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Apr 19

Introduction to April 2020

Posted on Apr 19 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

The show must go on! With the comfort of familiarity still months away from today, the gear-up and prep for spring seeding is well underway. The chaotic challenges presented on every news outlet do not snuff out the fact that seeding must, and will, still occur. With this, a thank you is without question to

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Apr 19

A step-by-step guide to growing malt barley

Posted on Apr 19 By: David Simbo, Research Program Manager | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

What should I consider when growing malt barley? Which malt barley varieties should I grow? To answer some of the questions producers may have about the malt barley production, the following guide includes basic information and links to further sources. Variety selection The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has recommended some two-row and six-row

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Apr 19

Farmers’ input needed! Complete the Blue Book survey

Posted on Apr 19 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

Some of you may have seen a recently released survey regarding the Blue Book (our provincially developed Crop Protection Guide). As a tool that is utilized by agronomists, producers, and many others in the industry, it is important for those managing updates and development of the book to be aware of the value it has

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Apr 18

AgSafe Alberta takes training on-line hosting live webinars to replace in person workshops

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

For more help in recruiting labour AgSafe Alberta will be holding a webinar on April 21st for employers. After the “Recruitment, Orientation, & Training” webinar, participants will be able better able to: Create the recruitment, orientation and training portion of a Health and Safety Management System. Develop a recruitment process that includes an assessment of

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Apr 18

Updates to Federal Government COVID-19 Relief Programs

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

Temporary Foreign Workers  On April 13, 2020 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced $50 million to help farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers, put in place the measures necessary to follow the mandatory 14-day isolation period required of all workers arriving from abroad. This announcement has been met with mixed reviews from industry

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Apr 18

Research moving forward, with added health and safety precautions

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley funding partners as well as research providers have established COVID-19 contingency plans. Several institutions have the flexibility to continue field work, with added precautions while the scope of work may be limited. Larger institutions are still discussing their go-forward plans internally and will communicate those plans to us once

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Apr 18

Strong grain transportation continues to close the gap in delivery backlogs

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

Rail Transport  Rail transport of grain continues to operate well. According to the Ag Transport Coalition update for week 35, across western Canada CN fulfilled 73% of the cars demanded in Canada, while CP fulfilled 94% of cars demanded. For Alberta, CN fulfilled 83% of cars demanded, while CP fulfilled 98% of cars demanded. Truck

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Apr 18

Wheat and barley prices remain stable within week to week fluctuations

Posted on Apr 18 By: Victoria Decker

Wheat markets fall on strong planting data and international trade All wheat markets faced a downward trend this week, as no new concerns were introduced into the markets. International grain trade continues to operate with no notable issues and the USDA crop update showed near normal progress in the planting of the 2020 crop. Spring

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