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Thursday, August 22, 2019

$3.4M for canola research to increase yields CNW - Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Ralph Goodale, minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, have announced an investment of up to $3,457,985 for SaskCanola to study genomic resistance, pathology and integrated crop management, which will

help improve management practices and decrease incidences of emerging and established diseases. The research project aims to further control Blackleg in canola and understand more about the emerging disease Verticillium Stripe in Canada. This is part of a multi-faceted approach to ensure

increasingly stable trade in the future. The project, funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program, builds upon a previous announcement up to $12.1 million under the same program for the Canola Council of Canada to advance the growth and prof-

Photographer Louise Lundberg’s yard near Turtleford is visited frequently by wildlife. This moose cow came to inspect a new piece of equipment added to the mix. Out of the bush, above, she moved in to cautiously check out a tractor, the Lundbergs’ newest acquisition.

itability of the sector. “Cutting-edge canola research is vital to Canadian canola producers. I’m proud to announce this federal investment, which will help growers increase yields and stand out in global markets, “ said Bibeau. Goodale said, “Canadians are proud of our world

class canola, which began as a scientific innovation in Prairie research facilities about 50 years ago. The industry creates thousands of jobs and opportunities for Canadians, and we’re committed to seeing it continue to thrive.: Bernie McClean, Research Chair, SaskCanola, said “It is critical for our

industry to lead these strategic research goals alongside partners Canola Council of Canada and Alberta Canola. Our objective is to ensure farmers have access to the latest technology to manage pests in their operations, while also providing quality assurance to our global customers.”

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Attract and keep friendly bees to boost yields in your garden Some of the most efficient pollinators are bees. There are a few things you can do to attract and keep these critters in your garden. By Erl Svendsen

The yields of your strawberry, tomato, pepper and other fruits and vegetables may not be what you hoped for. And yet, you’re doing everything right: watering, fertilizing, controlling pests and weeding. Perhaps the problem is you don’t have enough pollinators to fertilize your flowers. Tube- or tunnel-dwelling solitary bee species will happily create their solitary nests in a bee house.

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Some of the most efficient pollinators are bees. There are a few things you can do to attract and keep these critters in your garden. First, you needn’t worrying too much about literally getting stung by inviting wild bees to your yard and garden. There are broadly two types of bees – those that live in colonies (e.g. honey bees) and solitary bees. The colony type can be aggressive and will protect themselves and their colony by stinging perceived attackers. The solitary bees, on the other hand, are much less aggressive and very unlikely to sting anyone. Instead of living in colonies, depending on the species, they will create individual cells for their larvae in the ground, decaying trees, or hollow stems of dead canes (hence ‘solitary’). It is these solitary bees that you want to attract to your yard. To attract bees to your yard, start by planting a bee-friendly garden, one that is in continuous bloom from early spring to late fall. Avoid growing double flowering varieties. They may showier than their single flowering sisters, but they typically have less nectar (the bees’ reward for working so hard for you) and pollen is more difficult to access. Include a bee-

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bath so they have access to water: a shallow container filled with large pebbles or sticks (something for the bees to land on) up to the water level. Keep the water topped up and change regularly to keep fresh. Now that you’ve taken care of their food and water needs, like all animals, bees need shelter. Tube- or tunnel-dwelling solitary bee species will happily create their solitary nests in a bee house. These can be purchased or made in your workshop. And despite their classification as solitary, leaf cutter, mason and other solitary bees will happily create their solitary nests close to one another. Whether purchased or homemade, make sure your bee house provides following: Protection from the rain – needs a roof overhang. Made from untreated wood (i.e. not pressure treated): large diameter dry branches or logs, lumber scraps or hollow bamboo stems. A variety of hole sizes, between 2-10mm (~1/163/8 inch), to suit different species. Depth can vary but at least the length of your drill bit (~ 5 centimeters or 2 inches). Holes have a smooth entrance and interiors (no splinters).

