Category Archives: Agriculture

Friday’s paper

Whether you’re a farmer or a townsperson, you will want to read about life on a family farm, a special feature in the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald’s annual Agriculture Safety Week special supplement, part of this Friday’s paper! Along with the special farming supplement, you will find lots more in the March 17th issue, including:

  • Lots of Kraft Hockeyville details, including voting photos and an exclusive Press-Herald interview with a senior brand manager for Kraft-Heinz;
  • An update on the wrestlers as the high school team heads to provincials this weekend;
  • Senior high school curling results and photos; and
  • Reports from the first-of-five of the SWHL final and the Outlaws’ win against Kindersley for the Northern provincial championship.

Also part of the ag pages this week, a feature on a local farmer who has turned to raising goats for fun and profit! Below, a photo of one of his 100-plus goats:

goats eating

Tomorrow’s paper

Small but mighty is the theme for the September 9th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Check it out for:

  • an appeal for Wilkie Courtesy Car drivers;
  • the latest Sask Ag crop report (this quote will not be a surprise to local farmers: “high humidity is delaying crop dry-down”);
  • a name change and expansion for Leipzig Serenity; and
  • the second edition of the revived Blast from the Past series. a new RCMP report, the editorial page and other tidbits here and there in the paper.

Below, combining peas near Phippen, Saskatchewan on the September long weekend.

harvest time in Saskatchewan

Next week’s paper

28 pages of local information, including ads for specials at area businesses, recognition of local people’s accomplishments, photos of local youth and adults, financial and agricultural advice – what a deal the March 14th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald is for only $1 at the store and less than 50 cents if you’re a subscriber!

Check it out for all of the above, including:

  • a story on and photos of the karate tournament held as part of Farmers Days in Wilkie;
  • all the details on the Wilkie wrestlers’ – both Gorilla Club and Mclurg High School – medal-winning weekend;
  • finally, a photo of Wilkie’s Citizens of the Year; and
  • Press-Herald ad man, Tim Holtorf shares memories of growing up on a small family farm.

All that, along with the RCMP Report, hockey playoff updates, etc.,  AND next week’s issue is also our annual tribute to the farmers in our community so be sure to check out all the local businesses saluting our agricultural producers!


Next week’s paper

As August comes to an end, the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald looks at what one area teen did on her summer holiday! Along with this story of a McLurg student travelling to Nicaragua to volunteer, look for:

  • a news release from Heartland Health on a privacy breach;
  • an interview with provincial NDP leader, Cam Broten;
  • a former Wlkie resident gets promotion at 40th largest tech service company in the world; and
  • Wilkie museum news.

Below, minimal and very scattered frost the morning of Aug. 23 did not affect crops. This photo shows the west ditch of Nottawa Road, just off Highway 14.

scattered August frost in Saskatchewan

Crop Report for May 5 to 11

Significant seeding progress was made this past week.  Thirty-four per cent of the 2015 crop is now seeded, according to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Crop Report.  The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is nine per cent seeded.

Producers in the southwest are most advanced, with 61 per cent of the crop seeded.  In the southeast, 45 per cent is seeded; the west-central region has 26 per cent seeded; the east-central region 16 per cent, the northeastern region 13 per cent and northwestern region has 31 per cent seeded.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 10 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and four per cent very short.  Moisture conditions vary throughout the province.In parts of the southwestern and west-central regions, some moisture would be beneficial to get crops off to a good start.  Some areas in the southeast and in the east-central region, however, still have surplus moisture.

Cool weather has resulted in slow emergence of crops.  Some farmers have reported frost damage to emerged crops and alfalfa.

After the date of the report, in our area, equipment could be seen in the fields all weekend as farmers worked to get their crops in the ground.

Below, west of Wilkie, this tractor waits patiently for the farmer to return while a flock of snow geese in the background clean up the residue from last year’s harvest.

Farming in Saskatchewan


Next week’s paper

While we can’t bring you the sounds of Unity’s 89th Music Festival, we can bring you some of the sights at Sunday’s showcase performance, a report and a list of award winners. Two Wilkie girls won the top awards! See the May 1st issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for all the details.  along with:

  • reminders from our bylaw officer as to what he will be on the lookout for in yards now that the snow has melted;
  • the first Saskatchewan crop report of the year; and
  • of course, photos of and a report on last week’s Rider visit to Wilkie!

