In response to numerous calls to the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Ag-Info Centre about options for alternative use of crops, a new category has been created under hay and pasture listings on the department’s web page.
“Called Standing Annual Crop, the new category gives producers the option to list their crops for alternative uses so they can be salvaged for much-needed livestock feed this year,” said Ted Nibourg, farm business management specialist. “The alternative uses can include grazing, greenfeed or silage. This year’s dry conditions in parts of the province, along with recent hailstorms, have resulted in crops either failing to make it to the bin or having such a wide range of maturity that it is virtually impossible to make grade.”
The Standing Annual Crop listing can be found at agriculture.alberta.ca.
“You can either list your crop using the online method by clicking on the Post Listing tab or calling the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276),” said Nibourg. “Be sure to check our guidelines link found on the main Hay, Straw and Pasture Listings page before submitting your post. Resource agents at the Ag-Info Centre can assist you in submitting your listing in the proper format.”