Page 1

Serving the producers of the Northwest

FARMER North Battleford, Saskatchewan

RancheR

Thursday, March 28, 2019

PREPARE FOR SPRING WITH EARLY FUEL DELIVERY

Take advantage of a great opportunity to get a head start in your spring farming operations. Customers who purchase dyed CO-OP® Premium Diesel for early delivery will be placed on delayed billing.

Agriculture spending up with provincial budget for 2019

DISCOVERY

AGRO CENTRE & CARDLOCK

906 Battleford Road • North Battleford 306-446-7272

Let Sleeping Sundogs Lie

No one overjoyed, but some are ‘happy’ Staff Some agricultural organizations with ties to the region are satisfied with the recent provincial budget. Agriculture makes up six per cent of the budget’s expenses at $841 million. According to the budget, this is a $70.6 million increase compared with last year. Health spending is the province’s largest expense at $5.89 billion, followed by education at $3.28 billion. The budget says the increase in agriculture spending is due to reasons that include higher budgeted crop insurance indemnities and an increase in AgriStability payments. According to a press release, “the 2019-20 Budget contains $271.9 million to fully fund business risk management programs offered under the federalprovincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), including Crop Insurance, AgriStability, AgriInvest and Western Livestock Price Insurance.” In 2019, the government anticipates approximately 30 million acres to be insured

under crop insurance. The Crop Insurance program, according to the government, will see higher coverage on tame and native grazing land “to better reflect the losses producers experience during a shortfall in forage production.” The government is also spending money on agricultural research, and will continue supporting agricultural organizations such as 4-H and Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan. The Western Canadian Wheat Growers were “pleased” with the provincial budget. In a release, Director Daryl Fransoo said the organization doesn’t believe “we need more and more funding from government.” “We need a government that will fight for us and has the proper rules and regulations in place that allows us to remain competitive on the international level.” Fransoo also praised the provincial government for opposing the carbon tax and adding no new tax increases. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, meanwhile,

was “generally satisfied.” APAS President Todd Lewis was pleased to see the budget preserved programs such as crop insurance and agricultural research, and that the government re-instated funding for rat control. Lewis cautioned that current trade, price and production risks and carbon tax could affect producers negatively. Lewis also said he was concerned about canola and pulse crops. “While we appreciate the level of support for crop and livestock insurance, there is a risk that producers may not be adequately covered due to the low level of enrolment in AgriStability,” Lewis said. Recent changes to Agri-Stability weren’t well understood, Lewis said, and “recommended that producers may not be adequately covered due to the low level of enrolment in AgriStalibity. To protect from unexpected economic or production problems, Lewis said APAS members feel the need for a thorough review of Business Risk Management programs.

Photographer Louise Lundberg of the Livelong area caught this sundog not long ago. Did it signal the change from bitter to balmy weather? Photo by Louise Lundberg

Sunrooms

Built in The Battlefords . . . for over 45 years. • In Home Consultations • Professional Installation • Maintenance Free • Energy Efficient • High Performance Low E Argon

Exterior Doors

Windows

2492 - 98 Street North Battleford - Across from Bridges Chevrolet 306-445-8867 TOLL FREE: 1-888-445-8867 www.fortresswindows.ca


Page 10 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

No invasive mussels detected in Sask waters in 2018 SubmittedÂ

The Government of Saskatchewan concluded its 2018 invasive mussel monitoring program with no confirmed findings of In 2018, more than 2,900 watercraft were checked by the government for signs invasive mussels in 121 waof aquatic invasive species, identifying more than 830 as high risk and requiring terbodies sampled throughdetailed inspection. Fifty suspected watercraft underwent decontamination, out the province. The government foand five watercraft were found to be carrying AIS. Those watercraft were decontaminated and quarantined by the ministry before they could be used in cuses on public awareness through education and any waterbodies within the province. File photo targeted signage about our Clean, Drain, Dry program, roadside boat inspections, decontaminations and regular monitoring of Saskatchewan’s busy waterbodies. In 2018, the ministry checked more than 2,900 watercraft for signs of aquatic invasive species (AIS), identifying more than 830 as high risk and requiring detailed inspection.  Fifty suspected watercraft underwent decontamination, and five watercraft were found to be carrying AIS. Those water10#PYt4U8FTU #BUUMFGPSE 4,t4.& craft were decontaminated and quarantined by the email twinriverconcrete2019@gmail.com ministry before they could be used in any waterbodies within the province. P.O. Box 1775 • 531 18 St. West With help from the Battleford, SK • S0M 0E0 province’s AIS Task Force, monitoring also occurs in several other ways, including: www.valeindustries.ca • invasive mussel veliger (306) 695-2460 sampling by the Ministry of Environment, SaskPow-

(2019) LTD.

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP tGBY and STILL LOCALLY OWNED! FNBJMdevanmartel@Icloud.com

306.480.8812 • fax 306.937.3414

(2019) LTD.

er and Upper Souris Watershed Association; • the University of Saskatchewan uses environmental DNA as a surveillance tool for invasive zebra mussels, with 73 waterbodies sampled in 2018 by the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Water Security Agency and the Ministry of Environment; and • the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, SaskWater, Saskatchewan Watershed Association groups and the general public utilize the Saskatchewan Adult Invasive Mussel Monitoring Program (AIMM), a partnership project with non-government organizations and other agencies to detect unwanted aquatic invasive mussels. “Aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels pose a serious threat to our lakes and waterways,â€? Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Prevention is the most effective way to control their spread, as they can be impossible to eliminate if they become established in a waterbody.â€? These invasive mussels have the potential to severely impact aquatic habitat, fisheries, valuable

recreational resources and water-related infrastructure, such as irrigation, power generation and municipal water supplies.
 Invasive mussels are currently found in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and 34 states, including Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota. Recent amendments to provincial regulations make it mandatory for individuals transporting watercraft in Saskatchewan to remove the boat plug, stop at watercraft inspection stations and submit to inspection. Failure to do so may result in a $500 fine.  It is also illegal to transport prohibited aquatic invasive species into Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan partners with provincial organizations, Canada Border Services Agency and provincial governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and the Yukon to co-ordinate prevention efforts across western Canada. For information on how to participate in AIMM, contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-5674224.  More information about fishing and aquatic invasive species can be found in the Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide and at www.saskatchewan.ca/ fishing.

Unreserved Public Farm Auction

Kevin Vany & The Estate of Maurice Vany North Battleford, SK | April 11, 2019 ¡ 11 am

2007 Case IH 430 Quadtrac

2012 Case IH 9120

2013 John Deere W150 35 Ft

1999 John Deere 4700 90 Ft

2010 New Holland T6050 Delta

2008 Doepker 28 Ft

2011 Bourgault 8810 50 Ft

2002 International 9200i 6x4

AUCTION LOCATION: From NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK, at the junction of Hwy 4 and Territorial Drive, go North 8.8 km (5.5 miles) on Hwy 4, then go East 7km (4.4 miles) on the Hamlin grid GPS: 52.871129, -108.197623

AGRO CENTRE 906 Battleford Road North Battleford, SK

DISCOVERY

306.446.7288

A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2007 Case IH 430 Quadtrac Tractor ¡ 2010 New Holland T6050 Delta MFWD Tractor ¡ 2012 Case IH 9120 Combine ¡ 2014 MacDon D65-D 40 Ft Draper Header ¡ 2013 John Deere W150 35 Ft Swather ¡ 2002 International 9200i 6x4 Sleeper Truck Tractor T/A ¡ 1993 Freightliner FL80 T/A Grain Truck ¡ 2005 Ford F350 XLT Super Duty Extended Cab 4x4 Flatbed Truck ¡ 2008 Doepker 28 ft

Super B Lead Grain Trailer ¡ 2005 Doepker 32 Ft Grain Trailer ¡ 1998 Wilson CFD900 48 Ft T/A Trailer ¡ 2011 Bourgault 8810 50 Ft Air Seeder ¡ 2015 Bourgault 6550ST Tow-Behind Air Tank ¡ 1999 John Deere 4700 90 Ft High Clearance Sprayer ¡ 2009 Wheatheart SA 1371 13 In. x 71 Ft Mechanical Grain Auger ¡ 2009 Wheatheart BH851 8 In. x 51 Ft Grain Auger ¡ Brandt 5000 EX Grain Vac ...AND MUCH MORE!

