Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Sep 20, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Sep 20

High: 14 ºC
Perc: 1 mm

Wed PM
Sep 20

Low: 7 ºC

Sep 21

High: 17 ºC
Low: 7 ºC

Sep 22

High: 19 ºC
Low: 7 ºC

Sep 23

High: 18 ºC
Low: 8 ºC

Sep 24

High: 18 ºC
Low: 9 ºC


True Armyworm 4. Pest Alert September 7, 2017

True Armyworm second generation larvae have been observed severely damaging grass hay and forage corn in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver lsland. General locations confirmed with heavy larvae feeding and damage to grass hay on Vancouver Island include Saanich, Duncan, Chemainus, Port Alberni, Comox, Courtenay, Black Creek. Fraser Valley locations seeing damage on grass fields and forage corn: Delta, Abbotsford, Sumas, Chilliwack, Deroche. Scout your fields for larvae activity. If you can easily find larvae, the damage threshold has been reached, and management options should be considered. Significant foliage loss can occur in a few days, either in spots, edges, or throughout a whole field. Moist, lusher areas are preferred, i.e. low areas, shady, and greener areas. Larvae will move to new feeding sites en masse once an area is consumed. They can be seen on roads and in yards, searching for new feeding areas. Significant damage can happen quickly, within a few days. 

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2017: South Coast Region

The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising careful manure application for select fields. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change.

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True Armyworm 3. Confirmed in Abbotsford Grass Hay Fields August 2017

True Armyworms have been confirmed in Abbotsford grass hay fields. Growers should check hay fields for armyworms (caterpillars) not only on Vancouver Island, but also in the Fraser Valley.

For more information: Tracy Hueppelsheuser Entomologist, Plant and Animal Health Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
Phone: 604-556-3031

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True Armyworm 2. Update August 28, 2017

It is time to scout for armyworm larvae (caterpillars) in the lush regrowth of the grass fields. Check in areas near or adjacent to the earlier armyworm-damaged fields. Moths will be looking for lush green growing grass to lay new eggs in August. Larvae will be feeding now in those areas. Scout by laying down a ruler or meter stick, and estimating a square foot or quarter meter square and count the larvae you see feeding in the grass. You will need to be down on your knees where you can look closely for larvae up to 1.5 cm long (3/4 inch). Do the first count this week, and then count again in one week. If, on average, more than 5 larvae per square foot are found, you can expect damage from feeding to the grass crop. Do counts in several locations (at least 20) in a field each time before deciding if and where to treat. It may be that only edges or part of a field need to be treated, as the population may be localized or spotty. Armyworm larvae may be green or darker, and have a brown or mottled head capsule. We do not expect to see as many as in July, but is worth counting larvae in areas of concern to know for sure what is happening in the fields.

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True Armyworm 1. Information for BC Growers July 2017

True Armyworm (Mythimna unipuncta, formerly Pseudaletia unipuncta) is a North American insect in the family Noctuidae which is introduced annually, in April, to southern Canada on wind currents from the southern USA and Mexico. Southern areas of Manitoba and Ontario do experience outbreaks of this pest periodically.

Hosts: grass crops, including cereals, forage, and corn are the primary hosts, but true armyworm larvae will feed on broad leaved plants as well, included peas and canola.

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Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

You were sure to notice the drop in heat during Monday's eclipse.  A new solar radiation sensor installed by Environment and Climate Change Canada at the AAFC Agassiz Research and Development Centre picks up the drop in heat.  The graph below shows the solar radiation by the minute for August 21, 2017 in Agassiz, B.C.

 solar radiation

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Support available for ranchers impacted by British Columbia wildfires

The B.C. government is continuing to work with the Government of Canada to ensure B.C. ranchers have access to either existing or new programs as part of the overall response to the devastating wildfires in the province’s Interior. The potential impact is severe as B.C. ranchers have an estimated 30,000 animals within the boundaries of the wildfire-affected areas. The number of confirmed livestock injuries and losses is not available yet as the ongoing emergency response continues. Once the information is available, the B.C.

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Corn Rootworm 2017.3 - It's time to check your corn fields for rootworm damage so plans can be made for management/rotation next year (2017)

Lodging, tipping over, instability or ‘goosenecking’ is evident now in fields with rootworm.

corn damage


The photo below shows severe rootworm larvae damage to roots.  Brace roots are completely destroyed and larvae are present on plant crown. 

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Corn Rootworm 2017.4 - Flight is taking off this week August 8, 2017

Corn rootworm flight is really taking off this week in Sumas and south Abbotsford and probably elsewhere. There are loads of beetles flying; they are really active in some locations. Corn silks are getting snipped, leaves look bleached out from feeding, and nearby flowers seem to be aggregation places for beetles, in particular, in melon flowers. The beetles seem to like eating red-root pigweed.

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Climate Data Report: "Climate Change - The Need for Adaptation"

Recommendations for Producers
Although 1 year of data is not enough to develop concrete recommendations for producers in the Vanderhoof area, if the climate patterns recored in 2016 continue there will need to be changes to cropping systms in order to remain competitive. Some operational options and future research considerations for producer are listed below:

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