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Faba beans Isabelle Tomcala (Ryan’s wife) was amazed at how tall the faba beans plants had grown during last growing season. Depending on the weather, Ryan said the plants can be anywhere from two to seven feet in height.

Faba beans gaining momentum in the Parkland area By Gary Lewchuk Growing faba beans has proven to be a good cash crop that fits well into a continuing cropping rotation, says Ryan Tomcala, who has grown

up to 2,000 acres of the beans south of Canora. Growing faba beans is all about understanding the variables and being able to keep ahead of the constant challenges, To m c a l a s a i d . W h e n

everything goes in the producer ’s favour, faba beans can produce a healthy financial return, but farmers know that seldom does everything go so well. However, it was in 2013, one of the

first years that he grew faba beans, that conditions were as close to optimal as a producer can dream. For a crop that produces an average of 40 bushels an acre, and when

under stress, it’s much more common to see 20 bushels per acre, the 2013 growing season produced unheard-of results. Tomcala found himself having to recalculate several times but one field

was producing over 100 bushels per acre. The beans sell at from 12 cents to 25 cents per pound, so the 2013 growing season cemented his love for the crop. Continued on Page 2

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Faba beans gaining momentum in the Parkland area Continued from Front Page There are a few producers in the area who do plant some significant faba bean acreage, but t h e y a r e f e w, h e s a i d . While a producer must be vigilant to stay on top of any pressure put on the crop from disease, insects or heat, Faba beans are not that hard to grow. As a few more experience some of those exceptional growing seasons with the exceptional yields, faba beans will slowly become a more regular member of the crop rotations being used. Tomcala said that while he loves the crop, he can never see himself growing faba beans exclusively. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s a great crop for a rotation and it is likely the best legume to be chosen for a rotation because of the amount of nitrogen it fixes into the soil. Weather conditions and a variety of other reasons seem to provide stronger dictates when determining the final seeding plan. In a time when plant genetics and breeding are developing grains with much shorter growing seasons, farmers no longer live in that virtual constant state of fear worrying if the immature

Ryan Tomcala brought the plane to the Canora air strip so Wayne Duchinski, his mixer/loader with Ken Kane Aerial Spraying of Minnedosa, could fill the tanks so that Tomcala could continue aerial desicating. Tomcala has been a spray plane pilot for about 14 years. He says that flying an Air Tractor 402 is a rewarding career, and compliments his choice to be a grain producer. crop will survive the first fall frost. Faba beans do not offer that advantage. While wheat has a 90 to 100-day growing season, faba beans are a full 10 days longer. Because faba beans are very susceptible to the early fall frosts, Tomcala tries to make up time by making sure that the faba beans are the first crop to be seeded in spring.

It does mean that late spring frosts will occasional strike a new field of beans, but the plants are remarkably resilient at this stage in their lives and usually come through without any ill effects. There are so many variables in every aspect of faba bean growth, that it actually does take some research to be successful, he said. There are many

different varieties of faba beans and that results in different seed sizes. It makes a difference when setting up the seed drill and Tomcala has found that the very large seeds tend to plug up the seed drill quite frequently. E a c h y e a r, To m c a l a seeds at least three different varieties of faba beans. Faba beans are becoming more common

in the diet of the western world, but are of great demand in the Middle East, especially in Egypt. On the international market, the beans actually go by various names, mainly broad beans or fava beans, as well as being generally known as faba beans. Observing the faba bean plant first punch through the ground in spring and then reach towards the

sun as it begins to rapidly grow gives reason to have a strong admiration for the plant, Tomcala said. Again, weather conditions cause all sorts of variables, but the faba bean plant grows to at least two feet, but in prime growing conditions in this climate it can reach seven feet and creates a beautiful green canopy over the field. Continued on Page 3

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Faba beans gaining momentum Continued from Page 2 First faba bean crop The idea of growing faba beans intrigued Tomcala for some years. He recalled that the odd farmer had grown the crop in the Parkland area going back to the 1980s and 1990s. Considering that the world demand is so great, he could not

understand why more acres were not planted in this area. The only drawback seemed to be the long growing season, but there was a general trend of being able to get on the fields a few days earlier in spring, I n 2 0 11 , h e a n d h i s brother, Andrew, took a trip to Australia and that

was where he came to the realization that faba beans were a great crop choice for the Parkland area. Recalling the trip, Tomcala said that when they toured the countryside, the harvest was in full swing and the producers knew they had a bumper crop. Andrew was present to bounce ideas off, but the brothers knew they also had to convince their father, Frank. At that point, they had

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about 12,000 or 13,000 acres to seed, so they had to convince Frank that they were committed to the idea. In hindsight, Frank said they talked him into it rather easily and that spring they seeded 2,000 acres to faba beans. As with all new crops, some research was needed but he noted that Ryan eagerly did the research and he seemed to be on top of things all the time. Continued on Page 4

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Faba beans gaining momentum Continued from Page 3 Faba beans are a crop that seem to require an inordinate amount of time to monitor. Rather than looking at the crop from the road allowance, it is necessary to go deep into the growing area and look for signs of disease

or insect infestation. Such pressure on the crop is one way of explaining why a producer gets 100 bushels per acre one year and 20 bushels the next. One of the first things t h a t To m c a l a r e a l i z e d about faba beans is that it is a big, strong plant.

It is necessary to seed it from 1.5 to two inches deep and the soil must be packed tightly around the seed. Besides giving the plant a strong foundation, it also prepares the plant to be able to channel its moisture needs. If the beans are planted shallow, a dry spring will destroy the crop, he said. More faba beans for Saskatchewan Noting certain attributes such as tolerating wet soil

and being more resistant to root rot diseases than other lentils like peas, producers in Saskatchewan are becoming more willing to grow faba beans, according to the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. T h e c r o p ’s p r a i r i e acreage doubled in 2015 from the previous year, said Sherrilyn Phelps, the agronomy and seed program manager at Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. She estimated

Week of March 20, 2016 that more than 200,000 acres were grown, mainly in the dark, moist brown to black soil zones around Saskatoon. Whenever faba beans are being promoted, Tomcala notes that there is always something said about the beans loving wet soil. Tomcala said that idea needs to be tempered. Faba beans enjoy the average rainfall this area receives, but in periods when there is an

abundance of moisture, the faba bean crops tend to experience very poor growth. Phelps estimated that it takes approximately 300 millimetres of rain to achieve 44 bushel-peracre yields. Faba bean varieties have greater resistance to aphanomyces (root rot) than peas and lentils have and are about the same as chickpeas, said Phelps. Continued on Page 5

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Faba beans gaining momentum Continued from Page 4 When producers discuss legume crops, they talk about the ability to put nitrogen into the soil, she said. Faba beans can fix up to 95 per cent of their nitrogen needs, which makes it the highest nitrogen-fixing legume crop grown on the Prairies. “Under dry land, faba beans fix about 80 to 160 pounds of nitrogen,” Phelps said. “There are some reports

that they can fix up to 250 lb. of nitrogen, but that would be under higher water conditions and irrigation.” Phelps said that growers need to be aware that faba beans are open pollinated and will cross pollinate with a nearby faba bean crop, so growers need to be careful when deciding where to grow the crop. “If your neighbour is growing faba beans or you are choosing to grow two different kinds of faba

beans, you want to make sure that you’re growing similar varieties or at least the same type, both tannin or non tannin,” Phelps said. She said cross pollination won’t affect the seed that is grown, but a mixture of plants will be grown the following year if the harvested seed is planted. Faba beans do require inputs, Phelps said. A 50-bushel-per-acre faba bean crop will take up 100 pounds of phosphorus, but like other pulses, they don’t respond well to additional phosphorus. Instead, they are good scavengers and can access existing phosphorus within the soil zone.

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“Faba beans remove about 1.1 to 1.3 pounds of phosphorus for every bushel produced,” she said. “So if you have a 50 bushel faba bean crop, you’re taking out 60 pounds. Eventually that 60 pounds has to go back in.” There are faba beanspecific inoculants available, and this is an area where the farmer must do his homework, said Phelps. Inoculants promote plant growth by stimulating plant hormone production. “If you don’t have proper nodulation and proper inoculants, you’re losing that big nitrogen gain you can get with faba beans,” Phelps said. Another aspect for the

producer to be aware of is to pay close attention to field herbicide rotations and herbicide history because faba beans are sensitive to residual herbicides. Lygus bugs are the main pest for faba beans because they pierce the seed coat and cause little black dots on the seed, which will downgrade it and Lygus bugs are hard to control, Phelps said. Aphids, blister beetles, pea leaf weevil, grasshoppers and leafhoppers that can carry aster yellows also threaten faba beans. The most common disease is chocolate spot (botrytis). Ascochyta, alternaria and sclero-tinia can also affect the crop.

New research is showing that faba beans benefit immensely by the number of pollinators available, Phelps said. Studies from Australia show increased yields by 25 to 40 per cent by adding bees to areas with a low number of pollinators. “Bees seem more important with faba beans than peas or lentils because there is a lower level of self-pollination with faba beans,” Phelps said. A c c o r d i n g t o Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, the 10-year average target yield is 39 bushels per acre in Alberta and 35 bushels per acre in Saskatchewan. More photos on Page 6

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Being successful with lower commodity prices By Parker Summers General Manager and Mat Dennison Agronomy Manager Prairie Soil Services Profitability at $10 per bushel canola and $6 per bushel wheat is achievable, regardless of your operation’s financial dynamics. It all comes down to understanding exactly how much it costs to produce each bushel that you are selling. The more bushels that one can spread those costs over, the cheaper the cost per bushel becomes,

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The importance of micronutrients in your crops By Mat Dennison Agronomy Manager Prairie Soil Services Ltd. With the spring season quickly approaching, now is the time to put some thought towards ensuring that the crop has all of the elements that it requires for its development over the next few months. Micronutrient levels in fast-growing crops can often become deficient with uptake from the roots not keeping up with the demands of the plant, leading to deficiencies. During this early season, the main nutrients that we are concerned about are manganese, copper, zinc,

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absorb the sunlight used in photosynthesis. Zinc is important to the plant as it is essential to many enzyme systems within the plant; it controls the production of important growth regulators which affect new growth and development. Boron is an important nutrient in the canola crop for the growth and development of new cells in the new growth areas, seed development, cell wall formation, and flowering. To have all of these nutrients in abundant but balanced supply will ensure a healthy plant, with no restriction on final

and acted upon with use of in-crop foliar micronutrients applied with the herbicide tank mixes. Dennison said a major part of his job is being available to discuss micronutrients and product options available to your crops.

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Wheat – protecting your investment Canada is the world’s sixth largest producer of wheat, and one of the largest exporters. With wheat being one of Canada’s major crops, maximizing those wheat acres is a priority for growers. A number of important factors help to produce a high-yielding crop. According t o G l e n F o r s t e r, Te c h n i c a l M a r k e t Specialist for fungicides at BASF Canada, the first factor to consider is seed quality. “It’s important to consider germination and vigour test results. Growers should know the optimum seeding rate based on those results, and should have an idea how the seed will emerge and develop in a range of field conditions. In wheat it is also important to look at the level of

Fusarium infection to avoid introducing pathogens into your fields.” Research from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada has shown that planting Fusarium-infected seed will decrease seedling emergence and tillering. More than 60 per cent of cereal seed in western Canada is treated, the majority for protection against disease. “By not using a fungicide, seed germination levels can be reduced up to 10 per cent,” said Forster. Combining variety selection with a high-quality Fusarium seed treatment is an effective way to prevent disease transmission. A seed treatment like Insure Cereal promotes better seedling survival and vitality, faster germination and

emergence along with enhanced ability to manage exposure to minor stress, resulting in increased yields. Forster also highlighted the importance of in-season disease management in producing high-yielding wheat. “As a grower, when you’re looking to make the decision to spray you have to look at what the conditions were prior to the spray and also the condition of your crop. A preventative application at the right stage of crop development is critical for providing the longest window of protection for the crop.” Dan Ronceray, a grower from Somerset, Man., has seen the benefits of cereal fungicides on his farm. “On our farm, we use Twinline followed by Caramba. We use

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compensatory. “We need to ensure that the rate producers pay is fair and that it provides a fair return to railways so that they can make necessary investments,” says Norm Hall, APAS president. “A full costing review was an election promise from the Liberal party in the federal election and that’s the best place for the government to start. We will continue to work with other farm and commodity organizations to respond to the government consultations, and defend the interests of farmers.”


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It’s important to remember that what may seem to be an obvious safety measure isn’t always so obvious, especially with younger children. Teach them which areas are off-limits or dangerous. As they get older and start helping out around the farm, take the time to teach them the proper way of doing things, explaining and enforcing safety as the primary goal. Keep in mind their limited experience and strength when assigning tasks, giving them age- and sizeappropriate responsibilities. That being said, it’s not enough to tell children how to do things safely. Especially when it comes to work-related tasks, children are driven to follow examples set by their parents and other adults. Farmers and workers have to make sure that they’re following safety protocols and being careful, or the message will ring hollow to children and they will not see it as important. Take the following precautions to ensure that your farm is safe for children: • Inspect your farm with your children for any areas that contain hazards. Make sure to not only identify the hazards, but also to explain why they’re dangerous to the children and, if possible, take steps to mitigate the danger. • Before setting children to work on age-appropriate tasks, check local laws to ensure that they are of legal age to operate farm machinery. • Train older children before setting them to work on anything. Ensure they understand the proper operation of machinery they’re being asked to use, and that they know what to do at all times. • Never allow extra riders on any equipment. Extra rider runovers are a very common cause of injury. • Drownings on the farm occur, especially among children six years old or less. Fence farm ponds, manure pits, and any other source of water that could pose a drowning risk. • Designate a specific fenced-off area that is solely for playing. Ensure that it is kept far from animals, as even calm and normally docile animals can become dangerous if they feel that either they or their offspring are threatened. • Keep all farm chemicals out of the reach of children and locked away in a cabinet, room or building. • Keep grain bins off-limits for children — it takes only a few seconds for a person to become helplessly trapped under flowing grain, where they could suffocate.

