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Wheat research receives funding

Eleven research projects ranging from nitrogen fertilizer use and soil health to drying grain while in storage are receiving $2.2 million from the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and Alberta Wheat. Three of the projects are on fusarium head blight (management, resistance, and post-harvest strategies) while four are either focused on, or have a significant component […] Read more


Little harvest progress made, pasture, soil moisture ratings see improvement

Alberta crop conditions as of October 16, 2018

Overall, minimal harvest progress was achieved this reporting period. Last week the average of Major Crops harvested was 46.7 per cent as compared to this week we are up 3.2 points to 49.9 per cent. Over 95 per cent of peas are in the bin with the exception of Peace Region which has only 66.9 […] Read more



Propane demand for grain dryers surges amidst wet harvest

Use is 2-1/2 times higher than normal as producers struggle to dry their high-moisture grain

This year’s wet harvest is driving up demand for propane needed to run grain dryers. “Normally the propane sector is totally able to meet the demand but this year, the demand is 2-1/2 times what it usually is in the fall,” said Nathalie St-Pierre, president of the Canadian Propane Association. “There’s a lot of pressure […] Read more


Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Whether it’s close to home or across an ocean, fire hasn’t been far from the news this summer. This year has been average in terms of fire risk on the Prairies, says Mike Flannigan, professor of wildland fire and the director of the western partnership for wildland fire science at the University of Alberta. But[...]
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Bull test changes a sign of the times

Bull testing has changed — shifting from selecting for size to selecting for feed efficiency

Manitoba’s lone multi-breed bull test station is the last of a dying breed. In its early days, the Manitoba Bull Test Station was a way for cattle producers to evaluate their genetics before genetic testing became de rigueur in the livestock industry. Opened in 1963 near Douglas, just east of Brandon, the Sire Indexing Centre[…]
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Career resource for 4-H’ers receives funding

4-H Canada has been given $400,000 over the next two years for its Careers on the Grow program and job-matching board, as well as career programming at a provincial level. The donation is coming from RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500-million initiative from the bank aimed at empowering Canadian youth to build meaningful careers. The[…]
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USMCA fallout: Some milk producers looking to exit

Dairy leaders looking for a ‘way forward’ but many are questioning their future in the sector

Dairy farmers in Alberta and across Canada are considering whether there’s a future in their sector — or if they should get out of the business, say farm leaders. Some may do that before the year is out, said David Wiens, vice-president of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Over the next few months as we look[…]
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Elm pruning ban over until March

It’s now time “to start taking the dead wood out of your elm trees,” says Janet Feddes-Calpas, executive director, Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED). The only time it is legal to prune elms in Alberta is between Oct. 1 and March 31. “This is when the elm bark beetles, responsible for spreading the[…]
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