Harvest slowly progressing across Saskatchewan
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Farmers in the Prince Albert and Melfort areas are making some small gains in the fields.

According to this week's crop report, harvest is now 11 per cent complete in the northeast and six per cent complete in the east-central region. Both regions were at three per cent last week.

Provincially, 14 per cent of the crop has now been combined.

Another week of cool, wet weather is delaying progress.

Sask. cattle producers start to make money as beef prices soar
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

The cost of buying beef is on the rise, but the CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA), said there are some positive things happening in the industry here in Saskatchewan.

“Beef prices are up, higher than they’ve been in recent years, and there’s a few reasons for that. Largely it’s supply and demand. Producers are now at a point where they’re finally making some money producing beef,” Craig Douglas said.

Harvest off to a slow start
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

According to this week's crop report, three per cent of the crop is combined in the east-central and northeastern regions of the province and 17 per cent is ready to be swathed or be straight cut.

By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

According to this week's crop report, the fields are just too wet for harvest.

Rainfall has ranged from 50 millimetres (mm) in the Duck Lake area to 72 mm in the Lake Lenore area.

Seven per cent of the winter wheat, five per cent of barley, two per cent of the fall rye, 17 per cent of the field peas, 13 per cent of canola and three per cent of oats are swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Rain hampers Sask. harvest
By Jill Slater paNOW Staff

The rainy weekend has turned the logistics of harvest into a tough slog for farmers in the southern part of the province.

“It’s going to make for a real tough go,” said Curtis Dobson, a farmer in the Rouleau area. “(There is) moisture getting us going early in the morning or late at night. It’s going to shorten our harvest days, and create a lot of logistic issues getting through the fields with loaded grain trucks on roads.”

Sask. crops barely behind 5-year average
By Lisa Schick paNOW Staff

Farmers are just getting into swathing and combining this week and are just barely behind the five-year average.

As of Thursday, just over one per cent of the crop in Saskatchewan has been combined and just over four per cent has been swathed; the southwest is furthest ahead. That's compared to the five-year average of two per cent and five per cent respectively.

Local farmers prepared for harvest
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Harvest will be getting underway shortly for many producers in the northeast region.

According to this week's crop report, warm weather has helped to advance crops, but the majority of crops are still at least a week or more behind normal development.

There are reports of some pulse crops being desiccated and some fall rye crops being swathed.

Family farm 'blown away' by OH & S rules
By Chris Carr paNOW Staff

A law preventing a Saskatchewan woman from letting her kids do certain jobs on her chicken farm is ruffling some feathers.

Janeen Covlin raises and sells chickens and eggs at Cool Spring Ranch in Endeavour, Sask., 370 km east of Saskatoon. Her kids help out at their processing plant. Or at least they did.

Occupational Health and Safety had a problem with that.

Small town clothing line turning heads
By Megan Lacelle paNOW Staff

A small town clothing line is gaining popularity not only in Saskatchewan, but also overseas.

"There's not too many comedic farming apparel companies out there, so that's where I slid in," Tractor Fitness founder Adam Fullerton laughed.

The 23-year-old farmer from Lacadena, Sask., said it all started last year when he was on his 16th straight day of seeding.

Crop insurance claims on the rise after summer flooding
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff

The insurance claims are starting to trickle in from farmers who have had their land affected by flood waters.

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s Rae Groeneveld said a total of 792 pre-harvest claims had been submitted as of July 29.

“A good majority of those claims are as the result of the flooding,” he said.

The southeast and east-central portions of the province were hardest hit.

Farmers looking for sunshine
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Flooding continues to be a challenge for farmers in the Prince Albert area.

According to this week's crop report, crop development in the northeast remains behind due to flooded fields and roads.

Haying is progressing slowly. Sixty-five per cent has been baled or put into silage, and 21 per cent is cut and ready for baling.

This compares with the provincial average of 57 per cent baled or put into silage, and 22 per cent cut and ready for baling.

PHOTOS: Farmers seeing new ag research firsthand in PA region
By Bryn Hadubiak paNOW Staff

Farmers and others in the agriculture industry in the Prince Albert region are seeing research results firsthand at the Annual Field Day held by the Conservation Learning Centre.

