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  Hort Snacks - June 2016
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 Featured Surveys | Interesting News / Articles to Read This Month | Mental Snacktime | CleanFARMS 2016 | Growing Forward 2 Programs | Be on the lookout for Late blight | Q and A

Featured Surveys

Input being sought with regards to Future Government Programs – surveys

1) AAFC - Next Agricultural Policy Framework – Share Your Experience and Ideas

2) Canadian Horticulture Council (CHC) – Risk Management Policy Development for GF3

Interesting News / Articles to Read this month

Mental Snacktime – New Growth

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl

CleanFARMS 2016

CleanFARMS will be running obsolete pesticide & livestock medication collections in October of 2016 as follow:
  • Northern Alberta (Red Deer to AB Peace)
The program is free and ag-retail collection locations/dates will be released in early summer. The program is delivered by CleanFARMS and its members in each province/region of the country every three years.

Visit www.cleanfarms.ca for more information.

Note: In 2015, Alberta farmers disposed of more than 72,000 kg of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

Growing Forward 2 Programs

Have a look at the Growing Forward 2 website to see the open programs that have funding available in different areas. There are a number of programs that have funding that is applicable to horticulture producers (small and large; new entrants or established) or groups in the areas of Agri-Processing Product Automation and Efficiency, Agri-Processing Product and Market Development, Business Management Skills and Business Management Opportunity, Food Safety Systems, Irrigation Efficiency, On-Farm Energy Management, On-Farm Water Management, etc. These provide funds for a bunch of areas, including things like training and/or skill development, expansion/succession planning, equipment for increased efficiency, innovative products, increasing competitiveness, etc. Don’t be afraid to be creative in your ideas.

Please note, even if programs fill up this year, it is possible that they will repeat in future years, so you would have time to get your ideas and projects straight for the next funding year. Visit the site regularly to see which programs are taking applications.

If you want to apply or have questions of what is in and what is out or on eligibility, contact a New Venture Coach or a business development officer or the contact for the specific program. Applications have to go through staff to be vetted or reviewed.

Be on the lookout for Late blight

Over the last few years, there has been a great deal of concern in Alberta surrounding a serious disease called Late blight that affects mainly potatoes and tomatoes. This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans. The favourable conditions for disease development, combined with the presence of the pathogen, have resulted in multiple outbreaks of Late blight in commercial, market garden and urban potato and tomato crops throughout parts of Alberta in past years. A number of different strains of the pathogen have been identified in different years, each being more or less aggressive on either potatoes or tomatoes. For 2016, this disease continues to be a risk for all Solanaceous crops (potato/tomato family) grown in Alberta.
It is recommended that ALL growers of potatoes and tomatoes be extra vigilant to try and catch any diseased material early on, before a significant outbreak can occur. In the early season, growers should watch for:

  • Tomato transplants and newly emerged potato shoots with water-soaked leaf lesions
  • Plants that develop lesions early on in the season or as the season progresses, particularly if conditions are moderate and wet/humid
If you find plants showing suspicious lesions, it is recommended that you can contact 310-FARM (3276) to determine if further testing is required and to discuss management. Please do not hesitate to report an incidence, as early awareness will help to prevent and contain an outbreak and can help others to protect their crops.

While undertaking identification, producers should dispose of infected material as quickly as possible, removing disease parts (small scale) or killing out plants so disease cannot develop further. Protective fungicide applications can be made if conditions favour disease (and if disease is known to be present in the province

Information on Late Blight - FAQ – Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

Q and A

Q: How do you prepare yourself and your staff for pest management activities in the season?

A: We went to Alberta Farm Fresh Presentation by Dustin called Integrated Pest Management. At this session Dustin gave a management score sheet to fill out. When filling out the questions it makes a person really have a good look at one's own operation. Thanks Dustin.

Next Month’s ? What is one pest management practice that you have found to be of great value to you?
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This information published to the web on May 30, 2016.