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PFCA PROJECT: STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE FORAGE YIELD AND QUALITY WHILE ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE (2015-2018)

Project Summary:  This project will help the dairy sector and other producers of forages in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island by providing a modern tool-kit of practical adaptive management strategies to improve yield and quality of the forage crops under future scenarios of changing climate and increasingly variable weather. Efficient forage production is at the heart of profitable cattle operations.

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Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada (2015)

NEW! Field Guide to Support Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Field and Forage Crops Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada: IDENTIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT FIELD GUIDE This new, 152-page, full-colour field guide, now available online, is designed to help you make informed decisions in managing over 90 harmful pests of field and forage crops in Western Canada. Better decision making helps save time and effort and eliminates unnecessary pesticide applications to improve your bottom line. The guide also helps the reader identify many natural enemies that prey on or parasitize pest insects. Recognizing and fostering populations of natural enemies will enhance their role in keeping or reducing pest populations below economic levels.

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2016 BCFC Workshop & Evening Seminar

Have you ever thought about doing your own on farm research?

Join us as we develop our new manual "On Farm Demonstration Research".

Give us your feedback and help shape and create this exciting publication! Bring your research ideas and leave with a plan you can implement this year!

Space is limited for this portion so register early!

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Thompson Rivers University Speaker Series (2016)

As part of the TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching Program, we will be hosting a series of seminars for the students with presentations from both local and international industry specialists. These Speaker Series will follow the topics that the students are currently learning. To leverage the benefit of this program to ranchers and agriculture producers in the community and to enhance the student experience, we invite you to attend any or all of these seminars that are of interest to you.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2016: South Coast Region

* Well-planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, or have well-established grasses. * Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events to avoid nutrient runoff and leaching. Please check your local weather forecast and see the next page for more information. * Avoid manure applications on wet areas or saturated soils. Some fields will dry more quickly than others. * Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2016: South Coast Region

It is acceptable to apply manure on some fields but not others. It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields if: Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)* T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200, Soil temperature is greater than 5oC, and Crop is actively growing (for established crops only) *In general, runoff risks are greatest on areas with finer-textured or muck/peat soils, ponded or wet soils that would be compacted by traffic, high water tables (2 feet or less below the surface), or depressions or swales that drain to water courses. Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation. Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information.

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Lower Mainland Growers see more Spotted Wing Drosophila

by Ronda Payne February 16, 2016

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) has been harassing Lower Mainland berry growers for five years and Tracy Hueppelsheuser, entomologist, Plant and Animal Health Branch with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, noted that 2015 was an even more exceptional year for the persistent pest.

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Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada (AAFC 2014)

Pollinators are animals, mostly insects, and primarily bees, but also birds and bats and a few other animals that help plants produce fruit and seed. Pollinators transfer pollen between the male and female parts of flowers more or less accidentally while they are collecting food in the form of pollen and nectar. We say “more or less accidentally” because it turns out that in the long run, doing so is beneficial to both the pollinators and the plants.

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February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

Watch the T-Sum for your area increase at Farmwest.com. The T-Sum is one factor used to determine appropriate timing for the first manure application on grass fields. More importantly, however, decisions about the first manure application should consider the overall risks of runoff from the field, not just the state of the grasses. On some but not all fields, conditions will be suitable for manure application before T-Sum reaches 200. On other fields, conditions will not be suitable even after T-Sum reaches 200 (e.g. if fields are still saturated from rains)

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January UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

Date: January 4, 2016

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 of 2015 (November 2, 2015) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.”

Reminder

Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except agricultural vegetation waste) MUST be COVERED from October 1 to April 1, inclusive.

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