Weather Forecast for:
Abbotsford Airport

Updated: Feb 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM

Feb 15

High: 2 ºC
Perc: 3 mm

Fri PM
Feb 15

Low: -1 ºC
Perc: 3 mm

Feb 16

High: 3 ºC
Low: -4 ºC
Perc: 1 mm

Feb 17

High: 2 ºC
Low: -8 ºC

Feb 18

High: 1 ºC
Low: -6 ºC

Feb 19

High: 0 ºC
Low: -4 ºC
Perc: 7 mm


BC Farm & Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Workshops

This winter, the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative are hosting agriculture and wildfire risk reduction workshops aimed at agricultural producers from all sectors, wildfire response and emergency personnel, and local government representatives.  Producers will gain vital knowledge to prepare themselves and their operations for wildfire. 

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New rules for agricultural waste management

New rules for agricultural waste management will better protect B.C.’s water and provide more clarity for the agricultural sector. 

Effective February 28 2019, a new regulation for Agricultural Environmental Management will replace the outdated Agricultural Waste Control Regulation. It will enhance environmental protection measures, allow better compliance and enforcement activities, and make it easier for farmers to establish environmentally sound practices.

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Pacific Agriculture Show January 24-26

The Pacific Ag Show will showcase the latest and most innovative equipment and technology for the agriculture industry. Join thousands of farmers and agri-food producers in comparing and investigating what over 300 exhibitors have to make your operation more efficient. Tradex Exhibition Centre (Abbotsford Airport), Abbotsford, BC

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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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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.

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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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