By Fadi Didi
Hot, dry weather may be good for planting, but also for weeds.
The latest field crop report from the Ministry of Agriculture says soybean planting is essentially complete across the province.
Canola planting is wrapping up with acreage reported about 20 per cent higher than last year.
The Ministry is also cautioning growers that the hot weather may be good for the corn crop -- but it is also helping weeds to flourish.
Officials point out the problem is dry conditions prevent the activation of pre-emergence herbicides.
Our federal government says it is working hard with China to help open new markets for agriculture exports.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay met last week with Chinese officials.
The commodities discussed included canola, beef and pork.
According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, China is this country's second largest trading partne after the U-S.
Earls restaurants are serving Alberta beef again.
For now, the chain says all steaks cooked at its restaurants come from Alberta producers -- and it's continuing to work to get enough supply of ground beef as well.
Earls was quick to reverse a controversial decision in April to switch to Certified Humane beef produced in Kansas -- saying it would work harder with local producers to get beef meeting the standards to all of its restaurants.
The company has set up a website to keep customers up-to-date on its practices.