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As crops across southern Alberta start to grow and another hail season begins, farmers are hoping to be spared from the kind of record hail damage that battered crops in every part of the province last year.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:12

SPARC short-handed moving forward

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Swift Current’s Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre is dealing with the aftermath of even more staffing cuts, after losing several staff members already last year.


Several Global Positioning System (GPS) devices have been stolen from rural locations in Southwest Saskatchewan. 

Flea beetles are the little black insects that are becoming a big problem to canola producers. They are very hardy beetles that have a huge appetite for all cruciferous crops. Their appetite combined with the ability overwinter in huge populations can be a serious threat to producers.

The Alberta Beef Producers are not COOL with what the organization calls a failure to comply by the United States with World Trade Organization policy.

There’s never a perfect time for rain. That said, the precipitation which began to fall in the Lethbridge area last Thursday came at a time when seeding operations were almost 100-per-cent wrapped up, and southern Alberta soil desperately needed a boost in moisture content.

Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced more than $600,000 in funding for 63 producer-led agriculture research demonstration projects. 

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