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Cow eating hay.

Tips when feeding unharvested crops

Digestibility, nutrient levels, and presence of mycotoxins are factors to consider before swath grazing or baling

Reading Time: 2 minutes Using overwintered cereal crops for swath grazing this spring — or baling for use as greenfeed next fall and winter — is an option but raises some concerns. “Typically, protein and energy contents are lower in the spring compared to the fall,” said provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “Digestibility of the feeds can […] Read more

Corncobs have the highest amount of energy and protein, and if they’re not being eaten, it’s likely because of mould.

Watch to see if cattle eating cobs when grazing standing corn

There’s a high incidence of mouldy corn this year and if cattle aren’t eating the cobs, they need supplemental feeding

Reading Time: 2 minutes Providing supplemental protein and grain is one option if cattle are grazing mouldy standing corn. “Some corn crops left for late-season grazing have been damaged by the fall weather,” said provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “High humidity, frequent rainfall, and frosts have created ideal conditions for moulds to form. Saprophytic moulds that cause […] Read more


Five wheat projects get funding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Wheat Commission has invested $720,625 in five wheat research projects, which leverages an additional $622,625 from other funding partners. The projects are: New insights on management practices for hail-damaged crops; advanced monitoring to better understand stripe rust in Western Canada; improved water use efficiency for better yield and drought tolerance; new, low-cost testing […] Read more

Fusarium graminearum survey underway

Fusarium graminearum survey underway

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is conducting a survey on Fusarium graminearum to help better manage the disease. “For example, if you’re trying to prevent the introduction of the organism in an area, there are certain things you can do, but if it’s already there, the prevention practices aren’t going to work,” said provincial plant pathologist Michael […] Read more