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Agricultural Moisture Situation Update

The Agricultural Moisture Situation Update is posted weekly during the growing season by the drought modelling team. These updates on agricultural soil moisture and precipitation conditions are for the Agricultural Region of Alberta.
 Click to View August 9 Update. >

More Details on the AgriRecovery Program for Excess Moisture and Flooding

The federal government and prairie provinces plan to spend nearly half a billion dollars to help farmers hurt by spring flooding. Producers will get 30 dollars per acre for land that couldn't be seeded by June 20, or which was seeded but then flooded by the end of July. Deborah Oshvalda, senior analyst in risk management with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) gave the details in a recent interview. Application forms are available from the AFSC website, at district offices, or by calling AFSC at 1-877-899-2372. Completed applications must be received by AFSC by September 30, 2011.
 Click here to hear more. >

Pink & Orange Sunrise

With the kids out of school, it’s sometimes a puzzle what might interest them in a mid-afternoon snack. A Pink & Orange Sunrise smoothie made with Alberta Milk will certainly fit-the-bill! This is an easy and nutritious snack that you can let the kids help make. Be sure to check out the Alberta Milk website for nutritional information, cooking tips and many wonderful recipes that call for Alberta dairy products.
 Click here for this recipe. >

Pest Corner

Pest Update

To find out current insect issues in Alberta, including a bertha armyworm update, listen to the interview with Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture.
 Click here to listen to the update. >




Turning Trends into a Business Opportunity

Knowing consumer trends can help Alberta businesses make wise decisions and capitalize on opportunities.
 Read more in Agri-News. >

Open Innovation

When it comes to innovation in food processing companies, there are strategies to help foster competitiveness. Ava Duering, competitiveness analyst with Alberta Agriculture, discusses open innovation and how companies can benefit in a recent Call of the Land interview. For more information, visit the Food and Health webpage on Alberta Agriculture’s website.
 Click here. >

Companies Pursue Open Innovation

Ava Duering, competitiveness analyst with Alberta Agriculture, discusses how a company could pursue open innovation. For more information go to the Food and Health webpage.
 Call of the Land interview. >

Pulse Growers to Benefit from Free Trade Deal with Colombia

On August 15, the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement was implemented. That agreement immediately removed import duties on Canadian peas, lentils, chickpeas, canary seed and buckwheat. In addition to these tariff eliminations, the 60% tariff was removed from the first 4000 tonnes of beans, with this amount growing over 12 years until the market is completely open. Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, says this will have an impact on Canadian growers.
 Listen to the interview. >

Custom Rates Survey Summary 2011

Information for Custom Rates can be found for Land Leasing, Tillage and Seeding, Land Clearing and Breaking, Haying and Silage, Grain Harvesting & Hauling and Livestock. Rates quoted are a summary of custom work and rental rates during 2010 and are expressed in numerous ways (per hour, ton, tonne, bale, acres, etc.).
 Click to View Custom Rates. >


Lentil Producers Unable to Use Glyphosate for Pre-harvest Weed Control

A difference in Canadian and European Union (EU) residue limits means that preharvest glyphosate may not be a viable option for growers. Neil Whatley, pulse crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture discusses the EU limits and alternatives available to producers.
 Click here to read the Agri-News aritlce. >

Winter Wheat Seeding Rate

When it comes to seeding winter wheat, to remember that the ideal seeding rate is higher than is used for spring wheat.
 Click here to read the Agri-News article. >

Warm Season Annuals for Forage Production Field Day

The Peace Country Beef and Forage Association is holding a warm season annuals for forage production field day on August 23, at Odell and Lylian Raymond’s in Peace River. Focus will be on the “how to” when incorporating warm season cereals into a grazing operation. Start time is 10 a.m. Cost is $50 for members and $55 for non-members. For more information, call Morgan at 780-835-6799.


Seeding Annual Cereals for Greenfeed

Seeding annual cereals for greenfeed has become a common practice. More producers are incorporating it into their livestock rations, while others are using it as a way to salvage grain crops that have been damaged by hail. To find out more about greenfeed, the types of crops that can be used, when to cut it and how to store it, listen to the interview with Stephanie Kosinski, forage specialist at the Ag Info Centre. For more information on greenfeed, call the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276), and ask to speak to a forage specialist.
 Listen to the interview. >

Options for Cutting Greenfeed

Stephanie Kosinski, forage specialist at the Ag Info Centre, says if you can’t cut crops at that time, there are greenfeed options. For more information on greenfeed, call the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) and ask to speak to a forage specialist.
 Click here to listen to the interview. >