Holes must have a solid back (not open-ended wind tunnels). Bee houses should be placed in the open, in full sun (east or south) and at least a meter (3 feet) off the ground. Make sure to securely anchor/attach your bee house so it does not swing or sway in the wind. Adult solitary bees do not overwinter. Instead, what overwinters are the pupae in the tubes/tunnels. It is wet more than cold that is their enemy. To help them survive and keep them dry, move your bee house to a dry, unheated shed or garage, no warmer than 10°C. As soon as it starts to warm in the spring, put your bee house back outside. Replace your bee house every two years in mid-summer after the latest generation emerges to avoid the build-up of moulds, mites and other pests. If you have trouble attracting solitary bees to your yard, you can ‘cheat’ a little by purchasing leafcutter bee larvae from www.backyardpollinator. ca, a Saskatchewan online company. There is also great information elsewhere online about bees and plans for making your own bee house. Erl gardens in Saskatoon and tweets about it on occasion @ErlSv. This column is provided courtesy of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (SPS; saskperennial@ ). Check our website ( or Facebook page ( for a list of upcoming gardening events.

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Unity hosts mounted shooting competition Equine sport growing in popularity By Helena Long

Unity was host to a unique but growingin-popularity equine sport Aug. 3 and 4 – mounted shooting. Thirty-seven riders from throughout Saskatchewan and northern Alberta attended the meet, shooting targets from horseback whilst racing their horses around a predetermined course in the arena at the Unity rodeo grounds. The event was organized by Michelle Pipke of Unity and was sanctioned by both the Saskatchewan Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and the Border Cowboys Mounted Shooting Association. Pipke was last year’s high point ladies’ provincial champion as well as the national reserve ladies’ champion. Pipke started shooting, from the back of a horse in full gallop, in May of 2012. She had found her sport – becoming the Saskatchewan high point ladies’ champion for the first time the very next year, 2013. She has now been the provincial ladies’ high point winner four times – 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 – as well as being the national reserve ladies’ high point

winner in 2017 and 2018. Expanding her sights internationally, in 2017, Pipke and her horse Northern Gunner also travelled to Texas for the world championships, where Pipke was named the AQHA reserve amateur mounted shooting champion. A well-trained and responsive horse is an important part of the sport, which is judged on speed around the pre-determined course as well as shooting accuracy. Pipke said, “We raised Northern Gunner on our farm and I did most of the training on him myself.” Each missed balloon adds a five second penalty. Some events require a specific pattern to be run, which can include weaving

After shooting out five balloons with a pistol, Curtis Claussen from Peers, Alta., rounds a barrel before taking out another five balloon targets with his shotgun and racing to the finish line in a mounted shooting competition in Unity Aug. 4. Photo by Helena Long

between the poles holding the balloons and/or rounding a barrel at the far end of the arena while changing guns. The top competitors can complete a clean course in as little time as 30 seconds. In Unity, the course was

set with 10 balloons, five white and five red. The white balloons were taken out first, then the rider had to holster his or her six-shooter pistol and pull out the next gun – either another pistol, a shotgun

or a rifle, depending on the specific event – and try to shoot out the five red balloons, all whilst racing for the finish line. This was Pipke’s first competition since recovering from a head injury suf-

fered from a fall into the boards and gate at the end of an arena at a competition in Alberta July 12. She said “I was slow but safe,” but she still had the eighth best combined time of the two-day shoot.

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Farmers buy into grain bag recycling So far this year, Saskatchewan farmers have turned in almost 1,580 tonnes of used, empty grain bags Halfway through 2019, and with one of the busiest periods of grain bag recycling still ahead, Saskatchewan farmers have already recycled 25 per cent more grain bags in 2019 than they did in all of 2018, recycling program operator Cleanfarms announced recently. Cleanfarms is a non-profit industry stewardship organization established 10 years ago to help Canadian farmers recycle or properly dispose of waste agricultural plastic and other waste materials generated on farms. So far this year, Saskatchewan farmers have turned in almost 1,580 tonnes of used, empty grain bags for recycling. During the whole of 2018, the first year of the government-regulated program, the total collected for recycling was 1,265 tonnes. “With 2019 only at the mid-way point and with a full harvest season ahead of us, we are expecting that we’ll see the year end with a very successful recycling program for grain bags in Saskatchewan,” predicted Cleanfarms’ general manager, Barry Friesen. “We have Saskatchewan farmers to thank for that. We are very grateful they are getting on board so enthusiastically with this recycling program.” Across the province from Carievale to Meadow Lake, 34 municipalities and businesses are set up as Cleanfarms collection locations that accept grain bags under the recycling program. To date this year, Cleanfarms has shipped 84 semi trailer loads of grain bags to a recycler in the southern U.S. where the bags are washed, shredded and the plastic pelletized so it can be used to make new products such as plastic bags. Each trailer load holds about 120 rolled grain bags meaning that more than 10,000 grain bags have been shipped for recycling so far this year. As an example, the col-

