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Bumper crop leads to grain storage issues

From bins, bags and terminals, Saskatchewan is running out of grain storage with this year's bumper crop.

Despite the issue, the agriculture industry is calling it a good problem to have. Norm Hall farms in the Wynyard area and is the president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. In many cases, the yield is almost double the average, he said.

Harvest pulls ahead of five-year average

Harvesting around Saskatchewan has advanced quite nicely over the last week, according to this week’s crop report from Sask Agriculture.

Producers have now surpassed the five-year average for this time of year having 30 per cent of the 2013 crop already combined with 36 per cent ready to be swathed or straight-cut.

The five-year average for this time of year (2008-2012) is 28 per cent combined and 31 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvesting in the northeast sits at 15 per cent combined.

Saskatoon urban farm takes in first harvest

EcoBain Gardens in Saskatoon are gearing up for round two after their first successful harvest.

The urban farm, located at Millar Landing, is run by newlyweds Brian and Roberta Bain.

“It's been fun. It's been a lot of work a lot of hours but it's been quite the experience,” Roberta said.

She already owns a salon and Brian works for the City but Roberta said when Brian approached her with the idea for the vertical, hydroponic farm within city limits she had to go with it.

Heat helps farmers catch up in harvest

Hot weather over the last week in Saskatchewan has helped farmers catch up on harvest.

Last week, it was reported that only five per cent of the province’s crops had been combined, which was a long way from the five-year average of 14 per cent.

However, this week the Ministry of Agriculture reported that producers had about 14 per cent of the crop combined, just five per cent shy of the five-year average for this time of year. And many farmers have said they’re looking at a bumper crop.

Sask. feedlot makes food, fuel

Thin stillage is a by-product of ethanol production.

But for a feedlot company in Lanigan, Sask. it's also an ideal protein shake for cattle, and it's made their business model unique in North America.

Federal money boosts canola research in Saskatchewan

  Canola growers are hoping some extra money for research will harvest up some results.

Crop report: Late harvest, but good yield

It’s better late than never.

Harvest in Saskatchewan has begun with 5 per cent of the province’s crops already in the bag. But that’s behind the five year average for this time of year, which is normally at about 15 per cent combined. And about 14 per cent of the province’s crops have been swathed or prepared for harvest, which is about 6 per cent lower than the average.

Luckily, some warm weather this week kept producers from any further delays in their harvest, which has been hampered with setbacks since this spring.

Weekly crop report shows mixed results for farmers

The province says harvest is lagging behind this year despite the recent warm weather.

The weekly update from the Ministry of Agriculture finds that all regions have begun harvesting. Only five per cent of this year's crop has been combined, however, falling short of the five-year average of 15 per cent. A further 14 per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut, also behind the five-year average of 22 per cent.

There is positive news, however. Most areas have reported above-average yields and a dearth of rain the last week has helped speed up crop development.

Harvest for Hunger tries to break world record

Nothing says Saskatchewan like an old fashioned threshing.

Harvest for Hunger took place on a farm near Langenburg Saturday bringing together hundreds of farmers and interested people to watch as a world record was broken.

Forty-one old threshing machines were hauled in by hobbyists from across Western Canada, and even from the United States, to break the previous record of 29 threshing machines running at once.

Harvest has begun in Saskatchewan

Thanks to the warm weather over the past week, crop development has advanced to a point where farmers can begin harvesting.

Daphne Cruise, regional crop specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture, said the northeastern part of the province is starting to see desiccation of the pulses in the area.

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