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WHY THE LONG FACE?
Wet conditions persist in some parts of Sask.
GM wheat discovery prompts calls for changes
Seeding progressing well in most areas despite late start BY BRIAN CROSS SASKATOON NEWSROOM
Early and widespread concerns over a cool and belated spring seeding season have mostly been forgotten in Saskatchewan, although farmers in some areas are still struggling to get their crops seeded between a maze of expanding potholes and recurring spring showers. As of early June, producers across much of the province were on pace to finish spring seeding within a normal timeframe, said provincial crop specialist Grant McLean with Saskatchewan Agriculture. But wet conditions persist in some areas and many farms in southern Saskatchewan could be forced to set aside more acres than expected for summerfallow or winter wheat production. “As a whole, we’re doing quite well when you consider where we were three weeks ago,” McLean said late last week.
Unwelcome news | GM wheat found in an Oregon field catches industry by surprise BY SEAN PRATT SASKATOON NEWSROOM
Players in the Canadian farm industry are calling for everything from a new grain handling system to a complete ban on genetically modified crops in the wake of another GM contamination incident. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed last week that Roundup Ready wheat volunteers were found growing in an 80-acre field in Oregon. The news caught everybody by surprise because Monsanto abandoned its Roundup Ready wheat program in 2005. The company claims its process for closing out the program and disposing of the material was “rigorous, well-documented and audited.” GM wheat has not been approved for sale or for planting in any country in the world. Japan and South Korea have suspended imports of soft white wheat from the U.S. and the European Union announced it will be testing all wheat shipments for GM content once a test is developed. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) said the contamination incident was alarming but not unprecedented. “Canadian farmers are still eliminating GM flax contamination that was discovered 10 years after farmers successfully stopped GM flax from entering the market,” said CBAN co-ordinator Lucy Sharratt. She accused the federal government of not caring about the economic impacts of contamination. “We need a moratorium on all new GM crop approvals and field tests until the contamination risk is adequately recognized in regulation and the environmental, economic and social impacts are fully evaluated,” Sharratt said in a press release. SEE INDUSTRY REACTS, PAGE 2
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Farm groups react Trish Jordan, spokesperson for Monsanto Canada, said that is an over-reaction to an isolated case in another country where few facts have been uncovered. She said the ability to conduct research is critical to bringing forward new traits and there is no reason to restrict the sale of those traits if they are proven safe through regulatory oversight. Kevin Bender, past president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, also doesn’t want to see a moratorium on GM crop research. The technology has allowed farmers to reduce tillage and pesticides and increase yields. Future traits could result in wheat resistant to ergot or fusarium. “There is a lot of benefits to farmers and to consumers,” he said. Jordan said the comparison to the 2009 Triffid flax incident was unfair. That crop was developed in the early days of the biotechnology industry by an independent researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. “The protocols were significantly more stringent in the case of wheat trials,” she said. Monsanto ran hundreds of Roundup Ready wheat trials in both Canada and the U.S. between 1998 and 2005. The last field trial in Oregon happened in 2001. Triffid flax caused the near destruction of the European market when it was detected in shipments of Canadian flax. The USDA said there is no proof that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready wheat has entered the stream of commerce. Monsanto said there is “considerable reason” to believe the presence of the trait is very limited and that it did not result from seed left in the soil or from pollen flow. The company returned to the wheat breeding business in 2009 and is once again working on GM wheat, including herbicide tolerant wheat that was field tested in the U.S. last year. Terry Boehm, president of the National Farmers Union, said the Oregon incident highlights the need to revisit laws surrounding who pays for damage caused by the technology in the form of decreased prices and lost markets. “Farmers have always had to shoulder the market issues with the introduction of these products,” he said. Boehm believes seed technology
companies and the governments that approve their products should be picking up the tab. “The liability piece is sorely missing,” he said. Jordan said it is far too early to be seeking changes to regulations and laws. The USDA and Monsanto have only just started their separate investigations into the contamination incident. “I think it would be premature to start calling for these sorts of extreme measures that would certainly put a damper on innovation,” she said. Jeffrey Smyth, an Ontario-based international advisor to the largest baking and milling companies in Japan, hopes the Oregon case will be a catalyst for a shift to a segregated wheat handling system in North America. “The current system can’t handle that so we should be taking the time now to prepare for a stream of wheat for Europe and Japan and other countries that don’t accept GM,” he said. That is the only solution because seed technology companies are pressing forward with GM wheat and there is no reduction in opposition to the crop in markets like Japan. “People have not been prepared to accept how serious a matter this is,” said Smyth. “There is still a lot of people who say, ‘Oh well, the Japanese will buy GM. They will get over it. The price will be lower, so housewives will buy it.’ That just isn’t the case and I think we see that from this accident.” He was expecting the issue to come to a head when some of the new research on GM wheat around the world was ready to be commercialized. “The fact that this has happened in Oregon is very unexpected. Everyone thought that we were not going to have to deal with this for some more years,” said Smyth. “This is exactly the kind of accident that many people have been worrying about and it has happened.” He has spent the past year urging wheat groups in Canada and the United States to start preparing for the introduction of genetically modified wheat. Smyth hopes the North American wheat industry finally recognizes that one of its biggest customers simply will not tolerate GM wheat. “It’s not something that’s going to go away and the Japanese can always go back to eating rice,” said Smyth.
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Ag Stock Prices Classifieds Events, Mailbox Livestock Report Market Charts Opinion Open Forum On The Farm Weather
COLUMNS Barry Wilson Editorial Notebook Hursh on Ag Market Watch The Bottom Line Cowboy Logic TEAM Living Tips
A day for 4-H: A Saskatchewan community held its 4-H achievement day recent. For more photos, see page 21. | KAREN MORRISON PHOTO
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new marketing agency will arrange transportation and slaughter. 4 GOING TO THE DOGS: An Ottawa research farm hires two dogs to scare pesky geese away from plot trials. 15 WILD BOAR: The Alberta government is still considering a report on how to regulate wild boar. 17 SOYBEAN BIOCONTROL: Researchers look for ways to control soybean aphids using biocontrol methods. 25
Canadian producers hope to cash in on livestock expansion in Kazakhstan. 27 GRAVEYARD MYSTERY: Mystery surrounds the curious case of the solitary headstone in Granum, Alta. 30 4-H BIRTHDAY: Canada’s oldest 4-H club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. 31 WORLD ECONOMY: Export Development Canada’s top economist is optimistic about the world economy. 35
» EXPORTS HALTED: Importers suspend U.S.
wheat with unapproved GM traits.
» RED MAKES GREEN: Poor output abroad
has sent the price of red lentils up.
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» YOUNG DRIVERS: A 4-H driving project
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» ON THE FARM: This Saskatchewan family
focuses on the small things.
» CHOPPER SCOUT: Remote controlled
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» FIELD TRIALS: Parrish & Heimbecker plans
to start field trials this year.
» SASK. STOCK GROWERS: Group marks a
now enters a 60-day comment period.
» NEW HEAD AT CARGILL: Len Penner hands over the reins to Jeff Vassart.
» SMITHFIELD BOUGHT: A Chinese firm plans
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TRANSPORTATION | RAIL
Federal rail bill disappoints Bill C-52 | MPs vote to pass Fair Rail Freight Service Act amid criticism from opposition BY BARRY WILSON OTTAWA BUREAU
In the wee hours of May 30, Conservative MP Pierre Lemieux finally got to have his say about government legislation that gives shippers more market power in dealing with railways. Debate on Bill C-52, the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, was grinding to an end at 12:40 a.m. when Lemieux — the parliamentary secretary to agriculture minister Gerry Ritz — rose as one of the last speakers. The government had imposed a limit on debate and despite opposition complaints that the legislation did not give shippers enough power, all MPs voted later that day to approve the legislation and send it to the Senate for final approval this month. Lemieux, an eastern Ontario rural MP, said the bill will help correct the current market imbalance between commodity shippers and railways. “Our government is committed to ensuring that all shippers, including grain shippers, can negotiate agreements that bring greater clarity and predictability on service,” he said. The legislation will allow shippers to appeal to the Canadian Transportation Agency for an imposed service agreement with penalties for railway violations if a satisfactory commercial agreement between shipper and railway cannot be negotiated. Each violation of promised service per for mance could result in a $100,000 penalty, with the money going to the government. Redress and compensation for producers would have to come from a court judgment against the carriers at extra legal costs against the shippers. Lemieux said the possibility for hefty fines will make it more likely the legislation and court action will not be needed. “This provision (appeal to the CTA) will be a powerful tool for our agricultural sector since it will strongly encourage shippers and rail companies alike to negotiate a commercial agreement,” he said. “The Fair Rail Freight Service Act will help farmers grow their business.” Opposition MPs, while ultimately supporting the bill, used the final debate to lament the fact that the Conservative government for a record 37th time imposed restrictions on the length of parliamentary debate. And they continued to insist that Conservatives should have accepted proposals from shippers and the Opposition to strengthen shipper rights in the bill. Opposition House leader Nathan Cullen followed Lemieux with praise for his fellow New Democrats and criticism of Conservatives’ refusal to accept amendments. “New Democrats have stood in their places and said that while they will not sacrifice the good for the per-
The legislation does not fully achieve the objectives that the shipping community had been hoping for. They have been waiting for a long time. RALPH GOODALE LIBERAL MP
fect, this is an opportunity for the Conservatives to continue to learn that they are not the experts in all things, that they should once in a while put a little water in their wine and have a little humility,” he said. Brandon, Man. Conservative Merv Tweed, chair of the Commons agriculture committee, said that despite opposition criticism, the legislation is widely supported by producers. “Most importantly, the (bill) would give shippers new tools to level the playing field in their relationship with the railways,” he said. “The fundamental change would help to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted delivery of Canadian products to our customers.” Regina Liberal Ralph Goodale told the House that while Liberals would support the bill, it could have been much better. “There is significant disappointment not just in the House but in the shipping community,” Goodale said. “The legislation does not fully achieve the objectives that the shipping community had been hoping for. They have been waiting for a long time.” In fact, when the Conservativedominated Commons transport committee rejected all opposition amendments, many of them based on proposals from the Coalition of Rail Shippers, CRS chair Bob Ballantyne said he was disappointed. However, he said Bill C-52 should be passed because even in its flawed state, it is better than nothing. “I think there is a lot of disappointment and a lot of skepticism about how effective this will be,” Ballantyne said. “We’ll see but it’s all we’ve got at the moment so I think my members think we should support it but with disappointment.” The debate now switches to the Senate where the coalition likely will suggest changes. However, with little time to consider the bill before Parliament adjourns for the summer in late June, Conservative senators are unlikely to engage in extended debate or support amendments. The government likely will end the current parliamentary session during the summer, returning in the autumn with a throne speech and a new agenda. All legislation not passed into law by then would die.
Scientists, teachers and students gather around a diffuse radiometer during a tour of the Saskatoon Climate Reference Station on May 30. The station, operated by the Saskatchewan Research Council, has been collecting climate data for 50 years and provides data to governments, universities, insurance agencies and agriculture sector clients. | WILLIAM DEKAY PHOTO
A CLOSER INSPECTION |
Soggy in Sask. » CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE “We’re certainly not as far advanced as we were last year but we’re pretty close.” With some farmers finished and others still pushing ahead, the province’s grain and oilseed producers now have differing opinions about what type of weather would be most beneficial for the province’s 2013 crop. In areas where spring seeding is mostly complete, producers would welcome a rain. But elsewhere, sunshine and drying winds are needed. In areas north of Prince Albert, northwest of Saskatoon and southeast of Regina, wet conditions persist and recurring showers over the past two weeks have hampered seeding progress. And in northwestern Saskatchewan — an area that covers tens of thousands of square kilometres — it is estimated that seven percent of the region’s total acreage will go unseeded due to excess moisture. Further south, in a large area that stretches east and west along Saskatchewan’s border with Montana
and North Dakota, conditions are variable and seeding has been delayed by recurring rains. “The wettest spots, I think, are right along the U.S. border in southeastern Saskatchewan and also in the Regina Plains,” McLean said. “There are certainly pockets … where they have had wet conditions for the past couple of years and it continues to be a challenge for them to get into those fields in a timely manner, but as a whole, I think most producers in the province are quite pleased with the progress they’ve made.” According to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s most recent crop report issued May 30, many areas along the Saskatchewan-U.S. border had received 50 millimetres of rain since April 1 while others had received 100 mm or more. In some areas south of Yorkton, 100 to 150 mm of rain have been recorded over the last two months. Wayne Amos, owner of Big Dog Seeds near Oxbow, Sask, said seeding progress and moisture conditions are highly variable in his area, depending on rainfall amounts and local drainage conditions. “It’s variable but yes, we are quite
wet,” Amos said late last month. “Our intention at this point is to complete our seeding but that’s going to be subject to weather,” he added. “If we get (any more rain) it’s certainly going to be a big setback.” Amos said producers in some parts of southeastern Saskatchewan are beginning to reassess their spring seeding plans. Many farmers have yet to take delivery of certified seed orders and demand for seed oats is increasing. Supplies of certified seed oats are tight in the southeast, he added. Elsewhere, farmers have reconsidered their earlier seeding plans and are now gearing up for an increase in winter wheat acreage. Amos is still unsure how much winter wheat he will be planting. “Any acres that don’t go in … we’ll certainly plan on putting those acres, or at least some of those acres, into winter wheat but at this point we don’t even want to go there,” he said. “Right now, we just want to try and remain optimistic and our intention is to get all of our acres in but we will reach a point here, based on the calendar, where people will have to consider their options.”
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LAMB MARKETING | CO-OPERATIVE
National lamb co-op aims to stabilize pricing Members sign for three years | The co-op will arrange transportation and slaughter and develop its own product brand BY BARB GLEN LETHBRIDGE BUREAU
A new national co-operative plans to buy and market lambs from across Canada and improve returns to sheep producers. The Canadian Lamb Producers Co-operative last week announced it had approvals from the Canadian Securities Administration to proceed with national co-op operations, a process that has been in the works for about three years. The co-op is now forming a subsidiary, the Canadian Lamb Company, as the marketing arm for lamb provided by co-op members. Terry Ackerman, chief executive officer for the co-op, said about 200 producers from seven provinces have already sent requests for information. The goal is to sign up 650 to 1,000 producers over the next three years. Pat Smith of Steinbach, Man., one of the largest lamb producers in Canada, is president of the producerowned co-op and will also chair the marketing company board. Head office for the co-op is in Saskatoon and the marketing office will be in Guelph, Ont. To join, producers must buy a membership for $500 and sign on for three years. There is a one-time fee of
$30 for each lamb they commit to selling to the co-op, and producers will be limited to shipping a number of lambs equivalent to 25 percent of their ewe flock. For example, producers with 1,000 ewes would be able to ship a maximum of 250 lambs to the co-op. “We’re not looking for all the lamb producers in the world. We need commercial producers,” said Ackerman. “If you know the name of every lamb, you’re probably not for us.” The co-op intends to start buying lambs this fall. Ackerman said the pricing model will be based on the average price for each weight category in Cookstown, Brussels and Kitchener, Ont., plus five cents per pound live weight. “We want it to be transparent,” he said. “It’s based on a simple formula that producers can check online.” The price paid to producers will include shipping. The co-op will not own any infrastructure and will arrange transportation and slaughter at federally approved plants. The co-op has an agreement with one slaughter plant in Ontario and is working with an Edmonton plant that is expected to get federal certification this fall. The co-op initiative was spearheaded by the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board.
TERRY ACKERMAN CANADIAN LAMB PRODUCERS CO-OPERATIVE
“We’re excited that we finally got there, that we got our approvals and stuff in place. We’re looking forward to moving forward,” said SSDB executive director Gord Schroeder. “We were working on something like this a number of years ago and then we needed a wider base. We needed more producers. It couldn’t just be in Saskatchewan. So this is pushing it to the next level.” Schroeder said producers themselves devised the cost structure and share price. Sheep producers have been suffering from a drastic drop in prices, which are about half what they were in 2011-12. Prairie producers also suffer from the “western discount,” a term for the lower prices typically received for lambs compared to those in eastern Canada. Herman Bouw, chair of the Manitoba Sheep Association, said when he heard about the co-op idea several
years ago, it sounded almost too good to be true. However, he has gained confidence in the concept and is encouraged by Smith’s involvement. “I think what it does for Manitoba sheep producers is it levels the playing field a little, because the markets are typically either east or west,” said Bouw, who farms with his sons near Anola, Man., and has 330 ewes. He and his sons anticipate a significant cash advantage because the coop pays the freight and there will be no sales commission. Ronald den Broeder, chair of Alberta Lamb Producers, said the co-op may become a useful tool to obtain stable pricing. “If they are able to pull it off … it might actually work out,” he said. Bouw said the marketing arm of the co-op will be a major benefit. “(Sheep farmers) are good at production and not so good at marketing. We’re just glad to deliver them someplace and let somebody else market them. To have someone who’s going to be actively doing the marketing makes a lot of sense.” Ackerman said the co-op’s marketing arm will develop its own brand and products designed to make full use of the carcass. The lamb company has licensed 12 formulas including lamb kabobs,
meatballs, ready to eat meals and lamb hamburgers. Prime cuts will also be part of the array. Ackerman said the marketing arm will pursue both domestic and export markets for Canadian lamb, and has already been approached by interested parties in the U.S., Asia, England and New Zealand. He said the co-op has also applied for funding through the federal western diversification department to implement an electronic carcass grading system. Working with the Agriculture Canada research centre in Lacombe, Alta., the co-op wants full traceability, with carcass information available to producers so they can improve their genetics and production. Schroeder said the co-op hopes to have the grading system in place by fall 2014, but that will depend on funding. Once in place, the system would provide financial incentive to produce high quality lambs through price premiums of up to 16 percent. Now that the lamb co-op has broken barriers for national-scale coops rather than provincial ones, Ackerman said other commodities have indicated their interest. Pork, beef, vegetable and fruit producer groups have been in contact. “The spotlight is on us,” said Ackerman. “The precedent’s been set.”
ANIMAL WELFARE | HOG PRODUCTION
Proposed hog code places emphasis on quality of life BY ED WHITE WINNIPEG BUREAU
• Canada’s draft pig code radically updates many hog farming production systems and procedures and addresses most of the contentious issues that have enveloped the industry in recent years. Some contentious practices will be banned if the code is approved, while others will be maintained and have been given support. The major changes and issues addressed include: • Gestation stalls in existing barns will be eliminated by 2024. • Any barn built after July 1, 2014 must employ group housing for gestating sows. • Stalls can be used for a 28-day period after sow insemination,
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plus up to seven more days as sows are moved into open pens. Pain control must be applied when castrating and tail docking piglets. Piglet teeth removal should only be done for aggressive animals. Sick and injured pigs must be dealt with quickly. Euthanasia methods are specified for specific ages of pig. Blunt force trauma for piglets, including “thumping” them on concrete floors, is allowed and supported. Gunshot euthanasia for piglets is banned. Gas euthanasia for most older pigs is not allowed. Boars cannot be injured, as with “boar-bashing,” in order to stop them fighting during transport.
The code, which entered a 60-day comment period on June 1, contains
a sweeping set of recommendations and mandates on all the significant practices employed in farming. It was formulated by the National Farm Animal Care Council, an organization that contains representatives of many groups including farmers, animal welfare organizations, retailers and consumers. The present code was written in 1993 and was based on research, experience and assumptions of that time. The proposed code places much emphasis upon a pig’s quality of life, as opposed to the more mechanistic elements of animal welfare, such as the presence or absence of measurable signs of stress. For instance, the code if passed will require producers to provide “enrichment” elements to all pig housing structures so that the pigs have a
more stimulating environment. Another change in emphasis in the code is a heavier reliance on many measures being listed as “requirements” rather than “recommendations.” In most areas there are some basic requirements that producers will be compelled to follow, as well as best practices listed afterwards. The present code has a bigger emphasis on recommendations. In the draft code’s introduction, the committee notes that the focus is on achieving good animal welfare, but there is still lots of room for farmers to achieve that in their own ways. “As a guiding principle, requirements are intended to be outcome or animal-based, as they are most directly linked to animal welfare, and can be applied in a wide range of ani-
mal production systems,” says the introduction. “Since requirements will often state the necessary outcome, the producer has the flexibility to determine how the outcomes can be achieved using individual husbandry and management systems.” The advent of the new pig code has gathered lots of interest because of the campaigns against gestation stalls and the exposes of pig production methods by activists in recent years. But other livestock industries will also need to grapple with changing requirements in new codes, as a number of code revisions are scheduled to be completed in the near future. FOR HOG PRODUCER REACTION TO THE PROPOSED CODE, SEE PAGE 81.
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AG GROUPS | CELEBRATIONS
Stock Growers remain influential Group celebrates 100 years and the members that make them strong BY KAREN BRIERE REGINA BUREAU
One of the oldest agricultural associations in Saskatchewan celebrates its 100th anniversary next week. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association will meet in the place where it all began — Moose Jaw — and recognize its heritage beginning with a 10-team ranch rodeo competition and barn dance. The annual convention will follow. Murray McGillivray, who was president from 1980 to 1982, said the voluntary, membership-based organization has had its ups and downs over 100 years but prevailed thanks to the cowboys who made it a priority. “I think they’ll be around for quite a while because of the principle of the people, the core people,” he said. “And they have pretty deep roots.” Men who wanted to make sure governments kept ranchers’ interests in mind when drafting legislation formed the SSGA in June 1913. The issues of the day included leases and taxes; those would recur over the years. For the first half-century, the office of the SSGA tended to move with the secretary. When Don Perrin of Maple Creek, Sask., took over in the 1960s, the organization established the small town as its base until the permanent move to Regina in 1981. “When I moved the office from Swift Current I moved a bank account of $2.84 and less than 200 members,” Perrin recalled. “When I left we had a reserve of more than $100,000, and counting affiliates from the breed associations we represented 6,000 producers.” The SSGA became the voice for cow-calf producers but one of the main criticisms has always been that it only represents the “big” ranches of the south. McGillivray said he isn’t sure why the membership didn’t grow in the northern half of the agricultural belt. During his term he travelled to 32 different communities, mostly in the north, but made few inroads. Conventions continue to be held mainly in the south where the membership base is located. “The facts are that, yes, there are some big ranches in the southwest but even in my time they didn’t control the cattle numbers in Saskatchewan,” he said. “There was that stigma that haunted (the SSGA), that we were just a big cattle outfit. I was not a big cattleman at the time.” Many SSGA members saw the advent of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association in the mid-2000s as a threat. All producers who pay checkoff are members by virtue of those payments, and the SCA took control of the checkoff from the SSGA. However, the SSGA remains influential with government as it enters its second century retaining one of its original goals. FOR A RELATED STORY, SEE PAGE 80
Winter wheat should ideally be at the three-leaf stage or tillering going into winter. |
CROPS | WINTER WHEAT
Reseeding rampant as winter wheat fails in western Manitoba Weather takes toll | Province estimates 75 to 80 percent must be reseeded in southwest BY ROBERT ARNASON BRANDON BUREAU
It was painfully obvious to Garth Butcher when the snow finally melted this spring that his winter wheat didn’t survive the dry fall and long, cold winter. He thinks most of the crop probably died before winter because his fields were virtually barren of vegetation in May. “We had large areas in our fields that were large bare areas,” said Butcher, who seeded 500 acres of winter wheat last fall on his farm near Birtle, Man. “I mean, well over half of the field. The odd plant came up, but nothing you could visualize from a distance…. Out of 500 acres we only had one small field that was better than what I’m describing.” Butcher reseeded all 500 acres of h i s w i nt e r w h e at t h i s s p r i n g because there was no chance of harvesting a crop. He isn’t alone. Many growers in western Manitoba had to reseed
WINTER WHEAT ON THE PRAIRIES (000 acres) Man.
Source: Ag Canada principal field crop estimates, April 24
winter wheat in May because the crop wasn’t viable. “There is reseeding occurring throughout the province, but the southwest region and western areas of the central region seem to have a higher concentration of winter wheat acres that are being reseeded,” said Pam de Rocquigny, feedgrains specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. The department estimates that 75 to 80 percent of the winter wheat crop has been or is being reseeded in southwestern Manitoba. Butcher said his winter wheat likely ran into problems last fall when he planted it into dry soil. “I felt at the time we had just
enough moisture to get it started,” he said, but it didn’t rain in time to save the crop. “I think a fair amount of it germinated, but it just stayed dry. I think a lot of it just desiccated. It just dried right out as the soil got drier. So (it) wasn’t viable when the spring came around.” Butcher can’t recall a similar experience with winter wheat in the Birtle area going back to 1980. “(It’s) the worst general failure in our area that there’s ever been.” Dry soil last fall might be the primary culprit on Butcher’s land, but de Rocquigny said a combination of factors might be responsible in other areas. She said winter wheat should ideally be at the three-leaf stage or tillering going into winter. However, many winter wheat plants had only one or two leaves going into winter last year because of dry soil. De Rocquigny said snow cover was likely sufficient, but the length of winter combined with immature
plants and a cold spring likely pushed the crop to the brink. “The ultimate result is reduced plant stands, which is causing producers to reseed,” she said. An April 24 report from Statistics Canada said Manitoba growers seeded an estimated 595,000 acres of winter wheat last fall. However, Winter Cereals Canada executive director Jake Davidson said it’s hard to know at this point how many acres will be lost to reseeding. The Red River Valley is Manitoba’s primary winter wheat growing region, he added, and it appears the crop is faring better in the eastern half of the province. Davidson said it’s difficult to estimate losses because no one knows how many acres of winter wheat are in the ground. “I don’t think with winter wheat we ever know the truth until July,” he said. “In the fall, Ducks Unlimited has a contest (to guess acreage), and the winner gets a bottle of scotch. I’ve never even come close.”
