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Updated: Sep 04, 2015 at 12:02 PM

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 for 2015: South Coast Region

Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended. Manure should not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. Buffer width should be increased for slopes greater than 5% and/or if the potential for runoff exists. Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion. Reminder that field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.

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Slurry Manure Injector Developed at AAFC in Agassiz (2015)

The purpose of the injector is to test the concept developed by Derek Hunt and Shabtai Bittman at AAFC in Agassiz to use dairy slurry to replace the ‘starter’ commercial fertilizer typically used for corn. The injectors are set to corn-row space, and designed to deliver a constant rate of manure; the corn is planted as close as possible to the injection furrow a few days later by following the tire tracks. Our research has shown that dairy slurry placed close to corn roots will provide sufficient nutrients to fully replace commercial starter fertilizer. The farmer saves money and avoids overloading the soil with nutrients. Our technique has been adopted in northern Germany, confirmed by researchers in the Netherlands and undergoing evaluation in Denmark.

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Climate Forecasts

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society has recently issued its climate forecasts for the coming four seasons. It is available at: http://iri.columbia.edu/our-expertise/climate/forecasts/seasonal-climate...

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Ammonia Tunnels at AAFC Agassiz - (2015 update)

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(L-R) Derek Hunt, Allen Dobb, Dr. Shabtai Bittman. 

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Enhancing soil infiltration reduces gaseous emissions and improves N uptake from applied dairy slurry (2009)

Rapid infiltration of liquid manure into the soil reduces emissions of ammonia (NH3) into the atmosphere. This study was undertaken to assess the effects of two low-cost methods of assisting infiltration of applied dairy slurry on emissions of NH3, nitrous oxide (N2O), and on crop N uptake. The two methods were removing of solids by settling-decantation to make the manure less viscous and mechanically aerating the soil.

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Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Agassiz, BC

The Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre was created in 1886 as an experimental farm and by 1900 was well known for its collection of more than 3,000 varieties of plants and fruit trees. Over the last 100 years research at the centre has included new varieties of fruits, vegetables and forages, with a focus on dairy cattle nutrition beginning in 1986, and the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre being established in 1998. Today, research at Agassiz also includes small fruits, greenhouse vegetables, special crops and forages; soil resource conservation and land evaluation.

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Small Square Bales for Sale in Lytton

Nice horse hay for sale, small square bales - 65 lbs no rain $8.00/bale; Some rain $6.00/bale; Cow hay $5.00/bale. Click here to read entire ad.

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AAFC scientist at Agassiz Research Centre appointed to Order of Canada

Dr. Dave Gillespie of Chilliwack was been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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Cow Comfort at Calving (2015)

Anyone who works in the dairy industry will be aware that there is tremendous variation in maternity pen design. Part of the reason for this variability is a lack of research on what types of environments are best for the cow while she is giving birth. Research at UBC has now recruited the cows’ help in designing more appropriate maternity pens, by conducting a series of ‘preference’ experiments in which we allow the cows to vote with their feet. Below we describe the results of three different preference experiments designed to determine what features are important in the design of maternity pens.

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