Tag: Agriculture & Agri-food Canada

Flax-Fed Cows: Increasing Polyunsaturated Acids in Beef

A few weeks ago, I visited Mike Dugan, meat lipid scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to ask about feeding flax seed to pigs to increase omega-3s in pork, and thus diversify the consumer base.  But, one may ask, where’s the beef? Well, a current study at the Lacombe Research Centre in Alberta is looking at feeding… Read more »

The BioBaler Offers a Mechanical Solution to a Natural Problem

As far as we’ve come over the past 100 years, our progress creates some problems of it’s own. As cities expand and farmland moves into areas previously unpopulated, the natural balance of the local ecosystem is upset. Where natural events and wildlife used to keep things like willow stands from growing unchecked, it’s now up… Read more »

Wheat School – Stripe Rust: “A Different Animal”

Last year proved to be a unique situation for producers in Southern Alberta with regard to stripe rust. An over-wintering of the disease exposed producers to it earlier than usual with damaging results. Given the particularly mild winter across the prairies this year, producers should be on the lookout for stripe rust a lot earlier…. Read more »

Pulse School – Dealing with Herbicide Resistance in your Pulse Crops

Weed control in pulse crops is an area that has to be managed well in order for your crop to reach its potential. Pulse crops are not very competitive once put into the ring with invasive weed species. While they’re not exactly the 98-lb weakling of the agricultural world, they do need the playing field… Read more »

Wheat School – Multiple Applications of Fungicide In Wheat – Are We There Yet?

Managing fusarium has become a fact of life for wheat producers in areas of the west. The disease is a real challenge for producers living in regions that are intensely affected. While there is no one-step solution available to those producers, an integrated approach can provide producers with a high level of management, maintaining yields… Read more »

Wheat School – Three Key Components of Fusarium Head Blight Management

There is no silver bullet solution when it comes to fusarium. The disease is widespread and can be devastating if it’s left unchecked or handled incorrectly. When it comes to management and control of the disease, the best bet any producer has involves an integrated approach. That approach involves three key steps that together give… Read more »