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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




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



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


Alberta’s Peace Region gets a touch of frost, crop conditions see slight decline overall

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of August 13

Frequent rain since July accompanied with cool temperature increased excessive soil moisture particularly in the North East and North West Regions. Hailstorms damaged some mature crops in southern parts of the province and destroyed some field crops in other areas. Additionally, a light frost occurred in the western to central parts of the Peace Region, […] Read more

Crops that have high rates of applied nitrogen, such as canola, can have a high amount of soil nitrogen well into July in thin stands.

Watch for nitrate accumulation in hailed-out crops

There’s extra value in a salvage crop this year, but nitrates are a risk in crops such as canola and wheat

The issue of nitrate accumulation needs to be considered when salvaging hailed-out crops. “Nitrate accumulation occurs in a plant when it is injured and is not able to convert nitrate to protein efficiently after a hail storm,” said provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “In non-legume crops, water and nutrients are pushed into the […] Read more


Amanda Hardman.

4-H award winner, ambassadors named

Amanda Hardman, from Stony Plain, is the 2019 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award recipient. The seventeen-year-old has been a member of the Stony Riders 4-H Club for six years, and served as a 4-H Club president and 4-H Canada youth service leader. She also won a bronze medal as a 4-H Canada Fair finalist at the […] Read more

Bertha armyworm.

Keep watch for army worms in fields

The province’s extensive network of bertha army worm traps isn’t sounding any alarm bells yet, but producers should keep watch, says insect management specialist Scott Meers. Results from the traps are posted on the Alberta Agriculture website. If the cumulative count reaches 300 moths, Meers strongly recommends scouting starting in late July and progress through […] Read more