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Funds blocked from investing in Sask. farmland, for now

Saskatchewan’s government plans to take a closer look at its rules on investment in farmland, but will block such investments by pension funds and other “institutional” investors while the review is underway. The province said Monday it will soon run further consultations and a review of farmland ownership rules as now laid out under the […] Read More

Japan forecaster sees El Nino likely to emerge by summer

Tokyo | Reuters -- Japan’s weather bureau said in its monthly outlook on Friday that the possibility of an El Nino weather pattern forming by summer remains high, but gave no probability forecast. The previous El Nino, which emerged last summer, ended over winter and conditions appear to be normal now, the bureau said. Last […] Read More

Private wells added to Sask. flood protection program

A provincial program covering Saskatchewan residents’ costs to put up emergency, permanent flood protection has been expanded to include projects to protect private wells. The province’s Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) is offered to communities, rural municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, individual farm and country residences and cottages facing “imminent flooding.” The 2015 program, launched […] Read More

canola field

Moving canola to market

We can increase our canola yields, but experts question whether we have 
the transportation infrastructure to get that extra production to buyers

Dr. Stephen Blank believes the Canola Council of Canada’s production goal of 52 bushels per acre by 2025 is impressive, he told delegates at the council’s recent conference in Banff, Alta. “But there’s an 800 pound gorilla in there that we haven’t talked much about,” said Blank, an expert on North American transportation infrastructure. “That’s […] Read More

augers moving canola seed

Getting to 52 by 2025

The Canola Council of Canada has set an ambitious goal, 
calling for average on-farm yields of 52 bushels per acre

Marcus Weidler is confident that the canola industry can meet the lofty production goals set out by the Canola Council of Canada. It’s a long way from the 2014 average Canadian canola yield of 34.4 bushels per acre to 52 bu./ac. by 2025. “Yeah, it’s ambitious,” said Weidler, vice president of seed operations for Bayer […] Read More

building foundation with posts

Integrity Post Structures

These new Perma-Columns raised the roof at the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo

Every year the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo holds an exhibition of new and innovative ideas in farm equipment and supplies. They also recognize key innovators in the field with their Ag Innovations Awards, selected by a committee of independent local producers. Among this years’ winners was Okotoks, Alberta’s own Integrity Post Structures, in recognition for their […] Read More

farm equipment on a gravel road

Biosecurity and visitors on the farm

Biosecurity is something we usually connect to livestock. 
These days grain farmers should be knowledgeable too

Anyone involved in animal agriculture is familiar with bio-security, especially in businesses involving confined livestock like birds (eggs and broilers) and swine. Beef and dairy have in the past few decades moved towards having stronger biosecurity measures in the face of FMD’s (foreign animal diseases) and increasing traceability for livestock movements. Farm visitors can be […] Read More