Tag: Agriculture Canada

Expanded Canadian Beef Export Capacity to China Announced

China has approved four additional Canadian beef facilities that will now be able to export beef to China, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced today. The newly approved establishments will increase the Canadian export capacity for beef in a market estimated by the industry to be worth approximately $20 million… Read more »

Beef Research School: Safe Transport & Positive Outcomes for Cattle

Moving livestock safely, even short distances, requires the right type of trailer, skilled handlers and an informed plan for transport length and conditions. In order to ensure Canadian cattle are being handled with positive outcomes in mind, we need scientifically-informed guidelines for what appropriate travel durations and conditions are. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, an Agriculture and… Read more »

Pulse School – Pulse Management – The Weed Free Period, Seeding Rates & Dry Down Products

Spray timing, plant population and desiccants are very important elements to manage when it comes to weed control and the proper development of your pulse crop. According to Weed Biologist Eric Johnson of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, producers should start to plan weed control 2 to 3 years ahead. What that means is that in… Read more »

Why Was Tom Wolf’s Spray Technology Research Cut By the Federal Government?

Recently it was announced that Tom Wolf’s research program will be cut completely by Ag Canada.  The reaction from agronomists, manufacturers and farmers has been quite strong.  So strong that some of the industry associations are trying to save the program. When word got out tweets started to fly just like this one. Tom Wolf’s… Read more »

Canola School – The Relationship of Chem Fallow and Glyphosate Resistance

The issue of herbicide resistance is something producers will have to continue to be vigilant about. Careful consideration needs to go into the “when” “how” and “what” to use of your individual weed control strategy. That strategy in turn needs to be balanced with a good sense of corporate responsibility about producer issues like herbicide… Read more »

FarmTech 2012 – Looking Ahead to Potential Pest Problems In Alberta

Assessing risk is a crucial part of any producer’s pest control strategy. If you don’t know what to look for or how to look for it, you are setting yourself up for some potentially costly problems. That risk assessment starts with a good knowledge of the previous year including hotspots for activity, and overall movement… Read more »

Wheat School: Conditions are Right for Fusarium in Alberta – Kelly Turkington

In this episode of the Wheat School, we talk to Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Plant Pathologist Kelly Turkington about the elevated risk of fusarium in parts of Alberta. Fusarium in Alberta is nothing new, however, weather conditions in Alberta in June and July have made the potential for infection that much greater. That abundance of… Read more »

Wheat School – Perfect Storm Scenario for Stripe Rust Threat – Dr. Denis Gaudet

Stripe rust is one of those diseases that has been around for a while, but hasn’t really been that much of a threat. A few new developments with regards to the disease may have changed that. Firstly, resistance to stripe rust in one variety of winter wheat was found to be ineffective. Second, the disease… Read more »

Canola School- Potential for Major Flea Beetle Damage in 2011- Dr Julie Soroka

When the conditions are right, flea beetles move quickly and devastate quickly. The bugs are the most chronically damaging insect pest of canola in Western Canada. They inflict the most damage on canola at the seedling stage, inhibiting proper plant growth and delaying maturity. They will feed on more mature plants, but canola at later… Read more »