Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Sask-Crops)

Cool weather has delayed producers from working their fields in Saskatchewan.

While seeding has started in southern areas, many producers won't begin seeding until next week.

The province says field conditions vary greatly, with dry fields in the south and high moisture in northern and eastern regions.

Do to a poor hay crop last year and a long cold winter, many livestock owners are using feed grains and other sources as they wait for pastures to green up.

Spring runoff is well below normal in the south in many areas, which will mean some producers will have to come up with other ways to provide water for livestock. (The Canadian Press)

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(PEI-Horses-Strangles)

Four horses from the same barn east of Charlottetown have been diagnosed with the contagious bacterial infection known as Strangles.

Prince Edward Island officials say the barn owner immediately implemented all control measures to prevent further spread of disease.

Officials say a horse will develop clinical signs between three to 14 days after exposure to an infected animal.

They say barns experiencing outbreaks should impose no-movement policies, monitor their animals closely, and restrict visitors. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Cannabis-Course)

With the clock ticking down to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, there's a big demand for qualified cannabis industry workers to ensure the product is ready to go to market.

As a result, Olds College in central Alberta says it will offer a Cannabis Production program starting in July.

The course will teach workers the skills needed to work in greenhouses as well how to deal with the strict rules that will be in place.

Debbie Thompson, a college vice-president, says the new course seems like a natural fit with the school's strong agricultural programming.

Training will involve basic horticulture, crop production, rules and regulations and the production of marijuana. …

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