Analyst Marlene Boersch believes India is already buying peas.  |  File photo

India expected to return to pulse market soon

Analyst says the country will soon need to buy more pulses because its farmers planted a smaller crop this year

Pulse analyst Marlene Boersch predicts Canadian exports to India will pick up later this year. She told a regional pulse workshop in Regina that India is fundamentally food insecure and is coming off a wet season that was short of moisture. Evidence for her optimism includes smaller planted pulse acres and low stocks. By law, […] Read more

The swathing dates that producers use for cutting for winter grazing actually come from recommendations for cutting cereals for a silage pit, says Bart Lardner of the University of Saskatchewan.  |  File photo

Swath later for better winter grazing

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Research into the optimal stage of maturity to swath grain for winter grazing suggests later than previous recommendations. University of Saskatchewan beef scientist Bart Lardner said producers have typically cut barley or triticale at the soft dough stage and oats at the late milk stage. But he said those recommendations actually […] Read more

Non-bloat legumes show promise in pastures

Incorporating non-bloat legumes into pasture stands could rejuvenate pastures and lead to better average daily gains, according to a three-year study at the University of Saskatchewan. Bree Kelln undertook the study, planting cicer milkvetch and sainfoin varieties into sites at Lanigan, Sask., and Lethbridge in 2015. She presented Lanigan results at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry […] Read more


Producers embrace corn grazing

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Corn grazing continues to gain popularity in Western Canada but producers are still learning how best to manage the system, says beef researcher Bart Lardner. “It’s a learning curve,” he said after a presentation at Foraging into the Future. “It’s not going to go away. The adoption rate is ramping up […] Read more

Professor emeritus John McKinnon from the University of Saskatchewan says he can’t explain the results of the study, but it does show that nutritional strategies for the cow can influence the post-natal growth of the calf.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Calves from cows fed canola grew more

A two-year study found that beef cows fed a high-fat diet containing canola seed produced heavier calves right from birth to slaughter. John McKinnon, professor emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, said he was surprised at the results of the study comparing a typical diet with one supplemented by canola and another with flax. “I […] Read more


Sask. delays discontinuing loan program

The wind-down of Saskatchewan’s Livestock Loan Guarantee Program has been extended to July 31, 2019. Last August, the province announced it would discontinue the program that guaranteed loans to breeder and feeder associations. Originally, the government said the program would end Dec. 31, 2018, but that was pushed to July after discussions found that more […] Read more

Sask. cattle producers focus on insurance

Saskatchewan cattle producers want better insurance options for their forage. Resolutions passed at the recent Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting call for updated yield information in the forage program and more weather stations for the rainfall insurance program. Jack Hextall, who ranches near Grenfell, Sask., said improvements must be made. “On our place, I know […] Read more

Dairy sector receives public trust funding

The federal government has announced funding to Dairy Farmers of Canada to continue the organization’s work on developing public trust. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and MP Francis Drouin were at Ferme Geranik near St. Albert, Ont., Jan. 28 to announce $2.7 million for DFC’s quality assurance program, proAction, and to help the industry develop an […] Read more


Plant-based food too expensive: professor

Food professor Sylvain Charlebois thought he’d give a new vegan butcher in Halifax a try. Curious about what a vegan butcher would offer, and what the food would taste like, he bought some macaroni and cheese and six “burger” patties. The total at the cash register was $57. “I actually thought she made a mistake,” […] Read more

Bob and Norma Watson have lived and ranched in the Qu’Appelle Valley north of Wolseley, Sask., since 1961. | Karen Briere photo

Couple brought together by horses

On the Farm: Bob and Norma Watson have been raising cattle in Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley since 1961

WOLSELEY, Sask. — At 88 and 86, respectively, Bob and Norma Watson have no intention of leaving their farm home in Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle Valley. It says “farmer” on their tax forms, observes Norma, and what else would they do? They established Steel Thorn Farm in 1961, four years after they married, and cattle, horses and […] Read more