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BC Forage Council AGM & Conference

Saturday Sept 17th at the Sandman Inn Board Room, Quesnel, BC
AGM: 10:00 am, Lunch: 12:00 pm (sponsored by Farm Credit Canada)
Conference: 1:00 pm: General Soil Health & Productivity - Dr. Tom Jensen, International Plant Nutrition Institute; Invasive Weeds - Dave Ralph, Project Manager, Invasive Species Council of BC; BCFC Climate Adaptation Project Update - Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, Agrowest Consulting; Financing 101 - Pat Durose, Farm Credit Canada

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BC Forage Council Climate Change Adaptation Project 2014-2017 (2016 Update)

  • Kale as a winter feed source
  • Late season grasses as winter feed and the effect of passive fertilization
  • Forage quality, yield and maturity rates of 6 alfalfa varieties
  • Determine optimum alfalfa seeding rate and seed mix

Kale as a winter feed source. Last year, the farmer grew one variety of kale (late maturing). We found that the kale grew very well and kept its nutritional qualities till late in the season (December 17 – Relative Feed Value of 425).

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Pig manure pavement glue pays off for swine producers

Pig manure can be turned into an adhesive for use in asphalt as a replacement for petroleum-based products. Swine producers can benefit when they dispose of their manure with the engineers who developed the adhesive technology. Bio-Adhesive Alliance is approximately six month from having the first batch of mass-produced adhesive ready for use, said Elham Fini of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Ultimately, the process ends up a win-win for farmers.

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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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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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Seed Company Brochures

Seed company brochures, forage seed product guides, corn guides, corn prices and turf seed product guides are listed here.

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