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Much lower canola exports to China have resulted in Canada’s canola producers holding significant inventory.

Consider carrying costs when marketing canola

The current futures market is in a strong carrying charge situation, says analyst

With a large canola carry-over and the uncertain China situation, producers need to consider carrying costs when marketing the crop, says a provincial crop market analyst Given the large inventory and currently restricted demand, the canola futures market is in a strong carrying charge situation, said Neil Blue. The futures market is priced significantly higher […] Read more




Gases in well water can be a risk, says provincial water engineer

Oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane and hydrogen sulphide occur naturally in some aquifers

Gases in water wells can be a danger on farms and rural properties, says a provincial agricultural water engineer. Gases can occur naturally in water wells, dissolving in the water while under pressure and then being released when water is pumped out of the well. “Sometimes people complain about the smell, but the gases you […] Read more


A thin cow will need an extra 1,400 pounds of hay just to stay warm over the winter.

There are extra challenges in wintering cows this year

Early weaning, supplement feed, and feeding vitamins earlier should be considered

With feed quality and quantity “all over the map this year,” producers face challenges weaning calves and maintaining cows, says a provincial beef and forage specialist. “If calves were not provided with creep feed over the summer, weaning weights will be lower than in most years — as much as 150 pounds per animal,” said […] Read more



Using aeration for drying can take 200 to 400 hours to drop moisture one to three per cent.

Timely tips for safe grain storage

Aeration is a slow process when drying grain, moisture circulation is tricky, and green seed poses additional problem

It has been a difficult and stuttering harvest this year with short periods of combining between showers and cool temperatures. “You might breathe a sigh of relief when harvesting is complete, but it really isn’t done until the grain ends up at the buyer’s and is paid for,” said crop specialist Harry Brook. “Maintain vigilance […] 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


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 4h.ab.ca. 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