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Issue No. 162

May 17, 2013

A Supplement to the Southeast Trader Express

So What’s Happening?

These curious calves were obviously attracted to the camera as they grazed on some fresh spring pasture grass near the international border. Although it’s been a tough calving season for many producers, it seems as if most producers have managed to forge through the late snows and cool temperatures with very little loss.

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SOUTHEAST AGRI NEWS, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

Getting seed in the ground in the southeast By Norm Park For Agri-news A lot of southeast Saskatchewan producers were seriously looking at their Plan B options earlier this spring as old man winter refused to release his grip on the provincial weather patterns. They felt they would have to adopt a new plan and then adapt those plans to accommodate what they believed was going to be another late seeding season. But now, it seems, many of them have returned to Plan A. “Everything seemed to dry up in a week. With a lot of sun and wind, we got rid of a lot of standing water and some producers started seeding by May 8 or even earlier,� said Shannon Friesen, crop specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture from her Weyburn field office location. The quick drying conditions allowed the majority of producers to revert to their original seeding plans after all. “Durum and red spring wheat are still strong crops in the southeast. There will be some canola again this year, but probably not as much as last year. The wind and disease made a few producers hesitant to seed this crop this year,� Friesen said. “But there will be flax, for sure, and the real hot crop this season will be soybeans. They’re just hoping it’s not too late and this is a crop that needs it to be hot and sunny for optimum growth and yield,� she added. The actual percentages attached to whom is growing what, will be included in the first provincial crop report. “The quick dry out brought a lot of producers back to their original plans, but everyone is still very aware there are still a few acres out there not seeded because of ongoing water issues. I’m speaking about the Lampman area in particular. It’s probably the major region where water is still the problem, not much anywhere else, it’s mostly ok with a few touch and go spots that won’t get put into seed because there will be pockets of water,� Friesen said. The water table is obviously good for a strong start to the growing season, even with a rather rapid snowmelt. In fact, there are areas around Carlyle and Alameda where the complaint is lack of moisture. Dugouts and sloughs are in good condition heading into the hotter days of summer. Farmers will have to be on the lookout for the Bertha army worm this season. Friesen said the research indicates they are in the middle of their cycle and therefore a high volume of the pest can be expected this year.

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Countering that bad news though, is the fact that once again, grasshoppers shouldn’t be a problem. That is an obvious conclusion since they prefer warm, dry conditions , which just haven’t been the case in southeast Saskatchewan for the past three summers. Aster yellows, the disease that arrives on leaf hopping insects, could be another major problem for canola growers again this year, just as it was last year. Although Friesen noted “we didn’t get all the southern winds we had last year that brought them in, so the spread of this disease may not be as big as last year, but be on the alert.� Sclerotina is another affliction that can attack canola crops, especially if a producer is planting a field of canola right on top of last year’s canola crop or planting a lentil crop after a canola crop. In those instances, the percentage of infection will be higher. There was a high incident rate of sclerotina last year. It could be back again. “This disease loves a heavy dew canopy in the mornings. If it’s going to surface, it will show up in late June or early July,� Friesen said. “Crop rotation is the best thing to fight it but there are also fungicides and resistant canola varieties available.� There will continue to be a host of producers who will

put some acres into specialty crops such as corn and, of course, mustard, which is still very popular on Saskatchewan farms. “Pulses, chickpeas, lentils, beans ‌ they’ll all be back at about the same pace this year, but it seems the really heavily favoured crop this year is going to be those soybeans,â€? Friesen said with a laugh. “The plans are in place. They just need a little co-operation from the weather. The market apparently is strong for soybeans.â€? The crop specialist said potential is good for local ranchers as well, heading into the final stages of spring. “The pastures just need to green up around here now that we’ve finally gotten rid of the snow. They seem to be doing that now.â€? Most of the crop specialists around the province are busily engaged in doing weed checks and grabbing soil samples, she said, as well as doing the inevitable paperwork associated with their weekly reporting obligations. “Seeding will be going full out around here very soon if it isn’t already, so the best advice I can give to producers at this point is just to be very safe on the farm. Make it a priority. I know you want to make up for some lost time, but I say take the time to do it right and do it safely.â€?

