Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Oct 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Oct 31

High: 11 ºC

Fri PM
Oct 31

Low: 4 ºC
POP: 60%

Nov 01

High: 12 ºC

Nov 02

High: 11 ºC
Low: 6 ºC
POP: 30%

Nov 03

High: 13 ºC
Low: 8 ºC

Nov 04

High: 13 ºC
Low: 9 ºC


Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2014: South Coast Region

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised. In the coming week, there is a high probability of more rain falling on soils that are already wet*. However, some fields have not had their last cut yet due to a warm fall. Careful manure application is advisable on these fields before November 4 only if they are trafficable and well-drained AND if there is less than 10 mm of rain forecast for your area in the 72 hours following application.

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BC Forage Council seeking Project Consultant

The BC Forage Council is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to complete a project entitled: “Demonstrating innovative forage production practices to increase climate change adaptation”. This 2 ½ year project will use farm-scale forage demonstration sites to increase producer adaptive capacity to overcome limitations from adverse growing conditions and to maximize economic returns.

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CleanFARMS British Columbia - Obsolete Collection Campaign

CleanFARMS has organized an unwanted pesticide collection for regions of B.C. for the fall of 2014. The program provides B.C. agriculture producers the opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted, obsolete pesticides, free of charge. Commercial and restricted pesticides from farms, greenhouses, golf courses, the turf industry, landscape companies and vegetative management industries will be accepted.

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Individual housing of dairy calves leads to learning deficits (2014)

Want smarter cows? Try raising calves with social companions. A new study completed at the UBC Dairy Centre has shown that individual housing of calves during the milk-feeding period results in learning difficulties. These cognitive deficits help explain the delay these calves show in adapting to new technology like automated feeders.

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October UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2014: South Coast Region

It is not necessarily a good idea, or acceptable, for you to apply manure on your field just because a neighbour is applying manure. Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (September 2, 2014) to learn about the field-specific factors to consider before applying manure. Remember that field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1. The next full Advisory, (advising against further manure applications this fall and winter) is expected to be released within the next 4 weeks.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2014: 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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Glyphosate-resistant weed marching north

A weed that has devastated cotton and soybean crops in the southern U.S. has crept into South Dakota, 500 kilometres from the Canadian border.
 North Dakota State University weed scientists reported this summer that Palmer amaranth, which can grow to four metres in height and can have a stem the diameter of a baseball bat, is moving into the Northern Plains. Jason Norsworthy, a University of Arkansas weed scientist, said the U.S./Canada border will not halt the northward march of Palmer amaranth.
 “It’s not going to be long before you see it in southern portions of Canada,” Norsworthy said to Harvest Public Media in the U.S.

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VIDEO: Perspectives on Wintertime Nitrogen Losses (2014)

Video:  Perspectives on Wintertime Nitrogen Losses
Dr. Shabtai Bittman, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC, Canada

Fall applied manure N is both conserved and lost over winter - which is right?  Dr. Shabtai Bittman proposes that to manage nitrogen on land and on farms, farmers must take into account the LEAKY PIPE model.

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VIDEO: Forage Production and Management (based on the book: "Cool Forages") (2014)

The experts from have released a new comprehensive guide to forage production entitled "Cool Forages: Advanced Management of Temperate Forages". The guide has information on everything from selecting new forage varieties, maximizing manure as a fertilizer, feeding of seasonal forages, to predicting forage quality. Co-author, Dr. Shabti Bittman, talks about the secrets to forage management and how to maximize your production. Click here to watch video.

Date: February 20, 2014

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