For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: rbauction.com Kevin Vany: 306.441.3804, kevin.v1@sasktel.net Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Kim Kramer: 306.441.1685 800.491.4494 Auction Company License #303043 & 309645


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 11

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

37 A nnual th

Customer Appreciation Sale APRIL 8 to 12, 2019

MARTODAM MOTORS “Your One Stop Dealer” SPIRITWOOD, Saskatchewan • Ph: 306-883-2045 • www.martodammotors.com

• Specials All week • Coffee & donuts All week • All in Stock parts 10% off All week • Cash & Carry

Axial Flow 9250

Pre-Owned Specials

2013 Steiger 600 Quadtrac

• Door Prizes • All Ag Filters 15% off All week • Cash & $ 349,000 Carry

2000 hrs, Lux Cab, 1000 PTO

EQUIPMENT 2011 BOURG 3710-60’

$

SALE 2011 CNH 3430 TBT

149,000

$

2010 BOURG 7200 – 72’

42,500

$

37,500

NEW HOLLAND SF115

$

11,995

DB Shoot, 10” space

3 tank, 8 run, duals, 10’ auger

72’,HYD tine adjust, 5/8’ tines

100’, 1600 gal. tank, Auto rate

2011 STEIGER 400

2013 STEIGER 600 QUADTRAC

2009 CNH 8120

2014 FARMALL 115U

$

218,000

$

349,000

$

189,500

$

75,000

1890 hrs, duals, AFS Pro 600

2000 hrs, Lux Cab, 1000 PTO

2010 eng hrs

L745, 1550 hrs

2018 ZFORCE 800-LX

2018 ZFORCE 800-LX

2018 CFORCE 800-LX

2016 CFORCE 400-LX

$

14,145

ORANGE, EPS, WINCH

$

14,145

RED, EPS, WINCH

MARTODAM MOTORS 1983 LTD.

$

11,900

ORANGE, EPS, WINCH

306.883.2045 www.martodammotors.com

$

7,245

BLUE, 1UP, EPS, WINCH 400 Railway Avenue, Spiritwood, SK

“Your One Stop Dealer”


Page 12 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Commentary Time for a Code of Practice for grain production By Cam Dahl, President Cereals Canada

I was on a speaker’s panel a few weeks back with a farmer who said he never wanted to hear the word sustainability again. I understand the sentiment but we, as an industry, are going to be hearing that word more and more from customers and consumers around the world. Farmers shy away from sustainability because they see people who want to shut down modern agriculture. They see more forms, paperwork, and bureaucracy. These are legitimate concerns. But it does not have to be that way.

Canadian farmers have a good sustainability story to tell. I don’t know of a single producer who does not want to turn their land over to the next generation in better shape and more productive than when they started farming. Preserving the air, land, and water for the next generation is the very definition of “sustainability.” But we currently don’t have the tools to tell our story in a coherent way. The time has come for the grain, oilseed and special crops sectors accept both the responsibility and opportunities that come from concretely demonstrating the sustainability of modern agriculture. In reality, the vast majority of farmers

Selecting the right partner to market your grain is essential. Let us demonstrate to you why we are the number one option to market your crops to.

• • • • •

Beans Flax Seed Lentil Peas Pulses

Hwy. #4 North North Battleford

306-445-4199

have already adopted sustainable practices. If we are not able to demonstrate this fact those that want to go back to the farming practices of the 1900s will win the hearts and minds of consumers and the long run profitability and competitiveness of grain production in Canada will be in jeopardy. We do not have to re-invent the wheel to move forward in a proactive and concrete manner. Animal agriculture has long been under pressure to demonstrate good animal welfare and sustainability practices. These industries have responded with the development of Codes of Practice that help define the right (and wrong) way to raise animals in Canada. These voluntary codes provide ranchers and farmers with the tools needed to demonstrate good practices and the ability to defend themselves with scientific backing when agricultural practices are challenged. The grain industries should follow this lead. What will a Code of Practice for grain production look like? It is critical that the Code’s recommendations use best available most recent scientific studies from accepted sources. Recommended practices should be practical, manageable and consider economic implications. If they are not, farmers will not follow them.  The Code will be voluntary. That means that it will not require farmers to fill out additional forms and paperwork. A voluntary Code can also serve as the foundation of something more robust, such as verified production contracts upon the mutual agreement of willing buyers and sellers. This is a balance between customers who might be looking for stronger verification and farmers who

are concerned that we are moving beyond market demand. How will the Code be developed? Farmers must be directly involved in the development of the Code of Practice. If the Code is going to build the trust of consumers who are interested in the question “where does my food come from” farmers cannot be alone in the room when the Code is developed. The development of the Code must also include scientific expertise, non-governmental organizations with interest in sustainability, customers, and processors. And the Code must be open to public review upon its development and publicly available when completed. What happens if we successfully do all of this? The development of a defined code of practice and assist in efforts in gaining and maintaining public trust in Canadian agriculture, both domestically and internationally. I believe that there are specific existing market access issues in the grains sector that could be eased by the development of a Code of Practice. This is in addition to alleviating issues that will cause market access and public trust concerns going forward. Canadian farmers, exporters, and processors will have a concrete tool to demonstrate sustainability to our customers. We will be able to show, with the backing of science, what we are already doing to preserve our land, air, and water. This is a tool to help increase the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture and not a threat to modern farming practices. Further, the development of a Code of Practice will be a valuable tool in communicating beneficial management Continued on Page 13

Need to Change your Winter Tires? Our Service Dept Carries a wide variety of New All Season Radials Tires

We Can Help!

Service • Repair • Maintenance

We Do It All!

