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The Saskatchewan RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rob King said it is time for a review in southwestern part of the province and public input is sought to help RCMP determine how best to provide service. | File photo

Potential RCMP changes cause alarm

The Saskatchewan RCMP insists it has made no decisions on future policing in the southwestern part of the province, despite a public meeting notice indicating a super-hub model is a possibility. Rhetoric has heated up on social media after meeting notices went out regarding the policing model in the Cypress Region, which includes Leader, Maple […] Read more

Morris Industries cited extraordinary inventory costs, American steel tariffs and a poor agricultural economy for its financial difficulties.
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Morris Group seeks creditor protection

Implement manufacturer’s financial troubles blamed on U.S. steel tariffs, poor ag economy and extraordinary inventory costs

Job cuts and closures loom at Morris Industries while the farm equipment company operates under creditor protection and seeks to restructure. The long-time Saskatchewan-based business sought protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act earlier this month and a Queen’s Bench justice has granted that until at least Jan. 18. The protection could then be extended […] Read more

People in the pork industry are concerned that one of these outdoor farms could be infected with African swine sever, which would threaten Canada’s pork industry and exports. | File photo

Outdoor herds ring disease alarm for hog industry

There are 1,200 to 1,300 outdoor pig producers in British Columbia. That’s a huge number considering that B.C. has only 15 commercial hog farms. Some of the outdoor producers keep their pigs in pens, while others raise them in pasture or in woodlands. Regardless of the production method, people in the pork industry are concerned […] Read more

The brick chimney is a tell-tale sign that this building on Gary and Susana Porttin’s farm is more than just an old shed. |  Maria Johnson photo

Finnish settlers left steamy legacy in Alberta

Saunas were among the first things these early pioneers built when they arrived in Alberta; some are still functional

SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. — Nestled in a bluff of trees in a farmer’s field just west of town on Highway 11A is a small weathered wooden structure. At first glance one would assume it’s an old granary, but the red brick chimney protruding from the centre of the roof indicates otherwise. An up-close inspection reveals […] Read more

Winter rapeseed, a popular crop in Europe, is particularly sensitive to temperatures at certain times of year, which is reflected in annual yields that can vary by as much as 30 percent.  | REUTERS photo

Climate change may boost rapeseed yields

A study in the United Kingdom finds a connection between warmer weather in October and higher yields of oilseed rapeseed

As much as climate change poses many challenges for farming in the coming years, one study out of the United Kingdom has shown an unexpected climate plus for oilseed rapeseed. The study by the John Innes Centre in Norwich investigated a link between warmer weather in October and higher yields of oilseed rape, the second […] Read more

Fusarium is difficult to control and can rob producers of yield and grade. | File photo

Fusarium levels higher in ’19 but manageable

Seed analysts and pathologists warn that more cases could be found next year if weather conditions continue to be wet

RED DEER — Seed analysts and plant pathologists say cases of fusarium graminearum in cereals spiked in 2019, pointing to wet weather as the main driver behind the spread. Initial data from 20/20 Seed Labs shows as much as 60 percent of durum samples from Alberta had some level of infection, with wheat and barley […] Read more

The hardware store fire in Hines Creek, Alta., in 1981 is one of the topics covered in the Hines Creek Book Facebook page.  |  Photos courtesy of Roxanne Lefebvre

Alberta town’s history becomes online sensation

A popular Facebook page provides former residents of Hines Creek an opportunity to stay connected with their roots

The logical place to start when gathering stories for a history book was to begin a Facebook page, said Roxanne Lefebvre. Four years later, the Hines Creek history book has long been published, but the Hines Creek History Book Facebook page has grown and attracts new members each week. “I have lots of members who […] Read more

Ottawa funds plant protein processing facility in Winnipeg

Boosting the value of western Canadian canola and peas is a foundation of new government funding for a plant protein company planned for Winnipeg. While the Merit Functional Foods plant and its processing is expected to add about 200 jobs to the local economy, the underlying focus is on creating more value for the crops […] Read more

Does glyphosate stimulate plant pathogens?

A small percentage of growers and scientists believe that glyphosate promotes the growth of plant pathogens, such as fusarium. A 2009 paper by Myriam Fernadez, an organic farming and crop pathologist with Agriculture Canada, found an association with glyphosate use and fusarium in cereal crops. “(We) established a relationship between previous glyphosate use and increased […] Read more

The science of glyphosate

There are dozens of conspiracy theories about glyphosate. One of those theories goes something like this: glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is an antibiotic and it kills all of the beneficial bacteria and fungi in soils. “It makes the soil sterile in some cases leading to less nutrient rich soil and in turn (produces […] Read more