In general the study showed that low organic carbon levels and high sand presence were responsible for deficiencies of copper, boron and zinc. | Screencap via lightsource.ca

New research tools uncover more details in prairie soils

Saskatoon researchers, Schoenau, Rahman, Hangs and Peak used the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to look at soil variability for micronutrients. That issue has long been a issue for producers and the study confirmed the need for concern and soil testing, but it also gave soil scientists more information about the relationship of copper, zinc and […] Read more

An optional panoramic roof offers the view of the loader at work. | John Deere photo

Deere launches chore tractor lineup

John Deere has put a new larger small tractor into its 5 series lineup and some large tractor features into the little machines. A factory installed guidance system for Autotrac, when paired with the PowrQuad push-button transmission, is now available on the 5M machines. The lineup used to stop at 115 horsepower, but an new […] Read more

Massey Ferguson RB 4160P Protec combo baler from Agco marries the rugged chassis of a silage baler to a more versatile design.  |  Agco photo

New solutions wrapped up

Massey Ferguson’s new RB 4160 P baler offers producers the option of poly or net wrapping on the go in under a minute. The system, besides creating individual baleage can bale dry hay and straw or materials as coarse as corn stover. The machine shares the chassis with the 4160 silage baler model, producing up […] Read more


The RME Right by You Ag Society Grant will contribute $10,000 grants to four agricultural societies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to support local projects that affect the lives of community residents. | Screencap via rockymtn.com

Dealers donate to ag societies

Rocky Mountain Equipment has launched a new community investment initiative: the RME Right by You Ag Society Grant. The program will contribute $10,000 grants to four agricultural societies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to support local projects that affect the lives of community residents. Eligible projects must be completed within two years. Applications close July […] Read more

Porcupine beavers busted for dam theft.  |  RCMP photo

Dam good ending to a farm theft

Police in the northeastern Saskatchewan community of Porcupine Plain found themselves with a prickly prairie mystery. What happened to the fence posts? A local person had planned to use the warmer spring weather on May 7 to do some fencing only to find his pile of posts had been pilfered from the property. The local […] Read more


Solinftec was founded in Brazil in 2007 by a group of Cuban automation engineers. They first set out to improve the sugarcane industry, then quickly expanded into grains, fibre and perennials. | Screencap via solinftec.com

Tech firm expands to Saskatoon

Solinftec, a digital technologies company founded in Brazil, has recently established operations in Saskatoon. The company said it expanded to Saskatchewan because it’s the largest agricultural production region in Canada and Saskatoon is near many prominent farm operations, including the University of Saskatchewan and Ag-West Bio.

The program is an annual North America-wide operation conducted by agencies that belong to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in Canada, the United States and Mexico. | File photo

Roadcheck 2021 begins in Alberta

Alberta’s Sheriff Highway Patrol is stepping up its inspections May 4-6 during Roadcheck 2021, a three-day campaign focusing on commercial vehicle safety. Officers will conduct hundreds of additional inspections throughout the province to ensure commercial vehicle drivers are operating safely. The program is an annual North America-wide operation conducted by agencies that belong to the […] Read more

The funding is designed to help recipients adopt measures to keep employees safe and increase the capacity of the facilities. | Maple Leaf Foods photo

Meat plants receive funding

The federal government is investing $12.2 million through the Emergency Processing Fund for 42 meat processing companies in Ontario. The funding is designed to help recipients adopt measures to keep employees safe and increase the capacity of the facilities. This includes making adjustments to enable social distancing, purchasing reusable personal protective equipment, implementing biosecurity measures, […] Read more


A spring snowstorm brought heavy snow and high winds to much of southern Saskatchewan. | Twitter@SKGovHwyHotline photo

Storm stalls Prairies and The Western Producer

A powerful spring storm has brought much needed moisture to the Canadian Prairies, closing highways and creating power outages in the region. A low pressure system stalled over northwestern Ontario bringing several days of snow and rain to both provinces. The snow and winds will both diminish during the night of April 13 as the […] Read more

The collaboration will support the development of agriculture education resources including a teacher guide for Guardians of the Grasslands, a documentary that explores the state of the Great Plains grasslands and the role cattle play in its survival. | Screencap via guardiansofthegrasslands.ca

CCA partners with Ag in the Classroom

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation has joined Agriculture in the Classroom Canada as a Foundational and Educational Partner with a $50,000 grant. The collaboration will support the development of agriculture education resources including a teacher guide for Guardians of the Grasslands, a documentary that explores the state of the Great Plains grasslands and the role cattle […] Read more