Strait Line Auto Sales Bringing country value into the city Hwy. 4, North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Phone 445-5885 www.straitlineauto.com


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 13

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

FABA BEAN: SNOWBIRD GREEN PEAS CDC Spruce, CDC Tetris, CDC Limerick

Voluntary codes provide ranchers and farmers with the tools needed to demonstrate good practices and the ability to defend themselves with scientific backing when agricultural practices are challenged. The grain industries should follow this lead. – Cam Dahl Photo by Louise Lundberg

Commentary ...cont’d Continued from Page 12 practices to farmers. The development of a Code of Practice is going to be a policy discussion within the industry in the coming weeks and months. For example, the Grains Round Table, which includes farm groups, industry and government representatives, recently endorsed exploring the development of a Code through the Canadian Round Table for Sustainable Crops (CRSC). The CRSC will be working to refine the principles around which the Code will be developed and form the Development Committee. Farmers are members of producer organizations through check-off funds. Your Commissions will have the direct opportunity to be involved in the development of the Code through participation in the CRSC and through national

value chain groups like Cereals Canada, the Canola Council of Canada or Pulse Canada. I encourage you to use your farm groups to follow the development of the Code, the potential benefits to your farm and to be heard if you have concerns about the direction being taken. The work on the Code of Practice is just beginning. Now is the time to be engaged. Cam Dahl is the president of Cereals Canada, is a national, not-for-profit organization that brings a broad and diverse collaboration of partners from all sectors of the cereals value chain. Dahl also serves as the chair of the Steering Committee of the Round Table for Sustainable Crops. The development of a Code of Practice for the production of grains, oilseeds and special crops in Canada was recently endorsed by the Grains Round Table.

DUNN PEA CDC Dakota YELLOW PEAS CDC Spectrum AC Carver LENTIL SEED CDC Proclaim WHEAT AAC Elie, CPS Wheat, AC Andrew

BARLEY CDC Austenson, CDC Copeland FLAX CDC Glas

VICKI 306.441.6699

The Battlefords, Hafford, Glaslyn, Spiritwood

306-883-2992

THOUSANDS OF TIRES IN STOCK

FARM TIRE REPAIR

ON FARM SERVICE

Discovery Co-op® CARDLOCK Available at these locations • 906 Battleford Road North Battleford

- Regular and premium gas, clear diesel lanes with satellite pumps, dyed diesel and DEF dispensers

• Hwy 40 Cut Knife - Brand new facility!

- Regular gas, clear diesel with satellite pump and dyed diesel

• Hwy 4 Glaslyn

- Regular and premium gas, clear diesel with satellite pump, dyed diesel

• 127 Main Street Radisson

- Regular gas, clear and dyed diesel Apply for your Cardlock Card at Agro Centre or Administration Office North Battleford

DISCOVERY

AGRO CENTRE & CARDLOCK

906 Battleford Road • North Battleford 306-446-7272


Page 14 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Responding to threat of African swine fever The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, recently announced new funding of up to $31 million to increase the number of detector dogs at Canadian airports to help prevent illegally imported meat products from entering into Canada. This funding will allow for the addition of 24 detector dog teams over five years, bringing the total number to 39 Food, Plant, and Animal Detector Dog Service teams. Illegally imported meat

and meat products from countries affected by African swine fever present one of the greatest risks for introducing this animal disease to Canada. Detector dogs are the best available method to intercept meat products, making them the most effective tool in protecting Canada’s swine population from ASF as well as other animal diseases. Canada will be hosting the first international ASF forum in Ottawa from April 30 to May 1, 2019. In collaboration with the

United States and supported by leaders from Mexico, the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), provincial, territorial and state partners, as well as industry, this forum will provide an opportunity to further strengthen international cooperation to stop the spread of ASF. Although Canada has never had a case of ASF, the disease continues to spread in parts of Asia

Battlefords

ANIMAL

HOSPITAL #7A 11204 Railway Ave. East, North Battleford, SK

Searching for Trusted Veterinary Care Find the results you’re looking for here. • Herd Health • Vaccinations • Deworming • Equine Dentistry

- Dr. Tom Schmidt - Dr. Sylvia Carley - Dr. Cary Johnson

(306) 446-VETS (8387) • Emergency (306) 480-8318

Maine-Anjou

SINCE 1970

MANITOU

We raise the “REAL” Maine-Anjou cattle! Seriously the Real Maine-Anjou cattle are the ultimate breed in crossbreeding.

BULLS & FEMALES FOR SALE AT THE FARM

and Europe. ASF poses no risk to human health, but it could disrupt Canada’s pork industry, which includes over 100,000 direct and indirect Canadian jobs. Canada is recognized internationally as having strong programs in place to prevent and control the spread of foreign animal diseases into and within the country. The Government of Canada continues to work with partners to maintain a high level of vigilance through actions that include: Travel and pork entering Canada • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is raising awareness among travellers through social media and has already reached over 20 million people with its ASF campaign. Additional signage has been placed at airports reminding travellers of the requirement to declare all food and animal products at the border to keep foreign animal diseases, including ASF, out of Canada. • The Canada Border Services Agency has redirected current detector dog capacity to key international airports to better focus on passengers and goods coming from high-risk areas. • CBSA’s border services officers have been provided with guidance on applying the penalty of

$1,300 to travellers who fail to declare pork or pork products or any other meat when entering the country. •The CFIA is considering implementing measures to prevent infected feed ingredients from ASF-affected countries from entering Canada and is closely monitoring the international situation to ensure the CBSA has the right border controls. Farm practices • The CFIA is partnering with Canada’s pork industry, industry associations and provinces to generate awareness and help maintain a high level of vigilance and standards on pig farms across the country. Collaboration In addition to these measures, the Government of Canada is also working with industry, provincial, federal and international partners: • The CFIA worked with provincial partners so that more laboratories can test for ASF. • The CFIA is engaging international partners on approaches to zoning, so that trade disruptions can

be minimized, should ASF enter Canada. It is also collaborating internationally to further scientific understanding of the disease, engaging with international bodies and European and Asian governments to learn from their experiences, and supporting international efforts through the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases. • The CFIA is also working closely with North American partners and counterparts to harmonize testing protocols, share intelligence and take collective action from a pan-North American perspective. This includes participating in joint exercises on ASF with our American and industry partners.

ANNUAL SPRING CONSIGNMENT AUCTION

Wednesday, April 24th @ 8AM Hwy #3 East, Tisdale, SK FARM MACHINERY INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT FULL & PARTIAL FARM DISPERSALS HEAVY TRUCKS • SEEDING EQUIPMENT CARS • TRUCKS • RV’S DISPERSALS TO DATE** • Jason Stull & Ken Stull – Clemenceau *Jason 306-865-7778 *Ken 306-865-7595 • Barrier Valley Ag, Brad & Garvin Higgins – Tisdale *Brad 306-873-8822 *Garvin 306-873-9050 • Werner Block Estate – Jansen *Call 306-873-5488 for more info • George Martens Equipment Realignment – Preeceville *George 306-547-1411

NOW ACCEPTING FARM EQUIPMENT. CONSIGN NOW! YEARLING FULLBLOOD

www.manitoumaineanjou.ca Gary & Sandy Graham 306•830•0883

Ph: 306-873-5488

marSdEn, SK

grahamgs@sasktel.net

Box 2199, Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0 Email: bruce@sasktel.net PL #314037

www.schapansky.com


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 15

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

SPRING FEVER SALE These ot en r a s e pric e! k a t s i am

Scott has Spring Fever!

2019 JEEP CHEROKEE NORTH TURBO CHARGED

2019 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND

This is truly MARC MADN H ESS! 2019 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT PREMIUM PLUS LEATHER SEATS

STK. J48421

WAS $44,860.00

STK. J70676

36,995

$

00

WAS $69,725.00

2018 CHRYSLER PACIFICA

53,968

$

2018 3500 SLT DUALLY FULLY LOADED

STK. P16231

WAS $38,215

29,995

$

00

WAS $83,530

2018 RAM 3500 LARAMIE CREW CAB FULLY LOADED

STK. R36586

WAS $88,100

Scott Campbell Dealer Principal

70,474

$

Trent Gatzke

General Manager

Wayne Morrison Sale Manager

00

69,995

00

STK.R21900

WAS $76,145

2018 JEEP WRANGLER

00

10%-15% OFF

29,99500

$

WAS $44,985.00

2019 LARAMIE CREW CAB FULLY LOADED

STK. R72133

$

STK. M07574

59,99500

$

2019 JEEP WRANGLER SPORT

STK. J81064

MSRP

WAS $48,115

*Photos may not be exactly as shown. Plus applicable taxes.