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43’, 10” space, MRB dry, 430 bu, 1910 d/s. $


2001 5710/5440

64’, 10” space MRB dry, 3” rubber press, d/s, cart. $


2013 BOURGAULT 7700

2007 JD 1835/1910

D/S, saddle tank, 5 meters, scale, brakes. $

61’, 10” space, MRB, d/s dry, 4”rubber press, 430 bu cart d/s. $

1999 BOURGAULT 5710/08 6350

2013 BOURGAULT 7950


51’, 7.5” spacing, 3” rubber press, single shoot. $


JOHN DEERE 4WD TRACTORS 2015 9620R 663 hrs., PTO, SOLD $557,000 800-46 duals .............................................. 2015 9620R 648 hrs., PTO, 800-42 duals $559,000 2015 9570R 719 hrs., PTO,SOLD 800-46 duals $539,000 2015 9570R 750 hrs., PTO, 800-46 duals $529,000 2014 9560R 614 hrs., 800-38 duals ......... $469,000 2014 9560R 600 hrs., PTO, triples ........... $469,000 2014 9560R 673 hrs., triples .................... $459,000 2014 9560R 1032 hrs., 800-38 duals ....... $459,000 2013 9560R 1061 hrs., PTO, triples ......... $439,000 2013 9560R 1226 hrs., PTO, triples ......... $429,000 2012 9560R 2279 hrs., PTO, triples ......... $349,000 2014 9510R 800 duals, 1406 hrs., 78 gal. pump, PTO ............................................................ $445,000 2014 9510R 1035 hrs. ............................... $439,000 2014 9510R 1086 hrs. ............................... $439,000 2014 9510R c/w PTO, 1405 hrs. .............. $445,000 2014 9460R, 114 hrs., PTO, duals ........... $424,000 2013 9460R, 890 hrs. ................................ $345,000 2012 9460R 1141 hrs., PTO, 78 GPM, 800-38 duals .............................................. $349,000 2013 9360R 1472 hrs., PS/PTO................ $285,000 2012 9360R 912 hrs., 24 spd.................... $250,000 2011 9630 2084 hrs. .................................. $299,000 2011 9530 1584 hrs., 800 duals, 48 gal. pump ............................................. $269,000 2009 9530 PS 2581 hrs. ............................ $265,000 2010 9430 PS 1691 hrs. ............................ $279,000 2010 9430 PS/PTO/78 GPM hyd., 2473 hrs. .................................................... $269,000 2010 9430 3344 hrs., 78 GPM, PTO ......... $255,000 SOLD 2008 9330 Powershift ............................... $195,000 1979 8440 Consigned ................................. $17,750


2014 Case 470 HD 710/42 duals, full GPS, PTO, leather, only 369 hrs. ................................ $385,000 1990 Case 9150 6830 hrs., 12 spd., powershift. Was $55,000 ...................................... NOW $47,500 1981 Steiger ST 280 (855 Cummins) ......... $25,000


w/PTO, 390 hrs. Lease for $21,56975 semi-annual OAC

2015 9570 RT PTO/hyd. hitch ................... JUST IN 2015 JD 9570 36” tracks, PTO................. $590,000 2014 JD 9560 RT Big hyd. pumps, PTO, 344 hrs. ...................................................... $488,000 2012 9510 RT PTO, big hyd. pumps, 2250 hrs. .................................................... $339,000 2012 Case 550 Quad Trac 36” tracks, full GPS, leather, 2000 hrs. ...................................... $359,000


2014 JD 7290R, 500 hrs., TLS, IVT .......... $275,000 2013 JD 7230R, TLS, H480 loader, IVT, 1264 hrs. ............................................ $259,000 2015 JD 6215R, TLS, IVT, 300 hrs ........... $259,000 2015 JD 6215R, TLS, H380 loader, IVT, 400 hrs. .............................................. $236,000 2015 6215R, 219 hrs., 380 loader. ........... $239,000 2014 JD 7215R, IVT, 993 hrs. ................... $225,000 2014 JD 6210R, IVT, H380 loader, 850 hrs. ...................................................... $199,500 2010 JD 7630 c/w 746 ldr., 3544 hrs. ...... $125,000 2013 Case Puma 145, ldr., 1550 hrs. ...... $139,000 1989 John Deere 4255 power shift, c/w 740 Loader, 3 pt hitch, 8733 hrs. E/OH ............................................................ $59,000


2015 R4045 350 hrs. ................................. $550,000 2015 R4045 495 hrs. ................................. $530,000 2015 R4045 500 hrs. ................................. $530,000


5 tank meter, auger, saddle tank, 8 port d/s. $


2002 BOURGAULT 5440 Single shoot, hyd. cal., 3 meters. $


2003 JD 1910

6 run, 3 tank double shoot, auger. $


2014 R4045 203 hrs. ................................. $540,000 2015 R4038, 369 hrs., 1,000 gal., 100’ full GPS, 2 sets of tires .................... $469.000 2013 4940 0 hrs. ........................................ $450,000 2014 4940 329 hrs., Raven, hgt. cont. .... $420,000 2014 4940 413 hrs., Raven, hgt. cont. .... $420,000 2014 JD 4940 1210 hrs. ............................ $389,000 2013 JD 4940 120’, full GPS, 2 sets of tires, 1300 hrs. .................................................... $345,000 2013 4940 1031 hrs. .................................. $350,000 2012 4940 1183 hrs. .................................. $299,000 2012 4940 1253 hrs. .................................. $289,000 2009 4930 1997 hrs. .................................. $220,000 2006 4920 120’, 2 sets of tires, full GPS, 4344 hrs ..................................................... $159,000 2005 4920 4020 hrs. .................................. $139,000 2009 4830 1142 hrs. .................................. $229,000 2009 4830 1266 hrs. .................................. $229,000 SOLD 2011 4730 1007 hrs. .................................. $239,000 2001 4710 2520 hrs., 800 gal. poly tank, 90’, full GPS, 2 sets of tires................................... $139,000 1998 JD 4700 800 gal. plastic tank, 2 sets of tires, full GPS, 3440 hrs. ..................................... JUST IN 2014 962I Pull type (new) 1700 gal. tank, 120’ boom. ........................................................... $99,000


2010 Case 4420 c/w AIM, 1900 hrs......... $259,000 2009 Case 4420 c/w pin point, 2200 hrs.. ................................................... $269,000 2007 Ag Chem 1074 2250 hrs. ................. $169,000 1996 Ag Chem 854 3817 hrs. ..................... $55,000 100’ Flexi-coil System 67 800 gal./windscreens ................................... $8,500 2008 1286C Rogator 3000 hrs., 120’, 2 sets of tires. Was $149,000 ........................ NOW $129,000 1998 8103 Terragator 4871 hrs. Was $59,000 ...................................... NOW $48,000


2015 Bourgault 3320 86’ c/w MRB & SOLD 7950/sec. control ...................................... $585,000 2015 Bourgault 3320 76’ c/w 7950/sectional control ...................... $496,000 NEW Bourgault 60’ 3710 Coulter Drill Was $259,000 ................................... Now $239,000 Bourgault 3310 75’ ................................... $158,000 SOLD Bourgault 47’ 3310 MRB c/w 6550 ......... $195,000 Seedmaster TXB 65’ c/w 430B JD 1910 ...................................................... $135,000 2011 Amity Colter Drill 60’ ......................... $90,000 2009 JD 1895 43’ c/w 430B, 1910 NH3 & liquid kit ......................................... $169,000 2010 JD 1895 43’ c/w 430B, 1910 ........... $145,000 2004 JD 1895 43’ c/w 430B, 1910 ............. $85,000 JD 1835 61’ c/w 1910 (used 1 season) ... $154,000 2007 JD 1835 61’ c/w 1910 c/w liquid kit$119,000 JD 1820 52’ c/w 1910 (350 bushel) ........... $47,500 JD 1820 61’ c/w 1910 ................................. $45,000 1998 JD 1820 52’, 10” space. Was $29,000 ..................................... NOW $24,000 Bourgault 8810 60’ c/w MRB, steel press wheels ............................................... $95,000 2001 Bourgault 5710/5440 64’ DS, MRB. Was $89,000 ...................................... NOW $62,500 2004 Bourgault 5710 54’ MRB, 5 1/2 pneumatic press ......................................... $68,000 2002 Bourgault 5710 54’ MRB, steel press ................................................... $48,000 1998 Bourgault 5710 64’ MRB, c/w 4” rubber press................................................ $39,000 2001 Bourgault 5710 64’ MRB, c/w 3” rubber press................................................ $39,000 1999 Bourgault 5710 50’ 7.5” spacing ...... $29,000 Bourgault 536-42 40’ c/w 180.................... $15,000 2006 Morris Maxim 2 Air Drill 55’ c/w 8370 XL tank ........................................ $85,000 Flexi-coil 5000 39’ c/w 2320 4” rubber press................................................ $35,000 1992 Flexicoil 5000/2320 57’, 9” space DS. Was $26,000 ...................................... NOW $19,500


2010 BOURGAULT 6550 Bag lift, x20, 900 tires.




3 tank meter, double shoot, rice tires. $


1999 JD 1820/1900

52’, 7.5” space, rubber press, 350bu single shoot cart. $


1998 BOURGAULT 5710 64’, 10” space, S/S, 4” rubber press. $



SOLD 2015 Bourgault 7950 ................................. JUST IN 2014 Bourgault 7950 Air Seeder ............. $239,000 2013 Bourgault 7700 Air Seeder ............. $199,000 Bourgault 6550’s......................................... $75,000 2012 Bourgault 6550 ST Duals, bag lift X20, DS ......................................... $120,000 2006 Bourgault 6450 .................................. $82,500 Bourgault 6350............................................ $45,000 2002 Bourgault 5440 Double shoot. Was $55,000 ...................................... NOW $46,500 Bourgault 5440’s...............................From $39,500 Bourgault 5350............................................ $40,000 1993 Bourgault 3225 .................................. $12,500 2993 Bourgault 3195 .................................... $7,500 1993 Bourgault 2155 .................................... $3,900 JD 1910 (03) 430B ....................................... $52,500 JD 1910 (04) 340B ....................................... $45,000 JD 1910 430B .............................................. $44,000 JD 1910 340B .............................................. $39,000

TILLAGE 60 ft. Salford 4160.. .................................. $165,000 50 ft. Salford 4150 (13)... .......................... $148,000 50 ft. Salford RTS Heavy Duty ................... $89,000 50 ft. Salford RTS HD ................................. $89,000 2012 Salford RTS 570 HD 50’. Was $89,000 ...................................... NOW $82,500 2011 Salford RTS 570 40’. Was $65,000 ...................................... NOW $49,000 2012 Lemken Helidor 40’. Was $89,000 ...................................... NOW $69,000 41 ft. Salford 570 RTS (12) 3000 AC .......... $82,500 41’ Salford RTS (09) .................................... $63,000 40 ft. Lemken Helidor... .............................. $80,000 40’ Lemken Helidor (14) New discs .......... $89,000 30 ft. Wishek 862 NT Disc ......................... $74,000 40 ft. JD 637 Disc (11)... ............................. $69,000 41 ft. JD 2410 (14) 500 acres ..................... $85,000 29 ft. JD 1600 ................................................ $3,500 40 ft. JD 637 Disc (11) ................................ $69,000 41 ft. JD 2410 Chisel Plow (12).................. $59,000 52 ft. Bourgault 8810 .................................. $36,500 41 ft. Case IH 5800 Chisel Plow ................ $29,000 48 ft. Bourgault 46-50 .................................. $7,500 90 ft. Bourgault 6000 Mid Harrow ... From $26,500 45 ft. Phoenix H14 Rotary Harrow ............ $28,500

MISCELLANEOUS Bridgeview 2410 Pull Dozer, like new ...... $63,500 2012 2410 Pull Dozer 24’............................ $58,500 2008 2400 Pull Dozer 24’............................ $48,500 470 Cat Scraper hyd................................... $49,500 1997 JD 444 Wheel Loader 8144 hrs. ....... $58,500 2004 Backhoe JCB 6300 hrs. .................... $49,000 Case 1086 Loader....................................... $10,000 Schulte SDX-102 Snow Blower, new.......... $9,500 Schulte 1100 Snow Blower .......................... $3,900 Norman 3 pt. Hitch Snow Blower 84” ........ $2,500 2012 JD 1023 c/w snow blower, 59 hrs. .. $19,900 2007 JD 2305 c/w snow blower, mower, loader & tiller .......................................................... $19,900 JD 455 Diesel c/w snow blower & new tiller .................................................... $9,900 New Schulte SV Plow................................. $12,900 New Pit Express Double Barrell Drive Over ................................................... $29,900 Highline BM1400 Bale Mover .................... $24,000 2012 Highline CFR 650 Bale Processor .................................................... $14,000 1999 Bale King 2010 Vortex Bale Processor ............................................. $7,500 2012 JD 568 Round Baler .......................... $44,000 2011 JD 568 Round Baler .......................... $35,000 2008 JD 568 Round Baler .......................... $29,500 1999 JD 946 Moco ...................................... $21,000 2004 JD 956 Moco ...................................... $22,000 2010 16’ New Holland H7460 Mow Max ..... $31,000