lection site at the Unity municipal landfill site – one of the busiest in the province – has already collected about 281 tonnes (281,000 kg) of grain bags so far this year. This translates into 16 semi trailer loads. An additional three loads are set to go in the next few days. The recycling program for grain bags in Saskatchewan was established in July 2016 under The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations, the first regulation of its kind in Canada. Through it, the province set the groundwork for a regulated recycling program similar to many other of Saskatchewan’s stewardship programs for products such as tires, electronics, paint and oil containers. The regulation transfers financial responsibility for proper disposal from the tax payer to businesses that supply grain bags into the market. The recycling program applies an environmental handling fee (EHF) – in place since November 2018 – at the time of sale to help cover the cost of recycling the used grain bags. Specifically, the EHF is used to compensate collection sites for collecting the 113 kg plus, one-time-use bags; for loading and transporting them to end markets; and for administration. At 25 cents a kilogram, the EHF amounts to about $50 on a 10-foot by 300-foot grain bag, which can weigh close to 200 kgs and cost more than $1,100 dollars. Cleanfarms operates the extended producer responsibility (EPR) grain bag collection and recycling program on behalf of the obligated industry. Cleanfarms has devel-

oped a series of successful programs to recover and recycle or properly dispose of plastic ag waste and other farm waste materials including: Empty pesticide and fertilizer containers under 23 litres in size (Canada-wide) Empty pesticide and fertilizer containers over 23 litres in size (Canada-wide)

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Obsolete pesticides and animal health products (Canada-wide) Empty seed and pes-

ticide bags (primarily in eastern Canada with pilots operating in the prairie provinces)

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Saskatchewan Grain Bag Collection Locations: 4 Hire Welding Eatonia, Eatonia, 403-9902098;

Yorkton Landfill, Yorkton, 306-786-7499;

Milestone Landfill, Milestone, 306-464-4712;

Duncans Environmental Gravelbourg, 306-648-7640;

Paul Tendler Trucking, 306-640-8238;

Garrick, Garrick, 306-276-2066;

Conservation Learning Albert, 306-961-5311;

Kelvington Landfill (ADD Kelvington, 306-327-8733;





Crown Shred & Recycling, 225 6th Ave E, Regina, 306-545-7715;

Macoun - Private Site, Macoun, 306-4216574;

Boreal Area Regional Waste Authority – BARWA, Nipawin, 306-862-9292;

Melfort Landfill, Melfort, 306-752-3242;

Carievale, 306-452-3292;

Mossbank Town Landfill, Mossbank, 306354-2294;

Loraas Environmental Landfill, Marshall, 306-821-7103;

North West Regional Waste, Meadow Lake, 306-236-4315;

Moosomin Landfill, Moosomin, 306-4523292;

Panther Industries, Davidson, 306-567-2814;

RM Cymri No. 36, NE-28-5-12-W2, 306-8619913; RM Moose Creek, 306-861-9913; Speers 16 to 43, Hafford, 306-246-0678;

REACT Regional Landfill, Humboldt, 306682-1955; Rush Lake, 306-784-3121; Southline Ag, Climax, 306-293-2022;

Wawota Landfill, 306-452-3292;

Southwest Waste Management, Dollard, 306297-4020;

City of North Battleford Waste Management Facility, 306-446-4411;

Touchwood Hills Regional Landfill Inc., Raymore, 306-746-2222;

Fort Qu’Appelle Landfill, 306-331-8016; Loraas Landfill, Saskatoon, 306-242-8909;

Town of Foam Lake Transfer Station, Foam Lake, 306-272-7082;

RM of Milden No. 286, Milden, 306-9352181;

Town of Unity Landfill, Unity, 306-228-2893.

Town of Spiritwood, 306-883-2034;

Producers granted extension to repay cash advances Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced recently that crop producers impacted by recent market disruptions may now be eligible for an additional six months to repay 2018 cash advances under the Advance Payments Program. The Stay of Default, which covers advances on grains, oilseeds and pulses, will provide additional flexibility to repay advances for farmers that may be facing lower prices, reduced marketing opportunities or a decrease in farm cash income. The

decision comes following recent changes made by the Government of Canada to strengthen the APP by increasing the maximum loan limit for all farmers to $1 million and the interest-free portion to $500,000 for canola. The six-month Stay of

