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Sawyer to lead ag-products marketing council

Pine Lake cow-calf producer Doug Sawyer has been named permanent chair of the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council, and Calgary lawyer Stan Church has been named vice-chair. As well, ag business management specialist Patricia Henderson and consultant Julie Stitt have been appointed council members. The marketing council provides oversight to the province’s seven agricultural marketing […] Read more

Bite-sized lowdown on ag economics

New series looks at economic trends in Alberta’s agricultural and agri-food industries

Producers can turn to a new series that looks at economic trends in Alberta’s agricultural and agri-food industries. Called ‘Explained in Brief,’ the fact sheets cover topics including farm economics and cost of production, economic impacts of crop and livestock diseases, and environmental and trade issues. “Agricultural economic topics can be complex,” said provincial research […] Read more


Crop variety reports now available

This year’s crop varietal reports are now available. The reports are designed to help producers make sound decisions when considering which silage, cereal and oilseed varieties to grow. “Varieties of cereal and oilseed crops for Alberta provide information on cereal and oilseed variety performance within Alberta and northeastern British Columbia,” said crop research technologist Alex […] Read more

When this year’s edition of the Blue Book comes out in spring, take a bit of time to explore “hidden gems of information,” says crop specialist and co-author Harry Brook.

Crop protection Blue Book is popular, but not fully appreciated

Co-author says annual crop protection manual has valuable info on modes of action, resistance, and other topics

The Blue Book is known for its comprehensive list of pesticide products for use on major field crops, but the crop protection manual has “vast amounts of additional information,” says its co-editor. “These pages contain the hidden gems of information that are valuable to producers,” said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. One example is herbicide […] Read more



The nine-part feed series is a joint effort between Alberta Agriculture and applied research and forage associations.

Livestock feed webinar series launches on YouTube

Next live webinar on Aug. 1

Producers who aren’t able to catch a new series of webinars on feeding strategy can review them later on YouTube. The nine-part series, which take place every second Thursday at 7:30 p.m., is a joint effort of Alberta Agriculture and applied research and forage associations. The first two webinars were on grazing options for dry […] Read more


The webinar series wraps up with fall/winter feeding strategies on Oct. 24.

Livestock feed webinar series underway

A livestock feed webinar series is underway. The first webinar on grazing options for dry conditions took place on July 4 but there are eight more in the series: feeding economics (July 18, co-operating with cropping neighbours (Aug. 1), safely grazing hay lands (Aug. 15), alternate feed myths (Aug. 29), effective culling (Sept. 12) feed […] Read more

The popularity of Open Farm Days continues to grow — both with Albertans and the province’s farm sector.

Apply now to be an Open Farm Days host farm

Deadline for host applications is May 31

Applications are now open for farmers and ranchers wanting to host visitors during this year’s Open Farm Days. The annual event, which takes place on Aug. 17-18 this year, set records in 2018 for the number of participating farms and on-farm sales. Now entering its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days features open houses, culinary […] Read more


A good rule of thumb is to look for yields that are six to eight per cent above the check variety in cereals and more than 12 to 15 per cent in oilseeds, says crop specialist Harry Brook.

Crop expert offers tips for a successful hunt for new varieties

Yield gets all the attention but bigger may not be better when it comes to your farm

New crop varieties and variety tables are now available, so how do you pick ones best suited to your land? The first step is to analyze all the information in the variety tables, said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. “The tables are structured with yield potential as the main criteria,” said Brook. “It takes into […] Read more

The FEAP Program shares costs for components of a new grain dryer or when retrofitting components for an existing dryer.

Provincial funding available for grain dryer upgrades

Program covers costs of high-efficiency components in existing or new models, and is retroactive

Grants are still available for upgrading components of grain dryers to high-efficiency models. The Farm Energy and Agri-Processors (FEAP) Program shares costs for components of a new dryer or when retrofitting components of an existing dryer, said Katherine Rogers, energy extension co-ordinator with Alberta Agriculture. “For retrofit grain dryer components, eligibility is determined on a […] Read more