Blaine Weber

Pre-Owned Manager

Bill Lane Sales

Josh Tui Sales

Tanaya Robertson Sales

Brett Rumpf Sales

39,75800

$

Tish Kachur Sales

Jamie Kuttai

Finance Manger

Hwy 4,NortH Battleford | 306-445-6640

Aaron Hermiston

Finance Manger


Page 16 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Flooring

We are your Insurance Specialists.

BATTLEFORDS

CENTRE

CLEAN UP We are ready to serve you on all your

Insurance needs Kanga Bac • Underlay attached • Do It Yourself & SAVE • Available in plush or berber • Other choices available Starting as low as

1

$ 99

/sq.ft.

AC5-German Drop-Lock Laminate • Extremely durable • 30 year warranty Starting as low as

2

$

99

/sq.ft.

Luxury Vinyl Plank

Laminate German-made Flooring

• Drop & Go • Easy application Starting as low as

2

$

79

/sq.ft.

Armstrong Linoleum

• 25 year warranty • 5 color choices • Droploc installation • The look of hardwood... the durability of laminate Starting as low as

• Hand scraped Starting as low as

1

$ 99

1

$ 79

/sq.ft.

Carpet Tile

/sq.ft.

Starting as low as

1

$ 50

/sq.ft.

Sale ends 6:00 P.M. April 30, 2019

DON’T PAY FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS or 0% INTEREST FOR UP TO 24 MONTHS

Flooring BATTLEFORDS

CENTRE

306-445-4690 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 p.m. • Thursday & Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS 12:00 - 5:00 P.M. info@battlefordsflooringcentre.ca


Page 2 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Crop Opportunity the topic at Dekker Centre By John Cairns Staff Reporter

A sure sign that spring is on the way was an event held at the Dekker Centre on Wednesday. It was the 2019 Crop Opportunity meeting, put on by the Western Applied Research Corporation. The conference focused on a variety of topics, focusing on current issues in agriculture. Many of the topics had a familiar goal of helping producers maximize their yields and grow their best crop in the coming season. The presentations were also technical in nature. As examples, Dr. Jeff Schoenau of the University of Saskatchewan

AUSTENSON BARLEY 96 germ, 98 vigor, 0 Fus $ /bushel

7.00

Morgan Oats 86 germ 90 vigor, 0 Fus $ /bushel

5.50

Call: 1-306-717-3297 Hafford, Sk.

department of Soil Science, spoke on “challenges in accounting for variability and developing variable rate prescriptions.” Elliott Hildebrand of Western Ag spoke on “evaluating soil properties, crop yield, protein and response to variable N applications in an undulated landscape.” In this case, N stands for nitrogen. Dr. Steve Shirtliffe of the University of Saskatchewan department of plant sciences focused on the topic of canola seeding rates, and “how low can you go.” One presentation focused on the funding available to producers under the CAP program — the Canadian Agricultural Partnership 2018-23. According to the Ministry of Agriculture’s website, this is the five-year, $388 million investment by federal and provincial governments in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture, following on Growing Forward and Growing Forward 2. Trish Johnson of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture went through

Larry Doke, MLA CUT KNIFE - TURTLEFORD CONSTITUENCY

P.O. Box 850 Maidstone, SK S0M 1M0 Ph: (306) 893-2619 Fax: (306) 893-2660 Email: larrydoke@sasktel.net

Elliott Hildebrand of Western Ag spoke on “evaluating soil properties, crop yield, protein and response to variable nitrogen application. Photos by John Cairns

some of the details of what the program entails and how people can apply for funding. She focused on four particular programs: the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program which is to develop secure and stable water sources for public use, the Farm Stewardship Program, the Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Program and the Farm Safety Program. To apply for CAP, one has to be a Saskatchewan producer at least 18 years of age, and in most cases record at least $50,000 of gross farm income. If involved with livestock op-

erations, they must have a Saskatchewan Premises Identification number. More information about CAP can be accessed at https://www.saskatchewan. ca /gover n ment /gover nment-structure/ministries/ agriculture. Erin Campbell of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture provided the northwest regional production update, which included a rundown of issues seen by producers in the northwest. Those include sclerotinia, which is at 95 per cent prevalence in the northwest, blackleg which Continued on Page 4

Dr. Steve Shirtliffe of the University of Saskatchewan department of plant sciences focused on the topic of canola seeding rates, and “how low can you go.”

Trish Johnson of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture went through some of the details of what the Canadian Agriculture Partnership program entails.

SELECT SEED GROWERS

Vehicle Service & Repair

10% OFF

Muffler & Brake Service

now through 04.30.19 FREE EXHAUST INSPECTION

4 JOURNEYMEN TECHNICIANS ALL WORK GUARANTEED Get your vehicle spring checked now! Air conditioning, front suspension & more

80 Railway Ave. | North Battleford | 306-445-3767

FARMER

*CWRS Wheat: AAC Brandon, AAC Elie, AAC Redberry NEW *CPSR Wheat: SY Rowyn *Peas: CDC Limerick, CDC Forest NEW *Malt Barley: CDC Copeland, North Battleford, SK Email: gregfarms@sasktel.net AAC Synergy, Lowe NEW PH (306) 445-5516 *Flax: CDC Glas Denis (Cell): (306) 441-7851 Rory (Cell): (306) 441-7005 Brandon (Cell): (306) 441-3781 Emile (Cell): (306) 441-6305 Serving the producers of the Northwest

RancheR

A community newspaper published Monthly . Owned & Operated by Prairie Newspaper Group LP a division of GVIC Communications Corp. 892 - 104th Street, North Battleford, Saskatchewan S9A 1M9 Telephone: 306-445-7261 • Fax: 306-445-3223 E-mail: newsoptimist.news@sasktel.net

Canadian Seed Institute ACCREDITED

Gordon Brewerton Senior Group Publisher

Administration

Joyce Wappel Office Manager, Noah Cooke, Aliya Cooke DTI/Receptionist

Editorial

Jayne Foster Editor John Cairns - Josh Greschner Reporters

Advertising Sales

Candace Mack-Horton - Sales Manager, Maureen Charpentier, Katasha Clarke

Composition

Claude Paradis Prepress Manager, Vicky Clayton Graphic Designer

Circulation

Karen Boser Bindery Manager, Grace Merritt - Melissa Pitkeathley, Inserters


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 3

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

NO BULL

WE HAVE SLEDS & QUADS

YAMAHA ARCTIC CAT POLARIS SKI-DOO

ON SPECIAL NOW! 2007 Ski-Doo Summit X 151 800R Power T.E.K.

