Three U of S grads honored for work in agriculture

The Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates’ Association at the University of Saskatchewan has conferred honorary lifetime memberships to three former graduates: Ewald Lammerding, a graduate from 1988, has been on the association’s executive for 24 years. Lammerding currently edits the SAGA newsletter. For 18 years he worked in the animal science department at the university and was […] Read more

Hemoglobin forms in the root nodules of pulse crops, in this case peas, due to the presence of nitrogen fixing rhizobia bacteria. This results in the nodules taking on the tones of human skin as the hemoglobin is also responsible for the red colour in blood.  | Michael Raine photo

Competition for legume inoculant space in prairie soils

Pulse and soybean crops may be looking forward to a well-nourished season as inoculant offerings increase across the western growing region. Last fall, Quebec-based global yeast and bacteria products maker Lallemand entered the legume crop inoculant business. This week one of the world’s largest crop inoculant companies is setting up shop in Western Canada in […] Read more

Vern Racz, one of several ag graduates being honoured prior to Crop Week, died last autumn, leaving a legacy of research and information for producers. Racz served as the director of the Feed Centre at the university. | File photo

Sask. ag grads honour individuals

Ahead of the start of the annual Crop Week events, the ag graduates’ group honours a few of its members for their commitments to the industry of agriculture. This year, the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates’ Association at the University of Saskatchewan plans to confer honorary lifetime memberships to three former graduates: • Ewald Lammerding, a graduate […] Read more


With its new partner, Brett-Young Seeds, from southern Manitoba, the Argentine-based Rizobacter will begin offering its legume inoculants and related products across the region, including the American Northern Plains states. | Screencap via rizobacter.com

Brett-Young partners with Rizobacter to offer legume inoculants

One of the world’s largest crop inoculant companies is setting up shop in Western Canada, in time for spring seeding. With its new partner, Brett-Young Seeds, from southern Manitoba, the Argentine-based Rizobacter will begin offering its legume inoculants and related products across the region, including the American Northern Plains states. Thomas Thiessen looks after the […] Read more

Larry Woolliams remains optimistic about his remaining crop in the field. The 2019 harvest season was not ideal, but his choices in new equipment paid off well, says the Alberta farmer.  |  Michael Raine photo

Technology paying off as conditions get tougher

Adopting the latest in agricultural tools might have benefits, but proving them takes a special kind of year

AIRDRIE, Alta. — Changing up a whole suite of main machinery was a bit daunting as the year started. With 9,000 acres to seed in a few weeks, Larry Woolliams began the year by cutting his drills in half. And then it rained 20 inches or so. Woolliams moved out of two precision drills to […] Read more


Conservative leader Andrew Scheer informs Parliament of his resignation as leader of the opposition.  |  Parliament of Canada photo

Conservative leader Scheer resigns

Leader of the federal opposition party, Andrew Scheer has resigned. The Saskatchewan Member of Parliament for Regina-Qu’Appelle will remain as an MP. However, the 40 year old leader of the Conservatives informed his caucus in Ottawa Thursday morning that he had decided to step down to spend more time with his family and reduce the […] Read more

Tom Greene, left, works with breeders across the globe to improve crop genetics. Here he is in Brazil with colleagues observing plots firsthand.  |  Corteva photo

Single gene discovery found to boost yield

Corteva researchers kept searching, despite indications that lone genes might not hold growth promises

Yield increases from the latest in plant breeding technologies have come mainly from making crops better able to defend against pests or other environmental harms. True yield improvements, where crop-potential production is boosted, have proved elusive, until recently. Better yields have come through the traditional channels of selection, albeit enhanced by advanced genetic tools. Typically, […] Read more

Let’s have a Canadian conversation

Division happens with any election. Saskatchewan and Alberta saw some stark ones as compared to the rest of Canada in the most recent public contest of national direction. However, there weren’t too many Liberal and NDP members of Parliament in those provinces to begin with, so dropping a few more appears to be over-interpreted as […] Read more


The DOT robotic platform with its seeding attachment has been a hit during demonstrations at the Ag In Motion farm show. | File photo

Raven Industries buys autonomous DOT technology

Autonomous farming platform DOT has found its own path with a new partner. Raven Industries has acquired controlling interest in the DOT with Seedmaster’s Norbert Beaujot of Regina retaining the balance of the ownership. The move will give DOT access to greater capital through the publicly traded Raven, as well as to the South Dakota […] Read more

Deere’s new RX starts life as a different chassis than its 8R and 8T cousins. The fixed frame, four-track was designed from the ground up to be a belted machine. Quebec’s Camso developed that system.  |  John Deere photo

The RX may be a prescription for traction with a light touch

It’s a 410 horse, factory, four-track, fixed frame and it’s green and yellow. The new, and somewhat anticipated, 8-series, tracked tractor from Deere is seeing a lot of attention from the farming world since its end of October debut. John Deere has been developing the machine for several years and released it conjunction with an […] Read more