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Stock Growers discuss weed control

By Alice McFarlane
January 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

Continued use of strychnine poison for gopher control and funding of mandatory semi-truck driver training were among resolutions approved at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers semi-annual meeting last week.

President Bill Huber said delegates also passed a resolution asking the province to provide funding for weed control in community pastures.


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Analyst remains optimistic about price recovery

By Alice McFarlane
January 23, 2019 - 4:45pm Updated: January 23, 2019 - 5:29pm

A market analyst is hopeful grain prices have bottomed out and will move upward this year.

The president of IntelliFARM, Brian Voth, said politics, trade and weather will be key factors in grain markets this coming year.

“Particularly with the U.S., the trade war and implications that has on soybeans.....

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Seed royalties and labelling discussed at CropSphere

By Alice McFarlane
January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm

About 600 farmers and agriculture industry representatives took in the final session of CropSphere in Saskatoon Wednesday that focused on proposed seed royalties.

Seed companies say changes are needed in order to keep up with their global competitors. However, farmers are afraid of losing the ability to re-use their wheat.....

Ag Hall of Fame welcomes six members

By Alice McFarlane
January 11, 2019 - 1:46pm

The Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame recognizes individuals making significant and distinguished contributions to the welfare and improvement of Saskatchewan agriculture.

The 2019 inductees are Chantelle Donahue of Biggar, who has taken a leadership role on public trust; Clarence Hookenson of Kisbey, an accomplished cattleman who established a reputation as.....

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Clubroot map released

By Alice McFarlane
January 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

The provincial government has released a map showing the spread of a serious canola plant disease in Saskatchewan. 

A clubroot survey discovered symptoms in 43 canola fields and the pathogen in soil from another three fields. That number is up from 37 the previous year.

The most serious cases were.....

Erin Gowriluk.
Erin Gowriluk. submitted photo/Grain Growers of Canada

Grain Growers name executive director

By Alice McFarlane
January 7, 2019 - 5:00pm

Erin Gowriluk is the new leader of the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC).

Gowriluk has an extensive background in agriculture policy having worked with the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions as well as the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Most recently she was with Syngenta Canada.

Gowriluk will manage.....

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Farmers fight for right to repair ag equipment

By Alice McFarlane
January 4, 2019 - 5:00pm

There is growing concern about farmers’ ability to repair their own equipment.

The challenge comes when computer technology is a key component of tractors and combines.

The "right to repair" farm machinery debate will be discussed at the CropSphere conference in Saskatoon Jan. 15 and 16.

Nebraska farmer Tom Schwarz.....

Provincial Agriculture Minister David Marit.
Provincial Agriculture Minister David Marit. submitted photo/Government of Saskatchewan

Agriculture minister reflects on 2018

By Alice McFarlane
December 28, 2018 - 10:20am

Provincial Agriculture Minister David Marit is reflecting on a busy 2018, and what promises to be an interesting 2019.

New trespass legislation was introduced at the legislature's recent sitting.

Marit said it's a safety issue for not only the land owner but also for those wanting to gain access to.....