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Albertans come up big at 4-H science fair

A trio of Albertans were winners at the annual 4-H Canada Science Fair. There were 18 4-H’ers presenting 14 innovative projects, ranging from analyzing the growth of microgreens to a look into a cost-effective manner of extracting chitin and chitosan from lobsters. Five projects were chosen as winners, including two from Alberta — an experiment […] Read more

Checking the dugout should be on the winter prep list

Provincial water specialist offers his inspection to-do list and tips for protecting water quality

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to inspect your dugouts, says a provincial water specialist. An inspection should start with a check of the area that feeds into the dugout, said Dan Benson. “Make sure that this area is free of debris that might flow into your dugout,” he said. “A properly […] Read more


Ross McKenzie heard a lot of micronutrient claims during his lengthy career as a provincial agronomist and researcher, but the vast majority couldn’t be substantiated.

Proceed with caution when it comes to micronutrients, says agronomist

It’s not hard to spend thousands of dollars on micronutrients that aren’t needed or produce little benefit, 
says Ross McKenzie

Farmers need to put on their critical thinking caps when dealing with micronutrient claims — or risk spending lots of money for no or marginal results. There is a lot of hype surrounding supplemental micronutrients right now, said Ross McKenzie, a retired agronomy research scientist. However, not all micronutrients are created equally; some of the […] Read more

Rural students create chemistry with BASF Kids’ Lab

Hands-on chemistry program helps students learn about science and agriculture

BASF Canada and Earth Rangers are expanding BASF Kids’ Lab, a series of hands-on chemistry workshops developed by BASF for students in Grades 4 through 6, to rural schools across Western Canada. The program has already reached more than 1,200 Canadian students and is now expanding into additional communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with […] Read more