Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Apr 19, 2018 at 7:02 PM

Apr 19

High: 14 ºC

Thu PM
Apr 19

Low: 4 ºC

Apr 20

High: 13 ºC
Low: 4 ºC
Perc: 10 mm

Apr 21

High: 11 ºC
Low: 3 ºC
Perc: 2 mm

Apr 22

High: 16 ºC
Low: 3 ºC

Apr 23

High: 19 ºC
Low: 6 ºC


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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THURSDAY April 19, 2018 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Agassiz Research and Development Centre
6947 Highway 7, Agassiz, BC
  * See the latest in fall-seeded cover crop varieties
  * Learn about relay cropping techniques for improved production during           hot, dry summers
  * Talk to researchers about cover crop performance under cold winter            conditions

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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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Spotted Wing Drosophila Factsheet (2018)

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is a major insect pest of small fruit and tree fruit crops, as they lay eggs in ripe fruit. Infestation risk factors include high canopy humidity, and ripe and over-ripe fruit (hanging, dropped or rejected). Following the guidelines below will help to achieve the best possible SWD management.

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Fraser Valley Pest Assessment Inventory - Pest Analysis 2017

As our climate changes, weather patterns are expected to shift, which could significantly alter growing conditions and therefore the populations of insects, weeds, pathogens and invasive species across the Fraser Valley. These changes are likely to increase the complexity and challenges associated with pest management. In 2016, an inventory was created that documented pest-related activities in the Fraser Valley, as well as perceived pest threats across 30 agricultural commodities. The pest-related activities included research, outreach, monitoring, and surveillance, and resulted in a list of over 300 projects that have been conducted in the Fraser Valley over the past five years. In addition to this information, interviews were conducted with specialists, growers and producers to establish top priority pests or pests that were believed to be an increasing threat to each commodity. The additional analysis of the Fraser Valley Pest Assessment Inventory undertaken below is intended to assist in focusing activities and research to mitigate pest-related impacts on the agricultural community in this region. This initial assessment could provide a platform for a cohesive and coordinated approach to shared pest threats, and will inform a series of fact sheets that will improve the availability of relevant management information for Fraser Valley producers.

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Corn Rootworm 2018.1 Fact Sheet

Click here for FACT SHEET PDF (with photos)

Western Corn Rootworm

  • Detected for the first time in the Fraser Valley in 2016 and reached record levels in local corn fields during the 2017 season.
  • Single most important factor contributing to economic loss and shifting management practices in corn growing regions in North America.


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Rising Farmland Costs are Hurting Farmers (March 2018)

The Pacific Field Corn Association was invited to attend The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry meeting in Vancouver on March 19, 2018. Rising farmland prices threaten the viability of the family farm, the future of Canada's agriculture sector and a traditional way of life for thousands of Canadian families, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry said in a report. "Economic conditions are conspiring against farmers, who already encounter more adversity than they need. We need the government to help counter the market forces that are stacked against Canadian farmers which make it harder for them to buy the land they need to run successful farming enterprises." said Senator Diane F. Griffin, Chair of the committee.

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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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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Samurai Wasps (2018)

BC farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture are gearing up for the first phase of an intense battle with the invasive brown marmorated stink bug this year. Acheampong says new funding will be dedicated to putting up new traps in farms, to get an idea of just how far the stink bugs have spread into farmland. The pesky and sometimes smelly pests are a major concern for farmers throughout the US and Canada. A 2010 study found the insect caused $37 million in damage to the US apple industry alone, and since then the stink bugs have moved into southern Ontario, Prince Edward Island and now British Columbia. The stink bug also attacks and damages various tree fruits, berries, grapes, vegetables, corn and a variety of ornamental plants. The first sighting of the destructive Brown Marmorated species was in Penticton in 2016, but as of November last year most of the sightings of the insect have been in or around the City of Kelowna.

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Brassicas to Extend the Grazing Season

Use of Brassica Crops to Extend the Grazing Season - Cool-season perennial grass and grass-legume pastures typically become less productive as the grazing season advances from June to November. Forage brassica crops such as turnip, swede, rape, and kale can be spring-seeded to supplement the perennial cool-season pastures in August and September or summer-seeded to extend the grazing season in November and December. Brassicas are annual crops that are highly productive and digestible and can be grazed 80 to 150 days after seeding, depending on the species (see table on back page). In addition, crude protein levels are high, varying from 15 to 25 percent in the herbage and 8 to 15 percent in the roots, depending on the level of nitrogen fertilization and weather conditions.

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