The Centre, 18 kilometres south of Prince Albert on Highway 2, is a conservation research farm funded, in part, by the provincial government, testing new agricultural technologies, methods, chemicals and crops on small-scale fields to see how well they work.

Farmers challenged by rain and bugs
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Farmers in the northeast may have an axe to grind with Mother Nature.

Farm field flooding a big concern
paNOW Staff

Residents in Saskatchewan know how much rain the province has gotten over the last few months, and even over the last few years.

But what residents may not realize is how big of an impact this water is having on local farm lands.

Ryan Scragg, president of the Northern Fringe Marketing Club (NFMC) is concerned for lands north of Prince Albert.

The NFMC is a group of about 40 local farmers who all farm in the Prince Albert area, mostly north of the river.

Haying around province progressing
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Haying around the province and crop development in many areas is progressing thanks to some relatively dry and warm weather, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly crop report.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said at this time livestock producers in the northeast region have 21 per cent of the hay crop cut with 11 per cent baled or put into silage.

New rules for antibiotics in livestock
By Bryn Levy paNOW Staff

In an effort to curb drug-resistant superbugs, Health Canada is restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock.

Producers will no longer be allowed to continuously feed animals low-level doses as a way to promote growth.

Dr. Trisha Dowling, a pharmacologist with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine explained that some drugs, like penicillin and tetracycline, have long been fed to livestock in order to reduce the workload of animals' immune systems, thereby causing them to grow faster using less feed.

Millions of acres damaged by flooding
By Chris Carr paNOW Staff

Saskatchewan farmers are now getting a better grasp of how much damage was caused by this year's flooding.

"It's not only crops that are affected. We have yards, as well as some of the oils fields down in the southeast," Shannon Friesen with Saskatchewan Agriculture said.

But she said it will likely take some time to get a good firm grasp on the actual numbers.

So far, the early estimates place the washout at anywhere between two and three million acres.

Warm weather helps northeast crop development
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Thanks to some warm weather and despite recent flooding in southern Saskatchewan, crop development and haying around the province are progressing, according to the latest crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture.

Flood waters bring concerns about anthrax
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

As many communities around Saskatchewan deal with flooding issues, one concern has been raised: anthrax.

Anthrax is a bacteria that creates spores that can persist in the soil for decades and can be found really anywhere on the Prairies. That’s according to Betty Althouse, chief veterinary officer for Saskatchewan for the Ministry of Agriculture.

She said it’s when the anthrax comes into contact with the air that spores can develop.

Farmers facing growing pains
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

All things considered, farmers in the northeast have been fairly lucky this year.

In the southeast, farm flooding has had a huge impact on crop development. Some areas in that corner of that province have received upwards of 10 inches of rain in the past week.

In the northeast, less than four inches has accumulated.

According to this week's crop report, the moisture and cooler weather has resulted in some delays.

Seeding essentially done around province
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Seeding is essentially finished across Saskatchewan, but some producers in the southeastern and east-central areas may still seed greenfeed crops, weather and time permitting.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, even with wet and cool weather delaying development, the majority of crops are described as being in fair to excellent condition.

By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

The Melfort and District Chamber of Commerce has a new president

Lloyd Muntain has resigned, citing personal reasons.

Muntain served as the director since 2013.

A replacement has been found.

Warren Salen of Cheyenne Motors, has been announced as the new president, effective immediately.

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26 years of innovation at Farm Progress Show for SK company
By Brady Knight paNOW Staff

Brian Olson stands proudly at his small, but very busy booth in a corner of the Agribition Building at Evraz Place. Greeting everyone who stops with a smile and a demonstration, it probably won't take him long to crack a joke either.

Each year, Canada's Farm Progress Show lives up to its name, featuring the newest tools and equipment in the world of agriculture.

Seeding almost complete around province
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Despite another week of cool and wet weather, seeding continues around the Saskatchewan.

Producers now have 95 per cent of the provincial crops in the ground, ahead of the five-year average of 90 per cent.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said the northeast region has made some strides in seeding progress.

Northeast makes tremendous progress with seeding
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Seeding around the province is nearing completion as 93 per cent of the provincial crops are in the ground, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report.

The five-year average for this time of year is 87 per cent.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said in the northeast region of the province “had made tremendous strides.”