Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Feb 21, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Tue PM
Feb 21

 
Low: 1 ºC
Perc: 2 mm

Wed
Feb 22

High: 6 ºC
Low: -2 ºC
Perc: 2 mm

Thu
Feb 23

High: 6 ºC
Low: -2 ºC
Perc: 1 mm

Fri
Feb 24

High: 6 ºC
Low: -3 ºC
 

Sat
Feb 25

High: 8 ºC
Low: -2 ºC
 

 

Centrifuge Nutrient Separation Study OPEN HOUSE at Cedarbrink Dairy, Chilliwack

Thursday, March 16 11am - 3pm

Learn how centrifuge separation technology could fit into your dairy operation to improve phosphorus management, lower transportation costs or align with potential future regulations.  Manure + separation = phosphorus management.

  • Preliminary centrifuge separation results from other B.C. dairy farms
  • FREE BBQ lunch, including milk, coffee and tea
  • FREE give-a-ways

 

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February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2016: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2016 (November 7, 2016) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.” T-Sum values, a sum of daily mean temperatures above 0°C, for the region are listed below. With a colder than average winter, values are lower than last year and the historical average. It will likely take longer than previous years for established grass fields to benefit from manure spreading. Watch the T-Sum for your area increase at Farmwest.com. The T-Sum is one factor used to determine appropriate timing for the first manure application on grass fields. More importantly, however, decisions about the first manure application should consider the overall risks of runoff from the field, not just the state of the grasses. On some but not all fields, conditions will be suitable for manure application before T-Sum reaches 200. On other fields, conditions will not be suitable even after T-Sum reaches 200 (e.g. if fields are still saturated from rains).

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Organic Hay for Sale

Region: 
Comments: 
1st and 2nd cut large square bales and 1st cut small bales Certified Organic
Price: 
$7.00 small bales $170/ton 1st cut $230/ton 2nd cut
Location: 
Creston
Daytime Phone: 
250-428-5691
Contact: 
Paul Meekes

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PEST ALERT!! Western Corn Rootworm in B.C. (Jan 2017)

Western Corn Rootworm (WCRW), Diabrotica virgifera, Family: Chrysomelidae, a major corn pest, was confirmed in the central and eastern Fraser Valley in August 2016. Surveying in August and September revealed varying levels of infestation in fields, in both silage corn and sweet corn. WCRW has also been confirmed in a dahlia crop adjacent to corn fields.

western corn root worm adult beetle

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Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2016: South Coast Region

The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower air temperatures, the increased potential of significant rain events, and lack of vegetative cover and/or reduced nutrient uptake of cover crops. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change. In general, manure application on any crops is not advised until further notice. See below for advice on avoiding overflowing manure pits. Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading, but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution. Please read the entire advisory for details and important informationt to assist producers with decision-making about manure application.

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Western Corn Rootworm in British Columbia - presentation November 2016

by Tracy Hueppelsheuser and Susan Smith, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture
November 2016

Western Corn Rootworm is a major corn pest in the midwest and eastern North America

It causes significant damage by:

  • Larvae feed on roots (spring and early summer) causing lodging and limits growth and tonnage.
  • Adults feed on silks (July-Sept) which limits pollination and cob development
  • Adults fly and search for pollen—will damage flower crops (i.e. dahlias)

First detection in B.C. was confirmed August 10, 2016 in Sumas Prairie.

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Applied Sustainable Ranching Program Starts January 23, 2017

Do you want to work in a beautiful landscape to learn about carbon nerutral ranching and land management practices with a focus on innovation, reducing stress on livestock, and financial & environmental sustainability? Apply to Thompson Rivers University.

Students use technology based learning to study from their home ranches or mentor ranches and only drive to campus once a week reducing fuel consumption and carbon footprint. Learning from upwards of 30 farms and ranches in our region allows us to understand the common thread of resilience that runs through the community.

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