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Camrose County Seed Cleaning plant manager Murray Van Petten inspects a sample of field peas brought in by local farmer Ron Pedersen.
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News Features… Organic Alberta, Holistic Management to hold conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 Bull Congress teaches students about ag industry. Page 4 New laws to protect property owners. . . . . . . . . . . . Page 7
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Activity is brisk at Camrose County Seed Cleaning plant, Lougheed Co-op Seed Cleaning Plant and other similar operations in the trade area. Despite a challenging fall, the ever-resilient farmer is already eagerly anticipating a perfect spring for planting. Interest is reported to be already high, related to purchasing the best available brands of pedigreed seed and cleaning commercial seed. Staff are being kept busy with testing, separations and conditioning as well as providing additional seed treating services for which each has been trained. See page 5 for more information on treating seeds.
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Organic Alberta to hold conference
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A conference for farmers, ranchers and industry to grow organic agriculture will be held at the Camrose Regional Exhibition on Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Organic Alberta is partnering with Western Canadian Holistic Management to provide three days of information, insight and inspiration. Learn new ideas and practices to improve your land and your business. Organic agriculture offers solutions to many of the challenges facing society today. Hear from world-renowned experts on the impact organic farmers are making. Known for attracting an amazing community of farm families, this is the place
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RCMP advise on intersection safety By Lori Larsen
The Alberta RCMP are advising motorists on the dangers of intersections during Intersection Safety Month in Alberta and offer the following tips on how to make the roadways safer for all users.
Slow down as you approach an intersection, come to a complete stop and check all traffic before proceeding. Obey traffic signs and signals. Come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. Be a defensive driver and be prepared to react accordingly to other motorists lack of judgement or unsafe driving. At a four-way stop, remember the Right of Way rule. You must yield to the vehicle on your right. Always initiate your turn signal when making turns. Ensure it is safe to turn before doing so. Check for both pedestrian and
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Bull Congress teaches students about the agriculture industry
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Twin brothers William left, and Claude right, Kelland, Grade 3 students at Bawlf School, roll out some canola seeds during a demonstration at the Canadian Bull Congress Education Program held at the Camrose Regional Exhibition on Jan. 21 and 22. By Lori Larsen
Grade 3 students from schools in and around Camrose were once again given a wonderful opportunity to learn about life on the farm and the agriculture industry. On Jan. 21 and 22
the participating schools took the students on a field trip to the Camrose Regional Exhibition hosting the annual Canadian Bull Congress Education Program, where they were able to learn, hands on, some of what it takes to be
an agriculture producer at a variety of vendors and presenting organizations, as well as valuable safety tips from Camrose Fire Department. “The Canadian Bull Congress Education program is sponsored by Camrose County and made possible by the CRE team and many wonderful volunteers,” said Camrose Regional Exhibition Agriculture liaison and Bull Congress Education Program coordinator Megan Lethbridge. “It is a great opportunity for students to receive hands on education about agriculture.” Topics covered at the different booths included: a veterinarian presentation by Dr. Ileana Berezanski from Camrose Vet Hospital; canola seeds processing and usage; milk production; chicken producers; farm and fire safety; auctioneering and cattle ear tagging. The Bull Congress Education Program played host to 15 schools and approximately 522 students and is well received throughout Camrose and the county as a valuable tool for educating youth on the important role agriculture plays in our communities.
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Being a good sport for the photo, Grade 3 Bashaw School student Jayden Dejonge front, looked a little nervous as Camrose UFA Farm and Ranch Supplies store manager Barry Ness talks about ear tagging, used to identify farm animals.
Cold weather translates into more feed for livestock By Murray Green
This winter frigid temperatures have been taxing for both humans and their livestock across the province. The colder the weather, the more feed is needed to keep animals warm. Some animals have lost condition or dropped weight due to the cold weather. “Animals that are kept outside–be they cattle, bison or horses–all increase the amount of feed they consume during the cold weather,” explained Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre. “This is to increase the amount of heat that is generated during the digestion process to stay warm. Using beef cattle as an example, if temperatures drop below -20° C, feed intake can increase by five to 30 per cent compared to a warmer day,” added Yaremcio. Because of the cold, Yaremcio said that some producers are noticing that their haystacks or silage pits are emptying a lot faster than what was expected. However, he says that producers have some options even on limited feed supply. “Cows in late pregnancy can be fed a certain amount of straw per day, which is no different than before the cold weather. However, the straw cannot be the total
Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Frigid temperatures means more feed for livestock in order to maintain their weight and overall health.
