Farmwest Blog

August UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2017: South Coast Region

Date: Aug 1, 2017  
Refer to Manure Spreading Advisory #1 of 2017 (April 3, 2017) for the current Advisory.  The following Update does not change the Advisory.

This update will look at an aspect of the Right Rate – one of the 4R’s of nutrient management.  To know the nutrient value of what you apply, you need to know your spreader application rates.

A reliable, quick method to calibrate your estimates is the following:

Corn Rootworm 2017.4 - Flight is taking off this week August 8, 2017

Corn rootworm flight is really taking off this week in Sumas and south Abbotsford and probably elsewhere. There are loads of beetles flying; they are really active in some locations. Corn silks are getting snipped, leaves look bleached out from feeding, and nearby flowers seem to be aggregation places for beetles, in particular, in melon flowers. The beetles seem to like eating red-root pigweed.

Climate Data Report: "Climate Change - The Need for Adaptation"

Recommendations for Producers
Although 1 year of data is not enough to develop concrete recommendations for producers in the Vanderhoof area, if the climate patterns recored in 2016 continue there will need to be changes to cropping systms in order to remain competitive. Some operational options and future research considerations for producer are listed below:

Even Inconclusive Forage Trail Findings Offer Benefits

Because winter feeding is his largest annual cost, Burns Lake, BC rancher Jon Solecki dreams of extending his grazing season. However, in his harsh, northern climate, the feed value of the forages he routinely grows drops to near zero by mid-fall. In 2015, he decided to test the establishment and productivity of five new-to-him perennial grasses in hopes of finding at least one that would remain nutritious into fall in his growing conditions.