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Before applying glyphosate, see if the peduncle has yellowed or browned and, if so, give the kernel the thumbnail test. If the kernel squishes between your fingers, it’s too early to apply glyphosate, says agronomist Jeremy Boychyn.

Weather woes could lead to market headaches, says agronomist

Grain buyers are testing like never before, so glyphosate timing is especially critical this year

Alberta farmers have seen some occasionally dry, mostly wet, often cold, but sometimes sunny conditions this summer — and the all-over-the-place weather has wreaked havoc in cereal fields across the province. “When you have cool weather on top of really moist conditions, you’ll get plants slowing down that much more,” said Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy research […] Read more


Flow Hive co-creator Stuart Anderson (flanked by MacEwan sustainability director Kalen Pilkington and beekeeper Troy Donovan) checks
out his creation on the roof of one of the university’s downtown buildings.

You can’t beat the view from these beehives

Flow Hives became an internet sensation and are now a fixture on a downtown Edmonton rooftop

Bees that have called the rooftop of one of MacEwan University’s buildings home since 2016 recently received a special visitor — the architect of their unusual hives. Australian Stuart Anderson, co-creator of the Flow Hive, dropped by the building in downtown Edmonton to see how the urban pollinators like his creation. Anderson and son Cedar […] Read more

Cleaning up spilled grain around a bin eliminates potential breeding sites for pests such as the flat grain beetle.

Expert offers tips for successful crop storage

Keeping out pests and getting rid of excess moisture are key, says provincial crop specialist

A little preparation prior to harvesting can ensure worry-free winter crop storage. “Warm or wet conditions at harvest and multi-staged crops are potential ingredients for storage problems,” said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. “Don’t get an unpleasant surprise when selling the grain with discounts or by being rejected for heated grain or insect problems.” Clean […] Read more


Ducks Unlimited Canada and the beef sector share the same focus on “water and grass,” says CEO Karla Guyn.

Conservation group backs beef sector

Ducks Unlimited wants people to see cattle as protectors of ‘threatened wetlands and grasslands’

Ducks Unlimited Canada and the beef industry have a lot in common, and can work together to preserve vital grassland habitat, says the organization’s CEO. “For us, our main focus is on water and grass. It’s the same focus for cattle producers as well,” Karla Guyn said in an interview. The relationship between her organization […] Read more

Ducks Unlimited Canada sees first hand “the steps that the beef industry has taken to be a leader in sustainability,” Mickenzie Plemel-Stronks, the organization’s cattle industry liaison, said in announcing a three-year deal to work with Alberta Beef Producers on public awareness campaigns. She is pictured here with ABP’s Tom Lynch-Staunton.

Agreement shows how ‘cattle and conservation work together’

Ducks Unlimited Canada and Alberta Beef Producers to work together to raise public awareness

Ducks Unlimited Canada and Alberta Beef Producers have signed a three-year agreement to work together to “help Albertans gain a better understanding of how cattle and conservation work together.” The deal to work on joint public awareness campaigns is an acknowledgment their work on issues such as conservation, the environment and sustainable practices is complementary […] Read more


New video on how to manage clubroot

The Canola Council of Canada has a new clubroot video focusing on key management strategies for dealing with the disease. The 15-minute video outlines steps for minimizing the risk of introducing the disease-causing pathogen to a farm, including the three stages for cleaning equipment so it doesn’t bring contaminated soil to a field. It also […] Read more

Mentorship program connects the lab with the cattle ranch

Two Alberta scientists are among the quartet of researchers in the 2019-20 edition of the Beef Researcher Mentorship program. The program pairs the researchers with innovative cattle producers and industry professionals — many from Alberta — for a one-year mentorship along with a travel budget to attend industry meetings, producer workshops, and farm tours. Among the […] Read more


A veterinarian with Alberta Agriculture says that any person raising pigs should be registered with Alberta Pork’s Swine Traceability system.

Everyone needs to be on traceability system

Even if you have just one pig, you should be registered with Premises Identification

If you raise pigs — whether in a commercial setting, on a natural or organic operation or in the backyard — get a Premises Identification. “During the outbreak, we used it for tracing, and we used it for notifying farms in the risk area,” said Dr. Julia Keenliside, veterinary epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. […] Read more

Relentless PED virus could return to hog barns at any time

An outbreak appears to be contained but incredibly hardy PEDv could reappear at any moment

We’ve got all of Saskatchewan between us — but that’s not enough to shield Alberta from the threat of a deadly pig virus that has swept across Manitoba. The virus that causes porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is proving to be a challenge unlike any other — an incredibly hardy infectious agent able to travel […] Read more


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