Weeds BMP App Will Help Land Managers

January 01, 2020

A new smartphone app is now released that was designed specifically for livestock and forage producers in BC. The Best Management Practices for Livestock and Forage Producers app (WeedsBMP app) is based on the ‘Guide to Weeds in BC’ and includes updated information on 95 invasive plant species directly relevant to forage and livestock production. The WeedsBMP app offers in depth information and imagery for identification as well as various ways in which to manage each species, including sources and contacts for more information.

Four things to know about pesticides and food

September 19, 2018

Combating pests is an ongoing part of the job when it comes to crop production. It’s important that producers can make use of different tools, including pesticides, to protect our food supply from destructive weeds, insects, and diseases. However, with so much misinformation circulating about pesticides, consumers sometimes perceive them to be a safety concern rather than a tool that helps deliver a variety of safe, healthy and affordable food products.

7 tips for limiting the spread of invasive species in your pastures

February 24, 2016

Whether it’s weeds, pests or diseases, invasive species can severely damage a native environment and have huge economic costs. They can lead to a decline of species, a loss of biodiversity and damage to crops, pastures and property.

Ranchers Bring Concerns to RDEK

August 11, 2015

Representatives from the agricultural industry brought their concerns over invasive weeds to the RDEK and asked for the enforcement of a bylaw that would allow local government to clear noxious weeds on private property.

Again in 2018 EKISC is hosting Industry Training Workshops. 

These workshops are aimed at professionals in the forest, mining, aggregate, road works, horticulture, landscaping, and agriculture industry. 

To register visit our Event Registration page or contact Jessie@ekisc.com

A reminder from the folks at Play, Clean, Go! to be aware of the spread of invasive species at your worksite. 

By following these simple steps, you can help protect your business investments, enhance work relationships, and protect the environment.

  1. Come Clean. Before leaving the shop, take a little time to inspect your gear and remove dirt, plants, and seeds from clothing, boots, gear, and vehicles.

  2. Use weed-free materials. When bringing soil, gravel, or other material onto a work site, check your sources to make sure they are weed free. Where the only available sources are known to be infested with invasive plants, scrape off the top 6 inches of material and set aside. Then use the newly exposed material for the project at hand.

  3. Burn or utilize wood waste. Pallets, packing material, and containers made from untreated wood can harbor plant pests. Plan ahead to either burn or utilize wood waste. One option is chipping the wood and selling it as biofuel.

  4. Stay in designated areas. Check with the project manager to identify designated areas for parking and areas for storing supplies and equipment. Then stay within those designated areas.

  5. Start at the cleanest site. When mowing, grading, or doing other work that involves moving from site to site, plan your work so that you start at the least infested site and finish at the most infested site. Between sites, use a brush or hand tool to remove accumulations of mud and plant debris.

  6. Leave clean. Before heading back to the shop, inspect your vehicle and gear. When available, use a power washer or air compressor to remove any dirt, plants, seeds, or bugs. When these are not available, use a brush or other hand tool to knock off dirt clods and plant debris.

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