Alberta farmers who want to receive a cash advance on their crops or livestock through the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) will soon have the option of applying through the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). | Screencap via www.albertawheat.com

AWC to provide advances under federal cash advance program

Alberta farmers who want to receive a cash advance on their crops or livestock through the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) will soon have the option of applying through the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). The AWC announced this week that it will serve as an APP administrator beginning Sept. 1. Alberta growers who wish to […] Read more

Doctoral student Kalhari Goonewardene says the treatment she is developing defends chicks against E. coli infection during the first week of their lives, which is when new hatchlings are most prone to bacterial infections.  | Western College of Veterinary Medicine photo

Synthetic DNA may stimulate chicks’ immune systems

The Canadian poultry industry could soon have a new and improved way to protect newly hatched chicks from potentially deadly diseases, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan. Doctoral student Kalhari Goonewardene and her academic adviser, Susantha Gomis, at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine have been working on a project […] Read more

Fresh water management remains major food issue

Scientists gather for the International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage conference to talk about water

Water experts from around the world are gathered in Saskatoon this week to discuss one of humanity’s most pressing long-term issues: how to manage the planet’s dwindling fresh water supplies more wisely. “In Canada, our water … is at risk,” said University of Saskatchewan water expert John Pomeroy, who addressed delegates attending the International Conference […] Read more


Sask. crop insurance examines intercropping

Intercropping, a practice where two or more crop types are grown on the same farmland simultaneously, is becoming more popular in Saskatchewan. So popular that the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. (SCIC) is stepping up efforts to gather more intercropping data so yield potential, producer returns and production risks can be assessed more precisely. SCIC officials say […] Read more

Last week, CN released its 2018-19 grain plan, a document that outlines how the company plans to handle this year’s grain crop and avoid transportation bottlenecks that could negatively impact the grain and oilseeds sector.
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CN releases grain plan for 2018-19

Canada’s largest railway company says it’s confident it will be able to move Western Canada’s 2018-19 grain crop in a timely fashion, despite surging demand from Canada’s crude oil shippers. “We are focused on getting it right for farmers and our grain customers, regaining the confidence of Canadian business and enhancing Canada’s reputation as a […] Read more


The wild parsnip plant produces a sap the reduces the skin’s defences against exposure to UV rays. People who come into contact with the plant might experience severe sunburn and blistering.  |  Brian Cross photo

Wild parsnip: not your garden variety weed

This weed is not worth messing with because its sap can cause festering blisters capable of leaving permanent scars

There’s a nasty weed on the loose in Saskatchewan. And if you come across it, your best course of action is to steer clear and call the authorities. Wild parsnip has been around since at least the 1920s, but lately it’s been showing up in more locations across the province. If you stumble upon the […] Read more

Robin Brown, left, research manager at the Conservation Learning Centre south of Prince Albert, Sask., shares details of her intercropping trials with interested producers. Pea-canola intercropping is generating interest among some growers in the province. Chickpea-flax combinations are also becoming more common in parts of southern Saskatchewan.  |  Brian Cross photo

Intercropping canola and peas shows increased net returns

Saskatchewan farmer Sheldon Dowling describes his first experience with intercropping as interesting. In fact, the results from his pea-canola experiment in 2017 were so interesting that he decided to try it again this year. “Interesting is the key word,” said Dowling, who farms near MacDowall, Sask., near Prince Albert. “It’s pretty counter-intuitive to apply no […] Read more

Farm groups balk at CGC’s plan to spend surplus

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association wants the surplus returned to farmers, calling it an illegal tax

The Canadian Grain Commission has come up with a plan on how to manage a $130 million surplus accumulated through the collection of excessive user fees from the Canadian grain industry. However, the CGC plan has fallen flat with some western Canadian agriculture groups, including one outraged organization that says the commission surplus is equivalent […] Read more


Shorter clubroot rotation OK: Sask.

Saskatchewan Agriculture continues to recommend that the province’s canola growers follow a one-in-four-year rotation. However, the province and other industry groups say a one-in-three-year canola rotation is acceptable in cases where visible clubroot symptoms are evident. On the surface, that might seem like the province is preaching one thing and practicing another. However, officials from […] Read more

Sask. to demand clubroot plans

The province shares details of the management plans it will require when surveys find the disease on farmland

First-year results from Saskatchewan’s new and expanded clubroot survey should be available in early 2019, giving the province’s canola growers a more complete view of where the disease is and where it’s most likely to show up in the future. Errin Willenborg, research manager with the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola), told growers at a […] Read more