If you’re a frequent traveller on highway seven in Saskatchewan you’ve seen the large Providence Grain Solutions grain handling operation at Marengo, Sask. Unfortunately, on Thursday night, Kindersley, Eatonia, Kerrobert, and Oyen fire departments were dispatched to a large fire at the elevator. The village of Marengo and surrounding rural municipality of Milton were evacuated…. Read More

Syngenta announced the acquisition of Valagro, an Italian biological crop input company, on Tuesday. The deal will boost Syngenta’s presence in the growing biologicals market, which some have predicted could nearly double in size over the next five years. “We are looking forward to welcoming the Valagro team to Syngenta Group,” says Erik Fyrwald, CEO… Read More

The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) breeding agreement with the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre (CDC) is ending, and as it stands, will not be renewed. SPG has invested upwards of 40 million dollars in pulse crop breeding with an additional 20 million dollars in genetics and gene sequencing or market development. Most of that… Read More

Being thoroughly trained to operate a truck and trailer is incredibly important. It’s been a little over two years since the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash with a truck and trailer unit which claimed 16 lives, injured 13, and spurred an inquiry into how truck drivers are trained and licensed. The accident, and others like… Read More

Harvest season is upon us, and with hot, dry conditions comes the concern for equipment fires in the field. Are you prepared in case of an emergency? The first line of defence is to clean equipment of caked-on oil, grease, and crop residues and by regularly removing excess residues or plant materials wrapped around bearings… Read More

A few of our pea fields looked a bit pale in comparison to the others earlier this season. The crop colour was off, and not just in low lying spots, as one might expect with all the moisture west central Saskatchewan has received. On further investigation, ruling out other reasons like fertility and plant stand,… Read More

Any flax producer knows that the biggest challenge to growing the crop is the long, fibrous residue left behind. The following seeding season, these long-stem fibres — also known as shive — get wrapped around discs, wheels, or seeder-shanks. It’s known as “the straw problem” according to the former Flax Council of Canada, and it… Read More

Hops might possibly be the most intensive crop you could grow in Canada, and aren’t for the faint of heart. Growing hops commercially has gotten a lot of attention in the last five years on the Prairies with the influx of craft breweries. Previously, hops were mainly grown in Ontario and British Columbia, and, in… Read More

 

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