One of the major issues facing the Agriculture industry right now is the ever-growing presence of Clubroot. Clubroot is a soil-borne disease which can lead to major problems in cole crops such as mustard and canola.
Some symptoms found in early seedling stages can be wilting, stunting or yellowing of canola plants in the late rosette to early podding stage. Symptoms that occur in the later crop stages may not show plant wilting, stunting or yellowing. Infected plants may ripen prematurely and seeds will shrivel, thus reducing yield and oil content.
Lamont County now has a policy in place for the control of Clubroot disease. This policy is in place to prevent the establishment and spread of Clubroot within the boundaries of Lamont County. Random field inspections will be conducted by the inspectors appointed by the Agriculture Service Board. A minimum of 25 fields will be inspected where Canola, Mustard and Cole crops are currently being grown. Testing methods will exactly follow standard protocols provided by the Alberta Clubroot Management Committee. Landowners will be notified in writing if their land tests positive for Clubroot.
To learn more about Clubroot as well as methods of prevention and management of the disease please go to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development or the Alberta Clubroot Management Plan. Please forward any questions or concerns to the Lamont County Agriculture Service Board Department at 780-895-2585.
Weed Control: Lamont County ASB Department has two weed inspectors and two seasonal, who assist rural residents in identifying and managing noxious weeds. Our weed inspectors enforce the Alberta Weed Control Act through one-on-one contact with rural residents. Do your part by controlling noxious weeds on private land and seek out the aid of the weed inspectors should you require assistance.
Weeds of major concern in Lamont County are Scentless Chamomile, White Cockle, Common Tansy, Canada Thistle, Toadflax and Tall Buttercup.
Roadside Spraying: Every year, the ASB Department sprays about 900 miles of roadside to control noxious weeds and brush re-growth. Covering about 900 miles per year allows for a three-year rotation covering all roadsides in the County. New methods of spraying and controlling roadsides, municipal holdings, and sensitive areas from weeds and brush are always being considered for the future to protect our County’s natural landscape while controlling unwanted vegetation.
Mowing and Brushing Programs: The ASB Department mowing program runs all summer long and into the fall months to keep roadside vegetation controlled, especially roadsides that are not on the current year’s spraying rotation. The mowers are also used to control sensitive areas that cannot be sprayed. Brushing usually begins after the mowing season ends, selecting roadside brush that interferes with visibility, infrastructure and snow drifting.
Rural residents are able to obtain Hay Permits from Lamont County allowing the haying of County right-of-ways instead of mowing. These permits are valid from July 1 to August 1 and must be received by June 1 of the calendar year.
Pest Control Programs
Gopher Control: Damage caused by Richardson’s ground squirrels ranges from an occasional headache for some to a significant loss of crop production to others. The most common types of ground squirrel damage are crop loss through direct consumption and reduced production due to plant injury and trampling. In addition, downtime and repair costs due to damage to hay binds as well as physical injury to livestock with ground squirrel burrows and those of badgers are also major concerns.
Rural residents in Lamont County are able to purchase 2% strychnine products to aid them in controlling gophers directly from the ASB office at an affordable cost.
Predation Control: Coyotes cause over 75% of the predation losses of livestock in Alberta. Livestock producers can prevent or reduce coyote predation with fencing, good herd management, guardian animals, frightening devices and various lethal control methods. Lamont County ASB provides valuable information on coyote control strategies and also dispenses 1080 coyote control tablets through the ASB office. More information on pest control is also available on the Alberta Agriculture and Food website.
Private Control Services:
The Coyote Crew
Ed Whitelock, Rick Potts, Dave Oakie, and crew
We use predator calls and attempt to solve local problems rather than perform a general area coyote reduction hunt. Our hunting is generally in the winter where we use the sale of the hides to cover our costs, thus no request for payment from the landowners, only permission to hunt on their land and possibly adjacent landowners. Our activities extend to summer months to help with rodent (gopher) infestations.
