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Crop ratings in the south decline due to ‘droughty’ conditions

Alberta crop conditions as of July 4

Provincial crop condition ratings declined by 3 points this week to 75 per cent rated good or excellent, solely due to a significant decline in the condition ratings of crops in the South region as the droughty conditions currently affecting the US northern tier states has reached into southern Alberta. Crop condition ratings were virtually […] Read more


Shop local trend has changed the game at the Jungle Farm

Leona and Blaine Staples have continually diversified their farm 
to capitalize on changing consumer shopping trends

Leona and Blaine Staples produce a bit of a different kind of commodity on their operation near Penhold. “We really farm people,” said Leona Staples, who has been running the Jungle Farm with husband Blaine since 1996. “One of the passions in our life is sharing our farm with the rest of the world. We […] Read more



Get close to the technology and the experts

AIM attendees are encouraged to get a 
hands-on, personal feel for the equipment

Ag in Motion is different from other farm shows because it is the best place to see demonstrations live in the field. Large equipment, large crowds and an abundance of information create the high-energy environment that surrounds the large-scale field demos each year. It’s the perfect setting to compare machines like combines or planters. But […] Read more


AIM features first-ever combine demo

Six machines will make daily passes through a field of fall rye

There’s never been anything like this in Western Canada before. See, first hand, how a fall rye crop feeds into and passes through six machines as they line up side by side to harvest in the Ag in Motion demonstration field. Fall rye has been seeded at the Ag in Motion site and has been […] Read more



Seeing results where they count

More than 25 companies will showcase their products in more than 100 acres of crop plots

At Ag in Motion, seed, crop protection and fertilizer companies, as well as grower associations and industry members will showcase field crop products as they should be seen — in the ground. Ag in Motion is home to over 100 acres of crop plots from over 25 companies and organizations, with both numbers growing every […] Read more


Alberta farmland value growth second highest in Canada

Taber and Lethbridge held the highest average farmland values in 2016, reaching over $5,800 per acre


While the rate of increase appears to be slowing, average farmland values in Alberta continue to rise. “Farmland values rose rapidly in the 1970s but were met with a substantial decline in the 1980s,” says Aaron Lawson, program assistant, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF). “For the most part, prices recovered by the mid-’90s, and farmland […] Read more



Website identifies your insect friends

WGRF works with Prairie Pest Monitoring Network to develop online and social media sites


Not all heroes wear capes. That’s the message behind a new communications campaign to increase awareness of some unsung heroes — beneficial insects. Recently launched by Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the ‘Field Heroes’ campaign encourages growers and agronomists to consider beneficial insects in crop production recommendations and decisions. “Beneficial insects play a vital pest […] Read more


Strong meat demand spells bright future for goat industry

Demand is far outstripping supply for Canadian goat meat — 
and enterprising producers can capitalize on this trend

When Myrna Gisler moved back to the family farm near Innisfail, her parents decided it was time to branch out into something a little different — ostriches. That lasted all of two weeks. “I didn’t want a thing to do with them,” said Gisler with a laugh. “Those things are evil. They’re miserable creatures. I […] Read more



Hop in: Growing craft brewery market drives demand for local hops

The startup costs are significant, but demand for Alberta-grown hops is growing fast, 
and there’s money to be made for enterprising producers

A visit to an old grape orchard in the heart of B.C. wine country last summer has inspired two southern Alberta producers to try their hands at a different kind of viny crop — hops. “That was really the seed that started it all,” said Randy Adams, who owns and operates Pair O’ Dice Hops […] Read more


Look for beef producers at big-city events this year

Alberta Beef has already signed deals with the Eskimos and the Stampeders

Get ready, beef producers, you’ll soon see yourself on a Jumbotron near you. Alberta Beef Producers unveiled a new marketing campaign and new marketing and education manager Brad Dubeau at its semi-annual meeting. “The problem for marketing to solve is how to ensure consumer and producer confidence for beef production in Alberta to 2020 and […] Read more




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