Farmwest Blog

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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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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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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Sustainability, Stewardship, and the Nutrient Management Plan

Demand for sustainability information is building. According to Canada’s Provision Coalition, today’s sustainability-conscious consumers want to know the whole story—cradle to grave—behind their food purchases. How can nutrient stewardship—the responsible management of crop nutrition—be communicated in a manner that builds the public’s trust?

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December UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

South Coast Region Date: December 1, 2014

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised.

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How is Moisture Deficit Calculated?

Moisture deficit is evapotranspiration minus effective precipitation. It’s explained in this link: http://www.farmwest.com/node/933 Historical average is calculated within the time period that you’ve selected (e.g., May to Sept) over all the years that a particular station has data. It is just a quick comparison of what it is currently compared to historical average.

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Making Hay while the Sun Shines: Building Our Islands’ Local and Regional Brand

The sun is shining on the local food movement, and the Island Farmers’ Alliance wants to help make the most of the opportunity! Marketing is one of the key strategies to connect Island producers with Island consumers and therefore build local production and assure the sustainability and growth of Island agriculture.

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CleanFARMS British Columbia - Obsolete Collection Campaign

CleanFARMS has organized an unwanted pesticide collection for regions of B.C. for the fall of 2014. The program provides B.C. agriculture producers the opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted, obsolete pesticides, free of charge. Commercial and restricted pesticides from farms, greenhouses, golf courses, the turf industry, landscape companies and vegetative management industries will be accepted.

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October UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2014: South Coast Region

It is not necessarily a good idea, or acceptable, for you to apply manure on your field just because a neighbour is applying manure. Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (September 2, 2014) to learn about the field-specific factors to consider before applying manure. Remember that field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1. The next full Advisory, (advising against further manure applications this fall and winter) is expected to be released within the next 4 weeks.

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