Input Capital pays farmers in advance for their crops, mainly canola. The farmers rely on Input Capital to take delivery of the crops after harvest on behalf of country elevator buyers that Input contracts with. | Screecap via inputcapital.com

Input Capital, farmer in court over deliveries

Company claims breech of contract, seeks $7.8 million from Sask. farmer over delivery arrangement that went wrong

REGINA — Terry Gustafson has been farming near Macoun, Sask., for most of his life, but he has spent a great deal of time in court lately in a case involving himself and Input Capital Corp. Input Capital pays farmers in advance for their crops, mainly canola. The farmers rely on Input Capital to take […] Read more

Fossilized feces give the scoop on dinosaurs

“The preservation of dinosaur feces is pretty rare,” said Donald Henderson, curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta.


Feces stand a good chance of being destroyed by rain, washed away or eaten by other animals unless they are rapidly buried. “A skeleton can be broken up and swept downriver and we can still find the bones,” he said. “But once feces get disturbed, it’s gone.” However, samples have been found despite the difficulties. […] Read more

More to canola than variety

Don’t forget about the revenue side of the business when making decisions on the farm, producers were advised last week. “One thing that gets dropped all the time when you’re picking varieties is the marketing side, the revenue side of the business,” Derek MacLean of Northstar Agri Industries told Agri-Trend’s 2014 Farm Forum Event. “A […] Read more


Richard Lamartine and Valerie Martin sell beeswax candles, handmade angels, wreaths, and other Christmas crafts. They support other artists through their gallery, Harvest Moon.  |  Robyn Tocker photo

Artists seek to attract young buyers

MEACHAM, Sask. — Craft shows remain popular in Saskatchewan, but there is a growing concern about the appreciation for handmade items. Ferron Olynyk, member services co-ordinator for the Saskatchewan Craft Council, said sales for their craft shows have been consistent. “But we’re seeing some people who have bought for years and years and years now […] Read more

 Interest in food started early for Amy Jo Ehman, pictured here in the garden with her Grandmother.  |  Ehman family photo

Learning about past through food

It’s not Christmas unless there’s food on the table, and Amy Jo Ehman’s new book has some interesting dishes to include. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, Ehman’s second book, pieces together Saskatchewan’s history from the 1870s to 1920s with food from Metis, First Nations and European homesteaders. “To me, it’s a story of Saskatchewan’s early […] Read more


Grain industry act upgrade will benefit producers: CGC

Modernization would allow the commission to respond to quality complaints

The Canadian Grain Commission is eagerly anticipating the changes that will be coming in new federal legislation. Rémi Gosselin, the grain commission’s communications manager, said Bill C-48, the Modernization of Canada’s Grain Industry Act, will comprehensively update the Canada Grain Act by proposing to: Enhance producer protections. Enhance grain quality and grain safety assurance programming. […] Read more

Profitable canola requires all the inputs

Don’t forget about the revenue side of the business when making decisions on the farm, producers were advised last week. “One thing that gets dropped all the time when you’re picking varieties is the marketing side, the revenue side of the business,” Derek MacLean of Northstar Agri Industries told Agri-Trend’s 2014 Farm Forum Event. “A […] Read more

A SkyHawk-1 drone flies above prairie farmland.  |  Ben Parry photo

Restrictions remain in new UAV rules

Radio controlled aircraft | Operators of larger drones will still have to carry certification

Changes to Canada’s unmanned aerial vehicle regulations seem less strict, but they still have a long way to go to catch up to the technology, says a UAV manufacturer. “Because of the laws, it makes it almost impossible to do anything without so many restrictions,” Ben Parry told Agritrend’s 2014 Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon […] Read more


New farm organization receives support

The inauguration of Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan has brought about government support and a positive outlook from the agriculture industry. Today at the first Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan Conference, Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan minister of agriculture, showed his support for the organization by announcing a three-year commitment to Farm and Food Care. During those […] Read more

Monitor bin temperatures to prevent canola spoilage

A recent spike in the instances of heated canola has agronomists warning farmers to monitor their bins. “If you see a rise in temperature, you need to be pulling out some of that canola and turning it to break up any hot spots as quickly as possible,” said Angela Brackenreed, an agronomist in Manitoba for […] Read more