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What’s the view from your farm in 2027?

Long-term planning is easy to put off, but there can be a steep price to pay, says financial specialist

No matter what age, it’s never too early or late to put together a long-term plan for your farm, says a provincial financial specialist. “Farmers are always busy with their daily and seasonal tasks,” says Rick Dehod. “When asked what their plan is for the next 10 years, they often say they haven’t had a […] Read more

You need training before using a grain bin fumigant

A Farmer Pesticide Certificate is good for five years and a training course is required for a renewal

There are several ways to combat an insect infestation in a grain bin, says a provincial crop specialist. Diatomaceous earth added to the grain as the bin fills can provide some protection. “Cooling the grain to -20 C and keeping it there for a week will also kill off insects,” said Harry Brook. “Or you […] Read more

Pea leaf weevils an issue in 2018

Three insect forecast maps are now available at the Alberta Agriculture website. Wheat stem sawfly and wheat midge forecasts help producers make varietal decisions, said insect management specialist Scott Meers, adding, “we’ve also released the pea leaf weevil maps early because a lot of producers are seed treating for that pest.” Pea leaf weevils are […] Read more

Get the lowdown on online marketing

Webinar on offer Dec. 6

Deb Foisy of Debs Greenhouse near Morinville will offer her tips on how to use social media to boost sales in a Dec. 6 webinar. Although her greenhouse operation is “a destination garden centre,” Foisy has expanded her online efforts in the past two years and “will share the successes and challenges she’s encountered,” said […] Read more

Workshop on strategic leadership

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is again offering a full-day Strategic Leadership Workshop with Brynn Winegard on Nov. 23, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre in Leduc. His presentation focuses on leadership and key issues facing leaders. Before the workshop, participants will receive an assignment to familiarize themselves with the framework and to get them thinking […] Read more

Alberta harvest nears end, forage and feed reserves seen adequate

Alberta crop conditions as of October 31 (FINAL)

Harvest is virtually complete across the province, with 98.6 per cent of the crops now in the bin. While harvest in the Southern and Central Regions has been completed, good weather conditions over the last two weeks also allowed northern producers to make good harvest progress. About 98 per cent of the crops in the […] Read more

Time to get the dead wood out

The annual elm-pruning ban is over until March 31, so it’s time to remove dead wood that can attract elm bark beetles, says the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED). The beetles breed and overwinter in dead and dying elms but trees can’t be pruned between April 1 and Sept. 30 because the pests […] Read more

There may be slim pickins in the pasture

Water-stressed forages have more fibre and less protein, and that can reduce 
feed intake and body conditioning

A hot, dry summer hastened the maturity and dormancy of native and improved pastures in many parts of the province, reducing both quality and digestibility of forages. “Plants do not grow as tall as normal in dry conditions,” said beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “Fibre levels increase faster and overall energy content of the […] Read more

Still time to participate in AgriProfit$

Applicants accepted until Nov. 30

AgriProfit$ is accepting applicants until the end of November for its 2018 edition. Farmers participating in the survey receive customized economic reports, including a budget sheet, income statement, and analyses of major enterprises like cow-calf, drylot, and crops. Aggregate data is used to produce benchmarks and help farmers analyze their decision-making activities. The tool now […] Read more