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Beekeepers get increased support

The Alberta Beekeeper Stock Replacement Program is being expanded and extended. The $1-million government program helps beekeepers offset increased colony replacement costs by ensuring any queens purchased between April 1 and Sept. 30 will be eligible for funding, and by extending the submission deadline to Jan. 29. Many of the province’s beekeepers saw substantial losses […] Read more


Tips for your dugout inspection this fall

When checking your dugouts this fall, start with the area that feeds into the dugout, says a water specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. ‘Make sure this area is free of debris that might flow into your dugout,” said Dan Benson. “This area should be mowed and kept clear of trees and weeds.” Leaves add […] Read more



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Canola prices have been ‘a pleasant surprise,’ says analyst

Production issues here and abroad, Chinese demand, and speculators have all played a role in rally

There are several factors behind the rally in canola prices, says provincial crop analyst Neil Blue. On the supply side, lower production of palm oil began to support those prices back in the spring, he said, adding the primary driver of canola prices are the vegetable oil markets, of which palm oil is the largest […] Read more

The cost of grain bins has risen $1 a bushel — a 25 per cent jump — in the last five years, says a provincial market analyst.

Do the math before adding more grain storage

Lots of bin space can help you wait out low prices at harvest, but the cost of storage is rising

Having more grain storage can be a big plus, but it’s not a slam dunk, says a market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Farmers in Alberta along with growers in other Prairie provinces have more grain storage than most of their worldwide competitors,” said Ryan Furtas. “However, having storage capacity can be a marketing […] Read more





The Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program can now accept cattle that haven’t been branded but are instead identified by their RFID tag.

Co-op’s pilot paves the way for identifying feeders with RFID tags

Feeders have another option to branding after pilot shows reading pages is ‘reliable and sustainable’

Feeder associations can now trace their livestock via RFID tags thanks to a pilot project conducted by the Picture Butte Feeder Co-operative. Provincial regulations were recently amended so radio frequency identification tags are now an approved method of identifying cattle in addition to branding. The change comes in the wake of a successful pilot project […] Read more

Keep an eye out for blue-green algae in dugouts

The cyanobacteria is highly toxic and it’s better to be cautious, says water engineer

When temperatures rise, you need to be on the watch for toxic bacteria in dugouts. “Blue-green algae is actually cyanobacteria, and can produce toxins that can be very dangerous,” said Shawn Elgert, agricultural water engineer with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “It can cause organ damage or even death if ingested by livestock or pets.” “If […] Read more