The McDonald family elevator was the last grain elevator standing in Turtleford until a fire consumed the structure on the evening of Nov. 29.

Grain elevator owners “hit hard” after destructive fire

Elevator contained half of the McDonald family's 2016 crop, and more

The McDonald family is in shock as they start to deal with the fall-out of their grain elevator burning. On Tuesday night, the last grain elevator in Turtleford caught fire. Local residents watched as the structure collapsed inwards and burning grain poured from the elevator. The elevator was owned by the McDonald family, who used […] Read more


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VIDEO: Bringing people to the ranch (virtually)

VR headset, 3-D videos offer a real-life look of cattle on the ranch

In a bid to win over consumers, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) has created 3-D videos showing how cattle are raised and cared for on Garret Hill’s Saskatchewan ranch. By putting on a headset and virtual reality glasses, people can stand in the middle of Hill’s cow-herd while he explains beef production practices. Grainews Field Editor […] Read more



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VIDEO: Turtleford grain elevator destroyed by fire

Volunteer fire departments from several communities battle blaze

Turtleford residents watched with worry last night as the last grain elevator in town burnt to the ground. Angela Csiki lives across the street from the elevator. Csiki says her partner, Chris Michelon, noticed the fire at about 9:15 pm. By that time, the local fire department was already on the scene, she adds. “We […] Read more


The tail end of a semi is visible as the grain elevator smoulders in Turtleford.

PHOTOS: Turtleford grain elevator fire

The last elevator in town burns to the ground

On the evening of Nov. 29, 2016, the last grain elevator in the town of Turtleford, Sask., located 90 kilometres north-west of North Battleford, caught fire and burned to the ground.



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Lentils: the crop year in review

2016 brought a wet season and a damp harvest. Lentil crops didn’t like that

Lentil growers had a hard time pulling off a good crop in 2016. A wet growing season and damp harvest plagued many farmers. “Without a doubt there were some good quality lentils produced in 2016, but the percentage of high quality lentils produced would be much lower than what we typically see in Western Canada,” […] Read more


Weed researchers are studying several options to control herbicide-resistant weeds. Researchers need to test each product or practice alone, and in combination.

Use diversity to fight resistant weeds

The latest in using integrated weed management tools for hard-to-manage weeds

A three-year study in Arkansas has found that a combination of fall management practices and herbicide use are the most effective ways to control herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth, when combined with a herbicide program. But Arkansas isn’t Alberta. So what can western Canadian farmers learn from this study? More and more often the message in weed […] Read more



Evie Carver and Blue Jeans await their turn during the gymkhana during the Bonnyville Fall Fair and Farmers’ Market.

Reporter’s Notebook: The landscape makes its mark

People and culture are influenced by the environment more than we realize

There are two eyes in the head — the eye of mystery, and the eye of harsh truth — the hidden and the open — the woods eye and the prairie eye. The prairie eye looks for distance, clarity, and light; the woods eye for closeness, complexity, and darkness. The prairie eye looks for usefulness […] Read more


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Guenther: Sask. canola, wheat crops still stranded

Spring harvest likely for some Prairie farmers

In north-western Saskatchewan, farmers are crossing their fingers that warm weather will hold long enough for them to get the last of their crops in the bin. There’s “more than enough” canola and wheat in the fields in the Glaslyn area, says Dave Shepherd, location manager at AgriTeam. Shepherd estimates that 30 per cent of […] Read more



Fababean growers should also make sure they don’t plant fababeans adjacent to last year’s fababean, pea, or lentil fields.

Yield-robbing fababean diseases

If you’re putting fabas in the ground, be ready to manage these common diseases

Farmers with aphanomyces-infested fields are faced with a tough decision. Stretch the rotation between susceptible pulse crops to six or eight years, or drop them altogether? Some farmers are opting for less susceptible pulses, including fababeans in moist areas. Of course, fababeans could be vulnerable to disease as well. Here are the foliar diseases fababean […] Read more


How crop diseases become resistant to fungicides

Have you ever wondered how crop diseases develop resistance to fungicides? The first thing to know is that fungicide doesn’t actually cause mutations. Those mutations are random, and can be caused by UV rays, cosmic rays, and cell replication errors, said Dr. Sabine Banniza. Mutations drive evolution, Banniza said. But the last thing farmers want […] Read more