RESEARCH | FUNDING
Sask. gov’t partners to fund wheat research BY KAREN BRIERE REGINA BUREAU
The Saskatchewan government and three companies are teaming up to fund wheat research projects designed to improve yields and competitiveness. The projects are part of a $5 million commitment from the prov-
ince over the next five years. Last week’s announcement from agriculture minister Lyle Stewart revealed spending of $2.7 million in provincial funds; a call for proposals for the remaining $2.3 million will be held in the fall. Dow AgroSciences and the province will each spend $1.25 million on a project to improve food quality
and agronomic performance of wheat varieties. Bayer CropScience and the province are sharing the cost of a project looking at the durability of stripe rust disease resistance in elite Crop Development Centre wheat varieties using both fungicides and genetics. Each partner will spend $800,000. University of Saskatchewan pro-
fessors Curtis Pozniak and Randy Kutcher, respectively, will lead the projects. Secan will use traditional and molecular breeding methods to develop wheat disease screening and quality testing capacity. The partners will each contribute $665,000. Agriculture Canada biotechnology Ron Knox will head this project.
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U.S. wheat exports threatened
Chinese wheat crop could miss target
GM wheat | As importers suspend purchases of U.S. wheat, will Canada pick up some of the slack? BY SEAN PRATT SASKATOON NEWSROOM
The appearance of Roundup Ready wheat volunteers in an Oregon field could temporarily send more business Canada’s way but it will likely cause more harm than good, says an industry analyst. “In the short-run it might mean that countries like Japan and the European Union will demand some more testing for American wheat and maybe move a little bit of intere s t u p t o C a n a d a ,” s a i d Ne i l Townsend, director of CWB Market Research. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries on May 30 temporarily suspended imports of U.S. soft white wheat, filling its needs with alternatives from Australia, Canada and France. Wheat buyers in South Korea also temporarily suspended purchases of U.S. soft white wheat. Taiwan is reviewing its buying practices and the European Commission will be checking all shipments of wheat for Roundup Ready varieties once a test is available in a couple of weeks. That was the early importer response to the discovery of an unapproved GM wheat variety in an 80-acre field in Oregon. Townsend said Canadian wheat may be more in demand in the aftermath of the surprising discovery of a GM trait that was supposedly destroyed in 2005. However, he is not rubbing his hands together with glee just yet. “It’s not desirable to have this happen for anybody,” he said. Townsend worries the contamination incident is going to “stoke some fear” amongst buyers about North American wheat rather than just U.S. wheat. “What I worry about is you damn the whole area just from one isolated incident and even Canada could get caught up in that with the continuous border,” he said. Buyers know Monsanto was fieldtesting Roundup Ready wheat in Canada at the same time they were studying the crop south of the bor-
Demand for Canadian wheat might improve in the aftermath of the surprising discovery of a genetically modified trait in a U.S. wheat field, but market analysts worry the incident might raise fears among buyers about North American wheat rather than just U.S. wheat. | FILE PHOTO
der and that could be weighing on their minds.
Errol Anderson, analyst with ProMarket Wire, said wheat markets
shrugged off the incident and he didn’t anticipate much further response. “My feeling is that it will probably run its course. I kind of doubt that Canada will get much benefit out of it,” he said. Anderson said there are more questions than answers about the Roundup Ready wheat volunteers right now. It is conceivable that the incident could influence wheat markets if more countries start banning U.S. wheat. But the biggest factor influencing wheat markets today is the growing world stocks of the commodity. There are so many sources of wheat that prices are unlikely to change as the market reacts to the U.S. situation. Japan has imported an average of 5.8 million tonnes of wheat annually over the past five years, 60 percent of which comes from the U.S. and the remainder from Canada and Australia. White wheat accounted for 30 percent of the 3.47 million tonnes of U.S. wheat that Japan purchased in 2012-13. Most Western Canadian spring wheat varieties don’t meet the soft white wheat colour requirements of Japanese noodle makers. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to take advantage of it necessarily because a lot of times at this time of year it’s hard to put together the kind of volume that the U.S. can do i n t h e i r w h i t e w h e a t ,” s a i d Townsend. He is more focused on some of the threats looming as a result of the Roundup Ready wheat incident, including increased testing of wheat shipments, which will add costs and put downward pressure on prices. “Every European trader who is phoning an American right now is asking for a discount. That’s just the w a y t h e w o r l d w o r k s ,” s a i d Townsend. “The traders don’t care. They’re just mercenaries. They’ll use all this ammunition to get a better price.”
CWB says crop won’t match USDA projection BY SEAN PRATT SASKATOON NEWSROOM
China’s wheat crop likely won’t be as good as what the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting, says the CWB. The USDA is predicting a near record 121 million tonnes of production. “My read is that they’re overestimating (China’s) productive capacity,” said Neil Townsend, director of CWB Market Research. He recently returned from touring crops in Henan, Shandong and Hebei, three Chinese provinces responsible for two-thirds of China’s annual wheat production. “Some of it looked good and some of it looked a little worse,” said Townsend. And then just as he was leaving China, the country received heavy rainfall in the southern part of the wheat belt that may have caused damage. “It lodged the wheat so there is potential for some acres wiped out and some lower yields in about 20 percent of the wheat area,” he said. A region from eastern Sichuan to Shandong received 51 to 127 millimetres of rain over a two day period, according to Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc. “That’s just a lot of rain,” he said. “From a wheat perspective, it’s right across the heart of the production region.” Lerner thinks the rain may have caused quality problems in parts of China’s winter wheat crop. However, it was positive for summer crops because the region had been dry before the moisture arrived. Many Chinese growers plant corn immediately following wheat. Townsend said China’s harvest starts in the south of the wheat belt and works its way north. Chinese farmers grow red winter wheat, but 95 percent of it would be considered between a soft red wheat and a hard red wheat. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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CROPS | SEEDING
Summerfallow area surpasses March forecast
» CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Harvest was underway in Henan when Townsend visited last week. Crops were four to six weeks away from coming off in the northern portion of the wheat belt. “The heavy rains were in the southern part of Henan, which is the biggest wheat production state,” he said. The moisture likely caused damage in neighbouring Anhui. “I wouldn’t be surprised if (China’s) imports start ratcheting up,” he said. China recently bought 650,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat. The Chinese government has also increased domestic support prices for the crop. Townsend sees those two moves as a signal that the country expects to be short of wheat. He thinks China, which is the world’s largest wheat producer, could import 500,000 to one million tonnes more than the USDA’s estimate of 3.5 million tonnes for 2013-14.
BY ED WHITE WINNIPEG BUREAU
More prairie farmland is likely to be taking an involuntary holiday this year than last year due to the wet, late spring in many areas. But exactly how many acres are unseeded by crop insurance deadlines is hard to say, according to CWB crop situation analyst Bruce Burnett. Instead of summerfallow acreage falling this year, as indicated in the Statistics Canada March seeding intentions report, it’s likely to increase by more than a million acres over last year. “That’s virtually a certainty now,” said Burnett on May 29. “The reduction isn’t going to happen.” The Statistics Canada March 31 seeding intentions sur vey said farmers expected to leave only 3.5 million acres fallow in 2013, down from 4.5 million in 2012. In 2011 the fallow area surged to 11.8 million acres as flooding inundated major parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Burnett said he was surprised to see the StatsCan survey cut the 2013 number further from the 2012 number, since 4.5 million acres was already low. Farmers were very aggressive with wanting to plant every acre they could in 2013, but achieving that target would be difficult. “I think it was somewhat unrealistic to have area estimates that were up at that level for the sown area,” said Burnett. Instead of a million acre reduction, summerfallow might increase by two to three million acres in 2013. However, it is hard to say where the number will end up because farmers are capable of incredible feats of seedi n g when t hey g e t d e c e nt weather. Burnett said the CWB’s May 27 estimate that all-prairie acreage was 70-75 percent finished was amazing in the context of snow being on the fields only weeks before and cold temperatures prevailing for almost all of April and May. “When you think about the situation we faced four weeks ago, that’s impressive progress,” he said.
MORE FALLOW THAN EXPECTED IN CANADA Canadian farmers in March told Statistics Canada they intended to leave only about 3.5 million acres fallow this year, a record small amount, but challenging spring weather will likely mean summerfallow area will be one or two million acres more than last year, although not as high as in the two previous wet springs. Summerfallow area (000 acres) 2009 5,936 2010 10,671 2011 11,763 2012 4,485 2013 3,522* *forecast Source: Statistics Canada
CHINA COULD IMPORT
500,000 to 1 million TONNES ABOVE THE THE USDA’S ESTIMATE
Repeated rain storms saturated some fields in eastern North Dakota. |
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GRAIN | PRODUCTION
Seeding slow in North Dakota U.S. crops | Growing conditions and prices make wheat unattractive BY ED WHITE WINNIPEG BUREAU
FARGO, North Dakota — A sickly sheen shines off the surface of scores of saturated eastern North Dakota farm fields, making a drive from Winnipeg to Fargo last week an exercise in not seeing farm machinery move. Seeding progress is much delayed in significant patches of eastern North Dakota as cold, soaking rains caused some soils to become saturated. But other nearby areas are doing well. “It’s a real mixed bag,” said Conor Smith of the North Dakota Farm Bureau during a drive around the Fargo and Breckenridge, Minnesota areas. “Some people have almost nothing in. Others are almost finished.” Wheat acreage on the eastern edge of North Dakota is already imperiled because of poor returns versus corn, but this year saturation and cold might mean many acres that would have been planted by wheat loyalists will be lost. One of the nearly finished farmers in the area was Tom Christensen, whose local area was dry enough at the right times to get almost all of his crop in. “I have one hour left, but now we
NORTH DAKOTA’S SPRING WHEAT AREA Spring wheat (000 acres) 2009 6,450 2010 6,400 2011 5,650 2012 5,500 2013 6,200* *estimate Source: USDA
have rain,” said Christensen. But in some parts of eastern North Dakota farmers didn’t start seeding until May 26, and almost immediately had to quit because of an onslaught of drizzly or heavy rain. By this time of the year most fields should have a thick green flush of growth, but most fields from the Canadian border to Fargo are still bare. In pockets, that bareness conceals a crop that has been planted and will soon emerge, but in other areas it reveals farmland not seeded and which might not be sown this year. Crop insurance deadlines are approaching and some are already past, so time is not on farmers’ sides. But just over the border in Minne-
sota and to the southeast, green crops are emerging and conditions look good. Crops are late, but not dangerously so, and wheat can be seen on a few fields in this primarily corn and soybean region. Wheat has been fighting a losing battle in Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, as the increasing popularity and profitability of cornsoybeans routs almost all other crops, but around Breckenridge and some other towns a symbiotic relationship has developed between wheat and sugar beets. The area used to grow mostly wheat, but the crop’s failure to keep up with corn yield gains means few farmers now grow it unless they also grow sugar beets. Diseases and weeds that plague beets can survive through corn and soybean parts of the rotation, but inserting a wheat crop breaks the cycle, so many sugar beet growers always seed wheat before beets. But for the remaining acreage in eastern North Dakota, where farmers still occasionally choose to grow the crop because it might make money, hard red spring wheat is having a tough time. Some farmers might have none at all this year, even if they made the uncommon choice of tr ying to grow it.
China is a sporadic buyer of Canadian wheat but can be a huge customer when it needs foreign supplies. For instance, it bought 2.8 million tonnes of Canadian wheat in 2004 but a few years later bought nothing. “They definitely prize the western Canadian spring wheat for blending and milling purposes,” said Townsend. He expects China to become a more consistent customer in the future, buying one million tonnes a year or more depending on local production.
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LENTILS | PRODUCTION REPORT
Lentil growers benefit from poor yields abroad Red lentil demand | India, Bangladesh and Pakistan may need to increase imports BY SEAN PRATT SASKATOON NEWSROOM
Presentations at a recent international pulse conference shed light on why red lentil prices have been so strong this year. They outline problems with the crop in key production regions, which is why Canadian growers are seeing bids of 26 cents per pound for their lentils. The biggest revelation was how badly the crop fared in India, the world’s second largest lentil production region next to Canada. Saleem Wahab, a trader with Ghazi Commodities Brokerage in India, told delegates attending the International Pulse Trade and Industries Confederation conference that India’s recently harvested red lentil crop was about 35 percent short of its usual 900,000 tonnes of production. India, which normally imports 180,000 to 200,000 tonnes of the crop per year, will be in the market for much more this year because of a disappointing harvest and poor carry-in coming into the new crop year. “India would need to double its requirement for imports this year to maybe about 300,000 to 400,000 tonnes,” Wahab said in a video recording of the conference held in Singapore in April. Bangladesh typically uses 200,000 tonnes of red lentils a year and produces 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes. This year’s production was closer to 75,000 tonnes.
Indian consumers will likely see more imported Canadian red lentils in their shops this year because of a poor domestic harvest. | REUTERS/VIVEK PRAKASH PHOTO Turkey is another key lentil producing and consuming region. Harvest is underway and things were looking good. “We can expect ordinary numbers,” said Fethi Sonmez, chief executive officer of Armada Foods in Turkey. He is forecasting 400,000 to 450,000 tonnes of production, which would be at the high end of the normal production range. “It means Turkey will have a surplus to export of about 60,000 to 100,000 tonnes,” said Sonmez. Murad Al-Katib, president of Alliance Grain Traders, recently told investment analysts that unofficial estimates in the lentil trade peg the Turkish crop at a much smaller 375,000 tonnes.
Any surplus in Turkey will be offset by a deficit in neighbouring Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war. Sonmez thinks Syrian farmers planted more wheat than lentils because it is a much-needed staple, while lentils require too much manpower at harvest. He expects the red lentil crop to be much smaller than the usual 100,000 tonnes. “We can see a very big reduction in the total crop. We can expect 20,000 to 30,000 tonnes only,” said Sonmez. Egypt is expected to import its usual 60,000 to 100,000 tonnes, depending on price. Most of the imports will come from Canada. Pakistan is also experiencing production problems. It usually imports 100,000 tonnes of lentils and pro-
duces 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes. This year’s harvest will be 2,000 to 5,000 tonnes because of weather problems. “Having said that, we have a very good crop of chickpeas, and prices for chickpeas are very low, so we could have some substitution from re d l e nt i l s t o c h i c kp e a s,” s a id Muhammad Ahmed, director of the AWAM Group of Companies in Pakistan. He is forecasting a significant increase in demand from splitters in Dubai because of the shortfall in Syria’s crop. Dubai usually imports 80,000 tonnes of red lentils, but demand could be up 20 to 25 percent this year. Australian red lentil production
was 185,000 tonnes, down from 310,000 tonnes the previous year. It is Canada’s biggest competitor in many markets. Carry-in was a minimal 35,000 tonnes, which resulted in a total supply of 220,000 tonnes. That is less than half of what was available the previous year. Brett Dodson, international marketing manager for Australian Grain E xport Pty Ltd., said Australia shipped 22,500 tonnes of red lentils per month during the first four months of this year, and the sales program for May and June increased dramatically because of strong Indian demand. “The balance sheet for Australia is very tight. We’re going to run out in my view in July and August,” he said. “We just don’t have the stocks to compete against Canada.” Farhan Adam, chief executive officer of Marina Commodities Canada, estimates Canada had 1.1 million tonnes of red lentil supply at the beginning of the crop year on Aug. 1. He figures 300,000 tonnes will be consumed domestically, leaving 800,000 tonnes for export. An estimated 475,000 tonnes of that had been sold as of the end of March. A strong sales program is also on the books for the coming months. “We believe there will be a very negligible carryover, probably less than 100,000 tonnes,” said Adam. He expects Canadian growers to plant 1.1 million acres of red lentils this year, resulting in 700,000 tonnes of production, assuming average yields. About 250,000 tonnes of that will be used domestically. “That would result in approximately 500,000 tonnes or so to market to the world, which is not much for the new crop,” said Adam.
AGRICULTURE ATTITUDES | OPTIMISM VERSUS PESSIMISM
Farm profits generate optimism, but some remain guarded BY SEAN PRATT SASKATOON NEWSROOM
It is time for grain farmers to ditch their negative Nelly attitudes and start talking positively about their industry, says a Manitoba farm leader. Growers in the three prairie provinces posted record crop receipts of $18.3 billion in 2012, according to Statistics Canada. That is up 15 percent over last year and more than 2.5 times the revenue their grain farms generated at the start of the new millennium. Farmers should be proudly celebrating their good fortune, said Doug Chorney, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers. “I’m 48 years old and we’ve never had better times in grain farming in Western Canada than right now,” he said. “I have never been more excited about a crop being planted and harvested than I have been the last couple of years.” Chorney hesitates to share his enthusiasm about the industry because his fellow producers don’t like him talking about the money being made in grain farming.
DOUG CHORNEY, KAP PRESIDENT
“I’ve taken a lot of criticism from my members at the district meetings last fall for being too upbeat,” he said. “But if we’re going to attract our own kids to be interested in agriculture in the future, I think we have to start talking about some of our successes.” National Farmers Union president Terry Boehm doesn’t share that view. “There’s no point attracting new entrants to agriculture with their eyes closed,” he said. Boehm believes young farmers should be aware of what he sees as the dismantling and erosion of agriculture, such as the loss of CWB’s single desk and community pastures and the watering down of the Canadian Grain Commission. He said high grain prices are masking a lot of underlying problems in farming.
“Agriculture has always been a cycle of boom and bust, and the political landscape that I see in front of us will actually exacerbate that boom and bust situation because those mechanisms that balance some of the power are being eliminated.” For instance, young farmers need to know that seed technology companies are heavily lobbying Ottawa for increased plant breeder’s rights so they can squeeze more money out of growers. “They’re relentless, relentless, relentless. They’re never off message,” Boehm said. “They’re going to give us innovation, but they need just this extra return that this legislated protection will give them.” He said one pound of canola seed sells for 36 times what a grower receives from the elevator, which hurts the bottom line. Chorney has heard that popular lament: that rising input costs are negating the benefits of higher grain prices. It’s not the case on his farm, which is making money these days. “I can afford to pay for fertilizer when I sell canola for $15 a bushel.” Statistics Canada says crop receipts for the prairie provinces are up 68
percent since 2007, which was the year before the run-up in grain prices. Expenses for fertilizer, pesticides and seed are up 44 percent over that same period. Chorney said there is a “culture of complaining” in farming. Growers have griped for generations about things such as too much rain or not enough rain and they never seem satisfied with their returns. “I’m going to take heat for saying that, but that’s the truth,” he said. “We’ve become part of a pattern of negative outlooks. Maybe it’s time to temper that message a bit so that we can ensure renewal in our industry.” He said his own mother gave him hell for quitting a job to return to farming. Chorney has been hearing similar comments his entire life, and he’s sick of it. He believes farming is a great career. “There’s a lot of positive news coming out of agriculture and we’re sort of embarrassed to admit we’re successful because it has been such a common theme of negativism through the generations,” he said. Boehm disagreed, saying farmers have bona fide reasons to grumble. “I know from the outside it looks
like farmers are squawking all the time because there’s always something wrong,” he said. However, he sees an industry where seed technology companies are gaining power at the expense of farmers, land prices are so high that they have become a barrier to entry and a bushel of grain doesn’t have the purchasing power that it did in the 1970s when his father experienced similar high grain prices. “He could buy a new tractor for 4,000 bu. of wheat. Now you can’t even imagine that,” said Boehm. Chorney thinks it is time farmers stopped being so hesitant to admit they have a brand new combine or they just bought an expensive parcel of land. However, he also said he knows that not all farmers are riding a wave of good fortune. For instance, he knows many Manitoba hog producers are under tremendous duress. Chorney also pointed out there is considerable risk in grain farming. While the input costs are a given, the revenue side is subject to the vagaries of the weather. So it’s not all roses, he said, but it’s not all thorns either.
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SEEDING | MOISTURE
Excess rain replaces drought as main market worry MARKET WATCH
t is hard to believe that the worst drought in decades last year in the U.S. Midwest is being followed by the wettest spring in Iowa in the 141 years that records have been kept. Ed White’s travels described on previous pages shows the moisture continues into North Dakota. It is pretty wet in parts of the Canadian Prairies too, although central and northern areas are dry. The water has delayed seeding, likely resulting in fewer sown acres than were expected just a few weeks
Weather systems across the U.S. last week brought tornados to Oklahoma and heavy rains in the Midwest and North Dakota. | REUTERS PHOTO ago. The weather problems stopped the early May crop price declines, but it is not clear if they will generate a real rally. An average of responses to a Reuters poll of analysts puts U.S. corn area at 95.11 million acres, down from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 97.3 million. Soybean acres are seen at 78.24, up
from USDA’s estimate of 77.1 million. USDA might adjust its acreage outlook in its next monthly report June 12 or it might wait until its next acreage survey, due for release June 28. In Canada, the CWB believes summerfallow acres will be millions more than the record low amount farmers expected in the Statistics Canada March 31 seeding intentions
COW SLAUGHTER SLOWS
week and up 3.4 percent for the month. The May feeder contract expired with an $11 premium built into the nearby August contract. Cash trade did not respond to this premium but instead basis levels weakened substantially. The 850 pound steer basis widened to -$25.26 from -$12.74 the week before. The cash-to-futures basis has not been this weak since the same week last year. Demand for steers improved but interest in heifers was lackluster. The price of Alberta and Ontario steers 900 pounds and heavier moved in opposite directions, narrowing the spread to about $7 per cwt. Weekly feeder exports to May 18 fell
report. StatsCan’s seeded area report comes out June 25. In the U.S., the question hanging over the market is whether the adage “rain makes grain” will be proven or will late seeding hurt yields. Technical analysts early this week suggested that if concern about wet fields pushed corn prices above resistance points, at about $6.685 in the July contract and $5.7375 in the December, then a rally was possible to drive it up to another resistance point in the December contract a few cents higher than $6, a high not seen since January. On Monday this week, the price failed to break the $5.7375 resistance, sparking an immediate 20-cent decline before recovering a little. Prices remained at a point where more production-negative news could push vales a bit higher or neutral-to-positive news could push them significantly lower.
In wheat, the excess moisture in the U.S. is coming at a bad time when it might not help yield but could lead to disease and quality declines in hard and soft winter types just as the combines are about to come out. Another factor in the wheat market is a belief among analysts that the export potential from the Black Sea is a few million tonnes less than USDA’s current forecast. Globally, wheat production might not be as large as was expected a few weeks ago but the market still expects to be adequately supplied. The corn market is tighter and so has greater potential to spark significant price moves. The crop is now mostly in the ground albeit fewer than expected acres. As always, weather will dominate the summer trade. Will a wet June follow a soggy May?
19 percent to 4,022 head. Eastern buyers were active on load lots of Alberta and Saskatchewan feeders. Auction volume will seasonally decline into late spring. Interest in cattle to put on grass continues and there is good interest on fall-born calves. Bred cows were $950 - $1,250 and cow-calf pairs were $1,200 - $1,950.
Canada and U.S. before the dog days of summer arrive and beef demand is expected to slacken. The price of middle cut meats remained strong but end cuts and beef trimmings were lower. The Choice-Select spread is now at $19.46 and is expected to exceed $20 as Select values trend seasonally lower. Canadian cutout values were unavailable.
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CANFAX REPORT RECORD PRICES FAIL TO BRING PROFITS Fed steers averaged $121.90 per hundredweight, up $2.62 to a record high while heifers averaged $119.98, up $1.51. The previous high was set in March 2001. It was only the second time that steers averaged above $120. Despite the strong prices, feedlots are still reporting losses on the cattle they market. Chicago live cattle futures fell 5.8 percent for May, their biggest monthly decline since 11.36 percent in May 2011. Dressed sales ended up $3 per cwt. higher than the previous week. Most of the cash sales were fed calves traded on a carcass basis. There were no U.S. sales. The Alberta cash-to-futures basis narrowed $1.72 to a seasonally strong -$3.05. Sales increased 51 percent from the holiday-shortened week to 14,265 head. No significant Saskatchewan fed trade was reported. Manitoba fed cattle saw renewed buyer interest from Ontario. Western Canadian fed slaughter for the short holiday week ending May 25 totaled 28,534 head, down 19 percent from the previous week. Weekly fed exports to May 18 fell four percent to 8,295 head. Feedlots are current in their marketing and with tighter market-ready supplies, prices should be well supported near term but consumer demand for high price beef will remain critical. If they show resistance, fed prices could fall abruptly.
For the first time in five weeks, western Canadian cow slaughter volumes failed to surpass year ago levels. There were reports of plant issues at Brooks, Alta. The slowdown caused a backlog of inventory. With a buyer on the sidelines for most of the week, non-fed prices fell $2 - $3. D1, D2 cows ranged $72 - $83 to average $76.40. D3s ranged $62 - $75 to average $68. Railgrade prices ranged $149 - $154. Generally good grass conditions should reduce cow marketings.
