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You can determine the protein content of your wheat using the Canadian Grain Commission’s 
free Harvest Sample Program.

Protein premiums drop from historic high in 2018

Shopping around can reveal how buyers are grading your wheat and how they pay for protein premiums

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 2018 crop year featured a strong protein premium for wheat, in particular hard red spring wheat. Neil Blue, provincial crop market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, looks at the situation with protein premiums on wheat in 2019. Blue says that wheat protein premiums this crop year have dropped back to below-average levels due […] Read more

The average provincial hay price in January was $153 per ton or just over 7.6 cents per lb. based on a 50 per cent alfalfa mix.

Fed steer prices seen improving towards spring

The average Canadian beef cut-out value has strengthened about 10 per cent since the start of the year

Reading Time: 2 minutes A number of factors have been affecting recent fed steer and hay markets. Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, has an update. Wood says that the Canfax reported price for Alberta fed, or slaughter, steers averaged just over $151 per cwt for the week ending February 8, 2019. That price […] Read more


Crop varieties fact sheets available

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture has released three fact sheets on cereal and oilseed variety performance within Alberta and northeastern B.C. ‘Varieties of cereal and oilseed crops for Alberta’ provides agronomic characteristics and disease-resistance information for varieties wheat, barley, oat, rye, triticale, flax and canola. ‘Pulse crops for Alberta’ provides information on variety performance for field pea, chickpea, […] Read more

“Throughout much of southern Alberta, accumulations have been below average, ranging from about one-in-three to six-year lows for those areas east of Highway 2.” – Ralph Wright, Alberta Agriculture

Southern Alberta suffering from lack of precipitation this winter

While much of the province has seen average snowfall, the south has been below or well-below average

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s a mixed bag when it comes to the soil moisture situation in the province. Most of the area north of Calgary has “experienced at least near-normal precipitation accumulations,” said Ralph Wright, manager of the agro-meteorological applications and modelling section with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “In contrast, throughout much of southern Alberta, accumulations have been […] Read more


The wheat midge forecast for 2019 so far is low.

Alberta insect forecast maps for 2019 available

Reading Time: < 1 minute Forecast maps for wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly are now available… Forecast maps for wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly are now available as well as results from the pea leaf weevil survey. Wheat midge numbers are down “quite substantially,” but sawfly numbers are up in many areas, said insect management specialist Scott Meers. […] Read more

4-H Alberta Leaders’ Conference coming up

Registration closes Dec. 15

Reading Time: < 1 minute There is still time to register clubs for the 4-H Alberta Leaders’ Conference. “We are expecting about 350 clubs, and that will be around 6,000 members and about 2,000 volunteers,” said Cameron Horner, 4-H communications specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. There will be numerous sessions during the 75th edition of the conference on Jan. 25-27. […] Read more


After horrible weather in September and early October, producers across the province were given a reprieve 
from Mother Nature and took full advantage — including this operation east of Carstairs, shown on the evening of 
Oct. 21.

In a year of extremes, soil moisture rebound a bright spot

The rain, snow, and cold in early fall had one upside — it recharged soil moisture reserves in much of the province

Reading Time: 4 minutes This year’s harvest was tough, but there is one good thing about it: Soil moisture and subsoil moisture are at almost normal levels in most of the province. “The soil moisture is looking better than it was at the end of August,” said Harry Brook, a crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “It’s closer […] Read more

Stony Plain producer Albert Wagner has profited by buying fertilizer well ahead of time — and that looks like a winning strategy again this year as fertilizer prices look set to climb this winter.

Horrible harvest could impact fertilizer prices

Prices are already rising, but the late harvest is limiting the ability to apply or buy fertilizer now

Reading Time: 4 minutes Poor harvest conditions this fall could drive up fertilizer prices next spring. “For many producers right now in Alberta, fertilizer isn’t top of mind. They’re focused on getting the harvest off,” said Craig Klemmer, principal agriculture economist at Farm Credit Canada. “So when we look at the pricing side of things, demand wasn’t as strong […] Read more


Give your view on livestock welfare

Survey, focus group participation open until Oct. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute The second phase of the Livestock Welfare Engagement Project is getting underway. There has been strong participation in an online survey, said Alberta Farm Animal Care, which is facilitating the initiative requested by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The province wants a better understanding of the “animal welfare landscape.” The second phase will involve five focus […] Read more

Grants available for irrigation upgrades

Grants to reduce water use or energy use can be as much as $15,000 for each irrigated parcel

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are now being accepted for the Irrigation Efficiency program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The program offers grants for new low-pressure centre pivots or upgrades to existing pivots (such as sprinkler and nozzle packages, control panels, and variable-rate irrigation) as well as drip irrigation. Any active producer who owns an irrigated agricultural operation in […] Read more