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Follow your T-Sum Value on Farmwest

T-Sum is a method to determine when to make the first application of nitrogen fertilizer in spring. The 'T-Sum' value is the accumulated mean daily temperatures (in °C) above zero, starting on January 1 (below-zero temperatures are ignored). For example, if the mean daily temperatures for a 5-day period were 6, 3, 0, 1, and -4°C, the 'T-Sum' total is 10. The 'T-Sum' concept assumes that rate of spring growth is related to accumulated mean temperature. Select the T-Sum calculator on the top corner of the Farmwest homepage to view the T-sum graph of your area.

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January UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory

In general, manure application is not advised until further notice. See Advisory #4 (Nov 4, 2013) for recommendations concerning management practices. The T-Sum is one consideration for deciding when new manure spreading advisories get released. However, because weather conditions vary from place to place, so does T-Sum and how quickly it increases. More information about the T-Sum can be found here: http://www.farmwest.com/climate/tsum

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Locally Produced Craft Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits for Sale at BC Farmers' Markets

The British Columbia Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) is pleased to announce that in the near future, locally produced craft beer, wine, cider and spirits will be allowed for sale at BC Farmers' Markets.

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December UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4

Re: Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2013: South Coast Region December 2, 2013

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MANURE SPREADING ADVISORY #4 2013: South Coast Region

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised until further notice. See below for advice on avoiding overflowing manure pits. Grasses grew for a long period this year as they took up nitrogen (N) from past manure applications. This is because of delay between N release from manure into the soil and crop N uptake from soil. The delay from the slow-release or ‘organic’ portions of manure N lasts days, weeks, and years. Waiting till next year to spread will increase the nutrient value of the manure for your crop. Producers are responsible for decisions regarding manure spreading. Legislation gives no specific dates for manure spreading, but it does not allow for manure to be spread in a manner that causes pollution. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist producers with decision-making about manure application.

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COOL FORAGES - Advanced management of temperate forages 2013

The new forage book published by the Pacific Field Corn Association is now available.  The book covers Ecosystem Services of Forage, Growth of Forage, Forage Diversity, Breeding New Forage Varieties, Soil Nutrients, Managing Waste, and Forage Quality and Feeding.  To order this book, please email pfca@farmwest.com

Read more in the Farmwest Library ... Cool Forages 2013

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Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) (2013)

Are You Harbouring an Aggressive Alien Invader in Your Garden?

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October UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2013: South Coast Region

Field-stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered from October 1 to April 1, inclusive. See Manure Spreading Advisory #3 (released Sep 3, 2013) for more information about how weather conditions and other factors influence manure applications.

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Cool Forages - Advanced Management of Temperate Forages 2013

What the experts are saying ... "… what an absolute delightful take on forages!" ~ Perry Miller, Montana State University; "Outstanding!" ~ Matt Sanderson, Research Leader, USDA-ARS

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2013: South Coast Region

* Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. * Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended. * Manure should not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. Buffer width should be increased for slopes greater than 5% and/or if the potential for runoff exists. * Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion. * Reminder that field stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.

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