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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
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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.”

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Here are the 4-H Regional Finished Beef Show & Sale results:

-70 steers were auctioned, at a value of $300,000, in about two hours

-On Sunday, Courtney Hansen of the Weldon 4-H Beef Club owned the Grand Champion Female and Serena Franc of the West P.A. 4-H Beef Club had the Reserve Grand Champion Female

-Serena Franc of the West P.A. 4-H Beef Club’s Grand Champion Steer was purchased by Sask. Rivers MLA Nadine Wilson, Fremont Trucking and Steve’s Auto Electric for a price of $5.00 per pound

Northeast right on par with five-year average
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Seeding around the province is progressing with 78 per cent of the crops now in the ground.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly crop report, that puts the province ahead of the five-year average of 76 per cent.

Many producers in the province however have experienced some delays due to the amount of rain in the region, including the northeast.

However, Shannon Friesen cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture said the north east has made great strides in the last week.

Mining broadened in Sask as Mining Week is celebrated
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

Mining Week in Saskatchewan was recognized in Prince Albert on Thursday, with notable names in the business world in attendance.

Steve Lowen, general manager of the Cigar Lake Cameco Mine gave the keynote address.

He said they began a major development project in March of this year. They were able to mine their first ore and haul out the first truck load of slurry, their main product, to the Mclean Lake Mill.

Northeast seeding almost caught up to 5-year average
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

As seeding continues around the province the northeast region is almost caught up to the five-year average for this time of year.

“The northeast has made significant seeding progress this past week. Last week it was at nine per cent and this week it’s at 59 per cent, so it’s certainly had tremendous progress,” said Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture.

The five-year average for the northeast for this time of year is 61 per cent.

Change could be coming for Sask. liquor stores: Wall
By Gerald Bauman paNOW Staff

Saskatchewan liquor stores could be in for a further makeover.

Premier Brad Wall said Tuesday morning there is a chance now to develop a new platform for the next election.

“While we campaigned on a certain promise in the last election, we have a chance now to develop a new platform for the next election. With respect to liquor stores, we want to hear from Saskatchewan people about what that platform might include,” he said.

Northeast seeding still behind five-year average
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop report is showing some significant progress around the province when it comes to seeding.

Last week, only seven per cent of the provincial crops were in the ground and according to this week’s crop report that number has shot up to 22 per cent seeded.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said the five-year average for the province for this time of year is 29 per cent.

Seeding in northeast behind five-year average
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Seeding continued to take place around the province as Saskatchewan Agriculture released their weekly crop report.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said in the northeast less than one per cent of the crop is in the ground.

“That’s mostly due to the kind of cool and wet conditions that we’ve had this past week, provincially we are at seven per cent of the crops seeded.”

Flood solution fails to get consensus from affected farms
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Some field flooding issues just outside of Prince Albert have a solution, according to a local farmer.

Brent Wilson farms just six miles north of the city, on the west side of Highway 2.

“We get flooding every spring from the highway and, like it’s a basin so we get water coming in from every direction. And the land that’s the flattest, there’s about seven or eight quarters here that contain it,” Wilson said.

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In 2014, Saskatchewan Agriculture had $10,000 in scholarship awards to hand out to four high school students and on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the winners.

“Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry is growing and with this growth comes many job opportunities for youth. As we continue to meet a growing global demand for food, we need bright young minds, passionate about agriculture, to drive the industry forward,” Stewart said in a statement.

Seeding just beginning around province
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Crop seeding around Saskatchewan is just beginning thanks to a cool and wet start to spring.

According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report, the southwestern part of the province is reporting about two per cent of the crop is now in the ground.

Shannon Friesen, cropping management specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture said for the northeast region, it’s been cool and wet so seeding hasn’t really begun.

Value of Saskatchewan farmland increasing
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) recently released their Farmland Values Report, and things look good in Saskatchewan.