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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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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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April UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2018: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2018 (Mar 16, 2018) for the current Advisory
 
From the current Advisory:
“It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields IF:
• Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)*
• T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200,

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Manure Spreading Advisory #1 for 2018: South Coast Region

It is acceptable to apply manure on established grasses, fields being seeded within two weeks of application, and berry fields IF: Expected precipitation and manure applications will NOT create nutrient or pathogen runoff to surface water (by overland flow or through tile drains)* T-Sum value in your area is greater than 200, Soil temperature is greater than 5oC, and Crop is actively growing (for established crops only)

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March UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017: South Coast Region

“in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.” With the T-sum value hovering near 200 in several areas across the Fraser Valley, it is important to remember the other factors to consider before a forage field is suitable for spreading manure.

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2017 BC AgriStability Enhancement Program may cover pest outbreaks if they caused significant damage

The BC Government has made special provisions to help producers suffering income declines in 2017. The British Columbia AgriStability Enhancement Program allows agricultural producers to enroll late and without penalty into the existing 2017 AgriStability Program with additional benefits such as:

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February UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017: South Coast Region

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 of 2017 (Nov 1, 2017) for the current Advisory: “in general, manure application on any crops is not advised.” The following Update does not change the Advisory. The T-Sum is one factor used to determine appropriate timing for the first manure application on grass fields. More importantly, however, decisions about the first manure application should consider the overall risks of runoff from the field, not just the state of the grasses. On some but not all fields, conditions will be suitable for manure application before T-Sum reaches 200. On other fields, conditions will not be suitable even after T-Sum reaches 200 (e.g. if fields are still saturated from rains). T-Sum values, a sum of daily mean temperatures above 0°C, for the region are listed below and compared with values for the same time last year and the historical average.

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