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The Spornado can tell if a spore pathogen is present but you still have to figure out if it’s worth applying fungicide.

Spornado causes a whirlwind of new research

There’s an affordable way to detect fusarium or sclerotinia spores — but it’s not one-and-done technology

A device that helps alert growers to the presence of airborne pathogens has been popping up in some Alberta cereal and canola fields in the last couple of years. But while Spornado — and in-crop spore detection in general — is promoted as a tool to take the guesswork out of fungicide application decisions, this […] Read more

Alberta harvest continues, 11 per cent of crops remain

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of November 5

Following a cooler than normal growing season, September brought several wet spells, interspersed by two major dry spells, each lasting less than two weeks. In October, wet spells occurred more frequently, with the northern half of the province blanketed with a few cloudy days. Over the past month, all areas in the province experienced below […] Read more


New potato plant a win for Lethbridge

Cavendish Farms’ new Lethbridge frozen potato-processing facility is now open. Company president Robert K. Irving cited the high quality of potatoes grown in the area as one reason why Lethbridge was chosen for its $430-million state-of-the-art plant while Premier Jason Kenney called it “a vote of confidence in Alberta.” The new facility, which replaces an […] Read more

Weather plays nice to see Alberta harvest pick up pace

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of October 22

Significant momentum was made in some areas getting crop in the bin this past week, with the provincial average currently estimated at 74 per cent of all crops combined. This jump is primarily attributed to Central, North East and North West regions where 26, 16 and 13 per cent respectively of Major Crop* acres were […] Read more


Irrigation, like this system near Taber, is a common sight in parts of southern Alberta. But there are predictions there will be an expansion of irrigated acres in central and northern areas of the province.

Interest in irrigation in Alberta heads north

While the lion’s share of irrigation is in the south, some expect a major expansion as far north as the Peace

From the highway, the sign seems out of place. “Now open, Southern Irrigation,” it declares. Down Lethbridge way, it might not be unusual to see a yard full of irrigation pipes and reels of tubing. But Red Deer isn’t exactly the epicentre of irrigation in the province. But that may slowly be starting to change, […] Read more

Wet, cold weather dampens harvest progress

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of October 8

Most parts of the province experienced wet weather conditions in September and the month ended with a significant amount of snowfall in the south. In addition to wet conditions, average daily temperatures were below seasonal norms in most areas across the province over the past two weeks. Many places in Central and Southern Regions recorded […] Read more





Alberta harvest progress behind in all regions

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of September 23

Accumulated precipitation in September has been varied across the province, from less than 20 mm in the eastern parts of the North West Region, western parts of the North East Region and central parts of the Peace Region, to upward of 30 mm in most areas in the Southern and Central Regions, and up to […] Read more

Harvest restarts in Alberta, late progress seen in all regions

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of September 17

Harvest operations have resumed in most parts of the province, thanks to warmer and windy conditions. However, progress has been slow, due to some shower activities bringing from less than one mm of rain in the eastern and southern parts of the province to upwards of 30 mm in some areas in the Peace Region. […] Read more