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Farm Safety: Keep your kids safe on the farm during Ag Safety Week and all year round

Because we have a 13-year-old on our farm who is just learning how to operate machinery, it seems important to take note of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 15 to 21 this year. Farming is a dangerous job for experienced farmers; bringing children and teenagers near the dangerous equipment in our back yard is a […] Read more



Hiring labour for your farm

Ask the right questions, tell people about the job, and make sure you’re on the same page

At the Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon this winter, Leah Knibbs, a human resource management expert from Kn/a HR Consulting, gave farmers some tips on finding and keeping the right farm employee. Knibbs offered several pointers to use during job interviews. “The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour,” she said. When you’re asking […] Read more

A new mode of action coming from Bayer

New MOA may help farmers fight herbicide resistance

In a February 13 conference call, Bayer management told ag media about the company’s extensive research and development pipeline. Short-stature corn is in the works — that is, corn plants with shorter stalks, meaning decreased lodging problems and fewer nutrients needed. But for most Prairie farmers, Bayer’s upcoming new herbicide with a brand new mode […] Read more


Consumers are paying closer attention to what they eat.

Are you what you eat?

Professor in food distribution and policy says food choices are getting more complicated

At CropSphere in Saskatoon in January, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois from the University of Dalhousie talked about food trends at a keynote presentation. “The three-meal institution is dying,” he said. While he does know that people still buy cookbooks, Charlebois sees no signs that people are cooking. However, people are paying more attention to what they […] Read more

Get your pea and lentil seed tested

Preliminary testing results show high levels of ascochyta in Saskatchewan’s pea seed

Early results are in, and the recommendation is to get your pea and lentil seed to a testing lab, ASAP. At the Top Notch grower meeting in Moose Jaw sponsored by SaskCanola, SaskFlax, and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan’s provincial plant pathologist, Barb Ziesman, talked about the preliminary seed test results from Saskatchewan seed tests […] Read more



Five tips to help get your best pulse crop yields

At this year’s CropSphere in Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Pulse Grower’s agronomy manager, Sherrilyn Phelps, talked to growers about optimizing pea and lentil yields.The biggest factor that determines yield, weather, is out of our control. However, there are some factors we can manage. Phelps’s presentation focused on factors that we can control.For Saskatchewan, the SPG has […] Read more


There are exceptions, but most insecticides are neurotoxins designed to target an insects’ nervous systems.

Resistance, Group 4 and neonicotinoids

Saskatchewan pest management specialist updates growers at CropSphere

Saskatchewan’s provincial pest management specialist updated growers on the current state of government regulation of neonicotinoids at CropSphere in Saskatoon in January. He began with a review of insecticide modes of action. Just as herbicides are classified into groups according to how they control weeds, insecticides are classified into groups based on how they control insects. […] Read more