Grain drying is one of the big concerns for farmers because fuel used in the process is not exempt from the carbon tax.  | File photo

Carbon tax cost could soar to $12.52 per acre

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan’s new estimate for wheat based on Ottawa’s recent tax hike plan

Updated calculations from the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan suggest the carbon tax could cost $12.52 per acre by 2030. The estimate, for wheat, is based on the December federal government announcement that the tax would rise to $170 per tonne over the next 10 years. At $20 per tonne, in 2019, the cost to […] Read more

Visible disease has now been confirmed in 75 canola fields since 2017.
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Number of fields infected with clubroot increases in Sask.

Clubroot appeared in 24 more Saskatchewan fields in 2020, according to the map released Jan. 11. Visible disease has now been confirmed in 75 canola fields since 2017. Also last year, the pathogen was detected in another 18 fields that didn’t have symptoms, for a total of 29. Provincial plant disease specialist Alireza Akhavan said […] Read more

Research at the Irrigation Crop Diversification Centre in Outlook, Sask., looked at how phosphorus applications affected wheat yields in severely deficient soil.  | File photo

Small phosphorus applications help wheat yields

Largest yield bump occurred with 17 pounds per acre, followed by a smaller but still significant increase at 36 lb. per acre


A Saskatchewan study has found that soil severely deficient in phosphorus produced better spring wheat yields with even small phosphorus applications, but where and when it was placed weren’t factors. Erin Karppinen, co-research director at the Irrigation Crop Diversification Centre in Outlook, Sask., said the first year of a two-year study done in 2020 showed […] Read more


Omar Alghabra is a newcomer to cabinet, although he served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade diversification. While much of his focus will be on the airline industry, which is under pressure from COVID-19 restrictions and fewer travelers, he will also be responsible for grain transportation. | File photo

Cabinet shuffle produces new transport minister

A small cabinet shuffle in Ottawa has resulted in changes in three portfolios, including transport. Omar Alghabra is a newcomer to cabinet, although he served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade diversification. First elected in 2006, he represents Mississauga Centre. While much of his focus will be on the airline industry, which […] Read more

The Water Security Agency consulted extensively with industry and stakeholders in 2019 on how farmers’ and environmental needs could both be met, but a mitigation policy has not yet been announced.
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Sask. still searches for drainage enforcement

Government says it is working with landowners to achieve approvals in ‘ways that are not impactful on the environment’

Saskatchewan still hasn’t established how agricultural drainage can be mitigated to everyone’s satisfaction. The Water Security Agency consulted extensively with industry and stakeholders in 2019 on how farmers’ and environmental needs could both be met, but a mitigation policy has not yet been announced. Jeff Olson, who for years worked as a wetlands specialist with […] Read more


Saskatchewan moves to small battery recycling for 2020.  |  Mike Raine photo

Sask. unveils new battery recycling plan

Saskatchewan has implemented a battery recycling program, which began Jan. 1. The 73 SARCAN collection depots, along with other designated sites, will accept single-use and rechargeable consumer batteries that weigh less than five kilograms each, excluding lead acid batteries. The program will be operated by a non-profit environmental stewardship organization called Call2Recycle Canada. It has […] Read more

A Saskatchewan researcher says growers should not be afraid to apply more water if they are doing everything else right. | File photo

Higher canola yields achieved under irrigation

Saskatchewan researcher says growers should not be afraid to apply more water if they are doing everything else right

A survey of 15 irrigated canola fields in Saskatchewan found an average yield of 70 bushels per acre in 2020. The provincial dryland average was 37 bu. per acre. This is the second year of the survey, which is being done to assess production methods in order to make recommendations, said Joel Peru, an agriculture […] Read more

The 10-year, $4-billion project to expand irrigation from Lake Diefenbaker was announced in July and will include three phases of work.  | File photo

Sask. irrigation project still at desktop stage

Work continues on mapping, soil and geotechnical testing and development of the water project’s preliminary design

Saskatchewan’s plan to develop another 500,000 acres of irrigation is proceeding, although perhaps not quickly enough for some. Farmers got an update during the Saskatchewan Irrigation conference held online earlier this month. Questions after the presentation from Water Security Agency officials included how soon shovels would be in the ground. Clinton Molde, executive director of […] Read more


A producer from Manitoba says integrating livestock in a farming operation is a key part of a philosophy that also emphasizes keeping the ground covered, having plant diversity and continually living roots, and reducing pesticides and inputs. | Sterling Cuthbert photo

Cattle seen as agriculture’s long-term solution

A producer’s research determines that farmers can improve the ecosystem by increasing forage and grazing positively


Nuffield scholar Ryan Boyd says Western Canada is missing a huge opportunity by not incorporating more cattle into farming systems. Boyd, who operates a mixed farm near Forrest, Man., said his observations from travel around the world last year show that livestock offer a “resilient long-term solution to agriculture profitability, productivity and climate change.” Boyd […] Read more

The pandemic has created new business opportunities, ranging from online grocery deliveries to meal kits to ghost kitchens, where  grocery retailers prep and deliver complete meals.  | Getty Images

A radical change

COVID-19 has changed how people eat and shop for food, and there could be more change to come. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, said food has been a complicated and complex issue during the pandemic. People hoarded some foods, turned to buying others online and decided to grow […] Read more