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1998 JD 1820/1900

52’, 10” space, 3” rubber, 350 bu s/s, cart. $


2003 BOURGAULT 5710 47’, 10” space, double shoot dry MRB, rubber press. $


1997 FLEXICOIL 2320 230 bu single shoot. $


NH 2300 Hay Bine 18’, fits NH swather .... $16,500 2002 JD 567 Round Baler .......................... $18,500 1995 JD 348 Square Baler ......................... $16,500 1996 Case 8545 Square Baler ................... $16,500 2009 New Holland BR780 Round Baler ...... $8,000 Schulte RS320 Rock Picker, New ............... 23,500 Schulte 2500 Giant Rock Picker, New...... $19,800 Highline XL78 Rock Picker ........................ $145,00 Highline 546 Rock Picker ............................ $5,000 Agro Spread AS 120T hyd. drive fertilizer spreader ................... $135,000 Brent 1084 Avalanche, tarp, duals. Was $44,000 ...................................... NOW $29,000


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246 hrs. c/w 615 ....................................... $560,000 245 hrs. c/w 615 ....................................... $560,000 242 hrs. c/w 615 ....................................... $560,000 251 hrs. c/w 615 ....................................... $560,000


2014 S690 c/w 615, 205 hrs. .................... $499,000 2014 S690 c/w 615, 214 hrs. .................... $499,000 2014 S690 c/w 615, 421 hrs. .................... $479,000 2012 S690 c/w 615, 4WD, 680 hrs.. ......... $425,000 2014 S680 615P, 650 duals, 493 hrs. ...... $449,000 2014 S680 489 hrs. ................................... $449,000 2014 S680 492 hrs. ................................... $449,000 2014 S680 494 hrs. ................................... $449,000 2014 S680 498 hrs. ................................... $449,000 2013 S680 c/w 615, 577 hrs. .................... $415,000 2012 S680 c/w 615, 586 hrs., 4WD, 7.10 duals ........................................ $399,000 2012 S680 c/w 615, 4WD, 571 hrs. .......... $395,000 2012 S680 c/w 615, 653 hrs. .................... $389,000 2012 S670 c/w 615, 850 hrs. .................... $329,000 2011 9870 c/w 615, 1227 hrs. .................. $259,000 2010 9870 c/w 615, 1251 hrs. .................. $249,000 2010 9770 c/w 615, 931 hrs. .................... $249,000 2009 9770 c/w 615, 1015 hrs. .................. $239,000 2009 9770 c/w 615, 1178 hrs. .................. $235,000 2008 9770 STS PW7 hdr., 1117 hrs. Was $205,000 .................................. NOW $179,000 2008 9770 c/w PW7, 1074 hrs. ................ $209,000 2008 9770 c/w 615, 1225 hrs. .................. $209,000 2008 9770 c/w 615, 1420 hrs. .................. $195,000 2010 9670 919 hrs. .................................... $219,000 2007 9760 STS PW7 hdr., 1773 hrs. Was $159,000 .................................. NOW $129,000 2007 9760 1237 hrs. .................................. $169,000 2005 9760 Low hrs.................................... $149,000 2007 9660 1485 hrs. .................................. $169,000 2005 9660 1412 hrs. .................................. $146,500 2005 9860 2012 hrs. .................................. $145,000 2005 9860 2114 hrs. .................................. $143,000 2006 9660 2025 hrs. .................................. $135,000 2003 9750 Canadian Special, 1556 hrs. .. $125,000 2001 9650 STS PW7 hdr., 3132 hrs. Was $95,000 ...................................... NOW $75,000 1999 9610 2837 hrs. .................................... $65,000 1998 CTS 2 3115 hrs. ................................. $49,500 1998 CTS 2 3391 hrs. ................................. $47,500 1998 CTS 2 3439 hrs. ................................. $49,000 1997 9600 3597 hrs. .................................... $49,000 1997 CTS 2806 hrs...................................... $43,500 1994 9600 2872 hrs. .................................... $47,500 1994 9600 3620 hrs. .................................... $44,000 1990 9600 4195 hrs. .................................... $29,000 1982 7720. ..................................................... $9,500

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Farming forecast remains strong On February 19, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada released the 2016 Canadian Agricultural Outlook. The report provides a forecast of farm income in the agricultural sector for the previous and current calendar years (2015 and 2016), and looks ahead 10 years to longer term trends that could impact the agriculture sector. Farm incomes are forecasted to reach record levels for Canadian farmers in 2015, and to remain above average for 2016. A projected increase in both crop and livestock receipts contributes to these strong income levels for the sector in both 2015 and 2016. An increase in global trade and greater demand for agricultural commodities by developing countries present opportunities to further grow the Canadian agriculture sector.

Quick facts Canadian agricultural outlook highlights: • Net cash income in 2015 is estimated to increase by six per cent over 2014, reaching a record $15 billion. A decline of nine per cent to $13.6 billion is expected in 2016, still 14 per cent higher than the 2010-2014 average. • Average farm-level net operating income in 2015 is forecast to be $77,287, which is eight per cent higher than 2014. • Average net worth per farm is expected to reach $2.7 million in 2016. • The low Canadian dollar has improved the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture and food products in export markets, contributing to higher farm cash receipts. • Livestock receipts in Canada are

expected to increase by two per cent to $26.2 billion in 2015. • Crop receipts are expected to have increased two per cent to reach $30.7 billion in 2015, and remain virtually unchanged at $30.6 billion in 2016. • Lower crude oil prices are significantly reducing farmers’ diesel and gasoline expenses. • Strong conditions over the past several years have contributed to a decline in program payments in 2015, down to $2.1 billion. “Canada’s agriculture and food industry is well positioned for continued success,” said Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “The Government of Canada will support the continued growth of the sector by working closely with our provincial and territorial partners, investing in

research and innovation here at home, and working to open new markets around the world.” The Canadian Agricultural Outlook is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s measures of the strength of the agriculture sector and its contribution to Canada’s economy. This forecast represents an outlook for farm cash receipts, expenses and net incomes. The report also highlights the trends that are expected to influence global agriculture and agri-food markets over the medium term (2016 to 2025). The analysis presented in this report is prepared in consultation with provincial governments and Statistics Canada and can be used as a benchmark for governments and industry planning.

Canada to scale agricultural innovations to improve food security The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Affairs Canada have announced seven new projects to be supported under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The projects will develop, test and apply ways to scale up innovations in food security and nutrition. These projects will scale up effective, pilottested innovations so that they reach poor rural populations, particularly women and small-holder

farmers. The projects will include: • Using information campaigns to bring proven solutions to more legume farmers in Tanzania; • Producing more yogurt with key nutrients in Africa with freeze-dried bacteria; • Scaling up the manufacture of double fortified salt to fight anaemia in India; • Expanding the adoption of nutritious, disease-resistant potatoes in Colombia;

• Bringing supplies, knowledge, and profits to Kenyan farmers through Farm Shops; • Reducing barriers to millet production and consumption in India; • Using radio and cell phones to speed adoption of better farming practices in Ghana; and •(previously announced) Scaling up local production of therapeutic and fortified foods in Vietnam, All research teams are built on strong partnerships between research,

development and busin e s s - o r i e n t e d o rg a n i zations from Canada and eligible developing countries. “Food security and nutrition are an important part of Canada’s effort to improve the lives the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of International Development and La Francophonie. “The projects announced will help developing-country researchers and other experts find innovative

ways to increase the production of nutritious food.” “IDRC and CIFSRF bring together the right partners to inform and scale up solutions to development challenges,” said IDRC president Jean Lebel. “We are building on a strong track record of food security research.” CIFSRF is a $124-million fund that works to increase food security in developing countries by funding research in agricultural innovation and nutrition, and fostering

collaboration between developing-country researchers and Canadian experts. The results help governments, institutions, private enterprises, and farmers adopt better food security policies and practices. To d a t e , m o r e t h a n 100,000 women and men farmers in poor communities around the globe have worked with researchers to achieve significant results. CIFSRF is now looking to expand the reach of the most promising solutions.




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Bison breeders see future in big beasts By Karen Briere This article originally appeared in The Western Producer It’s only appropriate that Don and Paulette Scott have a “buffalo room” in their farm home. Bison-themed photographs, art and awards from nearly 30 years in the industry decorate the walls, while a hide drapes the couch. And the view through the window is the real thing: hundreds of them. The couple established Beldon Bison Ranch on 160 acres of sandy land southwest of Nipawin in 1987 when they bought 10 bred cows for $2,500 each. They bought another 10 a year later. There were perhaps a half-dozen bison producers in Saskatchewan at that time. “I grew up pulling calves and I knew I didn’t want to do that,” Don said about the decision to give bison a try. He worked in construction and was away a lot, but those farming and livestock roots still tugged. “I thought he was crazy,” Paulette said with a laugh. She also worked off the farm but was never afraid of the big beasts, even though she had to feed them. “I remember my sister and I would open the gate and Mom would feed the hay and that was it. There was nothing else to do,” said son Nathan, who returned to the ranch with his family five years ago. Today, Beldon employs two part-time workers to help care for the 400 cows the family owns as well as the others they feed. The Scotts have survived the roller coaster of prices, producer numbers and markets. “We’ve seen everything from $10,000 to you couldn’t give them away,” Paulette said of the price fluctuation. In the beginning it was a breeder and

farmgate meat market and a lot of learning as they went along. They attended association meetings in the province, nationally and the United States. “There was information out there and producers have always been good about helping each other out,” Don said. The Canadian Bison Association formed in 1982 with an estimated 175 members. The Saskatchewan Bison Association followed in 1991, with Don as president. He was a CBA director and holds the distinction of being the first show and sale chair at the Canadian National, which has been held annually during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina since 1993. He has judged at the Gold Trophy show in Denver and did so again this year. Paulette was SBA secretary and also the first female director on the CBA. In 1997, the couple received the Myrt Lenton Memorial Award, which recognizes CBA members who give their time and effort to the industry. “Over time, Dad designed quite a few facilities,” Nathan said. “That’s helped other producers get started. I also wonder how many producers got their first animals from us.” Many in the industry struggled to survive the early 2000s, and producer numbers dropped significantly during that time. “It was a correction,” Don said. “Breeding stock had gotten so high. You can’t keep selling $4,500 heifers and not have a meat market.” As well, the region suffered through a widespread drought during that time, and the discovery of BSE in a Canadian beef cow also slammed the U.S. border shut for bison. “If any one of those things had happened it wouldn’t have been bad,” Don said, but the triple whammy was devastating for many. “The downturn in the industry put a lot of ground or trim on the market,” he said. “It is


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Veregin woman incubates eggs to raise a variety of chickens and uses their eggs to barter for pets, feed and necessities By William Koreluik A Veregin couple, with roots that go deep into the rural lifestyle, has begun living their dream, having laid claim to a scenic acreage. It’s a place where her precious poultry, both rare breeds and the more common, can be raised with ease and the couple’s more traditional pets, including horses and dogs, can help them live the good life. It has been nearly 10 years since Rick and Tracy Choptuik moved into their home in Veregin and about two years ago the couple

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Tracy Choptuik displays a collection of fresh eggs she collected from the hen houses. Although the shells range in colour from white to shades of brown, and even a green colour from one of the varieties of hens, she says all the eggs are indistinguishable in taste.

Continued from Page 18 “The poultry is Tracy’s project,” he said. “Have you seen the price you have to pay for a chicken at the grocery store, or for a dozen eggs?” Tracy asked. “A while back I decided to never buy a chicken from a store again,” she said. “I decided I would raise my own. I had chickens in North Carolina. “Coming to Veregin, we had decided we had wanted an ‘old homestead’ property so that we could

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start from scratch,” she said. A couple years ago the Choptuiks purchased the 11 acres of the farm that had once belonged to Paul Morozoff. The property is the site of the former Morozoff yard. Rick, who is a councillor at the RM of Sliding Hills, works for Murray Horkoff, an organic farmer in the area. He said that he and Tracy had wanted a farm home where they could first develop the outbuildings before turning

their attention towards their own house. So now the couple lives in Veregin, where they have a house and about five adjoining lots. Choptuik points to the backyard and said that they had five rows of raspberries growing. “It was insane,” he said of the raspberry bounty they have enjoyed. “We couldn’t keep up.” “We also grew vegetables, including corn, beets, tomatoes, peas and the Alaska Giant cabbages,”

Tracy said. “And we don’t waste anything.” Returning to the subject of poultry, Tracy said that her interest in the birds is a hobby, not a business. She started a year ago after acquiring some laying hens and a rooster from a friend. “The hens laid the eggs and boy they tasted good,” she said, contrasting their taste with that of storebought eggs. She acquired an incubator and bought fertilized eggs. Continued on Page 20

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Veregin woman uses eggs to barter Continued from Page 19 Currently, in their living room, Tracy tends four incubators, each with eggs. At one she explains that the Jiffy pen marks on each identify the eggs’ variety. At that incubator,

she monitors the heat and humidity and regularly turns the eggs. The other incubators turn the eggs automatically. She explains that at a certain time in the pre-hatching process, an incubator is sealed

An old farm house is being used as a wintertime residence for a variety of Tracy Choptuik’s poultry.

