What Farmers Need to Know Now

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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Farmer consultations launching this summer on formal amalgamation

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are launching a consultation this summer to solicit farmers’ opinions on amalgamating to form a single commission. The consultation will begin in July with an online survey, followed by online town hall events after harvest in October, with further dialogue and sessions during Regional Meeting events in November.

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The April edition of The Growing Point e-newsletter is now available!

In this edition of the newsletter, we discuss why emergence counts are important and how to conduct them, malt barley seeding rates, optimizing seeding depth, broadcast nitrogen risks, and other topics related to seeding. 

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Advancing Ag applications now open

Advancing Ag - Future Leaders Program is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 program year! Mentor and mentee candidates are encouraged to apply before April 30, 2021.

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Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions call for redefinition of Canadian Grain Commission role to better serve farmers

As part of the Canada Grain Act review, the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions call for an end to mandatory outward weighing and inspection services by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) that impose additional costs on farmers, and the expansion of the CGC’s role in supporting farmers’ rights to dispute grading results. 

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Now available to all western Canadian producers, FarmCash opens spring advance application with new features

Starting March 15, for the first time in its history, FarmCash is accepting spring advance applications from all western Canadian producers. This announcement follows the multi-provincial expansion of the FarmCash program made public on February 17, 2021. While funds cannot be released until the official Advance Payments Program open date on April 1, producers can complete their online application today and explore new account features including a designated FarmCash account manager and an online account dashboard. These features provide a cash advance experience tailored to the unique needs of agriculture producers.

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