Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Mar 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Sun PM
Mar 29

Low: 10 ºC

Mar 30

High: 17 ºC
Low: 7 ºC

Mar 31

High: 12 ºC

Apr 01

High: 11 ºC
Low: 6 ºC
POP: 60%

Apr 02

High: 13 ºC
Low: 5 ºC


Planning for Pollinator Conservation on the West Coast

A One Day Workshop On Planning for Pollinator Conservation on the West Coast  - A Hands-on Participative Workshop Sunday, July 19.
Read about the importance of this new technology to create The New Pollination Story on the west coast and how we are poised to have it succeed.

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Maximizing the Nutritive Value of Forages (AAFC Fact Sheet 2015)

Feeding forages cut in the afternoon can increase milk yield by up to 8% in dairy cows! Forages are a key part of the beef and dairy value chains. A clear link between forage quality and beef or milk production indicates the value of forages and the importance of enhancing the nutritive value of forages. Optimizing forage nutritive value can increase profitability for producers.

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Info Session: BASc Sustainable Agriculture at Kwantlen University (March 16th at 7pm)

Join us at a free Info Session for our BASc Sustainable Agriculture on Monday March 16th at 7pm in room 1820 of the KPU Richmond campus.

Learn about:

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BC Forage Council AGM

The BC Forage Council will hold its AGM on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm. Please email if you would like to attend.

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March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 2015: South Coast Region

Date: March 2, 2015

Reminder: It is acceptable to apply manure with certain precautions including a buffer width of 8 meters (26 feet) between the application area and sensitive areas and watercourses including ditches.  Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2015 (Feb 13, 2015) for more information and the complete advisory. The recommended buffer width distance will decrease towards the end of March.

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Weathering the Coming Change

For more than 30 years, Jerry Keulen has farmed the fertile soils next to Boundary Bay. A second generation Delta farmer, Keulen runs Seabreeze Dairy Farm, where he grows forage grass and corn on his 60-hectare property, in addition to his dairy cows. But as he looks upon the dike that skirts his property, he says he knows change is coming. “Climate change,” he says. “The big concern is if the sea level rises, we’re in trouble. So how are we going to protect ourselves?”

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Views from the sky - exploring the use of drones in crop production

Does using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) make sense for your crop operation? UAVs, also called drones or unmanned aerial systems, are available as fixed-wing types, like little airplanes, or rotor types, like little helicopters. They are catching the attention of Prairie crop growers and specialists who want to see how well they work for crop scouting and field mapping, and how the costs compare to the benefits. In Alberta, a project is underway to evaluate the use of UAVs to generate field maps to help in making decisions on weed and disease management. Dr. Chris Neeser, a weed research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD), is leading the project. He wants to develop a set of procedures for acquiring and processing high-resolution UAV imagery and to assess the usefulness and economics of this tool. To map a field, the UAV flies over the field in parallel passes and takes photos at regular intervals. Imagery software is then used to stitch all the photos together to create a map of the whole field.

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Electric Fence Installation: Everything from Purchase to "Power Up"

Once you have determined where the fence can be located on your property, map out the intended location of the fence. Look for potential geographical issues, like hills, densely wooded areas, or high brush that will need to be dealt with or avoided. Measure the perimeter of the fence line and determine how many wires of fencing you want your fence to have. When you are prepared with a detailed outline of your fence, you can proceed to purchasing the electric fence materials and charger that you will need. Remember, grounding rods need to be installed within 3 to 10 feet of each other, and you will also need connectors and insulators to make your fence complete. Spend time calculating the wire length of your fence so you can be sure to purchase a fence charger that is appropriate.

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What is T-Sum?

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.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2015: 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, Nutrient loss risks are greatest on poorly-drained fields at this time. *Please see below for new guidance on interpreting your weather forecast. 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.

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