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The Working Well program has several videos and numerous fact sheets on caring for well water, but thousands of Albertans have attended one of its many workshops over the past decade.

Popular Working Well program launches new season

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new season of Working Well workshops gets underway this month. Since it was launched in 2008, there have been 254 workshops on how to properly care for water wells and protect groundwater resources. More than 6,900 people in 172 different communities have taken the workshops, which are put on by several provincial departments and […] Read more

Crop Protection ‘Blue Book’ goes mobile

Crop Protection ‘Blue Book’ goes mobile

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Blue Book has long been popular reading in the homes of Alberta farmers — and now they can read it anywhere on their smartphones. The Crop Protection book (as it is officially known) is updated annually for previously registered products and includes newly registered pesticide products — herbicides, pesticides, seed treatments, and foliar fungicides. […] Read more


Devil’s trumpet — also known as jimsonweed, hell’s bells, loco-weed, and devil’s cucumber — is easily identified by either sight or smell.

Devil’s trumpet is a potentially deadly invader

Noxious Weeds: Jimsonweed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Although its exact origin is unknown, devil’s trumpet — otherwise known as jimsonweed — is found in many countries around the world in both agricultural and ornamental settings. Introduced to this province as a contaminant of agricultural seed, this smelly weed is under review by the provincial Agriculture Ministry and it has been recommended to […] Read more

The seed pods just below the blooms make hoary alyssum 
easy to identify.

A weed that prospers on degraded pasture

Noxious Weeds: Hoary alyssum

Reading Time: 2 minutes Thought to be brought to North America as a seed contaminant from Europe, hoary alyssum is toxic to horses and other livestock. It has a variety of life cycles depending on site and weather conditions, which makes this weed tricky to control. A prohibited noxious weed in Alberta, this pest can be easily identified. Hoary […] Read more


Puncturevine, which is easily recognizable, has been found in B.C. and would find Alberta to its liking.

Keep watch for this potential new invader

Noxious Weeds: Puncturevine

Reading Time: < 1 minute So far uncommon to Alberta, puncturevine has all the makings of a potential headache to you and me, alike. What started as an annual herb in southern Europe has started spreading into Canada (in British Columbia and Ontario). Like most other weeds, this plant prefers areas of disturbed, bare ground and grows as a summer […] Read more

Seed from Canada thistle can germinate eight to 10 days after flowering, but roots — not seeds — are the main way that this noxious weed spreads.

This quick-spreading weed gets an early start

Noxious weeds: Canada thistle

Reading Time: < 1 minute Spring brings lovely native flowers, but also noxious weeds. The aggressive perennial Canada thistle is a favourite of disturbed soils of all types. It starts sending shoots from horizontal roots to the surface of soil around mid-April, with flowers to follow in mid-June and continuing throughout the summer. Easy to distinguish from other weeds, this […] Read more


The flower of field scabious is pretty but the weed can invade hayfields and other grassy areas and be widely dispersed via baled forage.

Don’t be fooled by this weed’s pretty flower

Noxious weeds: Field scabious

Reading Time: < 1 minute Field scabious was introduced as an ornamental from Europe and is now taking over roadsides and pastures. It can be found throughout central Alberta and has the ability to invade even undisturbed plant communities, such as hayfields. Once established it is very difficult to control. Flowers can be a purple- to blue-coloured clustered head, resembling […] Read more

Prevention through proper grazing management is the best way to keep absinthe wormwood out of pastures.

You won’t raise a glass to this invasive weed

Noxious Weeds: Absinthe wormwood

Reading Time: < 1 minute A tough, semi-woody perennial plant native to Europe and Asia, absinthe wormwood typically grows in stems and forms in a clumping habit. The most distinguishing feature of the plant is its finely divided leaves combined with a silvery-grey colour. Absinthe wormwood also has a very strong and distinct odour which is very similar to sage. […] Read more