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Producers see benefits of new beef research position

Southern Alberta rancher Craig Lehr is hoping a new research position at the University of Alberta will help make existing and future beef industry research more relevant and more applicable to all segments of the beef industry production chain. Lehr who along with family members operates Short Grass Ranches near Medicine Hat, says a recently […] Read more

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Management can boost pasture production by 80 per cent

Any time you can increase pasture productivity and stocking rate by anywhere even close to 80 per cent, that has to be a management practice delivering value to livestock producers. But that’s the kind of benefit research shows can be achieved by doing a better job of controlling weeds and brush on pasture, according to […] Read more

They are probably not making any CWB magnets anymore. Grab yours before they’re all gone.

A serious start on removing clutter

Aside from the CWB magnets, the next generation is probably taking it all to the dump anyway

A very important lesson and take-home message this month — don’t be afraid to throw away stuff you don’t need. Be ruthless. I am just thankful I don’t own a farm or even an acreage. After doing a pretty serious cleaning of my garage and basement earlier this spring and throwing out stuff (bordering on, […] Read more

How dry is it out there?

I’m not sure if this is one of those “canary in the coal mine” stories, but Reuters news service had an interesting article today on the impact a long-running drought across southern parts of the U.S. is having on the country’s largest reservoir. Lake Mead, east of Las Vegas — a giant reservoir behind the Hoover […] Read more

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A new look for former Farm Progress Show

Virtual show for 2021, and hopefully a live event with a new name in 2022

After a one-year hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-running Saskatchewan-based farm show, now rebranded as Canada’s Farm Show, is back with a packed agenda during a virtual, online two-day event in mid-June. Formerly known as Canada’s Farm Progress Show staged at the Regina exhibition grounds for more than 40 years, Canada’s […] Read more

To hit up problem weeds, such as herbicide-resistant kochia (far left photo), Alberta farmer Dallas Vert applies a post-harvest weed control treatment of Valtera. Last year, Saskatchewan farmer Dallas Leduc’s post-harvest application of Roundup ProActive 360 tank mixed with four ounces of 2,4-D worked well on Canada thistle (middle photo) and narrow-leaved hawk’s beard (right) on his farm.

Zap troublesome weeds in the fall

Whether it works best pre- or post-harvest depends on several factors

A sampling of western Canadian producers, when asked about their fall weed control measures, have most generally agreed that either a pre- or post-harvest herbicide application is a valuable management tool. Most of the farmers contacted leaned toward a post-harvest treatment with a glyphosate product, although there are a number of caveats that come into […] Read more

Mouse plague terrorizes part of Australia

Difficult to win a battle on a pest that reproduces every 21 days (Editor’s Note: I don’t think anything would force me to abandon a farming operation quicker than a mouse plague, but the reality is for producers in parts of south-eastern Australia running away isn’t an option. After three years of drought (dry conditions […] Read more

Another canola crushing project planned for the Prairies

Ceres plans new canola crush plant near its Northgate, SK grain handling terminal.

Two years is long enough, but boy the canola tide has sure turned since early 2019. In May 2019 the Canadian canola industry — canola growers, buyers and processors — was wringing its hands trying to figure out where to market the Canadian canola crop after China put a freeze on imports that affected about […] Read more

News and events for Western Canada livestock producers

Get a new APP, prepare for coming AGM, book dates for fall conference

NEW APP FROM ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS The Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Daily app is now available to download for Apple and Android devices. Top three reasons to download the app: Stay up-to-date: With direct access to ABP Daily, it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the beef industry. Keep an eye on the markets:The latest cattle […] Read more

Good message about potentially dry growing season

A borrowed quote: “It will rain again and when it does we will be glad to get it”. 

((Editor’s Note: Heading into the 2021 grazing season, here are some wise words from Larry Wegner, chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grazing Association.)  On-Farm Thoughts:  Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) Chair Larry Wegner farms near Virden, Manitoba with wife Rosemary and sons Max and Herbert. The Wegner family has been advocates of regenerative […] Read more