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Forage pests and control of insects with Jennifer Otani
In this episode, we talk to Entomologist Jennifer Otani from the Beaverlodge Research station about her work in crop protection. We discuss Economic thresholds, control measures and the value of beneficial insects.
You can find the unofficial research station blog is here http://insectpestmanagement.blogspot.com/ and follow Jennifer at @bugs5132 on Twitter!
And have a look at the following resources for more information!
Alberta Forage Manual at https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/077326082x
Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada: Identification and Management Field Guide at http://prairiepestmonitoring.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_1.html
Cutworm Pests of Crops on the Canadian Prairie: Identification and Management Field Guide at http://prairiepestmonitoring.blogspot.com/p/cutworm-corner.html
Field Heroes https://fieldheroes.ca/ and @FieldHeroes
Alberta Pest Monitoring Network at https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-insect-pest-monitoring-network.aspx
Alberta Crop Insects webpages at https://www.alberta.ca/crop-insects.aspx
Canadian Grain Commission’s Stored Insect Pest Keys at https://grainscanada.gc.ca/en/grain-quality/manage/identify-an-insect/
RFSA’s Insect and Disease Trials at http://www.peaceforageseed.ca/research.html
Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Website at https://prairiepest.ca/
Insect Pest Management Program Blog at http://insectpestmanagement.blogspot.com/
As always, you can find PCBFA's research, events, and resources at https://www.peacecountrybeef.ca/
Music for the intro and outro by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com
Monitoring Water quality with Lesser Slave Watershed Council
Meghan Payne of the Lesser Slave Watershed Council discusses their water quality monitoring program, the importance of monitoring and the role of watershed councils in Alberta.
To contact the LSWC, check out their website: https://www.lswc.ca/
To view the water quality data the council has collected, check out the Mackenzie Datastream: https://mackenziedatastream.ca/
If you'd like to contact your local Watershed council, check out this resource on the Government of Alberta website: https://www.alberta.ca/watershed-planning-and-advisory-councils.aspx
The music for our intro and outro is Redwood Highway by Jason Shaw, check out more at Audionautix.com
SARDA's Intercropping Research with Megan Snell
In this episode, Johanna chats with Megan Snell, the research Coordinator from Smoky Applied Research and Demonstration Association, about Intercropping research in the Peace and a few other projects SARDA has been working on.
To find more information on SARDA's projects or their newsletters, check out their website at https://sarda.ca.
PCBFA's research can be found under the applied research tab on our website https://www.peacecountrybeef.ca/
Music for the intros and outros is Redwood Highway by Jason Shaw. Check out more music at www.audionautix.com.
Monitoring Forage Moisture with West Central Forage Association
In this episode, Johanna chats with Jessica from WCFA and Chelsea Pearce from Martin Deerline about using in-field weather stations and soil moisture probes in perennial and annual forage situations. This project aims to find out how useful the data from these weather stations is to producers as well as tracking how moisture moves under forage-based systems and grazing.
Check out the West Central Forage Associations projects here: http://www.westcentralforage.com/research/
You can find information about Martin Deerline here: https://www.martindeerline.com/
And you can always check out Peace Country Beef and Forage Association's projects here: https://www.peacecountrybeef.ca/applied-research
Music for this episode's intros and outros is Redwood Highway by Jason Shaw. Find more at www.audionautix.com
Managing Your Soil Health with Daryl Chubb
Today we're talking to Daryl Chubb, soil health consultant and farmer from southern Alberta. Daryl talks about some of the basics of soil health, how to read a soil test, and how to get started managing your soil health.
You can find Daryl's Website at denovoag.com.
Our intro and outro music is Red Wood Highway by Jason Shaw; check out more at Audionautix.com
Planning Perennial Pastures with Dr Bart Lardner
In this episode, we talk to Dr Bart Lardner about perennial pasture mixes, grazing management, rejuvenation and variety selection. Dr Lardner managed a research program focusing on beef cattle and forage research for the past 21 years and works as a professor with the University of Saskatchewan's Animal and Poultry science department.
For more information on research from the U of S check out http://westernbeef.org/
And take a look at the BCRC Website as well! https://www.beefresearch.ca/
As always, you can find PCBFA's research at https://www.peacecountrybeef.ca/
Music is Red Wood Highway by Jason Shaw; check out more at Audionautix.com