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The South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District has had updating over the years, replacing liners and other infrastructure. The recent government funding will improve systems and make them more sustainable. |  William DeKay photo

Ag water management COVID-19 funding

Saskatchewan’s main irrigation channel is getting new equipment to help clean the water and maintain the environment. The provincial government is investing $2.5 million in travelling screens for the canal in the South Saskatchewan River Irrigation District. It’s part of an $8.3-million economic stimulus package for the Water Security Agency through the government’s COVID-19 response. […] Read more


The federal government is contributing more than $2.3 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network to create a clean plant network of grapevines in Canada that are certified, virus-free  |  Michael Raine photo

Ag Notes – July 25

Wine grape industry receives funding The federal government is contributing more than $2.3 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network to create a clean plant network of grapevines in Canada that are certified, virus-free and which will ensure the long-term viability of the Canadian grape and wine sectors. The not-for-profit organization will catalogue and assess […] Read more


There are 52 registered hemp varieties in Canada, but only 12 are regularly used.  |  Michael Raine photo

Hemp research delves into new varieties for new uses

Research trials underway across Canada are designed to learn more about hemp agronomy, varieties and production. Mike Gretzinger, research manager at Farming Smarter in Lethbridge, said various research groups are focusing on different aspects of the versatile crop, which can be used for seed, fibre, cannabinoid production and potentially livestock feed. Plots in Lethbridge include […] Read more

A new three-year Agri-Food Immigration pilot program will open 2,750 immigration spots per year for agriculture workers.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Immigration program offered for CDN ag

The federal government has announced a three year Agri-Food Immigration pilot to open 2,750 immigration spots per year for agriculture workers.   The goal is to fill hundreds of job vacancies in the meat processing, mushroom and other agriculture sectors, Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said July 11. “One of the ways […] Read more


VIDEO: CanolaPalooza19 – Saskatchewan edition

Saskatchewan CanolaPalooza was held July 9, 2019, at the Ag Canada Research Station near Saskatoon. Here are some videos of a few of the event’s features: Warren Ward of the Canola Council of Canada describes a fertilizer placement demonstration trial and provides advice on the dangers of placing fertilizer in the seed row.    Barb […] Read more

Canterra inks new distribution deal with Pride Seeds

Canadian seed companies Canterra and Pride Seeds have reached a new seed distribution deal that gives Canterra exclusive rights to distribute Pride seed products in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The partnership with Pride Seeds will allow Winnipeg-based Canterra to continue distributing Pride’s line of seed products, which include varieties of silage corn hybrids, grain corn […] Read more

North Star Robotics has developed a system capable of turning machines, including small tractors, lawn mowers and snow plows, into robots capable of performing tasks autonomously. The lawnmower in this picture is equipped with the company’s technology and is capable of completing precision mowing jobs without operator intervention. |  North Star Robotics photo

Man. company helps turn tractors into robots

A package from North Star Robotics enables farmers to more easily embrace autonomous operation of farm equipment

Spotting driverless-tractors working a Canadian field will be commonplace in the near future. Canadian growers are already retrofitting equipment with technology that enables machines to works autonomously, such as Brian Tischler’s Ag Open GPS and Matt Reimer’s tractor that pulls a grain cart up to his combine. These solutions require a fair amount of tech […] Read more


Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. drew good crowds, in part due to favourable weather, for its 25th annual event.  |  Michael Raine photo

Video highlights of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show – 2018

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer and The Western Producer was there.  Watch the following video for some of the highlights of our coverage: 00:50  – Jens Schmidt of Herbert Dammann talks about the Profi-Class sprayer. 03:40  – Bruce Burnett from MarketsFarm discusses grain markets in the Trump era. 08:10  – […] Read more

Soybean aphids disappear in Manitoba

Invasion of the lady beetles. It’s not the best title for a horror movie, but lady beetles did invade thousands of homes across Manitoba last fall. The infestation was annoying because Asian lady beetles, while nice to look at, do like to bite humans. The population of lady beetles, or ladybugs, exploded in Manitoba last […] Read more