AG Notes

Remove snow on trees

It’s that time of year when a sudden heavy snowfall can damage new trees and shrubs.

Most spruces, pines and firs have flexible branches and shed snow relatively easily, but coniferous trees often have their tops broken by heavy snow.

Trees with a narrow vertical crown, like Swedish poplar, junipers and many shrubs, and with narrow upright branching, are susceptible to damage from wet snow. Pruning is the only option for damaged trees and shrubs. Here are several do’s and don’ts when pruning:

  • Safety — inspect trees for power line contact from a safe distance. If problems are evident, stay away and call the power company.
  • Call a certified arborist to deal with heavy broken branches or large trees.
  • Do not try to use a ladder to remove snow or broken branches.
  • Do a proper pruning that includes three-way cuts of larger branches to remove the heavy weight of the branch.
  • Small branches less than two inches in diameter can be removed with one cut.
  • Putting wound paint or dressing on the cut has no effect.
  • Do not leave any stubs when pruning.
  • Make cuts with sharp tools.

Apple packing technology

The federal government is expected to invest up to $1.75 million to Scotian Gold Cooperative Ltd. to help fund an apple packing facility in Coldbrook, N.S., the largest apple packing and storage operation in Eastern Canada.

The funding will enable the co-operative to expand its Coldbrook facility and buy two upgraded high efficiency production lines.

The company expects sales of Nova Scotia-grown apples to increase in Canada and the U.S.

The Canadian apple industry generated $51 million in exports and more than $220 million in farm gate receipts last year.

B.C. dairy convention planned

The British Columbia Dairy Association plans to hold its annual conference in early December.

Trevor Hargreaves, director of communications with the B.C. Dairy Association, said the conference is about gathering producers together and building a sense of belonging.

A full agenda of relevant topics is also in the works, including a pre-conference meeting on finding fairness in farm transitions.

Industry-focused topics are also planned, such as breeding and managing for healthy, drug free cows and tradition versus innovation in the dairy industry.

The conference runs from Dec. 6-8 in Vancouver.

Harvest of Letter launched

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank has launched its Harvest of Letter campaign to help end global poverty and hunger by influencing public policies.

Canadians are invited to send a personal letter or emails to their members of Parliament to let the federal government know they care about Canada’s role in ending global poverty and enabling people around the world to improve their access to basic needs, such as nutritious food, health and education. 

Canada contributes .26 percent of its gross national income to helping the world’s poorest citizens, which is below what similar countries give (.54 percent) and the global target of .7 percent.

Feedlot of the Year Award

Kolk Farms of Iron Springs, Alta., recently received the 2017 Western Feedlot of the Year Award.

The four-generation, family-owned and operated feedlot have three feeding yards, more than 4,000 acres of dry and irrigated farmland, and a feeding capacity of 18,000 head.

They are one of five feedlots that joined to feed 100,000 cattle designated for the Certified Angus Beef program, which is providing 20 million pounds of beef each year.



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