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Government Grant Will Help Enhance Water Hauling Infrastructure

The provincial government is providing a $1-million grant, to be distributed over three years, for the development of new and expansion of existing water hauling stations in the Peace Region.
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Moisture Situation Update

The latest moisture update shows that “normal” August weather is expected to persist, with no significant widespread precipitation expected. Most wet areas have seen a welcome drying trend over the past 30 days, with precipitation generally near normal or below, across most of the agricultural areas of the province. The August 21 update also includes a map showing historical Fall frost probabilities. More information and updated maps have been posted on Alberta Agriculture's website.
 Click here to see the August 21 update and related maps. >
 

Deadline Extended for a Growing Forward Program

The application deadline for Growing Forward's Integrated Crop Management program in has been extended. Diana Bingham, workplan coordinator for this program explains the change in a recent Call of the Land interview. For more information, visit the Growing Forward website or call the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM.
 Click here to listen to the interview. >
 


Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad

The canola info website features recipes, food articles, cooking and nutrition information. This week's featured dish makes a great lunch or light dinner that can be ready to go for hungry kids or spontaneous guests. You may want to double the recipe because it goes so fast.
 Click here for this recipe. >
 

Pest Corner

Wheat Midge Surveyors in Your Fields in September

The 2011 wheat midge survey will be started in mid-September. Farmers are asked to understand that this year’s survey will necessitate taking soil samples from farmers’ fields throughout central and southern Alberta, and surveyors will be entering fields to take samples.
 Click here to read the Agri-News article. >
 

Weekly Pest Update

Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, provides the weekly pest update as farmers head into harvest.
 Click here to listen to Meers' report. >
 

Markets




 

Crops


When to Swath Canola

Canola producers are facing challenges this year when it comes to determining the best time to swath their crop. Doug Moisey, senior agronomy specialist at the Canola Council of Canada (CCC), discusses what producers should be looking for and the importance of scouting fields. There are a number of crop walks producers can attend in the coming weeks. For all the details, go to theCCC website.
 Click here to listen to the interview. >
 

Fertilization Requirements for Winter Wheat

Ross McKenzie, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture in Lethbridge, discusses fertilization requirements for winter wheat.
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Latest Statistics Canada Crop Production Report

The latest Statistics Canada crop production report is out. Among the highlights, prairie farmers anticipate a record harvest of canola, as well as higher volumes of barley, oats and wheat compared with 2010. Click here to get all the information from Statistics Canada.
 Click here to read the report. >
 


Best Storage Practices for Grain

Blaine Timlick, senior entomologist with the Canadian Grain Commission, advises producers to be diligent about using aeration and other methods to keep grain at optimal temperature and moisture in the bin. For more information on storing grain, visit Alberta Agriculture’s website or the Canadian Grain Commission’s website.
 Click here for the Call of the Land interview. >
 

Forage


Grazing Management – Quantity is King

With a better understanding of grazing mechanics and intake, it is possible to put animals in situations for better grazing performance success. The success graziers have is determined by the performance of their animals. It only makes sense to optimize that performance for growth or gain.
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Silage Project at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe

Among the numerous research projects at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe is one focusing on silage. Colin Bergen, a technician at the centre, talks about the focus of this research.
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Livestock

Alberta Beef Producers Looking for Delegates

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) is looking for zone delegates and cattle feeder council delegates. If you are committed to the well being of the cattle industry and are interested in working with a group of highly dedicated and engaged cattle producers, complete a nomination form, available on the ABP website or by calling the ABP office at 403-275-4400. Nomination forms must be received by August 31, 2011.

 


Lamb Production 101 - Getting Started

Alberta Lamb Producers is collaborating with Olds College to host instructor Lorna Gibson’s lamb production course. Attendees will benefit from practical information on the basics on rearing quality lambs and the needed skills relating to production practices. Topics range from getting into sheep, flock nutrition & health to marketing. The one-day course is being held at Olds College on September 24. Course fee is $120 (lunch included), early registration is recommended as space is limited. To register call: 1-800-661-6537.