Provincial forest renewal plan A Saskatchewan nursery has been contracted to grow and store 23 million tree seedlings for the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. They will be planted in 2014 and will be used to renew the province's publicly owned forests. PRTGrowing Services will grow the pine and spruce seedlings this year and store them over winter. In the spring of 2014, the trees will be planted in a number of locations as part of the provincial forest renewal program. PRT operates their forest nursery in an area north of Prince Albert. “Since 1997, the province's renewal program has been proud to plant trees grown by PRT,� said Ken Cheveldayoff, Saskatchewan's environment minister. “By investing in forest renewal, we are investing in the long-term health of Saskatchewan's forests and the significant industry they support.� Since 1939, the provincial government has overseen the planting of about

168 million trees as part of the forest renewal program. Under current licence agreements in Saskatchewan, forest companies must renew all areas they harvest. The province's renewal program addresses harvesting

that is outside the areas covered by these agreements or that predates them. The ministry buys trees from PRT each year under a long-term agreement. The value of this year's contract is $975,000.

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Popular water access program extended five more years Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a $65 million program stretched out over five years, aimed at Saskatchewan producers. On May 3, federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP). The FRWIP concept was launched in 2008 and it helps farmers, ranchers, First Nation bands, rural municipalities and irrigation districts develop long-term reliable sources of water and the related infrastructure necessary to support their agriculture businesses. Ritz said the program focuses on job creation and growth as well as long-term prosperity for producers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased Saskatchewan producers will continue to have access to this program

as another tool to help build their operations and our overall economy. Building farm and ranch water infrastructure is an important way to increase producer profitability and secure a safe future for provincial water supplies and our producersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; livelihoods,â&#x20AC;? Ritz said. The FRWIP establishes a secure source of water which is crucial to long-term success of Saskatchewanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farmers and ranchers, Stewart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment in long-term water infrastructure such as wells, dugouts, pipelines and irrigation infill, is essential to the future growth of Saskatchewanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agriculture industry and our economy.â&#x20AC;? Since 2008 more than $49 million in federal and provincial funding has been invested through FRWIP to

help establish nearly 5,500 wells, dugouts and pipelines. In addition, since 2007, the federal and provincial governments have provided $20 million for infill funding, which has increased irrigation capacity by nearly 12,000 acres. The program has been enhanced to include a new component for agriculture business development for intensive livestock and horticultural operations.As well, value-added agricultural businesses and non-district irrigators are now eligible for funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) appreciates the continuation of this investment in rural Saskatchewan,â&#x20AC;? said SARM president David Marit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to the development of many more community wells, on-

farm wells and dugouts that will ensure a reliable source of water for the agriculture industry for years to come.â&#x20AC;? Harold Martens, president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, echoed those sentiments, adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;many wells, dugouts and pipelines have been developed and we thank the federal and provincial governments for continuing this program.â&#x20AC;? Roger Pederson, chairman of the Saskatchewan Irrigation ProjectsAssociation, added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we appreciate this long-term commitment to develop more irrigated acres in Saskatchewan. It not only adds value to farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and ranchersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bottom lines, but it contributes to the provincial economy as a whole.â&#x20AC;? The funding is provided through the Growing Forward 2 framework.

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Good Results

Ralph Smart (left) from Estevan and Rom Hedges from Montana displayed a couple of big walleye they caught on May 5 when the official fishing season started with a flourish as it included the annual Walleye Classic at Boundary Dam reservoir. The team captured first place in the tournament with a total five-fish catch that weighed in at 15.82 pounds and also registered the biggest fish catch with this 4.4 pound specimen pictured here with the other one weighing in at 4.06 pounds.

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