increase in feed supplied because it is low in protein, high in fibre which reduces digestibility and rumen efficiency. Good quality hay and additional grain is needed as part of the additional feed supplied. Adding two lb. of grain per head per day at -30° C and four lb. of additional grain at -40° C is a good starting point,” he added. “Managing the protein content, calcium and phos-
phorus, magnesium, trace minerals and vitamins are all important to provide a balanced ration. If hay or silage supplies are very short, feeding roughly 10 lb. of straw per day to a lactating cow with the remainder being silage or hay along with 10 to 15 lb. or more of grain per head per day may be necessary. Grain feeding rates will depend on the quality of
the other feeds and forages,” said Yaremcio. After calving, when including straw in the diet, it is critical to include sufficient amounts of protein. The ration should contain a minimum of 11 per cent protein on a dry matter basis. Adding faba beans, peas, distillers grains or 32 per cent with Rumensin are all possibilities. “Changing and adjusting the feeding program when including lower quality straw is critical. It is possible that calcium and magnesium levels will be low, creating a concern with downer cows or milk fevers.” Keep an eye on the animal’s body condition score. “When a cow loses body condition score prior to calving, the energy availability the cow has to produce milk after calving is reduced because there is less fat to mobilize off her back in addition to the feed that is providing them with energy. “If the cow can’t mobilize the extra fat to get energy to produce milk, peak milk production is going to go down. If you lose two pounds of milk production off the peak at eight weeks after calving, your loss of milk production over the entire length of that lactation period is
going to be down that two pounds. It is not just the peak that is lost, but the two pounds all the way through,” he continued. “If cows are losing weight between calving and when the bulls are turned out, it takes longer for the cows to start cycling and first service conception rates go down,” explained Yaremcio. “Therefore, you are either going to have a bunch of calves born later in the calving season next year, or that cow might be open and gets culled.” Yaremcio added that bringing the cows back into condition will take a little more attention to details. “Get some extra help working through current rations. Or, use the CowBytes program and readjust them as soon as possible to allow the largest amount of time to regain condition before the breeding season begins. Feeding an extra two, three or four pounds of grain a day over and above what is fed in warmer conditions is a starting point. The extra grain will help increase weight gains by about onehalf to three-quarters of a pound a day. That is over and above fetal and placenta growth for cows in late pregnancy and some weight gain for lactating cows.”
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Tenders will not be opened in public. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid to Andreassen Borth on or before April 15, 2020. Tenders are irrevocable and shall remain open until dealt with by the offices of Andreassen Borth. If a successful tenderer does not complete the purchase after acceptance of that tender, their deposit shall be forfeited. The highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. The owner reserves the right to reject any and all tenders. Deposits received from unsuccessful tenderers will be returned to them by mail.
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Treating seeds is your own insurance plan By Agri-News
Whether to seed treat, or not is a question that often comes up in the spring. “Seed treatment should be looked at as an insurance policy to protect against less-than-ideal growing conditions in the spring,” said Harry Brook, crop specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. If a producer has high germinating, vigorous seed planted into warm, moist soil, the crop will germinate quickly and be off to a good start. However, spring often comes in spurts between winter and summer, and using treated seed can help to avoid potential problems. “Soils warm up only to cool off. Long periods of cool, damp conditions hovering around five and six °C gives plenty of chances for root rots to take hold and kill off the plant. Early plant and root development is a crucial contributor to the overall yield a plant will deliver in the fall. As the roots go, so do the shoots.” There are other factors besides weather that can increase the risk of seedling losses. Smuts, bunts and fusarium are seed-borne diseases, and even low levels on untreated seed can, under the right conditions, take over and cause significant yield loss in the crop. “Without treatment and with a series of damp cool years, small pockets of infection can spread and become a field-wide disaster,” said
Brook. “Treating your seed with fungicide kills off those potential damaging organisms and can protect the seed in the soil for up to two weeks. This protection will also extend to some of the common root diseases that attack the crop at the germination stage such as common root rot and seedling blights. Some seed treatments also have insecticides incorporated to prevent early feeding by insects on the seedlings. Seed treatment for flea beetle in canola is standard and treatment for wireworm in cereals is becoming more common.” Other farming practices that increase the risk of seedling losses include slow soil warming, limited crop rotation and seed quality. “The majority of seeding done is now zero or minimum till. This is good in so many ways but it also slows soil warming in the spring. Plentiful crop residues insulate the soil surface and keep soils cooler and moister, ideal for slowing down germination and emergence and giving fungi a chance to affect the seedling.” Another big risk factor, said Brook, is crop rotations with little variety. “A lot of central and northern Alberta producers have moved to a canola-wheat or canola– barley crop rotation. Many diseases will overwinter on crop residues left on the soil surface and provide a primary source of infection for surrounding, suscepti-
