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Feb 14

The Alberta Climate Information Service

Posted on Feb 14 By: Jeremy Boychyn | Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

A very useful tool for producers and agronomists is the Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS). This resource is a wealth of information that is collected from the over 350 weather stations scattered across Alberta. I personally utilize this tool at least weekly in-season to collect weather data including accumulated precipitation (Figure 1), growing degree day accumulation (Figure 2), temperature

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Feb 13

Honourable mentions

Posted on Feb 13 By: Jeremy Boychyn | Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

Here is a list of great agronomic resources that did not get highlighted in their own article. This does not mean they hold less value, only that we could only write full articles on a few of the tools out there. The Growing Point (Obviously)  The Growing Point Podcast Canadian Agronomist The Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring

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Feb 13

Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network

Posted on Feb 13 By: David Simbo, Research Program Manager | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

The Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network provides useful information that could impact our farm positively. A fundamental first step in implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy is pest monitoring. Insects are monitored using several tools such as sticky traps, pheromone traps and pitfall traps among others. The data gathered from these traps can be

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Feb 13

Alberta Pulse Growers APP

Posted on Feb 13 By: Victoria Decker

Alberta Pulse Growers launched a new app in November of 2018. The launch of the app coincided with the transition to digital reporting of Regional Variety Trials (RVT) which saw APG take on full funding and coordination. RVTs are important as they are the first point of contact with new growers selecting varieties for the

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Feb 13

Get timely agronomy tips from Canola Watch

Posted on Feb 13 By: Autumn Barnes, Canola Council of Canada

Canola Watch provides timely agronomy tips based on what’s going on in canola fields that week. The Canola Council of Canada service is free and you can sign up here. Canola Watch is aimed at agronomists, retailers and farmers across Western Canada who want a few extra sets of eyes to help them predict and manage

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Feb 13

Picking a new variety? The Seed Guide is helpful resource

Posted on Feb 13 By: Victoria Decker

The decision to switch to a new variety can be a difficult one. Producers need to gather many sources of information to make the best choice for their farm. The Alberta Seed Guide is one great source of information that should be used in conjunction with first-hand experience from neighbors, seed growers and local experts on how

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Feb 13

Using the seeding rate calculator for seeding success

Posted on Feb 13 By: David Simbo, Research Program Manager | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

Wheat and barley seeding rates influence yield, kernel uniformity and plumpness, grain maturity, grain protein content, disease incidence, in-crop weed competition and, in some cases, end-use quality.  Since grain protein content and grain plumpness are important factors in determining malt quality in barley, for example, seeding rates could directly affect use and profits As the

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Feb 12

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions say protest blockades will cause serious unintended consequences for farmers

Posted on Feb 12 By: Victoria Decker

With protests blockading CN rail lines in multiple locations across Canada, the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are urging quick resolution and say that the resulting rail delays will cause unintended negative impacts on farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Even a disruption of only a few days will cause a massive backlog with economic

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Feb 10

Barley farmers can claim 13 per cent SR&ED credit on their 2019 taxes

Posted on Feb 10 By: Victoria Decker

Barley farmers who pay the Alberta Barley check-off are eligible for a 13 per cent tax credit through the Scientific Research & Experimental Development Fund (SR&ED) program for their investment in barley research and development (R&D) projects. For example, farmers who paid $100 in check-off to Alberta Barley in 2019 would earn $13 in tax

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Jan 13

Barley commissions announce formation of the Canadian Barley Research Coalition

Posted on Jan 13 By: Victoria Decker

The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SaskBarley), Alberta Barley and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) announced today the launch of the Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC), a national not-for-profit organization that will facilitate long-term investments aimed at improving profitability and competitiveness for Western Canadian barley farmers. CBRC will facilitate a collaborative approach to funding regional

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