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


The agreement that the Hunter Brothers have reached with New Holland is the band’s first major sponsorship deal.  |  New Holland photo

New Holland plays a duet with Sask. country band

Members of the Hunter Brothers already use the company’s equipment on their farm in southern Saskatchewan and are now taking the partnership to a new level with a formal agreement


New Holland and Canadian country music sensations the Hunter Brothers are partnering up. It’s already a well-established match but now the ag equipment manufacturer and the country music band hope to move the relationship further along. The five brothers from Shaunavon, Sask., are topping Canadian country music charts and they’re also farmers and long-time New […] Read more

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