ARECA partners to bring Operation Pollinator to Alberta.

April 26, 2017 – Leduc, AB – Operation Pollinator is establishing its footprint in Western Canada through a multi-year partnership between ARECA, Manitoba Conservation Districts Association (MCDA), Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA), Syngenta and the Soil Conservation Council of Canada. Operation Pollinator will establish and maintain new pollinator-friendly habitat across the prairies. "Farmer members of ARECA associations are leading the way in sustainable agriculture." says Tom McMillan, Chair of ARECA. "Operation Pollinator is another initiative to promote stewardship on agricultural lands and ARECA is pleased to bring this project to Alberta farms." Operation Pollinator i

Fertilizing isn’t business as usual this year

Unharvested crops mean there’s more nutrients in the soil and if you have to broadcast, there’s a chance to top up the nutrient bank Nutrient management is a challenge even in average years — but a million unharvested acres mean this year will be far from average. Step one is determining available nutrients. In a cereal crop, the vast majority of the nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur and about one-fifth of the potassium taken in by the plant are contained in the grain rather than the straw. Wheat requires 2.2 pounds of nitrogen per bushel, which means a 50-bushel crop contains a total of 110 pounds of nitrogen. In a normal year, approximately 75 of these pounds would be removed in the grain,

Controlled Traffic Farming Summary Reports

The 2016 Controlled Traffic Farming Summary Reports are now available. The five summary reports of the project include: - Soil quality - Infiltration, yield and microbial activity - Economics - On-farm research -Tramline renovation Access the reports and the cooperator stories HERE

Ascochyta Disease Levels on Field Pea Seed and Beneficial Management Practices

Mark Olson, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry There have been a lot questions by growers about ascochyta disease levels on the seed of field pea. This article will address some of those concerns. What is considered a normal or acceptable disease level percentage for ascochyta on field pea seed? Alberta Agriculture and Forestry research has shown a 2-3% infection level is common, however, it is dependent on whether the host, environment and disease are present in that particular field and year. The range of percent infection in our field trials has been 0.1-18.5%. Obviously, the closer the infection level is to zero, the better. At what level of disease should a grower look for a different se

Snowed-in Canola Samples Needed for Research

From the Jan 12, 2017 Issue of Agri-News The Canadian Grain Commission needs samples of canola that has been harvested late due to weather conditions or has been over-wintered. Samples must be from the 2016 crop. As of October 31, 2016, a large number of canola fields in Alberta and Saskatchewan had not been harvested due to snow. The impact of snow on canola quality has not been studied. The Canadian Grain Commission wants to assess the impact of snowed-in and over-wintered canola on the quality of the 2016 crop. This research will help develop an understanding of the impact of this type of weather on the end-use functionality of canola. The results of this research will help ensure the

2016 Annual Report and Research Association Updates

2016 Annual report and Research Association presentations now available. ARECA 2016 Annual Report Battle River Research Group Presentation Chinook Applied Research Association Presentation Foothills Forage and Grazing Association Gateway Research Organization (coming soon) Grey Wooded Forage Association Presentation Lakeland Agriculture Research Association Presentation Mackenzie Applied Research Association (coming soon) North Peace Applied Research Association (Please contact NPARA) Peace Country Beef and Forage Association Presentation

New Version of CropChoice$ Available

The latest edition of CropChoice$ is ready for your use in your crop planning. With the latest data, planning is even more customized to the producer’s current operation. CropChoice$ helps producers choose the best crops for their operation and their bottom line. Cropchoice$ has the latest insurance premiums built into them so that producers can assess their crop insurance decisions. To download a free copy, go to and click on “Decision Making Tools”.

Regional Variety Trial Plot Training

The Agriculture Research and Extension Council of Alberta hosted the RVT Plot training for the 2017 season on April 5th and 6th at the Crop Diversification Centre in Edmonton, AB. There were 35 attendees from across Alberta which gathered to discuss plot design, seeding preparation, fertilizer blending, weed management, equipment, safety, and other topics crucial for trial success. The results from these trials are published annually in the Alberta Seed Guide.

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