AG Notes

Sask. Cattlemen’s select directors

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association has 11 districts that alternate elections every year with five districts open in even years and six open in odd years.

The results in the districts up for election this year are:

  • District 1 — Kyle Hebert: the lone nominee and acclaimed for another term.
  • District 3A — Roger Meyer: the lone nomination and acclaimed for another term.
  • District 4 — No nominations were made and potential directors are sought.
  • District 6 — Brent Griffin: the lone nomination and acclaimed for another term.
  • District 8: No nominations were made and potential directors are sought.
  • District 9B — Dean Moore: the lone nomination and acclaimed for another term.

Dugout management tips offered

Alberta Agriculture specialists encourage producers to check the areas that feed into their dugouts.

They should be free of debris that might flow into the dugout as well as mowed and kept clear of trees and weeds.

A properly graded, mowed grassed waterway can reduce turbidity and nutrient-rich water from entering the dugout, which will improve water quality and extend the life of the dugout.

A well-maintained dugout perimeter might also deter native animals such as muskrats from using the dugout.

Deciduous trees should be kept back 50 metres, and conifers should be no closer than 20 metres. Leaves from deciduous trees will add nutrients to the dugout and contribute to poor water quality.

Producers should follow these steps to maintain water quality:

  • Inspect the aeration system.
  • Confirm that the pump is working and remove the aeration line by pulling it to shore.
  • Check the check-valve and soundness of the line.
  • Make sure the diffuser is working correctly.
  • Check that the diffuser is located on or near the bottom of the dugout.

Fall is a good time to inspect the operating system, but remember that dugout aeration systems can result in open or weak areas in the dugout ice during winter, which poses a dangerous situation for children, pets and snowmobilers.

Soil protection projects funded

The federal government is contributing $240,000 in cost-share funding to enhance soil protection and support precision agriculture technology research in Ontario.

One project will see Grain Farmers of Ontario receive more than $60,000 to evaluate soil type, elevation, treatment and frost damage on cover cropping.

This will increase grain growers’ knowledge of innovative technologies and improve the adoption of cover crop management.

Funding commitments from the federal and provincial governments will support more than 2,000 projects.

Other projects to improve soil health include:

  • Ecological Farmers of Ontario will receive up to $26,724 to support and evaluate soil health best management practices.
  • The Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association will receive up to $148,040 to evaluate the impact of current cultivation practices.

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