BASIS WIDENS CME feeder cattle ended flat for the
BEEF VALUES FALL U.S. beef cutout values fell after the Memorial Day holiday with Choice down $2.82 and Select down $2.43. The weekend was wet in a large part of the U.S., dampening demand for barbecues. The next big beef demand days are Father’s Day and the July holidays in
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$126 - $156 per cwt., 70 to 85 lb. were $100 - $137, 86 to 105 lb. were $85 $100 and 106 lb. and heavier were $84 - $96. Hair rams were $24 - $49 per cwt. Cull ewes were $27 - $45. Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $165 - $235. Those heavier than 50 lb. were $170 - $250 per cwt. Nannies were $76 - $122.50 per cwt. Billies were $95 - $167.50. Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 2,716 sheep and lambs and 80 goats traded May 27. A large volume of lambs sold under extreme pressure at lower prices. Good lean sheep traded steady with all other classes lower. Goats sold barely steady.
WP LIVESTOCK REPORT CASH HOGS EDGE HIGHER Market ready hog supplies remain tight, supporting U.S. hog prices. Chicago hog futures closed up nearly one percent for the week while rising 6.1 percent in May. The announced plan for a Chinese company to buy Smithfield Foods, America’s largest pork company, was expected to help increase U.S. pork exports to China. See more on the deal on page 85. Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs last week edged higher to trade at about $70 US per cwt. delivered on May 31, up from $68 - $69 May 24. The estimated pork cutout value
was little changed at $94.31 May 31, compared to $94.92 May 24. Estimated U.S. slaughter in the holiday-shortened week to June 1 was 1.867 million, down from 2.054 million the week before. Last year, it was 1.823 million.
BISON STEADY The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices up to $3.70 Cdn per pound hot hanging weight. Contracted animals sold at prices up to $3.75. Grade A heifers sold up to $3.60 with contracts to $3.65.
LAMBS UNDER PRESSURE Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 845 sheep and 376 goats sold May 27. Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $132 - $162 per cwt., 70 to 85 lb. were $116 - $158, 86 to 105 lb. were $90 $106 and 106 lb. and heavier were $89 - $99. Wool rams were $22 - $57 per cwt. Cull ewes were $20 - $37 and bred ewes were $125 - $160 per head. Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were
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FARM LABOUR | SHORTAGES
Foreign worker recruitment programs need streamlining
ears ago, farm labour was not an issue. It was a foregone conclusion that farm families, generally much larger than those of today, would work the land and the barns themselves with help from, perhaps, a hired hand. Today, farm labour — at least in a recent survey — is the third-ranking major concern among producers, behind only weather and high input prices. Thirty-two percent of farmers in a recent PRA Research Associates survey were worried about farm labour. The bigger the farm, the greater the concern expressed. Let’s face it, it’s not easy work. As the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said in a recent note on the CCA Action News website, there is “widespread recognition that traditional Canadian sources for agriculture labour are proving inadequate. “Simply put, few Canadian-born workers aspire to work in livestock production and meat processing jobs, particularly due to the tendency of such positions being in remote or rural locations,” said the note. This is one of many reasons behind the need for an additional 50,900 non-seasonal and 38,800 seasonal workers, according to a Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council (CAHRC) Labour Market Information on Recruitment and Retention Report (2009). As Corey Bacon, president of the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association, recently noted in an interview, the nature of seasonal work is a problem and the ever-present “stinging insects may be another deterrent.” Therefore, Bacon has relied on the agricultural stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, which was not touched when Ottawa made changes to the wider program a few weeks ago. However, even that has been a tougher row to hoe since the Saskatoon office was closed more than two years ago. Since then, the processing time for foreign worker applicants has risen from three weeks to several months, he said. “It really affected my business,” said Bacon. “We’re not like hotels or Tim Hor-
tons. We’ve got to hit those (seasonal) windows.” Some of the issues, as described by Bacon and the CCA, regarding a shortage of workers cannot be resolved by policy or process, but they can help. For example, expediting forms and eliminating bottlenecks in the system would be of enormous help to producers like Bacon. On the livestock side, it is also strange that feedlot operations are excluded from both the ag stream of TFW and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program. Feedlot work is certainly primary agriculture, and while some may not like to see foreign workers expedited for huge feedlots connected to slaughter plants, smaller feedlot operators would benefit enormously from the ability to plug into this program. Otherwise, feedlots and other larger livestock operations are stuck with the general, more restrictive TFW program. The CCA has rightly asked the federal government to implement the recommendations of the CAHRC report, which would “improve the administration of the existing program and address constraints that hinder legitimate use of the program in the agriculture and agri-food sector.” The recommendations can be found on the CAHRC website. Recommendation No. 2, for example, suggests taking action to increase the supply of workers to agriculture in several ways — notably, modifying Canada’s immigration program to enable people who want to work in agriculture to stay longer-term; and improve employment insurance and social assistance programs, so that people are not penalized for taking short-term employment in agriculture. Perhaps it’s time to take a hard look at the programs governing recruitment of foreign workers, not to mention Canadian-born workers. Patchwork systems can be frustrating and confusing, and a more streamlined, focused approach to dealing with a dearth of farm labour will yield big benefits in the long run.
NATURE | FEATHERED FRIENDS
A male Scarlet Tanager snacks at a feeder in Killarney, Man. Although several hundred species of tanagers range in Central and South America, usually only the Scarlet Tanager and the Western Tanager nest in Canada. | LILLIAN DEEDMAN PHOTO
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CABINET SHUFFLE | AGRICULTURE MINISTER
Speculation swirls: Will Gerry Ritz stay in cabinet or decide to go? NATIONAL VIEW
t the mid-point of his majority government,with the administration mired in Senate scandal and looking tired, prime minister Stephen Harper will use the summer break to try to reboot. He will close down the first session of the 41st Parliament, launching a new session in September with a throne speech and a new
agenda designed to guide the Conservative Party into the October 2015 election. He also will try to put a new face on a government that has been in power for more than seven years with many of the same ministers. So a cabinet shuffle is in the offing, moving out some of the old stalwarts (public safety minister Vic Toews, likely, perhaps justice minister Rob Nicholson and a few others) to make room for some of the younger, more fresh-faced MPs who have proven themselves loyal, competent and articulate. First, though, Harper almost certainly will have one-on-one meetings with his current cabinet ministers to find out if they plan to run again in 2015. If they plan to retire, they will be
prime targets to be dropped, not because of their past performance but because it will allow a fresh face onto the front bench. Political Ottawa is filled with all the ‘when and who’ questions. Which brings us to agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. Will he or won’t he? With agriculture being such a low profile file in the capital, his name does not make up much of the speculation. But among farm lobbyists and farm movement leaders, it is one of the topics-du-jour. “There is lots of speculation,” a prairie farm lobby insider says. “Lots of people are talking about it and guessing. I’d say from my contacts, it is a 50-50 split on whether he stays or not.” To be clear, there is no reason to
speculate that Ritz would get fired. He has been a successful agriculture minister implementing and defending much of Harper’s agricultural agenda (Canadian Wheat Board, Canadian Grain Commission, reducing farm supports) and generally staying out of trouble with a few notable exceptions. This August if he still is in the office, he will mark his sixth anniversary, one of the longest-serving agriculture ministers ever and the longestserving Conservative minister in more than a century. So why would he tell Harper this is his last term? Ritz has been in Parliament since 1997, turns 62 this summer, would be 64 in the next election and 68 by the end of the next term. Maybe, with a rich MP pension not
going to get any better, he’d like some years to do something else or relax. As well, he really has accomplished much of the Conservative agriculture agenda in six years. What’s to look forward to? And as minister he already has visited most of the world. So why would he want to stay? Ritz seems to be enjoying himself. Maybe the Conservatives after their June policy conference in Calgary will develop a new creative agriculture policy for the next six years that would entice him to stay. Or maybe the idea of getting out of the political hothouse doesn’t appeal. Maybe he wants a new challenge and a different portfolio. Given his performance for Harper, my guess is it will be his choice. Will he stay or will he go?
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& OPEN FORUM LAND MANAGEMENT | COMMUNITY PASTURES
WEATHER | VOLUNTEERS
Community pasture benefits misunderstood Should we not look beyond mere “price” and protect ongoing “value?”
Now here’s a fair (and foul) weather job EDITORIAL NOTEBOOK
BY KATHERINE ARBUTHNOTT & JOSEF K. SCHMUTZ
eople are still scratching their heads over Ottawa’s planned cancellation of the successful, eight-decades-old federal community pasture program. Today, when the profitability of beef production is questioned and the ecological value of grazing is misunderstood, the pastures’ benefits stand firm. For every $1 spent, the pastures don’t only grow beef. They also generate $2.50 in research, carbon sequestration, watershed protection, specific habitat for species at risk and 12 other documented public benefits. Their 2.7 percent of prairie has been called Canada’s grassland jewel. Some large ranches, having survived climate and market pressures, also deserve this accolade. The Saskatchewan government did not ask for this pasture challenge and needs our help. Leasing or selling publicly owned land to a select few is consistent with the conservative view that private owners best manage resources. Obviously, private enterprise is a key to creating wealth, but responsible governance needs to think beyond today. Should we not look beyond mere “price” and protect ongoing “value?” What do the economics suggest? The community pastures are especially attractive for mixed and young farmers. A grain farming family’s
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Community pastures, like this grazing land south of the Elbow range in Saskatchewan, are especially attractive for mixed and young farmers, say the authors. | BRANIMIR GJETVAJ PHOTO small herd went to the federal pasture after calving and before the grain-related workload peaked. In fall ,the cows came home to clean up grain fields, eat non-marketable grain and graze hilly or flooded land. This integrated approach to ecology, land, time and economics contributed significantly to farm diversification and income. However, it was apparently poorly understood in Ottawa. Does it also need explanation in Regina? One producer has calculated an annual profit of $125 per cow-calf pair under the existing federal community pasture system, compared to a $40 loss for purchased community pasture land. It would cost patrons of one large pasture six times more annually to buy it than to lease it from the federal government. Lease rates offered by the province aren’t as dire but also result in lost profit. As well, patrons would prefer spending their money on improving herds or making value-added improvements rather than acquiring land.
Given these economics, it is not surprising that patrons of the first 10 pastures offered for sale are unenthusiastic. One group has already decided to sell their herds. The majority needs more time to plan well and resolve uncertainties associated with the provincial lease offer, such as decommissioning water wells and maintaining breeding bulls. Some producers may find creative ways to make things work on some pastures, such as substantially increasing stocking rates and reducing grass diversity and drought resistance. But who would monitor oil, gas and gravel extraction? Although it would put substantial royalties into provincial coffers, it would also result in the loss of the above-mentioned public benefits without management. What is the solution? If wisdom and democracy are lost in Ottawa, then let’s have a Saskatchewan community pasture program. The Manitoba government continues to balance the public and private costs and benefits, while Alberta
manages grazing and public benefits through the Special Areas Board. The United States does something similar with its Bureau of Land Management. Most Saskatchewan patrons, conservationists and hunters would prefer such an arrangement to continue. Having up to 60 volunteer board bosses manage a pasture from afar has been described as “a rodeo.” The Saskatchewan government offers patrons the right of first refusal to buy or lease. If patrons decline, will the pastures be sold to other interests, even offshore interests? What would this mean for the livestock industry in Saskatchewan? And what would it mean for our rural communities? Katherine Arbuthnott is a professor and assistant dean at the University of Regina’s Campion College, with research in conservation psychology. Joe Schmutz is an adjunct professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustain-ability, with research in grassland ecology.
SPRAYING | WEATHER
Weed control issues as frustrating as the weeds HURSH ON AG
t’s the field operation that covers the greatest number of acres in the shortest period of time. Trouble is, a multitude of factors can keep the sprayer from doing its job on weeds. Wind is arguably the biggest enemy. For spring burn-off operations, when no susceptible crops have emerged in the vicinity, many growers will push the envelope. Weed control is usually good, but you feel rather silly spraying in a gale. You’d rather go unseen. When crops have emerged, wind becomes a much bigger concern. On the field edges, you can slow down, cut the spray pressure, use wind
resistant nozzles, and keep the booms low, but you still worry where the wind is taking the fine droplets. Shields and cones cut down on drift, but there’s a trade-off. Shields get coated with chemical and should be washed when going from one product to the next. Both shields and cones make it more difficult to see if every nozzle is performing properly. Ironically, dead calm can also cause crop damage. When there’s no wind, inversions can occur causing a big cloud of droplets to migrate to adjoining fields. Some growers spray at night when winds are usually lighter, but studies show that efficacy often drops after the sun goes down. When you finally get light winds, you have to worry about when the next rain is coming. How many times have you checked the herbicide application bibles looking for how quickly a product is rain fast? And, of course, the crop and the weeds need to be in the right stage or you don’t want to be spraying any-
how. I have stinkweed in a brown mustard crop. The only product registered is Muster Toss-N-Go. The mustard is supposed to be at least the four-leaf stage or crop injury could result. The stinkweed needs to be in the one to four leaf stage. This seems to assume that all the mustard germinated at the same time and all the stinkweed germinated shortly thereafter. It’s not always that clear cut. You can do a lot of field scouting trying to get the timing right. Many products have wide application windows, but you still worry about going too early and missing late-germinating weeds or going too late and suffering a yield depression due to weed competition. And do you go for products that do the best job of killing your weeds, even if they have re-cropping restrictions? I considered Ares on Clearfield canola, but you can’t seed durum the following year. Prestige is a cocktail of fluroxypyr, clopyralid and MCPA Ester and provides good control over many trou-
blesome weeds in cereals including canaryseed, but you can’t seed lentils the next year. Going through all the weed control options and tracking down your choice of products can also get in the way of actual application. Meanwhile, you try to minimize the number of times you go from one product to something entirely different. Sprayer clean-outs aren’t fun and you always have that niggling fear of residue that could hurt the next crop you spray. Sometimes an application is postponed just to avoid another clean-out. So if the wind isn’t too high or in the wrong direction, and if it isn’t dead calm, and it isn’t after dark, and there’s no rain or cold temperatures in the forecast, and you have your product picked out, and your sprayer is cleaned and loaded, you can spray a lot of acres per hour. Kevin Hursh is an agricultural journalist, consultant and farmer. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
ant to be a weather man or woman? There will be a little bit of work involved, but you could contribute to a better forecasting system and a better understanding of weather trends on the Prairies. The Western Producer’s parent company, Glacier Media, has recently acquired WeatherFarm, which in turn administers a weather reporting network called CoCoRaHS in Canada. That stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. It operates across the United States but is just getting a foothold in Canada, with about 100 reporting farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan — most of them in Manitoba. C o C o R a H S i s, a s i t s w e b s i t e explains, a non-profit, communitybased network of volunteers who track precipitation in their areas. The findings are then reported on the website at www.cocorahs.org. Once the reports come in, the information is displayed for analysts to use, including meteorologists, hydrologists, farmers and emergency managers. The information is useful for determining water resources and contributes to the provision of severe storm warnings. The network got started at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University in 1998. The impetus behind it was the Fort Collins flood the previous year. A big rainstorm resulted in a huge flood, but there were only two rain gauges in the community at the time, which did not offer much in the way of precipitation information. A similar event brought CoCoRaHS to Canada, when flooding hit Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota in 2011. The organization functions in part because of sponsorships, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation in the United States. If you want to see how the data is displayed, click on View Data on the left side of the site. You can specify whether you are interested in Canada or the U.S. Then, for instance, you can click on daily precipitation reports and find out how much it rained in Morden, Man., Vibank, Sask., or one of the many other reporting stations. For volunteers, there is a small financial commitment — specifically, a four-inch diameter rain gauge for about $30. If interested, you can sign up at the bottom of the website’s home page. Contact them at Canada@ cocorahs.org.
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TIME FOR A FIX
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Re: Feedlot sector in trouble in Western Canada, April 4 WP. This article shows how dysfunctional the chain of commerce has become in the beef industry. Historically, when outside investors were involved in the feedlot sector, feedlot operators were not concerned with feed efficiency. They were selling feed. The more cattle ate, the more money they made. Now, when feed grain values have increased they have no historical data on the more feed efficient type of cattle to minimize their losses.
As the industry trended toward increased marbling, the lean meat yield of slaughter animals has decreased. According to Canfax results, 49.4 percent of slaughter cattle cannot achieve a yield of greater than 58 percent. This trend has been increasing for the last decade. To compensate for feedlot deficiencies, they have been implanting the cattle with growth hormones. To improve lean meat yield, the industry now uses beta agonists to compensate for the downward trend of yield. While the industry has utilized these practices, we have lost export markets and consumer per capita consumption. The industry needs to increase tenderness, not marbling.
Increased animal fat is a concern to human health as it increases heart disease and increases cholesterol levels. ... The main conclusions from the 2012 Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting in Houston, Texas, were to increase cross breeding, to improve feed efficiency and lean meat yield. It is obvious the feedlot sector has not addressed these issues as they continue to overpay for green cattle that they hope to improve with growth implants and beta agonists while above average and good doing cattle do not receive their value. ... Remember, crap in equals crap out. A Canadian Agri-Food Policy Insti-
tute report states “that a new collaborative strategy is needed. From producers to retailers, each link in the beef supply chain needs to better use and share information on beef performance, grade and yield, market characteristics and consumer preferences.” I totally agree with this statement. The industry needs to utilize the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) to its maximum to find the most information it possibly can for the betterment of producers and consumers alike. It is time to fix this business we call livestock production before it is too late. Bill Campbell, Minto, Man.
RIGHT RESULT To the Editor:
We know a thing or two about disease control. Two modes of action are better than one. It’s the ﬁrst lesson in disease control
Pundits, talk show hosts and pollsters repeatedly ask the question, “what went wrong election day, May 14, 2013, in B.C.?” The answer is simple and straightforward: voter wisdom of British Columbians elected a stable provincial government. That was not wrong. Pipeline construction and market development was beyond NDP logic. Economics played a major role in the minds of the voting public, where management of British Columbia’s natural resources was front and centre. Without a doubt, the current political candidates reviewed the successful strategy established and practised by the Saskatchewan Party led by the very able honourable Brad Wall and his ambitious team. Fu r t h e r, t h e h o n o u ra b l e Ms. (Christie) Clark is no admirer of Al Gore and will not be swayed by outside interests such as those in Hollywood or other American interests. She is a true British Columbian and a loyal Canadian, highly worthy and capable of the position as premier of B.C. Her opposition had a lot of good points. However, they lacked the ability and understanding of a province as diverse as British Columbia. Mr. Adrian Dix followed the same patterns as were practised by the honourable Glen Clark and the honourable Mike Harcourt before him. Such philosophy does not measure up to 2013 economic standards, which were clearly demonstrated May 14 by British Columbia’s electorate. John Seierstad, Nanaimo, B.C.
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Regarding your front-page article, Tiny insects, big problems (WP May 16). The Rasputin Effect has caught up here, too. Chemicals in the weed control system have started to have tolerating weeds. Why not for the little insects, too? The article talks about how the chemical has failure in cooler and damper conditions. Well, quite frankly, seeding in a cool, wet soil does not help. The farmers, for a good portion, are to blame for some of this enemy “getting past the guard.” From friends
OPINION and relatives farming in various areas of our Prairies, I have heard how some farmers are “pushing it” by seeding canola on canola as many as eight years back to back. Oh. Our scientists are always ahead of things. Not really. We have this Rasputin Effect in our health-care system where illnesses are out stepping certain “cures” and we have to find stronger ones. We have seen certain weeds build resistance to certain chemicals. Like one good friend told me, “I have a chemical combination no weed can survive — it is called diesel fuel and a cultivator. Once the roots are out of the ground, the plant ain’t surviving!” ... All sectors, scientists, farmers and the public in general have contributed to these tolerances. There are merits to the old ways, including summerfallowing and proper crop rotations.
GRIEVING | GIVING THANKS
A story about two little shoes SPIRITUAL VIGNETTES
amilies take care of each other but may be too busy to make a practice of giving thanks for each other. I was reminded of this when I attended a workshop about grief led by Deanna Edwards. Edwards is a composer, author and singer who works with the sick, elderly and grieving. For the most part that day, she invited us to the bedside of the dying, to sit with the grieving, to talk with the lonely while she shared music and words that were so insightful, so caring, so intimate. Then at any moment, her gentle humour would invite smiles and laughter. In the midst of all this she spoke about the bond her family shared in spite of busy lives. There was a story. One evening, when the household had quieted, she noticed two little shoes on the stair, and a song came to her. “They are all scuffed and worn from the adventures only a child understands./ The laces, once broken, are mended. Tied in knots by a small boy’s hands./ When his two chubby arms come around me in a hug I can never refuse / I think all the wonders of heaven are tucked in those two little shoes.” By then our memories brought quiet tears. “I think of the harsh words I’ve spoken when those shoes scattered mud on the floor. / But I know my heart would be broken if someday they weren’t there anymore. / I see them at night where you left them on your way to a dream coming true. My heart fills with love overflowing when I think of those two little shoes.” The chorus! “And each night I kneel, / my heart sings a prayer. / Thanks, dear God, for one little boy / and two little shoes on the stair.” Joyce Sasse writes for the Canadian Rural Church Network at www.canadian ruralchurch.net.
Bottom line and dollars and nickels are not always the answer. Delwyn Jansen, Humboldt, Sask.
and responsibility? Young people learn from adults, and I just found this to be very unprofessional. Chris Lamoureux, Fort St. John, B.C.
BAD PHOTO CLEAN, DON’T BEAM To the Editor: I was just reading the May 9 issue of the Western Producer, op-ed “Supply management also hurts farmers,” and really wondered why someone would use such a disgusting photo? I am sure there must be other, much nicer photos that would have shown off the Dairyland carton. Our children and grandchildren were always taught to drink out of a glass or a cup, not from the container the milk was in. Is it any wonder why our society has become so slovenly in dress, manners
To the Editor: According to The Canadian Press and some newspapers, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association wants the federal government to approve the irradiation of beef, supposedly to kill dangerous E. coli. Irradiation is a process by which a food product is exposed to high doses of radiation to kill bacteria, parasites and mould. In the United States, three types of ionizing radiation are permitted: gamma rays, high-energy electrons and
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X-rays. ... Doug O’Halloran, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401, says the processing line at the XL Foods Lakeside plant in Brooks moves too quickly. Between 300 and 320 carcasses go by workers every hour and employees make between 3,000 and 4,000 cuts a shift, which has resulted in considerably less time in which to make sure knives are sanitized after each cut. Cattle are supposed to be washed before they enter to ensure their fur is free of manure, but sometimes the water is not hot enough to get off all the excrement, resulting in that excrement backing up on the killing floor, forcing workers to traipse through the waste and track it through the plant. Dr. Patricia Whisnant, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 1981, states,
“60 percent of the largest United States meat plants failed to meet federal food safety regulations for preventing E. coli bacteria in their products.” What are the stats in Canada? As Whisnant says, “irradiation may provide an excuse not to tackle the real sources and practices responsible for the contamination of beef …” Whisnant further states, “our efforts in the meat industry should be aimed at removing the filth from the source, not just making cow manure safer to eat”. Source: Clean Beef or irradiated Dirty Beef? A Veterinarian’s Perspective. While the CCA says its proposal calls for irradiated beef to be clearly labelled, irradiation is just a BandAid on the problem. It is better to deal with the origins of the problem and not irradiate at all. Joyce Neufeld, Waldeck, Sask.
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ENVIRONMENT | PROTECTION PROGRAM
Protecting birds can boost bottom line BY BARB GLEN LETHBRIDGE BUREAU
Birds and electrical lines can be a deadly combination. The number of wild birds injured or killed by collision or electrocution cannot be accurately measured, but it is thought to be substantial. Nikki Heck, an environmental adviser for electrical transmission company AltaLink, has worked to reduce bird fatalities by implementing the first avian protection plan developed by a Canadian utility company. Her efforts made her one of four Heck shows examples of the finalists for an Emerald Award, which “firefly” markers installed on recognizes efforts to make Alberta a electrical lines. | ALTALINK PHOTO more environmentally friendly province. Results were to be announced that utility lines injure or kill 130 milJune 6. lion birds a year, although Heck said “It’s not a matter of winning. This is she thinks the number is unreliable about being able to get awareness of because it was extrapolated from this issue out to the public,” said high-risk areas. Heck. Nevertheless, bird electrocutions “My hope is that other utility com- cause 20 percent of power outages panies will read this story or hear this each year in North America, making story and it’s going to inspire them to the cost substantial to birds, the pubmaybe implement similar programs lic and industry. within their own organizations.” The AltaLink protection plan she She said two other Alberta utility devised involves installing reflective companies are developing similar markers on the overhead shield wire bird protection programs, but none of lines in high-risk areas. These thin elsewhere in Canada. lines are the ones most frequently hit Environment Canada is expected by flying birds, particularly when to soon file a study on wild bird mor- they are near wetlands. tality from collision and electrocu“For collision, the issue is water tion. birds primarily, because they have A U.S. study from 2005 estimated heavy bodies. They’re a little bit more
awkward flyers. They’re not as maneuverable so they have a hard time reacting really quickly to unexpected obstacles,” Heck said. Two percent of AltaLink lines are near wetlands. In the windy areas south of Claresholm, spiral devices called bird flight diverters are used on the lines instead. They increase the diameter of the line so birds can more easily see them. To m i n i m i z e e l e c t r o c u t i o n , AltaLink worked with Cantega Technologies to develop and install “green jackets” on substations, where birds tend to build nests and have a greater chance of completing a deadly circuit by simultaneously touching two wires. Heck said electrocutions have been reduced by 95 percent on structures where the jackets were installed. Cost of the protection is far less than that of damaged or destroyed equipment and power loss when a bird electrocution occurs, she added. “We know there’s a very short payback.” Ravens, crows and owls are at most risk of electrocution. The former are attracted to the shiny equipment and the latter like substations as nest locations. As a biologist, Heck said some find it odd that she works in the electrical utility industry. However, she sees it as a benefit. “Industry is inevitable and these things are going to be built regard-
TOP: Nikki Heck, environmental advisor for AltaLink, has been nominated for an environmental award for her work to protect birds from collision and electrocution involving electrical lines. | FILE PHOTO ABOVE: Protective materials called green jackets are installed on some AltaLink substations to protect birds from electrocution, reduce company costs and reduce power outages. | ALTALINK PHOTO less, but there are win-win solutions and it’s up to people who are really dedicated to really dig in and find those win-win solutions.”
