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AAFC scientist at Agassiz Research Centre appointed to Order of Canada

Dr. Dave Gillespie of Chilliwack was been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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July UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2015: South Coast Region

Date: July 2, 2015

Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 of April 2015 for the current Advisory.  The following update does not change the Advisory.

The Manure Spreading Updates of last yearhighlighted the nitrogen (N) fertilizer value of manures.  To know the N value of what you apply, you need to know your application rates.  You might estimate the rates by counting the number of loads applied.  A more reliable, quick method to calibrate your estimates is the following:

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New Database for Registered Crop Varieties

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has introduced a new database containing all of the registered varieties of crop kinds subject to registration in Canada. The Registered Varieties List (RVL) provides single-window access to the most up-to-date information on varieties registered in Canada. Users can now download the most current data on registered varieties from one location at any time. This searchable and downloadable database will improve the accuracy of variety registration information. The Registered Varieties List can be found on the CFIA website.

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Just Farmers - an informal Agricultural Newsletter from the Bulkley Valley

JUNE 2015 edition topics include: Growing alfalfa in the Bulkley Valley; forage plots; A mixed livestock farm; Beltsville Small White Turkey

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New regulations encourage farming on ALR

New regulations under the Agricultural Land Commission Act will encourage farming and help B.C.’s agricultural community fill the growing demand for B.C. food, locally and around the world, Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick announced today. The regulations will help farmers throughout B.C. take advantage of the demand for value-added B.C. goods by promoting the use of co-operatively owned processing facilities.

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Changes to Growing Degree Day Calculator

Request from a Farmwest member:  First of all ... I want to say thanks for your awesome growing degree calculator for our region. To have something this accurate for my exact city (Chilliwack) is just so handy to have. My only issue is that your base (threshold) only goes up to 10 degrees. I grow watermelon (threshold=13) and eggplant (threshold=16). It should be really simple to tune your software to allow the threshold to be raised up to 16 degrees C. Hope you can do that. Thanks again for providing this resource. Robert.

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Ontario restricts use of pesticides blamed for decline of bee populations

The Ontario government has unveiled North America’s first agricultural restrictions on a widely used class of pesticides blamed for the decline in bees and other pollinators. The controversial regulations aimed at reducing the use of neonicotinoid insecticides made by Bayer AG and Syngenta AG by 80 per cent within two years goes into effect on July 1.

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Should farmers sidedress nitrogen fertilizer on their corn fields this year?

  • If the soil nitrate-nitrogen (NO3-N) in the top 30 cm at the 6-leaf stage of corn (i.e. presidedress nitrate test or PSNT) is greater than 30 parts per million (ppm), there is likely no economic benefit to the sidedress application*.

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