The Winter Wheat Survival Model allows producers to gauge the likelihood of their fall-seeded crop’s ability to tolerate the conditions that the winter season has thrown at it.  |  Western Ag/UofS image

Computer model helps winter wheat survival

The Winter Wheat Survival Model makes it possible to project a crop’s possibilities and allow for manageable factors

SASKATOON — Growing winter wheat and playing blackjack are two activities with almost nothing in common. Except one thing: if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to lose money playing blackjack or growing winter wheat. “The example I like to use is: let’s figure out blackjack by going to Vegas (but) never playing […] Read more

Gerry Ritz, left, Ted Serhienko, Adele Buettner and Jack Hay are among the industry leaders who will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame later this year.  |  William DeKay photo

Sask. Ag Hall of Fame announces new members

Six agricultural leaders with experience in all facets of the industry will officially join the hall of fame in April

Depth is how Reed Andrew describes the six agricultural leaders that will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame April 18. “It’s a really strong group. A lot of Saskatchewan agriculture to the core this year,” said Andrew, president of the hall of fame. “The thing I noticed is pretty well every one […] Read more

Canola seed prices vary up to $268 per bag across the Prairies, according to a Farmer’s Business Network Canada report | Robin Booker photo

Canola seed prices not equal

Canola seed prices vary wildly by province and region, according to a new report by Farmer’s Business Network Canada. The report is based on 533 seed invoices contributed by 280 farmer members of the network. FBN published price data for the seven most popular varieties. The largest variation in prices was for InVigor L223P, which […] Read more


Alta. farmers asked for input on research

Six public sessions will be held this month to talk with Alberta farmers about research. An online survey open until Jan. 31 will also collect opinions on farmer led research and priorities and how this might be carried out. Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced late last year the intention to move away from government […] Read more

Red River deadlines to be extra tight this spring

Soil is saturated, fields are rutted and covered with trash, almost no fall fertilizer was applied and flooding is expected

ST. JEAN BAPTISTE, Man. — Seeding is always a race against time. This year in the Red River Valley, as well as much of the rest of Western Canada, it might be a full acceleration tear into tight corners with little room for braking. That means farmers need to be set to hit the fields […] Read more


Negotiating with farm trespassers not advised

Producers are told to phone police if activists trespass on their property and then let them take care of the situation

BANFF, Alta. — A photo of the activists who occupied a southern Alberta turkey farm last fall appeared Jan. 8 in Geraldine Auston’s presentation about managing protesters and trespass at livestock operations. The president of Ag & Food Exchange Inc. advised producers at the Banff Pork Seminar on what to do in such situations, which […] Read more

Grain drying costs are a particular sore spot for prairie producers this year.  |  File photo

Sask., Man. work to prove carbon tax impact

Farmers say they are being disadvantaged by federal carbon tax, but federal ag minister remains unconvinced

OTTAWA — The Saskatchewan and Manitoba governments continue attempts to convince the federal government that its carbon tax puts farmers at a disadvantage. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau recently suggested the federal carbon tax may not be disadvantaging farmers. She has questioned the impact of the tax on agriculture and has said she will continue […] Read more

Three U of S grads honored for work in agriculture

The Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates’ Association at the University of Saskatchewan has conferred honorary lifetime memberships to three former graduates: Ewald Lammerding, a graduate from 1988, has been on the association’s executive for 24 years. Lammerding currently edits the SAGA newsletter. For 18 years he worked in the animal science department at the university and was […] Read more


Louis Dreyfus owner raised buyout money

PARIS, France (Reuters) —Margarita Louis-Dreyfus borrowed $1 billion from Credit Suisse last year to buy out minority shareholders of Louis Dreyfus Company, pledging her majority stake in the commodities trader as collateral, a company filing showed. LDC’s chair, who assumed control of the 169-year-old business in 2009, faces a requirement to buy shares from family […] Read more

McDonald’s expands Beyond Meat trial in Canada

(Reuters) — McDonald’s Corp. said it was expanding its pilot of plant-based meat burgers using Beyond Meat patties in 52 restaurants across Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and nearby areas in Canada. The restaurant chain had rolled out plant-based meat burgers in 28 Canadian restaurants in October. Beyond Meat’s rival Impossible Foods is no longer trying to win […] Read more