Starland Ag tour sells out
The popular Starland County Agricultural Service Board tour is a sell out this season.
The tour, which explores all kinds of aspects concerning agriculture in the county, is set to go this Thursday, July 28. Agricultural Fieldman Al Hampton says they have some exciting additions to the tour this year including the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA).
“They (the RDRWA) can check out all the innovations that the farmers are doing,” said Hampton. “I think it is good to get them to the rural areas and show them what is actually happening at the farm level. It gives them a little better perspective so when they are making decisions having to do with livestock care, they actually know what is going on.”
Some of this will focus on manure management.
“When you are dealing with watershed you are pretty concerned with phosphate and nitrates. Basically if you manage things correctly, you should not have any trouble,” he said.
There are many other innovations to the industry that will be featured, everything from offsite solar waterers for stock to a demonstration at the Mason Farm of a Husqvarna Auto Mower.
There is also some conventional information on crops with their resident specialist Neil Whatley, who will discuss lentil production in the area, and Kerry Sharp will lead participants through a canola plot.
Starland has become a leader in farm site solar installations and a representative from Greenlight Power will lead discussion at a major solar array. “He will talk about the process you go through to put an installation in place,” said Hampton.
Another innovative sight to see is a Biohaven Floating Island on the Michichi Reservoir.
“It’s a neat little idea, that is why we bought into it,” said Hampton. “They are taking recycled plastic and creating these islands. Basically, what you are doing is putting them into dams or dugouts. The idea is that you are going to improve the water quality because you have some aquatic plants you are going to be planting and they are going to be rooting into the water. It will give some water filtration and create some habitat for fish and ducks and different things,” explains Hampton.
They have installed one in a small area of the reservoir, and may expand the program if they can secure grant funding.
Registration is noon on Thursday at Sam’s Saloon in Rowley.
When you are dealing with watershed you are pretty concerned with phosphate and nitrates. Basically if you manage things correctly, you should not have any trouble.” Al Hampton Agricultural Fieldman