These clubroot galls are small but this is exactly what you should be looking for when scouting because your best chance to manage an infestation is to detect it in its early stages.

It’s been perfect conditions for clubroot

Wet conditions not only increase spore counts but may also favour development of strains able to overcome resistant varieties

This year’s wet conditions may leave a nasty legacy — more clubroot infestation and more strains of the pathogen able to overcome resistant varieties. “In the years where there is more wet weather, we expect to have more severe symptoms and more widespread infestation,” said Stephen Strelkov, a University of Alberta professor of plant pathology […] Read more


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Extreme infestation may require extreme treatment

In really bad cases, putting a few acres into grass or forages may be the best way to contain clubroot pathogen 


Growers with extreme clubroot infestation are being told that the best option might not be to just stop growing canola for a while, but all annual crops in parts of a field. Seeding patches of heavily infested ground to grass or forages is now on the list of clubroot management practices recommended by the Canola […] Read more



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Trust your people, dare to be different, and know your numbers

Those are just three key tips from four innovative entrepreneurs 
who shared their methods for boosting productivity

Increasing productivity by 15 per cent by 2020 is one of the pillars of the National Beef Strategy, which was created by beef organizations across Canada and released in January 2015. During the recent Canadian Beef Industry Conference, four experts shared how they increase productivity on their operations. Darren Bevans Darren Bevans, general manager of […] Read more


Parasites are often a hidden health hazard because cattle don’t look sick, says parasitology professor, John Gilleard.

Parasites could be costing you big bucks without you even realizing it

Infected cattle often look healthy, but their daily gain might be up to half a pound lower than it should be

Little is known about the impact of parasites on Canadian cattle production. But one thing is sure — resistance to the medication used to treat these parasites is growing. “There’s a lack of local information and a lack of information on parasites in Canada. That’s a problem,” John Gilleard, professor of parasitology in the University […] Read more



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Weather woes not the only concern

The grain transportation system is far from fixed, poor quality will 
have continuing repercussions, and the world is awash in grain

All that rain and its effect on crop quality is top of mind for Alberta farm leaders, but lurking just behind is the prospect of the railways seizing up again in the face of a huge harvest. “It looks like there’s a lot of crop out there — I’ve heard estimates that this might be […] Read more


When moving cattle from mature pastures into lush green ones, only give them access to a small portion so they don’t come down with fog fever, says Dr. Nathan Erickson.

Deadly cattle condition called fog fever returns to the Prairies

Cases of fog fever, a type of pneumonia that causes severe cattle mortality, 
have been recently diagnosed in Alberta

Fog fever — a condition that causes cattle to suddenly drop dead — has returned to Alberta and Saskatchewan. “Fog fever isn’t extremely common” said Nathan Erickson, a veterinarian and assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “Some of these old diseases, we start forgetting about them because we’ve managed our way out of them. […] Read more



There was thunderous applause when Cameron Bruett said Canada leads the world in the effort to produce sustainable beef, but the JBS official also said the beef sector still faces many challenges.

Sustainable beef is ‘an incredible opportunity’

Canada’s beef sector leads the world when it comes to 
sustainability and needs to tell that story, says Cameron Bruett

It’s time for the beef industry to speak up and explain itself to its detractors and the people who don’t understand it. “I become very frustrated when I see media and activists attacking the global beef industry,” Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs and sustainability with JBS USA, said at last month’s Canadian Beef Industry […] Read more


What started as a potential drought year has instead produced 
a never-ending stream of hailstorms.

It may not be a record but this year’s hail damage will be close

The great white combine has been decimating crops across most of 
the province and adjusters are struggling to keep up with claims


Increased hailstorms across Alberta have crushed many crops, and hail claims are soaring this year. “We’re trending to be similar to 2012, which was the record claim year,” said Nikki Booth, communications manager with the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. “At this point in time, it’s looking like we will not be as high as 2012, […] Read more



Bringing the entire beef sector together was the top goal for conference co-chairs Virgil Lowe (left) and Rob Smith. The conference did just that — something young producer Rob Dixon called “incredibly valuable.”

Come together: Beef industry gathers under one roof at national conference

Inaugural conference shows there is an appetite for all parts 
of the beef industry to work together for the common good

They came from across Western Canada and as far away as New Brunswick. And all of them were passionate about beef. The inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference, held at the beginning of August, was more of a success than anyone anticipated. More than 650 people from all sectors of the beef industry came from across […] Read more


The Wild Horses of Alberta Society is in the first year of a five-year pilot project to use a contraceptive 
vaccine to control the province’s population of wild horses, which numbers around 850.

WHOAS reining in wild horse numbers

Olds charity is using dart guns to administer a contraceptive 
vaccine that greatly reduces a mare’s chance of getting pregnant

An Alberta group is trying to rein in the province’s wild horse population and forever end a controversial cull of the feral horses. The Wild Horses of Alberta Society (WHOAS) has just completed the first year of a five-year pilot contraception and field monitoring program, a first of its kind in Canada. The provincial government […] Read more