Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Aug 16, 2018 at 7:58 AM

Thu
Aug 16

High: 27 ºC
 
 

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Aug 16

 
Low: 13 ºC
 

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Aug 17

High: 24 ºC
Low: 13 ºC
 

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Aug 18

High: 26 ºC
Low: 13 ºC
 

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Aug 19

High: 29 ºC
Low: 14 ºC
 

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Aug 20

High: 32 ºC
Low: 15 ºC
 

 

PFCA Summer Student 2018

August 7, 2018 - Over the past few months traps have been set up in a few dairy barns around the Fraser valley. These traps produce a light which attracts the flies and contains a fan to draw them into a container where they are collected. The purpose of these traps is to see the Fraser valley has a specific biting fly that can vector blue tongue disease which can affect cattle and sheep. Although the Fraser valley doesn’t have the pathogen that causes blue tongue it is an important to know if there is a chance of potential outbreak if we do get the pathogen.

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July UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of 2018: South Coast Region

Considerations for spreading manure during warm weather: When spreading manure during the summer, it is important to consider the impact of high temperatures on nitrogen (N) loss from manure. Volatilization of ammonia during and shortly after application is greatly increased when temperatures are high. Several other factors including manure composition, time to incorporation, wind, soil pH and moisture, and application method will impact ammonia loss as well. Losing ammonia from manure is a direct loss of its fertilizer value and should be considered when planning application timing and calculating manure’s contribution to crop N requirements. Spreading manure when temperatures are above 25°C can result in a loss of 50% of the ammonia N within three hours of application.

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AgSafe launches new COR Self-Assessment website for B.C.'s agriculture industry (May 2018)

AgSafe has launched a new free safety self-assessment web tool for B.C.’s agriculture organizations and other naturally aligned industries. 

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B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy's letter to federal counterpart

George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, has sent the following letter to his federal counterpart, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Heyman’s letter, in response to correspondence received from McKenna on April 26, 2018, can be viewed here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/316322_McKenna_FINAL_SIGNED.PDF

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Grey Tortrix Moth

Grey tortrix (Cnephasia stephensiana) caterpillars caused damage to alfalfa in the Williams Lake and Kersley regions of B.C. in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Since 2011, damage by this pest has been reported in Lumby, Sparwood, Creston and Fort Fraser. Farmers are asked to report any suspect damage in new regions to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture offices. 

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2018: South Coast Region

  • Well planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, and/or well-established grasses. 
  • Avoid manure applications on wet fields and/or saturated soils.
  • It is the producer’s responsibility to apply manure in a manner that will not create runoff to surface water, to off field locations, and/or leaching below the root zone
  • Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events. 

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No PFCA Silage Corn Testing this year

The Pacific Field Corn Association’s Corn Hybrid Trials will not be undertaken in 2018. The Agricultural Research and Development Center in Agassiz is not willing to renew the 30-year-old co-operative framework for access to its facility and use of the necessary equipment to undertake the testing program. Since there are no other freezing, grinding and drying facilities that can be efficiently utilized by the staff, the PFCA has no other alternative but to discontinue to offer the silage corn testing program.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Factsheet (2018)

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is a major insect pest of small fruit and tree fruit crops, as they lay eggs in ripe fruit. Infestation risk factors include high canopy humidity, and ripe and over-ripe fruit (hanging, dropped or rejected). Following the guidelines below will help to achieve the best possible SWD management.

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Fraser Valley Pest Assessment Inventory - Pest Analysis 2017

As our climate changes, weather patterns are expected to shift, which could significantly alter growing conditions and therefore the populations of insects, weeds, pathogens and invasive species across the Fraser Valley. These changes are likely to increase the complexity and challenges associated with pest management. In 2016, an inventory was created that documented pest-related activities in the Fraser Valley, as well as perceived pest threats across 30 agricultural commodities. The pest-related activities included research, outreach, monitoring, and surveillance, and resulted in a list of over 300 projects that have been conducted in the Fraser Valley over the past five years. In addition to this information, interviews were conducted with specialists, growers and producers to establish top priority pests or pests that were believed to be an increasing threat to each commodity. The additional analysis of the Fraser Valley Pest Assessment Inventory undertaken below is intended to assist in focusing activities and research to mitigate pest-related impacts on the agricultural community in this region. This initial assessment could provide a platform for a cohesive and coordinated approach to shared pest threats, and will inform a series of fact sheets that will improve the availability of relevant management information for Fraser Valley producers.

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