What Farmers Need to Know Now

Before the vote: all you need to know from the view of the crop sector

Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions have broken down the main party platform policies related to the crop sector and climate action. Overall, all of the major federal party agriculture platforms are a disappointment. There is little recognition by any of the parties of the role that agriculture and agri-food could play in the economic recovery of Canada.

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Letter to Minister Dreeshen: Severe drought affecting Alberta’s crop sector

On behalf of Alberta farmers, Team Alberta is requesting that the provincial government acknowledge the impact of the drought on the crop sector, which will directly impact rural economies across the province.

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The Growing Point - September edition is now available!

Harvest season is well upon us. Although the southern part of the province harvested much of the crop, due to the lack of rainfall harvest yields were unsurprisingly low. As harvest continues in the northern and central regions, variable crops are becoming a challenge due to late tillers that emerged after end-of-season rains.

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Farmers needed for amalgamation consultation - Survey deadline is September 15, 2021

As directed by the boards of the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley, the two commissions are soliciting farmers’ opinions on the potential merger of the two commissions to one formal entity. The consultations are an opportunity for Alberta wheat and barley farmers to contribute their input during the summer and fall of 2021.

Take the short online survey today! Deadline is September 15, 2021. 

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The Growing Point: a special edition on PGR options for barley

Barley growers now have two plant growth regulator (PGR) options to mitigate lodging risk in barley. Both Manipulator and Moddus are registered for use on barley in Canada. However, growers may be asking what the right choice is for their farm.

In this special edition of The Growing Point, myself and my colleague Dr. Sheri Strydhorst discuss the relevant agronomic information on PGR options for barley, so you can decide what's right for your farm.

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Malt barley seeding considerations for 2021

Canada’s barley breeders have developed a promising suite of new malting barley varieties such as CDC Bow, AAC Connect and CDC Fraser each with excellent agronomics and disease resistance. These new varieties are poised to succeed older, established varieties such as AC Metcalfe and CDC Copeland. They have very desirable malting and brewing characteristics, reinforcing Canada’s position as a supplier of premium quality barley and malt, and increasingly these new varieties are being accepted by domestic and international maltsters and brewers.

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