 

New Organization to Improve the Health of Canada's Swine Herd

The Canadian Swine Health Board is developing three programs for the hog industry. One dealing with biosecurity and best management practices, the second focusing on circovirus and emerging diseases and a third targeting long-term disease risk management strategies. The board's work is being supported by Agriculture Canada.

 

U.S. Cattle on Feed Report

The latest Cattle on Feed Report south of the border is out. Herb Lock of FarmSense Marketing in Edmonton has the details and implications of this report.
 Click here for the Call of the Land interview. >
 

Business

GST in Agriculture

The issue of GST as it relates to agriculture can be confusing. Looking into all of the nuances of GST, one can see that it can be quite complicated for agricultural producers, especially for those attempting to diversify.
 Click here to read the Agri-News article. >
 

Innovation and the Social Environment

Ava Duering, competitiveness analyst with Alberta Agriculture, discusses how the social environment of a company plays a critical role in shaping how employees interact with one another and how they perform their duties.
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Changes at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange

The Minneapolis Grain Exchange has opened the door to delivery of Canadian wheat against its hard red spring wheat futures contract. The exchange's board of directors has voted to remove the requirement that delivered wheat must be of U.S. origin.
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Food & Ag Processing

Edmonton Average Weekly Nutritious Food Basket Prices

A nutritious food basket is a food-costing tool that is a measure of the cost of healthy eating based on current nutrition recommendations. The nutritious food basket prices reflect current nutrition recommendations and food purchase patterns. Check out the August 2011 average prices. Further information on this food-costing tool is available by calling Maureen Wenger at 780-422-2903.

 

Rural Development


Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset

When it comes to protecting your most valuable resource, the lesson is simple: Wear a Helmet! Experts are reminding Albertans to wear helmets when theyride ATVs this summer.
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Rural Alberta Development Fund Approves a New Project

The Rural Alberta Development Fund Board of Directors has approved $900,000 in funding to create the Rural Youth Science Network, aimed at engaging youth in science and technology through an innovative face-to-face and social media program. The project’s expected completion date is December 31, 2013.
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Research & Technology

Researchers Invited to Apply to New Value Chain Sustainability Funding Program

The September 12, 2011 application deadline for this funding program is quickly approaching, and researchers are invited to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to the program, as the first step of the application process for a non-repayable research grant.
 Click here to read the Agri-News article. >
 

Statistics

2011 Alberta Average Farm Input Prices

Average prices for the month of July 2011 have been posted to Alberta Agriculture’s website. The prices shown are simple averages for Alberta, in Canadian dollars, and are based on a survey conducted in the first week of each month. For additional information, phone: 780-427-4011. As of April 1, 2009, this project was sponsored by Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial agreement.
 Click here for details. >
 

Monday, August 29, 2011

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Pest Corner

Markets

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Rural Development

Research & Technology

Statistics

Coming Events

Country Fairs, Harvest Fairs, Rodeos and Country Markets
Alberta abounds with fairs, markets and rodeos in autumn. Check out the Coming Events section for a list of fall functions.  Details. >
 

Whelp Creek BMP Evaluation Project Tour
Lacombe, September 8  Details. >
 

Harvest of the Past & Taste of Heritage Food Fest
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (east of Edmonton), September 11  Details. >
 

AIA In Training Courses
Calgary, September 13 – 15  Details. >
 

Buying & Selling Yearlings With Dr. Gordon Hazard
Chain Lakes Provincial Park, September 14  Details. >
 

Wildrose Rodeo Finals
Barrhead, September 15 – 18  Details. >
 

Lamb Production 101 - Getting Started
Olds College, September 24  Details. >
 

Food Regulations Workshops - Workshop #1 Fruits and Vegetables
St. Paul, September 27  Details. >
 

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