GFM Network News


Thinking of forward wheat pricing?

Farmers need to make sure the margin will cover their cost of production

Wheat prices have weakened since winter, world supply levels are bearish, and the loonie is up. “Many farmers are wondering, ‘What do I do now?’” said Neil Blue, market specialist at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Farmers thinking about signing a forward pricing contract should first consider if the price will provide an acceptable margin […] Read more

Livestock research now online at AARD

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s livestock research branch has launched its own website. “Ever wondered if you can feed faba beans to pigs?” asks website co-developer Miranda Smit. “Or camelina meal to poultry? Interested in using synchronization protocols to improve your dairy herd’s reproductive performance?” Those questions are answered on the website. Each research group […] Read more


Swede midge larvae on a plant.

Swede midge trap managers wanted

Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network is looking to set up 15 to 17 new sites

The Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network is looking for people to manage Swede midge traps in Beaver, Minburn, Wetaskiwin, Two Hills and Smoky Lake counties. Managers need to set up traps in canola fields (trapping kits provided); make weekly trap visits to change the cards (10 to 12 weeks depending on canola); and send the […] Read more

Workshop offered for selling at farmers’ markets

The day long workshops will take place on April 21 and April 28

Producers wanting to sell at farmers’ markets can learn about the basics at the Getting into Farmers’ Markets workshop. Farmers’ markets in Alberta had more than $700 million in sales in 2012 and continue to see rapid growth. Topics include food safety culture and best practices, product pricing, and regulations. A panel of experienced vendors […] Read more


Tax credits for checkoffs

Alberta producers who have paid checkoffs through the provincial wheat, barley, pulse and canola commissions are eligible for a scientific research tax credit. In the case of wheat, nine per cent of checkoffs are eligible for a tax credit, which is based on the amount invested in R&D that meets the criteria laid out by […] Read more

Soil moisture outlook generally good

The latest provincial soil moisture outlook is generally promising. South of the Trans-Canada, below-normal snowpacks are being offset by above-normal soil moisture levels, said Ralph Wright, manager, agro-meteorological applications and modelling section, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton. The situation is reversed north of the Trans-Canada. “One notable exception remains in the extreme northern Peace […] Read more


Alberta Invasive Species Council conference

Conference date of March 12 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre

The Alberta Invasive Species Council conference and AGM takes place March 12 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Topics include stopping aquatic invasives in Alberta, herbicide research for invasive weed control, working with industry to stop baby’s breath, and Russian olive invasiveness. The keynote address will look at what makes invasive species initiatives successful. The cost, […] Read more

Farm Fresh learning sessions

There will be a number of learning opportunities at Alberta Farm Fresh School at Olds College Feb. 26-27. “Come and learn about soil, both soil biology and soil fertility, vegetable production using plastic mulch and low tunnels, and integrated weed management from leading experts,” said Rob Spencer, provincial commercial horticulture specialist. There will also be […] Read more


Rural leadership pilot project looking for participants

Registration deadline Feb. 18

The Inspiring Rural Leadership pilot project is looking for participants. “At some point in everyone’s life –— whether it’s in the workplace, the community, or a family setting — we’re called upon to be a leader,” said Shari Hanson, leadership specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “The Inspiring Rural Leadership program aims to help […] Read more

Sharpen your pencil before deciding whether to spray

Determining the economic threshold on 
when it pays to spray is not cut and dried, 
says research economist

The decision on whether to spray or not can be a difficult one for producers, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist, and the wrong decision can have serious financial consequences. “Today’s farm business managers wear many different hats, and mycology and entomology may not be their area of expertise,” said research economist Nevin […] Read more