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Grain handler G3 to further expand Alberta footprint

Having started 2018 with zero grain elevators in the Alberta market, grain handler G3 expects to soon have five in progress. The Winnipeg company announced Wednesday it plans to start construction by this summer, pending regulatory approvals, on a pair of 42,000-tonne capacity elevators in the province, near Stettler and Irricana, for completion in 2020. […] Read more

Dispose of unwanted pesticides and livestock meds this fall

Farmers in the Peace Region and central Alberta can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at one of the designated collection sites this fall. Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label) will be accepted. Livestock medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing […] Read more


Little critters causing big problems for Alberta crops

CNS Canada — They may look cute and harmless, but gophers have been wreaking havoc on crops across Alberta. Gophers have been reported causing problems in southern, central and northeastern Alberta for canola crops and pastures, according to the provincial Crop Report. “It’s been dry again this year and that triggered them; it’s been quite […] Read more

Poisonous weed found in Alberta canola fields

Devil’s trumpet is highly poisonous, but poses little risk when processed into canola meal or oil

There’s still more questions than answers after a highly toxic prohibited weed was found in canola fields in three counties in north-central Alberta. Devil’s trumpet — also called jimsonweed — has been confirmed in Barrhead, Leduc, and Westlock counties, but how it got there and how widespread the problem is remains a mystery. “It would […] Read more


When John Mills returned to the family farm, he knew diversification would be the key to creating a financially viable operation.

Farm family weathers Mother Nature’s worst through diversification

Bowden farm has branched out from grain, cattle, and seed potatoes 
into agri-tourism and community-supported agriculture

In a bad year, the Great White Combine does a good chunk of the harvesting in Hailstorm Alley — a little pocket of central Alberta that sees more than its fair share of hail. And there have been more bad years than good in John Mills’ farming career. “I’ve been back on the farm for […] Read more

Biosecurity means getting everyone to the table, talking about the risks, and doing whatever it takes to combat them, said Egan Brockhoff.

How the pork sector survived the attack of a killer virus

PEDv decimated the U.S. hog herd, but Canada showed how to do biosecurity right

If you want expert advice on biosecurity, talk to a Canadian hog farmer — and cattle producers should probably do just that. The country’s outstanding record on controlling the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has a host of lessons for the cattle sector, says a swine veterinarian who was deeply involved in Alberta’s battle against PEDv. […] Read more


Bug forecast maps online

The first two insect forecasting maps are online, and the rest are due out in January. The wheat midge survey found none of the pests in the Peace region — a complete reversal of the previous year. Central Alberta has some hot spots, while southern Alberta has low numbers save for some irrigated fields in the […] Read more