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Producers still feeling pinch of grain backlog

The grain backlog that plagued the country's producers this winter is getting better.

But, Norm Hall, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS), said there's still about 20,000 railcars waiting to move.

"It's a hell of a lot better than back in March, when they were 70,000 cars behind," he said.

Hall said the majority of those cars are in Saskatchewan, as rail companies took the path of least resistance when the federal government started hitting them with fines for not shipping enough grain.

Two boys killed in tractor accident

A farm accident has claimed the lives of two boys in southwest Saskatchewan.
Shaunavon RCMP say the tractor they were on was pulling a bailer along a rural road near Ravenscrag Wednesday evening. As they headed east down a hill, the tractor left the road and went into a very steep ditch.

 A 10-year-old boy was ejected from the tractor, which then continued into a ravine where a 16-year-old boy was ejected. Both died at the scene.  

The names of the two young victims have not been released. 

Water Security Agency says research on wetland drainage not cut and dry

The Water Security Agency says the recent report linking higher water flows to the drainage of wetlands is not cut and dry, because many other scientific studies show little to no impact.

Patrick Boyle with the WSA clarifies that the flooding this year was entirely caused by the unprecedented rainfall on an already wet landscape in southern Saskatchewan. He also noted that this has happened before.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Progress continues in Sask. flood recovery

Nearly two and a half weeks after heavy rainfall led to devastating flooding in Saskatchewan's south east, progress is being made in the recovery.

On Wednesday morning, the province released an update in collaboration with several agencies and ministries.

New rules for antibiotics in livestock

In an effort to curb drug-resistant superbugs, Health Canada is restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock.

Producers will no longer be allowed to continuously feed animals low-level doses as a way to promote growth.

Millions of acres damaged by flooding

Saskatchewan farmers are now getting a better grasp of how much damage was caused by this year's flooding.

"It's not only crops that are affected. We have yards, as well as some of the oils fields down in the southeast," Shannon Friesen with Saskatchewan Agriculture said.

But she said it will likely take some time to get a good firm grasp on the actual numbers.

So far, the early estimates place the washout at anywhere between two and three million acres.

Sask. weed inspectors updated on invasive plant species

Local weed inspectors gathered in Saskatoon this week to learn about invasive plant species and how to control them.
Plants that are not native to the prairies can escape into grasslands, pastures and crops and compete with species that are already there.
"Quite often they've either come in with hay or grain seed or they have been planted as ornamental plants and they've escaped," Renny Grilz, watershed coordinator with South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, said.

Saskatoon's naturalized park gets new sign

It's a little bit of nature tucked into the city. One wouldn't expect to find a wetland marsh next to a Shopper's Drug Mart, but that's exactly the case in Saskatoon.
Hyde Park, part of the Rosewood neighbourhood, unveiled the first in a series of signs dictated the land's past and the importance of nature in the city.
"Isn't this great? To have nature right in the city, that we can all enjoy. We can walk it together and see the bird and other natural life out there," Mayor Don Atchison said Wednesday.

Hanley ranchers raise $44,000 for Children's Hospital

This past weekend's Junior Ag Showcase at Prairieland Park wrapped up with a $44,000 donation to the Children's Hospital Foundation thanks to 10 year old Cadence Haaland.

Both Cadence and his little brother Cohen, 8, are no strangers to the hospital. Rare immuno deficiencies have brought them to Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital many times over the past four years.

Though their treatments have not disrupted their childhoods too much, father Chad Haaland said they owe a lot to the generosity and caring of the nursing staff.

RCMP shoots yearling by Warman

Fourteen gunshots rang out as RCMP shot an injured yearling by Warman Monday afternoon.
At around 3 p.m. members of the Warman RCMP helped herd several cattle found loose on Highway 11 by the railway overpass at the City of Warman.
Together the officers and owner gathered a majority of the cattle, however, one yearling broke from the herd.
The rodeo-bred yearling was found later with a broken hind leg, but that didn't stop it from bucking and kicking at anyone who tried to round it up.

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