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Markus Stamm and his son, Simon, farm near Switzerland’s border with Germany, on the edge of the Black Forest. Harvest is their favourite time of year.

Meet your farming neighbours: Markus Stamm

Meet Markus Stamm. He may not live nearby, but his story is a lot like yours

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more

Ben Stewart talks to farm tour members about an annual forage seeding including triticale and forage brassicas that will be cut for swath grazing.

Species diversity is key to year-round grazing

Annual seedings provide important support to perennial pastures

Ben Stewart believes in using a diverse mix of annual, biannual and perennial forages in his summer pasture and winter feeding program to improve rates of gain on his cattle, reduce winter feeding costs and improve soil health. The fact that he also works with a company that sells forage seed might make him a […] Read more


Sask harvest ahead of five-year average, some crop damage from frost seen

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending September 10

Favourable weather for most of the province allowed producers to continue to make good progress in the field, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Fifty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) average of 37 per cent for this time of year. Twenty-eight per cent […] Read more

Sixty-five per cent of crops in the bin, winter cereal seeding on hold for many

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending September 4

Producers have made significant harvest progress, due in large part to the warm and dry weather, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Sixty-five per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 45 per cent last week, which is well ahead of the five year (2012-2016) average of 40 per cent combined for […] Read more


Sask. harvest shoots well past five-year average, little rain seen

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending September 4

The relatively warm and dry weather has allowed many producers to continue with harvest operations, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. Forty-five per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) average for this time of year of 28 per cent combined. Twenty-eight per cent of the […] Read more

Sask. harvest 26 per cent in the bin, topsoil moisture continues to decline

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending August 28

Relatively warm and dry weather has allowed producers to continue making good time with harvest, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report. Twenty-six per cent of the crop is now in the bin, well ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) average for this time of year of 16 per cent combined. Twenty-four per cent of the […] Read more


Soybeans

On the farm: the 2016 crop year in review

Every year is different on Kevin Elmy's farm. This year: cover crops, soybeans and rain

The good thing about farming is two years are rarely alike. 2016 started out a bit on the dry side, with close to ideal subsoil moisture. The occasional May shower did not delay seeding much. About 20 per cent of our acres were seeded in the fall of 2015 to Luoma winter triticale, which helped reduce the spring […] Read more

After he harvested winter triticale in 2015, Garry Richards was able to graze cattle in the re-growing cover crop vegetation. This picture was taken on November 2.

Holistic farming in practice

This Saskatchewan farmer has changed his rotations to work with nature

When Garry Richards left his job as a pharmacist and brought his wife home to his family farm near Bangor, Sask., in the late ’90s, he had one main goal. “We wanted to make the farm work, so that we didn’t have to subsidize it from off-farm jobs in the long term.” He didn’t expect it […] Read more


(PortSeattle.org)

Cereals North America: Shift to La Nina may hurt yields

Winnipeg | CNS Canada –– El Nino weather patterns are typically beneficial to North American grain yields, but cut into the production prospects of key Eastern Hemisphere demand markets, according to presenters at this week’s Cereals North America conference. However, an expected shift toward La Nina conditions by late 2016 could see North American grain yields […] Read more

view of wet farmland from above

Mother Nature, as usual, holds all the cards for farmers

Farmers are optimistic about the growing season, as long as
 the weather doesn’t tip too far either way

While the spring seeding outlook was generally good as of late April, farmers in different parts of the Prairies described being close to feast-or-famine conditions as they planned to get the 2015 crop in the ground. Producers from mid-Saskatchewan and east were hopeful about getting the crop in as long as it didn’t rain, while […] Read more