As we move into the fall months Ag Services has wrapped up the Canada thistle ditch spraying program and will be assisting Public Works in their County rights of way tree/brush removal program. Some of the brush and small trees will be controlled with a spraying technique called basal bark spraying. This is where a combination of a herbicide called Garlon XRT and an industrial mineral oil or vegetable oil is sprayed in a thin band around the base of the tree. This technique allows for brush and tree control to take place later in the season, even after temperatures are below freezing.
Late fall is when the Ag Services does the provincial rat inspections in the Rat Control Zone. This is a program that originated in 1950s and has been a major reason why there is no resident rat population in Alberta. The Rat Control Zone in Cypress County extends from the Alberta/Montana border up to the South Saskatchewan River along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and three ranges (18 miles) into Alberta from the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. There are approximately 300 sites within this zone that are inspected for the presence of rats, twice a year. For more information on the rat inspections please contact Lisa Monkman at the County office.
The agricultural services department receives direction from the Agricultural Service Board (ASB). This department is responsible for administering and developing programs to compliment the Agricultural Service Board Act, the Weed Control Act, the Agricultural Pests Act and the Soil Conservation Act. (Copies of these Acts can be found on Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's website.)
They are also responsible for assisting local producers with Environmental Farm Plans, and with the application process for Growing Forward grant funding.
Other areas of responsibility include hamlet park maintenance, brush control in rights-of-way and agricultural education and awareness.
2015 Crop Variety Guides
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in conjunction with Agriculture Canada have released their cereal variety guides for 2015. These guides can assist producers in selecting varieties of crops that will offer resistance to certain diseases.
At the end of each year the ASB Chairman prepares a report on the ASB's activities.To view these reports please click HERE
Cypress County's ASB, in partnership with the County of Forty Mile, publishes a newsletter highlighting new and interesting subject matter affecting agriculture. To view these newsletters please click HERE
Garry Lentz (councillor): Phone: 403.527.0378 : Email
Ernest Mudie (councillor): Phone: 403.878.7704: Email
Dustin Vossler (councillor): Phone: 403.502.1834: Email
Conny Kappler (member at large): Phone: 403.580.5582: Email
Andy Kirschenman (member at large): Phone: 403.581.9760: Email
Jason Storch (Agricultural Fieldman): Phone: 403.526.2888: Email
Lisa Monkman (Assistant Agricultural Fieldman): Phone: 403.526.2888: Email
Cypress County has several pieces of rental equipment available to rate payers
- Two 15 foot Sunflower no-till seed drills
- 14 foot land roller (can be filled with water)
- Cattle scale
- Weigh wagon
- Shelterbelt mulch applicator
- Skunk and raccoon traps
- Back Pack Sprayers
- ATV Sprayer attachment
- Tree planters
- Pasture pipeline plow
- Solar cattle waterer
- Exit applicator
To check the availability of any of the equipment or to book the equipment for use please contact the County office.
Roadside (from the edge of the road to the fence line) spraying is done to keep weeds in the ditch from spreading into the adjacent field. The weeds that are primarily targeted are those that are listed in the regulations of the Weed Control Act. We do not blanket spray the ditches, but rather spot spray individual plants or patches of weeds.
The County’s roadsides are sprayed on a rotational basis, with 1/3 of the county’s roads being sprayed each year. Any newly constructed roads are sprayed, as needed, for at least 3 years, or until the grass is sufficiently established to out compete most weeds.
Herbicides that are used include, Milestone, Clearview, 2,4-D, Glyphosate, Garlon, and Tordon 22K.
Cypress County does not allow organic producers to use any part of the municipal right-of-way for a buffer zone. Organic producers are encouraged to contact the county to alert the Ag Services department of their organic status. Staff will do their best to ensure that they are careful in those areas, but the county reserves the right to control weeds in the right-of-way as needed.
For more information please contact the Cypress County office.
The Norway Rat is designated as a pest under the Agricultural Pests Act and as such must be destroyed when found. A 2014 infestation at the Medicine Hat Sanitary Landfill has been eradicated.
If you think that you have seen a rat all residents are encouraged to contact the County.
Since Cypress County borders Saskatchewan, we have a contract with the Province stating that we will inspect all possible rat habitat within 12 miles of the Saskatchewan border. These inspections take place in November and December.
For information on identifying rats and steps you can take to protect your property go to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's website on Rat Control.
For more information please contact the Cypress County office.
Environmental Farm Plans and Growing Forward
If you are interested in doing an Environmental Farm Plan for you operation or would like to apply for Growing Forward funding, you can contact the Cypress County office and Lisa Monkman can assist you with the process.
Hamlet Parks Maintenance
Cypress County’s Ag Department is responsible for mowing the grass and basic maintenance of the parks and green spaces in Desert Blume and Irvine. All other hamlets have community associations that are responsible for maintaining their parks.
Here are some links to agriculturally related programs and information:
Canadian Agricultural Safety Association - Back to Ag Program
The Back to Ag Program is a new funding project focused on supporting the cost of adaptive technology for farmers or ag workers that have experienced traumatic injury.
Alberta Beef Producers 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award
The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability
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