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Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2015: South Coast Region

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised. See below for advice on avoiding overflowing manure pits. What is the concern with spreading manure now? Although a manure application now, under the most favourable conditions, may lead to a growth spurt of grass (Fig. 1), most of the nitrogen in manure that would be spread now will be leached and lost from the soil during the cold, rainy season, before the grass can use it (Fig. 2). Advice: don’t just feed the microbes, feed the crop by waiting to apply manure.

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Funding available for tree fruit replant program

B.C. government funding for tree fruit replant projects in 2016 is now available to help tree fruit growers replant their orchards with high-value, high-quality fruit varieties, and increase the value of their sales.

The funding is part of the B.C. government’s $8.4-million seven-year tree fruit replant program announced in November 2014. The program will result in an estimated 1,500 acres of orchards being replanted by 2021, and about 2,600 jobs each year for the Okanagan.

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October UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2015: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2015 (September 1, 2015) for the current Advisory.  The following Update does not change the Advisory.

“Manure application on perennial grasses is usually appropriate as long as crop growth and warmer weather patterns (greater than 5°C) continue; fields are trafficable; and precipitation does not create runoff” (Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2015).

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Video - Producing Renewable Energy from Cow Manure

The Inside Scoop on Manure - Delta residents Darrell & Linda Mott visit their farming neighbour Jerry Keulen to learn how Seabreeze Farm converts manure and organic consumer waste into renewable energy and high quality fertilizer.  (Seabreeze Farm, Delta, BC)

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New Sustainable Ranching Enterprise Diploma at TRU in Williams Lake

The Ministry of Advanced Education will provide Thompson Rivers University with one-time funding of $154,000 for developing a proposed new Applied Sustainable Ranching Enterprise Diploma program in Williams Lake. The two-year program aims to give individuals the skills to develop a sustainable ranching enterprise by examining best practices in business strategy, financial management, operations, marketing and enterprise diversification. It addresses the needs of the local ranching environment with a focus on sustainable management of natural resources and building resilience into ranching enterprises both at home and abroad. An advisory committee of ranching representatives from the Cariboo region ensured the program was built by industry, for industry.

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Agriculture research needs to focus on future challenges

The institute said rising population, climate change and the need to find 
alternatives to fossil fuels are priorities Canada needs a forward-looking agriculture research policy to help feed a burgeoning global population, cope with climate change and develop alternatives to fossil fuels, says the Agriculture Institute of Canada. It has released a proposal to create a strong scientific base that “will be the primary source of innovation and productivity enhancements needed to meet these future challenges,” says AIC CEO Serge Buy.

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BC Agricultural Fencing Handbook

This factsheet lists agricultural fencing information for planning and constructing both electric and non-electric fences for livestock control, crop protection and special purposes.

For specific needs, individual factsheets may be obtained.

All the factsheets listed make up the B.C. Agricultural Fencing Handbook binder of information ( Order # 307.000-0 ).

CLICK HERE to access document.

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BCFC Project: Demonstrating Innovative Forage Production Practices to Increase Climate Change Adaptation (2014-2017)

Project Summary:  This project will assist in the development of on-farm adaptations focused on producing high quality forage under a variety of conditions.  Through the development of a weather station network within the production area, the evaluation of production techniques using on-farm trials, and the creation of a manual for conducting on-farm trials, this project seeks to increase the info

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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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