What Farmers Need to Know Now

Join us for an exciting summer of events!

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions invite you to join us for a variety of exciting events this summer that you won't want to miss out on. Mark you calendars and register today, as we'll be at multiple locations across Alberta throughout the summer months for a wide range of fun, educational and informative events.

Summer Events Agenda 

WheatStalk South 

June 28, 8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

AAFC Lethbridge - Lethbridge, AB

Lacombe Field Day 

July 27, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Field Crop Development Centre - Lacombe, AB

CMBTC Field Day 

July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lenz Farms - Bentley, AB

Plot2Farm Field Day 

August 3, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Willingdon, AB

WheatStalk North

August 4, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

University of Alberta St. Albert Station - St. Albert, AB

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Check out the latest edition of The Growing Point for May 2022

This edition of The Growing Point includes pertinent seeding season information for Alberta growers. You will find insights on plant growth regulator (PGR) risk considerations, herbicide carryover damage symptoms in wheat and barley, how to assess emergence percentage, and more. Plus, check out two new Growing Point podcast episodes! 

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Take Action to Support Science-Based Decision Making and Innovation in Canadian Agriculture.

The Government of Canada is currently consulting on its approach to pesticide regulation in Canada. This consultation will no doubt generate significant input from activist groups who oppose the use of modern agricultural tools such as pesticides. It is critical that the agriculture industry has a strong response to the consultation in support of science-based pesticide regulation to ensure that Canadian farmers continue to have timely access to the innovative tools they need to sustainably grow food for Canada and the world for generations to come.

CropLife Canada, along with its partners in Advancing Agriculture, have launched a digital letter-writing campaign to encourage individuals within the agriculture industry to send a letter into the consultation, along with the Minister of Health, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and their individual MP.

Participate today to ensure your voice is heard. Visit https://www.advancingagriculture.ca/take-action to write your letter.

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Spring Market Update Webinar on Wednesday, April 20

Seeding season is just around the corner! The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions invite you to join us on April 20th, as Business Development and Markets Manager, Geoff Backman, and a panel of marketing experts give their insights on wheat and barley markets.

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Grain Contracts Survey closes Friday, April 8

April 4, 2022 - We have heard that the drought of 2021 is having significant impacts on farmers ability to deliver on contracted grain commitments which is developing into financial concerns. This survey is designed to capture details on the concerns currently being experienced by farmers as a means to record the financial impact of the drought.

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Farmers need to brace for crop insurance premium increases

March 11, 2022 - Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) is set to release the 2022 crop insurance premium packages very soon. Farmers need to be prepared for significant increases in premiums for the 2022 crop year.

Read AFSC’s news release: Producers can expect to see higher dollar coverage due to higher commodity prices

AFSC says that these increases to premiums are mainly due to higher commodity prices. For example, AFSC references in their news release that an average 1,500-acre Alberta farm will see increased premium costs of approximately 54 per cent for annual insurance and Hail Endorsement. For HRS wheat the premium change could be close to 73 per cent and 44 per cent for barley. These estimates include the impact of the removal of the 20 per cent premium reduction that was granted to farmers last year.

Compounding issues for farmers

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions are concerned that this news presents yet another blow to farmers. The 2022 crop is emerging to be one of the most expensive crops that western Canadian farmers will seed.

The ongoing rising cost of inputs including seed, fertilizer and crop protection products, combined with ongoing supply chain and logistic issues, including the threat of a pending rail strike, all present major challenges for farmers. All of this is on the heels of unprecedented drought and extreme heat that limited crop production in 2021. The commissions continue to monitor and bring light to these mounting concerns on behalf of farmers.

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