By the numbers, it could be a very good year for producers in Saskatchewan the latest estimates show barley and wheat production up, with canola on its way to set a new record at 7.3 million tonnes.
Despite the rosy picture of a bumper crop harvest, some producers aren't buying into the estimates before the crop is in the bin.
Regina-area producer David Sloan agrees that crops are looking good, but he's not getting his hopes too high.
A group got together Saturday to discuss the rapidly growing bison industry in Saskatchewan.
The Bison Research Field Day at Agars Corner Farm talked about technical aspects from feeding to mycoplasma but President of the Saskatchewan Bison Association Les Kroeger said that there is more to it.
"It is a great opportunity for people to come and network," he said.
"To talk, share ideas about what is working and what is not working and to show new producers that the bison industry has come a long way and it is a very strong industry to get involved in."
You've probably seen those signs at the side of the road enticing you to pull over and buy "Fresh Taber Corn".
Saskatchewan farmers have one less thing on their minds this year.
The gopher population is dropping across the province. The main reason given is the cooler, wet weather we have experienced.
"In about 2010, we started seeing a drop in numbers and certainly cooler conditions in 2011 and 2012 have seemed to have really knocked the population down for most of the province," said Scott Hartley, Provincial Pest Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture.
Saskatchewan has its first case of anthrax this year.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a single cow died from the disease on July.23.
The infected cow was from a herd on a farm northwest of Melfort in the rural Municipality of Kinistino, the agency said.
Western producers are starting the new crop year with a lot more options.
"A farmer friend of mine from Manitoba called to say he was in his grain truck and he'd hauled his very first load of free-market wheat," said Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.
The end of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly means that farmers can now legally sell their wheat and barley to any buyer in Canada or the United States.
Matching up Saskatchewan’s hundreds of species of bees with the right plants could give Saskatchewan's agriculture sector a big shot in the arm.
Dr. Cory Sheffield is using a special digital imaging apparatus to catalog the 200 plus different bee species in Saskatchewan by taking super high-quality pictures of the different kinds of bees.
Sheffield is a bee specialist -- known as the "Curator of Invertebrate Zoology" -- who's now working at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina.
The countdown is on for the abolishing of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).
As of Aug. 1 the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act will take effect, giving Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers the freedom to market their grain themselves as they see fit. These producers will no longer have to follow the mandatory requirement to market through the CWB.
Prairie farmers mourning the impending dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board’s
monopoly over wheat and barley sales are making a last-minute public outcry,
ahead of the Aug. 1 changeover.
Under the new law, which was passed in December, the decades-old wheat board will still exist, however, it will no longer be the only buyer for many grain famers.
This is an “attack” on the democratic process, said Terry Boehm, president of the National Farmers Union, on Wednesday during a press conference.
Residents in the Rural Municipality of Corman Park whose property weathered
significant water damage as a result of heavy rainfall in the last few months,
will be eligible to receive funding from the Provincial Disaster Assistance
“This is a program of last resort,” heard residents Wednesday evening at the RM’s municipality office in Saskatoon.
Residents can claim up to $240,000 for personal property, and $500,000 for small businesses.