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Updated: Aug 22, 2017 at 6:32 AM

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Double Cropping Fall Rye for Extra Forage

Fall rye prevents erosion and gives good weed suppression. Rye is very cold tolerant, the hardiest and most disease resistant of the winter cereals. Fall rye has an extensive fibrous root system, can scavenge nitrogen very effectively, and utilizes early spring moisture for rapid growth. Fall rye is faster growing and earlier maturing in the spring than the other winter cereals, including wheat, barley and triticale. This enables an earlier forage harvest and more “double crop” options. Fall rye grows well on lighter and low pH soils, but does not do well on poorly drained, heavier soils. Forage rye is higher yielding, but not as palatable as winter wheat. Rye matures rapidly at the flag-leaf, boot and early-heading stages, with significant reductions in forage quality. This can create the challenge of a very narrow harvest window, particularly if there are rain delays.

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Italian Ryegrass

Italian ryegrass can produce very high quality, leafy, palatable forage suitable for high producing dairy cows. As a cool-season bunch grass, it is best adapted to cool, moist conditions. It does not grow as well in hot, dry summer weather. In Ontario it has been seeded in early spring (April, early-May) for harvesting that year. More recently, it has been seeded in August for harvest in late-fall and then again during the following year. This can provide an excellent double-crop option, but the risk of winterkill must be managed.

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Maximizing the Nutritive Value of Forages (AAFC Fact Sheet 2015)

Feeding forages cut in the afternoon can increase milk yield by up to 8% in dairy cows! Forages are a key part of the beef and dairy value chains. A clear link between forage quality and beef or milk production indicates the value of forages and the importance of enhancing the nutritive value of forages. Optimizing forage nutritive value can increase profitability for producers.

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Views from the sky - exploring the use of drones in crop production

Does using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) make sense for your crop operation? UAVs, also called drones or unmanned aerial systems, are available as fixed-wing types, like little airplanes, or rotor types, like little helicopters. They are catching the attention of Prairie crop growers and specialists who want to see how well they work for crop scouting and field mapping, and how the costs compare to the benefits. In Alberta, a project is underway to evaluate the use of UAVs to generate field maps to help in making decisions on weed and disease management. Dr. Chris Neeser, a weed research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD), is leading the project. He wants to develop a set of procedures for acquiring and processing high-resolution UAV imagery and to assess the usefulness and economics of this tool. To map a field, the UAV flies over the field in parallel passes and takes photos at regular intervals. Imagery software is then used to stitch all the photos together to create a map of the whole field.

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Electric Fence Installation: Everything from Purchase to "Power Up"

Once you have determined where the fence can be located on your property, map out the intended location of the fence. Look for potential geographical issues, like hills, densely wooded areas, or high brush that will need to be dealt with or avoided. Measure the perimeter of the fence line and determine how many wires of fencing you want your fence to have. When you are prepared with a detailed outline of your fence, you can proceed to purchasing the electric fence materials and charger that you will need. Remember, grounding rods need to be installed within 3 to 10 feet of each other, and you will also need connectors and insulators to make your fence complete. Spend time calculating the wire length of your fence so you can be sure to purchase a fence charger that is appropriate.

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What is T-Sum?

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.

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Just Farmers

Just Farmers - an informal Agricultural Newsletter from the Bulkley Valley - June 2015 edition posted. Topics include: Growing alfalfa in the Bulkley Valley; forage plots; A mixed livestock farm; Beltsville Small White Turkey

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Demonstrating innovative forage production practices to increase climate change adaptation - Project Summary 2014

The BC Forage Council has successfully funded a forage project that will assist in the development of on-farm adaptations focused on producing high quality forage under a variety of weather conditions. Through the development of a weather station network within the production area, the evaluation of production techniques using on-farm trials, and the creation of a manual for conducting on-farm trials, this project seeks to increase the information and management options available to producers as well as provide for the long-term ability to respond to changes in growing conditions. With the establishment of several weather stations, this project will also result in weather information from currently under-represented geographies being made available to those involved in climate change adaptation.

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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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