Restoring the old theatre has required a significant effort in Indian Head, Sask.  |  Bruce Neill photo

Meet me at the Grand

If the walls of the Indian Head Opera House built in 1904 by A.J. Osment could talk, they would likely reminisce about days gone by filled with Chautauqua — travelling shows, lectures, live concerts and plays. The opera house provided a place for prairie folk to go for a night out — a break from […] Read more

Using historic brick and concrete blocks, Kurt MacPherson begins repairs on the outside wall of the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, Sask.  | Bruce Neill photo

Historic buildings rescued one stone at a time

A Sask. stone mason finds his creative calling, hand picking rocks and slowly piecing together historical masterpieces

Growing up in the tiny farming community of Fertile, Sask., which is now a ghost town, 18-year-old Kurt McPherson’s wandering spirit took him to Alberta and to a variety of jobs including the oil patch and tile setting in million dollar homes and fancy hotels. The jobs provided a living, but didn’t satisfy his quest […] Read more

Rachel Evans told producers attending the IHARF field day in Indian Head, Sask., about the latest developments in flax production.  |  Bonnie Warnyca photo

Easy-to-grow perception a problem for flax

Agronomist says the crop needs good management, including appropriate fertilizer, fungicides and weed control

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — Researchers are responding to producer complaints about seemingly unpredictable flax yields, says Rachel Evans, extension agronomist with the Flax Council of Canada. “Some producers tend to think of flax as a low input crop, but in fact, it is quite the opposite,” Evans said during the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation’s […] Read more

History of an old research station in an evolving world

In 1993, word came from the federal government that Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Indian Head, Sask., was destined for closure. In response, local scientists and researchers banded together with area farmers to develop a new game plan to keep the farm open. The result was the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), and by […] Read more

Swaths like these near Turtleford, Sask., might be a thing of the past in the near future as producers opt to avoid swathing their canola crops when possible.  |  File photo

Canola research focuses on harvest issues

Little benefit was seen in tests on pod sealants, while glyphosate trials showed it is an effective crop dry-down aid

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — A Saskatchewan research organization is looking at how to reduce the risks of straight-combining canola now that the practice has become more commonplace. “Ten years ago there was only a smattering of farmers straight-cutting canola, but today it’s an accepted harvest method,” Chris Holzapfel, research manager at the Indian Head Agricultural […] Read more