Of course, there’s also the RCMP report, thank you’s from community members, in memoriams, an obituary and ads for upcoming events.

Below, three antelope hang out in an undisturbed crop field northwest of town but they had best be warned – a few farmers have also been spotted out in the fields this week!Saskatchewan crop lands

Grain bag recycling program continued

The federal and provincial governments have committed $200,000 to the continuation of the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project in 2015.  The program collects both grain bags and twine province-wide.

The new funding will allow Simply Ag Solutions to meet the strong demand for the program.  In 2014-15, Simply Ag Solutions shipped 1,871,000 pounds of plastic from their 13 collection sites.

“Grain bag recycling increased significantly last year, shipping three times more plastic than in the three previous years of the project combined,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.  “The project is doing what it is designed to do and the increased uptake demonstrates the commitment of Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers to maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment.”

Since its beginning in 2011, the grain bag recycling project has recycled approximately 2,421,000 pounds of plastic or 7,345 bags. The Ministry of Environment continues to work on regulations to create a permanent industry-led recycling program in the future.

Farmers and ranchers can access collection sites across the province in Cudworth, Hirsch, Humboldt, Kelvington, Macoun, Marshall, Milestone, Moose Jaw, Mossbank, Prince Albert, Rush Lake, Saskatoon and Unity.

For additional information, producers can contact Simply Agriculture Solutions toll-free at 1-866-298-7222.

grain bag recycling

March issues of the Press-Herald

Due to family matters taking precedence, no Friday previews were posted of the March 9 or March 16 issues of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. For those interested, a few highlights of each issue follows below.

Did you know you can have the Press-Herald delivered direct to your mailbox each week for as little as less than 50 cents an issue?! Call 306-228-2267 to subscribe.

March 9 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald highlights:

  • coverage of the Outlaws’ win advancing them to the provincial Northern final (which they have now also won, advancing them to the provincial final to defend their title from last year); and
  • pictures and a story on Farmers Days, 2015.

March 16 Unity Wilkie Press-Herald highlights:

  • annual Salute to Agriculture issue in recognition of National Farm Safety Week;
  • In the special dedicated Agriculture pages, profiles of life as a cattle rancher for two area cattle farmers; and
  • McLurg students win beyond the local level with their Remembrance Days posters, essays and poems.

curious calf

Crop Report for West-Central Sask, Sept. 23 to 29

Harvest in Wilkie and district will be delayed still further with such cool temperatures earlier this week and rain coming down this morning, October 4. Here’s what things were looking like in the area as of September 29, according to the Saskatchewan government’s weekly Crop Report.

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 8 – Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas; Crop District 9AE – Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas)

Continuous warm and dry weather allowed harvest to move well ahead of the five-year (2009-2013) average of 67 per cent. Seventy-five per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the bin, up from 45 per cent last week. An additional 24 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Crop District 8A has 78 per cent of the crop combined, while 8B and 9AE both have 73 per cent of the crop combined. Some producers have finished harvest while others will need at least another week or more of dry weather to finish.

Little rain was reported in the region this past week. The Humboldt area has received the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1 with 464 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and 18 per cent short.

Quality concerns continue in the region as high fusarium head blight levels are being reported in some areas. Moisture, frost and disease have also caused quality issues. There are reports of geese and other waterfowl damaging some crops.

Farmers are busy harvesting, spraying weeds, moving cattle and hauling bales.


Next week’s paper

There is quite a gaggle of kids on the front page of the September 29th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald!

In next week’s paper, you will also find:

  • information on an new and interesting donation to the Wilkie Museum;
  • a preview of the upcoming fall fair and trade show in Unity (October 3 and 4);
  • who’s been elected to RM councils by acclamation and which seats are being contested;
  • an update on the McLurg Broncs’ football season; and
  • predictions on winter weather.

Don’t forget to check the ads for upcoming events such as the Wilkie turkey shoot, and for sale items such as antifreeze in one ad and bins in another!

Wishing all the farmers in the area good progress before the threatened rains come next week.

Combines in Saskatchewan