It’s a win-win if birds can be saved, companies save money and the public has uninterrupted electrical service, she said.
Border Collies Nell and Bella, with handler Heather Williams from Border Control Bird Dogs, have been hired by Agriculture Canada to patrol about 700 acres of research plots on Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm. The dogs’ job is to chase away the several thousand geese that have been eating test crops, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and staff time. | BARRY WILSON PHOTO
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AG CANADA | RESEARCH
Officials hire canine unit to manage problematic geese Right dogs for the job | Director of Ag Canada research centre in Ontario says geese are causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage BY BARRY WILSON OTTAWA BUREAU
Several thousand geese chowing down grain growing on research test plots at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa is at least a quarter million dollar headache for Marc Savard. It sets back research, destroys important work and requires researchers to start over again at significant cost, said the director of operations at Agriculture Canada’s Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre. “The problem is huge and it is getting worse,” he said. “Last year was the worst because there are more geese and they seem to be hungrier. I would estimate the cost last year at a quarter million. It could be in the millions.” Most of an oat research project was wiped out on one weekend. “The researcher came in Monday and it was devastating,” said Savard. “He was trying to collect seeds from the ground that could be replanted.” Enter Bella and Nell, two Border Collies that Agriculture Canada hired this year to chase away geese from the 740 acres of research plots in the centre of Ottawa. The dogs work early morning and
late afternoon shifts five days a week for seven weeks in the spring when geese are coming back from their winter in the south and 12 weeks in the fall when they are looking to fuel their trip south. They spent a 6:30-9:30 shift on a recent Sunday morning without a goose in sight. “They obviously have done a good job,” handler Heather Williams from Border Control Bird Dogs said. “Come back in the fall.” T h e d e p a r t m e nt i s s p e n d i n g $44,000 on the canine patrol contract this year as an experiment to see if it helps deal with the goose problem. Savard said it is a gamble, and because there is no Agriculture Canada budget to hire dogs, he has been scrambling within his own budget to find the money. Some researchers are also turning over some of their funding for the project. “So far there has been less damage to the crops this spring, but I’m withholding my judgment until winter when the season is over,” he said. “But if there is a significant saving in crop loss, I will make a pitch for funding.” If it doesn’t work, “we really don’t have a back-up plan.”
Canada geese are protected unless proper permits are obtained. There are limited options for dealing with the problem because the farm is in the middle of Ottawa. Vineyards in southwestern Ontario use simulated gunshot sounds to scare birds away from grapes, but that is not possible in a residential area. Savard said the geese devour wheat, oats, soybeans and barley grown at the research farm. “It seems they will eat almost anything, and it is a real problem for our researchers,” he said. “I hope this works with provable results.” For Bella and Nell, it must be close to a dream job because the miscreant geese are easy targets. “They’re big and lazy and these fields are just such an attractive feeding area,” said Williams, whose company is also hired to deal with other urban bird problems in Ontario cities. She said Border Collies are perfect for the job because they are herders rather than retrievers. It means they want to chase the birds away rather than grab them and drag them back, which would be an issue for many urban residents witnessing the scene.
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ANIMAL WELFARE | STANDARDS
AGRICULTURE CANADA | FUNDING
Welfare issue isn’t black and white
Cuts to animal welfare research will hurt, say livestock officials
BY BARRY WILSON OTTAWA BUREAU
The issue of animal welfare standards on farms is not as simple as critics like to believe, says Tim Lambert, chief executive officer of Egg Farmers of Canada. “I’d like to tell you that the issue is black and white but that’s not true at all,” he told MPs on the House of Commons agriculture committee last week. Egg Farmers is an example of the complexity, he said. Among its 1,000 farmer members, the group represents the gamut of egg production systems — organic, free-range, omega 3 and conventional cage housing among others. “It really puts us at something of a disadvantage in the public dialogue with animal rights groups because simply put, we’re not going to go out publicly and point out any disadvantages and strengths of the different systems. The activists tend to take a one-sided view that all cages are bad for layer production. That’s a really inaccurate portrayal of the reality of the situation.” Lambert was one of several witnesses during committee hearings to argue that farmers want good animal welfare systems because it is in their economic interests as well as part of their respect for animals. “A very key point that somehow gets lost in some of the debate is birds that aren’t healthy aren’t happy, they aren’t productive,” he said. “Therefore, the farmers have very much a vested interest in the welfare of their birds to ensure that they’re productive.” Later during the meeting, northern British Columbia Conservative MP Bob Zimmer pursued the point. Is there any benefit for farmers to cut corners that compromise animal health? “People involved in livestock agriculture are almost universally people who care about animals,” Lambert said. “That’s why they do it. They are always concerned with the welfare and health of their birds and keeping those birds healthy, safe, well-fed, appropriately watered and managing disease.” K. Robin Horel, president of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, said the benefits of healthy animals move through the production chain. “Not only is it economically advantageous for the farmer to make sure the birds are healthy and well-treated, once the product gets to the processing plant it goes through inspection and healthy birds get through, non-healthy birds don’t go through,” he said. Chicken Farmers of Canada executive director Mike Dungate told MPs that while national industry animal care codes are voluntary, seven provinces have made them mandatory, all farmers are audited annually and 80 percent of Canadian chicken farmers have been certified to be adhering to the program.
BY BARRY WILSON OTTAWA BUREAU
Agriculture Canada cuts announced last month that targeted research staff were a serious blow to animal welfare research, say poultry industry officials. Across the livestock and poultry sectors, producers are facing increasing consumer and retail pressure to prove that their rearing, housing and slaughter practices are humane. Industry and government have been funding research to develop humane codes of practice and evidence of best ways forward. Last month, those efforts had a setback with Agriculture Canada cutbacks that closed down departmental poultry research, witnesses told
the House of Commons agriculture committee last week. K. Robin Horel, president of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Process o r s C o u n c i l , s a i d i t ha s b e e n responding to consumer concerns in part by funding the Poultry Welfare Centre at the University of Guelph. “The recent announcement of (Agriculture Canada) staff changes and the cessation of AAFC poultry research will have a negative impact on poultry research in Canada generally and on the future of the Poultry Welfare Centre specifically,” he said. He said members of the Canadian Poultry Research Council wrote a letter of concern to agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. Horel did not make it public. National Farm Animal Care Coun-
cil chair and former Canadian Pork Council president Edouard Asnong reinforced the point. “Science informs our deliberations at NFACC,” he told MPs. “We are concerned about recently announced cuts to agriculture and agri-food research, particularly in the area of animal welfare. Research and the resulting tech transfer are critical for the ongoing development of animal welfare initiatives in Canada.” Later, Guelph professor and Egg Farmers of Canada research chair in poultry welfare Tina Widowski said that while the animal welfare concern issue is “at an all-time high in Canada,” the recent government science cuts undermine the work. “The recent cut in AAFC has result-
ed in the loss of some of Canada’s top animal welfare scientists, both very established scientists and those that are up and coming,” she told committee. “They’ve contributed significantly to policy development and this at a time when there is an increasing demand for sciencebased animal welfare standards.” She said development of sciencebased rules on animal treatment, drug use and housing practices that are acceptable to processors, retailers and consumers are key for the industry. “It’s critical that research, industry and animal welfare policy continue to be supported at both the provincial and federal levels to keep Canadian producers competitive,” said Widowski.
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WILDLIFE | MANAGEMENT
Wild boar report provides options to Alberta ag minister Industry regulation | Survey of producers and area residents about management of animal pest delivered to government officials BY MARY MACARTHUR CAMROSE BUREAU
County officials across Alberta are hoping a decision is made soon on regulations or guidelines for wild boar farms in the province. A report on the various options for regulating the industry has been forwarded to agriculture minister Verlyn Olson’s office. “The paperwork has gone forward to the minister. It is working its way through the system,” said Vaughn Christensen, manager of inspection services with Alberta Agriculture.
Government officials surveyed wild boar producers, their neighbours and county officials this winter about problems with wild boar in parts of the province. County officials worry that the problem of feral wild boar will become worse without better regulations. Sows can have up to 10 offspring per litter and two litters per year. The species has no natural predators. “We’ve been dealing with this problem for quite a few years,” said Geoff Thompson, agricultural services manager with Lac Ste. Anne County.
ommitment To Growing
NG | STORAGE | CONDITIONING | SOLUTIONS
It’s the first time I have actually seen the department follow through with a survey. GEOFF THOMPSON AGRICULTURE SERVICES MANAGER
Agriculture Service Board members passed a resolution in January, asking the government to “fast track and initiate” a provincial strategy to eradicate wild boar as a pest in Alberta.
The province declared wild boar a pest in 2008, but county officials want tighter rules around farmed wild boar to prevent more animals from escaping. Christensen said the survey asked questions about the need to require producers to have better perimeter fences and possible identification tags similar to cattle. Thompson said he would like to see government implement regulations around the production of wild boar in the province. Government has ignored wild boar resolutions brought forward at Agricultural Service Board con-
ventions in previous years, he added. “It’s the first time I have actually seen the department follow through with a survey. I think that is positive news.” Olson said he knows wild boar are a concern in pockets of the province and that there is a feeling more needs to be done before the species become a more serious pest. “ There are all kinds of issues there having to do with fencing and a variety of potential solutions and I don’t have a report from the department with any recommendations, but I know t h e y h av e b e e n o u t t a l k i n g t o affected municipalities and sharing ideas and potential solutions,” he said. “I am waiting for some recommendations and waiting to go from there. I am part of the system, and it hasn’t reached my desk yet.”
BEES | SEED TREATMENT
BASF’s fipronil insecticide added to problem list FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — The European Union’s food safety regulator has added a BASF insecticide to the list of crop chemicals it suspects of playing a role in declining bee populations. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said May 27 that BASF’s fipronil poses an “acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize,” citing dust drift in particular. BASF has until June 14 to file a comment on the report with the European Commission, which will discuss a possible ban with EU government officials in July. The EU moved to ban three of the world’s most widely used pesticides for two years last month because of fears they are linked to a plunge in the population of bees critical to crop production. The ban affected neonicotinoids, which are produced mainly by Germany’s Bayer and Switzerland’s Syngenta, despite the EU’s 27 members failing to reach an agreement on the matter. BASF, which declined to provide fipronil sales figures, said the EFSA’s assessment does not highlight any new risk to bee health from approved uses of fipronil. “BASF and other experts remain convinced that the currently observed decline in bee populations results from other causes than use of seed treatment products containing fipronil,” it said. BASF said fipronil-based products have been on the market since 1993 and are used in more than 70 countries. Unlike neonicotinoids, fipronil is not widely used in Europe, with only five countries using it for corn production.
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AG NOTES BARN CAT PROGRAM RETURNS The Saskatoon SPCA is again organizing a barn cat program. Cats that are unable to adapt to indoor living could be good barn cats and assist with pest control on farms and acreages. Each barn cat costs $25 to adopt. New owners should shelter their cats in a secure barn, building or stable and provide daily food and water and veterinary care as required. Each barn cat will be spayed or neutered before adoption and will be up to date on vaccinations, including for rabies. The agency has a separate wing of barn cats, which are sectioned off into two categories: barn buddies and barn hunters. Both will work well as pest control, but the hunters are more independent and strictly outdoor hunters, while the buddies
COMING EVENTS are usually more friendly but not suitable as house pets. For more information, or to apply for a barn cat, visit www. saskatoonspca.com/barncat. DAIRY EXCHANGE OFFERED Young adults from Canada, Australia and New Zealand have the opportunity to experience each other’s dairy industries first-hand. Semex and Holstein Canada are sponsoring the exchange program along with their Australian counterparts, Semex Pty. Ltd and the Victorian branch of the HolsteinFriesian Association of Australia. The program offers a young Canadian the opportunity to experience the Australian dairy industry and an Australian or New Zealand youth to travel to Canada and gain insight into the Canadian dairy industry.
The successful candidate, between 18 and 25 years of age, will spend approximately three months working on leading Holstein farms and artificial breeding centres in Australia beginning in January. Applications are available at www. semex.com and www.holstein.ca for Canadians. The application deadline is Aug. 1. The successful candidate will be contacted in August and publicly announced at the 2013 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. For more information, contact Brenda Lee-Turner at Semex or Janet Walker at Holstein Canada. PRODUCTION SPECIALIST HIRED Kristen Podolsky is the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association’s production specialist for the 2013 growing season.
The six-month contract is a new position for the association. Podolsky will provide MPGA members with in-season agronomic support and production information and respond to grower inquiries. A recent survey found that members want better communication from the association, including crop production knowledge, as well as more vigilance in early detection of emerging diseases and insect problems. Podolsky has a mixed farming background and is a graduate student at the University of Manitoba. She is wrapping up her master of science thesis in agronomy, in which she investigated reduced tillage implements for managing a green manure cover crop. She has held summer positions with Viterra, Agriculture Canada, the National Sunflower Association of Canada and Pulse Canada.
EVERY DAY IS
June 8: Prairie Appreciation Festival, Watson Ranch, Elkwater, Alta. (Rob Gardner, 403-580-7368, rob. firstname.lastname@example.org) June 9-11: Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association 100th convention and meeting, exhibition grounds, Moose Jaw, Sask. (SSGA, 306-7578523, email@example.com, www. skstockgrowers.com/100th) June 15-16: Arcola Antique Ag Daze, Arcola, Sask. (Al Fletcher, 306-4552649, http://arcolafair.wordpress. com) June 19: Small Scale Livestock and Vegetable CSA field day, Fisher Farms, Didsbury, Alta. (Krista, 800661-2642, info@albertafarmfresh. com) June 19-21: Canada’s Farm Progress Show, Evraz Place, Regina (306-7819303, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.myfarmshow.com) June 19-22: International Clubroot Workshop, Edmonton (Caitlynn Reesor, 780-422-3981 or Ken Blackley, 780-422-3951, www. clubroot.ca) June 20-21: UCVM Beef Cattle Conference, Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, Calgary (Brenda Moore, 403210-7309, email@example.com, www. vet.ucalgary.ca/beef) June 25: Western Beef Development Centre field day, Termuende Research Ranch, Lanigan, Sask. (Brenda Freistadt, 306-682-2555, ext. 246, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. wbdc.sk.ca) June 25: Vegetable field day, Beck Farms, Innisfail, Alta. (Krista, 800-661-2642, email@example.com) July 4-8: Prairieland Junior Ag Showcase, Ag Centre, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon (306-931-7149, 888931-9333, www.saskatoonex.com) July 5-14: Calgary Stampede, Calgary (800-661-1260, cs.calgarystampede. com) July 10: International Livestock Conference, Deerfoot Inn and Casino, Calgary (Iris Meck, 403-6868407, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. ilccalgary.com) July 11-13: 4-H Manitoba Fun Fest in conjunction with Carman Country Fair, Carman, Man. (Diane Kovar, 204-571-0854, www.4h.mb.ca) July 12-13: Canadian Bison Association summer field days, Kramer’s Big Bid Auction Barn and Western Development Museum, North Battleford (CBA, 306-522-4766, email@example.com) July 22: Organic and Ecological Farming Research Tour, University of Manitoba Carman Research Farm, Carman, Man. (Martin, 204-4746077, firstname.lastname@example.org) July 29: Glenlea Long-Term Organic Study Research Tour, Glenlea, Man. (Martin, 204-474-6077, m_entz@ umanitoba.ca) For more coming events, see the Community Calendar, section 0300, in the Western Producer Classifieds.
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KIDS HAVE FEW FREE HOURS ON THE FARM Peacocks, Silkie chickens, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits and other animals provide income and lots of chores for the Muhr children. | Page 23
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MAIL | RURAL SERVICES
Canada Post prepares for ‘fundamental changes’ to service plans Postmasters urge customers to speak up BY BARRY WILSON OTTAWA BUREAU
ABOVE: Bailey, shown by Christopher Wiens, took first place in the showmanship and grooming event for miniature horses at the Senlac 4-H Multiple Club’s Achievement Day May 26. RIGHT: Joshua Sikkema, left, and Wiens vie for top spot in the pleasure driving class. | KAREN MORRISON PHOTOS
4-H | MINIATURE HORSE DRIVING
Mini horses, mega fun Kids learn the ropes | Miniature horses small but mighty and a good way to learn control BY KAREN MORRISON SASKATOON NEWSROOM
SENLAC, Sask. — Smiles turned to alarm as a miniature horse bolted from the Senlac 4-H Achievement Day’s driving event on the sports grounds, squeezing between a ball diamond backstop and a parked car. A handful of adults and 11-yearold driver Christopher Wiens got the runaway stopped in a ditch behind the spectators’ stand filled with family and friends. Five minutes and a few tears later, Wiens and his horse, Bailey, returned to the field with his mother, Miranda, in the cart. “Learn to do by doing,” sometimes the hard way, is the motto for the 4-H program, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in Canada this year. Interviewed earlier this breezy May day while attaching the bridle,
reins and child-sized cart, Wiens had conceded Bailey was a little finicky with the harness lately. “He usually doesn’t mind,” he said. Wiens, who grew up around horses of all sizes, also participates in a light horse project as a member of the Senlac 4-H Multiple Club. He expects to tackle the driving project again next year and encouraged others to give it a try. “I’d say to do it ’cause it’s a lot of fun,” he said. Despite the breakaway, Wiens held onto second place behind William Ganser, 12. That result was reversed in the showmanship and grooming event. Miranda Wiens said judges have a lot to look for in the driving event. “You’re judged on how nice you are harnessed, how you sit in the cart, how you hold yourself and
how it’s rigged,” she said. Ganser said a win in the light horse walk-trot event moments earlier probably helped boost his confidence going into the driving event with his horse, Chip. “I wouldn’t let the horse take off, used my voice and had a steady rein,” he said. Ganser called miniatures small but mighty. “They’re built strong. A 200 pound man in a cart can be pulled,” he said. “They’ll go through 10 foot snow drifts if they have to. If they have their hearts to it, they’ll do it.” He said each one also has its own personality. “My horse has attitude. His older brother is completely calm.” Members get together each week to learn how to train, groom and control their horses and attend clinics. Ganser said training includes
talking, petting, resting and rewarding. “Mainly you have to trust the horse and it has to trust you,” he said. Project leaders Debbie Ganser and Gordon Krupka guide the horse and cart at first while members hold the reins and the horse learns voice commands. “If your ground work and manners are learned first, it makes it a lot easier later on. You eliminate a lot of problems,” said Krupka. “They have to respect the handler’s space or they can step on your toes.” Miniatures are a good fit with younger 4-Hers. “It’s easier to learn on these little guys. It’s a good entry,” he said. SEE PAGE 21 FOR SENLAC ACHIEVEMENT DAY PHOTOS
The president of the rural Canada Post employees association says rural Canadians must speak up if they want to retain their service. Canada Post has launched a public consultation in the wake of a Conference Board of Canada report last month that predicted billion dollar deficits at the crown corporation by 2020 without service reductions and cost cutting. Canada Post said it needs to make fundamental changes to avoid the financial crisis. Leslie Schous, president of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants’ Association representing rural postal workers, said last week rural service could be in line for cost cutting. She said rural service could be an easy target, even though it is one of the least expensive parts of the system. The former Saskatchewan rural postal employee said it is important for rural residents, who already have seen service levels cut, to speak up. “They are considering reducing the number of days of service, fewer post offices and no home deliver y,” Schous said. “They are looking at all of those things.” Canada Post is asking for customer feedback at www.canadapost.ca. Schous said scores of rural post offices have been closed despite a closure moratorium that has been in effect for almost two decades. “I think it is really important that rural people speak up because if our customers don’t come forward and say it is important to them to keep their postal service, Canada Post will say, ‘if they don’t care, why should we?’ ” she said.
Product Launches If it’s new in the agriculture market, it’s here. SEE IT ... June 19 - 21, 2013 Evraz Place, Regina, SK, Canada
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VEGETABLES | ASPARAGUS
Serve asparagus, greens fresh from the garden TEAM RESOURCES
BETTY ANN DEOBALD, BSHEc
othing tastes quite as good as fresh picked asparagus. A stem or two never reaches the house because I like to munch on them right in the yard. I have added chopped fresh asparagus to all of my salads lately, whether it is a caesar salad, a fresh mixed greens salad or egg salad sandwiches. I vary the size of the pieces, depending on the salad. I have also discovered that asparagus holds up well in marinated salads. Versatile spinach mixes well with the greens in fresh salads and with asparagus in stir fries and omelets, while fresh perennial herbs such as chives and mint, which pop up early in the garden, can be used to enhance many dishes. Fresh-from-the garden flavours wouldn’t be complete without rhubarb and early bearing strawberries. If your garden isn’t providing fresh produce yet, visit a local farmers market or a greenhouse that sells fresh-picked produce.
RHUBARB STRAWBERRY SALSA This is delicious with grilled meat or scooped with a tortilla chip as a snack. 3/4 c. rhubarb, diced 175 mL (about 1/4 lb./125 g) 1/4 c. strawberries, diced 60 mL (about 2 large) 10–12 chive stems, chopped 2 tsp. jalapeno pepper, minced 10 mL or to taste 1/4 c. sweet red pepper, 60 mL chopped 1 tbsp. lime juice 15 mL 1 tsp. granulated sugar 5 mL Combine and toss to mix, season to taste with salt and pepper and add more sugar if needed. Adapted from allrecipes.com.
MARINATED SALAD WITH ZESTY ITALIAN FRESH HERB VINAIGRETTE 1/4 c. 1 tsp. 1/8 tsp. 3/4 c. 1 tbsp. 1 1/2 c.
Spinach and asparagus quesadillas, top, asparagus egg salad rollup with fresh greens and dressing, left, marinated salad with a fresh herb vinaigrette, centre, and a spinach and asparagus salad with poppyseed dressing are flavourful ways to use fresh produce. | BETTY ANN DEOBALD PHOTOS sified. The garlic and fresh herbs are whisked into the oil and vinegar emulsion. Use immediately or refrigerate and use within 24 hours. For a marinated salad, pour the fresh vinaigrette over a variety of fresh vegetables that are cut into bite-sized pieces. Use a large plastic container that can be sealed. Marinate for six to 12 hours and shake the container several times to distribute the marinade.
red wine vinegar 60 mL salt 5 mL fresh ground pepper .5 mL oil 175 mL Dijon mustard 15 mL garlic clove, minced loosely packed variety of fresh basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme leaves, no stems, then finely chopped 8 c. fresh vegetables 2L
This is a low calorie, low fat dressing that is wonderful on fresh greens or a spinach salad.
The vinaigrette is a basic oil and vinegar dressing, usually made with three parts oil to one part vinegar. It can be flavoured with salt, pepper and a combination of herbs, spices, onions and mustard. The vinegar, salt, pepper and spices are mixed well using a wire whisk. Add the oil in a slow steady stream while continuing to whisk the vinegar mixture. This will cause the oil and vinegar to combine or emulsify. Adding Dijon mustard will give a creamy texture and aid in keeping the oil and vinegar emul-
1/4 c. orange juice, 60 mL fresh squeezed 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 15 mL fresh squeezed 1 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped 15 mL 1 tsp. granulated sugar 5 mL 1/2 tsp. salt 2 mL 1/2 tsp. orange zest 2 mL 1/4 tsp. lemon zest 1 mL 1 c. strawberries, 250 mL sliced Combine the orange and lemon juice, mint, sugar and zest. Pour over sliced strawberries, cover and refrig-
FRESH GREENS WITH STRAWBERRY ORANGE DRESSING
erate. Pour strawberry mixture over fresh mixed salad greens just before serving and toss gently. Zest is the finely grated coloured skin of an orange or lemon. Adapted from Eat Well Live Well, The Canadian Dietetic Association’s Guide to Healthy Eating
SPINACH AND ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH POPPY SEED DRESSING Dressing 1/2 c. 1/3 c. 1/3 c. 1 tsp. 8 c. 1 c.
mayonnaise 125 mL white vinegar 75 mL granulated sugar 75 mL poppy seeds 5 mL baby spinach 2L asparagus, cut 250 mL diagonally into bit size pieces 1 c. mushrooms, sliced 250 mL 6 slices of turkey bacon, cooked and chopped 1/2 c. feta cheese 125 mL
ing. This recipe serves four meal size salads or eight side salads.
ASPARAGUS EGG SALAD ROLLUP 3 hard cooked eggs peeled 1 tsp. mayonnaise 5 mL 1 tsp. fresh chives 5 mL chopped 2 large whole wheat tortillas 2-4 asparagus spears salt and pepper to taste Mash the eggs with a fork and add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Divide and spread on the tortillas. Place the asparagus at one side and roll up, cut diagonally and serve with a salad. This recipe serves two.
SPINACH AND ASPARAGUS QUESADILLAS This recipe serves two.
Make the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and poppy seeds. Arrange the spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, bacon and cheese on individual plates and drizzle with the poppy seed dressing just before serv-
2-4 asparagus spears, chopped 1 c. loosely packed 250 mL spinach, chopped 4 small mushrooms, chopped
5–10 chive stems, chopped 1/4 red sweet pepper, chopped 1/4 tsp. oil 1 mL salt and pepper to taste 2 large whole wheat tortillas 2 c. Monterey jack 500 mL cheese, grated Preheat oven to lowest setting. Prepare the vegetables and mix together in a bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add one tortilla and scatter over it a quarter of the cheese and half of the vegetable mixture. Season with salt and pepper and add a quarter of the cheese. It is essential to work quickly so the cheese will melt. Fold it in half, pressing with a spatula to flatten, when the tortilla smells toasty and the bottom is browned in spots. This takes one to two minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with a scoop of sour cream and a salad. Betty Ann Deobald is a home economist from Rosetown, Sask., and a member of Team Resources. Contact: email@example.com.
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4-H saddles up in Senlac
The 25 Senlac 4-H Multiple Club members brought their animals and skills in showmanship and riding to the clubâ€™s annual Achievement Day May 26 at Senlac, Sask. | Karen Morrison photos
ABOVE: Janelle Witzaney of Denzil, Sask., saddles her horse in preparation for the western equitation event. ABOVE RIGHT: Members wore their best western gear at the event.
LEFT: Judge B.J. Wolfe assesses the performance of Clover Bud member Sandy Cooper in the showmanship and grooming event for light horses. Cooper won the first place ribbon in his class.
BOTTOM: Club members warm up for their events in western equitation, an event in which riders compete on a course designed to test their riding skills.
Important Notice for Farm Fuel Permit Holders 2013 Fuel Tax Exemption Permit Returns were due May 31, 2013. If you have not submitted a completed return by July 31, 2013, your Fuel Tax Exemption Permit will be cancelled. Returns can be filed electronically on the Ministry of Finance website at www.gov.sk.ca/finance/ffp by selecting Fuel Tax Exemption Permit Renewal, then entering your 8-digit electronic filing access code. Returns can also be mailed to:
Farm Fuel Program P.O. Box 5012 Regina, SK S4P 3M3 If you have questions, please call 1-800-667-7587.
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MARRIAGES | PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT
Make your wishes known in a document before remarrying A PRAIRIE PRACTICE
GAIL WARTMAN, B.A., J.D.
I am a middle-aged widower and I am planning to remarry. I want to provide for the adult children of my first marriage in my will. Do I need to do anything else?
You need a pre-nuptial agreement. Or, if you get married
HUMOUR | LANGUAGE
Hemingway did it right THE MORE THINGS CHANGE …
before this step is taken, the agreement with your new spouse would be called an interspousal contract. Both documents have the same effect, and have different names simply because of when they are signed: before or after marriage. When you marry or enter into a common-law relationship (of two years’ duration or more, according to the law in Saskatchewan), you have legal obligations to provide for your spouse in your estate under the Family Property Act and The Dependents’ Relief Act. If you want to do something different than what those acts require you to do, which is leaving a major portion of your estate to your spouse,
then you and your spouse need to put together a proper agreement, with independent legal advice, to make those intentions clear and binding. It’s not good enough to put it in your wills. The two of you may agree that when the first dies, the assets of the deceased person will be distributed to his or her children when the surviving spouse finally dies. However, the sur viving spouse is free to change his or her will at any time until they die. And genuine as the promises might be when the couple makes their wills together, feelings may change when one of them has died and the survivor meets someone new and enters into
a new relationship. The couple’s wishes could also be overruled if one of the spouses dies and the survivor is no longer able to look after herself and is being cared for by someone else who has power of attorney: perhaps her adult child. Without an interspousal contract, the person who has power of attorney may decide that, regardless of what the parent may have agreed on when making the will, the estate should be sued to obtain further assets to support the surviving spouse. An inter-spousal contract should prevent such a court action from being successful. A pre-nuptial agreement or interspousal contract when entering a
second marriage is the only way to be sure that your children will have the share of your estate that you intended for them. Have it done by a lawyer and ensure that your spouse receives independent legal advice. It is a crucial step and is worth doing properly. It will give you and your spouse, your children and your spouse’s children peace of mind and a much better opportunity to have a good relationship into the future. This article is presented for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The views expressed are solely those of the author and should not be attributed to McDougall Gauley LLP. Contact: gwartman@ producer.com.
Foliar Micro-nutrients offer Application and Production Beneﬁts
wanted to rap the CNN reporter’s knuckles with a ruler. It was the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital was being interviewed. There were, he intoned, many grave injuries to lower extremities. He repeated the words “lower extremities” about six times in three minutes. Well, we know that doctors like to talk like that. A leg is so mundane, isn’t it, while a lower extremity supposedly connotes a higher intelligence. That’s why medical students are not allowed to read Hemingway, with his insistence on using short words. That’s why Hemingway did not title one of his famous novels A Farewell to Upper Extremities. (Letters to the editor pointing out that “arms” has various meanings will not be necessary.) This I know: Hemingway never appended the word “forward” to the word “going” as in “going forward.” He never wrote, or dreamed of writing: “The world breaks every one and going forward many are strong at the broken places.” Not only do doctors like big words like “myocardial infarction,” they also resort to Latin if they foresee any possibility that they will be understood by lesser beings. And if that isn’t good enough, they write prescriptions in a peculiar longhand that can be read only by members of a secret society. My beef with that CNN reporter was his enabling of the good doctor’s fancy talk. I see this muddling of the language to be a problem as we search for precision of meaning, not only at this point in time, but going forward. Michael Gillgannon is the former news editor of The Western Producer and managing editor of Western People. Contact: humour@ producer.com.
Soil fertility is like a bank account: you can’t expect to keep successfully withdrawing unless you occasionally top it up. While farmers have long been used to applying macro-nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, today’s successful producers also carefully manage their crop’s micro-nutrient requirements, such as boron, copper and zinc. If your crop is short one or more micro-nutrient, consider solving the problem with a convenient, effective and relatively inexpensive in-crop solution: foliar micronutrient application. “While in the past there hasn’t been a lot of micro-nutrient application except in irrigated lands, there is a lot more demand on our soil now. Where a micronutrient might have been marginally okay when we grew 35 or 40 bushels of wheat, now that we’re up to 60 and 70 bushels, we’ve gone from marginal to really deﬁcient,” says Doug Penney, a senior coach with Agri-Trend Agrology Ltd.“ In cases where micro-nutrients are required, the cost of putting them on is more than covered by increased yield.”
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The leaves of crops deﬁcient in certain micro-nutrients, including copper, manganese and zinc, often appear pale because the plants are not able to produce enough chlorophyll. Unfortunately, not all symptoms are obvious: for example, severe copper deﬁciency results in sterile pollen. “Producers should deﬁnitely be testing for micro-nutrient deﬁciency. Applying foliar micro-nutrients to correct any identiﬁed problems can be a very good solution. Fortunately, crops require micro-nutrients in much smaller amounts than they do for the macro-nutrients, so draw down is slower,” he adds. While many producers opt to broadcast or band their micro-nutrients at or before seeding, most micro-nutrients can be tank mixed with pesticides and foliar applied. Given the busyness of spring seeding, especially in a late spring like this year, delaying micro-nutrient application until into the growing season can be a major convenience. That said, the timing for a micro-nutrient application may not always coincide with
a required pesticide application, and the compatibility of the products should always be checked. Foliar application provides readily and immediately available micro-nutrients directly to growing plants, precisely when the plant requires that nutrient. In some cases, more than one application may be required. “Because most micro-nutrients are relatively immobile in the soil, the method of application is important. For example, copper is most effective when broadcast and thoroughly mixed into the topsoil. But, with the shift to zero-tillage, this is often not an option. If placed in a shallow band or seed-placed, copper may not be available when the crop needs it if the soil is dry. Therefore, foliar application at the early ﬂag leaf stage is a good option,” says Penney. Finally, foliar application can save you money, as the minimized wastage and dilution means foliar micro-nutrients can be applied at a far lesser rate than would be needed in the soil.
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HOUSEWORK | CHILDREN
How do you enlist your children to contribute with their share of the housework? SPEAKING OF LIFE
JACKLIN ANDREWS, BA, MSW
The increase in numbers of working mothers represents a cultural change that requires us to reconsider the roles of fathers and children
I am a working mom. With the money my husband and I make, we are able to provide a decent home for our two children and keep up to date with cellphones and decent wardrobes. However, the kids don’t appreciate it. When we ask for help around the house, both my daughter and son shrug us off and either disappear out the back door to be with their friends or sit defiantly in front of the television. What would it take to get some appreciation from our children for all that we have been doing for them? And how can we get them to help more around the house?
For a number of years the cause of the working mother has risen beyond the unusual, or the exceptional, to become what is expected of women in today’s world. In 2009, 72.9 percent of women with children 16 years old or younger were employed outside the home. That is almost double the number of working women in 1976. At that time, only 39.1 percent of mothers were employed elsewhere. The huge jump in numbers of mothers in the workplace represents more than a statistical landmark. It represents a culture change, one that calls for all of us to reconsider the roles of ever yone in the home, including working fathers and the
OF WOMEN WITH CHILDREN AGED 16 OR YOUNGER WORKED OUTSIDE THE HOME IN 2009. family’s children. The need for fathers to reexamine their roles around the house and to participate more in daily maintenance of the home while taking their turns in the kitchen to prepare meals
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has been well documented and supported. It has filtered through our education system, with young boys registering for home economics or house maintenance and developing skills to facilitate their participation in the home when they mature into their own families. The father in today’s home is expected to prepare meals, take his turn tucking the kids in at night and pick up odds and ends scattered throughout the living room. Not all fathers are participating in their new roles, of course, but enough are doing so to ease some of the household burden on many working mothers. Unfortunately, the changes in roles for children have not kept up to the new look in the modern home. Traditionally, children were expected to follow gender differentiations when they were taking on their chores. Young girls spent their time in the kitchen with Mom while the boys headed out to the yard to give Dad a hand mowing the lawn, feeding the cattle and doing heavy machinery maintenance. That simple formula no longer works. The house is no longer an exclusive female purview. Everyone can be expected to jump in to keep food on the table and the whole place neat and tidy, and everyone includes sons as well as daughters. The logic is simple: more needs to be done around the house by more people. The flaw in all of this appears to be the guilt a good many working mothers are taking into their vocational settings. Just to make matters worse, and to heighten the guilt, Grandma will invariably send over a fresh batch of home baked biscuits to remind Mom that she would better serve her family by pulling back from the workplace and spending more time in the kitchen, where she too could mix up a batch of biscuits to serve with that pot of freshly cooked stew. Not much change is likely to happen until mothers collectively let go of the cultural guilt and replace it with genuine appreciation for contributions they are making to their family incomes. Once the guilt is gone, the rest is easy. Of course, kids should be expected to help more around the house. It is not a matter of asking them to help, but more a concern of who is to do what. Whose turn is it to maintain the dishwasher and who will be vacuuming the main floor? And, oh by the way, children don’t deserve a private bedroom unless they are prepared to take pride in keeping the room orderly and tidy. Kids do not normally show a lot of appreciation for what either of their parents are doing to enrich their lives. Apart from the occasional Mother’s Day card or a big hug at Christmas, you are not likely to get the feedback from your children you probably deserve. That comes later, when your children have grown up and left the home and they show up one day on your doorstep to let you know that you are the greatest. Jacklin Andrews is a family counsellor from Saskatchewan. Contact: jandrews@ producer.com.
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TOP LEFT: Brooke Muhr offers a treat to two of her miniature horses. ABOVE: Brooke and her mother, Tara, take care of a miniature mule foal. LEFT: Shawn Muhr puts the finishing touches on the animals he mounts. His son, Jordan, left, has become an expert at creating grassed landscapes for the trophies. | CHRISTALEE FROESE PHOTOS
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ON THE FARM | SPECIALTY ANIMALS
Saskatchewan family focuses on the small things Creatures galore | Peacocks, pigs and miniature horses populate Muhr farm BY CHRISTALEE FROESE FREELANCE WRITER
ODESSA, Sask. — The peacocks are waiting for their babies to hatch. The miniature donkeys are nibbling on hay. The chickens are drinking water. The potbelly pig is grunting in its pen. The rabbit is nursing its bunnies. And Dolly, the miniature horse, is waiting patiently at the hitching post as her seven-year-old owner finishes up chores. Brooke Muhr will get to Dolly soon, but first there are dogs to be fed, llamas to be watered and guinea hens to be checked. Brooke and her 10-year-old brother, Jordan, are in charge. With about 100 small animals from miniature horses, mules and donkeys to guinea hens, geese and bunnies, it means these farm kids have little time to spare. The rewards for the hard work are two-fold: the money from selling an animal and the fun when it comes time to host friends at their pet-filled farm. “We haven’t butchered anything,” said Shawn Muhr, Brooke and Jordan’s father. “We sell the animals, and the kids get all of the money.” The income from the sale of geese, rabbits, donkeys, horses, mules and hens has paid for an all-terrain vehicle for Jordan and several new wardrobes for Brooke. With bunnies sometimes selling for $40 each and geese for $60, it means that the profits for a youngster can be substantial. “We find doing it this way, it shows the kids more respect for their money,” said Shawn. “When they buy something for themselves, they really take care of it because they know how much work it has taken to get it.” Shawn and his wife, Tara, have always had a love of animals. Shawn remembers enjoying birds as a child, which led to pet peacocks and pheas-
ants as well as an incubator in the family home. Young Tara could often be found with the baby calves on her farm, and it was always her dream to own a donkey. “My dad wouldn’t let me get one for the farm, so I knew if I ever got my own farm, that’s one of the first things I’d have.” Tara’s dream came true 12 years ago when she married Shawn and they bought a farm together. It wasn’t long before she had her first miniature donkey, Angel, which is now part of a herd of 35 tiny horses, donkeys and mules. Every equine on the Muhr farm has a name and is part of the family. The children part with four or five animals a year when they know they are going to good homes. Tara leaves all of the animal duties to the children, but she does like to
spend time with her donkey and the horses. “I just love coming out here and walking amongst them, feeding them treats, playing with them and just hanging out,” she said. Shawn, a full-time farm chemical area manager, makes hay for the animal, but leaves all of the chores to the children. His real passion is taxidermy, so he spends every spare moment of his time in his on-farm shop. He has mounted caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines and elk. With nine freezers on site, Shawn and his helper, Jordan, have enough work to keep them busy for years. “The best part is when people come to get their finished animals. They’re always happy because they can’t wait to see that trophy.”
Jordan with one of his prized Silkie chickens.
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PESTS | MANAGEMENT
Soybean aphids prove unpredictable nuisance Biocontrol | Natural predators are the best way to manage the pest BY REBECA KUROPATWA FREELANCE WRITER
Soybean aphid populations rarely reach economic levels in Asia, where the insect occurs naturally. Research indicates that predators, parasitoids and pathogens limit aphid population increases on that continent. “In North America, the initial invasion resulted in a sudden explosion of aphids, with surveys showing natural enemies weren’t sufficiently abundant to reduce aphid numbers,” said Peter Mason, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada. Soybean aphid is considered a serious threat on this continent because it can transmit devastating viral diseases to soybeans and other nearby crops. Mason said long-term natural enemies provide sustainable suppression of soybean aphids. “A mix of native pathogens, generalist predators and parasitoids, established exotic predators and specialist parasitoids introduced from the region where North American soybean aphid populations originated will provide a suite of natural enemies to suppress aphid populations below economic levels,” he said. Parasitic wasps feed on and attack soybean aphids, attracted by odours emitted by damaged plant tissue and aphids. “The aphid is paralyzed and an egg is laid inside its body,” Mason said. “The aphid mummy remains on the plant while the parasitoid completes development and emerges from a hole made in the mummy.” This cycle is repeated several times during the growing season, and more aphids are killed as parasitoid populations build, preventing them from increasing dramatically. Mason said a long-term goal for soybean aphid bio-control is ensuring that the natural enemy complex is sustained by implementing agronomic practices to conserve natural enemy communities. “Such practices must be integrated into a biologically based pest management program that builds on an understanding of soybean aphid biology and its interactions with the natural enemy community,” said Mason. “Possibly by introducing additional highly specific, exotic natural enemies, it would expand natural control of soybean aphid populations.” He said invasions into new areas are unpredictable because of abiotic and biotic factors such as climate, plant resistance and already present natural enemy communities. “Ongoing research will expand our understanding of the dynamics and interactions of soybean aphids with its natural community, defining factors limiting soybean aphid infestations and providing guidance to develop best management practices for this exotic pest,” he said. John Gavloski, an extension entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture, said soybean aphids don’t likely over-winter in the province and need to blow in from the south. “They can be a serious threat to soybeans in Manitoba, just not an annual problem,” he said. “Even in areas where they do overwinter successfully, they aren’t an economical problem every year.” Generalist predators such as lady beetles, lacewings and hover fly lar-
vae can help reduce the population of soybean aphids some years. “There may be potential for the releasing of additional soybean aphid parasitoids,” Gavloski said. “The Asian parasitoid, binodoxys communis, was released in the U.S. to help manage soybean aphids. Some research suggests generalist predators may currently be playing a larger role in regulating soybean aphid populations than parasitoids. More soybean aphid parasitoids research would certainly be helpful. “The role of pathogenic fungi in controlling soybean aphids needs further research to help determine if overuse
PETER MASON RESEARCH SCIENTIST
or improper timing of fungicides could increase aphid populations.” Gavloski said he’s not sure if soybean aphids will get worse if soybean acres increases. “With some newer arrival insects, populations can be quite bad initially and then stabilize as natural enemy
populations adapt,” he said. “A lot of research will likely continue on soybean aphids. Soybean aphid resistant varieties may be available as a management tool, but aphid biotypes can develop to overcome such resistance.” He said it would be good to register insecticides specific to aphids and harmless to key natural soybean aphid enemies. “Such insecticides are registered in Canada for other commodities, but not soybeans. Methods of enhancing and conserving a soybean field’s populations of generalist predators and parasitoids are needed.”
Officials hope that research will reveal long-term solutions for managing soybean aphids. | JOHN GAVLOSKI PHOTO
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Bees on the auction block Dan Lane’s bee yard, near Kemnay, Man., was a buzz of activity as the inaugural Manitoba Bee Producers Live Bee Sale took place May 15. The event had 250 nucleus colonies for sale by four producers in the area. From Lane’s operation, buyers formed a convoy following Scott Campbell of Fraser Auction Ltd. to the next two sites. Nucleus colonies are small colonies created from larger colonies. | Sandy Black photos
ABOVE: Alexander Tolmachew of Cartwright, Man., left, Phill Plett of Neepawa, Melvin Thiessen of Eden and Nelson Plett of Neepawa take a closer look at the condition of a nucleus colony of bees to be auctioned. Each box had about 12,000 bees. LEFT: Honey producer Dan Lane, who farms near Kemnay, Man., describes to the crowd how he prepared his nucleus colonies for sale and the government inspections they went through for American foul brood, small hive beetle and varroa mite. BELOW: Lewis Turton of Swan River, Man., flashes his bidding card after bidding for seven colonies at $275 each.
Bees carrying pollen return to one of the 110 nucleus colonies at the auction site.
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TRADE | GENETICS
TRADE | TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
Kazakhstan spending big on cattle
Dairy official calls U.S. policy hypocritical Supply management | Dairy Farmers of Canada head says existing dairy imports are generous BY BARRY WILSON
BY MARY MACARTHUR
Alberta agriculture minister Verlyn Olson was struck during his 10-day trade mission to Kazakhstan by the country’s similarities to Alberta. Driving in Kazakhstan made Olson think of driving on Highway 36 between Hanna and Brooks, but with fewer roads and fences. Those kinds of similarities have governments and agricultural businesses excited about the possibility of doing business in a country rich in energy resources and wanting to grow its agriculture industry. The Kazakhstan government has set aside $900 million to invest in its agriculture industry over the next few years. That’s equivalent to the value of 75,000 head of cattle. “This country has great oil wealth,” Olson said. “They definitely have money to spend and are wanting to diversify away from their oil economy.” Exports of Alberta agricultural goods to Kazakhstan, mostly cattle, pigs and horse meat, jumped to $5 million last year from $875,000 in 2011. However, a trade mission to Kazakhstan in 2012 was estimated to have generated an additional $25 million in livestock, genetics and goods and services. Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency board chair Dr. David Chalack said there are tremendous opportunities in Kazakhstan, especially in the cattle industry, with its similarities to Alberta. “The demand for live cattle, semen, embryos and services is truly very significant. I would describe it as a new frontier,” said Chalack. “There are all kinds of opportunities.” Gordon Stephenson, general manager of the Canadian Hereford Association, has been to Kazakhstan three times, including the latest trade mission with the federal and Alberta agriculture ministers. About 4,000 head of Hereford genetics have been exported to Kazakhstan and Russia in the last four years. These kinds of trade missions help cement par tnerships between countries, especially with competition from the United States and Australia. Part of the Hereford association’s interest is a partnership with Lakeland College to develop the Almaty Farm School in Kazakhstan to teach cattle managers how to deal with purebred cattle operations. Kazakhstan’s native cattle are called Whiteface, which originated from Herefords in the 1960s and 1970s but have adapted to the harsher climate.
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A Ca nad i an d ai r y le a d e r ha s accused Americans of double talk as they try to use Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations to win more dairy product access into Canada. Dairy Farmers of Canada executive director Richard Doyle told the House of Commons international trade committee May 27 that while the United States is targeting Canada’s supply managed protections, it is not willing to negotiate its own restrictions on New Zealand dairy products or Australian sugar. “I think the U.S. is talking out of both sides of their mouth, to be quite frank,” he said. Doyle also told supportive MPs from all parties that despite critics’ view of supply management as a closed import system, dairy imports into Canada exceed that of many of
its international critics. “Between six percent and eight percent of our Canadian dairy consumption is supplied by imported dairy products coming in tariff-free, which makes Canada more generous than the U.S. or (European Union) in terms of access,” he said. “Predictability and import control are not equal to no imports.” He said the World Trade Organization has ruled that Canada’s fixed domestic prices means its dairy exports are subsidized and therefore limited. That restricts exports to one percent of production. As a result, the industry could not benefit from new export sales opportunities even if a trade deal was reached that opened dairy markets. “Any market opening, therefore, even if it were reciprocal, would come at the expense of Canadian dairy farmers,” said Doyle. Government and opposition MPs
I think the U.S. is talking out of both sides of their mouth, to be quite frank. RICHARD DOYLE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA
who support supply management jumped on DFC’s claim that Canada’s dairy market is more open than some of its most vehement international opponents. “There’s more access allowed into Canada for dairy products versus access we have into Europe or the United States, but that’s not well known,” said Prince Edward Island Liberal Wayne Easter. “We’ve somehow lost the messaging fight.“ Ontario Conservative MP and former dairy farmer Bev Shipley agreed. “I wish we could get the message
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out more,” he said. Under questioning from MPs about how the dairy industry sees the TPP negotiation in which supply management is a target, Doyle said both Liberal and Conservative governments have protected the supply management system in previous trade negotiations. He said the industry trusts the government to protect its interests. The dairy farmer lobby is included in briefings from the government on the talks. However, Doyle said that unlike previous trade negotiations, industry representatives this time do not have a text of the proposed deal being negotiated. “I think the lack of access to the text is what makes most of the industries, including the experts, very nervous about a negotiation where you aren’t able to do a proper analysis of what is on the table,” he said.
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TO SPRAY The only time you shouldn’t spray is when you have a poor looking crop and you are not in a fusarium head blight (FHB) area.
If your crop doesn’t look good, but you are in an FHB area, a fungicide application can still pay for itself and safeguard the yield and quality of your grain. Do some calculations and if your potential disease risk and ROI exceed the cost of application – you should protect your crop with a fungicide.
If your crop looks good, you will definitely want to protect your investment with a fungicide application. Which product will provide the most bang for your buck? It depends on crop staging, current disease pressure and potential disease risks. Here is a quick chart to help make your fungicide decision easier.
EAF TIM I
No visible disease present
No visible disease present
AD TIMING E H
No visible disease present No visible disease present
Leaf disease on upper leaves and/or flag leaf
Leaf disease on upper leaves and/or flag leaf
Leaf disease only (lower to mid leaves)
Leaf disease only (lower to mid leaves)
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Leaf disease only
Leaf disease only
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NOT TO SPRAY
WHAT SHOULD YOU SPRAY?
Even when you can’t see disease symptoms, there is no such thing as a disease-free crop. A good crop is worth protecting – consider spraying an application of Folicur® EW or Prosaro® applied at head timing to help ensure top grade, quality and yield. There is no such thing as a disease-free crop. Even in the absence of disease symptoms, the mere fact that you are in an FHB area means you need to protect your crop. Apply Prosaro at head timing. Leaf disease damage to upper leaves or the flag leaf can cause irreparable injury to your crop and immediate action is required. Spray Folicur EW and re-assess at head timing to determine whether a second fungicide application is required.
GAIN IN YIELD*
+ 4.6 bu./ac. Folicur EW 3/4 rate, flag leaf OR
+ 9.4 bu./ac. Prosaro, head
+ 1.8 bu./ac. Folicur EW full rate, head OR
+ 3.1 bu./ac. Prosaro, head
+ 9.8 bu./ac. Folicur EW 3/4 rate, flag leaf
+ 4.4 bu./ac.
Spray Folicur EW and re-assess at head timing to determine whether a second fungicide application is required.
Folicur EW 3/4 rate, flag leaf OR
+ 8.5 bu./ac. Prosaro, head
+ 7 bu./ac.
When leaf disease is limited to lower/mid leaves at flag leaf timing, the damage is negligible. Re-assess at head timing and if you still only see leaf disease you can spray either Folicur EW or Prosaro.
Folicur EW 3/4 rate, flag leaf OR
+ 7 bu./ac. Folicur EW full rate, head OR
+ 10 bu./ac. Prosaro full rate, head
Whenever you are in an FHB area, you should spray Prosaro. However, if leaf disease is limited to the lower/mid leaves you have the ability to make your Prosaro application at head timing to cover both leaf disease and FHB.
+ 5.8 bu./ac. Folicur EW full rate, head OR
+ 8.5 bu./ac. Prosaro, head
*Gain in yield based on multi-year wheat Demonstration Strip Trial (DST) results in Western Canada, 2008-2012. Results compared to yield of untreated check.
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HISTORY | GRANUM, ALTA.
The curious case of the solitary headstone Theories abound | Why is Mary Fitzpatrick’s grave outside of the cemetery boundaries in Granum, Alta? STORIES & PHOTOS BY BARB GLEN LETHBRIDGE BUREAU
» Mary Fitzpatrick lies on the south-
western side of the Granum, Alta., cemetery. Its location is the source of much speculation.
» A stonecutter whose son died in a
1927 farm accident did him proud with an ornate gravestone that includes renditions of the boy’s cap and shoes.
GRANUM, Alta. — A caragana hedge encloses the Granum graveyard, marking its boundary with leafy greenery. But Mary Fitzpatrick’s grave sits alone outside the hedge, its headstone and wrought iron enclosure in full view of heavy traffic along Alberta’s busiest highway. “Sept. 5, 1865 – Apr. 16, 1908,” the stone reads. “Beloved wife of E.R. Chugg.” The outlying grave has long been the subject of rumour, speculation and inquiry, said Mike Sherman of the Granum Historical Board. “We get questions about that grave from all over North America. They see that grave outside the cemetery and of course, like any small town, there’s all sorts of rumours and stories that go around that grave.” One rumour has it that the lady committed suicide and thus could not be buried in consecrated ground. On the seamier side, another rumour suggests she was a “scarlet woman” left out for the same reason. “The family, and the family is still here, their side of the story … and it’s a very plausible one as well, is that she was buried there before the official boundary of the cemetery was laid out and therefore it was just a survey error,” said Sherman. However, that doesn’t make for such a good story, he admitted. It also leads one to question the plan used by the caragana hedge planters that came along later. However, Sherman’s favourite story involves Ebenezer Chugg, the “E” in the E.R. noted on the gravestone, and Granum’s fee of $1 per foot for digging graves. “He was notoriously a tight man, very frugal and so the other story is that he was too tight to pay the five bucks to have his wife buried inside the cemetery so he buried her just outside.” The historical board is working on a walking tour of the graveyard, a companion to its walking tour of the town. The outlying grave won’t be the only interesting tale it will tell. Sherman recounts the story of another late resident of Granum who insisted he be buried with a can of snuff and a bottle of beer. “He wasn’t sure which way he was going but he wanted to make sure that whether he was going to heaven or hell, he had the snuff and the beer with him anyway.” Then there’s the heartbreaking grave of 11-year-old J. M. Maclean, a stonecutter’s son, who was killed in a farming accident. The father carved replicas of the boy’s cap and shoes for the grave, now heavily adorned with lichen and showing the weather of the past 86 years. “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so,” reads a stone at the foot. The Granum cemetery dates back to the late 1800s. The walking tour is a work in progress by the board’s eight volunteers, who also operate the museum and look after the cenotaph.
Traffic rushes past Mary Fitzpatrick’s grave near busy Highway 2. Sherman said the former cemetery caretaker died recently, taking much of the history with him. “We’ve kind of picked up the torch and will continue on,” said Sherman.
“The town’s done a lot of work as far as marking graves and whatnot are concerned, and we thought it would be of interest to our visitors as well, to put together this little walking tour of
our cemetery.” Granum, population 445 at last official count, is 25 kilometres north of Fort Macleod, Alta., just off Highway 2.
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4-H | CENTENNIAL
Canada’s oldest 4-H club thriving Club founded to help Roland, Man., school teacher show students the value of agriculture BY REBECA KUROPATWA FREELANCE WRITER
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Granum Gripper was a nail with threads just below the head to prevent it from pulling out. The owner claimed the blue colour made the nails easier to drive. Charles Dickens’ son was a North West Mounted Police officer once stationed in Granum. Mike Sherman, historical board member, indicates the site of one of the town’s major fires.
HISTORY | GRANUM, ALTA.
A small town with a rich history Granum’s museum a ‘labour of love’ filled with documents and memorabilia GRANUM, Alta. — Failing to tip your hat to the mayor of Granum could net offenders a 25 cent fine or one day in jail. Spitting on the sidewalk, ditto. Those bylaws are still on the books, says former Granum mayor and current historical board member Mike Sherman. Though not enforced, they remain a testament to the town’s pride in its interesting past. “It never ceases to amaze me the number of people that have come through this little town and have left their footprint,” said Sherman. He and seven other historical board members look after the museum, adding to its collection and taking turns opening the facility on weekends. Inside are treasures from the famed Granum White Sox, the famed rodeo bronc Midnight and the famed farmers who were named wheat kings at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The small town north of Fort Macleod, Alta., now bears the Latin name for grain. It once had a less flattering moniker. It was called Leavings. The site, established before Alberta became a province, was on the wagon train route from Fort Calgary to Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge, said Sherman. “When they left the creek to cut across inland, it was called Leavings, and Leavings was nothing more than a board nailed to a tree at that point in time.” The museum is housed in the only known wooden jail in southern Alberta and possibly all of Canada. Built in 1905, its single cell is intact,
complete with creaking door and stout leg irons at the ready. Leavings had two or three North West Mounted Police officers at the time. Their four horses were housed at the livery across the street. “Granum was quite notorious. That cell was used,” said Sherman. Harry Longabaugh, also known as the Sundance Kid, may never have occupied the jail, but he did pass through town on occasion. “He actually ranched west of here. He was a cowboy and was part owner of a saloon in Calgary. Drew his gun once and never fired it,” said Sherman, shattering the myths of the Hollywood movie. The walls of the museum bear photos and clippings of the town’s first indoor bathroom installed in the W.A. Chase building, where no expense was spared in making it “comfortable as well as interesting” in 1909. Another store long gone was a combination hardware, furniture and undertaking establishment. “They’ll build you a coffin and they’ll put you in it. One stop shopping right there,” Sherman said with a laugh. Granum had seven elevators in its heyday. Two burned down over the years and the rest were demolished when the rail line was removed. Sherman said Granum’s history is forged in fire. It has had four major blazes, the first in 1910 and the most recent in 1997. “We’ve tried to burn the place down four times. One of these days we’re going to get it right.” The town has a proud sporting history in the Granum White Sox,
which held the provincial title from 1954 to 1958 and drew players from all over North America. The team was run by Granum area rancher George Wesley, who would recruit players but ostensibly hire them as ranch hands so they could be paid but retain their amateur status, said Sherman. Former Toronto Blue Jays manager Pat Gillick once pitched a no-hitter for the Granum team. Sherman helped organize a players’ reunion in 2011, attended by many former team members. “What amazed me was this was after 50, 60 years and they still held Granum in such high esteem that they came from wherever they could to attend this little reunion in this little prairie town.” As for Midnight, the famous bucking horse that was never ridden, Granum lays claim to the stallion even though nearby Fort Macleod often does the same. Midnight died in Alberta, but that wasn’t the end of the story. “In the 1990s, his remains were exhumed and sent to Oklahoma City where he was reburied in the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He’s the first horse ever to be inducted.” The town lays claim to several wheat kings, among them William Duerloo in 1956 and Doug Mackintosh in 1959. There’s much more history and memorabilia as well. Sherman said a sign on the museum tells visitors whom they can call to get a personal tour. “We’re very proud of it,” he said. “It’s nice to show off our little town. It’s a labour of love.”
A small village in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley may have love to thank for being Canada’s oldest 4-H club. History says that E. Ward Jones, an employee with the provincial agriculture department, used his influence to start the program in Roland as a to way help a local school teacher, Adelaide Graham. Graham was going to be the 4-H leader in Roland, and Jones, a secret admirer, offered her every assistance. The couple eventually married and Roland’s 4-H club became Canada’s first in 1913. The club celebrated its 100th anniversary May 31. In those days, the agriculture department gave each new 4-H member one dozen eggs from good laying hens, seed potatoes and good quality seed of fodder corn. In the fall, the communities held a fair where the chickens, corn, and potatoes were judged. Seven other 4-H clubs started in Manitoba in 1913 in the towns of Darlingford, Manitou, Neepawa, Oak Lake, Starbuck, Stonewall and Warren. In 1952, the name was changed from Boys and Girls Clubs to 4-H in keeping with the name of the 4-H clubs in the United States. 4-H started with a rural and agricultural focus, mainly as a way to train new farmers. However, its programs are much more diverse today with an emphasis on life skills. The four Hs come from the pledge: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living for my club, my community and my country.” Manitoba has more than 200 4-H clubs with more than 3,500 members. More than half live on farms, 30 percent live in rural non-farm
areas and 14 percent are urban. Beef, horse, food and woodworking programs are the most popular. “To be a part of 4-H, you don’t have to live on a farm,” said Kyla Orchard, head leader of the Roland Home Ec Club and curator of the Roland 4-H Museum.
KYLA ORCHARD ROLAND 4-H MUSEUM CURATOR
“There are beef and horse projects, but there are also sewing, cooking, photography and many more projects to choose from.” Orchard was a member for nine years and has been a leader for 16 years. “4-H has always been a part of my life,” she said. “My family has always been a part of 4-H.” The Roland Club had 15 members this year from seven to 16 years of age. The village has one club today, but previously had as many as three: a home ec club, a beef club, and a canter-horse club. “We’re all one program, but the projects and happenings in each club are different,” she said. “I hope 4-H will continue growing and teaching the youth life skills they need.” The 4-H museum is housed in a former Bank of Hamilton building built in 1902. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Monday to Friday in July and August. The club will mark its 100th anniversary by rededicating the cairn that was originally erected for the 50th anniversary.
The 4-H club in Roland, Man., celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 31. | KYLA ORCHARD PHOTO
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PSI Technologies Inc. doesn’t mess around when it takes on a recycling project. In a single day, the Saskatoonbased engineering company can crush and recycle as much as 2,500 tonnes of material that would otherwise be dumped in municipal landfills. PSI specializes in recycling used concrete, mostly collected from demolished commercial and industrial buildings in Saskatoon and surrounding communities. The material is crushed, sorted, stockpiled and sold to construction companies that use it primarily for road construction. Last week, PSI employees crushed thousands of tonnes of concrete collected from a former hospital in Humboldt, Sask., and a pair of recently demolished churches. PSI project engineer Duane Guenther said any construction project that uses gravel or natural aggregate can be built with recycled concrete at a similar cost. Crushed concrete also functions as effectively as gravel or rock aggregate or better, said Guenther. It has rough edges — also known as aggregate angular ity — which improves adherence to other road building materials, including fresh asphalt. The presence of residual cement in recycled concrete also improves adhesion, resulting in a more durable roadway. “Using the crushed concrete gives us a better structure on roads because it’s is all fractured … and it holds together really well,” Guenther said. “But when you’re talking about gravel or rock that’s been mined out of a gravel pit … you’ll often have rounded edges, which don’t quite have as much capacity.” PSI got into the recycling business after it recognized an opportunity to acquire used concrete at a low cost, enhance its value and sell it as an alternative construction material to local contracting companies. Demolition companies usually pay tipping fees to get rid of used concrete at local landfill sites. PSI began testing the material and determined that crushed concrete was a viable alternative to gravel and rock-based aggregate. The company now has a crushing site a few kilometres east of Saskatoon where material is trucked in, processed and stockpiled. Equipment at the site includes the province’s largest mobile jaw crusher, which handles concrete, rock and other materials. The crusher, one of several on site, was manufactured in Wisconsin by Lippman Milwaukee Inc. One of the constant challenges facing PSI is convincing contractors that recycled concrete performs as well as natural aggregate. Guenther previously worked as a project engineer with the City of
Duane Guenther, senior project manager at PSI Technologies, says crushed concrete is a cost competitive construction product that can be used on its own or mixed with gravel to meet customers’ specifications. Concrete first passes through a jaw grinder before a large magnet separates the steel rebar from crushed concrete. | BRIAN CROSS PHOTO Saskatoon and was involved in a trial known as the GreenStreet Project. It used crushed concrete and crushed asphalt to rebuild sections of 10 streets in Saskatoon. Eighty-eight percent of the material used in the project was recycled. The GreenStreet project showed positive results, confirming what PSI performance models had suggested. A number of construction companies in Saskatchewan are now using the material, although acceptance by the public sector has taken longer than expected. The City of Saskatoon recently indicated that it will begin using recycled concrete aggregate in some city projects. PSI can produce more than 500,000 tonnes of crushed concrete aggregate per year, although annual tonnage is currently closer to 50,000 tonnes. Sources of used concrete are numerous, although hauling the material can significantly increase processing costs. PSI’s crushing equipment is mobile and can be relocated if necessary. The company accepts deliveries of unset concrete, rock, used asphalt and other materials, which allows companies to avoid tipping fees.
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in southwestern Manitoba because of poor plant stands. CENTRAL Growers in western parts of the region have reseeded winter wheat
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NORTH Seeding progress tripled over much of the area, thanks to warm and dry weather. Ten percent of acres will remain unseeded because of excess moisture. Large amounts of precipitation fell, with the Spiritwood area receiving the most with 28 mm. Topsoil moisture on more than three-quarters of cropland is satisfactory. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is 90 percent adequate. More than half the pastures are in good condition. One hundred percent of livestock producers have indicated they have sufficient livestock water supplies. Localized flooding, high winds and hail have damaged some emerging crops, but overall growing conditions are good. Fertilizer shortages have been reported in some areas. Many roads and fields are still wet and inaccessible, but most producers are managing to work around them.
Saskatchewan farmers have generally made up for a late start to seeding. All regions made significant progress in the past week despite rainfall in most areas. The southwest is furthest advanced while the northeast is least advanced.
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ply for livestock producers. Localized flooding, high winds, hail and frost have damaged emerged crops in some areas. Weed growth has been heavy and producers are trying to spray herbicides when the winds are calm. Some areas reported fertilizer delivery delays and shortages. Pasture growth has been slow and some areas would welcome a rain to help things along.
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Many producers will soon be done seeding on the west side, while the east side is making excellent progress. It’s estimated that two to seven percent of acres will remain unseeded because of excess moisture. Much of the area received significant rainfall, which brought high winds, localized flooding and hail damage to some parts. The Coronach area led the province with 56 millimetres of rainfall. Topsoil moisture conditions are good, averaging 80 percent adequate. Hayland and pasture topsoil is also averaging 80 percent adequate. The majority of the area’s pastureland is generally in good condition. CENTRAL Seeding progress has more than doubled in the last week and is generally on track with the five-year average. Five to 10 percent of acres will remain unseeded because of excess moisture. Seeding was slowed after large amounts of rainfall fell over most areas. Humboldt led the area with 51 mm of rainfall. Cropland topsoil and hay and pasture moisture conditions are all rated as good. The condition of more than half of all pastures throughout the area is also in good shape. There’s excellent water sup-
CENTRAL Seeding mostly completed; some barley and oats remain to be planted. Earlier seeded crops emerging; good emergence reported. Rainfall in past week ranged from 10 to 55 millimetres. Soil moisture good to excessive. Wind earlier in month limited pre-seed burn off so weeds are growing well. NORTHEAST Rainfall reported last week, but more is desired. Seeding near completion. Hay and pasture land could use more rain. NORTHWEST Most areas received at least 10 mm of rain last week. Seeding near completion; some crops emerging. Hay and pasture in good condition. PEACE Most areas received rain last week. Seeding slightly behind rest of province but nearing completion. Quackgrass could be troublesome.
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Economist likes what the future holds Sask. positioned well | Consumer confidence will lift resource economy: EDC official BY BRIAN CROSS SASKATOON NEWSROOM
The top economist with Export Development Canada is painting a rosy picture of the global economic outlook and the future of Saskatchewan’s agri-food sector. EDC vice-president and chief economist Peter Hall told members of the Saskatchewan Trade and E x p o r t Pa r t n e r s h i p May 2 9 i n Saskatoon that key economic indicators are pointing to strong economic growth, increasing consumer confidence and generally good times ahead for the global economy. It bodes well for agricultural producers in Western Canada and related sectors such as potash and manufacturing, he added. The demand for food, particularly meat, will continue to grow as the global economy gains steam, especially in emerging economies. “The emerging market middle class is not going to be kinder to any other province than Saskatchewan,” Hall said. “When emerging market citizens get into the middle class, studies show … that they consume more and they consume higher quality. And you know where they start? They start with food, and they start eating more meat.” Hall said demand for meat-based protein will grow significantly, adding further support to markets for forages, feed grains, fertilizer and fuel. It will also support prices for other agricultural crops grown in Western Canada. He said increased meat production will require more grain and increased productivity on marginal land. “This new meat consumption will put exponential pressure on the world’s crops … and that’s a great news story for the long-term future of this province, not only for foodstuffs but for fertilizer and also for agricultural machinery,” Hall said. “The long-term future for these sectors is absolutely rosy. I couldn’t be more bullish about it.” Hall cautioned that it could take a year or so for potash pr ices to rebound. Global demand for potash is soft, but he expects prices to strengthen as global supplies are drawn down. Hall said the global economy is still adjusting from the economic meltdown that occurred in 2008-09. Capital investments have been constrained for the past four years and many companies are only now beginning to see signs of economic recovery and sustained growth. He said bond rates have returned to pre-crisis levels in Europe. As well, banks are lending more money, and the mountain of surplus goods produced before the economic crisis has been drawn down. Investors who had been reluctant to enter the market since 2009 are now reassessing the landscape and seeing an economy w ith more upside potential and less risk. Hall pointed to the American housing market as a key bellwether. Home prices bottomed out in many major American markets during the post-crisis period, and U.S. housing starts slumped.
Low consumer confidence, rising unemployment and reduced lending meant many new families were unable or unwilling to buy homes and take on extra debt. After four years of constraint and adjustment, an historically high proportion of young U.S. families do not own their own homes. He said debt to income ratios have also improved, and overextension of personal credit is no longer an ominous concern. The demand for new homes will increase and housing starts will rebound as investor and consumer confidence returns and fundamental
demand for North American goods is restored, he added. Retail spending on home furnishings and appliances will follow. Hall said Saskatchewan should be gearing up for growth and asking important questions about its productive capacity. “We have significant constraints to our growth going forward,” he said. “We may not actually have the capacity to facilitate all the growth that’s coming our way.” Labour, capital and additional infrastructure capacity will be needed. “Have we got enough capital to
Peter Hall, vice-president and chief economist at Export Development Canada, says emerging middle class markets will be eager to consume higher quality foods. | ROBIN BOOKER PHOTO facilitate all of the projects that are on the table?” he said. “Do we have enough warm bodies inside the province to do the work that’s actually coming our way? And
even if we can do all of those things, do we have enough transportation infrastructure to take the stuff that we have generated inside the province and get it to market?”
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Horses help teamsters break ground and seed Old-fashioned farming | Group would like to pass on knowledge and skills to a new generation BY CALVIN DANIELS FREELANCE WRITER
RAMA, Sask. â€” Horsepower was on display at a recent demonstration of heritage spring seeding techniques. Teamsters from northeastern Saskatchewan gathered near Rama to hitch their big horses to vintage plows, cultivators, discs, harrows and seed drills to plant a few acres of crop as spectators gathered to watch. For those holding the reins, it was a day to keep alive their long-held love for working horses. â€œIâ€™ve been playing with horses all my life,â€? said Norval Budd of Kelliher, Sask., as he hitched his four horses to a cultivator. â€œI started harnessing horses when I was about eight.â€? However, a tractor soon arrived on the farm and horses were retired from field work. â€œBut we were soon back to horses for winter chores,â€? he said, something he still does. Rae Rosenkerr of Preeceville, Sask., said he can remember horses at work, but a Ford tractor arrived on his fatherâ€™s farm just before he would have started working with the big horses. Rosenkerr still felt a connection to
Duncan Arthur of Preeceville, Sask., works with his team of horses during a demonstration near Rama, Sask. | horses, and his family was involved with a local riding club. He said they had saddle horses for ma n y ye a r s an d th e n re c e nt ly acquired the two working Percherons he drove in Rama.
â€œItâ€™s the love of horses. Everythingâ€™s so nice and quiet (working them). Thereâ€™s no roar of the tractor and clanging of machinery,â€? he said. â€œI can actually hear the mould
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board cutting the sod. Iâ€™ve never heard that before.â€? Duncan Arthur of Preeceville also has a long passion for horses. â€œI guess most of my life, Dad always worked a team,â€? he said. He still uses horses today. â€œHorses are always used for chores and stuff like that,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s amazing what they can do in some places and no diesel fuel.â€? Lloyd Smith of Pelly, Sask., who also grew up with horses, used them to grow nine acres of wheat last year. This year he wants to do more.
Budd said he has a passion for attending events such the one in Rama. â€œI just enjoy working with them,â€? he said. â€œWe try to take in as many (working demonstrations) as we can.â€? However, he and his fellow participants also hope younger people will become interested and pick up the traces. â€œI donâ€™t think there are too many to take over and keep it going,â€? said Budd. Added Rosenkerr: â€œWeâ€™ve got to get young people interested so we donâ€™t lose these horses.â€?
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YORKTON, Sask. â€” A new education option is now available for those wanting to become agriculture pilots. Miccar Aerial Ltd. in Yorkton just completed its first run through a new training program. â€œWe started an ag pilot course for people wanting to get into ag aviation,â€? said company head Michael Yaholnitsky. â€œWe saw a need for aviation training specific to ag aviation.â€? He said two other courses are offered in Canada, including one in North Battleford, Sask., but his company thought there was room for another one, considering the shortage of agricultural pilots. Yaholnitsky said developing such a program seemed like a logical step for his company to take, given its experience. â€œWe designed our own course,â€? he said. He said there are â€œno specific Transport Canada requirements,â€? to be an agricultural pilot, but industry specific training is nearly a must in terms of employment and insurance.
As a result, the training is â€œtype specific and industry specific.â€? Yaholnitsky said the course covers safety, reading chemical labels, GPS study and in-airplane flight training. Being an ag pilot require additional skills, he added. â€œFlying the airplane is just a small part of it.â€? Three pilots recently completed the 40 hour course: one from Ontario, one from Quebec and one from Manitoba. Pier Daigle took the course and will continue to work for Miccar Aerial. â€œItâ€™s been quite a few years that I wanted to try it,â€? he said, adding he has been intrigued to â€œfly and be involved in ag at the same time.â€? He achieved his commercial pilotâ€™s license three years ago, but then worked for a few years before undertaking the ag-specific training course. â€œAfter the 40 hours of training, you know what youâ€™re going to be doing,â€? said Daigle. He said it was beneficial to have instructors who are actively involved in the sector. â€œThe guys training us know what they were talking about.â€?
