Archive: August 2018

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...

Fusarium Head Blight Concerns at Harvest

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Although producers may have applied important agronomic measures prior to and throughout the growing season to prevent fusarium head blight damage to cereal crops, these measures only provide disease suppression. Neil Whatley, crop specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre, explains why it is Read More...

First Ever Alberta Local Food Week: August 12-19

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The commitment to hold an annual Local Food Week was a key provision of the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act, passed by the Alberta Government in the spring in recognition of the important contribution that the province’s local food sector makes to the economy and to Albertans’ quality of Read More...

Jim Gerrish Grazing School

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Renowned grazier Jim Gerrish is returning to Alberta, bringing over 20 of beef-forage systems expertise, both in research and commercial cattle production, to graziers across the province. His research encompasses many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provides the foundation for many of Read More...

Province Agrees to Highway 9 Safety Review

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alberta Transportation has agreed to Rocky View County’s request for a safety review of Highway 9, between Highway 1 and the Town of Beiseker.On May 22, the County sent a letter to Alberta’s Minister of Transportation requesting the review after a crash that killed three people and seriously injured Read More...

Alberta Crop Report

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Provincial crop conditions have dropped over seven points from last week. Northwest, northeast and Peace regions saw minimal changes, while the south and central have been most affected. The hot dry weather and limited rainfall played a part in the decline in these two regions. Although the Read More...

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