Allison Squires and Cody Straza appreciate the freedom to make their own decisions and the rewards of running their own business.  |  Submitted photo

Sask. OYF finalists choose the organics route

The rural lifestyle is important for the young couple, who farm 2,590 acres and custom graze 100 cow/calf pairs

Allison Squires was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and grew up in southern Ontario, but she is now a partner in a thriving farm in southern Saskatchewan. She and her husband, Cody Straza, who were one of the finalists for this year’s Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers program, operate Upland Organics Ltd. near Wood Mountain. “Being […] Read more

Paying farmers to maintain dugouts, sloughs and tree stands to retain water and reduce damage to roads and infrastructure should be examined by governments, says the author.  |  Robin Booker photo

Pay farmers now or pay through tax later

There has been a discussion going on for a few years about whether society should be paying farmers to maintain natural habitats, such as bluffs of trees, pothole ponds and slough wetlands. There are those who see merit in such payments, but governments, which hold the purse strings on proposals like these, have never em-braced […] Read more

Horses help teamsters break ground and seed

Old-fashioned farming | Group would like to pass on knowledge and skills to a new generation

RAMA, Sask. — Horsepower was on display at a recent demonstration of heritage spring seeding techniques. Teamsters from northeastern Sask-atchewan gathered near Rama to hitch their big horses to vintage plows, cultivators, discs, harrows and seed drills to plant a few acres of crop as spectators gathered to watch. For those holding the reins, it […] Read more

Shortage of qualified workers has ag pilot courses taking off

YORKTON, Sask. — A new education option is now available for those wanting to become agriculture pilots. Miccar Aerial Ltd. in Yorkton just completed its first run through a new training program. “We started an ag pilot course for people wanting to get into ag aviation,” said company head Michael Yaholnitsky. “We saw a need […] Read more

Yorkton Regional High School students Bo Chiasson and Jayden Leister work on their award winning robot designs. Interest in robotics has grown in their school.  |  Calvin Daniels photos

Robot designers hope to claim international prize

Globe hopping | After topping competitors 
in Brazil, Yorkton, Sask., students plan trip to Germany to bring home gold medal

YORKTON, Sask. — A high school robotics team from Yorkton Regional High School is taking its talents to the world stage. Having topped the Skills Canada competition in robotics for Saskatchewan in 2011, the Yorkton Regional High School team moved on to win the national titles, and that earned them a trip to the biannual […] Read more

Sask. farmer raised world champion Clydesdale

YORKTON, Sask. — The world’s best Clydesdale was born on a farm near Canora, Sask. Donegal Dr. Pepper was named supreme champion at the World Clydesdale Show in Madison, Wisconsin, in late October. It was only the second world show held, the first being in 2007. The six-year-old stallion was raised by Greg Gallagher of […] Read more

Sask. rabbit grower hops many hurdles

SALTCOATS, Sask. – Joy Popowich might be the poster girl for perseverance in agriculture. Rabbits were once touted as a meat animal with big opportunities for Saskatchewan producers. However, Popowich is now the province’s only major producer with 80 does in her barn near Saltcoats. Finding a meat processor was a challenge when she started […] Read more

Bad year brings good prices for oat growers: analyst

YORKTON, Sask. – Farmers should have a chance to sell this year’s oat crop, and next year’s as well, at good prices. That was the message Randy Strychar of Ag Commodity Research gave those attending the Prairie Oat Growers Association Conference in Yorkton Dec. 2. “There’s lot of good news coming down the road for […] Read more

Genetic mapping key to halting oats decline

YORKTON, Sask. – Research scientists are working together to map oat’s genetic code. But owing to the complex genome of the plant, Eric Jackson, a scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture, told those attending the Prairie Oat Growers Association Conference in Yorkton on Dec. 2 that the process will take time. “The oat […] Read more