OUR PRICE

3,70000 OUR PRICE $5,20000 OUR PRICE $3,90000 OUR PRICE$3,40000 2010 Ski-Doo Summit X 154 800R Power T.E.K

3,600

$

00

2013 Arctic Cat F 800 Sno Pro

OUR PRICE

2010 Arctic Cat M8 HCR 153

2009 Polaris RMK 800 Assault (146-inch)

$

2010 Polaris RMK 800 (144-inch)

OUR PRICE

2008 Yamaha FX Nytro MTX

5,700

$

00

OUR PRICE

OUR PRICE

00

OUR PRICE

2014 Ski-Doo Summit X 800R

OUR PRICE

2015 Polarish Sportsman 850 Polaris Pursuit Camo

ALL

7,300

$

00

3,700

$

00

G

HIN CLOT

2011 Can-Am Outlander X MR 800R

7,500

$

5,700

$

00

2012 Arctic Cat ProCross XF 1100 Turbo Sno Pro Limited

2011 Arctic Cat M8 153 Sno Pro

OUR PRICE

5,700

00

OFF % 0 OW 5

N

2015 Polaris Sportsman XP® 1000 EPS

7,100

$

OUR PRICE

$

00

OUR PRICE

12,500

$

00

2701-99TH ST., HWY. 4 N. NORTH BATTLEFORD 306-445-2079 | 1-888-373-7878 www.silvesterrv.com


Page 4 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Crop Opportunity knocks at the Dekker Centre

Newbie

A rite of spring

This little guy looks pretty new. He is just one of many additions to an operation in the Maymont area. Photo by Vicky Clayton

GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT! With spring coming up its time to prepare for a new growing season. Turtleford & District Coop has you covered for all your seed treatment needs. After a late harvest last year resulting in below average germ tests/seed quality be sure to be using the best seed treatments to start the 2019 season off right. We are carrying major seed treatment brands, Cruiser Vibrance Quattro, Vibrance Quattro, Raxil Pro, Raxil Pro Sheild, Insure Cereal and Vitaflo.

Call Tanner Martens

1-639-844-7105

to book your product today!

AGRO DEPARTMENT

(306) 845-2222 Turtleford, SK

Turtleford & District

6-445-5000

GORY

1-306-445-5000 6-445-5000 REGISTERED

PURE BRED

Continued from Page 2 is also at 95 per cent prevalence, aster yellows and fusarium. She also spoke on the prevalence of insects such as the pea leaf weevil, the cabbage seed pod weevil which is starting to move into the northwest region, the Bertha armyworm, which is less of a problem at the moment in the region but has the potential to come back, and wheat midge. Clubroot is a growing issue for canola production. Campbell noted a survey was done of 1,500 fields for clubroot in 2018. In that survey, it was found 43 canola fields were confirmed with visible symptoms of clubroot. The day ended with a presentation from diversification specialist Scott Chalmers on intercropping, or companion cropping. One example he cited was intercropping peas with canola; another was hairy vetch seed production in winter wheat. He also noted examples pairing hairy vetch with sunflowers, and with corn. Other examples he fo-

Diversification specialist Scott Chalmers spoke on intercropping, or companion cropping. Photos by John Cairns

cused on were chickpeas and flax, mustard and lentil, winter wheat and soybean and soybean and flax. A number of advantages were cited for the practice

of intercropping, including more crop to harvest, increased fertilizer efficiency, better feed value, soil health and higher land values.

1-306-445-5000

GOOSENECK • 20’, 25’ and 30’ Lengths • Two Divider Gates • Torsion Axles

BLACK ANGUS BULLS

BUMPERPULL • 15’ & 20’ in stock

available Yearlings 2,500 ng available

ng

$

BOX 471, ST. WALBURG, SK

(306) 248-3258

1-306-445-5000

• 16” Wheels • Divider Gate

TILT DECK CAR HAULER • 16’ or 18’ Lengths GRAIN AND FERTILIZER BINS

LFeasing & Financing avaiLabLe inancing available

kramertrailersales.com


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 5

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Not only a threat to our farmers’ canola fields, clubroot can rear its ugly head in our backyards By Jackie Bantle Do you know where your potatoes are coming from? Depending on where you get your seed potatoes, garlic bulbs, lily plants/bulbs, perennials or even soil grown shrubs and trees, you may be getting more than you bargained for. You may be infecting your garden with a disease that is on the rise in Saskatchewan: clubroot. Clubroot is caused by a microscopic pathogen, Plasmodiophora brassicae which lives in the soil. You may have heard about clubroot in relation to reduced yields and vigor in canola fields. However, club root affects all plants in the Brassicaceae family (cabbage family), including: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, canola, mustard and cruciferous weeds such as wild mustard, stinkweed and shepherd’s purse. In the last 15 years, Plasmodiophora brassicae has become more and more prevalent in Saskatchewan soils. Clubroot was first reported in western Canada in a few home gardens in the Edmonton area in the mid- 1970s. Broccoli, cab-

bage and cauliflower plants were exhibiting symptoms. The disease first became an economic issue in 2001 when a crop of Chinese cabbage was damaged near Edmonton in 2001. In 2003, clubroot was detected, for the first time, in a canola field northwest of Edmonton. A recent report released by the Saskatchewan Government indicates that visible symptoms of clubroot have been reported in 43 commercial canola fields in Saskatchewan in 2017-2018, most field are located in northern Saskatchewan. The symptoms of clubroot vary, depending on the stage of growth at the time the plant is infected. In early seedling stages, infected plants will be wilting, stunted, prematurely set flowers (broccoli) or fail to form quality sized heads (cabbage and cauliflower). Eventually the stunted, yellowing plants succumb to a premature death. Above ground clubroot symptoms are often confused with drought or nutrient deficiencies but the actual reason for these symptoms is due to galls on the roots. Club root galls are usually more lobed and

larger than normal nodules on the roots: these galls inhibit the plants ability to absorb water and nutrients. The disease is favored by warm, moist soils. Because clubroot is a soil borne disease, resting spores of the disease found in the soil can be spread from field to field via contaminated soil on agricultural equipment, vehicles, construction equipment, rototillers, gardening tools, potatoes, bulbs (lily, garlic, onions and others) or even shrubs, trees or perennials that have been dug up in infected soil. Secondary contamination can occur via wind, soil with water and soil on plant material such as bales, organic mulch or infected compost. Resting spores can survive an animal’s digestive system and can live in the soil for up to 20 years. Because, clubroot can be an economically devastating disease for farmers and market gardeners, it is very important to eliminate the movement of soil from infected to non-infected areas. Once club root spores have infected an area, it is very difficult to eliminate the spores: the goal is to prevent contamina-

Clubroot infecting broccoli plant. Photo by Gerald Wood bugwood.org

tion in the first place. To minimize the spread of club root, source garden/ landscape plants from clubroot-free areas. Remove soil from garden tools, rototillers and plants when moving from one area of soil to another. Practice a minimum three year rotation, with brassica plants being planted in the same area only once every three years. Control weeds belonging to the Brassica family in the garden (ex. wild mustard, shepherd’s purse, stray canola)

If club root is suspected and you want a professional diagnosis, air-dry root samples in double paper bags OR freeze the samples in a double Ziploc bag (samples must remain frozen if this option is chosen). Send the samples to the Ministry of Agriculture’s Crop Protection Laboratory at 346 McDonald Street, Regina SK, S4N 6P6, telephone 306-787-8130 for diagnosis. You may mail, courier or drop off samples in person. There is a $50 fee for visual inspection.

