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This image from an Intelligent Ag Solutions video shows a partially blocked nozzle (on left) can drastically reduce the volume of spray.

Agri-Trade receives record number of Ag Innovations entries

Five finalists will make their pitches before a live audience at the farm show

Reading Time: 4 minutes The pandemic put a lot of things on hold for the past 18 months, but advances in agriculture technology is not one of them. “There are a lot of new innovations; technology has not slowed with the pandemic,” said David Fiddler, Agri-Trade show manager. This year, the show’s Ag Innovations Award program saw more applicants […] Read more

Might insects such as the cabbage seedpod weevil seen here end up in the crosshairs of the latest technology?

Drone tech’s next big target? Insect pest management

There are multiple potential future applications for drone tech in the works

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drones keep getting smaller and smaller, while their potential applications keep getting bigger and bigger. And now unmanned aircraft systems are taking on some of the world’s biggest small problems: insect pests. From crop-munching caterpillars to disease-transmitting mosquitoes, insects that threaten crops, ecosystems, and public health are increasingly being targeted with new pest-management strategies that […] Read more

This screengrab from a webinar last winter put on by Cory Van Groningen and Dana Penrice shows some of the parameters and scoring system.

Program measures pasture progress by the numbers

Rather than focus on a theory, Ecological Outcome Verification relies on tracking measurable parameters

Reading Time: 3 minutes Years of researching how to get the most out of the pastures on his southern Ontario beef farm left Cory Van Groningen frustrated. “One book says only take the top sward and leave the rest to regrow; another book says use high-intensity grazing and trample it down; another book says take a third of the […] Read more

Explore Edmonton is putting in an additional $210,000 in prize money for breed exhibitors this year. But a bigger draw might be rapid on-site COVID testing for exhibitors.

Farmfair offers exhibitors rapid COVID test, refund guarantee

Passing the test allows three days of attendance, but the offer doesn’t extend to the general public

Reading Time: 2 minutes In response to recent provincial restrictions, all Farmfair attendees will have to show proof of full vaccination before entering the event. It’s either that or offer proof of a medical exemption or a privately acquired COVID test. The move by event organizer Explore Edmonton is in response to provincial restrictions for indoor events and other […] Read more

Ring-necked pheasants are one of the upland bird species that benefit from the habitat provided by rights-of-way and ditches.

New campaign will stand up for lowly ditches and hidden rights-of-way

These little-noticed strips of land provide wildlife habitat along with several environmental benefits

Reading Time: 2 minutes A ditch may not look like much — but for many game birds it’s a little strip of paradise in an otherwise hostile world. However, producers often decide to farm ditches and rights-of-way — a practice known as ‘trespass farming.’ But a conservation group called Pheasants Forever Calgary is hoping to change attitudes about this […] Read more

The Alberta Supreme Show (shown here in its 2019 iteration) will showcase breed champions from Farmfair, the Olds Fall Classic and the Lloydminster Stockade Roundup. The grand champion bull and female will receive $20,000 each.

Where’s the beef? It’s at Farmfair International

New management goes back to basics with the focus squarely on the cattle shows

Reading Time: 4 minutes As you enter the gates of Farmfair International in Edmonton next month, there are some things you won’t see: rabbits and urban chickens. Those were a couple of the events former Farmfair organizer Northlands had set up in 2019 (the last show before the pandemic) to attract urban audiences. This year, with the stakes higher […] Read more

Beef roundtable needs producer input

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is updating the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and as part of that, is seeking at least 500 producers to take an online survey. “The primary data collected from farmers and ranchers across Canada through surveys is a critical piece to the credibility and success of the environmental, land use […] Read more

“We believe that for Alberta, agriculture is the future and in a lot of ways will be an economic growth driver.” – Ray Price.

Berry project aims to spark a boom in greenhouse sector

Year-round strawberry and tomato production could see fivefold expansion, says college

Reading Time: 2 minutes Local only applies to strawberries part of the year, but a new collaboration by Sunterra Group and Lethbridge College aims to change that. “Current demand for fresh, locally grown produce far outstrips the available supply in a market reliant on Mexican and U.S. imports for most of the year,” the college said in a news […] Read more

Agri-Trade is ready to get on with business

Agri-Trade is ready to get on with business

Proof of vaccination or a recent test is ‘what we have to do to be able to go forward,’ says show manager

Reading Time: 3 minutes Planning a large-scale farm show during the pandemic is not for the faint of heart, but the organizers of Agri-Trade are getting geared up to return this November. “You never know from one day to the next what we were facing for a while, but the (Alberta) government has laid it out pretty clear what […] Read more

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