Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture college speaking at the Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show held in Saskatoon Nov. 1-3.
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Organic weed war uses ‘many little hammers’

Researchers identify three mechanical control practices for organic farming, but none of them work well on their own

Organic crop researchers are now focused on developing a larger, more diverse tool kit to control weeds. “The research has kind of evolved to the point where we’ve looked at things in isolation and now we’re looking at integrating a number of different factors,” Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture college said during […] Read more

Most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October.
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Harvest 2018 almost a wrap across the Prairies

The harvest window has closed again after rain followed by sub-zero temperatures and snow swept the Prairies Nov. 4-5. However, most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October. After multiple weeks of delay, many producers were able to return to their fields and […] Read more

Yields to take tumble in Western Canada

Growing conditions and harvest production trends are swinging widely this year across Canada, which has affected the national economy, the Bank of Montreal says in its annual harvest report. According to the report, Ontario is experiencing record corn and soybean production, while the Prairies are seeing crop yields for corn, soybeans, wheat and canola come […] Read more

Garret Poletz holds six-month-old daughter Houstyn while talking with Ike Wipf and Joel Kampen during the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association district 7 meeting in Kindersley Oct. 22.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. cattle producers had good year

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chief executive officer looks back at the positive developments of 2018

KINDERSLEY, Sask. — It has been a good year for Saskatchewan cattle producers, according to Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association chief executive officer Ryder Lee. He listed changes to compensation, trade agreements and the opening of the new livestock and forage centre as positives during the Oct. 22 District 7 meeting in Kindersley. Lee said compensation for […] Read more

Financial trouble requires quick action: FCC

Possible options for farmers include postponing payments or making capital injections to reduce the financial pressure

Farm Credit Canada is encouraging its grain-producing customers experiencing financial difficulties to get in touch sooner rather than later. “People should not be shy in contacting their FCC office and setting up a time to even just have a quick conversation with their relationship manager about what options they do have and what’s needed to […] Read more

Some older farmers say retirement means financial security and fewer worries, but not necessarily working less.  |  Getty Images

More ‘retired’ farmers keep their land

Auctioneers say they are seeing fewer estate sales now than 10 to 15 years ago as retirees keep ties to their farms

“They always say to leave the party when you’re having the most fun,” says Betty Turner. She and husband, Dennis Turner, love farming. But on Oct. 25, after 40 years of farming, the couple are having an equipment auction and retiring. “There comes a time to make some new memories, and that time is now,” […] Read more

Curious cattle check out visitors as they pass the feed bunk at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence’s beef cattle research and teaching unit near Clavet, Sask., Oct. 9.  |  William DeKay photo

Livestock research enters new era in Sask.

CLAVET, Sask. — The University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence is being hailed as a world-class complex of field and science laboratories that is expected to trail blaze innovative research, hands-on learning and teaching, and industry engagement in all aspects of livestock and forage production on the Prairies. The $38 million facility, […] Read more

Bart and Lisa Campbell embarked on an epic trip to honour a Depression-era family who did what they had to do to survive. The Campbells nicknamed their 1926 Chevrolet Superior car Stella.  |  William DeKay photo

Iconic photograph sparks humbling journey

Depression-era story inspires Alberta couple to retrace Saskatchewan family’s steps with vintage car, 84 years later

ROSTHERN, Sask. — In 1933, Abe and Elizabeth Fehr of Neuanlage, Sask., took their seven children on a desperate journey. Across Canada, the economic collapse of the Great Depression forced them and other families to uproot their lives in search of a better future. As crops withered in drought and poverty deepened, Abe took his […] Read more

Lee Sinclair of Merck Animal Health and Coy Schellenberg demonstrate cattle handling for about 30 producers who attended the Saskatchewan Verified Beef Production workshop, which was held for the first time at the Ag in Motion site near Langham, Sask.  |  William DeKay photo

Low-stress handling gets attention

The provincial co-ordinator of Saskatchewan VBP says the practice has an important role in animal welfare production

LANGHAM, Sask. — A small herd of freshly weaned calves were a test of low-stress cattle handling techniques. “These cattle were a little flightier, so pressure and release. I put some pressure on them and then released that pressure hoping to draw their movement past me,” Lee Sinclair of Merck Animal Health said Oct. 1 […] Read more

An obvious case of TTNS in both claws is shown here before toes are nipped.  |  Murray Jelinski photo

Research focuses on flooring design as possible disease cause

Toe tip necrosis syndrome often misdiagnosed, and likely more common than had been thought: vet researcher

Toe tip necrosis syndrome, a disease that causes lameness in the hind feet of cattle, is often overlooked, said a veterinary researcher. “I think the disease has always been there and we’ve just misdiagnosed it,” said Murray Jelinski from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. “It’s probably much, […] Read more