Open Farm Days

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Farms and ranches across the province will open their doors to offer visitors a range of experiences, including culinary events, tours, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Yellowhead County and Community Futures West Yellowhead have partnered together as part of their Grow Local Yellowhead Initiative to work with local farms to offer a front seat view to a small handful of the products grown and created right in our own backyard!

For 2017 we're visiting four local farms as part of the bus tour and lunch.

Meet the farmers, shop at local retailers and experience the best Alberta agriculture has to offer. In Yellowhead County, Wild Country Gardens, Wooden Shoes Dairy, Violet Gardens & Greenhouse and Leaman Exchange are participating!

Check out directions and other participating farms at www.albertafarmdays.com

Alberta Open Farm Days is your chance to show support for your rural neighbors and the province's farms, ranches and agricultural businesses.

Self- Driving Tour Days:
Leaman Exchange - Sat. & Sun
Wild Country Gardens - Sun. Only
Violet Gardens & Greenhouse - Sat. Only
Wooden Shoes Dairy - Sat. & Sun


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 A write-up by local food blogger Cooking With Jax on each of the farms and some amazing photos for each of the 2017 farms can be found on www.cookingwithjax.com and some cool videos on her Facebook page @CookingWithJax

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Custom Herbicide Application Program (CHAP)

 

Custom Herbicide Application Program (CHAP)

Yellowhead County Agricultural Services Board has approved a Custom Herbicide Application Program to control Noxious and/or Prohibited Noxious weeds on private property.

This program will help Yellowhead County residents control weeds where the options of hiring a contractor and renting or purchasing spray equipment is not feasible.  The program will be run on a first come, first serve basis during the spraying season and as weather permits.

Herbicide will be applied onto the private land, not exceeding 20 acres.  Sites will be pre-inspected to determine if the property qualifies for the program and what equipment and herbicide will be necessary.

The landowner will be asked to sign a release allowing the County access to the property and permission to use herbicide as agreed upon by the landowner and Yellowhead County Agricultural Services Staff.  Pricing will depend on the area sprayed and the herbicide used.  Upon completion landowners will receive an invoice for the work performed.

Yellowhead County has added CHAP to enhance services to the residents of Yellowhead County in addition to the existing Roadside Vegetation Management Plan and Weed Inspection Program.

If you would like more information on this or any Agricultural Services Programs or to register for CHAP please contact the Agricultural Services Department in Wildwood at 1-800-814-3935.

Spring Seedling Program

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Yellowhead County Agricultural Services will again be offering the Spring Seedling Program. Seedlings are sold at bulk prices and will be delivered to Yellowhead County offices in the spring where they will be available for pick up.

The seedlings range from 1-year-old plugs to 3-year-old bare root seedlings. The average size of the seedlings received will be from 15 cm tall to 72 cm tall depending on the species.

  • No application required
  • Anyone residing within Yellowhead County is eligible
  • 16 different species of trees
  • Great for shelterbelts and acreages 

 

Yellowhead County Seedling Program

Regular Price

Cost per Seedling

$1.85 - $4.10 per seedling

$3.00 and $5.00 per seedling

 

Order forms will be available January 3, 2018 - January 29, 2018

 

Trees will be available for pickup from either County office location in May of this year.

Seedling Pictures

images courtesy of treetime.ca

Mountain Pine Beetles - What Can You Do?

Yellowhead County Residents play an important role in managing the mountain pine beetle infestation. Early detection and control are critical in managing Alberta's MPB infestations and preventing further spread.

 Mountain Pine Beetle MPB Reporting Information Fillable Form

The MPB app can be found at www.pinebeetleapp.ca.

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Background: Mountain Pine Beetle is an insect with the potential to devastate landscapes.  A large MPB outbreak started in British Columbia in the early 1990s. Since that time the insect has killed about 50% of the total volume of commercial lodgepole pine in that province. While isolated records of MPB had been noted in Alberta before, it was the massive migration of beetles into Alberta from outbreaks in British Columbia in 2006 that has since fueled the spread in this province.  