For more detailed information and photos of clubroot galls, read the online publication: Clubroot Management Plan http:// publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/20/107465-Clubroot%20Managament%20 Plan_072018.pdf. This column is provided courtesy of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (SPS; saskperennial@ hotmail.com ). Check our website (www.saskperennial.ca) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/saskperennial).

FARM

MIKE & LYNN GRAF, DAVE GRAF Saturday, April 20th @ 9:30 am CST

Watson, SK

SPRING

SALES DAYS

Owner's phone number: Mike 306-231-8229 Dave 780-220-4723 Directions: From Watson, 1 mile East on Hwy 5 to Cement Plant, then 3 miles (5 kms) South

*Internet bidding starts @ 12:00 pm SHARP on Machinery*

APRIL 1 -6 ST

TH

10% OFF

ALL IN-STOCK SEEDING & SPRAYER PARTS

BOURGAULT SEEDHAWK CASE IH

SPEND $500 OR MORE & BE ENTERED TO

WIN 4 TICKETS TO A 2019 SASK ROUGHRIDER HOME GAME!

**

ESTEVAN

306.634.4788 NEW!

LLOYDMINSTER 306.825.3434

NORTH BATTLEFORD 306.445.8128

SASKATOON 306.934.3555

TRACTORS*2014 Versatile 550 DT*2013 Versatile 575*1981 Case 2290*COMBINE*2014 JD S680*2012 JD S690*SWATHERS*2015 JD W150, 40’*2015 JD W150, 40’*AIR DRILL*2014 Bourgault 3320 76’, hooked onto 2014 Bourgault 6550 ST tow-behind tank*HIGH CLEARANCE SPRAYER*2015 JD 4940, 120’*SPRAYER TANK PLATFORM*2000gal and 2200gal black poly water tanks, mounted on 40’ rig mat*HIGHWAY TRUCKS*2007 Kenworth W900*1995 White GMC Volvo*1986 Freightliner*GRAIN TRUCK*1988 Ford Aero-Max L-9000*SERVICE TRUCKS*1995 Peterbilt 330*1997 Dodge 3500 Laramie SLT, c/w Ventures 11’ service body*1999 Ford F550*GRAIN TRAILERS* 2011 Doepker Super B*2010 Corn Husker Ultra Light, 48’*EQUIPMENT TRAILER*1979 Willock 50 ton double drop trailer*GRAVEL TRAILER*Midland XL2000 20-yrd*TRAILERS*2009 Manac 53’ step-deck trombone trailer*1976 Mallard 30’ trailer*GRAIN CART*2015 Unverferth 1315 X-treme*VERTICAL TILLER*2018 Salford I-4100*CULTIVATORS*2012 Versatile C-600 (Eze-On) 60’ DT*2003 Bourgault 9400 60’ DT w/ 12” spacing, Dickie John NH3 kit*Bourgault FH536-42, 40’*TANDEM DISK*White 272 28’*HEAVY HARROW BAR*2014 Degelman Strawmaster 7000, 80’ c/w unused carbide-tipped 5/8ths x 27” tines, hyd adj*GRAIN DRYER SYSTEM*2012 Super B SQ12 grain dryer, propane fired w/ 1HP 230 volt power, 245 bu, showing 725 hrs*GRAIN AUGERS*2014 Westfield MKX130-94*2015 Brandt grain belt 1545 conveyor auger, c/w Eztrak self-propelled mover*Sakundiak HD7-45, c/w Honda 13HP*SakundiakHD7-1400, c/w Hawes selfpropelled mover, 18HP*Sakundiak TL10-39, c/w E-Kay mover kit*Westfield MK 130-71*GRAIN VAC*Walinga 510*ANHYDROUS WAGONS*2 – Wadena Steel double tank NH3 wagons*2 – HD wagons*ROUND BALER*Hesston 856*BALE PROCESSOR*Highline 6800*ROCK PICKERS*2016 Schulte 2500 Giant*Degelman R570S*ROCK RAKE*Schulte 14’*EXCAVATOR*2000 CAT 315B*WHEEL LOADER*CAT 950F, w/ 4.25 yrd bucket*MOTOR GRADER*2004 JD 772-CH Series II*SKID STEER*Case 1845*SCRAPER*CAT No. 435*LIGHT PLANTS*2013 Terex AL-5000 20KW*2012 Terex AL-4000 6 KW*Ingersol Rand 6KW*HEADER TRANSPORT*Bergen 3600-HT*RECREATIONAL VEHICLES*2005 Suzuki King Quad 700*2000 Skidoo Summit 700cc*1988 Lund Pike 16’ aluminum boat, c/w trailer*Yamaha electric golf cart w/ canopy & windshield, c/w charger*CAMPER TRAILERS*1997 Forest River Salem, 25’ 5th wheel camper, flipped axles*1997 Wrangler Vanguard, 26’ 5th wheel camper trailer, w/ rear bunks, flipped axles*PORTABLE WELDER*Lincoln Electric Classic III D SA-350 D welder/generator, c/w reels & skid*PROPANE TANK*500gal 250 PSI, mounted on farm wagon*FUEL TANKS*5000gal on cradle*2 – 1000gal*1000gal on cradle*1000gal w/ 120 volt pump*RIDING LAWN MOWER*Deines Magnum 2000, w/ 60” front-mount deck*QTY OF OTHER FARM MACHINERY*LARGE QTY OF SHOP EQUIPMENT & SHOP TOOLS*

MELFORT

306.752.2273

PRINCE ALBERT 306.763.6454

SWIFT CURRENT 306.773.2951

AGRICULTURAL | CONSTRUCTION | TRUCKS & TRAILERS redheadequipment.ca Inventory available while quantities last. Conditions may apply. Offer is subject to change without notice. Taxes not included.

Ph: 306-873-5488

Box 2199, Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0 Email: bruce@sasktel.net PL #314037

www.schapansky.com


Page 6 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

SWF says free licences would pay for offices The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation says it is concerned to learn that beginning this spring, 19 Ministry of Environment

offices across the province will no longer offer walkin service to the public. “For many communities, these offices are the only

point of contact between the public and ministry staff,” says Executive Director Darrell Crabbe. Over 70,000 hunters

E G A SALV E N G I V LA

• FARMYARD • GARAGE • INDUSTRIAL CLEANUP

and 250,000 anglers enjoy our natural resources each year, and generate over $600,000,000 annually. The majority of this money flows to the rural sectors of our province. These Customer Service Representatives are an integral part of

that support infrastructure. Crabbe notes that “if the Ministry were to reconsider their position to provide free licences to various demographic groups, revenue generated would easily cover costs to operate offices and retain these po-

sitions. Revenue may even be enough to provide funding for additional conservation officers, improving enforcement and compliance for our wildlife resources, as well as deliver support for the rural crime initiative.”

Bibeau supports women in agriculture FULLY INSURED

Picked up at your door for your convenience • Rims • Batteries • Copper • Aluminum (all types) • Wire • Steel • Demolition • Oil Field Cleanup

NO JOB TOO SMALL, NO JOB TOO BIG

Trevor Lavigne (306) 291-6414 Nathan Lavigne (306) 370-0742 North Battleford

Powerful Solutions For A Compact World

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau recently spoke at the Advancing Women in Agriculture West 2019 conference in Calgary, highlighting the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive economy and supporting women in the agriculture and agri-food sector. “Our government recognizes and supports the important contributions made by women in the continued growth of the agriculture and food sector. By providing women entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed as leaders in Canadian agriculture, we are supporting a competitive industry that helps grow the economy, supports our rural communities and creates good middle class jobs,” said Bibeau.

