Will Robbins never expected to return to the family farm, but when the opportunity presented itself, he said yes.  |  William DeKay photo

Son of farm activists finds his way home

On the Farm: Organic farming comes naturally to this producer, who works with parents Nettie Wiebe and Jim Robbins

LAURA, Sask. — Will Robbins’ head told him he would never farm. His heart knew better. Like the slow drip of a coffee machine, the idea of pursuing an agricultural livelihood percolated for years. “I didn’t think of it as a career or a project that was mine really at the time when I was […] Read more

Rene Mabon, agronomy manager for BrettYoung rototills around their plot of soybeans as some of the bigger equipment arrives at Ag in Motion, July 9.  |  William DeKay photo

A show comes together

Ag in Motion, which is running this week near Saskatoon, requires a lot of preparation. We captured these photos July 9 as set-up for the farm show went into high gear. Photos by William DeKay. Check out all our Ag in Motion 2019 coverage here.    

Madalena Kozachuk, a PhD student in Western University’s department of chemistry and lead author of a scientific paper, is surrounded by a maze of high-tech technology in a hutch, which is an encased room to protect people from exposure to X-ray radiation. She is using a beam line at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon to conduct cultural heritage experiments. | Canadian Light Source photo

Chemist unveils hidden photographic history

X-ray scans help see through clouded daguerreotypes to discover portraits of people made between 1840 and 1860


The tarnish of time has stolen many 19th century photographic images captured through daguerreotype. Their sepia tones become spotted and the stern faces of those pictured are obscured, closing a window to history. Madalena Kozachuk, a PhD student at Western University’s Department of Chemistry, has devised a way to reopen that window and is using […] Read more


A Westerwolds ryegrass companion crop reduced the stand density of meadow bromegrass and sometimes alfalfa. The presence of the Westerwolds ryegrass increased the forage dry matter yield in the year of establishment from 50 to greater than 100 percent. At both sites and in both years, Westerwolds ryegrass winter-killed between the first and second year of the stands.  |  Bruce Coulman/University of Saskatchewan photo

Companion crops show promise in moist soil

A research study concluded seeding annual ryegrass and festulolium with common perennial forages could be a good choice as a companion crop in moist prairie soils. “The use of annual ryegrass at a very low seeding rate was usually beneficial in the sense that it increased the forage production in the seeding year,” said Bruce […] Read more

Hail so far this year has ranged from golf ball and loonie size to pea size.  |  File photo

Prairie hailstorms coming earlier every year

Insurance companies have investigated about 50 storms already this year, with one event occurring May 29

A high number of claims have been filed following a flurry of light to moderate hailstorms across Western Canada. “They are early and popping up everywhere,” said Rick Omelchenko, president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association in Regina. “This time of year will be the record amount on how many early claims are coming in.” […] Read more


Jane Shury catches a fly ball beside Canada’s Biggest Baseball Bat located at the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame and Museum in Battleford, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

Museum remembers Sask.’s baseball history

The Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is in Battleford, where the province’s first ball game was played

BATTLEFORD, Sask. — Saskatchewan knows how to play ball. The province has a long and rich history in the game of baseball. Indeed, the Prairies have been a hotbed of natural talent, home to some great ball players and events for well over a century. Battleford has the distinction for being the site of the […] Read more

Seeding keeps Stephen, Adam and Derek Schraefel busy on the family farm south of Kerrobert, Sask. |  William DeKay photo

Organic-raised brothers take over family farm

An accident with farm chemicals prompted Clem and Chandra Schraefel to go organic when their sons were very young


The Schraefel brothers have never experienced conventional agriculture, which suits them just fine. The 20-something lads — Adam, Stephen and Derek — are taking hold of the reins of the 5,200 acre organic operation from parents Clem and Chandra Schraefel near Kerrobert, Sask. “They have never run a sprayer or had to put fertilizer in […] Read more

Precipitation has been patchy or generally non-existent across much of the Prairies this spring.
 | File photo

Dry conditions hold back winter cereals on the Prairies

Like their spring cousins, winter cereals across the Prairies are in need of a serious drink of water. “Moisture is critical at this point. If we don’t get rain in the next two to three weeks we’re going to be looking at reduced yields in the winter cereals just because there’s not enough moisture there […] Read more


Garth Massie and Mason Kraushar of Morris Industries discuss seed depth for a crop of canola they are seeding at Ag in Motion, May 14.  |  William DeKay photo

VIDEO: Ag in Motion prepares for fifth show

Seed plots are going in the ground as the Saskatchewan agricultural show gets ready for the July 16-18 event

LANGHAM, Sask. — Living up to its name, Glacier FarmMedia’s Ag in Motion has reached its five-year anniversary with no sign of slowing down. “It’s very exciting for me personally to have a show that the group of us started from a canola field into an event that’s now grown to the size that it […] Read more

Using a barrel full of canola and a rope tied to a round piece of wood, students learn first hand the herculean strength needed to pull out someone engulfed in grain. “It takes almost 850 pounds to pull an average person’s body out, who is engulfed in grain. That’s almost impossible,” said Keith Markwick, who ran the grain safety booth.  |  William DeKay photo

Farm safety goes to the kids

About 450 Grade 4 students experienced interactive, hands-on activities about outdoor safety practices as well as living a healthy lifestyle during the eighth annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held May 9 at the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition. Classrooms of students from several Lloydminster schools rotated between nine different stations that included animal and grain safety, firearms […] Read more