Articles for category Weeds & Pests

County Addressing Spruce Budworm Concerns in Bragg Creek

Friday, May 7, 2021

Over the last few years, an infestation of spruce budworm has been detected on trees in and around Bragg Creek. Spruce budworm is a native moth which primarily attacks spruce (white, black, Colorado) and balsam fir trees in Alberta. It is a wasteful feeder on current year needles. Learn more about Read More...

Summer Weed Spraying Program Gets Underway

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

As part of the County's annual weed control program, crews will be spraying noxious weeds in Divisions 1, 4, and 9 from June to September this year. Weed spraying helps protect native plants, crop lands, and wildlife habitats from being displaced by problem weeds.Early detection and rapid response 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...

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...

Clubroot Confirmed in Southeast Rocky View County

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The first confirmed case of clubroot was recently found in the southeast portion of Rocky View County. Clubroot is a soil-borne disease of cruciferous crops (canola) which causes swellings or galls to form on the roots, and ultimately causes a premature death of the plant.In 2007, Clubroot was added Read More...

Alberta Agriculture Insect Monitoring Program

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Insect monitoring is underway through Alberta Agriculture. This program is coordinated by Scott Meers, Insect Management Specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and technician, Shelley Barkley.There are seven main surveys. Pea leaf weevil, cabbage seedpod weevil, diamondback moth, bertha Read More...

Fusarium and Clubroot Inspections in Rocky View County

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rocky View County will be carrying out a number of surveys this fall including Fusarium graminearum of barley, wheat and corn as well as Clubroot inspections of canola. Last season Rocky View County completed over 100 Clubroot inspections as an effort to continue to fend off the disease in the Read More...

Managing Grizzlies in Alberta

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Since 2010, Alberta has managed grizzly bears as a threatened species. Their objective is to increase the number of grizzlies on the landscape while reducing risks to people.  Recent population inventories completed in southwest and west central Alberta have shown population growth. While this is a Read More...

Riparian Health Assessment and Plant Identification Field Day

Monday, June 26, 2017

Need to enhance your riparian health evaluation skills? Looking to improve your plant identification in the field? Register to spend a day with Cows and Fish staff to improve your understanding of riparian ecology and management.More information Read More...

How to Scout for Wheat Midge

Monday, June 26, 2017

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry explains the process of scouting and identifying wheat midge in your crops.View the video

Bruce Spanworm Outbreak

Friday, June 2, 2017

The west side of Rocky View County has had a large number of properties affected by small green caterpillars. These caterpillars have been confirmed to be the Bruce spanworm, an insect from the Order Lepidoptera which includes moths and butterflies. The main host plants include poplars such as aspen Read More...

Time for Pale Western Cutworm Scouting

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Pale Western Cutworm is a below-ground feeder, with larvae hatching in late April/early May. For many, seed isn't even in the ground yet, but the cutworms are ready for it when it is. So the time to start scouting for cutworms is now.More information: Pale Western Cutworm Read More...

Dutch Elm Disease Prevention/Control Measures

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Under the Plant Protection Act “Plant Protection Regulation” of Canada, the movement of the Dutch elm disease (DED) pathogen is regulated. Elms from a DED-infected province cannot be shipped to a disease-free province. Alberta and British Columbia are classified as DED-free.Under the Alberta Read More...

Modifying Fences to Protect High-Value Pastures from Deer and Elk

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When the threat of damage or disease transmission occurs on the landscape, it can be very difficult to prevent. Many methods of preventing wild animals from damaging crops and rangeland have been used, but fencing is the most practical long-term solution in areas with high deer or elk Read More...

Ascochyta Disease Levels on Field Pea Seed and Beneficial Management Practices

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

There have been a lot questions by growers about ascochyta disease levels on the seed of the field pea. The following article by Mark Olson addresses some of those concerns and discusses seed testing and seed treatment as methods to manage seed-borne ascochyta on pea.Ascochyta Disease Levels on Read More...

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