Wildlife damage claims expected to be high in Sask.

An unusually high number of unharvested acres this winter are blamed for the increased level of damage done to crops

Saskatchewan crop insurance is expecting wildlife compensation claims to be higher-than-average this year due to an unusually high number of unharvested acres. Darby Warner, executive director of insurance with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp., said more than 1.2 million acres of insured crop didn’t get combined last fall. Standing or swathed crops that spend the winter […] Read more

Seed companies have confirmed that they are considering the introduction of back-end variety-use contracts on a trial or pilot basis, possibly as early as this year.  |  File photo

Federal seed royalty consultations in limbo

It remains to be seen if Ottawa will restart a federal consultation on seed royalties that was cut short last year or if it will step back and let seed companies chart their own course forward. A government-facilitated seed royalty consultation process was launched in late 2018 but was sidelined last year when the Liberal […] Read more

The Canadian Wheat Research Council will provide the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre with more than $9.6 million over the next five years.  |  File photo

Wheat commissions fund CDC breeding efforts

The Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan will receive more than $9.6 million in core funding over the next five years to assist in developing new spring wheat cultivars. The funding agreement, announced Jan. 13 in Saskatoon, will be provided by the Canadian Wheat Research Council, a non-profit funding agency established by the […] Read more

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition was formed by provincial barley commissions across the Prairies. | Robin Booker photo

Canadian Barley Research Coalition formed

Western Canada has a new barley funding agency aimed at supporting research and variety development work. The Canadian Barley Research Coalition (CBRC) is a national non-profit organization designed to facilitate long-term barley research investments that improve the profitability and competitiveness of Western Canadian barley growers. The new agency was formed by provincial barley commissions across […] Read more

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Falling number not for grading

The Canadian Grain Commission has completed its consultation on whether falling number and deoxynivalenol should be adopted as official grain grading factors in Canada. And based on the feedback received during the 60-day consultation, the commission is suggesting that the two factors should not be included in Canada’s Official Grain Grading Guide. Higher grain-handling costs […] Read more

Work aimed at exploring an industry-wide seed organization amalgamation began years ago but has been gaining momentum over the past 12 months.  |  File photo

Seed merger ratification vote expected in July

Five industry organizations have proposed amalgamation, and members will soon receive information packages

The Canadian seed sector is moving ahead with plans to explore an industry-wide amalgamation that could combine five separate seed organizations into a single entity representing the entire industry. The proposed amalgamation, already in advanced stages of discussion, would see the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) combine with the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), the […] Read more

Prevention, deterrence and surveillance are considered to be the central elements in a successful crime reduction program.  |  File photo

Police pleased with rural Crime Watch success

The program has expanded to 190 Saskatchewan rural municipalities from eight or nine that were in existence in 2017

Criminal activity will always be a concern in remote areas of Saskatchewan where police presence is limited, says Mel Zurvinsky, an RCMP corporal who specializes in working with rural communities and preventing rural crime. However, preventive measures can have a huge impact on deterring criminal activities and reducing personal losses. The use of surveillance cameras, […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway plans to buy back more than 4.8 million of its shares.  |  File photo

CP to buy back outstanding shares

Canadian Pacific Railway is planning to buy more than 4.8 million company shares in a share buy-back program valued at nearly $1.6 billion. Officials from Canada’s second largest rail company announced Dec. 17 that the Toronto Stock Exchange had accepted the company’s notice to purchase, for cancellation, up to 4,800,862 common shares. The buy-back program […] Read more

Jake Leguee manages a 15,000-acre family owned grain farm near Fillmore, Sask. Sustainable production is a top priority at Leguee Farms. | Brian Cross photo

Growing for a sustainable future

What does sustainability mean to your farming operation? Is it a core value that influences your production and management decisions? Or do you see it as a concept dreamed up in a far-off corporate board room — an idea that will ultimately place more restrictions and conditions on how you produce food? To Saskatchewan grain […] Read more

McDonald’s verified sustainable beef pilot project is a clear example of how different stakeholders in the beef supply chain can work together toward a common goal.  |  File photo

Food companies take sustainability to heart

Environmentally conscious consumers are not the only ones concerned about sustainable food production. Many of the world’s largest food manufacturers have also adopted sustainability strategies that are aimed at preserving the environment and protecting their own bottom lines. At Cargill, a global food supply company that employs 160,000 people in 70 countries, environmental sustainability and […] Read more