Lateral drainage runs will be buried at a depth of three feet on 50 foot spacings. All tile drainage systems installed by Precision Drainage Solutions are designed using specialized drainage software and are permitted by the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.  |  Brian Cross photo

Dryland Sask. pays attention to tile drainage

An installer says the system works in dry years because roots grow down faster, making plants more drought resilient

On the surface, the idea of installing a tile drainage system in the middle of a prairie-wide drought might seem counter-intuitive. But the benefits of tile drainage are evident during dry cycles and wet cycles, says Olaf Boettcher, a licensed tile drainage installer and owner of Precision Drainage Solutions in Saskatoon. It’s about managing water, […] Read more

The poll found that Canadians generally trust food grown and processed in Canada, believe the industry is more environmentally friendly than some other major industries and agree with financial support from government for the sector.
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New poll finds public is behind agriculture

The survey found Canadians trust food produced in Canada but positives around the industry aren’t well known

A national poll of 1,000 Canadians found strong support for agriculture, but issues such as the canola dispute with China aren’t likely to stick with them for long. The poll, conducted between April 29 and May 2 by Grassroots Public Affairs, was designed to measure the attitudes of everyday people, said president Peter Seeman. He […] Read more

Greg Robinson, director of community and economic development for the Town of Raymond, stands near an array of solar panels on the town’s stadium. The town has put solar panels on almost all the municipally owned buildings and is the first town in Canada and possibly in North America to be electrically net zero.  |  Barb Glen photo

Net zero: Alta. town grasps electrical holy grail

Solar panels on almost all town-owned buildings allow Raymond to produce enough electricity to run its operations

RAYMOND, Alta. — A small Alberta town is the first in Canada and likely the first in North America to produce as much of its own electricity as required to run town operations. It’s called “net zero” as far as electricity is concerned and it has been achieved in Raymond, population about 4,000, by installing […] Read more


Canada’s canola industry appears unsure what to make of last week’s federal announcement of additional export insurance. | File photo

Feds hike insurance funding for risky canola exports

Canada’s canola industry appears unsure what to make of last week’s federal announcement of additional export insurance. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, International Trade Minister Jim Carr and Export Development Canada executive vice-president Carl Burlock said $150 million in additional insurance would be offered to help canola sellers move into new markets. The insurance would “mitigate […] Read more

A 2006 survey of residents in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek found that 90 percent were in favour of wind development. That had dropped to 54 percent by 2017.  |  File photo

Wind power losing love in southern Alberta

Rural residents are starting to express concerns about the size, location and proliferation of turbines in the province


The persistent westerly winds in Alberta’s southwest are a blessing and a curse, depending on time of year and desired activity. Among those considering it a blessing are renewable energy development companies that have erected hundreds of wind turbines in the region, many of them in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, where Alberta’s wind […] Read more


An ice sculpture helped mark the grand opening of the Richardson Bennett Demonstration Farm.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

Demonstration farm covers variety of research

Richardson International’s new research facility focuses on standard farming practices as well as newer technology

RICHARDSON, Sask. — Research at Richardson International’s new demonstration farm will run the gamut from comparative trials to more experimental work, the company’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs said last week during the facility’s grand opening. “Some of (the research) is about the existing conditions, standard farming practices and reviewing how certain products work against […] Read more

The Newell Growing Project near Brooks, Alta., is one of the many projects that raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank every year.  |  Newell growing project photo

Growing projects gear up for foodgrains bank

The 97 projects on the Prairies raised $4.5 million for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s humanitarian efforts last year

Despite his initial skepticism about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Alberta farmer Fred Preston is proud to be in his fifth year as chair of the Newell Growing Project, which donates more than $100,000 a year to the foodgrains bank. “I’m going to be honest, I used to think (growing projects) were a dumb idea. I […] Read more

Corteva says 98 percent of the corn sold in Canada is stacked-trait varieties, so it isn’t too concerned about an insect epidemic.  |  Reuters/Daniel Acker photo

Nova Scotia corn borers overcome GM protection

It is the first case in the world of European corn borer resistance to B.t. corn; Corteva hopes stacked-trait varieties will mitigate the problem

Canada has the dubious distinction of having the first case of European corn borers resistant to insect tolerant corn. The European corn borer causes more damage to corn than any other insect. It has been kept at bay in North America since the 1996 introduction of bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) corn. B.t. corn has been genetically […] Read more


Chicken disease found in Man. flock

Chicken and egg producers in Manitoba are concerned about a disease outbreak at a backyard chicken farm. In late May or early June, a case of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) was detected on farm south of Steinbach in southeastern Manitoba. ILT is an acute respiratory disease of chickens. It’s caused by a herpes virus that usually […] Read more

The federal government earlier this week announced that a ban on single-use plastics would take effect in 2021, raising questions about what types of materials would be included. | File photo

Agriculture unaffected by proposed single use plastic ban

Ottawa’s pending ban applies mostly to residential product packaging rather than grain bags and chemical containers

A pending Canadian ban on single use plastics will not affect most agricultural plastics, at least in the short term, according to Cleanfarms, the national organization that runs recycling programs. Grain bags and plastic chemical and product containers are not on the list targeted for the bans, Cleanfarms said in a June 14 news release. […] Read more