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Apr 11

Study sheds new light on fighting wild oats

Posted on Apr 11 By: Tyler Difley
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Scientist Neil Harris said most wild oats will be resistant to at least one herbicide in the next few years because the same sprays are used over and over again. Credit: Tyler Difley

A recent study concluded cultural practices present an attractive alternative to herbicide alone when controlling wild oats in barley. According to the report, which was published in the journal Weed Science, optimal cultural practices combined with herbicides are a farmer’s best bet to reduce the wild oat seed in the soil seed bank and increase

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Apr 11

Renters, owners connect online for land

Posted on Apr 11 By: Geoff Geddes
Lyndon Lisitza founded Renterra.ca, an online clearing house for farmland.  Credit: Myek O’Shea

If the developer of a new farmland website has his way, his company Renterra may become the agricultural equivalent of eBay. According to owner Lyndon Lisitza, Renterra.ca is Western Canada’s first rental auction website for farmland. “Renterra provides an effective tool to post, search and bid on available rental farmland through an efficient, transparent auction

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Apr 10

Barley industry gets $8 million boost – AIP grant money to fund new barley research

Posted on Apr 10 By: Cole Christensen

The future of barley received a gigantic boost this summer courtesy of a major announcement from the federal government. On July 9, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced that the Canadian barley industry was the recipient of $8 million to fund 27 new and innovative projects under the Barley National Research Cluster. “This is an

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Apr 8

Research helps make the malting grade

Posted on Apr 8 By: Tamara Leigh

Growing malt barley can be a tricky business. A good crop can deliver a solid return, but making the grade often proves elusive. Research Scientist Dr. John O’Donovan’s study at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC’s) Lacombe Research Centre has compiled convincing results to support a number of practical agronomy tips to help growers make the

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Apr 6

Drive Away Hunger aims high for 10th anniversary

Posted on Apr 6 By: Tyler Difley
Many rural food banks are volunteer-run and depend on food drives like Drive Away Hunger to raise awareness and stock their shelves. Credit: Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) Drive Away Hunger initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Expectations are higher than ever for the program, which has raked in 9.2 million pounds of food and more than $760,000 to date for Canadian food banks. “Drive Away Hunger is our flagship community investment program,” said Blaine Gorrell, FCC’s Lethbridge district

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Apr 5

Ukraine: Good cereals, great soil

Posted on Apr 5 By: Trevor Bacque
A typical tractor, the Belarus 1025, with 110 horsepower and the ability to pull a small seeder, sprayer or fertilizer spreader.  Credit: Trevor Bacque

While the crops in Ukraine are coming up strong, it’s what’s below the surface that counts. With 30 per cent of the world’s nutrient-heavy black soil, Ukraine is an agricultural country on the rise with the numbers prove it. In late August, Ukraine’s Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk announced the country expects to

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Apr 5

4-H celebrates 100 years across Canada

Posted on Apr 5 By: Chris Simnett
Thousand of young Canadians, like Jacob Onyschuk seen here, have benefited from being a 4-H member. Credit: Jacob Onyschuk

Jacob Onyschuk credits landing his dream job to 4-H. The 21-year-old from Legal, AB, was only a 4-H Canada member for four years, but the organization, which celebrates its 100th birthday in 2013, changed his life.

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Apr 3

EU agreement could increase trade

Posted on Apr 3 By: Natalie Noble

As the federal government continues its ambitious trade agenda to stimulate economic growth through export markets, the finalization of the Canadian–European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could increase agricultural exports by three billion dollars. “In Canada, we export more than half of everything we grow,” said Kathleen Sullivan, executive director of the

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Apr 3

Hung jury on aster yellows

Posted on Apr 3 By: Geoff Geddes
Aster yellows is a vicious disease. However, some scientists are split on how serious its effects are on cereals.  

It’s widespread, hard to detect and impossible to cure. No wonder its making headlines. Aster yellows is a chronic, systemic plant disease commonly found in canola. It is caused by a bacterium-like organism called a phytoplasma, a pathogen that requires living plant and insect hosts to survive, spread and reproduce. Dr. Chrystel Olivier, entomology specialist

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Apr 3

Innovative farmer keeps up with applied research

Posted on Apr 3 By: Evan Wingrove

David Eaton is one busy farmer. In addition to being president of the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA) and treasurer of the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA), he is also an Alberta Barley (ABC) region two delegate. Eaton’s interests are just as diverse—he has been flying private planes for more than 20

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