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Farmer Panel: Rain in the nick of time

Moisture helps crops get to second base, but not a home run — yet

It may not be the case in all parts of Western Canada, but for producers contacted for the July Farmer’s Panel some much-appreciated rain in the latter part of June saved the bacon of a lot of crops but, as was duly noted, heading into July “it’s not in the bin yet.” Rain may not […] Read more


Getting the most from your wheat crop

Count the heads, grow a uniform crop, and manage residue for best results

While we’re still changing our seeding rate approach from bushels per acre to thousand kernel weight, Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies, has moved on to thinking about heads per square yard. An agronomist originally from Britain and now based in Kentucky, Needham has made a name for himself advising farmers on how to increase […] Read more



Crop advisor casebook: Pigtailing barley presents a problem

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the July 16, 2019 issue of Grainews

Dwayne farms around 4,500 acres of red spring wheat, canola and malt barley near DeBolt, Alta. He gave me a call late last June because of a recurring problem in one of his barley fields. When visiting the field, I found some barley plants located in a concentrated area — around five acres — had […] Read more


Ag in Motion ramps up for its fifth show

Popular outdoor farm show runs from July 16 to 18, northwest of Saskatoon

It’s hard to believe it possible to pack more iron and information onto 320 acres of good Saskatchewan farmland, but that’s what organizers of the 2019 Ag in Motion (AIM) farm show are promising as they gear up for the fifth annual show that will be rolling July 16 to 19, just northwest of Saskatoon. […] Read more



Learning continues at Farm Forum

While there will be plenty to see and learn at the Ag in Motion farm show, organizers hope it doesn’t end there, as learning will continue at the Farm Forum conference in Saskatoon in early December. The two events, organized by Glacier FarmMedia have a symbiotic relationship this year, says Rob O’Connor, AIM show manager. […] Read more




AgriStability enrolment deadline extended

One more chance to sign up, as farm program deadline extended to July 2, 2019

May 1, when most producers were in the field or preparing to get there, the federal government announced the 2019 AgriStability program year enrolment deadline would be extended to July 2, 2019. The extension was in response to the canola dispute with China and gives producers a second opportunity to review their financial risk management […] Read more


Compost-based sulphur fertility attracting farmers

Bio-Sul Premium Plus is gaining acres as a 5-year approach to sulphur supply

Five years into it, Marcel van Staveren is planning to do a second top dressing of a compost/sulphur fertilizer on his acres in southeastern Saskatchewan, near Creelman. He won’t be alone. The product, Bio-Sul Premium Plus, was introduced to the eastern Prairies in 2015 by the Aberhart family of Langenburg, Sask. This year, applicators for […] Read more



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Saskatchewan bugs to watch for in 2019

Low survey results in 2018 could be good news for Saskatchewan farmers this season

The 2018 pest survey results for Saskatchewan look like good news for the 2019 season. Grasshopper, pea leaf weevil and diamondback moth populations were all low in 2018. Large numbers of Bertha armyworm moths were caught in the Outlook and Watrous areas, but these do not necessarily predict 2019 populations. Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture integrated […] Read more


Disease-free boots and a testing tool

Spotted in the field: homemade ideas that don't cost a lot, but work

They are two separate topics completely, but here are a couple of good ideas that western Canadian field specialists came up with for sanitizing rubber boots to reduce the risk of spreading clubroot (or any soil borne disease), and a handy homemade sample collection tool for measuring spray volumes when calibrating a field sprayer. Boot […] Read more