In a cramped living room that includes several deer trophies on the walls, Tracy Choptuik has at least four incubators in operation, as well as a large pen with a heat lamp.

to ensure proper heat and humidity. “Now we have over 100 birds, ranging in age from day-old chicks to adults. We have about 15 breeds of chickens, including guinea hens, “naked neck chickens,” Russian Orloffs, Leghorns, Cornish and Rhode Island Reds. “We’ve got about 10 turkeys and 11 ducks that are laying eggs.” “So what do you do with all the eggs?” they are asked. “We do a lot of trading and bartering,” Tracy said.

“In summer, we get four or five dozen eggs a day.” Tracy explained how they have been able to trade chickens and eggs for a horse. “I’ve got three regular egg customers,” she said, adding that she has been willing to donate baby chicks, or eggs about to hatch to schools so that young students can learn to appreciate the process. “We have five horses at the farm now,” she said. And when visiting the farm she introduces the horses, including the one

which she often rides. The couple is careful to give their birds only organic feed, and in the conversation they are critical of other forms of farming practices and land management which are not respectful of the environment. “I love animals,” Tracy said, adding that the couple, in addition to the birds and horses, shares their lives with five dogs and some cats. The living room also contains a very large aquarium containing large goldfish.

Tracy belongs to poultry groups on Facebook where one is able to become involved in egg and chick swapping. She brings out a large Styrofoam box, a bit larger than a breadbox, and explains how it can contain six dozen eggs. “We use Canada Post and in two or three days, the eggs, properly packed, can reach any destination across Canada,” she said, making favourable comments on how well Canada Post employees treat the boxes. Continued on Page 21

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Veregin woman uses eggs to barter Continued from Page 20 “But most of the eggs we use for trading.” Tracy explained that she sells breeding eggs and depending on the breed they could sell for as much as $75 a dozen for a rare breed. “For a backyard crossbred variety, one could get $10 a dozen. “This is a hobby. When your heart is in it, you enjoy it. “We don’t do this for the money. If we make enough for the feed, we’re happy.” Tracy said that among her dreams for the future is to have additional breeds. She had tended exotic breeds in North Carolina and some of the birds that become pets are given names.

“If the bird has a name, it does not get butchered,” she said with a laugh. On the tour around her living room incubation headquarters, Tracy explains how the eggs are moved from one incubator to the other, and then to the pen located in the centre of the room. She picks up one of the smallest of the several chicks pecking around under the heat lamp. “This one hatched today,” she said. Explaining their daily rituals with the animals, Rick said that in the mornings they go to the farm to feed and water the animals and spend time with them. “They’re so used to us, they don’t scatter,” Tracy added. “And with all the

Tracy Choptuik is quite well accepted by all the birds in the chicken coop located in a barn. birds on the farm, it is wonderful the way there are no bugs. You can sit outside in summer and not be bothered by the bugs because the chickens have eaten them. “They eat the ticks

too,” Rick said. Discussing last fall’s butchering sessions, Tr a c y s a i d t h a t t h e y butchered about 50 chickens which weighed between six and 10 pounds each, and 12 turkeys that weighed between 24 and

30 pounds. “We have four freezers,” she said, adding that the people that helped with the butchering were paid with the meat. “But the named birds are what I call the ‘lifers,’ they don’t get butchered.

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Veregin woman uses eggs to barter Continued from Page 21 In addition to being an incubation room, the couple’s living room is also a trophy display room because on each of the walls is mounted a huge deer head, testaments to each of their hunting and shooting skills. Asked about diseases or other hazards of raising poultry, the Choptuiks

do not express much concern. “The biggest thing is that they can catch a cold if not treated,” Tracy said, adding that they have purchased an antibiotic for their animals. “We learned a lot by t r i a l a n d e r r o r, ” R i c k said, adding that both he and his wife had spent their youths on farms

as well as having tended an acreage in North Carolina. “We want this to stay as a hobby, and we want to be as self-sufficient as is possible,” he said. Asked what the difference is between the eggs with the brown shells and those with white shells or green shells as some of the breeds lay, Tracy said: “nothing. “All eggs are the same, except when bought at the store, you never know how long they have been

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Veregin woman uses eggs to barter Continued from Page 22 On a tour of the farm, Rick and Tracy go first to the old farmhouse, which is now a large chicken coop. What was once a living room and a bedroom, are now two rooms of a large coop, enhanced throughout with two-by-four railings upon which birds are roosting. Adult birds are everywhere: on the floors, on the windowsills, along the railings and under foot. Another bedroom contains drums of feed and another has pens, a heat lamp and more chicks, a few days older than the chicks still in their living room. And then there is the old barn, which is now another large chicken coop. The barn has been augmented with a large chicken-wire outside pen, allowing the birds independent access to shelter or the outside, while keeping them safe from any wild predators. There turkeys and ducks parade around with the many

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Ingredients harvested at Burger and Fries Farm By Greg Wiseman Originally published in the Melfort Journal Going for a drive to get a burger and fries may only take a few minutes but it is months of work that goes into creating that meal. Students from Reynolds School in Melfort had an opportunity to experience some of that process on recently when they participated in the harvest portion of the Burger and Fries Farm. “I think everyone should get to go here. It is a really fun place to be,” said Brienne Ilnisky. Fellow student Lindsay Murphy agreed saying it is important to learn where the food that is purchased at the grocery store comes from. “It is important to learn because the people that live in towns that don’t know that much about agriculture should get to learn how the vegetables grow and how the soil works,” Murphy said. Nadine Hoffman, a Grade 2 and 3 teacher at Reynolds School, said the field trip encompassed all aspects of agriculture that apply to food. “We are talking about beef, dairy, everything that you would have in a burger and fries meal, from condiments to patties, bread, tomatoes, lettuce, what goes into relish. Everything,” Hoffman said. Planting the seed In June some of the students had an opportunity to go out to the farm site, about 10 kilometres south of Melfort and plant the seeds, which they would later harvest. They planted tomatoes, carrots, dill, peppers, onions, lettuce, and cucumbers. Wheat and potatoes were also planted. The students also had an opportunity to experience the Agrium Seed Survivor Trailer, which allowed students to have hands on experiences with the farming

practices. “It is an hour presentation, it goes through the whole planting dirt and nutrients and the kids got to plant a sunflower in a cup and take it home,” Glenda Murphy of FarmLink said. That aspect was the highlight of the day for the students in the planting phase of the project. “I think that if there was anything I would want back from when we were here before it is the seed trailer. That was fun,” Ilnisky said. The program was adapted from the Pizza Farm project, which was done in the Yorkton area where all the ingredients needed for a pizza are grown in a pie shape, harvested and pizza is made. Jessica Hutton, the manager of the Carrot River Watershed Association, came up with the idea of using burgers as opposed to pizzas for the project. “We figured we would try it differently. We have different supporters for this one.” Glenda Murphy said it is the same idea, just a different food. “A burger and fries is something the kids can relate to as well.” Harvesting parts of a burger The students were divided into groups that went to different stations, which included: • Dairy: how cows are milked and how cheese comes from milk, pasteurization and homogenization and how machines are used to milk the animals. • Beef: was run by the Beatty Beef Club and showed how to take care of and raise the cow, vaccinations, safe handling, branding, different cuts that come from cows. • Fries: where the health benefits of frying in canola oil were discussed and how canola becomes oil. It was also explained how a potato goes from being a roundish

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Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club proving to be a huge hit with youngsters By Liz Jacobsen The Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club is off to a strong start since its organization earlier this year. With the establishment of the club this year the club has nearly two dozen kids with the focus

being the beef and goat projects. The member-run group had its first meeting at the Preeceville school library in December. 2015. The second meeting was held later in the month at the Preeceville Legion

Dawson Volpatti fed his goat.

Hall and a public speaking event was held. The third meeting was at the Rockford Hall and the remainder of the meetings will be farm-based or at the Rockford Hall. At the club’s last meeting, held at Rockford Hall, the beef members took in an informative video and round table project booklet overview. The goat club took to the outdoors where everyone had a turn milking, leading, grooming and hoof trimming. When meetings were adjourned, the members took a break for refreshments, snacks and group bonding fun games. “Currently we are selling cookbooks and raffle tickets for fundraisers, but hope to have a few community-based fundraisers including the business barbecues this summer, a possible poultry/animal sale, possible petting zoo project at a local event, a bottle drive, and a veggie produce competition, along with a few other ideas that are ‘up our sleeves,’” said Billiejoe Townsend, one of the leaders. Continued on Page 28

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Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club Continued from Page 27 “We are currently canvassing for businesses wanting to sponsor our club trophies, and planning our achievement d a y. We a r e l o o k i n g forward to a few group outings and summer fun for our members,” said Townsend. The Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club has three categories: pre clubbers, clover buds, and juniors. The three leaders are: Dani

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Levi Maier, who says he loves his goat, is enrolled in the Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club.

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Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club Continued from Page 28 “ We a r e h a v i n g monthly meetings at the Rockford Hall, now focusing on our projects. We have also included our young preclubbers alongside our 4-H students. Some of our club plan consists of taking part in local business barbecues, collaborating a 4-H event with the Western Days

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everyone who came out to support the kids. We are excited for the topplacing members who will go on a compete at the district level being held in Norquay on April 3. Continued on Page 30

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Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club Continued from Page 29 “We are now focused on our projects. The beef kids are going to watch the 4-H steer and Heifer Show in Yorkton at the end of the month. April will be a pretty busy month for the kids They will be a judging seminar for them to attend to learn how to judge the animals. “We will also be starting our farm visits for the beef kids who will be going around to each

member’s farm to check up and to help them if they need any help with their projects. In May, we hope to have grass on the ground instead of the white junk. We hope to get out in the community for some spring yard clean ups. “In June we have the most going on between our achievement day and the regional show and sale. In July the club will be at the Western Weekend. Come

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by and say ‘hi’ to some goats and, of course, the kids. “We have been getting a lot of interest from our members, and plenty of support from our community. We would like to thank everyone for their interest, support, and contribution to our striving club. We truly believe there is so much to achieve with this great program,” she said. “I have lived near Preecville most of my life on our family farm where life was always about being surrounded with livestock and critters.

Fallyn Oxley had two of her newly born goats all tucked in a special bed in the house to keep warm. Oxley is one of the leaders in the Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club.

Ross Townsend helped his big brother Liam Townsend do chores at their family farm by Rockford. O u r a n i m a l s w e r e a l - family of our own we want I became a leader with ways a huge part of my our kids to be involved the Assiniboine Beef and life and livelihood,” said with the farm lifestyle Multi 4-H Club to teach Townsend. “My brother that we enjoyed so much my children and others and I always got to be in- throughout our childhood about these amazing animals, while installing revolved in cattle brandings years. “Our farm consists of spect and care for our aniand the farm operations, so it came naturally to us many animals, so when mals. Throughout this we to become involved in the the opportunity for a local can all learn how to live Lintlaw-based equine 4-H 4-H club came upon us, I better lives, utilizing our club from a young age. was ecstatic because this animals, and be positive My husband grew up near was something right up role models in our community. Being involved with Preeceville as well, help- our alley. “Currently my young this can give our children ing on his parents’ cattle farm, so one could say that boys are in the pre-clubber endless opportunities that we came by it honestly to g o a t p r o j e c t a n d l o o k will teach real life skills want the same lifestyle for forward to the goat and that can pertain to everybeef 4-H projects once day life,” she said. our children. “Now with a farm and they turn six years of age. Continued on Page 31

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Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club Continued from Page 30 “Growing up on the farm we always had animals, such as sheep, chickens, goats, pigs and cows, said Dani Volpatti. “I was always surrounded by the

animals, playing in the mud with them, and I have been always been involved in the 4-H program, being a second generation 4-H leader in my family. I believe it very important

Kendra Hueser, assisted by her dad Lionel, told the crowd all about her goat project at the Assiniboine Beef and Multi 4-H Club public speaking event at the Preeceville Legion Hall on February 14.

for kids to be involved with the program and with one lacking in the area, Billiejoe Townsend and I took it upon ourselves to start one and we recruited Fallyn Oxley along the way. The Preeceville area is a great farming community and is very supportive and welcoming to the newly formed club,” said Volpatti.

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“I have lived on the farm for most of my life and love all the aspects of farming,” said Oxley “It is nice to be able to have some self sufficiency. I think it is important for kids to learn that they have the option to farm and that there is something very rewarding about being able to raise and grow your own food.

Many baby goats were born this year at the farm of Fallyn Oxley who is one of the leaders for the 4-H club in Preeceville.

This is a big reason for me to become a 4-H leader. I was involved in the beef 4-H club for a few years and really enjoyed being able to work with the animals and learning from the booklets the club provided. I hope our new 4-H group can provide the kids with some new experiences and an opportunity to learn and

experience the farming world.” “There will be so much to look forward to, and a great deal of reward to our children in this group. We all look forward to the years to come and expanding our club’s experience, knowledge, and see our members excel in our club’s goals,” said Townend.

