Alberta expands rural bus service

Two new routes will connect communities between Red Deer and Innisfail and Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

Alberta is expanding its rural bus pilot project following Greyhound’s decision to end all services on the Prairies. Two new bus lines, one connecting Medicine Hat to Lethbridge and the other connecting Red Deer to Innisfail, should be running by the end of this year, said Premier Rachel Notley during an announcement in Medicine Hat […] Read more

Lloyd Ross is a perfectionist when it comes to his cattle.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta purebred producers selling the herd

On the Farm The Rosses, who have raised cattle in the Peace for 36 years, got into Red Angus before they were popular

CLEARDALE, Alta. — Lloyd and Donna Ross head to one of their pastures to check on the cattle. The animals are doing well, though Lloyd can always spot something that’s not up to his standards, even if it’s only a minor flaw. He points to a cow that has a slightly uneven udder, but it’s […] Read more

How to grow fall hybrid rye: It’s recommended that the KWS Bono variety, which is distributed by FP Genetics, is seeded between mid-August to mid-September over standing straw in a field with good drainage. It should be seeded at a rate of 18.5 plants per acre at a depth of three-quarters to one inch. Rows should be spaced seven to eight inches apart.Early fertilizer in the spring is recommended, though the hybrid variety requires 20 percent less nitrogen than similar wheat varieties. For harvest, straight cutting works best when using lower cylinder threshing speeds. Harvesting at slightly higher moisture levels can reduce harvest damage, though grain should be stored with moisture levels that are 13.5 percent or lower. | FPGenetics Photo

Benefits found feeding hybrid fall rye to hogs

New Alberta Agriculture research shows the cereal can go a long way; it also beat wheat as a feed alternative for pigs

WAINWRIGHT, Alta. — Hog farmers should consider feeding their animals hybrid rye as an alternative to wheat, according to new research. The research, led by Alberta Agriculture, found that more animals could be fed on an acre of hybrid fall rye compared to an acre of wheat. For instance, researchers found that if rye yields […] Read more

The turkey board requested the number of off-quota birds farmers could see off the farm be reduced to 100 from 300. File photo

Small producers can keep their turkeys

Marketing council rejects request to reduce off-quota turkeys in Alberta to 100 from 300

The group that regulates Alberta’s crop and livestock commissions has rejected a proposal from the Alberta Turkey Producers to reduce the number of birds that some farmers are allowed to raise. The turkey board requested in May for the reduction of off-quota birds from 300 to 100. Off-quota turkeys aren’t part of the supply management […] Read more

Costs for the Site C dam continue to rise. The project could reach $12.5 billion.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

‘They can’t stop us’: farmers dig in on Site C

Landowners who are facing a loss of property promise to keep fighting a large dam project in northeastern British Columbia

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Known for being highly fertile, many acres of farmland in British Columbia’s Peace River Valley have now turned into weedy fields. More land will soon be swept away, no longer used for grazing cattle, producing crops or as a space for traditional hunting. Within the next few years, the land […] Read more

Greyhound pullout affects parts shipments

Company’s decision to end its service in Western Canada also leaves many rural residents in the lurch who can’t drive

Greyhound Canada’s plans to end almost all services in Western Canada not only affects rural residents who can’t drive, it has ramifications for dealers and farmers who need to ship parts. While many dealers say impacts will be minimal, some heavily rely on the service, particularly in British Columbia. “It’s going to have a reasonably […] Read more

Akim Omokanye, centre, speaks with producers about his research during a field tour near Wanham, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Bale grazing best at improving yield: research

WANHAM, Alta. — Ranchers aiming to improve their pastures should look to bale grazing, rotating cattle more often in tighter groups and applying manure in conjunction with deep tillage, suggests new research out of northern Alberta. The research, published last April and led by Akim Omokanye, looked at how producers could improve their land cost-effectively […] Read more

Jody Wacowich will soon be at the helm of Alberta’s new farm safety organization, spending much of her time easing concerns among producers who might still be at odds with incoming rule changes. | Screencap via

Safety organization hires first executive

Part of Jody Wacowich’s role at AgSafe Alberta will be to ease concerns some may have over the incoming rule changes

Jody Wacowich will soon be at the helm of Alberta’s new farm safety organization, spending much of her time easing concerns among producers who might still be at odds with incoming rule changes. Wacowich, who will be AgSafe Alberta’s new executive director starting in August, acknowledges that getting everyone comfortable with the new rules will […] Read more

Brian Tischler demonstrates how he’s able to drive his tractor autonomously using software on a laptop.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

VIDEO: Alta. farmer’s autonomous tractor working well

Brian Tischler, who demonstrated his technology at canolaPALOOZA in Lacombe in late June, says safety is crucial

LACOMBE, Alta. — Brian Tischler stands in front of a moving tractor. Nobody is in the driver’s seat, but the machine stops. It senses he’s there. He then decides to get out of the tractor’s way. The machine notices he’s no longer there and carries on with business, moving forward. “We went around this field […] Read more

Verticillium stripe will give canola stems a shredded appearance. | Jeremy Simes photo

Researchers target little-known canola disease

LACOMBE, Alta. — A new project that aims to better understand a little-known canola disease may soon be underway on the Prairies. Researchers behind the project, which is awaiting funding but likely going forward, hope they will be able determine whether verticillium stripe negatively affect yields, said Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council […] Read more