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Updated: Dec 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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Stockpiled Forage – Extending the Grazing Season (2013)

Perennial forages store carbohydrate and protein in their crowns and roots during the fall regrowth period as the plants acclimate for winter. Much of the stored nutrients may be mobilized out of the leaves and the leaves become depleted. However, the slow growth and metabolism under gradually declining fall temperatures may delay senescence and even allow some carbohydrate to accumulate in the green leaf material. Under these conditions, regrowth of tame grasses in the Parkland region remain green going into the winter and the green leaves may even survive a few degrees of frost, and if the leaves are covered in snow, they may even remain green and viable through much of the winter. Under such conditions, protein levels and digestibility remain adequate for grazing dry beef cows.

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Swath Grazing - Extending the Grazing Season (2014)

Grazing cereals that have been cut in fall and left in the swath for winter grazing is the cheapest way to winter beef cows in western Canada: this system may reduce wintering costs by about 37 to 60%1 compared to a traditional winter feeding system. This grazing system is much cheaper than feeding stored feed in a traditional winter feeding system.

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Pasture Bloat in Cattle and other Ruminants: Cause, Occurrence and Mitigation Strategies (2013)

Pasture bloat is a common digestive disorder of cattle and other ruminants. It is characterized by an accumulation of gas in the rumen and reticulum, the first two stomachs of ruminants. There are two types of pasture bloat. Free-gas bloat is associated with obstruction of the oesophagus and is most often encountered when cattle are pastured on root crops such as beets or turnips. Frothy-pasture bloat is more common and is caused by entrapment of gas produced from fermentation of rapidly digestible forages such as alfalfa, clovers or wheat. The foam in the rumen prevents the escape of fermentation gases.

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EU Reaches Provisional Agreement On GMOs

Yesterday evening (Dec. 3), European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomed a provisional political agreement on GMO cultivation in the European Union. “I am glad to announce that the European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional political agreement on the draft legislation on GMO cultivation. The proposal, will give member states the possibility to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory, without affecting the EU risk assessment,” Andriukaitis says.

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2014 Corn Silage Hybrid Data Now Posted

View data tables from the Coastal Trials in Abbotsford & Agassiz and from the Interior Trials in Enderby. In Abbotsford, hybrids were compared to the average of two standards – HL SR35 and 39V05. The average yield of the standards at Abbotsford was 19.8 tonnes of dry matter per hectare. In Agassiz, hybrids were compared to the average of two standards – HL R219 and HL SR35. The average yield of the standards at Agassiz was 19.0 tonnes of dry matter per hectare.

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Tillage radishes – a new option for improved soil health

New-to-Canada cover crop salvages nutrients, improves water and air movement in soil, protects from pests and increases crop yields. Very aggressive when rooting, tillage radishes can exert 290 pounds per square inch of pressure as they drill down, which allows them to punch their way through compacted soil and hardpan. Cover crops are not yet grown much in Canadian fields. However, tillage radish, a fast-growing, all-natural cover crop, may just change that. According to Patrick Fabian, tillage radishes do everything from increasing nutrient availability for subsequent crops, to suppressing pests and supporting healthy soil organisms, to improving water and air movement through soil. That, combined with the fact that studies now show yield increases of up to 10 and 11 percent respectively in soybeans and corn planted into decomposing tillage radishes, means this cover crop is making significant waves south of the border.

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Genetically Modified Food? Cast Your Vote Yes or No

Watch Monsanto’s Robert Fraley and Alison Van Eenennaam of the University of California, Davis, debate representatives from the Union for Concerned Scientists and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.


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Thrive! BC Farmers’ Markets Conference 2015

Feb. 20-22, 2015 at the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay

Our three-day conference, invites market organizers, growers, small-scale food processors, artisans, and agricultural and community leaders, to celebrate local food and farmers’ markets. The conference will feature multi-track workshop sessions, an industry-specific trade show, networking opportunities, and a banquet dinner featuring the 2nd annual Farmers’ Market Awards.

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Inoculant Market To Grow To $398 Million by 2019

A new report projects the agricultural inoculants market to reach $398.56 million by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.5 percent from 2014. Agricultural Inoculants market by type, source, mode of application, crop type, and geography. Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019 projects that Latin America will emerge as the fastest growing region with a CAGR of approximately 10 percent from 2014 to 2019. According to the authors, “agricultural inoculants are gaining popularity because of their multi-functional benefits to plants in sustainable agriculture.”

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Quality Alfalfa Requires Good Fertility

Alfalfa remains one of the country’s major forage crops, despite having a rough go of it in recent years. In 2012, harvested area of alfalfa hay in the United States fell to about 17.3 million acres, the lowest since 1942 according to government statistics. The effects of drought and high grain prices were mostly to blame. But since then harvested area has clicked up by almost a million acres (NASS Quick Stats, Oct. 2014).

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