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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2014: South Coast Region

Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended. Manure should not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. Buffer width should be increased for slopes greater than 5% and/or if the potential for runoff exists. Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion. Reminder that field stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.

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Glyphosate-resistant weed marching north

A weed that has devastated cotton and soybean crops in the southern U.S. has crept into South Dakota, 500 kilometres from the Canadian border.
 North Dakota State University weed scientists reported this summer that Palmer amaranth, which can grow to four metres in height and can have a stem the diameter of a baseball bat, is moving into the Northern Plains. Jason Norsworthy, a University of Arkansas weed scientist, said the U.S./Canada border will not halt the northward march of Palmer amaranth.
 “It’s not going to be long before you see it in southern portions of Canada,” Norsworthy said to Harvest Public Media in the U.S.

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VIDEO: Perspectives on Wintertime Nitrogen Losses (2014)

Video:  Perspectives on Wintertime Nitrogen Losses
Dr. Shabtai Bittman, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC, Canada

Leaky Pipe Model

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VIDEO: Forage Production and Management (based on the book: "Cool Forages") (2014)

The experts from have released a new comprehensive guide to forage production entitled "Cool Forages: Advanced Management of Temperate Forages". The guide has information on everything from selecting new forage varieties, maximizing manure as a fertilizer, feeding of seasonal forages, to predicting forage quality. Co-author, Dr. Shabti Bittman, talks about the secrets to forage management and how to maximize your production. Click here to watch video.

Date: February 20, 2014

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Fraser Valley - An Invasive Plant Strategy (2014)

The Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council (FVIPC) is one of 17 regional invasive species committees in existence in the province. Our mandate is to reduce the negative social, economic, and ecological impacts caused by the introduction and spread of invasive plants. This is achieved through coordination of land managers, education and outreach, and an on the ground operational program. Our membership is made up of approximately 80 people representing different stakeholder interests.

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August UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2014: South Coast Region

Plan ahead: There’s less risk of manure or nutrient loss with 2 light manure applications (1 now, 1 later) than with 1 heavy application closer to the rainy season. July’s Update was about the imbalance of nitrogen (N) to phosphorus (P) in manure relative to crop requirements. One strategy to address the imbalance is to use mineral N fertilizer to fulfill part of the crop requirement. Advantages of mineral N fertilizer over manure include:

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Correlating Degree Days to Crop Production

Question: I was wondering if one could loosely correlate degree days to crop production over the province of BC. Realizing that just because you have a certain degree day does not mean that that location might be right for the crop, but crops wouldn't require different degree days in different locations of BC correct?

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Bees – Support the Bees and They Will Support You (2014)

We’ve all heard that honey bees and native bees are in trouble in North America. There seem to be a number of factors leading to the decline of native pollinator populations of honey bee colonies. Minute quantities of neonicotinoid pesticides have been implicated in bee population decline and have been banned in many European countries. The second factor severely affecting honey bees is the Varroa mite. A third factor may related to poor nutritional opportunities for bees feeding on monocultures of some commodity crops. Recent drastic declines in some native bumblebee populations have lead researchers to hypothesize that diseases were spread from non-native bumblebees used in greenhouses. Both wild and domestic bees provide millions of dollars of pollination services to fruit and ground crops. Although they are not needed for grape pollination they do pollinate cover crops and plants that support beneficial insects. Maintaining a healthy population of insect pollinators is vital to agricultural production and the environment. Use of pesticides is part of most farm operations, however good management practices can ensure that bees have little or no direct contact with toxic sprays. Consider the following before applying pesticides:

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Must read: 'Cool Forages'

I’ve always admired the coffee-table books with gorgeous photography and interesting insights. Although such books have frequently caught my eye over the years, my interest was short-lived when I realized I would have to look at that book every day for the next 10 years. I just didn’t think the subject matter would be interesting for that long, so I never acquired one – until now. I’ve finally found the book. "Cool Forages: Advanced Management of Temperate Forages," a collection of informational articles written by forage specialists throughout North America and edited by Shabtai Bittman and Derek Hunt, is that book. The hardbound, glossy 206-page book combines stunning photography with essential forage information that is both informational and easy to read.

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