Ag Notes

Manitoba seeding deadline extended

Deadline for seeding winter and fall rye has been extended 15 days in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp. said it made the decision after consulting with Winter Cereals Manitoba and cereal crop specialists with Manitoba Agriculture in July.

Producers will receive full coverage if winter wheat or fall rye crops are seeded from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25 and reduced coverage if seeded from Sept. 26-30.

The seeding date changes will be in effect for winter wheat and fall rye seeded in 2020 and harvested in 2021.

Next year’s AgriInsurance contract will be amended to reflect the changes.

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High schools partner with college

Two more school divisions have signed on to Olds College’s dual credit program for Alberta high school students in the 2020-21 school year.

Prairie Rose School Division and Holy Spirit Catholic School Division will join 19 other school divisions in the province already partnered with Olds College in the dual credit program.

The program offers students a chance to explore potential career paths, while providing them with course credit at high school and post-secondary levels.

Olds College is also offering new online courses within the dual credit program.

Of the 11 online courses, four are available in hospitality and tourism, two are in horticulture, two in agriculture techgronomy, two in animal sciences and one in land and water.

Registration has increased from 159 students last academic year to about 300 students this year.

U of S research receives funding

Seven University of Saskatchewan research teams have been awarded more than $1.2 million from the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund for laboratories and equipment.

The federal funding is expected to advance research in areas ranging from agriculture to quantum physics.

More than half the funding will support research into environmental sustainability and agriculture:

  • Improving crop productivity by using isotopes to analyze soil, which will help producers use fertilizers more efficiently and soil more sustainably
  • Enriching microbe diets to better digest oil spills by identifying the fatty acids and phosphorus compounds best suited to stimulate soil microbes that feed on hydrocarbons
  • Creating alternative methods of insect management by examining how plants, insects, and microbes interact. By examining species not native or common to Canada that threaten Canadian crops, researchers will develop new methods of pest management and resistant plant varieties in advance of any need.

Other projects will support research into human health and developing new materials.

Cattle producer innovation studied

Following a two-year pilot program, the Rancher Researcher Expansion Project has been recruiting ranchers for the three-year project that looks to measure the impact of innovations adopted by cattle producers.

Using eight ranchers in central and southern Alberta, the pilot’s goal was to address gaps in the flow of information between ranchers and the scientific community.

Innovations used in the pilot included using drone technology to check cows, pastures and fences. Another innovation was DNA EnVigourHX herd management and DNA testing for sire and progeny performance.

Participants also tried sustainable pasture rejuvenation, paperless cow-calf and feedlot management software, a Bluetooth-enabled scale system, pasture management software, herd management software, nose-flap weaning of calves and sustainable watering sites.

The new program will duplicate it on a larger scale with producer associations around the province.

Each of the associations involved selects two ranchers and works with them on innovations that they want to apply to their operations.

Each rancher has access to a maximum $2,000 to put toward the adoption of a technology new to their operation.

The rancher needs to provide the necessary matching dollars — 50 percent for expense items or 80 percent for capital items.


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