Agriculture Minister Jack Hayden Heads to Saskatoon
Agriculture Minister Jack Hayden leaves for Saskatoon tomorrow to attend his first full meetings with his federal and provincial counterparts. Call of the Land's Caitlynn Reesor spoke with the Minister about some of the issues that will be discussed at the meetings, starting with reducing regulatory burdens between provinces.
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New Weed Control Act and Regulation
The new Weed Control Act and regulation came into effect on June 16, 2010 and consolidating the regulations for a more streamlined and comprehensive approach to protecting the production and quality of Alberta land from invasive plants. One of the most significant changes in the legislation is an expanded list of invasive plants, which increases Alberta's ability to be vigilant in keeping prohibited noxious weeds out of the province.
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RFID Tags Now Mandatory
A reminder that all Canadian cattle must now be tagged with an approved Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, tag before moving cattle from their current location or moving them from their farm of origin. The rule came into effect July 1.
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Apple & Brie Omlette
Summer is a wonderful time to be a little adventurous with your breakfast fare. Adding fresh fruit and a little cheese can turn an omlette into a special breakfast treat. The Alberta Egg Producers website includes information on nutritional value, cooking tips and a host of wonderful recipes. For this and other delicious recipes,
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Disease of the Month: Early Blight
Early blight is featured as the disease of the month in the latest issue of HortSnacks. This disease usually affects potato, tomato, pepper, eggplant, solanaceous weeds. The fungus persists in crop residues, soil, infected tubers or on other alternate host plants (e.g. weeds).
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Insect of the Month - Crucifer Flea Beetle
Phyllotreta cruciferae or better known as the Crucifer Flea Beetle affects cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, radish, rutabaga, turnips), cruciferous crops (canola, mustard) and cruciferous weeds.
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AVAC Annual Reception
This interactive event, being held in Calgary on July 23, 2010, will inform participants about AVAC, performance over the last year and the new opportunities that are being realized. It is a chance to meet and network with AVAC investees, visit their booths and hear more about the exciting products and services that AVAC is proud to be involved with. This event will be most interesting to anyone interested in Alberta's value added agribusiness, information and communication technology. For further information, contact Carol at 403-686-8407.
SARDA Open House
The Smoky Applied Research & Demonstration Association is having an open house on July 15, 2010. This is a chance to observe the various trials that are being done at SARDA and discuss the work being done with the researchers, association members and other participants. The open house begins at 10:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m.
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Update on the Integrated Crop Management Program Under Growing Forward
The Integrated Crop Management Program under Growing Forward has been very successful, but as of Friday, applications will no longer be accepted. Diana Bingham, workplan coordinator with Alberta Agriculture, talked about the program recently on Call of the Land.
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Jobs In Agriculture
Two Veterinarian Positions Available with Alberta Agriculture
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is still looking for an Assistant Chief Provincian Veterinarian and a Veterinary Epidemiologist. Both positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Field Scouting After Herbicide Application
Field scouting is an important component of successful crop production. Evaluating fields early in the growing season allows stand establishment to be evaluated, while scouting prior to in-crop herbicide applications ensures the correct herbicides are being used for the weed spectrum present. Scouting at these times can be very beneficial and contribute to good agronomic decisions. Mark Cutts, crop specialist at the Ag Info Centre, says it’s also important to scout fields after herbicides have been applied.
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ARECA Website Undergoes a Facelift
The Agriculture Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) has launched their new and improved website, and blog, with great fanfare. "ARECA's home page has a new, fresh look, is more user-friendly, includes an events calendar and news bulletin, and the dropdown menus and search engine make finding what you're after even easier," says Jacqueline Lavigne, executive assistant and communications coordinator, ARECA.
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Expanded List of Invasive Plants Included in New Act and Regulation
The Weed Control Act details lists of recognized weeds and outlines the appeal process on fines for weed control infractions. Rules regarding seed cleaning facility inspections and licensing are also included. The regulation now organizes weed lists into two designations: Prohibited Noxious and Noxious. It lists 46 Prohibited Noxious weeds and 29 Noxious weeds.
Canola Production Protection Using a Call Option
As growers are carefully checking their crops for weed control and bugs, watching the skies and hoping for favourable weather, they are also checking with their buyers to see what new crop prices look like. Many growers price up to 50 per cent of their crop at this time of year, but will still worry about what happens if they experience a crop failure or hail, and can't deliver on their contract. "Some buyers may give an 'Act of God' clause in a contract, but if it's not available, one way of protecting yourself on a priced contract is through the use of a call option," says David Wong, market specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. "A call option is a market risk management tool available through a commodity broker."
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Water Requirements in Horticulture Crops
When it comes to your horticulture crops, you may be asking two critical questions: How much water does my horticulture crop require?, and When is the best time to water (when is adequate moisture critical)? The amount of water used by a particular crop depends on a number of factors, including crop growth stage and environmental conditions (temperature, wind, relative humidity). The speed at which soil moisture is depleted depends on crop use and the soil type (sand, clay, etc.). Applying adequate amounts of moisture requires a basic understanding of soils and the general water use of the crop. Moisture stress/excess can influence crop yield and survivability (over-wintering).
Dealing with Adverse Weather - Ongoing Crop Management
By definition, climate includes all of the meteorological or weather-related factors (e.g. temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, rainfall, etc.) in a given region over long periods of time. Weather is the day-to-day variation of those factors. If you want to understand your climate, ask your older neighbour. If you want to know your weather, walk outside, observe and wait five minutes.
Success Coming From the Lamb Traceability Pilot Project
The project is focusing on technology and systems that would benefit lamb producers. Project Manager Susan Hosford says one thing they did was some tag testing that showed considerable savings for producers.
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Young Leaders Development Program for Those in the Cattle Industry
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, with funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, ALMA, has created a national youth initiative called the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program. This program will provide industry-specific training and mentorship opportunities to producers between the ages of 18 and 35, providing them with the expertise and business acumen necessary to sustain the cattle industry into the future.
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Preventing Dutch Elm Disease in Alberta
Alberta has the largest Dutch elm disease-free American elm stand in the world. There are a number of things that can be done to take care of the trees and help prevent the disease from coming in to the province.
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Make it a 4-H Summer!
Long, hot days, sunny skies and endless amounts of fun are the things that make people look forward to summer. And, for 4-H members, there are even more reasons to anticipate the season: the exciting events such as camps, livestock shows, regional and provincial events, all taking place in June, July and August.
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