Default to March 31, 2020, will provide producers with more time to repay their 2018 outstanding advances. The Stay of Default was granted at the request of nine program administrators. The Government of Canada will also continue to pay interest on the interest-free portion of farmers’ outstanding advances until March 31, 2020, for those commodities. Producers who received a 2018 APP advance from any of the nine participating administrators could be eligible for the Stay of Default and are encouraged to contact their re-

spective administrator for more details. Par ticipating administrators are the Agri-Commodity Management Association, Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, Alberta Wheat Commission, BC Breeder and Feeder Association, Canadian Canola Growers Association, Manitoba Corn Growers Association Inc., Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance Inc., Producteurs de Grains du Québec and Western Cash Advance Program Inc. “Our government is working closely with our farmers to meet their needs

and is taking many concrete steps to help them deal with the current market turmoil. This Stay of Default will give them more flexibility and the room to maneuver so they can better manage their liquidity,” said Bibeau. The Advance Payments Program is a financial loan guarantee program that provides producers easy access to credit through cash advances. There were over 21,000 producers who participated in the program in 2018, and the average advance was approximately $118,000. For the 2018 program

year, 12,902 grains, oilseed and pulse producers took more than $1.68 billion in advances, representing a three per cent increase in the number of grains, oilseed and pulse producers taking advances under the program, and a six per cent increase in the value of advances taken in 2017. As of July 31, there have been close to 1,100 new producers who have joined the program in 2019 and there has been approximately 360 producers who have returned to the program after not participating in the last three years.

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Hafford youth win big at Stampede By Bev Reid The dust has barely settled across the province, and even though the 4-H year has come to an end it does not mean the end of the show. For many it is the start of the summer shows and time to catch up with friends. This was the case for the Reid family as they headed to Summer Synergy in Olds, Alta., from July 9 to 12. This year marked the 10th edition of the Summer Synergy Program and Cole, Hunter and Taylor Reid made the trip with two of their heifers to join more than 170 junior members and more than 190 animal entries to participate in the week long competition. Summer Synergy is a great event that showcases talented youth from across western Canada as well as 4-H Alberta. Participants are awarded points for their performance in five areas, and the competition is intense as there is $70,000 in scholarship money up for grabs as well as a Calgary Stampede Buckle. The judges were from Western Canada as well the state of Kansas. The week-long competition consisted of showmanship, grooming, multi-species judging (including oral reasons for all ages) as well as the animal conformation classes. There was a marketing competition that was done in the months leading up to Synergy that included an item of the participants’ choosing, a written marketing strategy, and then they were put up for public auction. The week came to an end on Friday with the beef show day. Cole’s heifer, Anastasia, was champi-

on commercial maintainer female and Taylor’s heifer, Tanzy, was champion commercial Charolais influence female. The breed winners of the purebred and commercial cattle as well as the champion sheep all qualified to go to the Calgary Stampede for the Supreme Championship. The Supreme round was judged by a panel of three judges and the results were put in an envelope and given to the committee where they were kept secret until Sunday at the Stampede where they were announced. The 55 scholarship winners were also announced and they too advance on to Calgary Stamped. Taylor Reid was the third overall high point winner in the junior age group (9-12 years) with 83/100 points and winning a jacket. She was also one of six to win a $500 scholarship. From Olds, the show moved to the Calgary Stampede for the cattle, sheep and scholarship winners. Once they arrived at Calgary, they became participants of the International Youth Livestock Competition. Cattle started to arrive on Stampede grounds on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. to be washed and stalled before the gates on to the public. Participants were briefed on conduct and how to deal with the public. They were now considered agriculture ambassadors and were to interact and teach the public on what they do. Scholarship winners also had to complete a formal interview at this time. Saturday evening everyone was invited to the Range Land Derby tent for a Smoked Brisket Stampede Banquet. This


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Judge Brigham Stewart of Washington, Kansas, about to slap Cole Reid’s Anastasia the Supreme Commercial Female. Photos submitted

