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Killing frost finds crops in the north, harvest 56 per cent complete

Alberta crop conditions as of September 19

Cooler weather has moved into the province bringing precipitation and frost to most areas. Precipitation in amounts of light showers in the South to rain in the Northern regions and the Peace has slowed harvest progress. Killing frosts below minus 2 Celsius were experienced across much of the province (view map at link below). Yield […] Read more


Alberta’s newest meadery takes a different approach

Alberta’s newest meadery is doing things a little differently. Along with a traditional honey wine, Tamarack Jack’s Honey and Meadery also produces a variation that might tempt those who prefer a brewskie to the so-called ‘drink of the gods.’ “We are a small apiary turned into a meadery just recently,” Katie Kingdon, manager of the […] Read more



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Manitoba NDP names new ag critic

Manitoba’s former education minister has been pressed into service as the new agriculture critic for the provincial legislature’s official opposition. Wab Kinew, who was elected Saturday as the leader of the opposition New Democrats, on Thursday named James Allum, the MLA for the Winnipeg riding of Fort Garry-Riverview, as the critic for agriculture. Allum will […] Read more



There’s lots of money being left on the packing plant floor

Quality defects exceed $60 per head and reducing those losses will boost the bottom line for producers, says expert

National Beef Quality audits prove that Canadian beef is pretty darn good. But they also show that producers could be putting more money in their wallets by reducing defects that show up at the packing plant, says Mark Klassen, director of technical services with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The last audit, conducted in 2010-11, found […] Read more


Expert advice on tap in beef webinar series

There are seven online learning events in this winter’s lineup from the Beef Cattle Research Council

Up your pregnancy rates, reduce forage diseases, and find out which bulls aren’t doing their job. Those are three of the topics in this winter’s webinar series put on by the Beef Cattle Research Council. The council is urging producers to register for the entire series as registrants will receive reminders as well as a […] Read more



Alberta groups receive funding for community projects

More than a dozen Alberta communities and organizations have received funding from Farm Credit Canada’s AgriSpirit Fund. The fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects such as hospitals and medical centres; fire and rescue equipment; playgrounds; food banks; libraries; arenas; swimming pools; recreation areas; and community centres. There were 1,214 applications this […] Read more


Dry weather offers harvest progress, but depletes soil moisture

Alberta crop conditions as of September 12

Warm and dry weather conditions have prevailed across the province for several weeks, with only a few scattered areas experiencing frost in September. However, dry weather depleted the soil moisture, especially in the Southern and Central Regions where a large part of crops have already been harvested and soil does not have the cover. A map […] Read more



U.S. wants NAFTA five-year sunset provision

Washington | Reuters — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that the United States was seeking to add a five-year sunset provision to the North American Free Trade Agreement to provide a regular, “systematic re-examination” of the trade pact. Ross told a forum hosted by Politico that both he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert […] Read more

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders chosen

Albertans account for half of 16 people in the 2017-18 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. The program provides mentoring; a $2,000 travel budget to attend meetings and events; and industry-specific training for young producers between the ages of 18 and 35. Judges selected the final 16 from 24 semifinalists who gathered at an event in Calgary […] Read more




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