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Sep 18

Team Alberta asks party leaders to explain how major agriculture issues will be addressed in party platforms

Posted on Sep 18 By: Victoria Decker

With the federal election slated for October 21, 2019, Team Alberta is seeking answers on how Canada’s party leaders will address the issues most important to farmers before they cast their vote. Representing approximately 20,000 primary crop farmers across Alberta, Team Alberta has distributed a Question and Answer (Q&A) document to the four major parties. Through the

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Sep 12

Alberta Barley seeking farm leaders to join board of directors and delegate leadership team

Posted on Sep 12 By: Erin Tateson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

(Calgary, Alberta) September 12, 2019 – Alberta Barley is now accepting nominations for producers to join the board of directors and delegate leadership team. Alberta Barley’s farmer-led board of directors and delegates represent producers in their region and provide strategic direction to Alberta Barley management. Director positions open for nomination include one director in Region 3,

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Sep 10

Effects of frost on cereal crops

Posted on Sep 10 By: Jeremy Boychyn MSc P.Ag.

Crops in the west central and north western parts of the province are lagging behind. Some areas are over 10 days behind based on Growing Degree Day (GDD) accumulation alone. Those areas that have had excess moisture will see increased delays on top of this because of the impact wet feet has on crop development.

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Sep 10

Keeping cereals clean

Posted on Sep 10 By: Bruce Barker, Haywire Creative

  Photo by Kara Oosterhuis  Spring and summer weather brought variable crop development and growth across western Canada. Uneven germination, moisture stress, and late tillering have left some wheat and barley fields with uneven maturity. “Some of the cereal crops have very uneven development. This year, in some cases the second growth can have seeds

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Sep 10

What are growing degree days?

Posted on Sep 10 By: Jeremy Boychyn MSc P.Ag.

As we head into harvest season in central and northern parts of Alberta, there is one statement that is becoming common to hear; “crop progress is delayed by at least a week”. This is easily understood when looking at the Growing Degree Day (GDD) accumulation in the western and northern parts of the province. GDD

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Sep 10

Always be prepared to ask about your grade or request a “subject to inspector’s grade and dockage determination” from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC)

Posted on Sep 10 By: Brian Kennedy, grower relations and extension manager

Disagreements occur, even among best friends. More often than not disagreements are a result of poor communications or a lack of information.  Communicate using facts when delivering your grain. It’s always best to send away a representative sample for an official grade prior to delivering at the elevator. But failing that, if you have ever

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Sep 10

We all share responsibility for recycling ag plastics

Posted on Sep 10 By: Barry Friesen, General Manager, Cleanfarms

Cleanfarms photoFood production in Alberta, as in all of Canada, is a balance of sun, soil, rain, fertilizers, seed, pesticides and a healthy dose of hard work. Some of these ingredients arrive for use on the farm packaged in plastic containers that, while necessary to deliver ag-products, result in plastic waste that producers have to

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Sep 10

New varieties to watch for: a spring wheat, barley, and durum variety summary

Posted on Sep 10 By: Jeremy Boychyn MSc P.Ag.

Below is a list of some of the most recently available (2019 & 2020) varieties of spring wheat, barley and durum for Alberta producers. Descriptions are sourced from the seed providers. Spring Wheat AAC Redberry (CWRS– Alliance Seed) – available 2019 AAC Redberry was bred at the AAFC breeding station in Swift Current. EARLY. EARLY.  AAC

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Sep 10

Cereal straw: a hidden value on your farm

Posted on Sep 10 By: Clair Langlois, provincial cereals specialist

Before your combine gets ahead of your thinking on whether to keep your straw (shredded and spread where it will lay and decompose) or allow someone to buy it straight out the back of your combine, you should be aware of the nutrient value it offers. Straw is not just an “end-product” of your crop

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Sep 10

Weed resistance at harvest and a comment on glyphosate

Posted on Sep 10 By: Dr. Breanne Tidemann, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

This time of year the focus is on getting the crop off the field before the snow flies. But it can also be great time to assess the efficacy of the weed management program that was used this year.  It’s worth making some observations and taking notes to help you develop your management program next

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