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Apr 24

Producer Profile Third-gen rancher calls barley “integral” to beef industry

Posted on Apr 24 By: Dina O’Meara
Rancher Dave Solverson. Photo Credit: Canadian Cattlemen’s Association 

Dave Solverson wears many hats, but most of them are in the shape of a Stetson. A third-generation rancher, Solverson runs about 2,000 cattle, including calves and yearlings and 800 mother cows, with his brother Ken on their land out- side of Camrose. He is the current vice-president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and chair

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Apr 23

Aging farmers at risk on machinery

Posted on Apr 23 By: Natalie Noble
Vital to the Canadian agriculture system, older farmers continue to contribute in their later years by working on machinery, which exposes them to risk. Credit: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

A recent report published by the University of Alberta (UofA) revealed that, as North American farmers age, their exposure to dangerous farm equipment increases and raises the risk for injury and death. The Older Farmers and Machinery Exposure—Cause for Concern study showed that while the average hourly work week decreases for farmers over 60, the

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Apr 22

Three year malt contracts a recipe for success

Posted on Apr 22 By: Tamara Leigh
From left to right: Leon Sharyon, Lagunitas CFO; Doug Herman, Grower; Pat Murray, Grower; Brent McBean, Grower; Barry Tebb, Grower; Greg Murray, Grower; Spencer Hilton, Grower; Tony Magee, Lagunitas Owner; Sterling Hilton, Grower; Jeremy Marshall, Lagunitas Brewmaster; Marc Worona, Rahr; and Kevin Sich, Rahr Credit: Rahr Malting Company

Combine a California brewery, one of Canada’s leading maltsters, 12 Alberta barley growers and a three-year growing contract, and you’ll get a new recipe for barley marketing that’s turning the heads of growers and brewers alike. Two years ago, Lagunitas Brewing out of Petaluma, CA, contacted Rahr Malting Company to arrange a meeting with some

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Apr 21

Editor’s Message

Posted on Apr 21 By: Anne-Marie Bruzga-Luchak

After a wet spring that left much of the province sloppy and made seeding late, we’ve been treated to some record-breaking fall weather that’s ushered in another productive harvest. But adapting to these kinds of extreme changes, especially with weather, is a hallmark of agriculture. In the world of Alberta Barley communications, one of our

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Apr 20

Water use efficiency research yields positive results

Posted on Apr 20 By: Tyler Difley
Br. Anthony Anyia and his technologist, Ryan Melnichuk, study barley test plots in 2009. Credit: University of Alberta

Since 2006, Alberta Research Council Crop Scientist Anthony Anyia and University of Alberta Soil Science Professor Scott Chang have worked on a research project that could yield very positive results for barley growers, both in Alberta and around the world. Their research aims to find ways to make barley drought resistant and more efficient in

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Apr 19

Positive results for urea in ESN blend

Posted on Apr 19 By: Sarah Weigum
Field Technologist Craig Sprout collects N20 gas samples from a field plot in Neerlandia, near Barrhead.  Credit: Heather Estrada

While nitrogen management is complex and varied, preliminary results of a new study show that the optimum rate of nitrogen may be higher than previously thought. Between 2008 and 2012, Alberta Agri- culture and Rural Development (AARD), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), investigated the effects of various nitrogen fertilizer management practices on

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Apr 18

Above average barley production on the books

Posted on Apr 18 By: Lee Hart
Farmers across the province generally experienced both a positive growing season and harvest. Barley production in Alberta was slated to generate more than four million tonnes this year and 8.8 million across the country. Credit: Michael Interisano

It is not perfect across the province, but many Alberta farmers reported decent-to-exceptional looking barley crops this year. Moisture was good, although excessive in some areas. Some growers said their crops were on time or early, while others reported delayed maturity due to late seeding or cooler growing conditions. In parts of central and southern

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Apr 17

Alberta Barley supports proposed amendments to Western Canadian deduction

Posted on Apr 17 By: admin

(Calgary, AB) April 17, 2013 — Alberta Barley (ABC) stands behind the federal government’s proposed amendments to the current Western Canadian wheat and barley deduction regulations. Changes to The Regulations Respecting Research, Market Development and Technical Assistance (Wheat and Barley) will give the ABC up to 90 days to process refunds after the end of

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Apr 15

Local beer adds a little sparkle

Posted on Apr 15 By: Tamara Leigh

They grew up by the creek, they farmed by the creek, and now they are making beer by the creek. The founders of Ribstone Creek Brewery in Edgerton are hoping that their local brewery will light a spark in the economy of their rural Alberta town. It all started four years ago, when Alvin Gordon

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Apr 11

AC Metcalfe still king in malt circles

Posted on Apr 11 By: Lee Hart

AC Metcalfe isn’t the only malting barley variety available to Alberta growers, but it is certainly one of the most favoured, say maltsters and grain marketers. Some other varieties may have a fit in some niche markets, but regardless of how good a variety sounds from an agronomic standpoint, the primary rule is to grow

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