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Seeding progress in Sask. runs the gamut

Many farmers playing catch-up due to wet conditions, dealing with last year's crops

About 30 per cent of the 2017 crop is seeded, according to the latest Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report. But while the province as a whole is close to the five-year average, actual seeding progress varies tremendously across the province and even within regions. Farmers in the southeast have 60 per cent of the crop in […] Read more

Spring harvests in effect, but “don’t get stuck”

Lisa Guenther visits a Glaslyn-area farm working to harvest last year's wheat

On a mild spring afternoon, with clouds overhead bluffing rain, the Pawliw family was harvesting the last of the 2016 crop. “We had about 100 acres of canola we took off earlier,” said Tracy Pawliw, as he took a brief break from combining a field of hard red spring wheat near Glaslyn, Sask. Glaslyn is […] Read more

A new growing season brings a new start

Reporter's Notebook: For the start of a new growing season, Lisa Guenther has some listening recommendations

I started writing this column on the last day of March. The snow was rapidly receding, the water running, the rhubarb in my backyard emerging and my recently- transplanted tomato seedlings were leaning into the light. To me, spring feels more like the New Year than January 1. A while back I was visiting seed […] Read more

Testing cereal seed before spring seeding

Test results show low quality in cereal seed submitted to labs for 2017 planting

Durum in Saskatchewan has been a “complete disaster” for the third year running. That was Bruce Carriere’s grim assessment at the Bayer SeedGrowth Solutions Expo in Saskatoon this spring. Carriere, president of Discovery Seed Labs in Saskatoon, said Saskatchewan durum growers usually have a year carry-over of seed. “They used that last year,” he said. […] Read more

Young cattle producers talk industry future

They are really just beginning their careers, but they're ready for the challenges ahead

As a fifth-generation producer, Chad Hollinger faces some of the same challenges as his great-great grandparents, plus a few new ones. Hollinger, who is in his late 20s, farms with his father and grandfather near Neudorf, Saskatchewan, cropping about 3,700 acres of grain land and running 250 head of commercial and purebred Angus. “Our land […] Read more

Working with all types of people in ag

Reporter's Notebook: Most people in the ag industry are great to work with. But harassment still happens

Talk to a few people in the agriculture industry, and you’ll likely hear something like this: Agriculture is a great field to work in, largely because there are so many good people in the industry. I think about this a lot. Is it true? In what way is it true? Is agriculture different than other […] Read more

Want to know which bugs are in your field? Try traps

Trapping beneficial beetles can help you see just what’s living on your land

Wondering what types of beneficial insects you have beetling around your fields? Try a ground trap. “It’s nice to know that you’ve got some good guys in there that are eating the bad guys,” said Patty Reid, a research tech with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. There isn’t an economic threshold for beneficial insects such as […] Read more

horizontal image of five round steel grain bins sitting in a yellow canola field under a very cloudy sky in the summer.

New blackleg resistance labels for canola

The canola industry has agreed to voluntarily enhance blackleg resistance labels on canola seed. Seed companies will still use the current R, MR, MS, and S labels. But they will also start adding information indicating which major genes are present in a blackleg-resistant variety. Each blackleg-resistant variety leans heavily on a single major gene for […] Read more

Ed Seidle learns on the job

This on-farm research program generated info about everything from aphanomyces to root rot

How can producers make sure their on-farm trials produce useful results? Or perhaps a better question is whether growers can, or need to, run trials as rigorously as researchers? Most farmers don’t have the time or patience to run the types of on-farm experiments that scientists do, says Ed Seidle. But that doesn’t mean they […] Read more