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Alfalfa, a plant of the pea family grown primarily for forage, especially as hay. It is one of the most useful and widely grown hay crops in the world.

Because of its high protein content, alfalfa is used as a food for almost all farm animals as hay, as silage, or as a temporary pasture crop. Because of its nitrogen-fixing properties, it is used in crop rotation to improve soil for other crops. When planted in combination with grasses, it helps prevent soil erosion. Alfalfa is also grown commercially for seed in arid or semiarid regions. Dehydrated alfalfa is ground into meal and used in feeding poultry and livestock. Indirectly, alfalfa is a source of honey, because bees gather substantial quantities of nectar from alfalfa flowers.

News

Beleaf™ label expansion
On December 23, 2016 a (Category B) label expansion for Beleaf™ 50SG (flonicamid) was submitted to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Should the PMRA approve this use, alfalfa screenings treated with Beleaf™ 50SG could be used as feed and bedding. The review timelines for a Category B submission range from 158 to 470 days. A few additional months may be required to add this use to the label – suggesting that screenings could be used as feed or bedding at some point between the fall season of 2017 and the fall season of 2018. Screenings could be held in storage until this use is added to the label – and then sold afterwards.

November 2016:
FGI has released the following letter regarding GM Alfalfa.

How You Can Help

Beleaf Approved for Tarnished Plant Bug.
The PMRA has approved Beleaf 50SG Insecticide (flonicamid), Reg. No. 29796, for the control of tarnished plant bug on alfalfa for seed production. It should take 3-6 months for this to be added to the label.

Note: Beleaf is labelled for “seed production only” Any labels for seed production only cannot be processed in any way for livestock - hay, forage, bedding etc. “Always follow the label”

Blossom Blight
We recently received an APWS (A Priority Without Solution) for blossom blight on alfalfa. This will give us the opportunity to initiate screening trials for a range of candidate active ingredients to control the pest. The Pest Management Centre (Ottawa) will be in charge of the project. Once (if) a candidate active ingredient is selected through the screening process, this active will automatically receive a Category A for data to be generated, the registration package to be put together and the submission made to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

AgCoalition
The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition (AgCoalition) has launched their new website. Their hope is to use this website to promote awareness of their progress in working with the government to ensure producer participation in policy development. www.agcoalition.ca

New & Old Board Members
It is with deep gratitude that we say farewell to Darren Nikkel, Gordon Frank, and Aaron VanEe. Their influences on the board have been notably impactful in the past and they will be missed at our monthly board meetings. As a result of the elections held in the spring (2016) we are pleased to welcome our newest board members Alex Geerligs and Chad Skrove, and to welcome our highly regarded advisor Brian Slenders, into the position of President.



Alfalfa Weevil Field History Survey

This survey will only take a few minutes to complete, and the outcome could drastically improve our chances of controlling pesticide resistance in alfalfa weevils.

Even If you are not having trouble controlling Alfalfa Weevils, it will help to establish a perimeter for the affected area.


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ASCA 2015 CROP SURVEY RESULTS


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