Michael Nemeth, left, of Saskatchewan Environmental Society Solar Co-operative, Seth L’Hoir, plant manager at CNH Industrial, and David Anderson, vice-president of business development and sales at MiEnergy, spoke at the official launch of the new solar array at CNH Industrial in Saskatoon.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. ag equipment manufacturer goes solar

Maker of Case IH, New Holland and Flexi-Coil brands says it is reducing its carbon foot print while cutting electrical costs

CNH Industrial in Saskatoon is home to the largest solar energy project in the province. More than 1,000 gleaming blue-black panels soak up the sun outside the manufacturer’s facility, where tillage, seeding and harvesting equipment is made under the Case IH, New Holland and Flexi-Coil brands. “This project will yield 331 kilowatts of power for […] Read more

Blake Weiseth is the applied research lead at Glacier Farm Media’s Discovery Farm and agriculture research chair at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  |  Supplied photo

Tech school reaches deal with research farm

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Glacier FarmMedia’s Discovery Farm agree to share the research services of one position

Blake Weiseth wears a few different hats at Glacier FarmMedia’s Discovery Farm west of Langham, Sask., home to Ag in Motion and the Field of Excellence. He manages the dual-title position of applied research lead at Discovery Farm and agriculture research chair at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. It’s a unique public and private agreement that Glacier FarmMedia […] Read more

Lucien Fagnou stands with other members of the harvest crew before heading out to harvest a canola field.  |  William DeKay photo

‘I’ve never missed a harvest in my whole life’

Pliers and baling wire help carry a Saskatchewan farmer through 77 consecutive harvests — and he’s working on his 78th

ST. BRIEUX, Sask. — With 77 harvests under his belt, Lucien Fagnou keeps climbing the combine ladder. He’s working on number 78. “I’ve never missed a harvest in my whole life. This is really the start of my 78th harvest now. I’m not finished yet,” said the 91-year-old farmer. In fact, Fagnou remembers the first […] Read more


The King family of Corning, Sask., have been raising award-winning quarter horses for more than half a century. Four generations of the family are surrounded by some of their mares and foals at their Diamond K ranch.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. horse ranching family is born to ride

On the Farm: Horses produced by the King family are used for ranches, rodeos, trick riding, equine events and pets

CORNING, Sask. — John King can’t put a number on how many horses he’s ridden over the years, but it’s a lot. “I was training my first horse when I was nine years old. I rode a lot of colts to begin with from the time I was old enough for Dad to throw me […] Read more

The storage system for the biomass pelleting research project at the University of British Columbia contains sensors and other tools that allow scientists to measure the content of the final products.  |  UBC photo

Canadian crop biomass energy research

UBC researchers are looking beyond forest material to crop straws and chaff to build renewable power products

That field of wheat straw could someday be pressed into pellets. Producing biomass pellets from crop residue is the focus of a new project by researchers at the University of British Columbia. Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG), at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of the University of British Columbia is leading a four-year […] Read more


This will be the first time since the Western College of Veterinary Medicine opened that it will not be receiving first year students from Alberta.  |  File photo

Vet college gets new funding deal

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia reach five-year agreement without Alberta, which now has its own school

For the first time in its 54-year history, three provinces instead of the usual four are taking part in a long-standing arrangement with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. An interprovincial agreement was recently renewed for the college, which is based at the University of Saskatchewan. The financial commitment of $134 million by […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership are providing $3.4 million to the UCVM over four years to expand its diagnostic service unit for enhanced animal disease diagnosis and welfare. | Screencap via vet.ucalgary.ca

Calgary veterinary school boosts diagnostic abilities

The university will receive $3.4 million to expand its diagnostic service unit for enhanced animal disease diagnosis

A four-year pilot program expected to start next month should increase the capacity of disease diagnostics at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The animal food production sector, particularly Alberta cattle producers, welcomed the news. “This is all about restoring a basic level of diagnostic services within the province of Alberta. It’s something […] Read more

Farmwork to Feed Canada (F2FC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit initiative designed to support the farm and agri-food sectors by improving awareness of the food system.
 | Screencap via farmworktofeedcanada.ca

Volunteer group sets up website to promote agriculture awareness

Communicators and public relations and marketing professionals across the country are volunteering their time and skills to support agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Farmwork to Feed Canada (F2FC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit initiative designed to support the farm and agri-food sectors by improving awareness of the food system. “Our skills are in writing and in […] Read more


Blake Balog, who is a veterinarian at Bow Valley Livestock Health in Alberta, said unique aspects must be considered with a farm plan, which is going to impact an operation’s herd health and the breeding objectives.
 Key is having a clearly defined marketing plan. | File photo

Overall game plan called key to successful cattle ranch

The breeding plan really sets the tone for what a cattle operation is, says Blake Balog. “I think that’s really an operation’s objective for herd management. It’s all about knowing who you are, what kind of operation you are, what unique micro-involved environment you deal with,” he said during a Rural Roots Virtual Ag Day […] Read more

As with past years and in spite of COVID-19, the crop produc-tion equipment show will take place at Westerner Park in Red Deer Nov. 11-13. | Screencap via Agri-Trade.com

Alberta farm show decides to go ahead despite COVID-19

The Agri-Trade Equipment Expo is moving forward as scheduled — under a canopy of safety. As with past years and in spite of COVID-19, the crop production equipment show will take place at Westerner Park in Red Deer Nov. 11-13. It’s all because of the guidelines set forth by Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, said organizers. “The […] Read more