Hort Morsels - Bits and Pieces - Hort Snacks - October 2018

  Hort Snacks - October 2018
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Featured Videos

Some “new” (to you) pest videos
Caterpillars and caterpillar-like larvae: Identifying characteristics

Wireworms vs Tuber Flea Beetles: What’s causing the damage?

Alberta Legislation, Codes, Regulations

Occupational health and safety

  • Changes came into effect June 1, 2018
OH&S Farm and Ranch workplace legislation
  • Changes coming into effect Dec 1, 2018
Employment Standards Code
  • Changes came into effect Jan 1, 2018
How much straw? - (The eternal strawberry question)

To apply 4-6 inches of straw over rows
  • 2-3 tons/acre (4.6-6.7 t/ha)
  • 120 small square bales / acre
  • 10-12 large round bales / acre
Apply 4 inches over each row and then 1-2 inches over 4-5 rows

In the News / Interesting Articles
Mental Snacktime – Mentoring
  • “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg
  • “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” – John C. Crosby
  • “Mentoring is about listening to people, helping them go over what the issues are and how to clarify ways to deal with any problems that may arise.” – Mildred S. Dresselhaus
  • “What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.” – Vivek Wadhwa
  • “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” – John C. Maxwell
  • “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living - if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” – Denzel Washington
  • “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton
Farm Energy and Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program

Click the link for program poster

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics (OFSPV) Program

Click the link for program poster

Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Programs

Have a look at the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Program website (www.cap.alberta.ca). CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. It is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 (GF2) partnership.

In Alberta, CAP represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector. The roll-out of the CAP program suite in Alberta began in April, 2018, and will consist of a phased roll-out of 15 programs over the spring, summer and fall of 2018. Applications and program details consisting of cost-shares and eligible activities and/or items will be released with the opening of each program. The criteria for eligibility will be made available along with the program details.

Please note, there are some differences between CAP and GF2 programs, including many of the programs being merit-based (as opposed to 1st come/1st served), with specific intake periods staged throughout the year. Check each program for specifics.

In Alberta, CAP will deliver programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust.

If you had subscribed to receive updates from the GF2 website, you will have to re-subscribe for updates from CAP. Click on the ORANGE button in the upper right of the CAP homepage, to subscribe.


As of October 1, 2018, details on parts of 4 of the 5 themes of programs have been released and a number of programs are open. Details on the additional programs will likely be announced soon. The following programs are included:

Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Theme
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Group
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer
  • Farm Water Supply
  • Irrigation Efficiency
Products, Market Growth and Diversification Theme
  • Products to Market
  • Value-added Products to Market (currently closed)
Risk Management Theme
  • Risk Mitigation (currently suspended)
  • Others to open soon
Public Trust Theme
  • Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives
  • Public Agriculture Literacy
  • Youth Agriculture Education
Science and Research Theme
  • Coming soon

Question and Answer

Q: How do you prepare/help out the next generation in the industry?

A: feed them fresh home grown fruits and vegetables.
A: Plan 10 years ahead in crop rotation soil health; Make A PLAN AND STICK TO IT.
A: I teach and educate every chance I get

Next Month’s ? What benefits have you seen that have come from belonging to an industry organization? What do you think is the role of an organization?

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This information published to the web on September 24, 2018.