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Farm groups urge back-to-work legislation at CP

Prairie farm groups that are still fuming over what they call inadequate rail service this winter are now calling on Ottawa to intervene in a simmering labour dispute at Canadian Pacific Railway, the country’s second largest railway company. Close to 3,500 train engineers, conductors and electrical workers represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and […] Read more


Strike date nears at CP

Canadian Pacific Railway said last week a “significant gap” remains between the company and railway employees represented by a pair of labour unions: the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). About 3,000 TCRC engineers and train conductors as well as 360 IBEW signal maintainers could go on strike […] Read more


Cold weather points to seeding delays

If you’re wondering how the spring of 2018 stacks up with other years in terms of temperature, then you might be interested in the following information from the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon. According to SRC climate researcher Virginia Wittrock, the month of March was cold. March had 20 days with average daily temperatures below […] Read more



Red Williams remembered as respected leader

U of S academic and researcher, who has died at 93, established deep connections in the Canadian agriculture industry

Western Canadian agriculture is mourning the loss of one of it most recognized and dedicated academics, teachers, extension workers and promoters. Charles Melville Williams, known as Red, passed away March 26 at the age of 93. During a career that spanned eight different decades at the University of Saskatchewan, Williams established deep connections in the […] Read more


Organic production continues to grow in Sask.

SaskOrganics has attracted a cross-section of organic and conventional producers to its various workshops

The number of organic farmers in Saskatchewan could soon eclipse 1,000, according to the president of SaskOrganics. Garry Johnson said interest in organic production is increasing, along with consumer demand for organically produced food. “There’s a great amount of interest right now,” Johnson said following the SaskOrganics annual general meeting in Saskatoon in late March. […] Read more



Be patient with winter wheat fields

Winter wheat agronomists with Ducks Unlimited are urging producers to be patient when assessing their crops and avoid making premature decisions about crop viability and abandonment. In an April 4 webinar, Ducks Unlimited agronomist Janine Paly said growers should take their time and avoid making definitive assessments until mid-way through spring seeding at the earliest. […] Read more


Early nitrogen applications critical for winter wheat

Winter wheat growers who are hoping to maximize yields should keep one thing in mind when considering spring nitrogen applications: Timing is everything. According to Ken Gross, winter wheat agronomist with Ducks Unlimited, applying spring nitrogen early, right at green up, ensures the greatest benefit in terms of yield and financial returns. “This is what […] Read more


High prices identified as farmland security issue

Senate committee identifies the cost of buying farmland as a deterrent to the next generation of farmers and a threat to land ownership

A group of Canadian senators has published a report that hopes to answer one of the perplexing questions facing western Canadian farm families: how do we keep Canadian farmland in the hands of Canadian farmers? “Farming is a challenging way to make a living at the best of times,” said Senator Diane Griffin, who chairs […] Read more



G3 Canada has new CEO

G3 Canada has a new chief executive officer. The grain company announced last week that Karl Gerrand, the company’s top executive since early 2015, is no longer with the company. Gerrand has been replaced by Don Chapman. “Karl and the board decided a change in leadership is appropriate at this time, as G3 continues to […] Read more


Homegrown garlic venture follows unique path

When Saskatchewan grain and oilseed producers Dave and Krista McBain started looking for a specialty crop to supplement their farm income, they decided to head off the beaten path. The McBains pulled together 35 pounds of seed garlic and planted their first commercial-scale garlic crop in the spring of 1996. They harvested more than 100 […] Read more