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Weed Identification Garden helps control pesky plants

Weed ID Garden2 Assiniboine Community College

Manitoba Agriculture group honing their weed identification skills before launching a province wide weed survey. photo: Assiniboine Community College

Assiniboine Community College and the Manitoba Zero Tillage Research Association officially opened the MZTRA-ACC Weed Identification Garden on June 29, 2016.

For many years, there has not been a resource of this kind in Western Manitoba.

But thanks to a $57,000 gift from MZTRA, ACC staff members were able to establish a garden with more than 80 common weed species that are found in the province.

The weed identification garden will be used by students in horticulture, agriculture and environment programs.

It will also be available to agricultural and lawn and garden professionals as well as residents who have weeds they are trying to identify.

When managing a weed problem, the first step is to accurately identify the weed.

The garden gives people a chance to examine the plant in a variety of stages, from seedlings to mature specimens, which can be beneficial in leading to a proper identification.

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June 30 marks the first day of weed identification training in the garden, starting with a group of Manitoba Agriculture employees.

They will be honing their identification skills before embarking on a province-wide weed survey.

It has been over thirteen years since the last Manitoba general weed survey, an undertaking that has occurred every decade since the 1970s.

The 2016 General Weed Survey will be conducted in nearly 650 fields.

It will provide information on the abundance and distribution of weed species across the province, including crop-specific data for wheat, barley, oats, corn, canola, flax, sunflowers and soybeans.

The survey will also help to identify new and emerging weed issues such as cleavers, biennial wormwood, and nightshade species.

The garden will be open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

It is located adjacent to the Sustainable Greenhouse on ACC’s North Hill Campus.

For more information, contact ACC’s School of Business, Agriculture & Environment at 204.725.8700 ext 6324, or email ag.enviro@assiniboine.net.

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Today’s Throwback

Dutch building

First Merchants Bank

Built in 1890 for the Merchants Bank, this delightful building with its fanciful Dutch-gable facade and large arched window and door openings stood at the south-east corner of Rosser Avenue and 11th Street.

In the early 1970s, it was demolished to make way for a parking lot. – Brandon, An Architectural Walking Tour 

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Adaptive Apparel for easier dressing

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Ashley Byers, manager, Adaptive Apparel department, Rolling Spokes

Open Back/Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive Clothing is designed for people who have mobility issues, are confined to a bed or use a wheelchair.

The open back design allows for easy dressing and undressing.

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Adaptive Shirts completely open up, allowing the arms to slide into the garment sleeves without ever having to raise or lower arms.

This also eliminates the struggle with small neck openings.

The back overlap is then folded over and snapped into place.

There is no split in the middle so everything is covered.

It is very discrete and many times you cannot tell that it is an open back garment.

Adaptive Pants completely open up in the back to allow dressing while seated.

Legs are inserted into the pant legs from a seated position and drawn up to the inner thigh.

The generous back overlap is snapped in place, providing complete coverage and discretion.

Assisted disrobing is just as easy.

A person can be effortlessly dressed by a caregiver from a seated position with no weight-bearing required.

Independent Adaptive Clothing.

Arthritis, lowered hand dexterity and partial paralysis can make buttons, small openings and laces impossible.

Hidden velcro brand fasteners/easy touch closures in adaptive apparel can make garments and footwear comfortable and functional for the wearer.

In addition, elasticized waists make it easy to pull on garments when challenged by lowered hand dexterity.

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Adaptive Tops

• Full back overlap with snaps at shoulders
• Our Ladies and Men’s Adaptive Clothing is always in stock and available.
• We also carry Ladies and Men’s Regular Clothing as well as slippers and shoes for everyone.