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Lower Mainland Growers see more Spotted Wing Drosophila

by Ronda Payne February 16, 2016

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) has been harassing Lower Mainland berry growers for five years and Tracy Hueppelsheuser, entomologist, Plant and Animal Health Branch with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, noted that 2015 was an even more exceptional year for the persistent pest.

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Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada (AAFC 2014)

Pollinators are animals, mostly insects, and primarily bees, but also birds and bats and a few other animals that help plants produce fruit and seed. Pollinators transfer pollen between the male and female parts of flowers more or less accidentally while they are collecting food in the form of pollen and nectar. We say “more or less accidentally” because it turns out that in the long run, doing so is beneficial to both the pollinators and the plants.

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Seed Company Brochures

Seed company brochures, forage seed product guides, corn guides, corn prices and turf seed product guides are listed here.
http://www.farmwest.com/seed-company-brochures

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Video - Producing Renewable Energy from Cow Manure

The Inside Scoop on Manure - Delta residents Darrell & Linda Mott visit their farming neighbour Jerry Keulen to learn how Seabreeze Farm converts manure and organic consumer waste into renewable energy and high quality fertilizer.  (Seabreeze Farm, Delta, BC) https://youtu.be/

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New Sustainable Ranching Enterprise Diploma at TRU in Williams Lake

The Ministry of Advanced Education will provide Thompson Rivers University with one-time funding of $154,000 for developing a proposed new Applied Sustainable Ranching Enterprise Diploma program in Williams Lake. The two-year program aims to give individuals the skills to develop a sustainable ranching enterprise by examining best practices in business strategy, financial management, operations, marketing and enterprise diversification. It addresses the needs of the local ranching environment with a focus on sustainable management of natural resources and building resilience into ranching enterprises both at home and abroad. An advisory committee of ranching representatives from the Cariboo region ensured the program was built by industry, for industry.

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Agriculture research needs to focus on future challenges

The institute said rising population, climate change and the need to find 
alternatives to fossil fuels are priorities Canada needs a forward-looking agriculture research policy to help feed a burgeoning global population, cope with climate change and develop alternatives to fossil fuels, says the Agriculture Institute of Canada. It has released a proposal to create a strong scientific base that “will be the primary source of innovation and productivity enhancements needed to meet these future challenges,” says AIC CEO Serge Buy.

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BC Agricultural Fencing Handbook

This factsheet lists agricultural fencing information for planning and constructing both electric and non-electric fences for livestock control, crop protection and special purposes.

For specific needs, individual factsheets may be obtained.

All the factsheets listed make up the B.C. Agricultural Fencing Handbook binder of information ( Order # 307.000-0 ).

CLICK HERE to access document.

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Irrigation Project PHOTOS

Irrigation Project Overview: The adaptation goal is to identify optimal combinations of irrigation triggers, irrigation saturation, and nitrogen fertilizer levels to increase crop yields and improve nitrogen fertilizer uptake.  We are also comparing traditional vacuum-gauge tensiometer probes with electronic tensiometer probes.  Tensiometer probes installed at various depths indicate soil moist

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BCFC Project: Demonstrating Innovative Forage Production Practices to Increase Climate Change Adaptation (2014-2017)

Project Summary:  This project will assist in the development of on-farm adaptations focused on producing high quality forage under a variety of conditions.  Through the development of a weather station network within the production area, the evaluation of production techniques using on-farm trials, and the creation of a manual for conducting on-farm trials, this project seeks to increase the info

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PFCA PROJECT: STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE FORAGE YIELD AND QUALITY WHILE ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE (2015-2018)

Project Summary:  This project will help the dairy sector and other producers of forages in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island by providing a modern tool-kit of practical adaptive management strategies to improve yield and quality of the forage crops under future scenarios of changing climate and increasingly variable weather. Efficient forage production is at the heart of profitable cattle operations.

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