Peace agronomy update. Thursday January 17, Dunvegan Motor Inn in Fairview. CCC agronomy specialist Greg Sekulic will speak about aster yellows and the 2012 experience. Why you should attend this talk: Greg gives a local perspective on this Prairie wide infestation. He will look at insects and control aspects and explain why he will not encourage growers to spray for the aster yellows insect vector. Other speakers include Scott Meers with results of the Peace insect survey and a 2013 outlook, Peter Johnson, provincial cereal specialist from Ontario, on “Breaking the Yield Barriers in Wheat Production,” and Calvin Yoder with AARD giving a Peace research update. Click here for more information.
Alberta county clubroot meetings.
Gilby Community Centre, February 11, for more information, call 403-746-3607.
Flagstaff County Office, Sedgewick, February 12, for more information, call 780-384-4129.
Stettler Community Hall, Stettler, February 14, to register for the Stettler meeting, call Quinton Beaumont at 403-742-4441.
Clubroot continues to expand in Alberta, with a few new counties added to the confirmed list in 2012. Soil movement by field equipment and vehicles remains the key way the disease spreads from field to field. At these meetings, CCC agronomy specialists Dan Orchard and Keith Gabert along with AARD clubroot specialist Ron Howard will provide hands on demonstrations on clubroot management, including how to ID the disease early and how to use equipment sanitation to slow its spread across the farm and the county. Ron Howard will bring live plants with the disease so growers can see what early stage infection looks like. The meetings will also provide growers and all other interested parties a chance to review county clubroot policies.