Prairie Post (East Edition)

Four of Alberta’s crop commission­s launch the 2022 Blue Book advance ordering system

- Contribute­d

Four of Alberta’s crop commission­s – Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers, and the Alberta Wheat Commission – have launched the 2022 advance ordering system for Alberta’s Crop Protection Guide, otherwise known as the Blue Book. Starting today, Alberta farmers, agronomist­s and agricultur­e retailers can get ahead of the busy growing season by placing their 2022 Blue Book orders at albertablu­ with shipping at the beginning of March.

“After a successful first year producing and delivering the 2021 Blue Book, the commission­s couldn’t be prouder of what we can accomplish together. We continuall­y seek to add value together and the Blue Book is a real testament to that,” explained Tara Sawyer, Alberta Barley Chair.

The 2022 Blue Book marks the second year of the commission­s collaborat­ing to produce this valuable tool for Alberta’s crop sector. Previously produced by the Ministry of Agricultur­e and Forestry, the 2021 Blue Book was the inaugural season of the commission­s assuming production. With the aim of streamlini­ng production and adding value, the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission­s’ in-house publicatio­n society, GrainsWest magazine undertakes the production of the Blue Book.

Along with annual updates to crop protection products and informatio­n, enhancemen­ts to the 2021 Blue Book included a revised sprayer operations section and a new section on pesticide resistance. The commission­s also unveiled the new pre-order feature last year, which accounted for over 60 per cent of 2021 Blue Book orders. Blue Book sales from the 2021 season were consistent with levels from previous years further indicating that the resource remains a valued tool in Alberta’s crop industry.

The four major crop commission­s are proud to collaborat­e on this tool to deliver the most up to date informatio­n on applicatio­n and storage protocols, along with new crop protection products. Farmers, agronomist­s and agricultur­e retailers can place their order for the 2022 Blue Book at albertablu­ebook. com and expect their Blue Books to arrive in March.

“The Blue Book is a quick reference tool that continues to be valued by Alberta’s farmers. It contains important informatio­n that farmers need throughout the year. We are pleased to be a partner in this collaborat­ion,” stated Robert Semeniuk, Alberta Pulse Growers Chair.

“The commission­s are extremely proud to continue the legacy of the Blue Book in Alberta. After one year of production under our belt, there is a strong indication that this trusted resource remains greatly valued amongst farmers and agronomist­s in Alberta,” added Todd Hames, Alberta Wheat Commission Chair.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada