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Three farm insurance Q and As

Life insurance and loan insurance is expensive. Get your money’s worth

There are always outstanding questions about how farmers can use insurance, either as part of a succession plan or just a part of doing business. Here are three questions and answers. Will my family have to pay taxes? When you die, will your family have to pay taxes on your assets, as well the proceeds […] Read more

Life insurance: defining our terms

Financial Planning: Term life. Whole life. Define your problem to choose the best plan for your farm

Life insurance often gets a bad rap. You know the stereotype: pushy salesperson trying to get you to buy something you think you don’t want or need. But for farmers and farm families, life insurance can be important for short-term needs and long-terms goals. Let’s start with laying out the definitions: term life insurance versus […] Read more


Life insurance as the key to farm succession

Farm Management: A solidly developed life insurance policy could be the key to hassle-free planning

Farmers often have something not all non-farmers have: the desire to see their lifelong work continued. Ideally, the next generation will take over, though maybe only one of your kids will stay on the farm. Land values have skyrocketed in the last 30 years and many farmers’ net worths are caught up in land values […] Read more

Yellow peas performed better in several areas than some other pulse crops.

Putting pulses to work in your crop rotations

Soil Health: A good pulse crop can do more than fill your bank account. It also benefits the soil

Along with more pulse crops in Prairie farmers’ rotations, there has also been more research into the impact these crops have on our soil. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers have recently published several research papers on this issue. This work has led one of these researchers, Dr. Chantal Hamel, to conclude that there are several […] Read more


Maintaining canola quality in grain bags

Canola acreage is up. Will you need to store some of your harvest in grain bags? Keep the quality high

Researchers from the University of Manitoba have recently published two studies on how canola fares when stored in grain bags for different periods of time. The research was done under Prairie weather conditions, funded by the Canola Council of Canada. Grain bags, sometimes called silo bags, are marketed as temporary storage solutions for farmers who […] Read more

A green manure crop can be as simple as working this lentil crop into the ground to get organic matter into the soil.

Should you be planting green manure?

Researchers see planting and terminating ‘green manure’ as an alternative to summerfallow

Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as well as the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture have published two recent studies about the effects of green manure on farmland in the Prairies. In one study specifically, the researchers looked at using green manure as an alternative to summerfallowing. Green manure “is a crop that is specifically planted in order to be terminated, […] Read more


Five need-to-know facts about occupational health and safety laws

Make sure you now what to expect from the legislation in your province

If you have employees, your farm falls under the provincial occupational health and safety legislation for your province. Each province has slightly different rules, but this is the law and if you are not in compliance you can be fined. You could even be sued, though that would come from the individual employee rather than […] Read more

If you have an employee on your family farm, provincial occupational health and safety legislation 
will apply on your farm. Make sure you known the rules.

On-farm occupational health and safety

Some of these rules apply to your farm. Find out what you need to know

If you employ anyone other than family on your farm, you need to know that provincial occupational health and safety rules apply to you. Some farmers believe that they are exempt from these rules if they aren’t enrolled in Workers Compensation, or if they are purely a family farm with one or two employees. This […] Read more


Conquering wild oats in your fields

Tight rotations and resistant plants mean wild oats are prevalent on the Prairies

We spend more money trying to manage wild oat in Western Canada than any other weed, says Dr. Neil Harker, a weed ecology and crop management scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “It’s a driver weed.” Here’s a bit of a refresher on wild oat, what’s new with research, and what you need to know […] Read more

Five uses for provincial machinery rate guides

The new provincial Machinery Guides for 2016-17 have been published on each Prairie province’s website. These guides show rental or custom rates for commonly used machinery. Dan Schmeiser, manager of the farm business management services section in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, says “the purpose of the Guide is to provide approximate costs for renting […] Read more