 

Mountain pine beetles in your backyard?
The mountain pine beetle is a small, black beetle about the size of a grain of rice. Over the past few years, mountain pine beetles have been expanding east into Alberta from British Columbia.
What type of trees may be attacked?
Mountain pine beetles attack and kill pine trees, usually mature ones aged 80 to 120 years old. All species of pine including lodgepole, jack pine, Scots pine and ponderosa pine are vulnerable. They do not attack aspen, spruce or fir trees. Pine can be distinguished from other trees by their long needles attached to branches in groups of 2-5.
When do beetles attack trees and how long do they stay in trees?
Beetles fly in search of new trees in July and August. Once a beetle has found a suitable tree, it will live in that tree for the remainder of its life and lay eggs. The new generation of beetles will not emerge from the tree for at least one year.
If my tree is attacked, will it die?
Unfortunately, yes. Trees successfully attacked by mountain pine beetles usually die within one year.
How can I tell if my trees have been attacked?
Look for creamy globs that look like crystallised honey, called pitch tubes, and sawdust at the base of the tree and in the bark’s crevices.
What do I do if my tree is infested?
If you suspect a Mountain Pine Beetle infestation on your property, please contact the Yellowhead Agriculture Department in Wildwood for assistance at 1‐800‐814‐3935, or:

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Mountain Pine Beetle Surveys and Control

Mountain Pine Beetle Surveys are conducted on pine trees within Yellowhead County during the month of April and May. Survey crews will require access to private property to conduct surveys and will be able to provide identification upon request.

Funding for the program was provided by the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry through a Mountain Pine Beetle Control Program Grant.

Mountain Pine Beetle Surveys are conducted on pine trees within Yellowhead County this spring. Survey crews will require access to private property to conduct surveys and will be able to provide identification upon request.

Follow up control activities will be conducted throughout the spring until completed. Control activities will remove 100% of mountain pine beetles found through surveys. Control activities will consist of tree removal or removal of beetles from the trees. Only trees that meet current infestation standards set out by Sustainable Resource Development will be removed.

  

For further information contact:

Jennifer Benson

2716 1 Avenue, Edson, AB T7E 1N9

Phone: 1 800-814-3935

jbenson@yellowheadcounty.ab.ca

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For further information contact Harry Ullrich, Deci- Con Consulting Ltd. 780-740-5143 
By phone at (780) 817-3230 or Jennifer Benson, Yellowhead County at 1 (800) 814-3935.

Deci‐con Consultants Ltd.
Harry Ullrich
deci.con.consulting@gmail.com
Cell: (780) 740‐5143
email deci‐con@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Background: Mountain Pine Beetle is an insect with the potential to devastate landscapes.  A large MPB outbreak started in British Columbia in the early 1990s. Since that time the insect has killed about 50% of the total volume of commercial lodgepole pine in that province. While isolated records of MPB had been noted in Alberta before, it was the massive migration of beetles into Alberta from outbreaks in British Columbia in 2006 that has since fueled the spread in this province.  

No Spray Program Yearly Renewal

Yellowhead County Agriculture Services requires landowners who do not want herbicides applied adjacent to their property to either sign up with a new No-Spray agreement or renew their agreement annually prior to April 1st of each year.

If you have chosen not to renew an agreement for this year, we ask that you please remove your signs prior to the start of the spray season starting May 1st.

Yellowhead County requires each landowner/occupant who has signed the agreement to fulfill their obligations before the July 1st deadline. If obligations are not met after the July 1st deadline, Yellowhead County re-assumes responsibility for weed/brush control on Yellowhead County Roadsides and may apply herbicide adjacent to non compliant properties if necessary.

Residents who have any concerns or questions with respect to the spraying of roadsides in their area or No Spray Agreements are urged to contact Yellowhead County Agricultural Services at 1-800-814-3935 or (780) 325-3782.

 

THE NEW 2016 NO-SPRAY AGREEMENT FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE OR AT EITHER COUNTY OFFICES STARTING JANUARY 4, 2016.

 

 

County Offices

EDSON OFFICE (MAIN)

2716 - 1 Avenue,Edson,AB. T7E 1N9
Phone: 780-723-4800
Toll Free: 1-800-665-6030
Fax: 780-723-5066

WILDWOOD OFFICE

53404 Rge Rd 92A,Wildwood,AB.
Phone: 780-325-3782
Toll Free 1-800-814-3935
Fax: 780-325-3783

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