Cassidy, left, and Ashley Weber, spend time with their rodeo horses on the family farm near Carlyle, Sask.  | Karen Briere photo

Sask. sisters at home on the rodeo circuit

Cassidy and Ashley Weber can usually be found practising in their family’s riding arena or competing in the rodeo ring

CARLYLE, Sask. — They say every girl needs a horse. In Cassidy and Ashley Weber’s case, every girl needs more than one. The sisters compete on several rodeo circuits and recently both won titles at the same event. Cassidy, 15, won the senior high school all-around championship at a Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association event […] Read more

Shelter belts were planted to avoid soil erosion in the days before reduced tillage and continuous cropping, but the benefits appear to have extended beyond the era of summerfallow.  |  File photo

Shelter belts can help increase crop yields

Trees can be a pain to farm around, but they put more money on the bottom line and reduce extreme weather threats

Removing shelter belts to accommodate today’s larger farm equipment is a common practice that could hurt farmers in the long run. Prairie researchers are examining both the environmental and economic roles of shelter belts as many of the plantings near the end of their lifespan or farmers rip them out. Research has already shown that […] Read more

New high-tech hog barn has all the bells and whistles

A new 680-sow farrow-to-finish hog barn will begin to fill next week on the Wheatland Colony near Shackleton, Sask. The facility replaces a smaller barn and doubles the colony’s capacity. However, what really sets it apart is the technology within the barns, said Brad Gampe, western Canadian sales manager for Fast Genetics in Saskatoon, which […] Read more


Dairy Farmers of Canada launched a Twitter campaign against the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland promised compensation.
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Dairy farmers protest trade agreement

Dairy farmers were seething, but grain and meat producers were optimistic Monday after the announcement a North American trade deal had finally been reached. Dairy Farmers of Canada launched a Twitter campaign against the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland promised compensation. “A handful of […] Read more

From left, Shannon, Mya, Lee and Colton Sluser, on the family farm at Glenavon, Sask. | Submitted photo

Young farmers live their dreams

GLENAVON, Sask. — It’s late September, and it’s raining, but Lee and Shannon Sluser are optimistic. Harvest on their 17,500 acres was about three-quarters done before the rain started, and they are now left with wheat and straight-cut canola left to do. Quality was good and yields were decent, Lee said during the rain delay. […] Read more


Province appoints supervisor for RM

The Saskatchewan Rural Municipality of McKillop will operate under a government-appointed supervisor for the next year. Vern Palmer, a retired RM administrator, will oversee operations as the RM implements recommendations from an inspector’s report. The government received Carol Ingham’s report in mid-September. She was appointed in August after numerous complaints from ratepayers about tax hikes […] Read more

Report urges ag sector to be tech adopters

The Canadian agriculture sector would be more competitive if it embraced technology more quickly, according to an interim report from the Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table. The table, led by Murad Al-Katib from AGT Foods with members from primary agriculture to food processing, set out five priority themes in its report released last week. The members […] Read more

Kay McIvor, left, lives in Brisbane, Australia, but that didn’t stop her from developing a long-lasting friendship with Francy Redding of Tyvan, Sask. The two women exchanged cards and letters for years after meeting through the Western Producer penpal section when they were children. They have since visited each other in person. | Photo courtesy Francy Redding

Lifelong penpals become ‘family’ with years of sharing

The distance between tiny Tyvan, Sask. and bustling Brisbane, Australia, is far, but the connection is strong for two women who have exchanged letters for the past 54 years. When Francy Redding, who lives in Tyvan, made her first trip to Australia to meet her penpal, Kay McIvor, this summer, their lifelong friendship struck a […] Read more


Saskatchewan residents have until Oct. 1 to have their say about the province’s trespassing laws.
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Sask. reviewing trespass laws

Saskatchewan residents have until Oct. 1 to have their say about the province’s trespassing laws. Following justice minister Don Morgan’s comments earlier this year, that the government would be willing to look at current laws, the province is seeking further input. Organizations such as the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and Agricultural Producers Association of […] Read more

Farmers urged to keep watch on rail shipping

Farm leaders last week told federal ministers they are closely watching grain movement this fall to make sure the railways don’t fall behind. Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, and Daryl Fransoo, a Western Canadian Wheat Growers director, both said communication is key as the first shipping season under new transportation […] Read more