Alta. provides tax relief for abandoned wells

The Alberta government is set to provide rural communities with tax relief after officials announced today they’re launching a new program that deals with defunct oil and gas properties. The program, called called the Provincial Education Requisition Credit (PERC), will have funding of up to $10 million annually for municipal districts and counties to access.  […] Read more

Beef check-off truce likely

INNISFAIL, Alta. — Beef producers in Alberta may be approaching an agreement on how to handle a $3 levy collected on every animal sold. Nothing is official but a plebiscite may be proposed to create a beef industry development fund and an agreed upon division of money among industry groups. “The biggest hitch is, where […] Read more

Fire damages ranches in southwestern Alberta

Damage has been reported to farms and ranches on the perimeter of Waterton Lakes National Park as a wildfire continues to burn in southwestern Alberta. Residents in the region east and north of the park were evacuated last night and the area under mandatory evacuation was expanded twice as the fire doubled in size, fed […] Read more

Tis the season for disease scouting

With harvest underway, canola growers are reminded to look for signs of blackleg, clubroot and sclerotinia

Lacombe, Alta. — Canola growers ready to swath should watch for abnormalities in the field — diseases like blackleg, clubroot or sclerotinia could be rampant, say agronomists. In fact, now is the best time to be on the lookout, according to Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada. “Swathing is your prime […] Read more

New pea, lentil varieties fare well in southeastern Alta.

OYEN, Alta. — The brown soil zones present challenges to producers, but modern farming techniques make it possible to grow a wider range of crops. “It is a drier area of the Canadian Prairies, but nonetheless we can grow a lot of crops in these regions,” said Neil Whatley of Alberta Agriculture. More peas, lentils […] Read more

Alberta crop conditions above average, but declining

The overall crop condition rating in Alberta fell four percentage points from the previous week during the week ended June 27, with 78 percent now rated at good to excellent, according to the latest provincial crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, released June 30. That compares to the five-year average of 73 percent for […] Read more

Improvements sought in grain bag recycling

Some landfills do not accept the plastic bags and burning them is illegal in Alberta because they release harmful toxins

A number of Alberta rural municipalities are pondering ways to recycle grain bags and keep them out of regional landfills. Cypress County and the County of Forty Mile in southern Alberta are surveying taxpayers to find out what farmers do with their used grain bags, how many they typically use and whether they think their […] Read more

Alta.’s conservative parties to try a merger

Alberta’s Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties have inked plans to form one party, at this point called the United Conservative Party with the goal of defeating the NDP government in the next provincial election. At a news conference yesterday, Wildrose leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney signed an agreement in principal to […] Read more

Drought predicted for Alberta this summer

Farmers in central and northern Alberta should brace for drought this summer, according to AccuWeather. “We think it’s going to be a very warm summer,” said Canadian weather expert Brett Anderson. It is also going to be a dry summer. June will have near normal precipitation but July and August will turn dry as a […] Read more