For the last seven years, Viterra has covered the cost of printing the calendars and sells thousands each year at its elevators and other facilities on the Prairies. | Screenshot via starscalendar.ca

New calendars kick off STARS fundraiser

STARS calendars are now available at Viterra grain elevators in Western Canada. For the last seven years, Viterra has covered the cost of printing the calendars and sells thousands each year at its elevators and other facilities on the Prairies. “Viterra and STARS have worked together since 2015, and through the strength of our continued […] Read more

Birds Canada says loon productivity is dropping across Canada, meaning there are less offspring. | Mark Peck photo

Drop in loon productivity across Canada causes concern

Wildlife advocates say the population has been dropping by 1.4 percent per pair of loons a year over the last 30 years

Loons are a staple on almost every northern lake in Canada. Their unique cries are recognizable by most lake-goers, and the birds are something of a Canadian icon, alongside the beaver and polar bear. But the bird’s reduced productivity is causing concern. In a 40-year update of the common loon, released by Birds Canada, it’s […] Read more

Participants in the Saskatchewan Forage Pasture Tour examine the bison rubbing rock. | Melissa Bezan photo

Conservation easement will protect bison rubbing stone

Ducks Unlimited was mainly interested in protecting the land’s natural grasslands because of its value as wildlife habitat

The universe seemed to come full circle for Lorne Klein after he started to raised bison on his ranch near Francis, Sask. Klein originally raised elk on the ranch but when he took up bison, it tied present day to the long-forgotten past because he owns a quarter section that contains an ancient bison rubbing […] Read more


This synchrotron method allows us to analyze plants in vivo, meaning that we don’t need to  take out organs from plants and analyze many aspects in live and intact plants. This can exclude the loss of elements  during sample preparation, says Dr. Brian Ham of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). usask.ca/Olufunke Okochi photo

Portable synchrotron to assist plant imaging

The smaller machine can be brought into greenhouses and take pressure off the beam lines at the Canadian Light Source

The Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan is using synchrotron technology as a way to look more closely at plants. By capturing these images of the plants, they will be able to make crop breeding more efficient. The synchrotron that is being used is semi-portable, the first ever designed to be […] Read more

Horses are particularly vulnerable to West Nile virus and should be vaccinated. | File photo

Prairie residents warned about West Nile virus

The first mosquitoes of the year that carry the disease were found in Sask. and Man. last month; precautions are urged

Saskatchewan and Manitoba have found mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. In Manitoba, 24 mosquitoes with West Nile virus, known as the Culex tarsalis mosquito, were collected from various parts of the province between Aug. 8-14. It brings the total to 86 found this year. Mosquitoes with WNV were found in Saskatchewan the same week, located […] Read more


U of S researcher Jonathon Bennett and his research partners are getting soil samples from native grasslands in Saskatchewan and Alberta, ensuring they take from both normal grasslands and saline grasslands. | File photo

Research explores fungi’s effect on rangeland

U of S scientist wants to know if inoculating forage crops with mycorrhizal fungi can increase growth and salinity tolerance

University of Saskatchewan researcher Jonathon Bennett is researching fungi, forage grasslands and the relationship between the two. The research is looking specifically at mycorrhizal fungi. “And basically, what these fungi do is they trade nutrients from the soil to the plant in exchange for carbon that the plant fixes during photosynthesis,” Bennett said. “So they […] Read more

According to SaskPower, there were 306 line and pole contacts with farm machinery in 2020. So far this year there have been 196 incidents, including one fatality. | Twitter/@SaskPower photo

Sask. boosts power line funding

SaskPower has doubled funding for the Farmyard Line Relocation Project from $2 to $5 million. Established in 1995, the Farmyard Line Relocation Project subsidizes the cost of moving or burying farmyard power lines. “Obviously farm safety is a huge concern for everybody,” said Bill Prybyliski, vice-president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. “The amount […] Read more

In Manitoba, 24 mosquitoes with West Nile virus, known as the Culex tarsalis mosquito, were collected from various parts of the province between Aug. 8-14. It brings the total to 86 found this year. | File photo

West Nile Virus mosquitoes found in Man., Sask.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba have found mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. In Manitoba, 24 mosquitoes with West Nile virus, known as the Culex tarsalis mosquito, were collected from various parts of the province between Aug. 8-14. It brings the total to 86 found this year. Mosquitoes with WNV were found in Saskatchewan the same week, located […] Read more


The Alberta Forage Industry Network tried to get Farming the Web running as soon as possible this summer because of producers’ need to buy and sell products such as feed. | Jeannette Greaves photo

This year’s feed shortage hastens launch of new website

Farming the Web was developed as a digital marketplace where producers are able to conduct business with each other

The Alberta Forage Industry Network has launched an online classified site called Farming the Web. A need for this service is great because the ongoing drought has depleted feed. Farming the Web was originally created as an alternative to Ropin’ the Web, a classified website originally run by the Alberta government until it was discontinued. […] Read more

Cargill says Regina’s Global Transportation Hub offers road access and access to both railways. | Melissa Bezan photo

Cargill picks spot for Regina crusher

Cargill has announced its new canola crushing plant will be built at the Global Transportation Hub west of Regina. Jeff Vassart, president of Cargill Canada, said in an interview the location was chosen for many reasons. “For a site like this, what’s really important is having the infrastructure to be able to operate safely and […] Read more