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Customer assist Because Miles Chaikowski works alone at Hi-Way Welding, customers will often volunteer to assist him on welding projects. In this case, Chaikowski was welding a small part, which he fabricated, onto the frame of a D7R2 XR Caterpillar.

Canora welding shop diversifies to be sustainable in changing times By Gary Lewchuk As farming evolved over the last century, producers always depended on local blacksmith shops for the basic repairs needed to

maintain farm machinery. Farmers needed to change with the times and so did blacksmith shops, says Miles Chaikowski, who operates Hi-Way Welding

in Canora. Having worked as a welder throughout his adult life, Chaikowski is the first to remind customers that he does not operate a

blacksmith shop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he operates a welding shop. The main difference is that welding shops do not have a forge, he said. Another piece of

equipment which is a must-have for blacksmith shops is the anvil. To shape iron or steel, a blacksmith takes the red hot or white hot iron from

the fire and hammers it to the shape required. It is a process that needs to be repeated many, many times for every project. Continued on Page B2

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Virtually no blacksmith shops are still operating – and even the next generation (welding shops) are slowly being pressured out of business capable of making a whole array of iron products such as knives and horseshoes. As farming evolved from horse-drawn machinery to utilizing

Continued from Page B1 Blacksmith shops were very important businesses, even in the smallest communities, Chaikowski said. A talented blacksmith was


complicated self-propelled units, the description of a blacksmith also evolved. Instead of a farmer living on every quarter section, the new reality was that the blacksmith/welder developed his skills, enabling him to repair or

construct parts for a large array of machinery. As the average farming unit kept doubling, farmers found it much more practical to buy a welder and learn the art, said Chaikowski. Farmers also realized that it was easier

to buy other equipment to work with iron and steel, such as: grinders, sanding machines, drill presses and steel-cutting bandsaws. “There are no small farmers left in this part of Saskatchewan,” he said. Wi t h m a s s i v e f a r m i n g

units, most farmers are able to do their own repairs either by themselves or by hired labourers, but producers will utilize his services when a repair demands very accurate welding. Continued on Page B3


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Welding shops must diversify to be sustainable Continued from Page B2 The only way a welding shop is sustainable is to have a very skilled w e l d e r ( j o u r n e y m a n ’s certificate) and the vast array of commercial tools and machines required to work with iron and steel, Chaikowski said. But even with all that working in his favour, the demand for welders continues to decline. In the Hi-Way Welding shop, among the machinery an observer would see, includes: welders (electric and gas operated), grinders with a large selection of stones; drill presses, milling machines, band saws and a couple of lathes. His big lathe was installed at a specific location so that if he needs to turn long pipes, he can open a back

add new services. Farmers are no longer his main customers. Construction and trucking companies, along with rural municipalities, have provided the bulk of his business for many years, but even those demands for service are declining. He recalled a time when the demand for sharpening mower blades kept the shop busy. He estimated that during the summer months, he and his father would sharpen and balance from 100 to 140 blades per week. Because the Hi-Way Welding shop is located on the corner of four RMs, those RMs were loyal customers. He recalled seeing massive piles of roller chain blades for mowers, all waiting to be sharpened.

Only diversification can make welding shops sustainable door and have one end of the project spinning outside the shop. Using this method, he has turned pipes that were more than 20 feet in length. Chaikowski said the only way he can make a decent living as a selfemployed welder is to constantly diversify and

In the 1960s and 70s, mower blades were designed so that they could be sharpened, but as the years marched forward, along came the era of “throw away” parts. Even mower blades were made of lower quality steel, making it more practical to just buy new blades.

In about 1958 Bill and Pete Chaikowski bought the Texaco service station on the north end of Canora at the junction of Highway No. 5 and Highway No. 9. At that time Highway No. 5 from the west was located just north of Canora. After joining with Highway No. 9, traffic could then proceed to Canora. At first, Bill used one of the service station bays to operate his welding business. The Town of Canora has been a good customer, Chaikowski said. Besides working on repairs, he has been called upon to construct tables and bleachers for the sports grounds. He also built the large dumpsters for the town. There was a period when he built a wide assortment of trailers. Customers liked the idea of having a custom-made trailer, but from a pricing viewpoint, he could not compete with large manufacturing companies such as Flamans Trailers. The demand for trailers slowed down due to the new manufacturers, but customers found they had

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A few years after buying the Texaco service station with his brother Pete, Bill Chaikowski decided to move his welding business from the service station to an independent building. Later, that building was moved to a separate parcel of land, just east of the service station.

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fabricating a part for the same D7R2 XR Caterpillar for Stefanyshyn, the 40-foot-plus trailer hauling the earth-moving machine became the subject of conversation. Built in 1959, the trailer pulled by a semi-trailer unit had to be structurally increased in size to be able to haul Caterpillars and other heavy equipment, Chaikowski said. In the early 1960s, the trailer was owned by Wyonzek Bros. Construction of Canora. The project called for the

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Wo r k i n g a l o n e a t H i - Wa y W e l d i n g , M i l e s Chaikowski finds that answering the phone is usually a pleasant task, enabling him to stretch his muscles and take a walk around the shop. 5 did not enter Canora along Railway Avenue. Instead the highway went around Canora with the

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Welding shops must diversify to be sustainable Continued from Page B4 Bill Chaikowski enjoyed welding and could see that it would be a paying proposition to offer welding services. He was trained to be a welder in the 1950s while working for Ontario Pulp and Paper. He first used one of the service station bays as his welding shop, but because Texaco did not like that arrangement, he erected a welding shop just south of the garage. A few years later, he moved the welding shop to a property just east of the garage.

There were several other welding businesses in Canora, but there was so much work available that competition was not a concern, explained Miles Chaikowski. During that period, the main services required by customers was to rebuild packers on seed drills. With the advance of air seeders, rebuilding drill wheels was no longer required, he said. However, farmers did provide a lot of business repairing harrows (packers). In the 1960s and 1970s, the welding shop was busy

for several weeks each spring, Chaikowski said. There is still some demand for his services, but he doubts that he even needs a week to complete the work this spring. Growing up, Miles Chaikowski helped where he could at the welding shop and his welding skills were developed at a very young age. Soon after graduating, his father sent him to obtain his journeyman’s certificate for welding. When his ticket was issued, he was the youngest journeyman welder in Saskatchewan. With his welder’s ticket, he looked for employment in British Columbia, but he soon came to the conclusion that he did not like

When welding so close to the fuel tank of a D7R Caterpillar, Miles Chaikowski concentrates on safety to avoid potential fires.

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Ontario. A little while later, he looked for employment in Regina, and the end result was similar. He didn’t like living in the city and he came to terms with the idea of working in his father’s welding shop. Unusual jobs Some of the biggest jobs he was hired to do were at the seed cleaning plant in Canora. The way he tells the story, one begins to think he was embellishing the truth. He said he was hanging upside down about 80 feet off the ground so that he could weld cracks that had formed in the large metal bins. On the other side of the scale, Chaikowski still finds it humorous when he thinks about customers bringing in a pot or a frying pan that had cracked. Many will say that they wanted the item repaired because of a sentimental connection. The humuor is in the fact that it costs more to just light a torch than it would cost to buy a new pot or pan, he said. In most cases, he does the repairs and the customer pays only a minimal amount. The reward is in the positive reaction by customers that could develop into bigger jobs in the future. What the future holds Still too young to contemplate retirement, Chaikowski said he doubts anyone would pay a fair price for the business,

From time to time, Miles Chaikowski receives o rd e r s to m a ke g ra t e s to e n a b l e wa t e r to flow through the sewer system for various municipalities. One such project, which most people will recall, was the grates designed to fit in openings of the sidewalk that had been previously removed so that trees could be transplanted to Canora’s Main Street. This grate in the low spot of his workshop was personalized with the name of his business, “Hi-Way Welding.” because it is a recognized trend that the demand for welding shops is on a sharp decline. Diversifying is the only way to keep the shop viable in the years to come, he said. He is always eager to learn new skills and provide better service to his customers.

One aspect of his business is that Chaikowski is sure it will provide many good memories after he retires. At the end of each workday, it is common to have several friends gather in the back of the shop for uplifting conversation and debates. More photos on Page B6

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As a welder for most of his adult life, Miles Chaikowski has spent many, many hours looking through the heavily tinted glass window of a welder’s mask.

Last week, when loading a 58,000-pound Caterpillar onto a trailer so that it could be taken to a new job site, everyone was ordered to step far back for safety reasons. The Caterpillar and the trailer are owned by Richard Stefanyshyn. Chaikowski noted that the 10-by-40 foot trailer was first modified by Bill Chaikowski (Miles’ father) for Wyonzek Bros. Construction in the early 1960s. Stefanyshyn purchased it from the construction company about 10 years ago.

When Richard Stefanyshyn loads his D7R2 XR Caterpillar onto a trailer, his priority is safety. Everyone was ordered to step way back until the Caterpillar was deemed to be in place for transport. As the big machine was secured in place on the trailer, Miles Chaikowski (left) and Ron Cymbalisty, who occasionally works with Hi-Way Welding, returned to the loading site.


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Kamsack outdoorsman reflects on a career among the “trees and water” of Saskatchewan’s parks By William Koreluik A Kamsack outdoorsman is lamenting the loss of most of his photographs and documents that recorded a career that was enmeshed in the development of Duck Mountain Provincial Park. Bill Matthew of Kamsack, who worked in construction at the park during the last half of the 20 th century, says he had over the years collected many photographs that had documented developments at the park along with an ample supply of records that had detailed what and when the different events had occurred. “They’re all gone,” Matthew said recently during an interview conducted in the kitchen of his Kamsack home. He suggested that the records were probably inadvertently burned. “All I have left are these,” Matthew said, bringing out a small album of photographs and a few old pictures of a former park zoo. The photos in the album had been taken when, upon his retirement from the park as the

A Kamsack outdoorsman, who had worked as a construction foreman for the provincial parks department, was also employed as a farmer and woodcutter. He discussed his work among the province’s “trees and water” which has developed into a satisfying career. construction foremen, he had obtained the contract to haul the garbage, and they contained scenes of garbage and the bears that he had seen rummaging through the debris. The other pictures were mostly of scenes of “Chris Smith’s zoo.” Matthew explained that the zoo, containing many indigenous animals, was once located near to the intersection of Highway No. 57 and the road to the

Duck Mountain ski hill. Often during the conversation, Matthew had wanted to refer to a photograph or to documents that were able to accurately describe a situation, but with a shake of his head, he had to rely mostly only on a fading memory. “I’ve always liked wildlife,” he said, smiling as he looked at a photograph of three young owls that had been taken

at his farm home. In the photo are three chicks of different sizes, which prompted him to explain that he understood that the mother bird would lay one egg, incubate it, and then several days later lay the second, and then later, the third. This resulted in three successive hatches and three chicks of different sizes. Matthew was born and raised on a farm about seven miles east of Kamsack to Donald and Winnifred Matthew, who were immigrants from England. He worked on the farm and off, cutting

wood, an occupation he has kept until a couple of years ago. “One of my first jobs was working for Mike R u d y, w h o h a d b e e n a neighbour,” he said, describing Rudy’s farm about two miles away from his parents’ farm. And then at the beginning of the 1950s, Matthew began working for the provincial Department of Natural Resources in construction and maintenance. The park was not so commercial, he said of Duck Mountain in the early 1950s.

“We cleared the fireguard,” he said, offering a comment about the fireguard, the roadway which had once circled the park, now being left to nature, no longer seen as a requirement. Matthew talked about a store and dance hall that had once been located on Kamsack beach, a store and restaurant that was once located only feet away from the water at Ministik Beach, and the chalet, a distinctive building that was once located on a hillside overlooking Ministik Beach. Continued on Page B8

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Kamsack outdoorsman reflects Continued from Page B7 Part of the crew that carved out the original fairways for the original ninehole golf course, Matthew said that its number one fairway was once located where the road leads up the hill to the Duck Mountain Lodge, and the tee off for the third hole was located near the communications tower at the road leading from the highway to the main park office. Matthew was also instrumental in the creation of the Parkway road, which leads from the centre of the park south to the ski hill. “We cleared the hills which are now the slopes for the Duck Mountain ski hill.” As an employee of the department, Matthew did not spend all his time at Duck Mountain. “I’ve been at every park in Saskatchewan at one time or another,” he said, listing Kenosee Lake, Maple Creek and LaRonge, as places where his job had taken him. He talked of having worked opening Jubilee subdivision and developing the campground at Madge Lake. Asked about any

distinctive flora or fauna, Matthew said that at one time he had to cut down two old spruce trees at the Benito Beach area and at one of them he had counted 140 rings. “That’s a tree that was 140 years old.” The water level in the lake has always fluctuated, he said. In the 1950s it was as high as it is now. “At one time you could rent a boat for 10 cents at a pier at Ministik Beach and go across the water to Benito Beach.” Referring again to his lost photo collection, Matthew said he had pictures of a fairground that had once been erected at Benito Beach and it had included a Ferris wheel. He produced another picture of the first truck he had ever owned. “It was a 1937 Maple Leaf, which was a General Motors truck,” he said, pointing to the picture of the vehicle that he had bought in the late 1940s and was hauling sheaves of clover for feed. Several of the remaining pictures were of animals that had been kept in cages in the zoo that was operated by Chris Smith. Continued on Page B9

Among the photographs that Bill Matthew of Kamsack still has are these which were taken in about 1930 and show Chris Smith and the animals he had at a zoo at Duck Mountain Provinicial Park.


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Kamsack outdoorsman reflects Continued from Page B8 “Smith had been an American who had opened a store in Rhein, and then after a fire spread from another store

to his, it burned down and he started the zoo. He had coyote, moose, deer, bears, skunks, woodchucks and muskrats in the pens and he charged

10 cents admission.” While working for the department, Matthew purchased and maintained a half section “bush quarter” where he would be free to enjoy the out-of-doors and acquire piles of firewood that he stocked and sold.

Expressing concern over the fact that Madge Lake is becoming a million-dollar residential area, Matthew said that at one time he had the option of leasing a cabin for $14,000 on Kamsack Beach, which recently sold for $200,000, and

Page B9 the building had been knocked down. “I enjoyed my career with the parks department,” he said. “I was always outside with nature; the water and the trees.” M a t t h e w, w h o h a d moved into Kamsack upon his retirement, was

asked what he thinks about when he now visits the park. “I think about the many poor souls I had known and who are now gone,” he said. “I feel quite honoured to have been able to work at the park.”

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Loonie – Trend change or correction? By Jonathon Driedger Senior market analyst Source – Farmlink The Canadian dollar spent a good portion of the fall and early winter grinding lower prior to utterly collapsing through December and the first half of January. It made its low last on January 20th as it nearly touched 68 cents, since then it has rallied sharply. The Canadian dollar and other markets became oversold at their recent lows, and at a certain point some upside correction was inevitable. Further upside is very possible in the shorter term as momentum temporarily shifts. The 72.5-cent mark can be expected to show some resistance, with 74.5 being a more significant line in the sand. While these levels would be a fairly sizeable

bounce from the recent spike low, it would still keep us at levels that haven’t been seen since 2004. Even though the energy sector only makes up about 10 per cent of the Canadian economy, the value of the loonie is closely linked to crude oil. It seems that this link tightens up even more during periods of higher volatility. The Canadian dollar and crude oil have tracked each other closely, bottomed at the same point mid-day on the 20th, and have rallied nearly in lockstep since then. It’s worth noting that this same point set a recent short-term low in a host of other financial markets reflecting the fact that many assets have been tracking each other closely through the macroeconomic volatility and uncertainty through the first month of 2016. Of greater significance is whether this recent move for

Successful Wheat Growers 46th annual convention in the books The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association held its 46th annual convention in the exciting port city of New Orleans reecently, with over 120 growers and industry colleagues in attendance, many of whom also attended the concurrent Commodity Classic-America’s largest farmer-led and farmer-focused convention and trade show. The theme of the convention was “Big Ideas in The Big Easy.” Speakers included Sara Wilshaw, Consul General of Canada in Dallas, who spoke on the importance of US and international trade to agriculture, as well as Elaine Kub, farmer and author, who spoke on improving grain marketing strategies for growers. “Having Ms. Wilshaw and Ms. Kub present at our convention provided great value to our grower members who

attended,” said Cherilyn Nagel, Wheat Grower director and convention committee chair. “The importance of trade to producers can never be overstated, nor can continuing to learn new modern techniques to ensure you as a grower are getting the maximum value for every bushel of your grain on the market.” With New Orleans being a major port city and one where the majority of grain exports from the U.S. are shipped through, the Wheat Growers convention held tours of major facilities on the Mississippi River, including a Monsanto glyphosate plant, a Yara fertilizer terminal, and a Zen-Noh grain elevator. “Attendees were able to see a massive facility like the Zen-Noh grain elevator-the sheer volume of barges in and vessels out is staggering,” said Levi Wood, President of the Wheat Growers.

“It’s also enlightening for prairie growers to see where the products they use come from, which they were able to observe first-hand at the Yara and Monsanto facilities.” During the convention, the Wheat Growers held its annual general meeting, where five directors were re-elected and three new directors – one from each of the prairie provinces – were elected to the 14-member board. The Wheat Growers’ Board of Directors also took the opportunity to meet with their counterparts in the U.S., discussing cross-border issues and other key public policies with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). The Wheat Growers 47th annual convention will be held in the first quarter of 2017 in sunny Saskatoon – dates and locations to be announced shortly.

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the loonie is the beginning of a larger uptrend. We don’t believe so, since the factors that caused the Canadian dollar to weaken relative to the U.S. dollar remain in place and don’t appear likely to change in the medium term. This includes low crude oil and other commodity prices, a Canadian economy that will remain relatively softer than the U.S., which in turn also affects interest rate expectations, and expectations for deeper and longer lasting federal budget deficits than had been expected in the fall. The weak Canadian dollar has been very beneficial to Prairie grain prices and a meaningful move to the upside could negatively impact bids. However, it’s important to remember that the value of our currency is only one of many factors that affect the price of grain. For example wheat basis levels. The lower Canadian dollar has contributed to their strength, so has the strong demand for Canadian wheat in an otherwise oversupplied world market, a smaller Prairie crop, and the fact that overall grain supplies are tighter. This in turn means grain companies are willing to work for tighter margins than in recent years. Similar dynamics are also at play in most other crops. Other than the firmer loonie, none of these other factors have changed. While a stronger Canadian dollar is not good for local grain prices, its direct effects also need to be kept in context of all the other moving parts that work on values.

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Canada gains market access for live breeding cattle and swine to Georgia In February, Lawrence M a c A u l a y, m i n i s ter of Agriculture and Chrystia Freeland, minister of International Trade, announced that the Government of Canada has secured export market access for live breeding cattle and live breeding swine to the country of Georgia. Canadian cattle and swine breeders can immediately begin exporting to this market. Georgian breeders also benefit by gaining access to Canada’s worldclass animal genetics. Canadian industry estimates that the total gains from access to this new market could be worth up to $2.5 million annually. Quick facts • In 2014, two-way trade between Canada and Georgia was $90.3 million, with Canadian

exports to Georgia totaling $14.2 million and imports from Georgia totaling $76.1 million. • The value of Canadian agri-food and seafood exports to G e o rg i a r e a c h e d $ 7 . 4 million in 2014. Agrifood and seafood exports to Georgia include frozen pork, frozen Pacific salmon, lentils, frozen chicken cuts, and trees, shrubs and bushes. • Total Canadian global exports of animal genetics reached $166.3 million in 2014, representing an important export commodity for Canadian producers, while Georgia imported a total of $US 1.7 million in animal genetics, “ said MacAulay. “This access creates an opportunity for Canadian exporters of high-quality Canadian purebred cattle

Year of the pulses On November 10, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP) in Rome, Italy. Pulses — dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas — play an integral role in global food security, nutrition, human health and environmental sustainability. Representing Canada was Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, who attended the ceremony held at the FAO headquarters in Rome with FAO DirectorGeneral, José Graziano da Silva. Pulse exports from Canada account for slightly more than one third of global pulse trade. “Canadians can be proud of the contribution we’re making to global food security as a major supplier to countries around the world,” said Bacon, who is also a member of the Global Pulse Confederation’s executive committee. Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of dry peas and lentils, shipping to more than 150 countries around the world each year. In 2014, Canadian pulse exports were valued at over $3 billion CDN. Canada’s biggest export markets are India, China and Turkey. Pulses are Canada’s fifth largest crop, after wheat, canola, corn and barley. “Canadian pulses can make a significant contribution toward helping the UN implement its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to eliminate global poverty and malnourishment,” said Lee Moats, a lentil grower from Riceton, and chair of Pulse Canada. “IYP highlights the role of pulses in addressing issues related to over and under nutrition in both developed and developing countries.” IYP is a truly global event. Pulse Canada and its international counterpart, the Global Pulse Confederation, are working with partners including international governments, the UN and scientists to host over a 100 events around the globe in 2016. Canada’s pulse industry is also planning over 20 events and activities across the country that will educate Canadians about the health, nutrition and environmental benefits of eating pulses With over 800 million people suffering globally from acute or chronic undernourishment, and the occurrence diet-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease increasing in countries around the world, IYP 2016 aims to demonstrate the integral role these nutrient-dense foods have in global food security and nutrition.

F r e e l a n d . “ G e o rg i a i s a promising market for our exporters, and this improved market access demonstrates our ongoing support for Canadian industry. I look forward to building on this success and our trade relations with Georgia.” “The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association (CLGA) welcomes this announcement which provides live cattle exporters with

and swine to sell to the G e o rg i a n m a r k e t . O u r government continues to push for access to more markets around the world in order to ensure Canadian producers and agri-businesses are thriving, prosperous and successful for the long-term.” “Our government is pleased that the Georgian market has opened to Canadian cattle and swine breeders,” said

an excellent market for Canadian breeding cattle. CLGA appreciates the coordinated efforts of the Government of Canada and the exporting industry to open new markets around the world,” said Michael Hall, executive director of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association. “A live breeding swine certificate activated for G e o rg i a i s g o o d n e w s for the Canadian swine

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New vision for local trucking company By Liz Jacobsen Chris and Susannah Wohlgemuth and young daughter Chloe moved to the Preeceville area with the dreams of making a mark in the trucking industry. The opportunity that they were looking for came up when Tr e e l i n e H e a v y D u t y Truck and Trailer Parts in Preeceville, previously owned and operated by John and Judy Zaharia, came on the market.

The couple officially took over operations on February 1. Chris has a vast knowledge and experience in t h e t r u c k i n g i n d u s t r y. He grew up helping his father operate his fleet of trucks in the forestry industry and in the truck repair shop as a mechanic in New Brunswick. He purchased his first truck after he and his wife were married in 2010 in New Brunswick. The young couple

moved to Estevan where it looked promising to make money hauling crude oil. They faced many challenges in a very competitive field and after four and half years. They took the opportunity to take over a truck repair shop and raise their family in a small community. “We offer a large variety of parts for all trucks,” said Chris Wohlgemuth. “Our focus for now is on the shop and making

Chris and Susannah Wohlgemuth and young daughter Chloe officially took over ownership of Treeline Heavy Duty Truck and Trailer Parts in Preeceville on February 1.

Chris Wohlgemuth and his young daughter Chloe were photographed going through the huge line of truck parts at Treeline Heavy Duty Truck and Trailer Parts in Preeceville. The business was officially taken over by Wohlgemuth and his wife on February 1.

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a certified SGI inspection station,” he said. In the future they hope to expand and improve on the parts line and services. They want to add a bulk oil tank to better accommodate their customers. They hope to take over the tow truck from Zaharia in the near future to offer another service for their customers. “Over the years, there have been a lot of changes

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Basis confusing but tells story This article originally appeared in The Western Producer Wacky wheat bids at prairie elevators will likely stick around, say two crop marketers who deal daily with multiple elevators. However, farmers shouldn’t get frustrated about basis levels that seem bizarre. Instead, they should learn to stand back and read the submerged but important signals. These signals vary company to company and don’t relate well to other commodities, but they do reveal what buyers are thinking. “It’s been kind of a crazy year,” said Brenda Tjaden Lepp of FarmLink Marketing. As the crop year began there were no bids for wheat, then good demand and tight basis levels after harvest and now wider wheat basis levels again. Wheat basis levels can differ significantly between elevators that are located side by side, from one region to the next and between elevators operated by the same company. However, they provide clues about how a particular elevator is looking at wheat on any given day. “It’s a market signal,” said Lepp. “It can be the market saying, ‘I don’t want your wheat.’ ” Brian Voth, an Agri-Trend marketer in Altona, Man., said elevators in areas where there is good competition and multiple shipping directions tend to have closely inter-related prices, while ones where the grain flows only one direction can see more wide-ranging differences, especially if demand is light. “If they’re looking to buy, they’ll be fairly close to each other. If they really aren’t, they’ll have a wide basis,” said Voth. Many farmers in Western Canada have recently been confused and upset by weak and unpredictable basis levels on wheat. The Canadian dollar has been falling and other crops have seemed to respond with relatively better basis levels and aggressive elevator demand, but wheat has not seen the currency improvement end up in farmgate prices. And when farmers try to assess bids from various elevators and companies, they end up looking at basis levels that don’t make much sense.

Grain companies tend to post spring wheat futures prices and a basis price, but the futures are Minneapolis Grain Exchange prices in U.S. dollars, while the basis is quoted in Canadian dollars. It means farmers tend to be looking at a futures prices that isn’t in Canadian currency, minus a basis that’s smaller than they’re really paying. Voth said he thinks the correct way to reflect real commodity price and basis is to convert the U.S. futures into Canadian dollars and put that beside the Canadiandenominated basis. For example, Paterson does this, but it’s not a common practice. As a result, the grain company’s basis levels appear worse than its competitors, but “their net price is always in line.” Some farmers have recently speculated that grain companies are deviously capturing more money from farmers by refusing to incorporate exchange rate improvements into better basis, but Lepp said that’s probably the wrong way to look at the situation. The loonie has been falling while the grain companies’ interest in buying wheat has also been falling. They don’t have big wheat sales programs to fill and so are not willing to aggressively bid for it, regardless of Canadian dollar

implications. “Flax prices, pea prices are just screaming higher,” said Lepp. “The wheat market’s really cooled off since fall, and the canola’s just sort of sitting there.” Bids seem to be a lot better in the United States, which draws further Canadian farmer concern that grain companies are pocketing unduly large amounts of margin on the Canadian side. However, Voth and Lepp said basis levels in Western Canada in the fall were a lot better than in the northern U.S. states and now seem to be settling back because Canadian elevators are selling other crops into export markets. “Companies seem to have shifted their focus to the smaller crops,” said Lepp. “What we’re missing is enough buyers of wheat to take what farmers want to sell.” Voth and Lepp said most of the weak wheat basis can be explained by lack of grain company interest rather than sneaky foreign exchange tricks, but farmers will always struggle to understand prices when the underlying pricing mechanism is listed in U.S. dollars and the basis in Canadian.

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Source – FarmLink In the 2014 growing season, fusarium head blight (FHB), a fungal disease of small grain cereals, created a significant challenge in marketing the fusarium damaged wheat in Saskatchewan. The damaged grains were also a challenge for the neighbouring regions such as Manitoba, isolated pockets of Alberta and the Dakotas. Although it was first detected in samples from a few wheat fields in Saskatchewan near the Manitoba border in 1993, marketing FHB wheat was not a big challenge until 2014, when as high as 20 per cent of the kernels were infected in samples from across the region with varying levels of the mycotoxin, called deoxynivalenol (DON), content in the seed. If the fusarium damaged kernels (FDKs) and/or DON content in a sample exceeds grading tolerances, it is a challenge and is as much a specialty niche as the sale of any other small volume crops. Grain elevator companies face challenges in marketing this damaged grain which is difficult to blend, condition or clean. This grain will need to be segregated and sold to buyers with appropriate end uses. What can a farmer do? According to Rob Moss, a policy analyst with Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, patience is the virtue. Grain companies will eventually have a market for damaged grain, however, they will have to wait to see what other grain is available.

A farmer can also market independently to someone other than a traditional grain company if they have to respond to their cash flow need. Depending on the level of damage, he/ she may be able to sell the grain privately as animal feed. However, he/ she may have to accept a significant discount depending on the quality and market factors. The farmer should also report this to Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) as it relates to the SCIC quality factors. Moss suggests that farmers discuss the situation with a SCIC representative sooner than later. Alternatively, a farmer might also consider storing the grain to market at a later date with the hope that the damaged grain can be blended with the 2015/2016 crop. A producer might also consider cleaning their grain using suitable techniques such as a gravity table and/or color sorter. As DON levels reduce the feed intake by livestock, allowable amounts that can be fed to livestock are dependent on the species. Usually, more than 2-3 ppm of DON significantly affects the feeding intake. FDKs also adversely affect the baking quality of wheat and the malting and brewing qualities of malt barley. So, where else can a farmer market high fusarium wheat? Is there demand for it? Mike Davey, market analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions, says there may be a market for the high fusarium wheat in Asia, particularly in Korea or possibly in the U.S.

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Promoting livestock health and livelihoods for farmers in Africa and Asia Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Affairs Canada (GAC), recently launched their Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF). This 5.5-year, $57 million partnership will improve the health of livestock and the livelihoods of farmers. It will spark the discovery of new vaccines and delivery methods for neglected livestock diseases. Existing vaccines

will also be made more accessible, safer, and affordable for small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South and South East Asia – two-thirds of whom are women. Livestock provide both income and nutrition for more than a billion farmers globally including 300 million poor livestock keepers and their families. Livestock also provide a source of social and economic well-being for farmers’ families in subSaharan Africa and South

and South East Asia. For example, they provide milk and eggs for sale, collateral for loans, and savings for emergencies. Healthy livestock help to reverse the cycle of poverty. However, one quarter of the animals owned by poor livestock keepers die from disease. Those diseases that do not lead to death can result in decreased productivity or can be passed on to humans, causing serious illness or death. The fund will focus on developing innovative

solutions for neglected livestock diseases. Vaccine researchers will work with manufacturers and distributors to develop and bring to market safe, affordable and effective vaccines. “This important fund will have a direct impact on some of the poorest and most vulnerable people across Africa and Asia. Two thirds of small-scale farmers are hardworking women and we will continue to support them as part of our global commitment to empower women across

the world,” said MarieClaude Bibeau, minister of International Development and La Francophonie. “The livelihood of hundreds of millions of farmers rests on the health of their animals. Ensuring the health of their livestock through affordable animal vaccines is the type of innovative program that will lift families out of poverty and eradicate hunger. Canada is proud to partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to bring long-lasting change in the lives of these

rural communities.” “Healthy livestock is critical to improving farmers’ livelihoods and making sure communities have enough nutritious food to eat,” says IDRC President, Jean Lebel. “This fund, which brings together the know-how of farmers with scientific evidence from research, represents a significant contribution to improving the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Africa and Asia.”

Prairie farmers warn Ottawa to expect continuing biannual $6.5 billion dollar farm losses A delegation of prairie grain farmers travelled to Ottawa in early March to warn MPs and cabinet ministers about the negative impacts western farmers are facing because of structural changes created in western Canada by the Harper government. Ken Sigurdson, a Swan River grain farmer and spokesperson for the non-partisan Canadian Wheat Board Alliance, explained: “a recent analysis by agricultural economist Dr. Richard Gray of the University of Saskatchewan found that in the last two years the private elevator companies have taken $6.5 billion in excess profits from prairie farmers. This represents fully

half the annual value of the wheat and barley crop in Western Canada. These losses will continue compounding the negative effects, including the loss of quality control and grain handling logistics, already felt in the grain industry as a result of changes made by the Harper government.” Andrew Dennis, a Brookdale, Man. grain producer, added that this hemorrhage of cash from the west is unsustainable and the rise in farm debt to $90 billion is just one of many indicators of trouble on the horizon. “Former customers of the Wheat Board are now complaining about unreliable supply and lack of quality assurance. Ending

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While rural break-and-enters may be on the increase, property owners can take preventative measures By Gary Lewchuk Today, more than ever, rural property owners need to be vigilant about protecting it, said Sgt. Greg Smith, of Canora/Sturgis RCMP detachment. With fewer people living in rural areas and less traffic, would-be criminals can function with impunity. Rural property security is a must, and your first step as a property owner should be to determine and understand the real

threats to your property, said Smith. As yourself, what needs be protected. Then consider the three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lsâ&#x20AC;?: light, lock and limit access. A farmer must be able to say which processes and operations are essential to the farm. Question, what are your critical assets? What would be the consequences of losing them. Smith said a producer should prioritize his critical assets and he should have the security measures

to protect them. It is recommended that a farmer view his property from the perspective of a criminal, said Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at your property, buildings and critical assets through this lens. Ask yourself, what would be the easiest method for a criminal to steal, attack or destroy a particular asset. Once you identify a potential criminalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s targets and paths, you can start to create security measures to deter, detect, delay and

respond.â&#x20AC;? An effective physical protection is based on three basic principals: deterrence, detection and delay. Deterrence Lighting a dark area may deter the would-be criminal, who may not want to risk being seen. Motion-activated lighting provides an element of surprise and can catch a criminal off guard. Other deterrence strategies include the installation of gates, fences, no-trespassing signs, and yard dogs. Detection The purpose of a detection system is to alert you when someone enters your


property. Devices such as electronic sensors and cameras can be very effective. Visual observations by employees and neighbours is also very hard to beat, so get to know your neighbours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you suspect that your property may be targeted, contact your local RCMP detachment and ask to have increased patrols of the area,â&#x20AC;? said Smith. Delay Delay strategies are meant to slow and disrupt the perpetratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to access your property. Physical barriers such as locks, fences, doors and distance from the road are effective in delaying the

intruder. Effective delay tactics allow enough time, between detection and access, for RCMP officers to respond and catch the crime in progress, Many criminals are opportunists, said Smith. They look for easy targets, so it is important to take steps to insure your property. Remove valuables from your vehicle and lock the doors, remove keys from your vehicle and machinery. Lock your residence doors. Lock your outbuildings. Move your valuable machinery to a safe location. These are all good strategies. Continued on Page B21

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Preventative measures against rural break-and-enters Continued from Page B20 Alarms Electronic security systems/ala, access controls, video surveillance and motion sensors can be expensive, but it is up to the property owner to decide if the cost is justified by the protections they provide. The same can be said about physical security barriers, such as fences,

gate locks and security doors. It is very important to ensure your critical assets are covered by your farm insurance. It is advisable to keep a list or serial numbers that are easily defaced. Add an identifying mark of your own in a different location. Photograph the mark, showing its exact location,

and give it to your insurance provider. Contact your local RCMP if you observe any suspicious or criminal activity on or near your property. Inform your neighbours of this as well. Police patrols will be increased in areas where such reports are received. Another option is to advise your local RCMP detachment of any

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extended absences and request that your property be included in their routine patrols. Having a trusted family member or friend check on your property is also a good safety measure. Smith said signage on your property can also be an effective tool to prevent crimes. “No trespassing” signs along property lines or signs announcing the presence of alarms, detectors or surveillance devices can be helpful. Store important papers in a locked fireproof cabinet. Conduct background and reference checks on all employees, including seasonal workers. Collect keys, credit cards or any

other property access devices upon termination of employment. Consider changing PIN numbers or alarm codes frequently. In today’s society, social media is a part of life, said Smith. There are a number of pitfalls to this, however, as people are often very open about their lives and upcoming events. People will post information and pictures of their property and new/ exciting purchases. Often, people will post information about upcoming vacations, including the dates that they will be away. In many ways, you might as well place a sign at the end of your lane saying: “We

are not here criminals. Come on in... Open for business.” Sharing of information is terrific for your friends and family to see, but does open a window into your personal life for potential criminals. Check your privacy settings and take steps of your own to protect yourself from would-be criminals. Some media sites, such as Facebook, are a variable rabbit-hole, said Smith. How many times have you viewed profiles of people you do not even know? R e m e m b e r, y o u n e v e r know who is viewing your information. Continued on Page B22

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Preventative measures against rural break-and-enters Continued from Page B21 Safe firearm storage Another point that is important to mention is the safe storage of firearms, said Smith. Often times in rural break and enters, the criminals are looking for firearms. Remember to always unload and lock your firearms.

For non-restricted firearms, attach a secure locking device, such as a trigger lock or cable lock, or remove the bolt so the firearm can not be fired. Lock firearms in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into. Store ammunition separately or lock it up. It can be stored

in the same locked container as the firearms. For restricted and prohibited firearms, attach a secure locking device so the firearms cannot be fired and lock them in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into. Or, lock the firearms in a vault, safe or room

that was built or modified specifically to store firearms safely. For automatic firearms, also remove the bolts or bolt carriers (if removable) and lock them in a separate room that is difficult to break into. There is a lot of great information available on the Internet regarding the safe


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Canada Transportation Act Review tabled in Parliament The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) put forward its submission to the Canada Transportation A c t ( C TA ) R e v i e w i n December. SARM has been eager to see the recommendations coming out of the Review and was pleased to see the report tabled in Parliament last week. While SARM recognizes the importance of the entire supply chain, rural municipalities (RM) are especially affected by grain transportation. Some recommendations from the review would bring about positive outcomes for RMs. For instance, it supports the review’s recommendation that the CTA define and treat producer-car shippers as shippers; this would ensure that producer cars are treated on an equal footing as other shippers and that their accessibility is not limited. This change would entitle producer-car shippers to all shipper protection provisions in the CTA, including level of service provisions. SARM is also encouraged that the review recognizes the value of short line railways in the national rail network. Short lines operate just under a quarter of Saskatchewan rail lines. When short lines are unable to get their car orders filled,

producers and shippers often resort to trucking grain which can cause significant damage to RM roads. Given the role short lines play in Saskatchewan, SARM supports the review’s recommendations to make more infrastructure funding programs available to short lines. “We also urge the federal government to act to improve levels of service for short lines,” said Ray Orb, SARM president. SARM believes that disputes must be resolved in a cost-effective, fair and timely manner. It is happy to see the review shares this perspective through its recommendation that the Canadian Transportation Agency establish a dispute resolution unit to provide more effective and timely informal dispute resolution options. H o w e v e r, o t h e r r e c ommendations are concerning to SARM. The review recommends that the Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) Program be modernized, with a goal of total elimination within seven years. SARM strongly urges the federal government to commit to keeping the MRE in place because this mechanism ensures that railways cannot overcharge for the movement of grain.

