RCMP said the pilot of this helicopter escaped with non-life-threatening injuries when it crashed this morning after contacting a power line. | RCMP photo

Helicopter crashes while spraying

Saskatchewan RCMP say the pilot of a helicopter that crashed southwest of Unity, Sask., this morning suffered non-life-threatening injuries after his helicopter contacted a power line. “Initial investigation reveals that the helicopter was spraying a field with a non-toxic liquid when it came in contact with a power line prior to going down,” said the RCMP in […] Read more

Global Food Security Conference – 2018

Can’t make it to Saskatoon for three days of biotechnology discussion focused on building a sustainable and secure food environment for the planet? We can help. You can view it live here. The Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security conference in Saskatoon brings together some of the most interesting and influential people working in food […] Read more

CN hopper car investment draws industry praise

The new units CN plans to buy will be 55-foot jumbo hoppers

Canadian National Railway has announced plans to acquire 1,000 new grain hopper cars over the next two years. “This substantial investment in higher capacity payload hopper cars, with up to 10 percent more capacity than the older generation, demonstrates our commitment to safely, efficiently and reliably moving the steadily increasing prairie grain crop for our […] Read more

Soybeans climb on hopes for renewed demand from China

Beijing gives soy processors green light to import U.S. soybeans

CHICAGO, May 23 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean futures scaled to a 2-1/2-week high on Wednesday as signs of renewed Chinese demand for U.S. exports lifted prices for a fourth straight session. Corn reached a 9-1/2 month peak on concerns about planting and early crop development due to adverse weather, while wheat extended prior-session gains as […] Read more

Winds pushed a fire near Lumsden, Sask., towards this yard. One  farmyard and about 700 acres of valley and farmland south of the town were affected. Local fire officials say the gusty, dry winds created the conditions for the fire to spread rapidly.  |  Michael Raine photo

Dry conditions plague prairies

LUMSDEN, Sask. — Gusting winds mixed with dry conditions to kick off the prairie fire season ahead of schedule this year. Fire departments from the towns of Lumsden and Craven, Sask., along with the city of Regina, found themselves fighting grass fires earlier in the season than normal this week, while further north near Delisle […] Read more

Spring road bans come into effect across much of Saskatchewan starting April 9. | File photo

Spring road bans back on provincial highways

Spring road bans come into effect across much of Saskatchewan starting April 9. “We are resuming road bans next week in order to protect these highways for all road users,” said David Marit, minister of highways and infrastructure. Because of the extended cold weather, the province temporarily suspended road bans on provincial highways to let […] Read more

Mark Wiebe talks to a neighbour while walking through the charred remains of his machine shop that fire destroyed March 19. The Osler, Sask., dairy farmer lost his sprayer, semi-tractor and super B trailer, feed wagon and feed truck, several tractors including a restored vintage tractor.  |  William DeKay photo

VIDEO: Fire destroys shop at Osler dairy farm

A fire in a machine shop at a dairy farm north of Osler, Sask., earlier this week is estimated to have caused $1.8 million in damage. Firefighters from nearby towns responded to the blaze in Mark Wiebe’s shop about 9 p.m. Monday March 19th. Fire departments from Warman, Osler, Martensville and Dalmeny fought the blaze […] Read more

Seed industry reaches settlement with plant breeders’ rights violators

PBR-protected seed varieties must be sold as commercial grain

Member-owned seed distribution company SeCan has reached out-of-court settlements with seven western Canadian farmers who were illegally selling or attempting to sell seed varieties protected by plant breeders rights. Todd Hyra, SeCan’s business manger for Western Canada, said six commercial grain growers in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba reached settlements with SeCan after illegal sales […] Read more