Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Dec 12, 2018 at 7:58 AM

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Dec 12

 
Low: 3 ºC
Perc: 42 mm

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Dec 13

High: 6 ºC
Low: 5 ºC
Perc: 33 mm

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Dec 14

High: 7 ºC
Low: 2 ºC
Perc: 11 mm

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Dec 15

High: 6 ºC
Low: 3 ºC
Perc: 12 mm

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Dec 16

High: 6 ºC
Low: 4 ºC
Perc: 31 mm

 

Best Management Practices for Phosphorus in the Environment

Phosphorus is a naturally occurring element, essential to life. It is a vital component of the genetic material found in all cells and is involved in energy transfer reactions. In many soils and aquatic systems, phosphorus is the element that limits growth. When phosphorus is supplied, plant growth is stimulated. In most agricultural situations, additional phosphorus will improve productivity. But in rivers, streams and lakes, phosphorus can cause problems by stimulating excess plant growth and reducing the quality of the water.

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AgSafe Video - 3 steps to getting your Certificate of Recognition (COR) 2018

AgSafe receives a variety of questions about our Certificate of Recognition (COR) program. To help employers in BC understand the benefits of a COR certification and how our COR program works we produced a short 1 minute introductory video.

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Organic Sheep & Goat Production

Thompson Rivers University presents ... SEMINAR SERIES for October & November, 2018.  Join the seminars live or remotely from anywhere in B.C.

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Anthrax confirmed in Peace-area livestock

A diagnosis of naturally acquired anthrax has been confirmed in the death of 13 livestock on a farm near Fort St. John.

The animals are thought to have contracted the disease from exposure to dormant anthrax spores in the soil of a feeding site, which is no longer being used. No further losses on the farm, which has a herd of more than 150 animals, have been reported.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #4 for 2018: South Coast Region

The Manure Spreading Advisory Committee (consisting of industry and government representatives) is advising against manure applications due to lower air temperatures, the increased potential of significant rain events, and lack of vegetative cover and/or reduced nutrient uptake of cover crops. The committee will monitor weather and soil conditions and will issue further advisories as conditions change. Principal environmental risks associated with manure application:

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True Armyworm 5. June 2018

During April and May, true armyworm moths may migrate from southern USA and Mexico on wind currents to parts of Southern Canada including B.C., Manitoba, and Ontario. True armyworm is not known to overwinter in Canada. True armyworm prefers grass crops such as cereals, pasture, grass hay and corn. However, under high populations, true armyworm larvae may also feed on broad leaf plants. Adults feed on flower nectar or other sweet sources. Young larvae will skeletonize grass foliage and eat small holes in leaves. From the third instar and older, larvae will devour entire leaves. Larvae will also sometimes feed on developing seed heads and corn tassels and ears. Once an area is sufficiently defoliated, larvae will move in a group to other grass stands to resume feeding. True armyworms can cause significant but often patchy crop damage in only a few days, and can cause rapid crop devastation when the larvae population is high. In southwest B.C., the first generation of larvae, feeding in June and July, can cause significant crop loss to grass hay and cereals. The second generation of larvae in August and September can be even more destructive, affecting both grass and corn crops. 2017 was the first year damage was recorded for this pest in B.C.

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Video of a cow using a mechanical brush

This video shows a cow pushing open a weighted gate to get access to a mechanical brush during an experiment conducted at the UBC Dairy Eduction and Research Centre in Agassiz, Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAAvnPFAEz0

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Cows are highly motivated to access a brush (2018)

When cows are allowed access to mechanical brushes they are cleaner and spend about five-fold more time grooming than when brushes are not available, suggesting that these brushes are important for the cow. To better estimate just how important access to an automated mechanical brush is to indoor-housed dairy cows, we conducted a study designed to test the motivation of dairy cows to access a mechanical brush.

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PFCA Summer Student 2018

August 31, 2018 - As the forage season slowly comes to an end so do high level if pests. Corn root worm females are getting ready to start reproducing and laying eggs in the soil. These eggs will overwinter and be the start of next years populations. To prevent large populations in crops the following year, rotating crops or even switching varieties can help. Monitoring this years population was done to predict what next season would be like. All traps have been removed as some fields have began to harvest. During the monitoring season things such as weather conditions and temperature was seen to impact the numbers of specimens found. It is unclear if there is a connection at all.

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