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Tips for branding and safe processing of cattle

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has a COVID-19 information sheet offering tips for branding and processing cattle. Among the tips are to divide tasks as much as possible, using a bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water) to frequently disinfect equipment and supplies, encouraging people to speak up if they feel unwell or think […] Read more

COVID-impact on research efforts to be minimized

Ag research will be impacted by the pandemic as universities and federal research centres implement social distancing measures. While AgCanada has closed its facilities to the public, essential work is ongoing. Essential work includes germplasm maintenance, livestock care and insect colony care. Maintaining germplasm means that advances will not be lost. Alberta Wheat and Alberta […] Read more


Herbicide injury guide now online

The Herbicide Action and Injury guide is now available online. The guide looks at pesticides, their modes of action and the identifying symptoms of each herbicide action on susceptible plants. It is useful for the initial diagnosis of plant injury and for further investigation into the causes of crop damage from herbicides, crop specialist Harry […] Read more

Alberta’s goat community is taking care of each other

It’s a small but diverse group but having someone to talk to is key, says goat association vice president

Alberta’s goat sector is small but its members are doing what they can to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Alberta Goat Association has been reaching out to its members to let them know that we’re here and if they have any questions we are here to support them with anything that they […] Read more


Fact sheets of pulse varieties available

Pulse varietal fact sheets are now available. “Important agronomic characteristics and disease-resistance information are provided for varieties of field pea, lentil, fababean, dry bean and soybean,” said Alex Fedko, crop research technologist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. In 2019, 16 seed companies submitted entries for testing at up to 20 locations across Alberta and northern […] Read more



This calf was one of 90 born on Graeme Rice’s Lacombe-area ranch by the end of March with “another 55 to go.” Across Alberta farm country, everyday scenes like these are reminders that the business of growing and raising food is continuing despite the massive disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Thrust into the spotlight, the farm sector shines during pandemic

Food supply chain does something extraordinary in unprecedented crisis — keeps things running ‘mostly normally’

Never in our lifetimes has the ordinary been so extraordinary. Take, for example, the simple act of delivering a load of grain. The whole business of receiving, grading, and getting the paperwork to the farmer or truck driver is hands-on work, usually done in close quarters. So you not only have to be fastidious about […] Read more

Annual forages offer benefits, says forage specialist

Annual pastures allow you to properly rest their perennial cousins and can be used for silage or greenfeed

Annual forages offer a couple of advantages for producers, says a provincial forage and beef specialist. “By seeding annual pastures, producers can give stressed perennial pastures a rest,” said Karin Lindquist. “If those pastures are rested early in the spring and following rain, they can produce good amounts of growth later in the summer. However, […] Read more


Don’t wait for patches to appear in hayfields or pastures, say experts. Instead, start doing plant counts and check the root system as
soon as they begin to green up.

Many pastures took a beating this winter, so scout early

Conduct plant counts as soon as pastures and hayfields start to green up, say forage experts

Cold, wet conditions through the fall and winter were the right recipe for winterkill in alfalfa pastures across the Prairies. “With climate change, the risk of forage stands being injured or killed by environmental stresses is predicted to increase,” said Bill Thomas, owner of BT Agronomy in Truro, Nova Scotia. “Just in the last month, […] Read more

Extra care is needed when using equipment this season to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Add COVID-19 to your safety plan for spring seeding

More cleaning and less sharing of equipment are sensible moves these days

Plan how to stay safe while seeding during COVID-19. Start, of course, by minimizing contact, said Jody Wacowich, executive director of AgSafe Alberta. “If you have a large group, maybe have them come at different points during the morning, so they’re not all together,” she said. But having safety conversations, in one form or another, […] Read more


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