Conservation districts in the Red River Basin are designed to help landowners protect land and water resources.  |  File photo

Conservation districts under-used

How are you using your local conservation district? Or let’s rephrase: are you using your conservation district? The Red River Basin is fortunate to have a great presence from our conservation districts throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba. Conservation districts are local units of government required by law to carry out natural resource management programs. […] Read more

Common burdock, right, and scentless chamomile, left, are problematic, non-native plant species found in Saskatchewan.  |  File photos

Buy time by fighting invasive species

An invasive plant species can be a landowner’s worst nightmare, especially if it takes root in an environmentally sensitive area. That’s why it’s important for farmers, ranchers and land managers to be able to identify invasive plant species and control them early, says Chet Neufeld, a board member with the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council. Control […] Read more

Sam Hofer eats lunch while contemplating the attributes of the Kuhn Krause Landstar, a combination soil finisher implement, during a tillage clinic at Rocky Mountain Equipment in Taber, Alta., July 22.  |  Barb Glen photo

Tillage remains part of toolbox

Another tool for farmers | Tillage combats compaction, residue issues

TABER, Alta. — Years of minimum and zero tillage on prairie soil have had their benefits, but they might also have led to soil compaction best addressed by tillage. Curt Davis, marketing manager for the implement company Kuhn Krause of Kansas, brought that message to Taber area growers July 22. His job is to sell […] Read more


Weyburn group negotiates interim lease for former shelter belt centre

The federal government is negotiating an interim lease with HELP International of Weyburn, Sask., to operate part of the former federal shelter belt centre at Indian Head, Sask. The lease is expected to be for a portion of the site for six months and at market value, but a government spokesperson said the exact terms […] Read more

Community pastures, like this grazing land near Beechy in Saskatchewan, are especially attractive for mixed and young farmers, say the authors.  |  File photo

Community pasture benefits misunderstood

People are still scratching their heads over Ottawa’s planned cancellation of the successful, eight-decades-old federal community pasture program. Today, when the profitability of beef production is questioned and the ecological value of grazing is misunderstood, the pastures’ benefits stand firm. For every $1 spent, the pastures don’t only grow beef. They also generate $2.50 in […] Read more