Marie-Claude Bibeau

The minister also announced Farm Credit Canada’s new Women Entrepreneur Program to support women entrepreneurs involved in the agriculture and agri-food sector by providing the capital they need to grow their business, along with the meaningful skill development opportunities they are seeking. The program includes access to capital through the Women Entrepreneur Loan, enhanced learning events, partnerships with other groups,

and delivery of online content to support their needs. FCC has committed $500 million over three years for the Women Entrepreneur Loan. As part of the loan, borrowers can have a portion of their fees waived and are encouraged to reinvest these savings into both personal and professional development that best suits their individual and business needs. FCC’s Women Entrepreneur Program is part of a commitment made under the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned and women-led businesses by 2025. The announcement is part of Minister Bibeau’s first agricultural tour, where she is meeting with farmers, processors and industry leaders.

Elliott Insurance Services Ltd • Commercial • Farm • Home • Auto • Recreational • Hail • Travel

STOCK UP AND SAVE! 10% DISCOUNT ON QUALIFYING PURCHASES FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019

Covering Saskatchewan & Alberta We specialize in

Agro and

Oilfield

(MINIMUM PURCHASE $1000.00)

Coverage

AIR SEEDER HOSE 15% OFF

PURCHASES OVER $1000.00 WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAW FOR A CAB CAM KIT!

HWY 4 North | North Battleford

Parkland

Farm Equipment (2004) Ltd.

CALL US TODAY! 306-445-2427

Contact one of our brokers

Kelly, Katelyn or Pauline

PO Box 300, 112 Main Street Maidstone SK S0M 1M0 306-893-2461 Fax: 306-893-4222 eis@elliottinsurance.ca

OTHER SERVICES

• SGI MVD Issuer • Marriage Licenses • Notory Public • Commissioner


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 7

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Sunridge RV Spring Sale 2019 Dynamax is Imax 30 FW

2018 Wild Wood 261 BHXL

Stock: SUN1645

Save Over $30,000

2019 Montana 3820 FK

Stock: SUN1530

$

Stock: SUN1598

Save Over $20,000

9706 bi-weekly

ON THE SPOT FINANCING OAC 2019 GeoPro 19 QBG

2019 Passport 2950 BH

Stock: SUN1628

10806 bi-weekly

$

2019 Rockwood 8289 WS

Stock: SUN1633

Stock: SUN1578

13740 bi-weekly

$

$

20708 bi-weekly

ALL TRADES ACCEPTED 2019 Trail West

$

67

Starting at 73

bi-weekly

New Trails West Horse/Livestock Trailers

2019 Siesta 24SK

2019 Springdale 253 FWRE

Stock: SUN1609

Stock: SUN1638

Save Over $40,000

16308 bi-weekly

$

Over 40 New Used Motor homes Saskatchewan’s Largest Selection Leasing Now Available

Low Rates + Low Paym ent = Summer F s un

HWY 16 • RADISSON, SK 1.877.827.4845 | SUNRIDGERVS.CA DEALER LICENSE #319015

|

SUNDAY BY APPOINTMENT


Page 8 - The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Regional News-Optimist

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

SARM has positive response to pest money, revenue sharing, roads, crime prevention

Steer Clear

Submitted Watch for us on the road. We can be deadly. Photo by Louise Lundberg

CHECK OUT OUR BOOTH #61

Agrimex

ROOFING & EXTERIOR

34th Annual

Rene Michaud “The Roofing Wizard”

April 4•5•6 in the Agriplex Building.

We will answer all of your questions you may have about roofing!

306-445-ROOF (7663) 1171B-100th Street North Battleford

RESIDENTIAL • FULLY INSURED • FREE ESTIMATES

www.triumphroofing.com

CO-OP NOW

DELIVERS BULK LUBRICANTS AND GET $0.20 BACK PER LITRE IN CO-OP GIFT CARDS

PERFORMANCE PROTECTION

GUARANTEED To order or for more information please contact Ian King. Agro Centre 906 Battleford Road North Battleford, SK 306-446-7288 ®

Untitled-171 1

in infrastructure and programs support these priorities.” Continued investment addressing rural crime is welcome news to SARM. Funding to municipal policing initiatives, investment in the Protection and Response Team and Crime Reduction Teams align with SARM’s vision for a safe Saskatchewan. The $30 million increase to mental health services also stands out to SARM as an important investment in the lives of Saskatchewan people. “Safe communities are always top of mind for every municipal leader” states Orb. “Whether it be safer roads, tools for crime prevention or access to health services, it all contributes to a stronger Saskatchewan.”

Tingley’s Harvest Center is a growing equipment dealership in North Battleford and is currently hiring 2 fulltime positions: • SHOP FOREMAN And • Experienced full-time 4th year Apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician. This Position Offers: • competitive wages • full benefits package • training & development opportunities • an employer matched RRSP program • potential for career advancement within the company Qualifications and Skills • Experience performing diagnostics & service repairs on agricultural or construction equipment • Ability to clearly document work completed with accuracy & detail on work orders • Capable of working with hydraulic & electric schematics • Strong computer skills to work with diagnostic & OEM specific programs • Commitment to professionalism & customer service • Positive attitude & ability to work as part of a team • Previous field service experience would be considered an asset • This is a Monday-Friday 8am-5pm position, but does require flexibility with On Call & Overtime schedules during specific seasons • Agriculture experience or background is preferred, but not required

BOOK YOUR SPRING ORDER NOW

Discovery

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is pleased that the 2019 Provincial Budget is increasing dollars committed to initiatives and programs that benefit rural Saskatchewan. The 2019-20 budget increases municipal revenue sharing to $251.6 million, $10 million more than the previous year. Rural municipalities (RMs) will receive over $71 million. Municipal revenue sharing is a dependable funding resource that RMs count on to serve their communities. SARM will always advocate to ensure that revenue sharing will be a consistent funding source for municipalities. SARM is appreciative of the increase in funding to the Pest Biosecurity

Programs. Funding for rat control will increase by $350,000, resulting in $3.2 million allocated to the agricultural programs administered by SARM. This funding will ensure that RMs are able to access important resources to control agricultural pests. SARM is satisfied to learn that the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP) will once again maintain funding at $14 million. The government’s investment in infrastructure is beneficial to all of Saskatchewan. Safe and sustainable infrastructure is essential to the rural way of life. “Growth and sustainability in rural Saskatchewan are priorities for SARM,” said SARM President Ray Orb. “Reliable funding models and investments

Registered trademark of TMC Distributing Ltd., Saskatoon S7K 3M9

3/5/2019 9:23:38 PM

Location: North Battleford, SK Job Type: Full-time Apply: Please send resumes to: crs@tingleyshc.com Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Regional News-Optimist

