Lionel Story drives Buster, Bert, Bubbles and Banjo. | Paula Larson photo

Threshing day – photo essay

Photo essay | Five acres of oats were harvested late last month at the museum in Kindersley, Sask. The same teamsters bring their horses to town annually to take part in the day and use a binder, wagons and a threshing machine that have been donated to the museum. A McCormick WD9 tractor powers the threshing machine. | 
Paula Larson photos

Five acres of oats were harvested late last month at the museum in Kindersley, Sask. The same teamsters bring their horses to town annually to take part in the day and use a binder, wagons and a threshing machine that have been donated to the museum. A McCormick WD9 tractor powers the threshing machine. | […] Read more

Colleen McCracken, left, Shelby Paulgaard, Shayna deKoning, Jill deKoning and Nicole Booker comprise the combine crew at C.G. Paulgaard Farms near Hayter, Alta. Jasmine the dog goes everywhere with McCracken.  |  Nicole Booker photo

Alta. combine crew ruled by women

At C.G. Paulgaard Farms, the women run the combines during harvest. When they do, things tend to run fairly smoothly on the 15,000 acre crop and livestock operation, according to Joanne Paulgaard, who runs the operation along with her husband, Rod, children Kyle and Shelby and Rod’s mother, Norma. An operation their size requires a […] Read more

Sydney Walls, left, Elaine Moen, Kandace Moen, Todd Moen, Mariah Moen, Pauline Muschner and Elisabeth Hesse stand in front of a combine on the Moen farm near Elrose, Sask.  |  Photo courtesy of the Moen family

Farm ends up with all-women crew this year

Saskatchewan producer says it wasn’t intentional but fewer mishaps and positive attitudes made the season enjoyable

Circumstances, not design, led Todd Moen to an all-female farm crew this year. But the Elrose, Sask., farmer says he would hire one again anytime. Fewer mishaps and positive attitudes made the season enjoyable, he said. Sometimes men want to do things their way or have an attitude about an aspect of the job, he […] Read more


The quality of Canada's 2019/20 barley crop remains to be seen, as cool and wet harvest conditions across much of the Prairies are raising concerns over how much will meet malt specifications. | File photo

Malt barley quality a question as Canadian harvest drags on

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – The quality of Canada’s 2019/20 barley crop remains to be seen, as cool and wet harvest conditions across much of the Prairies are raising concerns over how much will meet malt specifications. “We’ll lose a lot of malting barley this year, because of the weather,” said Peter Watts, managing director of the […] Read more

The crop was two percent harvested as of Aug. 19, which was up from less-than-one percent the previous week, but well behind the 16 percent level hit at the same point a year ago and the five-year average of nine percent. | Robin Booker photo

Saskatchewan two percent done, well behind average: report

Winnipeg – Saskatchewan farmers made some harvest progress during the week ended Aug. 19, but operations are running well behind normal, according to the latest provincial crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. The crop was two percent harvested as of Aug. 19, which was up from less-than-one percent the previous week, but well […] Read more


Most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October.
 | Robin Booker photo

Harvest 2018 almost a wrap across the Prairies

The harvest window has closed again after rain followed by sub-zero temperatures and snow swept the Prairies Nov. 4-5. However, most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October. After multiple weeks of delay, many producers were able to return to their fields and […] Read more

Alberta farmers made significant harvest progress in late-October, with nearly 95 percent of crops off the field as of Oct. 30, according to the final crop report of the season from Alberta Agriculture. | File photo

Alberta harvest nearing completion

Alberta farmers made significant harvest progress in late-October, with nearly 95 percent of crops off the field as of Oct. 30, according to the final crop report of the season from Alberta Agriculture. On a crop-by-crop basis, spring wheat was 96.1 percent harvested, durum 95.4 percent, barley 95.6 percent, peas 98.6 percent, and canola 91.7 […] Read more

Saskatchewan farmers made the most of the warm and dry weather during the last week and were able to make significant harvest progress, according to the provincial crop report released Oct. 25. | William DeKay photo

Sask. farmers make considerable harvest progress

Saskatchewan farmers made the most of the warm and dry weather during the last week and were able to make significant harvest progress, according to the provincial crop report released Oct. 25. Ninety-two percent of the Saskatchewan crop was harvested as of Oct. 22, up 10 percentage points from the previous week. However, which was […] Read more


Warmer temperatures allowed farmers across the West to return to their harvest last week, including this combine and its young passenger working a wheat field with three other combines and three swathers on the MacMillan Colony near Cayley, Alta., Oct. 15.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Farmers back in the field

Farmers across the Prairies have begun harvesting again after many of them sat idle for more than a month. Slight progress has been made in Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to the latest crop reports. The reports capture only the week of Oct. 9-16, when much combining wasn’t done because of unfavourable conditions. Late last week […] Read more

Breagan Jamieson stops to check the weather Oct. 6 between trips with the grain cart. Heavy precipitation this fall has drawn out harvest for many farmers in northern Saskatchewan.  Breagan farms with his two brothers and father near North Battleford, Sask.  |  Nathan Jones photo

Tensions rise as prairie crops remain unharvested

Alberta:


Unfavourable weather conditions over the past month have left millions of acres unharvested on the Prairies at a time when most should be combined. The bulk of what’s left in the field is primarily located in northern and central Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and in northwestern and southwestern Manitoba, according to last week’s crop reports. The […] Read more