Feedlot operators in Saskatchewan could be looking at lower
returns in the wake of a decision by a U.S. drug-maker.
Merck & Co. is halting sales of its Zilmax feed additive after Tyson Foods decided to stop taking cows fed with it at its American packing plants. The chemical, fed to animals a few weeks before slaughter, can add as much as 30 pounds of useable meat to a carcass.
The Floating Gardens in Osler, Sask. are preparing for winter after a record-breaking summer in production and sales.
The greenhouse, located on a half-acre of land in the town just north of Saskatoon, was a dream project of brother-sister duo Rachel and Chris Buhler.
"We were interested in doing a project. We came across this article that struck us that said Saskatchewan grows about four and a half to five per cent of its own fruit and vegetables. Whereas Manitoba and Alberta are about 40 per cent," Chris said.
A close call last Thursday for a government contracted helicopter patrolling the forest near Pelican Narrows.
Steve Roberts, executive director with the Wildfire Management Program said the aircraft experienced an in-flight mechanical problem which forced the pilot to make an unscheduled landing in the forest.
Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan are developing a new way for fish farmers to feed their schools and it could have a big impact on local farmers.
Researchers found that coriander, mixed with canola and flax oils, helped raise the nutritional level of rainbow trout fillets without affecting the fish's growth or health.
A warm up in the weather is great news for Bruce Hipkin's crops which are several weeks behind thanks to flooding that hit the Lumsden Valley this spring.
"Normally we'd be threshing peas now. We're probably a week or ten days away (from that,)" Hipkin said while standing near one of his barley fields.
Producers in Saskatchewan are hoping for warm weather to continue to get crops into harvest mode.
“It looks like we are getting that warm weather right now so hopefully it can continue into harvest season. Not as much rain has been recorded in the region in the last couple of weeks which has helped relieve some of the moisture stress on some of the crops particularly south of Prince Albert and north of P.A. which for a lot of the season they have had that excess moisture stress,” said Daphne Cruise, regional crop specialist for Saskatchewan Agriculture.
Saskatoon has found a way to turn wastewater into fertilizer for plants.
The City of Saskatoon has come together with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. in opening a nutrient recovery facility at the wastewater treatment plant.
Ostara is a company that gets valuable nutrients from wastewater and turns them into a slow release fertilizer for crops and plants called Crystal Green.
Two women are travelling across Canada to find out what "Canadian food" really is.
Dana Van Veller and fellow food lover Lindsay Anderson came up with the idea for their edible road trip over dinner in Vancouver.
"We kind of started talking about how when most people are asked what is Canadian food the answers typically are poutine, maple syrup, or Canada doesn't have a food culture," Van Veller said.
"We kind of thought there is so much land, Canada is so big and there is lots here. We just wanted to explore it and celebrate what’s going on."
Elkrest Farms near Osler is one of two dairy farms in the province recycling manure into cow bedding.
Originally from B.C., Jason Kornelius runs the Saskatchewan dairy farm with his brothers Brad and Trevor.
“Some people think, ‘That’s just not right having cows lay in their own manure, right?’ Then they’ve come to see it and they are like, ‘Oh, that’s not what we expected at all,’” Kornelius said.
The man responsible for delivering the crop report for the past decade is moving on to greener pastures.
After 42 years with the ministry of agriculture, Grant McLean is retiring.
"I was blessed to be an ag rep for a good portion of my career, and able to spend time with the most fun group, and interesting group of people that you could spend it with. In rural Saskatchewan, with farmers in particular, you have the opportunity to learn something new every day and every situation is different," McLean said.