Should you feel we could be of some assistance to your municipality or Lamont County landowners, you/they may contact Ed Whitelocik at 780-922-3880 h, 780-977-3880 cell,or Rick Potts at 780-922-4117 h 780-405-3564 cell. Should you require further information or contacts, we have a list of all our members available.
Grasshopper Control: Grasshopper numbers vary from year to year. When grasshopper numbers are low, damage is minimal. When numbers are high, damage can be significant and producers should consider management options.
Lamont County offers compensation to producers treating their fields for grasshoppers. Detailed information can be found in our Grasshopper Control Policy.
Beaver Control: In Alberta, beaver problems occur wherever there are trees and water. In these areas, beaver cause problems by flooding cultivated land, hay fields, pasture land, roadways and often detour or restrict water flow in stream ways.
Lamont County conducts beaver control to protect County infrastructure. Information for beaver control on private land on behalf of the County can be found in the Beaver Dam Flood Control Policy.
Additional Pest Control: There are additional pest control policies for pests such as Blackleg and Fusarium.
Environmental Streamline Program
Lamont County’s Agricultural Service Board is pleased to note that the County will be participating in a new the Environmental Streamline Program.
The Environmental Streamline Program is a provincially funded and industry directed program whose purpose is to encourage a balanced, integrated approach to the environmental problems facing the agricultural industry. We focus on education and awareness on different agricultural and environmental issues affecting landowners and producers. For Lamont County, this entails collaborating with our neighboring municipality, Beaver County.
Growing Forward Programs
Tori Dey is Lamont County’s Assistant Agricultural Fieldman and is responsible for the environmental services. Her primary focus is to promote sustainable agriculture through education and awareness, by running different workshops and promoting Growing Forward Programs. There are three Growing Forward programs that she is available to help producers with. They are Integrated Crop management, Manure Management, Grazing and Winter feeding Management. With the launch of Growing Forward 2, the Federal and Provincial governments have scheduled a whole new line of funding for producers to access through different grants. She is also a register TA for administering the Environmental Farm Plan program. For more information on these programs please contact Tori Dey.
CONTACT ASSISTANT AGRICULTURAL FIELDMAN
Ag Service Department Office: 780-895-2585
Lamont County ASB offers a wide variety of equipment available for rent to County residents. Phone the ASB office to reserve equipment. Deposits and rental payments can be made by cash or cheque only.
Equipment Name / Rate
- Unit #808 Trailer Sprayer: $50.00/day; $300.00 Deposit
- Unit #809 Trailer Sprayer: $50.00/day; $300.00 Deposit
- Unit #820 Pasture/Range Sprayer: $50.00/day; $300.00 Deposit
- Unit #818 Morand Cattle Squeeze: $50.00/day; $300.00 Deposit
- Unit # 819 Morand Cattle Squeeze w/Palp: $50.00/day; $300.00 Deposit
- Unit #812 Paul Scale: $20.00/day; $150.00 Deposit
- Unit #813 Hoof Trimming Turntable: $30.00/day; $150.00 Deposit
- Unit #814 Tree Planter: $15.00/day; $150.00 Deposit
Magpie Traps, Skunk Traps, Soil/Feed Sampler, Backpack Sprayer Free for 10 days. Deposit is non-refundable if not returned within 10 days. $100.00
- Handling Charge (for each piece of equipment which the A.S.B. staff must return to Public Works yard.): $25
- Cleaning Charge (for each piece of equipment which has been returned in a condition requiring cleaning by A.S.B. staff.): $25
- Snaps & Cotter Pins (All equipment is supplied with safety snaps and cotter pins. If equipment is returned with these missing, a fee is charged.): $3.00/item
- Shelter Belt Trees Handling Charge: $1.50/bundle
Lamont County’s shelterbelt program is no longer being provided by PRFA. Landowners can now order trees from the Alberta Shelterbelt Program. Further information can be found on the website at http://www.marketland.net/
Pick up forms and literature from the ASB Office or find them online at PFRA Shelterbelt Centre and Alberta Nurseries.
Third Party Agent
Lamont County Agricultural Service Board is a third party agent for the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA).