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Rain hampers Sask. harvest

The rainy weekend has turned the logistics of harvest into a tough slog for farmers in the southern part of the province.

“It’s going to make for a real tough go,” said Curtis Dobson, a farmer in the Rouleau area. “(There is) moisture getting us going early in the morning or late at night. It’s going to shorten our harvest days, and create a lot of logistic issues getting through the fields with loaded grain trucks on roads.”

Dobson says there is quite a bit of standing water in fields.

Cool weather a mixed bag for Sask. farmers

Cloudy, cool weather that has brought fall-like temperatures to Saskatchewan is a double-edged sword for farmers.

"It's perfect, actually, for the canola and the later-seeded barley, but it's not great for the peas," Clint Sira, who farms near Hanley, said.

Sask. crops barely behind 5-year average

Farmers are just getting into swathing and combining this week and are just barely behind the five-year average.
 
As of Thursday, just over one per cent of the crop in Saskatchewan has been combined and just over four per cent has been swathed; the southwest is furthest ahead. That's compared to the five-year average of two per cent and five per cent respectively.
 

Tough growing season for producers at Regina Farmer's Market

Fresh produce may have filled the tables at the Regina Farmer's Market on Wednesday, but it hasn't been an easy year for growers.

Potatoes, corn, peas, beans, cauliflower and much more were flying off the tables, even with a steady drizzle falling from the sky. But the wet weather is something producers have been dealing with all summer.

"It was a really slow start, with all the rain and the cold," said Chelsea Erlandson. She's with Spring Creek Garden, and travels to Regina from Outlook twice a week. "Everything was pushed back about a week or two."

Fewer hot days so far this year

People will be cranking up the air conditioning again this week in Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada has forecasted temperatures in the high 20's today. It will be even hotter tomorrow with forecasted highs expected to be in the low 30's. And when you factor in the humidity it will feel that much warmer.

And if you like it hot, enjoy it while you can. On average each year, Saskatoon has only about a dozen days like the ones we're seeing this week.

Family farm allowed to employ kids in chicken farm

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour has reached a compromise in the case of the Covlin family farm in Endeavour, Sask., who were employing kids in their poultry processing plant.

"What we decided to do was just treat this as a simple extension of a family farming operation," Saskatchewan Labour Minister Don Morgan told News Talk's John Gormley Live Monday, "We've told the occupational health workers, 'no more investigations, this is a family farm, leave it alone.'"

Saskatoon free of Dutch elm disease

Saskatoon has close to 100,000 elm trees, but we've never had a confirmed case of Dutch elm disease.

"It just hasn't made it to this area of the province. Saskatoon is a bit of an island. The closest confirmed case is in Davidson," Darren Crilly, director of parks with the City of Saskatoon, said.

This week, Regina had its first case of Dutch elm disease and cut down an infected tree in the northwest part of the city.

Sask. pork industry nervous about Russian sanctions

Canada's pork producers woke up Thursday morning to find themselves swept up in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Russia announced it's blocking a list of agriculture products, including pork, which made up about 80 per cent of Canada's farm exports to that country in 2012.

The move comes as a retaliation for sanctions imposed by Canada, the United States, the European Union and other Western countries in response to Russia's involvement in unrest in the former Soviet country.

Family farm 'blown away' by OHS rules

A law preventing a Saskatchewan woman from letting her kids do certain jobs on her chicken farm is ruffling some feathers.

Janeen Covlin raises and sells chickens and eggs at Cool Spring Ranch in Endeavour, Sask., 370 kilometres east of Saskatoon. Her kids help out at their processing plant-- or at least they did.

Small town clothing line turning heads

A small town clothing line is gaining popularity not only in Saskatchewan, but also overseas.
 
"There's not too many comedic farming apparel companies out there, so that's where I slid in," Tractor Fitness founder Adam Fullerton laughed.
 
The 23-year-old farmer from Lacadena, Sask., said it all started last year when he was on his 16th straight day of seeding.
 

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