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Not your typical harvest scene: Dill being harvested at Dale Thacker Specialty Crops.

Specialty crop farmer leverages the power of irrigation

And others will do the same as massive irrigation expansion comes online, says Dale Thacker

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve ever chewed a stick of gum or used a minty toothpaste, there’s a reasonable chance the spearmint inside is from Dale Thacker’s farm. The southeastern Alberta producer has been growing specialty crops — starting with spearmint and expanding into a host of others — for more than three decades. Most depend on irrigation […] Read more

irrigation equipment

The big two irrigated crops seeing some competition

Forages and cereals still dominate irrigated 
acreage, but oilseeds and specialty crops 
are growing in popularity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Each year, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development publishes a compilation of all 13 of the province’s irrigation districts’ data for the previous year. The latest figures show cereals and forages (pasture, hay and silage crops) still account for two-thirds of the 1,390,000 acres in the districts, but the trend is clear — forage production isn’t […] Read more


Canadian money

Cash advances now available

Reading Time: < 1 minute Cash advances are available for the 2015-16 Advance Payments Program. This year, there are changes to make the program more convenient. The Canadian Canola Growers Association is administering cash advances for 45 commodities, including oilseeds, cereals, pulses, specialty crops, cattle, and hogs. Other changes include the removal of withhold and added flexibility for repaying grain […] Read more