The visitor's centre just outside the town has been burned to the ground, but the scenic Prince of Wales Hotel, an iconic structure that is a symbol of Waterton park, was reportedly intact as of noon today. | Photo via Twitter/Mark Dewsbery

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

Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada, shows producers how to spot blackleg during harvest. | Jeremy Simes photo

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

Neil Whatley of Alberta Agriculture talked about growing lentils in Alberta’s semi-arid regions during a field day sponsored by the Chinook Applied Research Association in Oyen.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo 

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

Crop development for the week ending June 27 was rated average in south and central regions but slightly behind average in the northeast. | File photo

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

Since starting its on-farm service in 2015, Wheatland County has rolled 400 bags. | File photo

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

At a news conference yesterday, Wildrose leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney signed an agreement in principal to merge the two parties pending ratification by the two parties' memberships this summer. | Wildrose Party photo

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

June will have near normal precipitation but July and August will turn dry as a high pressure system suppresses storm activity across the prairie region says a Canadian weather expert. | map via

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

For more than 50 years, farmers sold cattle and donated money for building projects and renovations for Airdrie United Church. | courtesy Airdrie United Church

The church that beef built

Cattle sale fundraisers were the backbone 
of Airdrie United Church — one reason it registered its own cattle brand

It’s a church built upon Alberta beef. And that’s why it’s also a church that once had a registered cattle brand, the simple AUC registered for the left rib. Airdrie United Church celebrates its 115th anniversary April 28-30 and while preparing display material for the festivities, Reverend Karen Holmes came across the notice of renewal […] Read more

Adele McKechnie, left, John McKechnie and Dale Christian stand at the corner of a field where owners plan to mine gravel. Survey stakes show where a gas line is planned to service the site.
|  Brenda Kossowan photo

Red Deer farmers fight gravel pit

SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. — Rural neighbours of a proposed project in Red Deer County to convert 122 acres of cropland into a gravel pit continue to voice opposition. On April 25, the county council will entertain second and third reading of a land-use bylaw that would allow gravel mining as a permitted use on the […] Read more