It’s a pretty common practice around a farm to name something as a quick identifier — your favourite cow, the barn cat that’s a great mouser, a specific piece of land, or even a piece of equipment. There are often so many pieces of equipment on a farm or ranch that if they’re not named or… Read More

Manure and livestock go hand in hand. Manure can be considered a by-product or waste, or it can be an important soil nutrient source. Andrea Stroeve-Sawa of Shipwheel Cattle Feeders is a seasoned composter, following in the tradition of composting feedlot manure her dad started almost 40 years ago. Andrea’s dad was also talking about… Read More

Let’s start here: not all tillage is unwarranted. In some soils and circumstances, tillage can help warm, dry, or prepare a seedbed before planting and can help bury trash that is otherwise tough for a seeder to get through. At times, burial of residues can provide a larger surface area for microbes within different soil… Read More

Is there a tool out there or a method for assessing and interpreting soil health? Research out of the University of Saskatchewan could provide such a tool, where farmers could put in their soil data, find out their soil health score, and receive interpretation and management advice. “Soil health is defined as its capacity to… Read More

Today is World Soil Day, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has dedicated this year’s celebration to soil biodiversity. The slogan for this year: “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity.” Closer to home, the Canadian Society of Soil Science’s goals for today’s celebrations are to draw attention to the importance of… Read More

We know you’ve probably been to numerous online meetings now, and you probably don’t want to think about them for a while — but hear us out, here. Like it or not, there are going to be even more online meetings and virtual events with conference season coming up, and although these meetings don’t always… Read More

A recent pulse agronomy webinar hosted by Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) focused on an emerging chickpea issue found in southwestern Saskatchewan. The presentation was spearheaded by Dr. Michelle Hubbard, research scientist in pulse pathology, who, in conjunction with other researchers, is leading studies on the issue. The as-of-yet unnamed health issue was first observed in… Read More

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) has announced a new partnership with the goal of opening new markets for pulse-based proteins and increasing the functionality of these ingredients. Ingredion Inc., Ingredion Plant Based Protein Specialties, located at Vanscoy, Sask.,  O.M.D. Food Products, Verdient Foods, and T Base 4 Investments have formed a consortium to focus on commercializing… Read More

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