The area near Hilda, Alta., that burned last fall in a wildfire is no longer black but damage to pasture and cropland remains evident. | File photo

Alberta ag minister visits the big burn

Producers near Hilda, Alta., tell Oneil Carlier that recovery from last year’s wildfire has begun, but it will be slow

The area near Hilda, Alta., that burned last fall in a wildfire is no longer black but damage to pasture and cropland remains evident. Andy Kirschenman, whose family sustained crop, equipment and building losses in the fire, including his parents’ home, said recovery has begun but it will be slow. “It’s hurt, you can tell,” […] Read more

Agriculture Canada research scientist Syama Chatterton said dry conditions this year have not been conducive to growing diseases in her pea disease nursery at Lethbridge.  |  Barb Glen photo

Pea diseases elude southern Alta. researchers

No one in the crowd visibly winced when Agriculture Canada research scientist Syama Chatterton explained her team’s goal for field pea plots. “We’re trying to get as many diseases as possible.” Inoculating crops with common diseases is necessary to identify lines with resistance. Chatterton told those at a recent Farming Smarter “plot hop” that she […] Read more

Rob Graf, winter wheat breeder with Agriculture Canada, discusses his research work June 7 during a  plot hop organized by the Farming Smarter applied research group.  |  Barb Glen photo

Winter wheat stands out against ‘wimpy’ spring wheat

Rob Graf likes winter wheat. And he admires it. The Agriculture Canada wheat breeder has been working on new varieties from the Lethbridge Research Centre for 19 years. “I could never go back to breeding spring wheat. Spring wheat is just a wimpy little plant. Winter wheat is where it’s at,” he told those at […] Read more


David, left, and Dyce Bolduc say they are honoured to be recognized for their work helping to improve the Angus breed.  |  Photo supplied by Canadian Angus

Award winning breeders explore DNA testing

Alberta ranch is the inaugural recipient of the Certified Angus Beef Canadian Commitment to Excellence Award 


When Dyce Bolduc bought three Angus females at a sale in 1967, it was a way to assert his independence. He didn’t know then that it was the start of a 51-year career in Angus cattle and the start of the Cudlobe Angus operation that he and his brother, David, built on a ranch near […] Read more

New winter wheat varieties outlined

Elevate, Wildfire and Goldrush are among the newer varieties of winter wheat that stem from Agriculture Canada wheat breeding efforts. Wheat breeder Rob Graf outlined some of the varieties’ attributes June 7 during a plot hop organized by Lethbridge-based Farming Smarter. Elevate Registered in 2014, Elevate was an attempt to find a variety suitable for […] Read more


The area near Hilda, Alta., that burned last fall in a wildfire is no longer black but damage to pasture and cropland remains evident. | File photo

Alberta ag minister visits the big burn

The area near Hilda, Alta., that burned last fall in a wildfire is no longer black but damage to pasture and cropland remains evident. Andy Kirschenman, whose family sustained crop, equipment and building losses in the fire, including his parents’ home, said recovery has begun but it will be slow. “It’s hurt, you can tell,” […] Read more

Michael Walter walks his irrigation equipment across one of the vegetable gardens at the Cayley Hutterite colony.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Yes, Hutterites do pay taxes

Hutterites and Hutterite colonies pay income taxes. In fact, they often pay more than their non-Hutterite farming neighbours. “It’s a very common myth,” said MNP regional managing partner and certified professional accountant Gord Tait. “The biggest myth … is that Hutterites don’t pay income tax or that they pay significantly less than others. “It is […] Read more

Adam Stanford explains a do-it-yourself version of a soil sensor that would likely be affordable for most producers. He presented an example at a June 7 ‘Plot Hop’ event organized by the Farming Smarter applied research group.  |  Barb Glen photo

A crop sensor that costs only $25.69? Sign me up

Farmers shopping for soil sensors to assist in crop monitoring might find a unit priced at $25.69 to be appealing. Yes, the decimal is in the right place. Adam Stanford, research technician at the Farming Smarter applied research group in Lethbridge, said that price is possible for farmers willing to employ some do-it-yourself ingenuity. “The […] Read more


Horse owners wary of proposed EIA regs

A proposed new control program for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in horses is raising concerns with horse owners. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has offered the proposal for input until June 18. As the deadline approaches, some horse owners have voiced concerns about proposed new requirements for testing and a view that the proposal amounts […] Read more

Non-fundable checkoff subject to Alta. vote

Plebiscite will be held later this year on a joint plan agreed upon by the two largest cattle groups in the province

A refundable checkoff or a non-refundable checkoff? Members of Alberta Beef Producers and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association have been wrestling with the question seemingly until the cows came home. The matter will be settled through a plebiscite to be voted upon later this year by members of both groups, with the terms yet to be […] Read more