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How do your grain-drying costs compare? There are many factors to consider but provincial experts estimate the usual range is 10 to 16 cents per bushel per percentage point drop in moisture.

Digging into the cost of drying grain

Having enough drying capacity is critical in a year like this one, but it still helps to have a handle on the costs

There are a number of factors that determine the cost of drying grain. They include the type and size of the drying system, the amount of moisture to be removed, weather conditions during the drying period, and operating costs (fuel, electricity, repairs and maintenance, labour, shrinkage and hauling). “Knowing the costs of on-farm drying is […] Read more

‘Working Well’ workshops underway

Workshops to continue until Dec. 11

The fall session of Working Well workshops is now underway. The program provides rural Albertans with information and resources to manage their water wells, including hands-on workshops on the basics of groundwater, well construction, common problems, contamination risks, importance of well reclamation and best management practices. Alberta property owners are responsible for managing and maintaining […] Read more

Soggy pastures need extra management

Supplemental feeding can cause long-lasting damage, says specialist

Waterlogged pastures can suffer considerable damage when cattle are turned out for supplemental feeding, so management is needed to minimize sod damage, says a provincial forage and beef specialist. “Pelleted or cubed feeds, as well as grain, are perhaps the easiest to manage because animals can be fed these feeds on different areas of the […] Read more

4-H Alberta registration now open

Registration to remain open until Dec. 1

Registration for the 2019-20 4-H Alberta club year is now open until Dec. 1. Leaders can register existing clubs and all their members and volunteer leaders online at Those looking to join a club, needing help to register their club, or wanting more information can call 780-422-4H4H (4444) to speak with a 4-H specialist. […] Read more

A hay ration that costs eight cents per pound is basically the break-even point, says a provincial farm business management specialist.

Is it worth feeding your cows this winter?

The cost of hay is up this fall and you can easily slip into a loss if prices are too high

High feed costs again in 2019 have many producers wondering about the economics of overwintering their cows. “The question is, is it even feasible to keep cows?” said Ted Nibourg, a farm business management specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre. “Some are liquidating their entire herds. Others are culling heavily, and many are trying to […] Read more

Cleaning up spilled grain around a bin eliminates potential breeding sites for pests such as the flat grain beetle.

Expert offers tips for successful crop storage

Keeping out pests and getting rid of excess moisture are key, says provincial crop specialist

A little preparation prior to harvesting can ensure worry-free winter crop storage. “Warm or wet conditions at harvest and multi-staged crops are potential ingredients for storage problems,” said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. “Don’t get an unpleasant surprise when selling the grain with discounts or by being rejected for heated grain or insect problems.” Clean […] Read more

A poor canola crop can be used for feed

Salvage canola crops can make good cattle feed, says a provincial beef and forage specialist. “With dry conditions in the northern and southern parts of the province, late seeding and hailstorms in others, some canola crops could be candidates for salvaging and used for cattle feed,” said Barry Yaremcio. Canola plants in full bloom to […] Read more