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Dallas Vert and daughter Tegan check on silage corn, which is an important part of the rotation.

Hope springs eternal for the 2020 crop year

If weather, markets and politics align even somewhat better, it should make for a good crop year

Believe it or not, exactly the same early-spring conditions persist for the 2020 growing season on all western Canadian farms, according to several producers contacted for the March 10 Farmer Panel — that universal condition? The optimism that a good year lays ahead. None of the panel members exactly stated that things couldn’t get much […] 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



Deciding to try a new-to-you crop

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: Should I add a new crop into my rotation? A: Farming operations are becoming more diverse with increased interest in adding new crop types into rotations. Adding a new crop type may be as simple as adding a different cereal crop or may be as diverse as adding soybeans, coriander, caraway, hemp or quinoa. Adding […] 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

The Lalondes say there is good co-operation between farmers and beekeepers.

Beekeepers co-operating with farmers

Top Saskatchewan apiarists talk about farmers, bee habitat and neonic bans

Apiarists Simon and Dan Lalonde have seen a lot of changes in the bee industry since their father, Tony, began the beekeeping operation near Clavet, Sask., in 1979. Tony and his sons gradually grew the business and today they run approximately 45,00 hives. As well as selling honey in bulk, their company, Tony Lalonde Sales, […] Read more


Protect yourself from financial risks

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: How can I protect my farm business from financial risks? A. Farming is a risky business, but there are a few things you can do to protect your operation. Start with a business plan. A good business plan includes plans to market grain well ahead of actual grain movement to mitigate price risk and […] Read more

Locate underground utilities before you dig

Every year, underground infrastructures and utilities are unintentionally struck across Canada. Unsafe digging could result in serious injury or death, fines and repair costs or interrupted services. Although many underground infrastructures and utilities are found in urban areas, rural areas also have a number of these services. Don’t risk hitting or disrupting an underground utility […] Read more


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