Must Reads

explore

Stories from our other publications


Dairy farmers fine with checkoffs

Some prairie grain farmers suffer from a condition called “check-off fatigue.” They are sick of paying a 75 cents to $1 per tonne levy every time they deliver wheat, canola, barley and other crops to the elevator. The levies are used to support the activities of provincial commodity groups, and a percentage of farmers grudgingly […] Read more

ANALYSIS: Cash cows

The typical dairy farmer and the average canola grower in Sask­at­chewan have similar goals. Both want to produce the highest quality food, while maximizing their profit. But there is one important difference.


The typical dairy farmer and the average canola grower in Sask­at­chewan have similar goals. Both want to produce the highest quality food, while maximizing their profit. But there is one important difference. The typical dairy farmer in Saskatchewan pays about $33,000 in annual levies to the provincial dairy association, SaskMilk. The average canola grower pays […] Read more

The potential for farmer losses is larger than normal this year because of variability in crop quality, inconsistent crop development and the potential for sprouting, staining and mildew in cereals.  |  File photo

Grain grading not well understood

A farmer says inaccuracies in grain grading and dockage determination could cost growers millions of dollars

A Saskatchewan farmer says prairie grain growers are at risk of losing big money — potentially hundreds of millions of dollars every year — because no one is asking tough questions about the way grain is graded and sold in Western Canada. Grain growers across the West sell tens of millions of tonnes of grain to commercial […] Read more


Bridget Lacey, the farmer and mother of two young boys from Turner Valley, is campaigning in Foothills, where she’s up against Conservative incumbent John Barlow.
 | Karen Briere photo

Alta. Green candidate tackles Tory juggernaut

BELLEVUE, Alta. — It’s not easy being a Green Party candidate in Alberta. Bridget Lacey can tell you that firsthand. The farmer and mother of two young boys from Turner Valley is campaigning in Foothills, where she’s up against Conservative incumbent John Barlow. Conservative blue is projected to sweep the province, wiping out four Liberal […] Read more

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale has had a long career in Saskatchewan.  |  File photo

Goodale brand expected to prevail in Sask.

Federal election: He is the only Liberal MP in the province, a scenario that isn’t expected to change in this election

Ralph Goodale is used to being the sole Liberal voice from Saskatchewan in Ottawa. And he’s expected to be the only one again after the Oct. 21 vote. Polls indicate that while most of the province will vote Conservative, including in Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s Regina-Qu’Appelle riding, Regina-Wascana voters are likely to stick with Goodale. […] Read more


Conservative MP James Bezan takes in a cattle auction while campaigning for re-election in the Manitoba riding of Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman.  |  Karen Briere photo

Manitoba MP at home in farming country

Federal election: Conservative candidate is a former cattle producer who has represented constituency since 2004


ASHERN, Man. — James Bezan is as comfortable at the Ashern Auction Mart as he is in the House of Commons. The incumbent Conservative MP, running in his sixth campaign, is in friendly territory among the cattle producers watching the Wednesday cattle sale. He is one of them, after all. The former cattle producer, manager […] Read more

Researchers have made a breakthrough in deciphering the molecular, physiological and biochemical background to the senescence in corn that has been bred to stay green longer and produce greater yields.  |  File photo

Researchers crack secret of stay-green plants

Understanding the genetics behind senescence — the process of aging — should help make crops more productive


Senescence is the condition of aging in plants and animals. One of the best examples is the change in the colour of leaves in autumn as they die and fall off trees. The energy saved from the leaves is stored in the trunk and branches for next spring’s growth. While the process of senescence is […] Read more

A University of Manitoba scientist says most producers are aware of the attributes of healthy soil, such as organic matter and microbial life, but many aren’t taking steps to improve soil health on their farms.  |  File photo

Researcher grades on-farm soil management

Prairie producers get top marks for carbon sequestration but fall down when it comes to planting cover crops

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, Man. — The grades are in. Western Canadian farmers get a grade of A for increasing the amount of carbon in the soil over the last 30 years. But the same farmers are almost failing when it comes to another soil health practice — cover cropping. Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba soil […] Read more


Bev Biggeman has learned a new language since she was put in charge of a combine.  |  Robert Horne photo

The vocabulary of combines

Finally, at age 67, I have found my niche in life: combining. I love everything about it, I am reasonably good at it (still have a lot to learn); and it takes place in my favourite season — fall. Combining is the realization of all the hard work that has gone into the year’s cropping, […] Read more

A fire-breathing dragon greeted visitors to the University of Lethbridge Science Commons building Sept. 13 for the grand opening of the new building.  |  Barb Glen photo

Lethbridge school opens new science facility

Building will be home to chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences, neuroscience, physics, astronomy and psychology

There wasn’t the slightest vestige of triskaidekaphobia at the University of Lethbridge Sept. 13. Far from superstitious fears associated with Friday the 13th, luck and good fortune were on the minds of dignitaries, who officially opened the U of L’s $280 million Science Commons building, a state-of-the-art facility. The building will house the chemistry, biochemistry, […] Read more