The fire near Biggar, Sask., is thought to have affected 39 landowners but directly impacted 10 to 15 livestock producers.  |  Cheryl Hare photo

Grass fire forces producers to forage for greener pastures

“Black,” is how Rob Danychuk described pasture conditions in a region of central Saskatchewan ravaged by fire. It’s been more than a week since fire burned a large grazing area and wildlife preserve southwest of Biggar. Fuelled by wind, the cause unknown, the fire took four days to extinguish. It has left cattle producers scrambling […] 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: Show and grow synonymous with AIM

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

This photo of farm workers reaping rice at the XinHua Commune was one of many that Evelyn Potter took during her visit to China in 1971. They document a period of time in China where few rural photographs are said to exist.  |  Supplied photo

A Canadian ‘peasant’ visits China

In 1971, when a delegation to China needed a peasant to satisfy chairman Mao Zedong, a Sask. farm woman stepped in

When the call went out in 1971 for a “Canadian peasant” to form part of a delegation to China, Biggar, Sask., resident Evelyn Potter responded. Little did she know then that the photographs she took to document the journey would form a new exhibit now on display at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre at the University […] Read more

A hairy vetch and barley mixture is rolled in the third week of July at Carman, Man., with a blade roller to kill the barley and allow the hairy vetch to grow for the remainder of the summer.  |  Anne Kirk photo

Hairy vetch cover crops provide mulch, control weeds

The key to organic rotational no-till lies in the amount of mulch cover, said a research technician. The key is also understanding that tillage will be necessary at some point to control weeds, said Keith Bamford of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Since 2007, Bamford has been studying […] Read more

Conservation officers are frustrated over having to put down bears that feed on piles of grain left on Highway 5 in the interior of British Columbia. Officials have been unable to get to the bottom of the problem.  |  File photo

Great grain mystery: whodunnit?

Piles of grain left along Highway 5 in British Columbia have Warren Chayer perplexed and frustrated. “We’ve got a problem here to a certain degree of grain trucks dumping grain. I’m kind of at my wit’s end to have these grain piles all over the place and bears feeding on them and then bears having […] Read more

Eliminating food waste is one of the goals of Walmart’s Project Gigaton.  |  REUTERS/Rick Wilking photos

Retail chain and its suppliers make sustainability a focus

Firms such as Maple Leaf Foods, Unilever Canada and Agropure join Walmart Canada’s Project Gigaton, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the supply chain

Walmart Canada is joining an initiative to reduce emissions from its global supply chains. “I’m very pleased to announce that externally we’re going to be launching Project Gigaton in Canada, which is a big deal for us,” Walmart Canada president Lee Tappenden said April 10. The kick-off coincided with Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit in […] Read more

The U.S. organic food market was worth US$45 billion in 2017, making it a lucrative opportunity for the Canadian sector.  |  REUTERS/Gary Cameron photo

Close-to-home organic marketing encouraged

One industry insider urges exporters not to ignore the United States, while another emphasizes domestic processors

Canadian organic growers should focus on the world’s largest organic market sitting right on their doorstep, says an industry spokesperson. “The U.S. is the No. 1 organic market in the world. We’re sitting right next to them and we have an excellent trade agreement and we have an equivalency, which is almost full recognition of […] Read more

RMs told they play key role in clubroot battle

The key to clubroot management is to keep pathogen levels low to allow continued production in infested fields

Rural municipalities with clubroot bylaws are advised to stay quiet if the pathogen is discovered. “From an RM’s perspective, if clubroot is found in their RM, we do really encourage them to keep that information confidential,” said Barb Ziesman, provincial plant disease specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture. Ziesman spoke at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ […] Read more

Lake Diefenbaker plays a major role in federal cabinet minister Ralph Goodale’s vision for a comprehensive water management system in central Saskatchewan.  |  Arlene & Robin Karpan photo

Lake Diefenbaker mega-project gets new look

Sask. MP Ralph Goodale would like to see a link built between the Saskatchewan reservoir and the Qu’Appelle River

It’s time to realize the full potential of a 50-year-old water project, said Ralph Goodale, the federal minister for public safety and emergency preparedness. “We are utilizing only a tiny fraction of the South Saskatchewan River Project’s potential. More water evaporates from Lake Diefenbaker than actually gets used. And the original vision was never completed […] Read more

A recent review of Saskatchewan’s Municipal Refuse Management Regulations found that the province does not have a fair and predictable regulatory environment.  |  File photo

Overhaul urged for landfill regulatory regime in Sask.

An advisory committee says a lack of clear guidelines and standards in the province has created inconsistent information for landfill users

Saskatchewan’s rural solid waste landfills make up a system that is largely broken, says Richard (Porky) Porter. “There are no standards and guidelines, so nobody really knows where they’re at. Nobody knows what they should be doing because everybody interprets it (regulations) differently,” said Porter, who chaired the solid waste advisory committee consultation and review […] Read more