Agriculture Services

The Agricultural Service Board’s (ASB’s) of the Special Areas assist producers in many ways, while working in accordance within the regulations of the following Acts:

- Agriculture Service Board Act
- Weed Control Act
- Soil Conservation Act
- Agricultural Pests Act
- Animal Health Act

Spring 2018 Ag Newsletter

Weed ControlsWeed Control ProgramsPest Control ProgramsShelterbelt ProgramsAg InformationAgricultural Service BoardsUpcoming Events

More Questions? Give your local Ag Fieldman a call!

Special Areas 2: Jesse Williams (403) 854-1114 (or send a text!)
Special Areas 3: Don Hogan (403) 664-3618
Special Areas 4: Justine Comeau (403) 577-3523

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Archived Livestock Lessons
December 2015 - Winter Feeding Techniques
January 2016 - Trichomaniasis: The Silent but Devastating Cattle Disease
February 2016 - Livestock Predation
March 2016 - BSE Surveillance Program
April 2016 - Riparian Areas & Grazing Management
October 2016 - Ergot
November 2016 - Fusarium
December 2016 Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
February 2017 Newsletter
March 2017 Newsletter
April 2017 Newsletter
May 2017 Newsletter
June 2017 Newsletter
July 2017 Newsletter
August 2017 Newsletter
September 2017 Newsletter
October 2017 Newsletter
December 2017 Newsletter

Archived Weed of the Month
May 2016 - Scentless Chamomile
June 2016 - Black Henbane
July 2016 - Leafy Spurge
August 2016 - Knapweed (Spotted & Russian)
September 2016 - Yellow Toadflax

Weed Control Programs

The ASB provides a strong weed control program within Special Areas. Restricted noxious and noxious weeds are a main target of the board. Regular control is a consistent goal of the ASB’s, with problem weed sites being controlled, documented, GPS’d and reinspected as necessary. Roadside spraying is performed to aid in weed control. The ASB’s have herbicide spraying equipment that is available to rent.


What Noxious Weeds Should You look Out For?

Agricultural Services - Black Henbane

Black Henbane

Agricultural Services - Babys Breath

Baby’s Breath

Agricultural Services - Canada Thistle

Canada Thiste

Agricultural Services - Common Burdock

Common Burdock

Agricultural Services - Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

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Common Mullein

Agricultural Services - Common Tansey

Common Tansey

Agricultural Services - Common Toad Flax

Common Toad Flax

Agricultural Services - Leafy Spurge

Leafy Spurge

Agricultural Services - Scentless Chamomile

Scentless Chamomile

Agricultural Services - White Cockle

White Cockle

Agricultural Services - Yellow Clematis

Yellow Clematis

For more information about these Noxious weeds and others click here.


What Prohibited Noxious Weeds Should You look Out For?

Agricultural Services - Russian Knapweed

Russian Knapweed

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Spotted Knapweed

Killer Plants and Common Posers – click here for more information

For more information about these Prohibited Noxious Weeds and other kinds click here.


Pest Control Programs


Pest Control - Gophers & Strychnine

Liquid Strychnine is only available for sale between March 1 to August 1, supplies permitting.

Special Areas landowners are eligible to purchase up to 48 bottled of 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate for control of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels from their agricultural Fieldman at the Special Areas offices located in Consort, Hanna & Oyen.  Landowners may purchase up to 24 bottles on their first visit to the office, with an option to purchase an additional 24 bottles a minimum of two weeks later, priced at $10.50/bottle taxes included.  Landowners must agree to all the terms and conditions stated in the product registration, including collecting and disposing of all poisoned carcasses as directed by the label.  All unused bottles must be returned to Special Areas or disposed of according to provincial guidelines.  Supplies are limited and distributed on a first come, first serve basis.



Clubroot Control

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The Ag. Fieldman conduct annual surveys for this disease.



Grasshoppers

Special Areas offers Bran Applicators to assist in grasshopper control.

grasshopper survey

Annually, Special Areas participates in the provincial grasshopper survey which helps Alberta Agriculture produce the Grasshopper Forecast Map of Alberta and also provides information for the Alberta Crop Reporting Program which provides monthly updates during the growing season.

Grasshopper Forecast Map of Alberta
Grasshopper Guide


Fusarium Management

The ASB staff conduct provincially run surveys on Fusarium. They also do this for Blackleg of Canola, and Bertha Army Worms.


Coyote Control

Coyote control is another priority of the ASB’s as there are large numbers of cattle in these areas and coyote predation can be of great concern.


Skunks & Magpies

Skunk and Magpie traps are available to help producers achieve control.


Shelterbelt Programs

Pick up a shelterbelt tree order form at your nearest District Office or online.  You can now start ordering tree seedling for Spring 2017 delivery.  By ordering before November 15, 2016 Prairie Shelterbelt Program Ltd will waive their application fee!

Shelterbelts in Alberta
Shelterbelts for Livestock Farms
Shelterbelts for Soil Conservation
PrairieTech Propagation
Tips for Tree Planting
Tree Planter available for rent

Agricultural Service Boards

SPECIAL AREA NO. 2

Neal Roes, SA2
Brad Osadczuk, SA2
Greg Standing
Nathan Berg
Lee Quaschnick
Derek Christensen
Kevin Bossert
Dorothy Cornforth - Office Manager
Jesse Williams, Ag. Fieldman

SPECIAL AREA NO. 3

Travis Foot, SA3
Sam Shadlock, SA3
Jerry Logan
Marvin Molzan
Walter Scarff
Marilyn Lazzari - Office Manager
Don Hogan, Ag. Fieldman

SPECIAL AREA NO. 4

Barry Redel, SA4
Graham Schetzsle, SA4
Todd Murphy
Trevor Deagle
Gordon Long
Robert Worobo
Taryl Abt - Office Manager
Justine Comeau, Ag. Fieldman

Upcoming Ag Related Events