Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Apr 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Sat
Apr 19

High: 10 ºC
 
 

Sat PM
Apr 19

 
Low: 7 ºC
POP: 60%

Sun
Apr 20

High: 13 ºC
 
POP: 30%

Mon
Apr 21

High: 16 ºC
Low: 9 ºC
POP: 40%

Tue
Apr 22

High: 14 ºC
Low: 8 ºC
 

Wed
Apr 23

High: 15 ºC
Low: 6 ºC
POP: 60%

 

PFCA Looking to Hire Student Intern

The Pacific Field Corn Association is looking for 2 interns qualified for the Science Horizons Internship program.

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April UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2014: South Coast Region

Continue to refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 (March 10, 2014). Do you know the nutrient content of your manure? You can find a lab that will analyze your farm’s manure for total nutrient contents that will vary somewhat from the averages (Table 1). Find a list of laboratories here: http://goo.gl/ntuZqP A fraction of the total nutrients has fertilizer value in the year of application, particularly in the case of nitrogen. Another fraction has fertilizer value in subsequent years. For general information about how large the fractions are, see Question 4 in the Q & A document here (http://goo.gl/rqdEjz).

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B.C. animal health centre expertise endorsed

British Columbia’s state-of-the-art animal health lab in Abbotsford has received accreditation from an international organization that recognizes B.C. and the lab’s excellence in veterinary diagnostic testing, Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm announced today.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2014: South Coast Region

Well-planned manner applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, or have well-established grasses. Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events to avoid nutrient runoff and leaching. Please check your local weather forecast and see the next page for more information. Avoid manure applications on wet areas or saturated soils. Some fields will dry more quickly than others. Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation. Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application(s) and storage.

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BC Forage Council Releases Forage Export Report

The BC Forage Council initiated a project to examine the forage production and export potential in BC’s Central Interior. The work was prompted in part by the hay surplus in the area following a decade-long downturn in the beef industry. Also, the recent construction of two hay compression plants near Vanderhoof has created an opportunity for increased export of hay to China, Japan and other countries. The project objectives were: 1). to identify production potential, opportunities, and challenges related to hay production for the domestic and export markets in the BC's Central Interior; 2). to provide information to help support producer decision-making around hay production for the domestic and export markets; and 3). to assess the potential impacts of a Central Interior export hay industry on other agriculture sectors.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2014: South Coast Region

It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if: T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200*; Soil temperature is greater than 5oC; Crop is actively growing (for established crops only); and Expected precipitation and manure applications will not create nutrient runoff to surface water or leaching below the root zone. Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation. Field stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive. Check the Farmwest T-Sum to find the current T-sum value for your location. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application and storage.

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Follow your T-Sum Value on Farmwest

T-Sum is a method to determine when to make the first application of nitrogen fertilizer in spring. The 'T-Sum' value is the accumulated mean daily temperatures (in °C) above zero, starting on January 1 (below-zero temperatures are ignored). For example, if the mean daily temperatures for a 5-day period were 6, 3, 0, 1, and -4°C, the 'T-Sum' total is 10. The 'T-Sum' concept assumes that rate of spring growth is related to accumulated mean temperature. Select the T-Sum calculator on the top corner of the Farmwest homepage to view the T-sum graph of your area.

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NLOS Model Web Interface

NLOS is a dynamic soil Nitrogen simulation model for agricultural conditions with a daily time step. The model uses climate data, soil information and management factors such as crop type, tillage, irrigation, fertilization and application of organic compounds entered by the user. NLOS simulates the major soil processes involved in the N-cycle of agricultural soils: nitrification, denitrification, volatilization, mineralization, immobilization, runoff losses, crop uptake and leaching.

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The 3rd Annual Islands Agriculture Show February 7 & 8, 2014

The 3rd Annual Islands Agriculture Show will be held on February 7th & 8th, 2014 at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, Duncan, BC ... Celebrating the International Year of Family Farming. The Islands Agriculture Show is the largest agriculture event on Vancouver Island. This year’s show will include an entirely new lineup of conference speakers, stage activities and learning opportunities. There are 13 conference sessions to choose from and speaker topics are listed on the Agenda.

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Locally Produced Craft Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits for Sale at BC Farmers' Markets

The British Columbia Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) is pleased to announce that in the near future, locally produced craft beer, wine, cider and spirits will be allowed for sale at BC Farmers' Markets.

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