ble crops for the next year. Reducing the spore source requires burial, which is not done with zero tillage. Blackleg on canola is a good example. Infectious spores are produced on the stubble for two to three years after the crop is harvested. Highest spore production occurs two years after the crop, which is a problem with a wheat-canola rotation. Recent surveys of canola stubble show increasing levels of blackleg in the canola. Crop yield losses are also starting to increase as well.” Seed treatments with insecticide in them are essential for a couple of crops. “As canola is a very small seed and the seedlings take some time to get established and begin to grow, insecticide treatment is required to protect the seedlings from flea beetles. All hybrid canola sold in Alberta is treated with an insecticide because flea beetles are endemic in the province. As well, peas are susceptible to pea leaf weevil, which is expanding through all of central Alberta. Larval feeding on pea nodules in the roots can lead to nitrogen deficiencies and reduced yields. In areas with high pea leaf weevil populations or signs of heavy feeding in previous years, seed treatment for the weevils is a matter of course. Seed treatment for pea leaf weevil is the only effective way to reduce damage from these pests.” Continued on page 6
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Food regulations could see changes By Murray Green
The province is gathering feedback on proposed changes to Alberta’s Food Regulation and Food Retail and Foodservices Code. They are looking for ways to make it easier for Albertans to make, sell and purchase low-risk, home-prepared foods. The primary goal of the Food Regulation and Code is to protect the public from food-borne illness. The proposed changes will reduce unnecessary red tape and increase flexibility for consumers and home-prepared food entrepreneurs, while protecting public health. Home-prepared food entrepreneurs and food industry operators can share feedback by taking the online survey by Feb. 2. Your feedback will help inform potential changes to Alberta’s Food Regulation and Code, expected to be introduced in the spring of 2020. Go to www.alberta.ca/ food-regulation- engagement.aspx for more information or to take the survey.
Seed treatment helps insure Continued from page 5
Another factor to consider when applying seed treatment is the application method. “Ideally, you want every seed to be adequately covered by the seed treatment. Some methods are better than others at getting it on each seed. Drip and gravity feed applicators are not good methods for application, as they don’t allow for accurate volume control or seed coverage. To improve coverage, you need an even volume of fungicide being applied over the whole stream of seed as it travels up the auger. Use an applicator tip with a known volume output and pressure.” Modern seed treatments have lower application rates with less physical product being used, noted Brook. “Even if the seed doesn’t have as much colouring, the fungicides are still effective if applied properly. This makes seed treating calibration even more important, as a visual inspection of the seed is no guarantee of good coverage.” Seed treatment should never be used to replace good seed. Poor, diseased, low germinating seed will still be poor, diseased, low germinating seed with or without treatment. It is insurance and protection, and not a replacement, for good seed quality. “As with any insurance, seed treatment is a way of reducing the risk to the crop at the important, early stages of growth and establishment. With the uncertain nature of weather in the spring and tight crop rotations, seed treatment can be a way of ensuring a healthy, vigorous crop stand, or you can seed into warm, moist, soil. It’s all a matter of timing.”
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Keeping your seed grains clean and treated offers a better chance for higher yields and helps avoid disease in your grain fields. Treatments take out the risk in the early growing season.
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New laws to protect property owners
By Murray Green
The Alberta Government has introduced legislation to strengthen protections for law-abiding Albertans and their property. Bill 27, the Trespass Statutes (Protecting LawAbiding Property Owners) Amendment Act, has received first reading in the Legislature. â€œThe proposed changes in Bill 27 came directly from listening to rural residents whose lives have been affected by crime. As the next step in our plan to combat rural crime, this legislation will not only protect property owners and help law-abiding Albertans feel safe in their communities, but also will ensure that trespassers face the proper consequences for their actions,â€? said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. If Bill 27 is passed, amendments to the Occupiersâ€™ Liability Act would better protect law-abiding property owners from civil liability for injuries to trespassers, where the owner has reasonable grounds to believe the trespasser is committing, or about to commit, a criminal offence. The amendments would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. The proposed amendments do not change a property ownerâ€™s legal duty to child trespassers or trespassers who are not committing, or are about to commit, a criminal offence. The proposed legislation would also strengthen deterrents to trespassing through amendments to trespass laws. This includes five-fold increases to maximum fines for trespassing, with fines of up to $10,000 for a first offence and up to $25,000 for subsequent offences, as well as possible prison time of up to six months. Corporations that help or direct trespassers would face fines up to $200,000 â€“ a first for Canada. In addition, the maximum amount a court may order for loss or damage to property would be raised from $25,000 to $100,000. Bill 27 would also better protect farmers and ranchers from harassment and occupation by protesters, which are actions that risk introducing disease and threaten the welfare of animals. This includes amending the Petty Trespass Act to add explicit references to land used for crops, animal-rearing and beekeeping. Once these changes come into force, Alberta
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Add a flag to your farmyard We sell top quality, long-lasting flags – from Canadian and provincial flags to flags from countries around the world. Choose from many sizes to suit your specific needs. 4925-48 Street, Camrose Phone 780-672-3142
Rural newspaper for Camrose, Alberta