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VEGETABLES | PRODUCTION
Getting into greenhouses requires deft thinking Local markets | Producers face stiff competition BY REBECA KUROPATWA FREELANCE WRITER
The greenhouse industr y has expanded in recent years thanks to technological advances and the development of efficiencies in controlled environment management. However, the competition is fierce. Brian Hunt, a business development greenhouse specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, provides information on greenhouse production for the local market. He asks his clients about their goals and why they want to start a greenhouse operation, including basic structural and infrastructure decisions, construction, design, agronomy and maintenance. “A greenhouse manager in Manitoba needs a very sharp pencil to compete with domestic and offshore imports,” said Hunt. “The nature of the wholesale distribution and retail markets puts the onus on the producer to ensure there’s a sufficient margin to be economically viable and sustainable.” The recent consumer interest in buying locally produced food has helped producers who want to market their production close to home. “Even national and international
chains are aware consumers have a growing preference for locally produced products and are willing to purchase local production and market it in their stores as such,” said Hunt. “Consumers are becoming more aware of food safety risks and feel locally produced products are safer than imported ones.” The result is an increased marketplace presence for locally grown horticultural products. “Greenhouse production, particularly vegetables, is a perishable product,” said Hunt. “Production is planned and relatively stable throughout the year, so you must have customers purchasing your production on nearly a daily basis. Any glitch in that system will quickly result in income loss. For a constant level of production with excellent quality, the environment and all the conditions influencing growth must be monitored, adjusted as required and continually managed.” Hunt said the amount of investment will vary with the size and complexity of the operation. “A simple, double-walled poly Quonset style greenhouse, for structure alone, can cost from $7-$12 per sq. foot if you’re building it yourself from local materials, plus the costs of
The greenhouse industry in Manitoba is growing, but producers must carefully watch their costs and markets for their perishable products while competing against large distributors. | FILE PHOTO heat, ventilation, benches, and infrastructure,” he said. “If you contract a manufacturer to design, deliver and construct it, a modern, commercial-style greenhouse’s cost ranges from $15 to $20 per sq. foot, including header house and energy curtain. When you add in heat, ventilation, control systems and production infrastructure, it can go up to $25 to $35 per sq. foot.” Hunt said greenhouse producers need to know where to sell their production and for how much and then draft their business plans. “Nearly anything can be grown in a greenhouse, but the challenge is to sell what you grow,” he said. “Find out what consumers want, how to access those consumers at the lowest cost and grow what the market wants. In Manitoba, the four most popular greenhouse vegetable crops
are tomato, sweet bell pepper, cucumber, and lettuce. There are producers of niche market vegetables who are doing well with Asian vegetables to a specific clientele. Herbs are popular, but growers need a cost effective outlet in which to sell.” Hunt said the greenhouse trend will continue in Manitoba. “The majority of greenhouse operations in Manitoba are developing as an extension and expansion of an established market garden business,” he said. “This way, they hone their horticultural skills, develop a market, perhaps experiment with a high tunnel operation and then graduate to a greenhouse operation. The growth will be slow but steady.” Pat Wohlgemuth, owner and manager of Neva Hydroponic Farms near Landmark, Man., said greenhouse
operators need to ask themselves three important questions: • Which crop should and can be grown year round? • What is the market for the crop and how close is that market? • Is it beneficial to invest in facilities to grow the crop year round? She said it is feasible to produce crops year-round if the answer is yes to all three questions. Wohlgemuth said it’s not difficult to grow crops in a greenhouse in summer, but producers who want to grow year round should expect to double or even triple their investment in extra equipment to facilitate the need for a heating system, more efficient cooling and venting systems and artificial lighting. “The most important factor is market demand and that the crop is compatible to grow in a greenhouse,” she said.
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Dorper ........................................ 5527 Dorset ........................................5530 Katahdin.....................................5550 Lincoln ....................................... 5553 Suffolk....................................... 5580 Texel Sheep ................................5582 Sheep Various........................... 5590 Sheep Wanted............................5595 Sheep Events, Seminars................... 5597 Sheep Service, Supplies ...................................5598 Swine Auction Sales ............................ 5605 Wild Boars .................................5662 Swine Various ............................5670 Swine Wanted ............................ 5675 Swine Events, Seminars ..................5677 Poultry Baby Chicks ...............................5710 Ducks & Geese ...........................5720 Turkeys.......................................5730 Birds Various ............................. 5732 Poultry Various ..........................5740 Poultry Equipment..................... 5741 Specialty Alpacas ...................................... 5753 Deer............................................ 5757 Elk ..............................................5760 Goats .......................................... 5765 Llama .........................................5770 Rabbits....................................... 5773 Ratite: Emu, Ostrich, Rhea .................... 5775 Yaks ............................................5780 Events & Seminars..................... 5781 Specialty Livestock Equipment. ................................ 5783 Livestock Various ........................5785 Livestock Equipment .................. 5790 Livestock Services & Vet Supplies ..................................... 5792 Lost and Found .............................. 5800 Miscellaneous Articles................... 5850 Misc Articles Wanted ......................5855 Musical ............................................5910 Notices ............................................5925 Oilfield Equipment..........................5935 ORGANIC Certification Services ..................5943 Food .............................................5945 Grains...........................................5947 Livestock ..................................... 5948 Personal (prepaid) ......................... 5950 Personal Various (prepaid)................ 5952 Pest Control ................................... 5960 PETS Registered ....................................5970 Non Registered ............................ 5971 Working Dogs ...............................5973 Pets & Dog Events ........................ 5975 Photography .................................. 5980 Propane ..........................................6000 Pumps ............................................ 6010 Radio, TV & Satellites ....................6040 REAL ESTATE B.C. Properties .............................6110 Commercial Buildings/Land .......................... 6115 Condos/Townhouses ...................6120 Cottages & Lots ............................ 6125 Houses & Lots ..............................6126 Mobile Homes .............................. 6127 Ready To Move ............................. 6128 Resorts .........................................6129 Recreational Property .................6130 Farms & Ranches British Columbia........................ 6131 Alberta ....................................... 6132 Saskatchewan ............................ 6133 Manitoba ....................................6134 Pastures .....................................6136 Wanted .......................................6138 Acreages ....................................6139 Miscellaneous ........................... 6140 RECREATIONAL VEHICLES All Terrain Vehicles ...................... 6161 Boats & Watercraft ...................... 6162 Campers & Trailers ......................6164 Golf Cars ......................................6165 Motor Homes ...............................6166 Motorcycles ................................. 6167 Snowmobiles ...............................6168 Refrigeration .................................. 6180 RENTALS &
ACCOMMODATIONS Apartments & Houses ..................6210 Vacation Accommodations .......................6245 Restaurant Supplies .......................6320 Sausage Equipment ....................... 6340 Sawmills......................................... 6360 Scales ............................................. 6380 PEDIGREED SEED Cereal Seeds Barley ........................................ 6404 Corn...........................................6406 Durum ....................................... 6407 Oats ........................................... 6410 Rye .............................................6413 Triticale ......................................6416 Wheat .........................................6419 Forage Seeds Alfalfa.........................................6425 Annual Forage ........................... 6428 Clover .........................................6431 Grass Seeds .............................. 6434 Oilseeds Canola ...................................... 6440 Flax ........................................... 6443 Pulse Crops Beans ........................................ 6449 Chickpeas ..................................6452 Lentil ..........................................6455 Peas........................................... 6458 Specialty Crops Canary Seeds ............................ 6464 Mustard ......................................6467 Potatoes .................................... 6470 Sunflower...................................6473 Other Specialty Crops................. 6476 COMMON SEED Cereal Seeds ............................... 6482 Forage Seeds............................... 6485 Grass Seeds ................................ 6488 Oilseeds .......................................6491 Pulse Crops ................................. 6494 Various .........................................6497 Organic Seed ................. See Class 5947 FEED MISCELLANEOUS Feed Grain................................... 6505 Hay & Straw .................................6510 Pellets & Concentrates ................ 6515 Fertilizer...................................... 6530 Feed Wanted ............................... 6540 Seed Wanted ................................6542 Sewing Machines ............................6710 Sharpening Services ....................... 6725 Sporting Goods ...............................6825 Outfitters .....................................6827 Stamps & Coins .............................. 6850 Swap................................................6875 Tanks ...............................................6925 Tarpaulins .......................................6975 Tenders............................................7025 Tickets .............................................7027 Tires ............................................... 7050 Tools ............................................... 7070 Travel...............................................7095 Water Pumps...................................7150 Water Treatment ............................ 7200 Welding ...........................................7250 Well Drilling ................................... 7300 Winches.......................................... 7400 CAREERS Career Training .............................. 8001 Child Care....................................... 8002 Construction ..................................8004 Domestic Services .........................8008 Farm / Ranch .................................. 8016 Forestry / Logging .......................... 8018 Help Wanted .................................. 8024 Management ...................................8025 Mining .............................................8027 Oilfield ........................................... 8030 Professional ....................................8032 Sales / Marketing ...........................8040 Trades / Technical .......................... 8044 Truck Drivers .................................. 8046 Employment Wanted (prepaid) ..................................... 8050
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1972 CESSNA 150L, TTSN 1400 hrs., 0-320 Lycoming 150 HP, TT 900 hrs., LR tanks, intercom push to talk, tow hook, always hangared, new C of A, updated transporder, $38,000. Family owned. Colonsay, SK, 306-255-2611, 306-280-3231. 1956 CESSNA 182, 3922.7 TTSN, 1555 hrs. SMOH on condition, Transponder Mode C, ELT 406 Hz, autogas STCâ€™d, 4-place intercom, 1 piece windshield, int. reupholstered 15 yrs. ago, current annual, $50,000. Pictures available. 780-812-0688, Bonnyville, AB. email@example.com ESTATE SALE: 1965 Cessna 180H, TTSN 3563.3 hrs., floats, wheels, 2 new 210 Icon radios installed 2011, prop overhauled April, 2010, prop TTSO 18.8 hrs., transponder w/Mode C, 406 ELT, Aera 500 Garmin GPS, 1 new cyl.- 2012, eng. TTSO, 1448 hrs., annual July, 2012, $90,000. Call Mary Koziol 780-826-5721, Iron River, AB.
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1963 182F CESSNA, 3210 TTSN, 805 SMOH, 5 SPOH, Nav/Com, ADF, DME, Mode C, STOL, Nav-O-Matic 300 autopilot, LR fuel, asking $69,000. Phone or text: 306-457-7712, Creelman, SK. AIRPLANE HANGAR, located at CYXE Saskatoon. 1470 sq. ft. (42x35â€™), concrete floor, Diamond aviation bi-fold door, $90,000 plus GST. For details and pics call/text: 306-717-0709.
AIRPORT FOR SALE: Three 150â€™x3000â€™ runways and a 65â€™x90â€™ hanger on 29 acres of land, 90 kms. south of Saskatoon, SK. near Kenaston, $299,000. Ted Cawkwell Re/Max Blue Chip Realty, 1-306-327-5148 or www.tedcawkwell.com
1966 PA24 CHEROKEE 140, white and blue, factory design, 6400 TT, 2100 ET, Garmin radios, SL30, 296 GPS, transponder Mode C, overhauled flight instruments, new tires and much more. Excellent flying aircraft. 204-769-2210, 204-741-0054 cell, BOUGHT A 172, so my exc Cessna 150L for Souris, MB. sale. 3703 TT, 245 STOH, 108 on new MAULE M5-235C, 1987, low airframe time, mags, engine on cond., exc comps and engine and prop less than 200 hrs., excelclean filter. Excellent maintenance, very lent paint and interior, 8:50 by 6 tires (18â€? well equipped inc. childâ€™s seat, real nice in- tall) IFR, autopilot, GPS, fresh annual, exc. terior. Many extras and updates, details maintenance, long range fuel, cargo door, 306-831-9551, $24,000 OBO. Harris, SK. true STOL with nice cruise speed of 130 CESSNA 182, 1968, 5000 hrs. AF, engine knots, $75,000. Too bad for me, but itâ€™s 1/2 time, Horton stall w/cuffs, long range gotta go. 403-715-3515, Lethbridge, AB. tanks, $75,000 OBO. Call 403-350-5264, LYCOMING 0-320, 150/160 HP, excelRed Deer, AB. lent condition, 2200 hours. 403-327-4582, AIRPORT TUGGERS, one propane $4500 403-308-0062, Lethbridge, AB. and one diesel powered $9500. 1997 F450 4x4 diesel, airport fire truck, 2000 original kms, $30,000. 306-668-2020, Saskatoon, SK. www.northtownmotors.com 1970 PA39, turbo twin Comanche, CR, 1969 CHEROKEE 140B, 4464 TT, 463 4580 TT, new interior, NDH, rare aircraft. SMOH, 160 HP, very clean in and out, Call 306-752-4909, Melfort, SK. $40,000 OBO. 204-638-1571 Dauphin, MB. 1971 PIPER CHEROKEE PA28-140, 3550 firstname.lastname@example.org TTSN, 1500 SMOH, dual Nav/Com, ADF, transponder, dual intercom, always han- 1991 RANS S-10 Sakota, midwing twoplace aerobatic taildragger, 304 TTAF, 583 gared. 306-962-7795, Eston, SK. Rotax, 90 HP, 110 MPH, inverted capa1960 COMANCHE PA 24-180, TTSN 3485, bility, affordable aerobatics, $24,000. OBO. SMOH 210, prop, TTSN 30, basic avionics, Call 306-625-3922, Ponteix, SK. $40,000; Pawnee PA25-150, TTSN 2580, SMOH 1605, prop 840, $27,000; Quickie 2, LYCOMING 0-290-D, 135 HP, 1100 asking $13,000. Open to offers or trades SMOH, FWF c/w mount and exhaust, exc. on all. Call 204-638-7422, Dauphin, MB. cond. Lethbridge, AB., 403-327-4582, or email email@example.com 403-308-0062.
WIRELESS DRIVEWAY ALARMS, calving/foaling barn cameras, video surveillance, rear view cameras for RVs, trucks, combines, seeders, sprayers and augers. Mounted on magnet. Free shipping. Call 403-616-6610, Calgary, AB.
HUGE ANTIQUE AUCTION Centennial Farm. Long time collector selling out. Sale June 16th. Details at www.valleyauction.ca or call 250-832-1372, Salmon Arm, BC. APPROXIMATELY 60 ANTIQUE and Collectible Tractor Auction, Melville, SK. June 30th, 10:00 AM. For more information call 306-786-7991 or 306-728-4702. Sale conducted by Supreme Auctions, call Brad at 306-551-9411 www.supremeauctions.com
2- RUMELY OILPULL 16-30 tractors for sale. Serial numbers are 6709 and 6651. Please call 306-631-1748, Moose Jaw, SK. COCKSHUTT 2 bottom 780-910-7024, Thorsby, AB.
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JOHN DEERE R, good working order, $5000 OBO; Also 5 bottom plow, 2 new tires, plow complete, $3500 OBO; Massey 44 gas, complete, also one for parts, $1000 OBO; 102 Massey Ferguson row H I G H P E R F O R M A N C E - 1971 Piper Cherokee 140D. Located at Saskatoon, SK. 250 COMMACHE FUSELAGE, fire wall back, CHINOOK II single seat 277 Rotex, com- crop tractor, complete but needs work; AR Airport. $27,500 OBO. Must be flown! Call $2000. Phone: 204-895-7698 or fax: pletely redone, $12,500. 306-332-6063, JD, complete but needs work, $1000/ea or make offer. 306-466-2261, Leask, SK. 204-474-1477, Winnipeg, MB. 306-382-9024. 306-332-7997, Fort QuAppelle SK. USED AIRPORT TUGGER selling unreserved at PBR Auctions, 1:00 PM Saturday, June 29, 2013, Saskatoon, SK.
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1951 JDR DIESEL tractor, c/w two manuals, exc. cond., original metal, everything works, asking $8000 or offers. Ph. Andy for more info 306-407-0005, Battleford, SK UTB 445 CRAWLER tractor, excellent tracks, rails and sprockets, 3 cyl. diesel, plow, canopy, runs but needs work. 250-788-2876, Chetwynd, BC. OLIVER 995 INDUSTRIAL Lugamatic tractor for sale. Serial Number is 530031. 306-631-1748, Moose Jaw, SK. 1956 D2 CAT, 1200 orig. hrs, vg condition, always shedded, S/N 5U. 204-734-3804, firstname.lastname@example.org Swan River, MB. 1963 MF 65 diesel, restored, painted and new tires, showroom cond., 3 PTH, cult., plow and more, asking $7000. Winnipeg, MB., 204-888-2290, 204-771-9261. WD-9 INTERNATIONAL TRACTOR, restorable or for parts, $500. 780-679-7721, 780-855-3083, New Norway, AB. WANTED: 830 JD tractor and 730 JD tractor, diesel, row crop. 250-808-4240, Kelowna, BC. JOHN DEERE H, $700; Massey Pony, $1200. 780-922-0293, Ardrossan, AB.
THRASHING BEE, Many large gas tractors and steam engines on display and running. Including 110 Case. Thrashing, sawing, lumber, plowing, large parade. Saturday and Sunday. Stationary engines on display and running, pioneer village open, many games for children, flea market. Come for a day or come spend the weekend. Primitive camping, July 19th, 20th and 21st. Divide Country Historical Society, Crosby, N o r t h D a ko t a . F o r a ny i n fo c a l l 701-965-6741.
PARTS OR RESTORE: 1948 Ford Super Deluxe 8, 4 dr., $900; 1949 Ford truck, F68, $900; 1951 Pontiac, 4 dr., sunvisor, chrome w/Indian head ornament, $350; 1960 International B-180, $500; 1951 Ford 3 ton, F-6, $500; 1960 Mercury 500, $500; 1929 Essex body, 2 dr., $300. Tofield, AB., 780-662-2061.
COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION, July 19 and 20, 2013, Credit Union Event Plex, Evraz Place, Regina, SK. Now accepting consignments. Don’t delay consign today! David TRACTORS FOR SALE: JD’s 420 Hi-crop 306-693-4411, 306-631-7207, PL#329773 (rare), M, MTW, MTN, BW, H, Cockshutt www.thecollectorcargroup.com 20. Call 403-660-8588, Calgary, AB. MASSEY HARRIS 3 PTH dumping scraper, forward or backwards for sale. FOR SALE: Old maps; Sears/Eatons cata306-452-3582, Redvers, SK. logues; Antique window; Homemade soap; OLIVER 88 2WD row crop tractor, Oliver Spools. 306-654-4802, Prud’Homme, SK. 88 2WD standard tractor. Large Equip.-RVVehicle Auction, Saturday, June 22, 2013 WANTED: TRACTOR MANUALS, sales broat the Estevan Motor Speedway, Estevan, chures, tractor catalogs. 306-373-8012, SK. Visit www.mackauctioncompany.com Saskatoon, SK. for sale bill and photos. 306-421-2928 or WANTED: RED INDIAN/ McColl Frontenac 306-487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL311962 porcelain signs plus original bear traps. SELLING BY WILLOWVIEW AUCTIONS on Phone 306-931-8478. June 8th, 9 miles East of Hythe, AB. on Emerson Trail, 1/4 mile N. on Range Rd 94. 1928 HART-PARR 18-36 tractor and 1935 RUSTON HORNSBY elevator eng. Both in running cond. Jake 780-512-3194. ESTATE O F L AW REN CE &
INT. FARMALL C row crop tractor, exc. tires, excellent running, new carb., new starter, c/w tire chains and front plow, $3000 OBO. 250-788-2876, Chetwynd, BC. JUBILEE FORD and 8N Ford tractors, both RUMELY 16-30 OILPULL, 1920 tractor in restored w/new batteries, painted. Golden good running condition, canopy, $28,500. Prairie, SK., 403-504-1095, 306-662-3404. 306-931-8478, Saskatoon, SK.
1948 FORD 8N tractor, new rear tires and rims, engine rebuilt, always shedded, one CHEV 348 TRI-POWER, engine overow n e r, $ 6 , 0 0 0 O B O. 3 0 6 - 5 5 4 - 2 4 1 9 , hauled, stock cam, all brackets, lots of 306-560-7358, Wynyard, SK. parts, $4750 OBO for all. Cranbrook, BC NEW TRACTOR PARTS engine rebuilt 250-426-5118 or 250-421-1484. kits. Also Steiner Dealer. 1000’s of parts. 1935 CHEV 1/2 ton truck, last driven in Savings. Service manuals and decals. Our 1978, always shedded, not running but not 3 9 t h y e a r. C a l l 1 - 8 0 0 - 4 8 1 - 1 3 5 3 . seized, orig. no rust, 5 spoked rims, poor www.diamondfarmtractorparts.com tires, new seat, $7500. Located at ChoiceADRIAN’S MAGNETO SERVICE Guaran- land. Call 306-978-4619, Saskatoon, SK. teed repairs on mags and ignitors. Repairs. JIM’S CLASSIC CORNER, a selling service Parts. Sales. 204-326-6497. Box 21232, for classic and antique automobiles, Steinbach, MB. R5G 1S5. trucks, boats. 204-997-4636, Winnipeg MB WANTED: HOOD for JD 40 or 420. Also SIX 1951-1975 IHC trucks to restore; also b a t t e r y c o v e r. C a l l 2 0 4 - 6 5 5 - 3 3 5 2 , 1920’s Chev and Minneapolis motors. 204-655-3286, Sifton, MB. 306-627-3445, Blumenhof, SK. 2 CYLINDER JD TRACTORS, restored 1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2 dr. hardtop within past 7 yrs: 1957 820; 1951 B; 390 engine with 25,140 miles showing. 1956 420; 1953 AR; 1948 AR; 1945 BR and Large Equipment-RV-Vehicle Auction on 1940 BR. Also 9’ Allied dozer blade. Call Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Estevan Walter 780-222-6034, Morinville, AB. Motor Speedway 2013, Estevan, Sask. Visit WANTED: COCKSHUTT TRACTORS, espe- www.mackauctioncompany.com for sale cially 50, 570 Super and 20, running or b i l l a n d p h o t o s . 3 0 6 - 4 2 1 - 2 9 2 8 o r not, equipment, brochures, manuals and 306-487-7815 Mack Auction Co. PL311962 memorabilia. We pick up at your farm. Jim Harkness, RR 4, Harriston, ON., N0G 1Z0, 1975 GMC CABOVER, 350 DD, 13 spd., 40,000 rears; 1957 Dodge D700 tandem, 519-338-3946, fax: 519-338-2756. 354 Hemi, 5&3 trans., 34,000 rears; 1971 THREE IHC TRACTORS, W4 and W6, re- GMC longnose tandem, 318 DD, 4x4 trans. stored, W9 gas, as is; IHC 350 w/new rub- Sterling 306-539-4642, Regina, SK. www.sterlingoldcarsandtrucks.com ber. Call 780-755-3763, Edgerton, AB.
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2003 Freightliner Coronado 18 spd 500 Detroit, Fully Loaded. C ase-O M atic 800, John Deere 314 Law n Tractor w /M ow er & Tiller, Poulan Pro 500 Ex 20hp 46” cut Law n Tractor, John Deere 46A FrontEnd Loader,Peter W rightA nvil,M cCorm ack – Deering 4ft seed drill, C ockshutt seed drill, Cockshutt 7ft m ow er. H orse Related: Show saddle, driving lines 16” cutting saddle, single driving horse collar, buggy poles,buggy canopy,horse tack, horse bells, leather cutting m achine, air com pressor. O ak table w /6 chairs, Ultra suede couch & chair. Selection of Birds & Sm all A nim als. N um erous Shop Tools & Household.
UNRESERVED PUBLIC FARM AUCTION
Duncan & Neil Brown Carlyle, SK | Monday, June 10, 2013 · 11am
1998 JOHN DEERE 9100
2010 CASE IH 8120
2007 JOHN DEERE 9860STS
AUCTION LOCATION: From CARLYLE, SK go 8.8 km (5.5 miles) South on Hwy 9, then 5 km (3 miles) West on TWP Rd 72, then 2 km (1.2 miles) South on Rg Rd 2032, Yard on East side. GPS: 49.5299, –102.3115 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 1998 John Deere 9100 4WD · 1991 John Deere 8760 4WD · 2010 Case IH 8120 · 2007 John Deere 9860STS · 2010 Case IH 2152 40 Ft Draper · 1988 GMC 7000 T/A Grain Truck · 2007 Peterbilt 386 T/A Grain Truck ·
1993 International 4700 S/A Bucket Truck · 1997 Seed Hawk 4612 46 Ft Air Drill · 2000 Flexi-Coil 3450 Tow-Behind Air Tank · Bush Hog 18 Ft Tandem Disc · Patriot XL 90 Ft High Clearance Sprayer · Lund 16 Ft Aluminum Fishing Boat ...AND MUCH MORE!
For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: rbauction.com Duncan Brown: 306.577.7891 Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Eric Fazakas: 306.541.6024 800.491.4494
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Gilbert & Wendy Dechaine Lampman, SK | Tuesday, June 11 · 11 am
b o d n a r u sa u ctio n eer in g .co m O ffice:30 6-975 -90 5 4 (30 6)227-95 0 5 1 -877-494-BID S(2437) PL #318200 SK PL #324317 A B
2003 JOHN DEERE 9220
2008 CASE IH 2588
2002 WESTWARD 9350 30 FT
AUCTION LOCATION: From ESTEVAN, SK, go North on Hwy 47 to TWP Rd 70, then 17 km (10.6 miles) East. Yard on South Side. GPS: 49.3118, –102.4722 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2003 John Deere 9220 4WD · John Deere 2130 2WD · 2006 John Deere 4120 · Yanmar YM240 · 2008 Case IH 2588 Combine · Case IH 1042 30 Ft Draper Header · 2002 Westward 9350 30 Ft Swather · GMC7000 S/A Grain Truck · GMC7000T/A GrainTruck · 2002 Flexi-Coil 5000 39 Ft Air Drill
· Morris 743 45 Ft Deep Tillage Cultivator · Flexi-Coil 67XL 90 Ft Field High Clearance Sprayer · 2008 Frontier RC2072 72 in. 3 Pt Hitch Rotary Mower · 2005 Brent 620 Grain Cart · 2009 Buhler Farm King 1070 10 In. x 70 Ft MechanicalSwing Grain Auger · 2010 Sakundiak HD8-1200 8 In. x 39 Ft Grain Auger ...AND MUCH MORE!
