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These trials were initiated by applied research associations in Alberta to test perennial forage varieties to fill the knowledge gap of forage data available for livestock producers in the region. This trial was established in eight sites across the region following same protocol with the objective of collecting data on growth, yield, feed quality, nutrient content and to see ability to survive during winter across the region over years. This trial was started in 2016.

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The year 2017 proved to be another positive year for our organization. With the quality of work that has been done, we are now in the enviable position that we have companies and organizations approaching us to do work or collaborate with them. We are also always looking for input from the local producers for new ideas on the type of research and the direction we should be heading.

The Innovative Farmers Project, where we have been farming the land at the site that isn’t being used for research, was an outstanding success this year. We raised a record of close to $130,000, which will go directly back in the program or is being used on new capital projects. I would once again like to thank all the farm input suppliers and the local farmers who make this possible. This is a valuable part of our funding structure…

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DISTINCTLY GREEN AND HEATED SEEDS ARE TWO OF THE MOST COMMON DOWNGRADING FACTORS FOR CANOLA.

Understanding the tools and process used to assess distinctly green and heated seeds can help with harvest timing and storage. With the grading process largely visual, the guides are the appropriate tools to consistently assess these grading factors.

Meeting grade tolerances is key to ensuring canola oil’s high quality. High levels of green seed impact the colour and taste and cause the oil to go rancid faster. Distinctly green is the close proxy for chlorophyll content. Heated seed has a similar effect reducing the seed’s usability…

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Highlighting information, projects & resources from the Environmental Stewardship Branch

Spring management options for un-harvested crops is at the top of minds for many farmers. For more information and resources listen to the Call of the Land interviews with Trevor Wallace and Marcos Miller or go to agriculture.alberta.ca/unharvestedcrops to learn what to consider and how to proceed with un-harvested crops.

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Upcoming MARA Events:

  • MARA-Organic Alberta Organic Transitions Workshop and Organic Grain and Field Crops Conference – April 7th & April 8th, 2017 at the La Crete Heritage Center
  • Northern Ag Update, April 19th, 2017 at the Fort Vermilion Community Complex from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
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Upcoming MARA Events:

  • MARA 2016-2017 AGM, Farmers Appreciation Supper & presentation in Maximizing Grain Yield (February 9 2017)
  • MARA-Organic Alberta Organic Transitions Workshop and Organic Grain and Field Crops Conference – April 7th & April 8th, 2017 at the La Crete Heritage Center
  • Northern Ag Update, Fort Vermilion Community Complex, April 19th, 2017. More details to come!
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The MARA board once again welcomes the opportunity to share the success of our efforts over the past year. With the diversity of agriculture enterprises in the region we have tried to develop a program that will continue to benefit as many producers as possible. The continuation of the RVT’s, the fertility trials, the ongoing field scale fungicide testing, are a portion of our work that hopefully is a benefit to the traditional grain sector. We continue to support the growing organic industry with the ongoing variety testing, the oat breeding, and cover crop trials. We have also started the agronomic hemp trials with support from REDI.

The livestock portion of the program is being addressed with grazing trials and work in forage production.

The extension side of our program continues to expand with crop-pasture walks and workshops covering numerous topics hosting knowledgeable speakers. We also continue to facilitate Environment Farm Plans within the County…

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Upcoming MARA Events:

  • Free Environmental Farm Plan & Growing Forward 2 workshop-Fort Vermilion (November 21 2016)
  • Livestock Grazing and Pasture Management Workshop-La Crete (December 5 2016)
  • MARA 2016-2017 AGM, Farmers Appreciation Supper & presentation in Maximizing Grain Yield (February 9 2017)