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J. L. (Les) Henry is a former professor and extension specialist at the University of Saskatchewan. He farms near Dundurn, Sask.

Saskatoon is the place to be January 10-17, 2009 for the combined Western Canadian Crop Production Show and Crop Production Week. The Crop Production Show at Prairieland Park is a huge display of equipment, input products and crop buyers ready to sign contracts. The show also includes an information theatre with topics such as “fertilizer strategies” with my U of S colleague Jeff Schoenau, and “land: rent or buy?”

The Seager Wheeler Seed Show is part of the crop show and it has always been a highlight for me.

Crop Production Week information sessions are across town, mostly at the Saskatoon Inn. This is a weeklong series of meetings and information sessions of crop commodity groups and commissions.


Saturday, January 10

Sask Ag Grads Association (SAGA) curling, hockey, annual general meeting and mixer at TCU Place (formerly the Centennial Auditorium)

Sunday, January 11

SAGA annual meeting and banquet, TCU Place

Monday, January 12

Flax, winter cereals and canaryseed association meetings.

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers opening reception and poster session that evening at Prairieland Park

Tuesday, January 13

Pulse Day. The main event is at Saskatoon Inn with a video feed to Prairieland Park. Pulse Day is normally sold out so you should register ahead if you want a seat.

Oat meetings also take place on Tuesday

Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association meetings begin

Wednesday, January 14

Seed Growers continue

Canola meetings begin

Mustard meeting

Special Session: Be sure to catch “Fertilizer supply, demand and price outlook” at Prairieland Park. The speaker is David Ashbridge of Doane Advisory Services, St. Louis, Missouri. For $10, you can come for the beef-on-a-bun supper. Seats are limited. Get tickets beginning January 12 at Prairieland Park or Saskatoon Inn (Room 234). The presentation begins at 7:00, and there is no cost if you come just for the talk. I do not know David Ashbridge but have known of Doane Advisory Services for 30 years. The motto of the founder was “There is more in the man (or woman) than there is in the land.”

Thursday, January 15

Canola meetings continue

Friday, January 16

Canadian Wheat Board meetings, including a presentation by president and CEO Ian White on the board’s strategic vision, as well as agronomy,

markets and weather outlooks

Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Association meetings at Heritage Inn, across the road from Saskatoon Inn

Saturday, January 17

Fruit Growers’ meetings continue

It is a busy, exciting week and definitely the place to start crop planning for 2009. See you there.

Ag Days

Brandon, Man., January 20-22. Lots of machinery. Great seminars. Producer group annual meetings. They’re all under one roof at Brandon’s Keystone Centre. For more information, visit


Edmonton, Alta., Mayfield Inn & Suites, January 28-30. Leading agronomy experts will share their latest observations and recommendations. And as usual, FarmTech has guest speakers from outside Canada, include John Phipps, host of U. S. Farm Report, Jost von Freier, a farmer from Germany, and Ross Johns, Australian farmer and vice chairman of Australia’s Grains Research Development Corporation. For more information, visit

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Les Henry

J.L.(Les) Henry is a former professor and extension specialist at the University of Saskatchewan. He farms at Dundurn, Sask. He recently finished a second printing of “Henry’s Handbook of Soil and Water,” a book that mixes the basics and practical aspects of soil, fertilizer and farming. Les will cover the shipping and GST for “Grainews” readers. Simply send a cheque for $50 to Henry Perspectives, 143 Tucker Cres., Saskatoon, Sask., S7H 3H7, and he will dispatch a signed book.



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