For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: rbauction.com Gilbert Dechaine: 306.487.2620 (h), 306.487.7767 (c) Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Eric Fazakas: 306.541.6024 800.491.4494
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Roy Smith & Lloyd Larsen Okotoks, AB | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 · 10:30am BROUGHT TO YOU BY
2012 KUBOTA M135X
Two lucky farmers and each of their guests will receive: • Free admission to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on September 10, 11 and 12, 2013 • Roundtrip airfare to London, Kitchener or Hamilton, Ontario from their nearest major airport in Western Canada • Shuttle service to and from the Ontario airport • 4 nights accommodations at one of COFS’s selected partner hotels in Woodstock • Meal allowance of $50 per day per guest • VIP golf carts for the duration of the 3-day show • Shuttle service to and from the show each day
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2007 KUBOTA M108S
2008 KUBOTA L3400 4x4
AUCTION LOCATION: From JCT HWY 7 & 783 go West to 16th Street 3.2 km, then 4.8 km South to 434 Ave West, then 0.8 km West to 24th Street West, then South 0.8km. Yard on East Side. A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2012 Kubota M135X MFWD · 2007 Kubota M108S MFWD · 2008 Kubota L3400 4x4 MFWD · 2008 Gehl 5640 Skid Steer · 2007 Kubota KX080-3 Midi Excavator· 1996 Case 850 Loader Backhoe · 2012 Vermeer
VR820 8 Wheel Hay Rake · 2008 Massey Ferguson 2756A Baler · Screen King 2010 Mini Screen Plant · 2008 Dodge 3500 Service Truck · 2006 Dodge 1500 4x4 Pick up · 2011 PJ Trailers 21 Ft Equipment Trailer ...AND MUCH MORE!
For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: rbauction.com Roy Smith: 403.955.1803 Lloyd Larsen: 403.938.9586 Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager – Kyle Nielson: 403.894.5548 800.491.4494
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ACREAGE AUCTION SALE for Jack and Linda Lindquist, Sat. June 22, Marshall, SK. 10.00 AM. Directions from Marshall: go 3 miles east on Hwy 16 and 6 miles north on Range Rd 3263. 2010 MF 1528 yard tractor with MF 1520 FEL and 3 PTH, 252 hrs; Buhler finishing mower, Buhler cult, Bush Hog blade, King Kutter double disc, Work saver 3 PTH post hole auger, Buhler rotovater, plus other attachments, all in like new condition. Also a large selection of tools, saddles and tack as well as household items too numerous to list. For more information call Jack at 306-387-6273, www.donaldauctions.ca Cal Donald Auctioneering, Maidstone, SK. PL#907045
UPCOMING AUCTION, 21st ANNUAL JUNE AUCTION, Saturday, June 22, 2013 9:00 AM. Nelson’s Auction Centre at Meacham, SK. Consign now to take advantage of our advertising. For more info. visit our website www.nelsonsauction.com or call 306-944-4320. PL #911669.
PBR FARM AND INDUSTRIAL SALE, last Saturday of each month. Ideal for farmers, contractors, suppliers and dealers. Consign now. Next sale June 29, 9:00 AM. PBR, 105- 71st St. West, Saskatoon, SK., www.pbrauctions.com 306-931-7666.
PRE-HAYING EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT SALE EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT BRANDON, MB - SATURDAY JUNE 15TH - 9:00 AM
CONSIGNMENT MACHINERY/Vehicles/ Tools at Johnstone Auction Mart, Moose Jaw, SK, Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM. Haying equipment, sprayers, harvest equipment, livestock equipment, tools, lawn and garden, RV, cars, trucks, etc. Check website for current list and pics at johnstoneauction.ca or call 306-693-4715, Moose Jaw, SK. PL #914447.
Directions: Sale will be held at Fraser Auction Service Ltd. sales yard 1/2 mile north of the junction of highways #1 & #10 on Wheatbelt Road. Brandon, MB.
DEADLINE FOR ALL CONSIGNMENTS AND RECEIVING ITEMS FOR PRE HAYING SALE IS JUNE 8, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
FRASER AUCTION SERVICE 1-800-483-5856 • www.fraserauction.com
AUCTION ON BEHALF of Sisters of Saint Elizabeth, Sat, June 15 at 9:00 AM. Sale Site: 1212 12th Street, Humboldt, SK. Yard/Garden: Kubota diesel tractor w/lawn mower, mulcher, snow blower; Arien riding lawn mower tractor; JD riding tractor w/mulcher, lawn mower; utility cart; pull type lawn sweeper; heavy duty s h e l v i n g ; s t e e l c a b i n e t s ; nu m e r o u s Household items and furniture; numerous Office furniture; Misc: motorized wheel chair; massage table; steamer trunks; much more! Kirsch Auctions 306-367-4925 www.kirschauctions.ca PL#908445
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AUCTION SALE: John Karatchuk, Sat, June 8, 10:00 AM, Arborg, MB. East 7-1/4 mile on Hwy. #68. Contact 204-376-5037. Ford 8670 MFWA, cab, AC, 16 spd. shift, 3 PH, 540/1000 quad, hyd. 20.8R 42 duals w/Buhler/Allied 2895 FEL, 5800 hrs., exc. cond.; Ezon 1228 12’ offset disc. Guns, Yard and rec, Tools: 1984 Advance Model Tg134 ocu metal lathe, 61” bed swing 13”; JD Sculky plow. Along with more equipment; Granaries, farm misc ., tools, antiques. S t u a r t McSherry, www.mcsherryauction.com Call: 204-467-1858, 204-886-7027.
SUPREME AUCTION SERVICES will conduct an antique tractor and equipment auction for Les Bender and the estate of Mavis Bender at 10 AM, Sunday, June 30. 2 miles east of Melville, SK. on Hwy #10. For details go to www.supremeauctions.ca Contact Brad Stenberg 306-551-9411 or Ken McDonald 306-695-0121. PL#314604.
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COLLECTOR CARS TUESDAY JUNE 18 th , 2013 & SATURDAY JULY 6 th , 2013 for info go to
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WINKEL BROS. FARM DISPERSAL, Sat., June 8, 2013 at Pilger, SK, 10 AM. Directions from Pilger: 1 mile south and 1-1/2 miles west. MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT: 1978 IHC 1066 turbo tractor, Oliver 88 tractor, two JD 6601 PT combines; 1981 Versatile 4400 SP swather; 18’ Versatile swather; Bourgault VM-224-28 vibrashank cultivator/harrows; White 249 DT cultivator; 24’ press drill carrier, IHC press drill, Schulte stonepicker; Sakundiak auger. SHOP EQUIPMENT, GRAIN BINS: Butler 1900 and 1350 bu., Grain Vault 2200 bu., Caradon 2200 bu. VEHICLE: 1969 IHC 3 ton. BOATS AND MOTORS, HUNTING AND FISHING equipment, antiques, more. For a complete listing visit our website: www.nelsonsauction.com 306-944-4320 NELSON’S AUCTION SERVICE, Meacham, SK. PL #911669.
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THURSDAY JUNE 13 • 9:00 AM • SNELL FARMS LTD. - CHARLIE & ETHEL SNELL • OYEN, AB DIRECTIONS: Take #895 south of Oyen 4 miles to TwpRd 27-2, then 1 mile west to Rge Rd 4-4 then 1.5 miles south SELLER CONTACT(s): Charlie & Ethel Snell, 403-664-2030 or 403-845-4878 • AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Bryan Somerville, 306-967-2818 HILITES INCLUDE: TRACTORS: 1984 Case 4994 4wd, power shift, 1000 pto, 6999 hrs showing; 1982 Case 4690 4wd, 1000 pto, 3984 hrs showing; Case 2470 4wd, p/s trans, 6860 hrs showing; John Deere 7520 4wd, 1000 pto, 5695 hrs showing; John Deere 4620 2wd, 3728 hrs showing; 1964 John Deere 4020 2wd w/JD 158 FEL; COMBINES & ACCSESSORIES: John Deere 7700 s/p, Diesel, 2615 hrs showing; Massey Ferguson 760 s/p; Massey Ferguson 9024 24' straight cut header; SWATHERS: International 4000 24'; SEEDING & TILLAGE: Friggstad 41' airseeder w/Force V TBT tank; John Deere 9350 30' disc drills; John Deere 1600 31' hd cultivator; John Deere 1600 29' hd cultivator, Kello-Bilt 250 12' tandem disc; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE: Sakundiak 8"x52' grain auger, 20 hp Honda; Brandt 8"x60' PTO auger; LARGE SELECTION OF GRAIN BINS; SPRAYING: Hi-Tech Computorspray 60' ground drive sprayer; HEAVY TRUCKS: 1979 Chev Bruin tandem grain truck, Detroit diesel; 1966 Chev 60 gravel truck; LIGHT TRUCKS & CARS: 1976 Ford F250; 1979 Lincoln Town Car 4 door; 1975 Lincoln Continental 4 door car; COLLECTIBLE CAR: 1967 Ford Thunderbird 2 door hardtop, 428 V8, auto, 109,079 miles, This vehicle will be subject to a $14,000 starting bid; LAWN & GARDEN; CARPENTER TOOLS & EQUIPMENT; ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES; OTHER MISC. EQUIP. PARTIAL LISTING ONLY
FRIDAY JUNE 14 • 10:00 AM • ANDERSON VENTURES INC. - BARRY ANDERSON • SASKATOON, SK DIRECTIONS: From the east side of Saskatatoon at the junction of Hwy#5 & 41 take Hwy#41 4.3 km north east to Twsp. Rd 372 (Fleury road/Monsanto corner) then go 4 km (2.5 miles) west. SELLER CONTACT(s): Barry Anderson 306-221-7589 • AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Kim Kramer 306-445-5000 HILITES INCLUDE: TRACTORS: 2000 New Holland TS110 MFWD tractor & Woods Du-Al 215 FEL, 3 pth, dual pto, 3226 hrs; 1994 Ford Versatile 9680 4wd w/350 eng hp, 4894 hrs showing; COMBINES & ACCESSORIES: 2006 New Holland CR960 & NH 76C 14' header w/Rake-Up p/u, 1136 thr hrs showing; SWATHERS: 1999 Westward 9300 s/p swather & Mac Don 972 30' Harvest Header, Cummins turbo diesel, 2 spd, 1649 hrs showing; Harmon 10' swath roller; Bergen 4WB swather transport; SEEDING & TILLAGE: Morris Maxim 55' air drill & Morris 7300 tow between tank; Degelman Strawmaster 7000 70' heavy harrow bar; Rock-o-matic HD 58 rock picker; 1990 Harmon CH 3500 rock digger; John Deere 360 32' tandem disc; International 7200 hoe drill 28' (2 - 14s); GRAIN BINS: SELECTION OF HOPPER & FLAT BOTTOM BINS; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE: Rem 2500HD grain vac, 83 hrs showing; Wheatheart SA71-10 10"x71' grain auger w/elec.; Westfield TFX80-51 8"x51' grain auger w/Kohler Pro 30 hp, Wheatheart mover/lift; SPRAYING: Willmar Eagle 8500 high clearance sprayer w/90' booms, 4167 hrs showing; Flexi-coil System 50 60' p/t field sprayer; INDUSTRIAL: Ford 550 backhoe loader w/diesel engine, 6318 hrs showing; HEAVY TRUCKS: 1985 Ford 9000 tandem grain truck w/Detroit 671 diesel, 13 spd, Ultracel 20' steel box; 1982 Ford 9000 tandem grain truck, CAT 6 cyl. diesel, 10 spd, CIM 20' steel box; 1979 Ford F600 grain truck, Westeel 15' steel box; LIGHT TRUCKS: 1999 Ford F350 XL 2wd service truck w/7.3L diesel, auto trans, service deck, 271,000 km showing; TRAILERS: car hauler flatdeck trailer 16'x6'; ATVs, RVs & BOATS: Edson Venturer 15' fibreglass boat & trailer, Evinrude 85 hp motor; OTHER MISC. EQUIP. PARTIAL LISTING ONLY
FRIDAY JUNE 14 • 10:00 AM • DISPERSAL FOR BRIAN PERKINS • SASKATOON, SK DIRECTIONS: Auction held at the Anderson Auction site. SELLER CONTACT(s): Brian Perkins 306-280-2956 • AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Kim Kramer, 306-445-5000 HILITES INCLUDE: COMBINES & ACCESSORIES: 1993 John Deere 9600 sp & JD 914 p/u header, 2637 thr/3508 eng hrs showing; John Deere 230 30' straight cut header; SWATHERS: 2006 Premier 2952i & 2003 MacDon 972 30' header, Turbo diesel engine, 2 spd, 695 hdr/891 eng hrs showing; HEAVY TRUCKS: 2003 Western Star highway tractor, Detroit 60 series (500 hp), Eaton Fuller 18 spd, 714,958 miles/18,901 hrs showing; TRAILERS: 1996 Lode-King Super B grain trailers, spring ride, 24.5 tires. PARTIAL LISTING ONLY
MONDAY JUNE 17 • 11:00 AM • HEISLER BROTHERS - RICK & DALE HEISLER • CUPAR, SK DIRECTIONS: 6.5 kms south of Cupar on #640 Grid SELLER CONTACT(s): Rick Heisler 306-545-7927 • AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Bryan Somerville 306-967-2818 HILITES INCLUDE: TRACTORS: 2004 John Deere 9420 4wd, 24F/6R power sync, 2310 hrs showing; John Deere 3020 2wd; ANTIQUE TRACTOR: 1957 John Deere 820; COMBINES & ACCESSORIES: 2007 John Deere 9760 STS s/p, JD 615 p/u, Bullet rotor, 1276 thr/1658 eng hrs showing; 2005 Honey Bee SP30 30' header; SWATHERS: 2009 Massey Ferguson 9220 30' s/p, 405 hrs showing; 2006 Massey Ferguson 9220 30' s/p swather, 515 hrs showing; SEEDING & TILLAGE: 2009 Morris Contour Master 61' air drill w/2012 Morris 8370 XL TBT air tank; John Deere 655 30' air seeder; John Deere 1610 24' cultivator; Flexicoil System 82 80' harrow bar; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE: 2009 Brandt 1060 10"x60' auger; Wheatheart 841, 20 hp, Wheatheart mover; GRAIN & FERTILIZER BINS; HEAVY TRUCKS: 1998 Mack CH613 tandem grain truck, 350 hp Mack, 10 spd trans, CIM 20' box & hoist; 1963 Ford F600 flat bed truck w/1600 gallon Kyle welding tank; TRAILERS: 2009 Lode-King Prestige 36' grain trailer; ATVs, RVs & BOATS: 2008 Polaris Sportsman 300 4wd, 188 miles showing; OTHER MISC. EQUIP. PARTIAL LISTING ONLY
TUESDAY JUNE 18 • 10:00 AM • ROGER & DENISE DAVIDSON • WATROUS, SK DIRECTIONS: From Watrous (west side) take grid #764 6.5 miles west and .25 mile north OR from Young go 8.5 km south-east on hwy#2 to the A.C./Leslie Road then 3 miles south over the tracks (yard on east side of road). SELLER CONTACT(s): Roger & Denise Davidson 306-946-3362 (work) • AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Michael Higgs 306-445-5000 HILITES INCLUDE: REAL ESTATE: Featuring 11 quarters of quality Farm Land & Subdivided Yard Site w/House & Outbuildings, Plus a Remodeled 750 sq/ft house to be relocated. Located in the RM of Morris #312 just 7 miles west of Watrous; TRACTORS: 1986 John Deere 4650 2wd, quad range trans, 5170 hrs showing; 2006 Buhler/Allied 895 front end loader; John Deere 4010 2wd r w/JD 148 FEL; 1984 John Deere 750 yard tractor, 1146 hrs showing; HAYING & LIVESTOCK: 1990 John Deere 535 round baler; Massey Ferguson 124 sq baler; New Holland 1000 Stackliner; John Deere 700 mixmill; HEAVY TRUCKS: 1977 Ford 600 grain truck, 41,000 miles showing; LAWN & GARDEN: Kubota 3 pth rototiller; 1984 John Deere 750 yard tractor, 20 hp, diesel; ATVs, RVs & BOATS: 1986 Suzuki 250 2wd ATV; OTHER: Large selection of Misc yard tools, shop tools, equipment, antiques and more. PARTIAL LISTING ONLY
WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 • 10:00 AM • KEN HUGHES • LLOYDMINSTER, AB DIRECTIONS: From the North end of Lloydminster (67th street) go 12 miles North on Hwy #17 to Twp Road 522, then 4 miles West to Range Road #14, then 1 mile North SELLER CONTACT(s): JoAnn Hastings 780-808-3134 (c) • AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Brendan Kramer 306-445-5000 HILITES INCLUDE: TRACTORS: 1994 Ford 8670 MFWD & Allied S895 FEL, 5482 hrs showing; COMBINES & ACCESSORIES:1986 Case IH 1680 s/p , 1015 p/u, 3492 eng hours showing; SWATHERS: 1997 Prairie Star 4920 s/p, MacDon 960 25' header, 1514 hours showing; SEEDING & TILLAGE: Bourgault 8810 36' air seeder w/Bourgault 3195 air tank; 2007 Ezee-On 4490 28.5' tandem disc ; Riteway 7500 60' harrow packer bar; Rock-O-Matic 546 rock picker; Rock-O-Matic RM12 12' rock windrower; 10' root rake; International 620 42' press drills; Melroe 480 50' harrow bar; GOOD SELECTION OF GRAIN BINS; GRAIN HANDLING: 2003 Walinga 5614 Super Chrome grain vac; Brandt 7"x45' auger w/Brandt track mover; Westfield 6"x31' auger; Farm King 10"x50' auger; Farm King 7"x36' auger; 6"x18' auger; Habco 500-A grain dryer; SPRAYING: Vertec 60' t/a field sprayer; HAYING & LIVESTOCK: 1997 New Holland 1475 16' haybine; Case 8480 round baler; Flexicoil post pounder; roller mill; HEAVY TRUCKS: 1979 GMC 7000 Sierra s/a grain truck, 52,963 km showing; 1973 Dodge 800 C80 tag axle grain truck; LIGHT TRUCKS: 1984 Chevrolet S10 2wd reg cab truck; TRAILERS: 1979 WW 2 horse straight load trailer; LAWN & GARDEN: A selection of lawn & garden equipment & supply; HORSE TACK & DRIVING EQUIPMENT: 2 wheel driving cart w/rubber capped wooden wheels; 2 wheel driving cart w/pneumatic tires; Santa Claus sleigh; Caboose & Cutter; Bobsleigh; 3 seat bobsleigh; Steel frame rubber tired wagon; Good selection of Harness & Tack; TANKS; SHOP & MISC FARM SUPPLY; ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLES. PARTIAL LISTING ONLY
THURSDAY JUNE 20 • 8:00 AM • MID-SUMMER CONSIGNMENT AUCTION • NORTH BATTLEFORD, SK AUCTION COORDINATOR(s): Kim Kramer 306-445-5000 • Brendan Kramer 306-445-5000 • Michael Higgs 306-445-5000 DIRECTIONS: 3 miles east of North Battleford on Hwy #16 • GPS COORDINATES: 52.723691, -108.190950 LUNCH: Kramer’s Kitchen at the Big Bid Barn • Plus GST & PST where applicable HILITES INCLUDE: DISPERSAL FOR TONY & DOROTHY SANDER, NORTH BATTLEFORD; 4WD TRACTORS; MFWD TRACTORS; 2 WD TRACTORS; S/P COMBINES; P/T SWATHERS; GRAIN HANDLING & STORAGE; AUGERS; SPRAYING; NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENT; HAYING & LIVESTOCK; BALERS; HEAVY TRUCKS; LIGHT TRUCKS & SUVs; TRAILERS; LAWN & GARDEN; ATVs, RVs & BOATS; BUILDINGS & TENTS; SHOP EQUIPMENT: generators, welders, pumps, etc.; WORK BENCHES & CABINETS; TANKS, TIRES; TREES; PLUS MUCH MORE.
64 Years – 1949-2013
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1-800-529-9958 IMPORTANT NOTICE: This listing is only a guide and in no way a guarantee of size, description or year. Please inspect all equipment to your own satisfaction. Complete terms and conditions are available at bidder registration.
SK Provincial Licence #914618 • AB Provincial Licence #206959
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UNRESERVED PUBLIC FARM AUCTION
UNRESERVED PUBLIC FARM AUCTION
Wendy & Dianne Snowy Owl Farms Ltd. â€“ Terry, Willoughby Sintaluta, SK | Wednesday, June 12 Âˇ 10am
Lavern & Betty Larsen Oungre, SK | Thursday, June 13, 2013 Âˇ 10 am
1997 JOHN DEERE 9200 2003 JOHN DEERE 9420
2â€“ 2009 JOHN DEERE 9770STS
AUCTION LOCATION: From SINTALUTA, SK, go 5.6 km (3.5 miles) North, then 0.8 km (0.5 miles) East. GPS: 50.53241, â€“103.44267 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2003 John Deere 9420 4WD Âˇ 2002 John Deere 6605 MFWD Âˇ (2) 2009 John Deere 9770STS Combines Âˇ (2) 2005 MacDon 973 36 Ft Draper Headers Âˇ 1998 Case IH 8825 30 Ft Swather Âˇ 1994 Peterbilt 377 T/A Truck
Tractor Âˇ 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT Pickup Âˇ 2003 Advance 45 Ft Grain Trailer Âˇ 2000 Seed Hawk 52.5 Ft Air Drill Âˇ 2008 Apache AS710 90 Ft Sprayer Âˇ Grain Bins Âˇ Grain Handling Equipment Âˇ Livestock Equipment ...AND MUCH MORE!
For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: rbauction.com Terry Willoughby: 306.660.7714 Steven Willoughby: 306.695.7719
2000 JOHN DEERE 9650
2001 FREIGHTLINER FL80
AUCTION LOCATION: From OUNGRE, SK, at the Jct of Hwy 18 & 35, go 4 km (2.5 miles) East. Yard on North side. GPS: 49.1525, -103.754 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 1997 John Deere 9200 4WD Âˇ 1983 Case 4490 4WD Âˇ 1982 John Deere 4440 2WD Âˇ 1976 Massey Ferguson 1105 2WD Âˇ 2000 John Deere 9650 Combine Âˇ John Deere 930 30 Ft Rigid Header Âˇ Case IH 5000 20 Ft Swather Âˇ Case IH 730 30 FtSwather Âˇ 1984 Massey Ferguson 885 30 FtSwather
Âˇ 1973 ChevroletC65 S/A GrainTruck Âˇ 2001 Freightliner FL80T/A Grain Truck Âˇ 1990 GMC SL Topkick Tag/A Grain Truck Âˇ 1981 Ford Ranger F150 Pickup Âˇ 1981 Muirhead 10 FtTri/A Pup Grain Trailer Âˇ Bourgault 5710 42 Ft Air Drill Âˇ John Deere 610 42 Ft Cultivator Âˇ John Deere 35 Ft Cultivator Âˇ Degelman Rock Picker ...AND MUCH MORE!
For up-to-date equipment listings, please check our website: rbauction.com Lavern Larsen: 306.842.4426 (h), 306.456.2709 (h) Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager â€“ Eric Fazakas: 306.541.6024 800.491.4494
Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager â€“ Eric Fazakas: 306.541.6024 800.491.4494
UNRESERVED PUBLIC FARM AUCTION
UNRESERVED PUBLIC CONSIGNMENT AUCTION
John & Gail Gorchynski
Benson Consignment Auction Benson, SK | Friday, June 14, 2013 Âˇ 10am
Canora, SK | Thursday, June 13, 2013 Âˇ 10 am
1989 FORD VERSATILE 946
2005 CASE IH 8010
1993 FREIGHTLINER 112
AUCTION LOCATION: From CANORA, SK, go 22.5 km (14 miles) South on Hwy 9 to Hamton Rd, then 8 km (5 miles) East. North side. GPS: 51.4314250, -102.3374000 A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 1989 Ford Versatile 946 4WD Âˇ 2005 Case IH 8010 Âˇ 2006 Case IH 2052 39 Ft Draper Âˇ 1998 Case IH 8825HP 30 Ft Swather Âˇ 1993 Freightliner 112 T/A Grain Truck Âˇ 2002 Wilson DWH400 42 Ft Trailer Âˇ International TB18
Crawler Âˇ 2002 Seed Hawk 5212 52 Ft Air Drill Âˇ Bourgault 534-42 40 Ft Air Seeder Âˇ 2002 John Deere 1900 340 Bushel Tow-Behind Air Tank Âˇ 1998 Willmar 8200 90 Ft High Clearance Sprayer Âˇ Qty of Grain Bins Âˇ Qty of Grain Augers ...AND MUCH MORE!
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2010 JOHN DEERE 5065E
1998 VOLVO L70C
A PARTIAL EQUIPMENT LIST INCLUDES: 2010 John Deere 5065E MFWD Âˇ 1988 Case IH 7130 MFWD Âˇ 1975 John Deere 4630 2WD Âˇ 1974 Allis-Chalmers AC-7030 2WD Âˇ 2008 Case IH RB564 Round Baler Âˇ 2005 Case IH RBX562 Round Baler Âˇ 2002 Case IH RBX561 Round Baler Âˇ Case IH/Trimble EZ-Guide 250 GPS Âˇ
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Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager â€“ Dan Steen: 306.361.6154 800.491.4494
Ritchie Bros. Territory Manager â€“ Eric Fazakas: 306.541.6024 800.491.4494
1983 Chevrolet 10 Silverado Pickup Âˇ Computorspray 60 Ft Field Sprayer Âˇ Flexi-Coil 92 50 Ft Harrow Packer Âˇ 1979 GMC 7000 S/A Grain Truck Âˇ 1991 Hesston 8100 25 Ft Swather Âˇ 2002 Hesston 1275 16 Ft Hydra Swing Mower Conditioner Âˇ 2001 John Deere 567 Round Baler ...AND MUCH MORE!
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John Gorchynski: 306.782.1708 (h), 306.621.3634 (c), email@example.com
1985 JOHN DEERE 7720 TITAN II
AUCTION LOCATION: From ESTEVAN, SK go 33 km (20.5 miles) North on Hwy 47. Watch for signs.
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