Crop Production Week and a new event, CropSphere, brought together most of the crop commodity groups in Saskatchewan and beyond for a week of meetings, seminars and one of the year’s largest winter farm trade shows in the region last week.
The event drew thousands of producers to Saskatoon for five days last week, where they took part in an agenda that included programs by the cereals, canola, mustard and flax groups, the Saskatchewan Seed Growers’ Association, the provincial Soil Conservation Association, AgriArm and CWB.
While farmers attended the meetings to hear about new research, world markets and weather, many said they went to Saskatoon in hopes of formulating some profitable seeding plans and to look for marketing solutions for the grain that still fills their bins.
Crop Week organizer Kevin Hursh said many growers are still looking to make some plans for 2014.
“Not a lot of crops pencil out really well for this spring. There are a few, but those are (minor crops) prone to overproduction if too many growers climb on board,” he said.
“But, overall, producers seem pretty optimistic about things and there has been good attendance at the events,” he said.
CropSphere was a new approach to the traditional week of events in Saskatoon. CropSphere brings together canola, pulse, flax, barley, wheat and oats. That group added a third location to the week. The co-location allowed the groups to provide some plenary session speakers for producers attending individual commodity meetings.
Penny Eaton, one of the event organizers, said the new show met or beat attendance expectations, with more than 800 farmers registering.
For more on this week’s agricultural news The Western Producer’s D’Arce McMillan and Mike Raine provide their assessments of the markets information from the Saskatoon events and a look at the week’s agricultural issues in video.