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Guide to contents in this supplement: Final hog tender ..........................................Page B2 Ag Minister’s message ................................Page B3 Pork to China ..............................................Page B4 Cattle producers like budget ......................Page B6 Initial barley payment ................................Page B7 Ag societies receive funding .......................Page B8 Compensation for livestock predation ......Page B9

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Let safety be a factor in hiring An important part of effective farm management is hiring and keeping quality farm labour, often in competition with non-farm employers for skilled workers. There are a number of things that should be considered in the hiring process to help ensure that you hire the right person. ‘Plan • Farm • Safety.’ is the theme of this three-year Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign. Each aspect of the theme will be promoted over the next three years. This year the campaign will promote ‘Plan’ with safety walkabouts and planning for safety. In the second year, the focus will be on ‘Farm’ including implementation, documentation and training. In the third year, emphasis will be on ‘Safety’ including assessment, improvement and further development of safety systems. The year-long ‘Plan’ campaign was launched with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), from March 14 to 20. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) deliver CASW in partnership with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. “Hiring the right people means accurately assessing each candidate’s knowledge and experience for the position,” says Greg Stewart, FCC President and CEO. “Hiring workers with appropriate skills will help protect you

from costly risks and ensure the health and safety of your employees.” Before interviewing a prospective employee, prepare a list of questions about the various skills you need in a worker. Then use a conversational style of interviewing to evaluate the candidate’s skill levels as you and the candidate walk around the farm. For example, ask the prospective employees what they would do if the combine plugged or if a cow was having trouble calving. Perhaps ask them to fill the tractor with fuel and give a choice between diesel fuel and gasoline. Make it clear that inexperience is not a bad thing as long as the worker knows to ask for advice. Employees add a number of responsibilities, liabilities and legal requirements to an employer. Be sure to check with your provincial labour relations office to ensure you meet all requirements with regard to taxation, worker compensation, medical insurance, work visas, worker protection standards, minimum wage, benefits, driver’s license, and child labour laws. Money is a big consideration in labour management but there are other important considerations as well such as benefits and incentives. Whatever ‘wage package’ you offer an employee, be sure it is clear, measurable, in writing, and commensurate with experience. Ask yourself these questions:

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• Is the wage offered competitive with those of industry and other agricultural employers? • What would it cost to train and hire someone to replace a worker? • How should employees be paid – by the hour, week, or month? What about overtime? • What does a competitive fringe benefits package look like? (i.e. housing, utilities, meat, medical insurance, holidays, paid training, etc.) • What should my incentive plan be? (i.e. related to production, profits, or unspecified bonus?) “Employees are looking for a positive work environment that includes recognition and respect,” says Stewart. “While employers want employees to show initiative and pride in their jobs and to contribute to a profitable business, offering a pleasant and conscientious work environment could be one of the most effective profitability tools on your farm.” The CFA, CASA, FCC and AAFC want to remind Canadian farmers that “Plan • Farm • Safety.” means that hiring and keeping good farm workers is an important part of risk management and farm management. -Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

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Early spring weed control important The unusual fall of 2009 did not allow most farmers a chance to complete much fall weed control, so it will be up to spring burnoff treatments to control winter annual weeds and early emerging perennials. It will be important to control these weeds early in the spring in order to retain the crop’s full yield potential. Weeds growing in the field prior to crop seeding will deplete valuable resources that would otherwise be available for the crop, resulting in yield losses. Research by the University of Saskatchewan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and E.I. duPont Canada showed that for later-seeded crops, early glyphosate applications to control winter annual weeds resulted in higher yields compared to applications that were delayed until just prior to seeding. Producers should complete their burnoff applications as soon as possible in the spring to receive the greatest yield benefit. In tests, as expected, wheat that was seeded in late May yielded significantly less than wheat seeded in early May when glyphosate was applied just prior to seeding. When the glyphosate application was made in early May for both

early- and late-May seeding dates, there was no yield penalty for late seeding. This suggests that the timing of preseed weed control may be more important to yield than the timing of seeding. This concept applies to all pre-seed herbicides. The other advantage to early application is better control of tough winter annual weeds such as narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard. Based on this research, producers will be well served by controlling winter annual weeds and dandelions early. - by Clark Brenzil, PAg, Crops Branch, Sask. Agriculture

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Soil testing – don’t guess Soil testing provides a measurement of nutrients available in the soil and helps determine the appropriate levels of each nutrient to be added as fertilizer to correct a deficiency. Take samples from a

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number of random locations in the field and bulk them to provide a composite sample for analysis. This will provide an average soil test value for the field. Benchmark sampling can also be used where

a small area considered to represent the field is sampled. Dividing the field into management zones is particularly effective in rolling and hummocky landscapes and where management practices or soil

