A worker tends to marijuana plants growing outdoors at Bold Growth’s site near Saskatoon.  |  Bold Growth photo

Cannabis companies eye growing plants outdoors

Legal production of marijuana has traditionally taken place in greenhouses, but two firms take their work outside in Saskatchewan

Dressed in T-shirts, blue jeans and ballcaps, the guys at Bold Growth are almost indistinguishable from other young farmers in the province. But they’re growing something new and different. Andrew Condin, chief executive officer, and Spencer Veikle, chief operating officer, of Bold Growth might view cannabis as just another crop, but the intensive labour required […] Read more

Filmmaker Brina Romanek talks with Jim Giffen, the subject of her documentary.  |  Katie Sadie photo

Documentary delves into farm succession

Filmmaker focuses on the story of a retiring Ontario farmer who is passing on his operation to a non-family member

Filmmaker Brina Romanek was working on a project about food waste in Canada when one of her subjects showed her how many farms in the area were not being passed down to the next generation. It sparked an interest in her, and also anxiety about what it would mean for farming’s future. The feeling was […] Read more

Brett Anderson, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist, said the Prairies might see early snow, but for the most part the region will have milder weather heading into winter. | File photo

Forecast predicts dry fall for Prairies but early frost

The summer trends of drier, warmer weather in the southwestern part of the Prairies and near normal weather in the north and east is set to continue into the fall, says Brett Anderson, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist. “I believe we are looking at a warm fall relative to normal across much of Alberta and probably most […] Read more

SGI, Saskatchewan’s provincially owned insurance company, says the province saw an average 27.2 collisions per year involving unregistered farm equipment from 2013-17. | File photo

Equipment on roads requires driver caution

August means the start of harvest season on the Prairies. Unfortunately, with a higher amount of farm equipment on roads and highways, it also means a higher number of collisions involving farm equipment than any other month. SGI, Saskatchewan’s provincially owned insurance company, says the province saw an average 27.2 collisions per year involving unregistered […] Read more

Garry Richards uses a set of practices to build soil health that revolve around the concept of mimicking nature.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

Basic principles can help farmers rebuild soil health

A SaskOrganics farm tour near Bangor, Sask., Aug. 4 was meant to promote rotational grazing, but the takeaway for many was how grazing can help replenish soil nutrients and organic matter. Garry Richards and Keith Buckingham led the tour to multiple fields to show progress toward improving soil on their farms and how they use […] Read more

Global livestock trade hot at Pacific Northwest

Saskatoon’s Delta Bessborough hotel’s salon Batoche was down to standing-room only as farmers and ranchers filled the room for the cross-border livestock session at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit in July. The amount of interested people present at this session speaks to the uncertainty that producers are feeling right now while Canada and the […] Read more

Jared Epp and his dog Budd round-up a herd of sheep during the stock dog demonstration at the All Canadian Sheep Classic in Humboldt, Sask., in July.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

A dog’s life of hard work pays off for owners and animals

Livestock handling with dogs requires the right animal, training and owner to ensure success in the field

No treats for good work – the reward for dogs is more work Border collies are the pros at looking after livestock Jared Epp and his wife Tasha have been raising and training stock dogs at their home east of Blackstrap Lake in Saskatchewan for almost 20 years. They got started in 2000 when, as […] Read more

Invasive mussels pose a significant threat to water-related infrastructure such as hydro facilities and agricultural irrigation.  |  File photo

Sask. remains on guard for invasive mussels

The province plans to spend $700,000 this year on inspection stations, online information and public awareness

Saskatchewan hasn’t yet had a confirmed case of zebra mussels but that hasn’t stopped the provincial government from increasing the time and resources dedicated to keeping the province free of the invasive species. This year Saskatchewan plans to spend $700,000 on its prevention programs that include inspection stations, online information and public awareness programs. The […] Read more

Robert Saik, chief executive officer of DOT, an autonomous farm technology company, shows off its 100 percent automated seed drill at the Ag in Motion site during the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region summit in Saskatoon in July.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

Challenges mount as food demand soars: Saik

Chief executive officer of DOT Autonomous Farm Technology says the pressure on food exporting countries is enormous

“If you want to know who I am, this is who I am,” says Robert Saik, as he points to a screen displaying the chromosomal complex that makes up his genome. “If you want to go deeper we can go into the genes inside of my genome sequence and know if I’m susceptible to any […] Read more

Mike Kergin, former Canadian ambassador to the United States, left, David Wilkins and David Jacobson, former U.S. ambassadors to Canada, and moderator Scotty Greenwood, chief executive officer of the Canadian American Business Council, talk about U.S.-Canada relations at the Pacific North West Economic Region annual summit in Saskatoon last week.  |  Zach Edens photo

Canada-U.S. relations OK: former diplomats

Former ambassadors from both countries say the relationship is strong but insist that the USMCA must be ratified

The breakfast may have been bland when the Pacific North West Economic Region kicked off its annual summit in Saskatoon last week, but the accompanying panel discussion was anything but. David Wilkins and David Jacobson, former U.S. ambassadors to Canada, Mike Kergin, former Canadian ambassador to the United States, and moderator Scotty Greenwood delivered the […] Read more