Backgrounding calves in a drylot is the conventional method, but researchers are studying the feasibility of doing it in the field.  |  File photo

Field vs. feedlot backgrounding researched

Study is looking at how animals differ in gain, morbidity, mortality, antibiotic use, yardage and manure costs

Backgrounding calves in the field rather than the feedlot might be a viable option, and researchers are now studying the concept. The first year in a three-year study has been completed at the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence near Clavet, Sask. It compared winter backgrounding of steers in an extensive field […] Read more

Peritrechus convivus isn’t a perennial pest but can suddenly appear in the millions and wreak havoc on crops like canola, corn, and cereals.  |  Agriculture Canada photo

Little known about little red bug found in prairie fields

A small, bright-red insect that can devour crops and is native to North America has been lurking in Saskatchewan soils for a long time. However, little is known about it. “It’s a curiosity for most of the ag community, unless you’re actually experiencing an outbreak and then it’s a nightmare,” said James Tansey, provincial insect […] Read more

The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association recognized the Seelhof family for its commitment to protecting waterways, maintaining grass health, sharing the landscape and preserving wildlife habitat.  |  Supplied photos

B.C. ranchers declared sustainability winners

Environmental stewardship award recognizes the conservation work done at Ricky and Chad Seelhof’s Woodjam Ranch

Ricky and Chad Seelhof of Woodjam Ranch found it difficult to keep it secret. Since January, the husband and wife remained quiet about being chosen as the winners of this year’s British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association Ranch Sustainability Award. However, their suspense ended following a July 7 virtual award ceremony, which officially recognized the family’s achievements […] Read more


Hailstorms more severe this year

Fast and furious characterizes July hailstorms across the Prairies. “Almost one storm every day,” said Rick Omelchenko, president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association. “The hailstorms are smaller in size but more severe in the centre and then taper off really quickly,” he said July 29. “Some crops are smashed to pieces. There’s been some […] Read more

The familiar sights of the Ag in Motion farm show had to be abandoned this year because of COVID-19. Instead, they were replaced by online presentations and product demonstrations.  |  Robin Booker photo

Farm show makes online move work

Teamwork played a key role in creating this year’s Ag In Motion Discovery Plus show, said event organizers. Delivering a virtual agriculture event during a pandemic took a cross-country effort, said Rob O’Connor, director of the Ag in Motion (AIM) outdoor farm show, which is part of Glacier FarmMedia, the company that also owns The […] Read more


Grazing promotes plant growth and improves the health of the landscape by allowing more rain and sunlight to penetrate the soil. | file photo

Ranchers, conservationists share common aim

Beef production and grassland conservation have similar objectives, according to Ducks Unlimited. “It’s very rare that you actually hear the terms of cattle and conservation together in the same conversation and the same context,” Emily Lowe, a regional beef agrologist based in Turner Valley, Alta., said about the non-profit organization. “A lot of these claims […] Read more

Keenean Amy and his father, Elgin, split the chores down the middle on their commercial cross herd and grain farm near Sturgis, Sask. |  William DeKay photo

Father and son focus on moving farm forward

On the Farm: Saskatchewan family emphasizes the importance of soil health as a key way to keep operation viable

STURGIS, Sask. — Education is a lifelong endeavour for a father and son focused on improving their soil health. Elgin Amy and his son Keenean are moving their farm closer to where they want to be next year and beyond. “There’s just so much to learn. But you got to get your head around the […] Read more

Corn silage has the potential to have higher energy and better feed conversion, but researchers say it takes more management than barley.  |  File photo

Barley silage performs as well as corn in trial

Researchers expected better performance from steers fed corn silage-based diets because of their higher starch content

A recent feeding trial that compared barley and corn silage in backgrounding diets revealed unexpected results. “What they ended up finding was virtually no meaningful differences in animal performance, either in the backgrounding periods when they were growing them, or in the finishing period when they were fattening them up for slaughter,” said Reynold Bergen […] Read more


Alysa Pederson of Environment Canada said this was the first tornado that Saskatchewan has produced this year. | Twitter/@MeaghanRyersee photo

Sask. producers pick up the pieces after tornadoes

Softball-sized hail was also reported in some areas as a violent storm flattened crops earlier this month in the province’s southwest

Derek Tallon was busy assessing the state of his crops the day after a tornado and hail storm tore across his farm at Lafleche in southwestern Saskatchewan earlier this month. “Probably about 60 percent of the farm has seen some of it and 10 to 20 percent of the acres are pretty close to a […] Read more

 The operators of Jack’s Place see people coming from Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw to look for used items that have been donated.  |  Supplied photo

Recyclers find a home in the country

Couple starts a free service where people can both drop off and pick up used items that would otherwise go to the landfill

Jack’s Place is home to a host of second-hand treasures — and they’re free. From old cups and toys to used windows and doors, the facility in Imperial, Sask., is a haven for odds and ends that people come to drop off or pick up. The startup is modelled after places like the Salvation Army, […] Read more