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FLAVELL FARM John and Annie Flavell, from England, immigrated to Canada and homesteaded in the Mariton district. In 1904, John took out homestead rights on SW 36-22-23 in the RM of 220. Their children, Kathleen (Nelson), Fred and Ben, also made the trip from England with their parents. Fred recalled many times in his stories of the early days becoming sea sick on the ship as they travelled to Canada. He also told of the trip from Lumsden to Marieton, taken by ox and cart, with the water being so high it was above the axles on the wheels. Settling in an area close to a lake with an abundance of wildlife, water and trees allowed John and Annie the amenities they needed to survive pioneer life. They built a mud and poplar pole house for their home and hunted and fished for much of their food. In John and Annie’s farm life, work was done with oxen and plow, later progressing to horses. In 2004, 100 years and

The Flavell farmhouse, circa 1906.

4 generations later, greatgrandson Garry Flavell, and his wife Leila, along with their children Leah, Jesse and Josh, were honored with the Century Family Farm Award. This award is given to members of the same family who have farmed or ranched the land continuously for 100 years or more. During John and Annie’s time, mixed farming was the way of life, and Garry and Leila continue with a mixed farm operation. They organic grain farm and raise commercial cattle, as well as breed CKC registered Labrador Retrievers. Garry also has a construction business

characteristics differ. Contact your soil test lab to understand their sampling protocol and recommendation philosophy. Determine whether these are consistent with your nutrient management objectives. Obtain information from any soil laboratory on proper sampling procedures, handling and shipping, and services provided. Provide the lab with all relevant information – such as cropping history, depth of subsoil moisture and cropping intentions—that will help them interpret the results properly and provide the best recommendations. Measure subsoil moisture to enable adjustments to crop inputs if necessary. Soil sampling and testing fits the 4R concept (right source, right rate, right time and right placement) of best management practices for fertilizers by ensuring that the right nutrients and right rates are determined and applied.

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Carlton Trail 4-H Horse Club February activities

The month started off with public speaking at the club level on February 6 in Jansen Community Hall, sponsored by the Jansen Kinsmen. Every member of the club is required to participate at the club level, with each age group having ‘length of speech’ requirements. The topic can be any subject the member wishes. The top two winners in each age category are eligible to advance to the district competition. If they are unable to go on to districts, the next member placed in their age group can go on instead. Judges were Rita Widdifield of Lanigan area and Sister Marian Noll of Wynyard. They really had their work cut out for them, as all of the speakers were excellent! The program began with O Canada and the 4-H pledge, then MC Cheryl Guenther took us through the speak-

ers. Members eligible to advance to districts were: Cloverbuds – Jenna Bernauer and Nikki Weisbeck, Juniors – Tayler Johnston and Tuff Antypovich, Intermediates – Kolby and Coltin Antypovich, and Seniors – Skylar Johnston. Morgan Ilg also advanced in her age group, but can only represent one club at districts, so will compete for the Carlton Trail 4-H Beef Club. Judges made comments to help each speaker in the future and refreshments were served. On February 9, leaders Sandy Mills, Sue Bernauer, John and Shani Antypovich and members Morgan Ilg, Skylar Johnston, Jenna Bernauer, Kolby, Coltin and Tuff Antypovich travelled to Humboldt for the Horse Seminar with speakers Dr. Trish Dowling and Rachael Bates, hosted by Saskatchewan Agriculture. We were joined by a

large crowd and gained valuable, practical information regarding horse health and management. The speakers made themselves available at the end for a question and answer period as well, if you didn’t mind standing in line! It was a late night, but well worth it. Members of our club were shocked and saddened to learn of Antypovich’s housefire on March 2. Thankfully all the people members of the family made it out of the house safely. What a traumatic event to go through – our best wishes are with you all, and your 4-H club is here to help you in any way we can! Sue Bernauer photo submitted by Sandy Mills


4-H poker derby fundraiser a success

Our Carlton Trail 4-H Horse Club organized a snowmobile poker derby at Eugene and Carol McSymytz’s farm on February 20 and it turned out to be fun and successful. We are a new club this year and it was our first fundraiser. Silent poker hands were sold before the ride and we also sold smokies, hot dogs, chili, donuts, pop, hot chocolate and coffee that day. There was approximately 70 snowmobilers and a few people that came to join the fun and support our club. Door prizes were donated by several local businesses and individuals who just walked in with an arm load of items and set them on our door prize table!

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We also had generous donations of food from a few businesses. 50/50 tickets were sold and some of the winners kindly donated part of their winnings back to our club. The poker and mystery hand winners also very generously donated some of their winnings back to our club. We, the children 4-H members, were busy selling poker hands, 50/50 tickets and food, with the help of our parents, and then we had a blast playing outside and snowmobiling on the trails. It was an excel-

lent day! Snowmobilers said the 30 mile trail was scenic, the snow conditions were great and the weather was perfect at -8°C. They said they really enjoyed their day and would be back again next year if we host it again. After the poker derby day, we spent our time planning and getting ready for the District 43 Public Speaking Competition in Jansen on March 7. Tayler Johnston photo submitted by Sandy Mills

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District #43 4-H Public Speaking Event held FCC honours women in agriculture

Pictured are: (back row, left to right) Sue Bernauer, Serge Pellitier, Dave Renwick, Dianne Bartel, Patty Smith, Charity Mills; (middle row, left to right) Tonja Friesen, Morgan Ilg, Skylar Johnston, Kyle Ilg, Davis Schmidt, Tayler Johnston; Photo by Charity Mills. (front row, left to right) Jenna Bernauer, Nikki Weisbeck, Jenna Schmidt and Hadley Schmidt. The District speak-off was held at the Jansen Community Hall on Sunday, March 7 with 10 members from two clubs competing. Judging for this event was by Dianne Bartel of Lanigan, Patty Smith of Nokomis, Dave

Renwick of Jansen, and Serge Pellitier of Saskatoon. All of the speakers did very well, and the judges supplied some valuable comments for the speakers at the end of the program. Master of Ceremonies was Craig Mills, and

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East region. Good luck to you all at Regionals! A raffle was held on a gift basket with all proceeds going to the John Antypovich family, who lost their house to fire March 2. $105.40 was raised. Funds were also collected by anyone willing to donate, and an additional $270.50 was added to the raffle proceeds, for a total of $375.90. What great support from everyone attending the event! Door prizes were donated by local area businesses. This event is made possible by the many local businesses and organizations that sponsor it. Please show your support as they’ve provided invaluable help to the local 4-H community. - submitted by Sandy Mills and Sue Bernauer

“These impressive women truly shine as outstanding role models in their communities and within the agriculture industry. They all have pursued very successful careers in agriculture,” an FCC spokesperson said. The award was created in 2005 to honour Rosemary Davis, FCC’s first female board chair. Rosemary was a successful agribusiness owner and operator for many years, and active in the industry. Judging criteria for the award include demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and making a difference in agriculture by displaying passion for the industry and a clear vision for its future. To date, over 200 women – ranging from their early 20s to their mid-80s, from a range of agriculture and agribusiness sectors – have been nominated for this award. Twenty Rosemary Davis Awards have been presented to outstanding women and leaders in the agricultural industry.

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the volunteer timer was Val Koshinsky. District President, Skylar Johnston, and Vice-President, Morgan Ilg presented the judges, timer and master of ceremonies with a 4-H themed thank you gift and card at the end of the program, with the thank you cards being handmade artwork and crafts created by the younger members of the district. Receiving the first place medals for their wonderful performances were: Senior – Skylar Johnston; Intermediate – Morgan Ilg; Junior – Tayler Johnston; and Cloverbud – Jenna Schmidt. These four speakers are eligible to advance to the regional 4-H speaking event held in Melfort on March 21, where they will compete against other 4-H members from the North

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is recognizing five women for their leadership and commitment to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry with the 2010 FCC Rosemary Davis Award. On March 15, FCC announced this year’s award recipients. Each award winner represents an FCC business region in Canada. The 2010 winners are: Bette Jean Crews, crops and horticulture producer, industry leader, teacher and volunteer from Trenton, Ontario; Gay Hahn, dairy producer, industry leader, educator and volunteer from Burnaby, BC; Jeannie van Dyk, dairy and crops producer, volunteer, mentor and teacher from Noel Shore, Nova Scotia; Margaret Rempel, hog and crops producer, volunteer, industry and community leader from Ste. Anne, Manitoba; and Marie Gosselin, greenhouse operator, agrologist, business woman and industry leader from Portneuf, Quebec.


We salute the farmers who helped make our country what it is today.

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FARMERS Saskatchewan Agriculture Week We salute you during this special week and wish you continued growth and prosperity in future years.

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Turn Your Spring Into Winter! According to Ducks Unlimited, if you’re planning to grow winter wheat, choosing the right spring crop can pay huge dividends for your winter wheat crop this fall. Ducks Unlimited offers the following cropping tips: As you’re making your spring cropping plans, aim to have the first fields seeded in the spring be the ones to precede winter wheat. Select early maturing varieties that produce adequate stubble for winter wheat to be direct seeded into. One of the key building blocks to successful winter wheat production is establishing a healthy plant in the fall. Choose a spring crop that will have stubble available between August 20th and September 15th, for timely seeding of winter wheat. This provides sufficient time for the plant to develop a strong and healthy crown prior to winter. The other key to winter wheat is winter survival. Winter survival depends on plant health as well as soil temperature. Though growers can’t change winter’s cold blast, seeding into stubble that catches adequate snow will insulate the plants and protect winter wheat during the coldest months. Canola, mustard and cereal stubble are the best choices to precede your winter wheat crop. If you’re a first-time winter

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wheat grower, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) can help you with your planning decisions. “Success with your winter wheat crop is dependent on decisions you make throughout the year, not just in fall”, says Mark Akins, Agrologist with DUC. “Now’s the time to decide which spring crop and variety should precede your winter wheat crop. Long time growers often have a Plan A and Plan B for providing stubble for fall seeding. Plan your spring seeding dates, so you can increase stubble availability during August 20th to September 15th. Choices you make this spring can provide optimal conditions for a successful winter wheat crop.” Another important part of planning for winter wheat is selecting a field free of winter annual weeds. Winter annuals like Flixweed, Downy Brome, Japanese Brome and Narrow Leaved Hawk’s Beard can be problematic in winter wheat because they compete with the crop due to their similar life cycles. This can be overcome by either avoiding fields with winter annual problems or cleaning up the fields prior to fall seeding and paying close attention to fall and early spring weed control in the winter wheat crop.

Beginning on March 31, young Saskatchewan workers aged 14 and 15 must successfully complete the online Young Worker Readiness Certificate course, print out a certificate of completion and have their parent or guardian sign the certificate in order to be allowed to work. Employers will also be required to keep a copy of a certificate in their files for each of their 14and 15-year-old employees. Completion of the course is one of four requirements set out in the Minimum Age legislation that was introduced last summer. Young workers under the age of 16 must also have the consent of their parent or guardian; are not allowed to work after 10 p.m. on a day preceding a school day or before the time that school starts in the morning; and cannot work more than 16 hours during a school week. Current legislation continues to restrict the employment of young people in casinos and in the sale, handling or service of alcohol, during school hours and in certain high-risk occupations. The amended regulations do not apply to some working situations, for example traditional farming operations.


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We’ve all seen days like this in the past month or so: hoarfrost that lasts all day long, and makes you squint to see what you’re actually looking at. This abandoned farmyard east of Nokomis looks all the more lonely, coated in a layer of frost, and begging for Photo: LMT staff someone to stoke the fire and bring it back to life.

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1970 saw the establishment of a 2,500 head feedlot operated by 8 employees and owned by 50 shareholders. Over 40 years, Pound-Maker has become Canada’s First Integrated Feedlot/Fuel Ethanol Facility, increasing the cattle feeding capacity to one-time holdings of 28,500 head. The construction of the ethanol plant in 1990 has increased the consumption of locally grown grain, with 110,000 acres of production required annually. The annual production of 13 million litres of ethanol, a cleaner burning, renewable fuel additive, provides nutrient rich cattle feed co-products utilized by the cattle in the feedlot. Pound-Maker currently employees 50 people and is owned by over 250 shareholders. Creating jobs, helping the environment, creating new markets and revitalizing a rural economy have been the vision for the past 40 years and will continue to guide Pound-Maker into the future.


Our Salute to You!! Today we salute, commend and thank all the men, women and children involved in Agriculture, and sincerely thank you for the privilege of serving your agricultural as well as lawn and grounds care needs. We look forward to serving the community for many years to come.

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We openly acknowledge that the contributions from our local producers to our community are overwhelming. Our local producers, along with others in Saskatchewan, are well-deserving of recognition during the week commonly referred to as Agriculture Week. We salute you as outstanding citizens of our community, and wish you all the best in the year ahead.

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The fourth and final tender of the Hog Farm Transition Program (HFTP) was held Wednesday, March 10 and preliminary results have been released by the Program Administrator and an independent third party scrutinizer. Of the total 274 bids submitted, 93 bids were accepted before the $14 million allotted to this fourth tender was allocated. A total of $14,197,732 will be issued to successful bidders under this tender. Lowest bids were accepted first, followed by successively higher bids until the funds for that tender were exhausted. The fourth tender resulted in a range of successful bids between a low of $493.80/ AUE and a high of $888.97/ AUE. The AUE was developed as a method to compare bids among all types of animals and facilities. Using this system, each total farm bid submitted was converted to a dollar per “animal unit equivalent” or AUE. Successful bidders must confirm their participation no later than Thursday, April 15, 2010. To confirm participation, producers

must sign and return the letter of confirmation that will be included with all successful bid packages to be sent shortly. If confirmation is not received by April 15, the bid will be deemed unsuccessful and funds will go back to the HFTP program for distribution to other producers. As this is the final tender in the program, any residual funds and funds previously

allocated to p r o d u c e r s who have since decided not to participate in the program will be used to honour bids next in line from the results of this fourth tender. Complete and final results from the fourth tender are expected by April 30th, allowing time for reallocation of funds returned to the program by producers who have withdrawn their bids. Producers wishing to appeal decisions made by the HFTP

must submit their appeal in writing to be received by the program administrator no later than April 15, 2010. As the program draws to a close, information will be made public through the CPC website and will also be conveyed directly to provincial member organizations. The program will maintain its monitoring and audit functions to ensure compliance with the program over the coming three years. The $75 million Hog Farm Transition Program is funded by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada and administered by the Canadian Pork Council. Ongoing information on the program is available from the Canadian Pork Council at www.cpc-ccp. com. The Canadian Pork Council serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, the organization’s purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.


The businesses in this special edition salute the agriculture industry because they are committed to serving the industry and the residents of our area, to the best of their abilities. Last Mountain Times and The Market Connection encourage you who are saluted to show your appreciation by patronizing the businesses advertised on these pages.

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Agriculture Week: Minister’s Message Last year, Saskatchewan exported over $8 billion worth of agriculture and agrifood products, accounting for 37 per cent of the province’s total exports. This includes exports of more than $100 million dollars to each of 19 countries around the world. Saskatchewan’s agricultural products are proudly served everywhere from Algeria to Venezuela. In 2008, Saskatchewan supplied 48 per cent of the world’s pea exports and nearly 70 per cent of the world’s lentils exports. The province also produced 31 per cent of global mustard seed exports and 49 per cent of the world’s flaxseed exports.

With 43 per cent (more than 49 million acres) of Canada’s total cultivated farmland, there is opportunity for our industry to grow. Saskatchewan is well-positioned to increase its productivity and strengthen its reputation as one of the best and most reliable suppliers of food in the world. Recently, I traveled to three U.S. states with a team of Saskatchewan agriculture industry leaders. The trip was an opportunity to promote the province’s potential and its investment opportunities. Meetings on trade issues, such as Country of Origin Labelling, were also held to try and strengthen our relationship with our largest trading

partner. While export markets are pivotal to our agriculture industry, we are also growing our markets here in Saskatchewan. The recent establishment of two canola crushing plants in Yorkton and expansion at the facility in Clavet are examples of this. As the temperature continues to warm and the days get longer, thoughts of another growing season are front and centre. In light of this, I commend each of our farming and ranching families for their hard work and dedication, and wish you a safe and productive year ahead. Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture

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Pork to be allowed back into China

Agri-environmental work showing progress

Canadian pork products will be back on Chinese grocery store shelves after Canada recently secured the first certification agreement to allow pork imports to China, based on significant negotiations recognizing World Organisation for Animal Health standards.

The impact that cattle production can have on the environment has not gone unnoticed by many producers in the Lanigan-Manitou and Lewis Creek area. Area producers have been working to help protect surface and ground water sources with the assistance of the CanadaSaskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program (CSFSP) and in conjunction with the LaniganManitou and Lewis Creek Agri-environmental Group Plans (AEGP). Funding has been allocated for projects such as decommissioning old wells, extensive winter grazing infrastructure, and to relocate livestock confinement facilities away from high-risk surface water sources.

This important development builds on the success of a recent federal trade mission to China. Canadian producers depend on fair, science-based rules set out by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) so they can compete and succeed globally. In spring of 2009, China banned pork imports from


H1N1-affected countries. In December, Canada was successful in getting this ban lifted, and since then, Canada has been working to develop supplementary certification requirements. China is an important market for Canadian pork valued at $45 million in 2008. Discussions on the Chinese importation of Canadian live swine are continuing and Canada is hopeful for early resolution.



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Colleen Fennig “For the Lanigan-Manitou AEGP, 20 different producers have applied for funding for about 35 different projects.

These projects include well decommissioning, fencing to protect the environment and applications for remote watering systems,” said Colleen Fennig, the technical advisor for the group plan. The Lewis Creek AEGP, which follows Lewis Creek from south-west of Watrous to Last Mountain Lake, was formed in the summer of 2009. A small AEGP compared to Lanigan-Manitou, Lewis Creek has big environmental plans. To date, it has received more than $70,000 worth of government funding for projects. It will also host two demonstration sites for eco-buffers sponsored by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Agri-Environment Services Branch. There are only two other sites in all of Saskatchewan. An eco-buffer is a zone around a coulee area that helps minimize the impacts of agricultural practices around water bodies and provides habitats for wildlife and native plant species. Howard and Gordon Crittenden are mixed farm producers in the Lewis Creek AEGP, who have demonstrated exceptional environmental stewardship by voluntarily relocating their corrals and calving barn away from Lewis Creek. The site of the old corral system experiences flood-

ing every year, which can result in manure contaminated run-off entering the creek. “Moving the corrals and calving barn was a really good fit for us. We were able to do our part to protect the creek and at the same time receive funding to help with the cost” says Howard Crittenden. “Producers in the Lewis Creek AEGP should be very proud. The group has accomplished a lot for its first year. I look forward to working with the producers on future projects” says Fennig. Plans are also in the works to expand AEGP benefits to the Last Mountain Lake and Arm River areas. Such benefits include access to CSFSP funding and access to technical support for both planning and applying for funding for projects. “Normally producers without an individual environmental farm plan do not have access to government funding to implement beneficial management practices. With this group, producers living within the AEGP boundaries can get money for projects that are water related such as manure management, livestock management, land management and water well management” says Fennig. CSFSP funding is available to producers until March 31, 2011.

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Growing your own seed The Strasbourg and District Foodgrains Bank committee: (left to right, back row) Gerald Munholland, Darryl Kerr, Roy Erickson, John deHoop, Erwin Hack, Ernie Gritzfeldt and Warren Larsen; (front, seated) Rev. Glen Lonie (left) and Tony Gillich. This year we planted a crop of Roundup Ready Canola. With the help of a large donated air drill and tractor, the crop was seeded May 16. Our crop, like others, developed well but slowly with the cool summer and was swathed with a demo September 4. By the time it was ready, the weather wasn’t. After enduring the snows and showers of October, a small window of opportunity opened on October 21 when three member combines harvested 3476 bu. of canola delivered to LM Terminal, Southey. It was truly a remarkable crop in the circumstances. Next year we hope our wheat crop will do as well. We held an informational breakfast in November attended by over 30 people. Dave Meier from the CFB reported that our project was one of 32 in Saskatchewan covering 5000 acres. In 2008, together we raised $1,800,000. Crystal Montes from Lanigan reported on a two week study tour to

the CFB project in Haiti. Some financial highlights for 2009: • Value of the crop delivered: $29,055.84 • Sent to CFB after expenses and donations: $24,363.00 We gratefully received in kind donations of seed, chemical and a portion of the fertilizer, fuel and hail insurance

which made our final contribution more substantial. Our contribution of $24,363 to the CFGB is matched 4:1 by the Canadian International Development Agency so $121,815 can be available to the overseas development arms of our five partnering churches. EG

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This spring, many growers are sharpening their crop planning pencils and trying to cut costs. One input column they are looking at is seed. Cleaning your own seed and planting it may save you a few dollars per acre – but only if it doesn’t impact the crop you grow or impair your ability to sell the crop. The first thing that must be done is to have your seed tested for quality. This can easily be done by sending a sample (preferably cleaned) to an accredited seed lab. This year, there is a wide range of seed quality – mainly due to last year’s harvest. We can basically divide last fall’s harvest into two pieces – before October and after October. Grain harvested in September came off in good quality and samples sent away have good germination and low disease levels. The flip side is grain that was harvested after the cool, wet weather we had in October. These samples show poor germination levels and

has arisen this year regards flax. Due to the issues with trace levels of G.M. flax showing up in Europe, the industry has adopted a protocol that requires that flax sold for export into Europe must be grown from certified seed. Therefore if you grow flax from your own cleaned seed, you will have significantly restricted the market for your product. Finally, consider seed treatment. There have been numerous studies that show seed germination can be improved with a seed treatment. This will occur mainly when the seed is infected with one or more of the common seed diseases including Fusarium, Pythium and Cochliobolus. However, one must remember the old adage, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. While a seed treatment may be able to raise the germination level by five to 15 per cent, it can’t perform miracles. For example, don’t expect seed with germinations below 75 per cent to be raised to levels acceptable for planting. Take a few minutes to calculate the real cost of planting your own seed. Factor in the current value of the seed, the cost of cleaning, cleanout and trucking as well as possibly needing to treat the seed with a seed treatment. After getting a germination test, compare this to the cost of certified seed to make your best informed decision. - Breeanna Kelln, M. Sc., P.Ag. Manager Agronomic Services Humboldt Market Center

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high levels of disease. Most samples submitted from this harvest period are not acceptable for planting this spring. The second thing to consider before submitting a sample for germination is any chemical treatment that may have been applied to the crop ‘pre-harvest’. Seed from crops treated with glyphosate as a pre-harvest harvest aid have shown reduced germination and abnormal growth. Usually the abnormal growth is picked up by the germination test. If you do submit a sample of seed for a germination test that you know or suspect has been treated with glyphosate, it is a good idea to indicate that the sample has received this treatment. The third thing to consider is contracts that may restrict your planting of the seed. There are various varieties that have restrictions. ‘Clearfield Wheat’ for example, requires that samples be submitted for a ‘Clearfield Confirm’ test that will indicate that the seed is indeed tolerant to the chemicals that are used in this system. Other ‘Clearfield’ crops have restrictions about growing your own seed as does ‘Roundup Ready’ and ‘Liberty Link’ crops. Certain varieties of wheat and barley also have restrictions about re-planting. This includes the new ‘Wheat Midge Tolerant’ varietal blends. As a stewardship practice to ensure resistance to the midge tolerance genes does not occur, seed of these wheat varieties is required to be renewed every second year. A new consideration that


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Canada’s cattle producers like new Federal Budget The Federal Budget 2010 included $25 million to compensate for the cost of collecting and disposing of specified risk materials or SRM. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association congratulated the Government of Canada for delivering this much-needed compensation. “In 2007, the federal government implemented costly new regulations intended to

expedite the elimination of BSE in Canada. The CCA fully supports that objective, but has always wanted Canadian and U.S. regulatory costs in this area to remain harmonized. However, the U.S. regulation implemented in 2009 is not as costly as the Canadian approach put in place two years earlier,” a CCA spokesman said. A recent survey by the

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Canadian Meat Council showed the average volume of SRM for each over thirty month (OTM) head of cattle in Canada in a federally inspected slaughter facility is 58 kilograms. That equates to about 10 per cent of the weight of the animal that has to be disposed of. In the hundreds of small provincially inspected facilities across Canada, the amount of SRM waste is easily double that of the federal facilities on a per animal basis – somewhere in the range of 20 per cent to 25 per cent of the weight of the animal. Without the presence of federal inspectors, renderers treat all waste that these small abattoirs produce as SRM. In the U.S. however, less material is considered as SRM and they have collection and treatment options not allowed in Canada. In the U.S., each OTM animal produces about one pound (0.45 kg) of SRM material for disposal. This equates to a nearly $32 per head cost disadvantage to kill an OTM animal in a

Canadian federally inspected facility versus the U.S. U.S. companies are able to use that cost advantage to outbid Canadian packers for the animals. Without the compensation included in Federal Budget 2010, the ability to continue killing OTM cattle in Canada would be in jeopardy. “We’ve already seen consequences in every province either with packers closing their doors completely or changing their policy regarding cows. The compensation in the Federal Budget should

help to reverse this trend. Our ultimate objective is to return Canadian and U.S. SRM disposal regulations to a harmonized state. The CCA is

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Designated barley initial payment Methods for controlling increased for 2009-10 crop year Richardson’s ground squirrel

The Canadian Wheat Board announced that 2009-10 initial payments for designated barley will increase by $26.50 per tonne, effective March 18, 2010. This payment value will apply to all grades and classes. The total initial payment to date is basis in-store Vancouver or St. Lawrence and must be adjusted for freight/elevation charges to arrive at farm gate prices. A complete listing of payments for all grades in dollars per tonne and dollars per bushel is available at by clicking Farmers and then Farmer Payments. The adjustment payments, in dollars per tonne, for representative grades are listed below: Grade Initial Adjustment Total payment 2009-10 payment payment to date PRO (Feb.) Select CW 2-Row Designated Barley





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Agricultural Societies receive funding The Saskatchewan Association of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions (SAASE) says it welcomes a new partnership agreement with the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. The five-year agreement, which flows through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, guarantees core funding to SAASE of $310,000 a year until March 31, 2014 of which $45,000 is directed to the Venture Project Program. This year, Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport is also giving SAASE an additional

$50,000. These funds will be going to community and event development through the SAASE Venture Project Program, bringing the total amount available in 2010 to $95,000. “We are pleased to provide grants to community organizations. The grants support events that are important to community vitality,” Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Dustin Duncan said. “They provide tremendous value to rural Saskatchewan by helping ensure the cultural identity of our province includes

y the agricultural industry. ger comWe build stronger rkmunities by working with organizations such as SAASE.” The additional funding will have a focus on tour-ism and developing new events with wide appeal. It will also be used to pronce mote and enhance ife within the quality of life communities around Sas-

katchewan. The SAASE Pro Venture Project Program has been in place sin 1996 and since has been used to assist numerou events and ous pro projects around the province b by supplying the seed money to get those proje ects up and ru running. The addi additional Tourism, Pa Parks, Culture and Sport funding will allow SAASE to increase

the impact of the existing program by assisting existing SAASE members and new SAASE members to develop new events and programs. “The contribution to Saskatchewan tourism, as well as the economic impact of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions is huge,” SAASE Executive Director Glen Duck said. “Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions have an economic impact of over $200 million a year to Saskatchewan. The new Venture Project – Community/Event Development

Program will help to ensure that the impact of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions continues to grow.” SAASE is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, provincial association dedicated to serving Agricultural Societies and Exhibition Associations in promoting the agricultural industry and community development and growth in Saskatchewan. SAASE does this by providing opportunities for education, facilitating membership alliances and partnerships, advocacy, and exercising leadership.

Pulse check-off qualifies for federal tax credit Producers who contribute pulse check-off dollars to the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers are eligible to earn a federal investment tax credit through the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. The tax credit is based on check-off funds spent on research and development that meets specific criteria as set out by Canada Revenue Agency. For the 2009 tax year, 27 per cent of the Saskatchewan

pulse check-off qualifies for the SR&ED tax credit. Producers can calculate their total check-off contribution by referring to their pulse sales receipts, which show the check-off allocation. Of this total, 27 per cent is eligible to earn an investment tax credit. This resulting checkoff amount is eligible to earn an investment tax credit up to a maximum of 20 per cent for individuals and up to a maximum of 35 per cent for corporate producers that are

Canadian controlled private corporations. The 27 per cent is comprised of research performed in the following provinces: Saskatchewan 25 per cent, Manitoba 1 per cent, and Quebec 1 per cent. To claim the federal tax credit on their tax returns, producers must file a T2038 (IND) for farm proprietorships or a T2SCH31 for farm corporations. The investment tax credit earned may be used as follows: to offset federal tax

owing in the current year; if no federal taxes are owing, a portion may be refunded to you in that year if you are an individual, or all of the credit may be refunded if you are a corporation (CCPC); to be carried forward up to 20 years to offset federal tax; to be carried back up to three years to reduce federal tax paid in those years. All check-off investment tax credit applied against taxes payable, or refunded, must be reported by the pro-

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ducer as income in the subsequent year. The percentage off check-off/levy that is eligible for SR&ED tax credit for other commodities is: Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission: 7.17 per cent, Western Grain Research Foundation Barley: 76 per cent, Western Grain Research Foundation Wheat: 83 per cent, and Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission: 18 per cent. For more information on the process of claiming the

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Compensation for livestock predation The federal and provincial governments last week announced that producers will be compensated for livestock killed or injured by predators, as part of overall enhancements to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. Producers will be compensated for 100 per cent of the market value of their livestock killed by predators and up to 80 per cent of the market value for injured livestock requiring veterinary services. The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program is also being enhanced to include compensation for wildlife damage to crops and feed used for swath, bale and

corn grazing. In addition, compensation for wild boar damage to crops is being added to the program. The previous $5,200 per yard site compensation limit for wildlife damage to stacked feed will also be removed. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will provide approximately $2.5 million annually in cost-shared funding for the program improvements. All of the enhancements are effective as of April 1, 2010. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) administers the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. There are no premiums and producers


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are not required to be Crop Insurance customers to be eligible for benefits. The Crop Insurance and Wildlife Damage Compensation Programs are cost-shared by the federal and provincial governments. “Livestock predation and wildlife damage to fall and winter grazing operations can have a significant impact on a producer’s bottom line,” Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Chair Jack Hextall said. “In this industry every dollar counts, and we appreciate these improvements to the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to address the needs of cattle producers.”

The 2010 Saskatchewan wheat midge risk map indicates the risk to wheat crops is low for southern regions in Saskatchewan, but high in some areas in the north. Midge populations, and resultant risk from this insect pest, were highest along a corridor north of the North Saskatchewan River extending from northwest of Saskatoon through the North Battleford area toward Lloydminster. Another highly infested area was identified in Rural Municipality #460, southeast of Prince Albert. A moderately high risk area was also noted around Wynyard (RMs 307 and 308). Other moderate risk areas exist, primarily in northern parts of the Dark Brown and the Black soil zones. The survey and map provide a general picture of existing densities and the potential for infestation in 2010; however, climatic conditions – mainly temperature and moisture – will ultimately determine the extent and timing of midge emergence during the growing season. In past years, producers in areas with a potentially high risk of a wheat midge outbreak could plant a non-susceptible crop or apply insecticide. In 2010, producers have the option of planting midge-tolerant wheat. Two midge-tolerant wheat varieties will be available in the upcoming crop year. The 2010 map is based on about 420 samples and, therefore, should be considered an estimate of risk on a regional basis only. Actual midge populations can vary

in individual fields. The distribution pattern shown in the 2010 forecast map is based on viable, unparasitized cocoons found in samples collected in the 2009 fall soil survey. - by Scott Hartley, PAg Provincial Specialist, Sask. Agriculture

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