The Battlefords, Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Page 9

w w w. n ew s o p t i m i s t . c a

Fertilizer industry concerned over lack of consultation on $117 million potash tax hit OTTAWA /CNW – Fertilizer Canada is concerned about the lack of consultation from the Saskatchewan government in altering

the current potash taxation regime. These changes will have significant impacts on the business operations of our members and creates

uncertainty, nization. “This is to treat the try, which

says the organot the way potash induscontinues to

Updated anhydrous ammonia safety training available O T TAWA / C N W - Farmers will be able to renew their training on the safe handling and use of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer – a key nitrogen input – with Fertilizer Canada’s newly-updated educational manual and video that provide more recent and comprehensive information. The Anhydrous Ammonia Safety & the Farmer video and accompanying training manual provide farmers with free, important information on how to transport, handle and use the product on their fields. Anhydrous ammonia fertilizer is a key source of nitrogen used by farmers across Canada to improve crop yields, and is safe to work with when stored, transported, and handled properly. Providing members with resources to support end-user training helps to reduce incidents. Providing training to

end-users significantly reduces the opportunity for incidents to occur. “Fertilizer Canada is committed to providing relevant training materials to ensure the safe and secure use of fertilizer at all levels of the supply chain,” said Garth Whyte, president and CEO. “Anhydrous ammonia is a highly effective fertilizer that helps farmers feed our growing population and replenish nutrients in the soil. Farmers who rely on anhydrous ammonia will now have the most up-to-date information on the safe and se-

cure handling of the product through these updated materials.” The safe and secure use of fertilizer products is a top priority for Fertilizer Canada. In addition to providing several training resources in the form of videos and online eLearning courses for various audiences from farmers to first responders, Fertilizer Canada and its members are certified through three Codes of Practice. Compliance with these Codes (covering anhydrous ammonia, ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate) is mandatory for Fertilizer Canada members. Farmers interested in getting the most upto-date safety training can find the Anhydrous Ammonia Safety & the Farmer video and training manual for free at fertilizercanada.ca.

contribute so much to the Saskatchewan economy,” says Garth Whyte, president and CEO of Fertilizer Canada. Potash companies have always been willing to engage with the Saskatchewan government through a consultative process to review the resource tax structure, he said, adding, the surprise $117 million tax announcement is disappointing. “Massive job creating investments have been

made over the past decade in Saskatchewan,” says Whyte. “While it is unclear exactly how much additional taxes our members will now be subject to, it does create uncertainty for any future investments.” These changes will result in Saskatchewan potash production being subject to the highest royalty and tax rates in the world, says Fertilizer Canada. “Fertilizer markets are driven by global supply

Thursday, April 18th @ 10:00 am CST

GEOTECH WIRELESS Communications Services

Two Way Radio, Sales, Service and Programming Cell Phone Signal Boosters Phone: 306-441-2222 Fax: 306-386-3029 30 km North of North Battleford & 1 km East Email: gtk@sasktel.net

UPCOMING SHOWS William Prince - Saturday, April 13, 2019 Curtain 8:00 pm

$42.00 + GST

A JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter whose music is full of emotionally charged experiences that linger in memories. Raised on the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, Canada, William has been honing his craft since the age of nine when he first picked up the guitar and piano. His biggest inspirations include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and most significantly, his preacher and musician father.

Strasbourg, SK

Owner’s phone number: Terry 306-939-4572 / 306-726-7956 Kelvin 306-725-4512 / 306-725-7774 Directions: From Strasbourg 12 miles (19.2 kms) East on grid 731 OR from Southey 9 miles (14.4 kms) North to Co-op bulk fuel tanks, then 8 miles (12.8 kms) West *Internet bidding starts @ 12:00 pm SHARP on Machinery* TRACTORS*2010 JD 9430*1996 JD 8870 *2012 JD 6130D, MFWD, c/w JD H310 quick detach FEL*JD 4430, c/w JD 148 FEL*JD 4430*DOZER BLADE*Degelman 16’*COMBINE*2005 JD 9760 STS*2004 JD 9760 STS*STRAIGHT-CUT HEADERS*JD 635F*JD 635F *AIR DRILL*2010 Seedmaster, 50’, hooked onto JD 1910 340bu*HIGH CLEARANCE SPRAYER*2001 JD 4710, 90’ *SWATHER*2008 JD 4895 c/w Honey-Bee WS36 header*HAY BINE*JD 1600, 16’*GRAIN CART*2001 Brent 776*CRAWLER*Case 1150*HIGHWAY TRUCKS*2001 IH Eagle 9400*2002 IH 9900*1994 Freightliner FL112*Freightliner FL112*GRAIN TRUCKS*1989 Ford L-9000*SUPER B GRAIN TRAILERS*2001 Doepker Super B trailers*HIGHBOY TRAILER*Load King 45’*TRAILER*Custom built 22’ HD, 18’ deck*ROUND BALER*2001 JD 567*LIQUID TANKS*2003 Bourgault LFC 2000T, 2000 gal poly tank*Enduraplas 10,000gal poly liquid tank*8,300gal poly liquid tank*1500gal poly liquid tank*2 – 70 ton steel liquid tanks*2 – Hold On poly fertilizer tanks*HEAVY HARROW BAR*Riteway Jumbo 8100, 77’*GRAIN DRYER*Tox-o-wic 370*PROPANE TANK*1000gal, 250 PSI *AUGERS*Westfield MK130-71plus *Sakundiak HD10-1800*Sakundiak HD8x1400*Brandt 835, c/w Brandt track mover*BINS*Qty of hopper bins & fertilizer bin*AERATION FANS*Qty of aeration fans*FUEL TANKS*2016 Westeel 1000gal*ROCK PICKER*Degelman R570S*SWATHER TURNER*Hyd drive swath turner/fluffer*3PTH EQUIPMENT*Buhler 7’ 3PTH mower*QTY OF OTHER FARM EQUIPMENT* *QTY OF FARM & SHOP MISCELLANEOUS*CHECK WEBSITE FOR LISTING*

#4 Summerfield Beach Drive PO Box 502 Cochin, Sask. S0M 0L0

R.K. (Ray) WandleR 2 Way Radio Communications specialist

FARM

KELVIN SCHAPANSKY & TERRY BERKAN • BKS FARMS

and demand factors. Increased tax burdens create another hurdle for Canadian companies to remain globally competitive,” says Whyte. Fertilizer Canada represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers. The fertilizer industry plays an essential role in Canada’s economy, contributing $23 billion annually and over 76,000 jobs.

Proudly sponsored by

Diane Lines - Thursday, May 9, 2019 Curtain 8:00 pm

$44.00 + GST

Diane was the pianist/accompanist for Grammy winner Michael Bublé and has also performed with a variety of artists including: Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Marian McPartland, Beverley Elliott, Dee Daniels, Jim Byrnes, Blues Boss Kenny Wayne, Gospel great John Boutte, Alfie Zappacosta, Bria Skonberg, Linda Tillery, Amanda Wood and Shari Ulrich. Diane was the principal pianist and vocalist with the Dal Richards Orchestra from 2002 to the present. She performed throughout the United States as keyboardist and vocalist with Mac Frampton’s Hollywood Hills Orchestra. Proudly sponsored by B&D MEATS

Joey Landreth - Thursday, June 6, 2019 Curtain 8:00 pm

$44.00 + GST

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. 2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER

Proudly sponsored by

BUY TICKETS ONLINE AT

Ph: 306-873-5488

Box 2199, Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0 Email: bruce@sasktel.net PL #314037

www.schapansky.com

dekkercentre.com OR BY PHONE

(306) 445-7700

Profile for Battlefords News Optimist

Farmer Rancher March 28, 2019  

Farmer Rancher March 28, 2019  

Advertisement