was followed by an awards presentation with the Stampede First Nations Princess and the Rodeo Queen and Princesses. Breed winners were given Stampede wall hangings for pictures and buckles. Scholarship recipients were awarded their scholarships and a 2019 International Youth Livestock Calgary Stampede Buckle. From there all 55 scholarship recipients were escorted on to the main stage in front of the grandstand after the third heat of the chuckwagon races to be recognized for their achievement in front of over 20,000 cheering fans. Finally on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. it was time for the Supreme show. It started with the Stampede band, singing of O Canada and introduction of dignitaries. Everyone was given a red Stampede jacket to show in, including Hunter who was asked to show a commercial Red Angus calf. All the breed winners entered the ring of the Nutrien Western Event Centre. Brigham Stewart of Washington, Kansas, was the judge who represented the panel and was given the names of the winners. He started with the sheep where Justin Leeson of Hays, Alta., with his mature commercial ewe with triplets at side was crowned the Supreme Sheep. From there Stewart moved on to the purebred cattle line where the Black Augus pair of Halley Adams from Forestburg, Alta., was slapped Supreme Purebred. Finally Stewart moved to the commercial line of cattle where he slapped Cole Reid’s Anastasia the Supreme Commercial Female. The

Supreme winners received a Stampede cowhide banner and a cheque for $500. They were also interviewed by multi media outlets to get their post win excitement. Cole was asked what

this win meant to him and his response was “None of us got here overnight! It has taken months of prep, hundreds of hours and the support of family and friends. I have been working hard, never giving up

knowing it would pay off somewhere down the line. But to have that all come together and win a supreme title at the Calgary Stampede I couldn’t have planned on a better time for her to shine.”

In the winners circle, Cole, Hunter and Taylor Reid.

Hunter, Taylor’s Tanzy, Taylor, Cole’s Anastasia and Cole Reid

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Turtleford show features 109 head Submitted

The 10th Annual Turtleford Summer Cattle Show was held Saturday Aug. 10, at the Turtleford Agricultural Society Grounds. There were 109 head of cattle taking part in the one-day show. The Judge for the day was Shannon Eaton from Lloydminster, Alta. The Northern Livestock Sales Open

Jackpot Commercial Bred Heifer Competition (Pen of Three) had 17 entries this year. The show results are as follows. Class 1: British 2yr old Cow with bull calf 1st - CNI Ranching Class 2: European 2yr old with bull calf 1st Blackgold Simmental 2nd - Flying S Ranch 3rd Blackgold Simmental

4th Brook’s Simmentals Class 3: Mature Purebred British Cow with bull calf 1st - CNI Ranching 2nd - CMT Farms 3rd - Grant Lodge Farms Class 4: Mature Purebred European Cow with bull calf 1st - Leewood Ranch 2nd - Red Willow Ranch 3rd - Leewood Ranch

4th Brook’s Simmentals Class 5: Open Jackpot Cow with Heifer Calf 1st - Skytrack Ranch/ Payne Livestock 2nd - Little Willow Creek 3rd - Red Willow Ranch 4th - Bannerman Land & Cattle Class 6: Pen of 3 Commercial Heifers 1st - Little Willow Creek

2nd - Y Coulee Land & Cattle Co. 3rd - Red Willow Ranch 4th - Diamond B Ranches Diamond 7 Meats of Lloydminster donated and prepared the beef that was served at our noon dinner for all our competitors and sponsors. The committee consisting of Randy Noble, Larry Macnab, Blaine Harland, Harry

Lake, Darryl Roach, Jeff Jamieson and Kelly Svoboda appreciate the support of the competitors and sponsors for bringing such high quality cattle to the show again this year and would welcome any suggestions regarding improving the show for next year. The Turtleford Co-op donated the use of their corral panels and supplied the coffee and doughnuts during the show.

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We are also pleased to work closely with our sister wheat organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan to further wheat research across Western Canada.” The commissions committed the following amounts to research in the 2018/2019 crop year: AWC committed $6.6 million to 46 projects, including over $2.6 million to 19 projects under the Wheat Cluster. This includes $282,000 committed to Dr. Brian Beres (Agriculture and AgriFood Canada) to quantify the yield gaps across the Prairies and to determine opportunities to sustainably improve yield through management practices. This project is also funded by Sask Wheat, MWBGA and Alberta Innovates. Sask Wheat committed over $8.8 million to 48 projects, including over $3.1 million to 15 projects

under the Wheat Cluster. A key project will be research into fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance by Dr. Randy Kutcher of the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. This project, which Sask Wheat is providing over $317,000 to over three years, focuses on seeking new sources of resistance for FHB and in understanding the resistance mechanisms. This project is also being funded by the MWBGA. MWBGA committed $2.5 million to 42 projects, including over $933,000 to 16 projects under the Wheat Cluster. This includes funding committed to nitrogen management and a multi disciplinary approach to the development of tools and techniques to manage extreme moisture. The three commissions co-funded 36 of the 81 total projects.

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