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Alfalfa - New Alfalfa Can Tolerate Diverse Environments Across Canada (2016)

New alfalfa has 'tremendous potential' in the Maritimes, says scientist. 'It can tolerate our diverse environments across Canada,' says Yousef Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos started with 2,000 plants, selected the best 50 and then whittled those down to a single variety. That variety, he said, is drought and flood resistant, high yield and even tolerant of hooves. "I know it can tolerate our diverse environments across Canada," he said in an interview at Agriculture Agri-Food Canada's Kentville research centre. "It's got an advantage. It will have a market here and it will have a market elsewhere."

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Drones Help Island Winery Slash Water Use (2016)

It’s not very often that I come across a new technology that is literally the best solution I have seen to many current agricultural issues. Green Tourism member 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery, located on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley, has just proven how invaluable this new technology is by saving $11,000 over the past four months.

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2016 Corn Silage Hybrid Trial Data is posted on Farmwest

The Pacific Field Corn Association's Silage Corn Hybrid Yield Trials are now complete for 2016. Abbotsford site is seeded early and had 47 entries; Agassiz site is seeded late and had 25 entries; the Interior site had 21 entries. All data tables report the 2016 results and the Long-term average results. 2016 DATA tables.

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Abbotsford Economic Development Strategy - Business Survey

Abbotsford is developing an economic development strategy and wants input from the local business community on challenges and opportunities to doing business in Abbotsford, as well as how to best support local business. A business survey (link and details below) has been developed and is going out all across Abbotsford. Given it's importance to the area's economy, we want to make sure agricultural businesses are part of this conversation.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 for 2016: 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 neighbours. 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 as of October 1. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information regarding manure applications.

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BCFC Field Day September 16

The BC Forage Council, with support from the BC Farm Adaptation Innovator Program, Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund, and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, is pleased to present a field day showcasing on-farm research in the Vanderhoof area as part of our “Demonstrating Innovative Forage Production Practices to Increase Climate Change Adaptation Project”.

Save the date: September 16, 2016

Meet at “18869 Smith Creek Road” Fraser Lake at 9:00 am (Anyone wishing to carpool for the day please meet at Glendale Agra at 8:00 am)

We will travel to three project sites and:

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Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2016: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2016 (April 4, 2016) for the current Advisory. The following Update does not change the Advisory. · Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. · When cropping after corn, cover crops or grassland planted after September 1 should not receive manure unless the need for nitrogen has been proven by a soil test. There is usually enough nitrogen remaining in the soil for a cover crop or newly seeded grass. · Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended unless cover crops are planted and will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. · As the chances of wet and rainy conditions increase in September, guidelines for setbacks for manure spreading increase from 5 m (as per the current advisory) to 8 m from ditches or watercourses. · Plan manure applications to empty storage facilities before the rainy season

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BC Forage Council AGM & Conference

Saturday Sept 17th at the Sandman Inn Board Room, Quesnel, BC
AGM: 10:00 am, Lunch: 12:00 pm (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada)
Conference: 1:00 pm: General Soil Health & Productivity - Dr. Tom Jensen, International Plant Nutrition Institute; Invasive Weeds - Dave Ralph, Project Manager, Invasive Species Council of BC; BCFC Climate Adaptation Project Update - Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, Agrowest Consulting; Financing 101 - Pat Durose, Farm Credit Canada

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BC Forage Council Climate Change Adaptation Project 2014-2017 (2016 Update)

  • Kale as a winter feed source
  • Late season grasses as winter feed and the effect of passive fertilization
  • Forage quality, yield and maturity rates of 6 alfalfa varieties
  • Determine optimum alfalfa seeding rate and seed mix

Kale as a winter feed source. Last year, the farmer grew one variety of kale (late maturing). We found that the kale grew very well and kept its nutritional qualities till late in the season (December 17 – Relative Feed Value of 425).

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Pig manure pavement glue pays off for swine producers

Pig manure can be turned into an adhesive for use in asphalt as a replacement for petroleum-based products. Swine producers can benefit when they dispose of their manure with the engineers who developed the adhesive technology. Bio-Adhesive Alliance is approximately six month from having the first batch of mass-produced adhesive ready for use, said Elham Fini of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ultimately, the process ends up a win-win for farmers.

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