Late Blight Confirmed in the Province

Conditions have been excellent for the development of many crop diseases, including late blight. Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says there have been a couple of confirmed cases of the disease, which means growers of potatoes and tomatoes need to be extra vigilant checking their crops. For more information, contact the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).
 Hear what Spencer has to say. >

FAQ's for Nitrate Risk in Forage Crops

Ropin' the Web has a large selection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on various topics. One topic of interest is the nitrate risk in forage crops. To view the series of questions and answers,
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Pricing: The More You Learn, The More You Earn

Visit Alberta Pork to monitor and compare US and Canadian hog prices on a weekly basis. The purpose of this comparison is help understand the weekly, monthly, annual and long-term differences and discrepancies between Canadian and US pricing mechanisms and answer significant pricing questions.


Alberta Lamb Producers Share Traceability Project Findings and Technology with Producers

Alberta’s lamb producers will be getting access to information acquired through a Lamb Traceability Project that could help them manage operations more efficiently and increase profits. A $456,000 grant from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) will allow Alberta Lamb Producers to share the lessons learned in the traceability project and potential benefits of a flock management system, which utilizes radio-frequency identification technology.
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The Importance of Keeping Hay Dry

Barry Yaremcio, beef forage specialist at the Ag Info Centre, talks about the implications of improper storage, specifically if moisture gets in the hay on Call of the Land. Producers who have questions about storing or feeding hay, can call at 310-FARM (3276).
 Click here to hear more. >


Beneficial Management Practices Project 2010 Progress Report

The Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices Evaluation Project has completed the fourth year of field research to evaluate the environmental and economic effectiveness of applied BMPs in selected watersheds in Alberta. The BMP Project is a 6-year study, which was initiated in 2007.
 Click here to view the 2010 Progress Report and other information about the project. >

Rural Development

An End-to-End Commitment to Food Safety

When it comes to visiting Alberta’s 100 officially recognized farmers’ markets and purchasing products from the province’s 3,000 farm-grown products vendors, consumers say they will go out of their way to buy directly from farmers for the taste, freshness and all-natural quality.
 Read more in Agri-News. >

Vintage Tractor Meet

On August 27 and 28, take a trip back in time at the Strathcona Vintage Tractor Association’s annual antique tractor pull and show at the historic Bremner House farm site. The two-day event features pulling competitions with pre-1960 tractors and hay cutting, baling and threshing with vintage farm equipment. Admission is $5 per person per day. For more information, phone John Bowerman at 780-467-4282 or Ellis Kumpula at 780-922-6120.


Explore Local Launches an E-newsletter

Explore Local has just launched its e-newsletter. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist, discusses this new resource for those involved in farm direct marketing. To view Field Notes, visit theExplore Direct website and click on the “Resources” tab. To subscribe, email Lisa Sharp.
 Listen to the interview. >


Wild Oat Control with Less Herbicide

A study at the Lacombe Research Centre is looking at ways to control wild oat without excessive chemical use and to help minimize potential weed resistance problems.
 Click here to


Alberta Food Data Facts


Alberta Manufacturing Sales for Food and Beverage Industries

This update presents 2006 to 2010 annual manufacturing sales for Alberta’s food and beverage processing industries. In 2010, food and beverage industries represented the second largest manufacturing sector in the province. The gain in sales seen in 2010 was mainly attributable to increased activity in meat product industries and other food industries (including dairy products and snack foods).
 Click to View the 2010 Update. >

Monday, August 15, 2011

In this issue


Coming Events

Pest Corner






Rural Development



Coming Events

Farming Smarter Disease Crop Walk
Lethbridge, August 18.  Details. >

Profiting from Stocks Workshop
Olds, August 18.  Details. >

72nd Annual Fair
Wildwood, August 19.  Details. >

Carstairs Horticulture & Craft Show
Carstairs, August 19.  Details. >

Mundare Agri-Days Fair
Mundare, August 20 - 21.  Details. >

Peace Country Beef & Forage Association Forage Plot Tour & BBQ
Fairview, August 24.  Details. >

24th Annual West Country Ag Tour
Leslieville, August 25.  Details. >

Raymond & District Ag Society Fall Fair
Raymond, August 26 - 27.  Details. >

Stavely Amateur Rodeo & Horseshow
Stavely, August 27.  Details. >

Foothills Forage & Grazing Association’s Thistle Control on Native Pasture Tour
High River, August 30.  Details. >

Smith Hondo Fall Fair & Rodeo
Smith, September 3 - 4.  Details. >

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Editors: Laura Thygesen and Lee Anne Bateman
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