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Don’t miss the Airdrie Farm Safety Event being held in conjunction with the Airdrie Ag Society ‘Art of the Harvest’ Old Tyme Harvest event. Enjoy interactive and static displays exhibiting a variety of farm safety hazards and educating local farm families and community visitors on farming Read More...

Drought Management Strategies

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Whether in the form of pasture, stored forage, or supplements, feed is the largest variable input cost in cow-calf operations. A big challenge is to feed the cow in a way that meets her current and future nutritional requirements for overall maintenance, lactation, maintaining a successful Read More...

Pre-harvest Perennial Weed Control

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The later stages of the growing season are a very effective time for controlling perennial weeds such as Canada thistle, quackgrass, and dandelion.“At this time of the year, perennial weeds are preparing for winter by putting energy reserves into their root systems and the application of a Read More...

Grain Grading and Variety Designation Changes

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Canadian Grain Commission would like to remind grain producers and industry of changes to the Official Grain Grading Guide and variety designation lists as of August 1, 2018.Beginning in the 2018-2019 crop year, individual official standard samples will be used to assess frost, heat stress and Read More...

Alberta Beef Producers Seeking Producer Delegates

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alberta Beef Producers is currently accepting nominations for delegates to run in its 2018 fall elections.Producers in each of the nine geographic zones in the province can elect up to five delegates and one cattle feeder delegate to serve two-year terms. In order to ensure continuity and experience Read More...

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