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Weil revives helium industry in Saskatchewan We i l G r o u p R e s o u r c e s , L L C , i s constructing a new $10 million helium processing facility in Mankota, Sask. to supply refined, industrial-grade helium to markets throughout North America. The plant was designed and supplied by Germany’s Linde Group, a global leader in industrial gasses, and is slated to come on stream in April. The facility will purify inert gas from existing wells to a “Grade A” industrial helium product (99.999 percent purity) with a capacity exceeding 40 million cubic feet per year of production. Global use of helium is more than six billion cubic feet a year. Refined helium will be loaded into tube trailers and transported to customers in Canada and U.S. destinations. Helium uses range far beyond balloons and blimps, its unique qualities have applications in science, medicine and manufacturing. Its ultra-low boiling point makes it an ideal coolant primarily for MRI machines, as well as a critical resource in semiconductor chip and fibre optic cable manufacturing. S a s k a t c h e w a n ’s M i n i s t r y o f t h e Economy worked closely with Weil to advance the project, including

navigating provincial regulatory and permitting processes and addressing any barriers. “Weil Group’s helium project will help redevelop an industry that has been inactive in our province for almost 50 years, serving as one of many examples of our province’s diversified economy,” Bill Boyd, Economy Minister, said. “We are committed to removing barriers to growth to create an environment where investment and opportunity can reach their greatest potential.” Weil Group CEO, Jeff Vogt, sees a bright future in the redevelopment of the helium industry in Saskatchewan. “We are excited to play a part in this pioneering industry in Canada. It has been a pleasure to work with the provincial government, whose responsiveness and support have helped make this project a reality. We welcome being a part of the Saskatchewan community.” Weil Group’s helium project is situated near Mankota, about150 km southeast of Swift Current. Weil acquired and re-entered the wells in 2013 and, after extensive testing, validated sufficient helium reserves for commissioning its facility. The southwest region of

Saskatchewan economy to see little growth in 2016 Saskatchewan’s economy is expected to recover from last year ’s oil-driven recession, but growth will be very weak in 2016. Following a contraction of 2.8 per cent in 2015, Saskatchewan is expected to eke out growth of just 0.7 per cent this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Provincial Outlook: Winter 2016. “The downturn in mineral and oil prices continues to weigh on S a s k a t c h e w a n ’s e c o nomic growth this year. With the world remaining awash in oil, no recovery is expected in the province’s energy sector in 2016,” said MarieChristine Bernard, associate director for the Provincial Forecast. “ H o w e v e r, a m o r e f a vourable outlook for the agriculture sector should help the provincial economy eke out some growth this year.” Highlights • Saskatchewan’s real GDP is expected to grow by only 0.7 per cent in 2016. • T h e o i l i n d u s t r y ’s cash flow problems, driven by the collapse in oil prices, is forcing energy companies to cut their capital investment. • There is a lot of uncertainty in global potash markets which led some producers to curtail production plans for this year. • B.C.’s economy will outpace all other provinces this year, posting real GDP growth of 2.7 per cent. • Alberta is facing

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SaskCanola invests $550,000 in future of food product development The Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola)

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resources and support commercialization of new agricultural products for both food and non-food usage.” SaskCanola’s generous contribution will support the new centre in its efforts to expand and drive innovation in the agri-food industry; support entrepreneurship; commercialization of new technology, research and development; and provide market access and proof of concept through incubation and pilot processing. SaskCanola is a producer led organization, established in 1991 and supported by

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Expanding markets for Canadian beef cattle genetics Recently Lawrence MacAulay, minister Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the Government of Canada is investing up to $2,588,000 to help support international and domestic market development activities for Canadian beef cattle genetics. This investment will enable the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) to implement a market development strategy, attend international trade shows and lead missions to raise awareness of Canadian beef genetics, concentrating efforts on expanding key markets including the United States, Mexico, Europe, China and Kazakhstan. Quick facts • The Canadian beef genetics industry comprises live breeding cattle, semen and embryos. In 2015, it reported over $31 million in export sales.

• Canadian Beef Breeds Council supports the purebred cattle industry in areas of international marketing and breed improvement. • This investment is being made under the Growing Forward 2 AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341-million initiative. “This investment is a great example of industry and government working together to help create new economic opportunities and demand for Canadian beef genetics at home, and around the world,” said MacAulay. “The continued support from the Government of Canada has been instrumental in enabling CBBC to showcase our exceptional beef cattle genetics to the world resulting in new opportunities that directly contribute to the economic sustainability of the family farm,” said David Bolduc, president of the Canadian Beef Breeds Council.\

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WGRF Invests $1.9 million for winter wheat breeding at the U of M The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) and the University of Manitoba recently announced that they have renewed their partnership in wheat breeding. WGRF will invest $1.9 million over five years into Dr. Anita Brûlé-Babel’s winter wheat breeding program and the fusarium head blight (FHB) nursery. The winter wheat breeding program will deliver improved varieties of Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) and Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) wheat to producers. The focus of the breeding program is on developing varieties that are disease resistant, semi-dwarf, high yielding, cold hardy and suited to the higher moisture regions of the eastern prairies. In addition, WGRF funds also support a co-ordinated fusarium

head blight screening nursery. This nursery provides services to wheat breeding programs across western Canada and provides both early and late generation testing for cultivar registration. “The release of new general purpose and winter wheat varieties from the U of M, as well as the release of FHB resistant cultivars such as Waskada and Carberry

is evidence of the great work being done at the University of Manitoba,” says Dave Sefton, WGRF board chair. “I congratulate Dr. Brûlé-Babel on receiving this support,” said Dr. Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and distinguished professor at the University of Manitoba. “Her research program at the Faculty of

Agricultural and Food Sciences and that of the FHB nursery is to be commended. They continue to advance and aid western Canadian producers.” “Maintenance of a co-ordinated FHB screening nursery will continue to provide benefits for the wheat breeding programs across western Canada,” says Garth Patterson, WGRF executive director. “Locating the nursery in a FHB prone region and making use of the infrastructure at the U of M supports a western Canadian approach to wheat variety development.” The University of Manitoba winter wheat program and germplasm development has two main areas of priority. To develop Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) and Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) wheat varieties

that are disease resistant, semi dwarf, high yielding, cold hardy and suited to the higher moisture regions of the eastern prairies. The primary objectives of germplasm development is to focus on conducting inheritance and mapping studies related to FHB resistance. Of particular importance with this work is training of undergraduate and graduate students and development of the human resource capacity of Canada. The primary objective of the co-ordinated nursery is for evaluation of breeding lines for reaction to FHB. Lines from all spring wheat breeding programs across western Canada will be tested as well as winter wheat lines from the University of Manitoba breeding program. In total up to 12,000 single row plots will be evaluated in the nursery.

Wheat research projects received funding The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask. Wheat) has committed $1.5 million to support 10 wheat research projects funded through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) process in 2015. Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart announced the funding of all crops-related ADF projects at CropSphere 2016 on January 12. “The projects have the potential to have a significant and positive impact on Saskatchewan’s wheat producers,” says Bill Gehl, SaskWheat chair. “We’re

happy we were able to double our funding commitment to projects through the ADF process this year. These projects will allow Sask. Wheat to continue to achieve our mandate of maximizing returns on producer check-off investments and building long-term, sustainable growth for the industry.” The total project investment towards the 10 projects co-funded by Sask. Wheat, which includes leveraged funding and funds invested by the project proponents, is $2,738,972. Sask. Wheat committed $727,672 towards $3,367,292 of wheat-related research

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Canadian egg and chicken industries team up to support youth and leadership Egg Farmers of Canada and Chicken Farmers of Canada are proud to be the visionary sponsors of Forum for Young Canadians, a program that supports an aspiring generation of Canadian leaders. E v e r y y e a r, F o r u m f o r Yo u n g C a n a d i a n s welcomes hundreds of students from across the country, who are seeking a unique experience to learn first-hand about governance and

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FCC survey shows strong appetite for risk management In a business influenced by changing weather and volatile markets, only about one-third of Canadian producers and agribusiness operators have a formal risk management plan, according to a recent survey by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). However, the vast majority (96 per cent) of those surveyed also said they use various risk management strategies – such as cash reserves and contracts for guaranteed prices – to protect their businesses against unforeseen circumstances and events. “The good news is most producers are in a solid financial position to withstand short-term impacts from changes in the weather or the markets,” said Corinna Mitchell-Beaudin, FCC’s chief risk officer. “There’s also a strong appetite among producers to learn more about various risk management strategies and to bring them together into a comprehensive risk management plan for their businesses.” In fact, 35 per cent of respondents who reported not having a plan said they have thought about creating one and many are turning to their financial institutions for information and advice on how to protect their businesses from unforeseen

events. Those who do have a plan say changes in commodity prices (52 per cent), a drop in quality and/or quantity of product (43 per cent) and tax implications (43 per cent) top the list of risks to mitigate. The top five strategies used to mitigate risks, include cash reserves in a savings account, off-farm income, investments outside the farm operation, contracts for guaranteed commodity prices and assets that can quickly be

liquidated. The survey also showed farm operations and corporations with more than $500,000 in annual sales are more likely to have a formal risk management plan and had an expert assist in creating the plan. “A risk management plan ensures measures are in place to allow producers and agribusiness operators to react quickly and appropriately to individual or multiple risks,” Mitchell-Beaudin said.

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Demand up, stocks down Source – Farmlink Statistics Canada’s December 31 stocks report and corresponding supply and disposition estimates are being reviewed in great detail. This report is useful in looking for any adjustments to supply figures, including old crop carry-in estimates, and how that compares to known demand so far in the year. In addition, the Feed/Waste/Dockage (FWD) and other domestic disappearance (usage) numbers are important, particularly for crops where livestock feeding is an important component (barley, oats, wheat). The FWD category can also flag some potential inconsistencies in the other categories if a number is unusually large or small. Statistics Canada’s canola estimate is 12.1 MMT, about 500,000 tonnes smaller than last year, but above the pre-report estimate of 11.5 MMT. It should be noted that the range of pre-report guesses was quite wide. The total supply of canola coming into the crop year was about 100,000 tonnes higher than last year, with the smaller December 31 number reflecting a stronger pace of domestic crush and exports through the first five months of the crop year. Of the stocks, on-farm supplies were 800,000 tonnes smaller than last year, as deliveries have been strong early in the year. The wheat number came in below expectations, with an all-wheat figure of 20.7 MMT, compared to a pre-report estimate of 21.8 MMT, and far below the 25.6 MMT

reported the previous year. The durum number was little changed from last season, meaning the entire drop was in non-durum wheat. The sharp reduction came from a combination of lower supply (four MMT smaller year-over-year), increased exports and higher domestic disappearance, including implied livestock feeding. This further points to wheat supplies likely being drawn down to very tight levels in the country by the end of the crop year. There were few surprises in most other crops. Oat stocks were in-line with both last year and the trade expectations, while barley was modestly above expectations. There are some questions around the pea number, including some traders wondering if the crop size is understated. The old crop carry-in was increased, which makes for a more realistic balance between shipments and officially reported supplies. In the end, all evidence points to pea supplies, most particularly yellow peas, being drawn down to absolute minimum levels, not the least of which is the extremely high values in the country. We’ll continue to dissect the numbers in the coming days, but at first glance the report doesn’t point to any substantial changes in the fundamental balance of any crops relative to previous expectations, particularly as figures such as FWD and implied domestic feeding are often subject to substantial revisions in future reports.

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Agricultural Edition

Week of March 20, 2016

Saskatoon Auction Site – March 21

Lethbridge Auction Site – March 24

Regina Auction Site – April 5

Grande Prairie Auction Site – April 14

25 of 100+ Upcoming Public Unreserved Agricultural Auctions J&C Robinson Farms Ltd.

Florian & Sharon Hagmann

Pridev Investors Group Inc


5 2011 Case IH 8120 Weyburn, SK – March 31

J&C Robinson Farms Ltd.

Home Quarter & 26 Parcels of Farmland Raymore, SK – April 2

Windhaven Farms Inc.

2009 John Deere 4730 100 Ft Lampman, SK – April 8

2009 John Deere 9870STS Gravelbourg, SK – April 9

1992 John Deere 8760 Griffin, SK – April 11

W&D Papp Grain Farms Ltd.

Chris & Laurie Wittig

Zerr Farms

2014 Versatile 550 Quill Lake, SK – April 16

Ryz Farms Ltd.

Christensen Farms Ltd.

Mischa Klug

2005 John Deere 9760STS Wolseley, SK – April 16

2012 John Deere S690 Gilbert Plains, MB – April 19

2004 John Deere 9760STS Qu’Appelle, SK – April 18

2009 New Holland CR9070 Montmartre, SK – April 21

2007 John Deere 9220 & 2008 John Deere 9430 Oxbow, SK – April 13

Edward & Cathy Dureault

Mervin Stotski

Barry & Donna MacPherson

2003 Case IH STX375 Estevan, SK – April 9

Brian & Patti Northeast

2012 Case IH 7230 Moose Jaw, SK – April 13

2— 2015 New Holland CX8080 Swan River, MB – April 15

2013 New Holland SP240R 100 Ft Dauphin, MB – April 20

Doud’s Repair Ltd.

2009 Massey Ferguson 9695 & 2006 Massey Ferguson 9690 Ste Rose du Lac, MB – April 21

Dennis & Donna Holt

2002 Caterpillar Lexion 470 Killarney, MB – April 22

Call for a FREE Spring Auction Guide Auction Company License 309645 & 303043

Tableland Grain Farm Ltd.

Dennis & Julie Hilling

Wayne Knoblauch

2 Parcels of Real Estate near Wadena, SK & Moose Jaw, SK Regina Auction Site – April 5

2007 Case IH SPX4420 100 Ft Radville, SK – April 22

Ted & Julie Mansuy

1997 John Deere 9600 Regina, SK – April 23

2009 John Deere 7330 & 1997 MacDon 5000 16 Ft Parkman, SK – April 29

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2016 Spring Ag Edition  

A supplement to The Canora Courier, Preeceville Progress and Kamsack Times

2016 Spring Ag Edition  

A supplement to The Canora Courier, Preeceville Progress and Kamsack Times