University of Saskatchewan master’s student Dan Malamura says the health of pollinators is important to clover.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

Looking for more pollinator-safe insecticides

A University of Saskatchewan student says red clover could be more widely used if weevil problems can be resolved

Red clover crops in Saskatchewan currently find themselves in a precarious situation. They are one of the most important crops for replenishing nitrogen and organic matter in the soil, but they are also often infested with a serious pest, the lesser clover leaf weevil. Currently, only one pesticide can eliminate the pests while not being […] Read more

A helicopter capture team is one of the methods used to eradicate wild pigs on the Prairies.  |  Ryan Brook photo

VIDEO: Initiatives aim to root out wild pigs

An approach called the Moose Mountain strategy hinges on identifying a group of pigs and killing every single member


Bob Brickley’s team has pored over aerial surveillance data, drawn up a detailed plan of attack and possesses extensive knowledge of their target’s behaviour. War games? A Call of Duty video game scenario? Nope. Brickley of the Moose Mountain eradication team has outlined these as key factors to success in bringing down the population of […] Read more

Soil science professor Jeff Schoenau and his research team — also known as the poo crew — are in the second year of a five-year study trying to find the optimal methods of applying manure to a field. 
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Research studies best way to apply manure

A U of S project will compare fertilization, traditional manure application and variable-rate manure application

The University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is looking into ways to make better use of an under-appreciated resource — manure. Soil science professor Jeff Schoenau and his research team — also known as the poo crew — are in the second year of a five-year study trying to find the optimal […] Read more


Federated Co-operatives hopes to lower the carbon intensity of ethanol production at the Terra Grains Fuels plant.  |  FCL photo

FCL purchases ethanol plant

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has reached a deal to purchase Terra Grain Fuels’ 150-million-litre ethanol plant, located near Belle Plain, Sask. “Until this point we were purchasing (ethanol) from a third party to blend in our gasoline,” said Pam Skotnisky, vice-president of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “Now we are able to produce our own ethanol […] Read more

The research by assistant engineering professor Simon Papalexiou, in affiliation with the university’s Global Institute for Water Security, looked at weather stations all over the world in a 50-year period from 1964 to 2013. | File photo

Global warming likely to yield more heavy rain

A U of S scientist predicts extreme rain events will increase in frequency and severity if global temperatures keep rising

A University of Saskatchewan study shows an increase in the frequency of heavy rain events in North America. The research by assistant engineering professor Simon Papalexiou, in affiliation with the university’s Global Institute for Water Security, looked at weather stations all over the world in a 50-year period from 1964 to 2013. “We focus on […] Read more


An ice sculpture helped mark the grand opening of the Richardson Bennett Demonstration Farm.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

Demonstration farm covers variety of research

Richardson International’s new research facility focuses on standard farming practices as well as newer technology

RICHARDSON, Sask. — Research at Richardson International’s new demonstration farm will run the gamut from comparative trials to more experimental work, the company’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs said last week during the facility’s grand opening. “Some of (the research) is about the existing conditions, standard farming practices and reviewing how certain products work against […] Read more

The Newell Growing Project near Brooks, Alta., is one of the many projects that raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank every year.  |  Newell growing project photo

Growing projects gear up for foodgrains bank

The 97 projects on the Prairies raised $4.5 million for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s humanitarian efforts last year

Despite his initial skepticism about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Alberta farmer Fred Preston is proud to be in his fifth year as chair of the Newell Growing Project, which donates more than $100,000 a year to the foodgrains bank. “I’m going to be honest, I used to think (growing projects) were a dumb idea. I […] Read more