Vendasta Technologies co-founders Brendan King, left, and Jeff Tomlin say Saskatchewan is becoming a hub for start-up software companies. Vendasta’s digital business solutions are being used by companies around the world.  |  Vendasta Technologies photo

Global software company proud of its prairie roots

This is the fifth of five business features highlighting Saskatchewan companies that are finalists in the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership’s (STEP) 2018 Exporter of the Year Award. When you think about innovative North American software companies and where they are located, you might be more inclined to think Silicon Valley than central Saskatchewan. But […] Read more

Ceres, Scoular settle lawsuit

Ceres Global Ag Corp. announced last week that it has reached a settlement in a legal dispute with the Scoular Company. A few years ago, Ceres and Scoular entered into an agreement to jointly develop a grain-handling facility and logistics hub at Northgate, Sask. But in 2014, Ceres officials terminated the agreement and announced they […] Read more

U.S. firm looks to expand prairie presence

Ceres Global Ag plans to complement its existing Saskatchewan terminal with more elevators in Western Canada

Ceres Global Ag is looking to expand its presence in the North American grain business by adding new elevator locations on the Prairies and developing new partnerships with existing grain companies. Chief executive officer Robert Day said his company is looking at a number of potential new western Canadian elevator locations in an effort to […] Read more

Researchers pay more attention to biologicals

Western Canadian farmers are already familiar with the benefits of rhizobia bacteria, the yield-boosting bacteria that work with legume crops to convert gaseous nitrogen to a form that is more available to the plant. What farmers might not know is that rhizobia bacteria are just one of the so-called “agricultural biologicals” that are commercially available […] Read more

The industry proposes collecting royalties on farm-saved seed.| File photo

Ottawa to consult on seed royalty proposal

The federal government has agreed to launch a formal consultation process that will look at potential changes to Canada’s plant breeders rights system, including the collection of farmer royalties on the use of farm-saved seed. The Canadian seed industry — through a group known as Seed Synergy — has been pushing for changes to PBR […] Read more

The Wheatland Express Excursion Train pulls into the station at Cudworth, Sask. The antique train offers themed excursions on track that runs between Wakaw and Cudworth in central Saskatchewan.  |  Brian Cross photo

Antique touring train picks up momentum

WAKAW, Sask. — A little antique train based in the heart of Saskatchewan wheat-growing country continues to turn heads and draw international attention. The Wheatland Express Excursion Train, based at Wakaw, Sask., recently hosted a film crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation. The crew was collecting footage for an upcoming a BBC documentary series entitled […] Read more

A recent sale of refurbished hopper cars generated $2.46 million for the federal government.  |  File photo

Hopper cars sold at fraction of value

Ottawa is selling off bits and pieces of its shrinking federal hopper car fleet at fire-sale prices. According to the Federal Hopper Car Report prepared by Transport Canada, Ottawa sold 440 refurbished grain hopper cars in 2017 at a value of slightly less than $6,000 per car. The sale of the so-called “terminated” hopper cars […] Read more

Mike Britton oversees production at the Saskatoon Colostrum Company’s recently expanded processing facility in Saskatoon. The company collects frozen colostrum from 650,000 dairy cows in North America and Scotland and distributes it in a powdered form to buyers and distributers around the world.  |   Brian Cross photo

Firm focuses on cattle health

This is the fourth of five business features highlighting Saskatchewan companies that are finalists in the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership’s (STEP) 2018 Exporter of the Year Award. If sales growth is an accurate measure of a business’s success, then the Saskatoon Colostrum Company Ltd. (SCCL) has had about 13 million reasons to celebrate over […] Read more

Viterra Inc. has officially opened a new high-throughput grain elevator at Wadena, Sask. | Twitter/@ViterraCanada photo

Viterra opens new Sask. elevator

Viterra Inc. has officially opened a new high-throughput grain elevator at Wadena, Sask. “We have a long and proud history in this area of the province, and we’re pleased to be renewing our commitment to our customers by revitalizing our presence through this excellent addition to our asset network,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s president and […] Read more

Combines on the Gaudet farm near Hoey, Sask., were back in action last week after a 17-day hiatus caused by recurring showers and poor drying weather. The Gaudets had about 4,000 acres of canola waiting to be harvested as of late last week.  |  Brian Cross photo

Tough harvest ahead for some on the Prairies

SASKATOON — Good weather, good luck and a good deal of patience. Those are some things Western Canada’s farmers need if they have any hope of bringing in this year’s crop before winter sets in. A good relationship with lenders might also come in handy. Between showers, flurries, overcast skies and single digit temperatures, prairie […] Read more