Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan and collaborating scientists from across Canada have been awarded $1 million over two years to develop animal models and test vaccine candidates to combat COVID-19.
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Saskatchewan researchers to help test possible COVID-19 vaccines

Saskatchewan researchers are part of a team of looking for solutions in the fight against the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan and collaborating scientists from across Canada have been awarded $1 million over two years to develop animal models and test vaccine candidates to […] Read more

Young's Equipment recently made a $470,000 in-kind gift to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic agriculture equipment technician program. From left are Morgan Kuntz, first-year student in the program. Tim Young, owner of Young's Equipment and Chris Thomson, director of the ag equipment technician program. The three are leaning on a CVT transmission, which was part of the donation.  |  William DeKay photo

Ag tech program gets equipment gift

Good training of agriculture service technicians is critical for farmers and equipment dealers, says one of those dealers, so they are taking steps to ensure it. “Without trained service technicians we cannot run a business,” said Tim Young, owner of Young’s Equipment. The dealership recently made an in-kind donation of $470,000 to install state-of-the-art equipment […] Read more

Scott Banda, chief executive officer of Federated Co-op Ltd., addresses nearly 300 delegates representing 168 local co-operative associations during the company’s annual meeting in Saskatoon, March 2.  |  William DeKay photo

Federated faces difficult year

In spite of a successful year at Federated Co-operatives Ltd., 2019 was wrought with challenges that invoked some soul searching among its members, said chief executive officer Scott Banda. The challenges raised more than a few “prickly conversations” within the organization, he said, caused by ongoing events during an unsettled economic environment. Despite the challenges […] Read more


Chelsea, left, Lainey, Calla, Raulan and Dan Erlandson enjoy their homemade hockey rink at Spring Creek Garden north of Outlook, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

Early garden patch grows into vegetable farm

On the Farm: Spring Creek Market has grown to 245 acres and is the biggest mixed vegetable producer in the province

OUTLOOK, Sask. — Dan Erlandson remembers when he became a farmer. He was 16 and he started a small vegetable garden on his parent’s farm to earn a little money and feed his entrepreneurial dreams. Now at 34, it makes sense that farming was always in his blood. “I probably couldn’t articulate it back then […] Read more

University of Saskatchewan biology professor Jack Gray has used African migratory locusts to determine that sulfoxaflor, at low dosages, might be safer for insects than neonicotinoids.  |  William DeKay photo

Sulfoxaflor could be safe alternative to neonics

Saskatchewan researchers find that at low dosages, sulfoxaflor is less toxic than the currently used neonic imidacloprid


A locust sits front row and centre inside a huge dome in its very own 3D IMAX-like theatre. The frosted “curtain” rises, lights dim and the finger-sized insect watches as computer generated images are projected on the private viewing screen — minus the sound and popcorn. Expanding black discs flash across the screen, which from […] Read more


The grey box on the top of the tank is the Tattle device, which is connected to a sensor and a black dial on the side of the tank, indicating the product level in the tank. |  North Star Systems photo

Device makes anhydrous ammonia tanks smarter

The Tattle System from North Star Systems allows suppliers to keep track of how much product is in their clients’ tanks

Smart anhydrous ammonia tanks? Who knew? A new technology is designed to simplify fertilizer delivery for farmers and retailers while improving efficiency during seeding. The Tattle System is a controlled remote monitoring and real-time tracking device from North Star Systems that communicates the levels of anhydrous ammonia in tanks from the farm to the supplier. […] Read more

Education is key to understanding equine behaviour, said Sue McDonnell of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
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Natural behaviour important to horse health care

A semi-feral herd at a U.S. university doesn’t experience many of the health problems seen in domestic horses

A world-renowned researcher said it’s time to rethink common beliefs about horse behaviour. Education is key to understanding equine behaviour, said Sue McDonnell of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. “We’ve really just turned the corner culturally, at least in my part of the world, where people are really beginning to embrace some […] Read more

Rod Olsen of Leavitt, Alta., uses a garrocha pole as an exercise to relax and guide a three-year-old mare around the arena. | William DeKay photo

Equine event

A trainer challenge was part of the Saskatchewan Equine Expo that was held in Saskatoon Feb. 13-16. WP photographer William DeKay took these photos.  


Tyler Wist from Agriculture Canada in Saskatoon has been studying aphids since 2012 and originally helped develop the app specifically for cereal aphids. | File photo

Canaryseed growers get aphid spray advice

App helps farmers determine economic threshold levels for spraying based on aphid numbers and canaryseed prices

A free smartphone app that monitors cereal aphids is being adapted to detect the pesky little critters in canaryseed. Like wheat, barley, oats and rye, knowing if and when to spray can be difficult with canaryseed. And just like cereals, decisions are driven by estimating aphid populations in canaryseed crops, which can be affected by […] Read more

An Agriculture Canada researcher says tight or poor rotations lead to increased incidence and severity of diseases, insects and weeds as well as increasing resistance to pesticides, declining pesticide options, decreased crop-type alternatives, declining yields and grain quality, reduced returns and irrational cropping sequence and crop husbandry.  |  File photo

Warning issued on crop rotations

Saskatchewan crop insurance data shows more than 70 percent of the northeast is rotating between wheat and canola

Go long or end up short, said Patrick Mooleki. Short-term economic gains will lead to long-term pain if farmers don’t start using more diverse crop rotations, said the Agriculture Canada research scientist. “As much as they consider the economics, they should also consider the long-term effects of the short-term rotations they are following,” Mooleki said […] Read more