Making more land from land you have

Farmland prices foster technology designed to grind stumps, trees and roots to help make land productive quickly

LANGHAM, Sask. — As North American farmland values continue climbing, farmers are eyeing areas where potentially productive soil remains covered by forest and scrub brush. In regions like the prairie parkland, some of the best land is also the stoniest land, which explains why it remains in the natural state. The old low-tech slash-and-burn method […] Read more

Soil amendment project a win-win

Calgary project takes marginal land and treats it with biosolids, providing biomass for trees and crops to thrive

A 10-year project to rebuild sandy soil at the Mountainview Colony east of Calgary has turned out better than expected. The colony agreed to use bio-solids from the City of Calgary to fertilize some marginal land. The prepared material went on with a manure spreader and was incorporated into the top layer of soil, and […] Read more