Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Sep 01, 2015 at 7:02 PM

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Sep 01

 
Low: 11 ºC
 

Wed
Sep 02

High: 15 ºC
Low: 11 ºC
POP: 40%

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Sep 03

High: 16 ºC
Low: 9 ºC
POP: 60%

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Sep 04

High: 18 ºC
Low: 12 ºC
POP: 40%

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Sep 05

High: 22 ºC
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Climate Forecasts

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society has recently issued its climate forecasts for the coming four seasons. It is available at: http://iri.columbia.edu/our-expertise/climate/forecasts/seasonal-climate...

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August UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2015 for the current Advisory.  The following Update does not change the Advisory.

When balancing the goal of maximizing corn yields with the goal of establishing cover crops, consider the effect of cover crop planting date (Table 1).

Table 1.  Nitrogen uptake by cover crops decreases with later planting dates.  Values are for B.C. South Coast.  Actual uptake depends on crop variety and other factors.

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Ammonia Tunnels at AAFC Agassiz - (2015 update)

ammonia tunnels

(L-R) Derek Hunt, Allen Dobb, Dr. Shabtai Bittman. 

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Enhancing soil infiltration reduces gaseous emissions and improves N uptake from applied dairy slurry (2009)

Rapid infiltration of liquid manure into the soil reduces emissions of ammonia (NH3) into the atmosphere. This study was undertaken to assess the effects of two low-cost methods of assisting infiltration of applied dairy slurry on emissions of NH3, nitrous oxide (N2O), and on crop N uptake. The two methods were removing of solids by settling-decantation to make the manure less viscous and mechanically aerating the soil.

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Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Agassiz, BC

The Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre was created in 1886 as an experimental farm and by 1900 was well known for its collection of more than 3,000 varieties of plants and fruit trees. Over the last 100 years research at the centre has included new varieties of fruits, vegetables and forages, with a focus on dairy cattle nutrition beginning in 1986, and the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre being established in 1998. Today, research at Agassiz also includes small fruits, greenhouse vegetables, special crops and forages; soil resource conservation and land evaluation.

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Small Square Bales for Sale in Lytton

Nice horse hay for sale, small square bales - 65 lbs no rain $8.00/bale; Some rain $6.00/bale; Cow hay $5.00/bale. Click here to read entire ad.

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AAFC scientist at Agassiz Research Centre appointed to Order of Canada

Dr. Dave Gillespie of Chilliwack was been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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July UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2015: South Coast Region

Date: July 2, 2015

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of April 2015 for the current Advisory.  The following update does not change the Advisory.

The Manure Spreading Updates of last yearhighlighted the nitrogen (N) fertilizer value of manures.  To know the N value of what you apply, you need to know your application rates.  You might estimate the rates by counting the number of loads applied.  A more reliable, quick method to calibrate your estimates is the following:

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Cow Comfort at Calving (2015)

Anyone who works in the dairy industry will be aware that there is tremendous variation in maternity pen design. Part of the reason for this variability is a lack of research on what types of environments are best for the cow while she is giving birth. Research at UBC has now recruited the cows’ help in designing more appropriate maternity pens, by conducting a series of ‘preference’ experiments in which we allow the cows to vote with their feet. Below we describe the results of three different preference experiments designed to determine what features are important in the design of maternity pens.

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New Database for Registered Crop Varieties

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has introduced a new database containing all of the registered varieties of crop kinds subject to registration in Canada. The Registered Varieties List (RVL) provides single-window access to the most up-to-date information on varieties registered in Canada. Users can now download the most current data on registered varieties from one location at any time. This searchable and downloadable database will improve the accuracy of variety registration information. The Registered Varieties List can be found on the CFIA website.

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