Obsolete Collection Campaign 2018

Do you have any unwanted pesticides or livestock medications?  Obsolete collection is coming to Saskatchewan from October 1 – 5, 2018!

Safely dispose of unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides and livestock medications – no charge!  Take them to the following locations on the dates noted below between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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For more information, contact Cleanfarms Saskatchewan toll free at 1-877-622-4460 or visit www.cleanfarms.ca.

Fire Risk Warning – Be Prepared!

 

 

Hunting season is upon us!

Due to extremely dry conditions throughout the province, fire risk increases. Hunters are reminded to take extra precautions during hunting season:

Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.
Talk to landowners before going on their land.
Avoid unnecessary vehicle idling.
Walk whenever possible.
Stay on existing trails.

Approximately 50 per cent of all wildfires are caused by people.

Keep your vehicle out of tall grass – stick to roads and trails. Mufflers and other parts can get hot enough to start a fire.
When setting up your camp, pick an area free of tall grass.
Seek landowner permission before accessing private lands, whether they are posted or not.
Be prepared, carry a fire extinguisher, shovel, or other tools.

LEARN MORE AT saskatchewan.ca/hunting

 

2017 Tax Notices

The 2017 Tax Notices and Ratepayer Newsletter was mailed to all ratepayers on Friday, August 18. Watch for it in your mail box or  if you just can’t wait –  download the newsletter HERE

Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program Deadline Extension

The Saskatchewan Agriculture Ministry made an important announcement late last week.  “With this sustained stretch of dry weather, applications to Saskatchewan’s Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) will be considered until September 30, 2017, past the original August 1 deadline”.

FRWIP projects must still be completed and claims submitted by February 15, 2018.

If producers have questions on FRWIP, please call Glenn at 306-831-6009 or visit our website at eaglecreekwatershed.ca

You can also contact the Program Design and Delivery Branch at 1-877-874-5365 or email  fpbinfo@gov.sk.ca.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Glenn Barclay PAg
Watershed Technician
Eagle Creek Watershed Group Inc.
Box 457
Biggar, Saskatchewan S0K 0M0

Phone: 306-831-6009
Email:  eaglecreekwatershed@hotmail.com
Office: 117 – 3rd Avenue West – Biggar, Sask.
Website: eaglecreekwatershed.ca

21-Day Farm Safety Challenge

Greetings from the Agricultural Health and Safety Network!

Harvest will be here before we know it.   In preparation for it we have issued a challenge for those interested in making their farm a safer place.  All farm families are invited to participate in this 1st ever challenge.

 

For more information, contact

Bonita Hus

Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture
Agricultural Health and Safety Network
104 Clinic Place, Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5E5
(306) 966-6647

Survey of insect populations in fields throughout the province

FROM AGRICULTURE  and AGRIFOOD CANADA

 

Insect Pest Surveys in Crops in 2017

Each year, entomologists from AAFC Research Centres collaborate with extension agrologists, crop specialists and industry groups to conduct insect pest surveys in field crops throughout the prairie region.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your tremendous support of the provincial insect monitoring programs in the past and we hope that you will be equally supportive in 2017.

Pest surveys furnish valuable information as to what insect pest species are present at different times of the year, and also provide an estimate of their density within different crops.  Producers, provincial agricultural representatives and industry groups are provided with advance warning of potential pest problems through well-run insect pest monitoring programs.  From a research perspective, survey results help to guide our research efforts on integrated insect pest management.

In 2017, our plans are to conduct organized surveys of a number of different insect pests. In most cases, the protocols require survey locations to be selected at random, making it very difficult to predict exactly where and when surveyors will be in a specific area.  Most of the survey protocols require that the surveyor enters selected fields to visually inspect plants or to take sweep samples with a standard insect net.  Other protocols may require that the surveyor enters selected fields to take random plant or soil samples.  Our surveyors will be driving vehicles clearly marked with the Government of Canada logo and will be carrying photo-ID cards.  We do not trespass on lands that are posted or have been restricted by owners and do not drive onto fields, only entering on foot.  Surveyors wear disposable booties that are changed after each survey stop. If, during the surveys, you wish to obtain further clarification or wish to be provided with a report on the insect pests found at specific sites, our field staff would be more than pleased to discuss the results of their finding with you or please feel free to contact me at the address above.

Survey protocols along with weekly updates from the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network are posted on the PPMN blog http://prairiepestmonitoring.blogspot.ca/.  Automatic emails of the weekly update can be received by subscribing to the blog.  Survey protocols and weekly updates are also available on the WFPM website: http://www.westernforum.org/IPMNProtocols.html .

In order to give you a sense of the insect monitoring activities planned for 2017, we have provided brief examples of what to expect from some of the different surveys:

 

Cabbage seedpod weevil in canola.  This pest was first discovered in southwest Saskatchewan in 2000.  The objective is to determine the extent to which this pest has spread from the original infestation area in southern Alberta. Field staff will be surveying much of the province, during the flowering stage and will be taking sweep samples in canola fields.

 

Leafhoppers in canola. This pest carries the plant disease called Aster Yellows, a disease that has become more common in canola in recent years.  The objective is to determine the extent and severity of leafhopper populations and their level of infectivity.  Field staff will be surveying, primarily in the central and northern agricultural areas, prior to the flowering stage and will be taking sweep samples in canola fields.

 

Bertha armyworm and Diamondback moth in canola. Advance warning of these two pests are provided by the pheromone traps that have been set out by cooperators across the province to monitor the arrival of adults in canola.  Once adult female moths have laid eggs in canola, the objective is to determine the extent and severity of larval populations in the crop. In this instance, field staff will be surveying during the flowering and pod development stage and will be visually counting larvae in the field.

 

Wheat midge in wheat.  There are two life stages of the wheat midge that are monitored, the adult and the larval cocoon.  The objective of the adult survey is to assess population density in the crop during the susceptible period, from head emergence to flowering.  Field staff may be surveying in many regions of the province, during late June and early July, and will be entering fields late in the evenings to visually inspect wheat plants.  The objective of the larval cocoon survey is to determine the extent and severity of midge populations in wheat. Field staff will be surveying in late fall throughout the province and will be entering fields after harvest to take small soil cores.

 

Grasshoppers in field crops and pastures.  The objective of the adult grasshopper survey is to determine the extent and severity of grasshopper populations in field crops and pastures.  Field staff will be surveying in early fall and will be entering ditches, fields and pastures to visually estimate grasshopper numbers over an 100m transect.

 

Pea Leaf Weevil. Recently, pea leaf weevil has begun to cause economic yield losses to field peas in Alberta, and it has been also been recorded in southwest Saskatchewan.  This small weevil notches field pea leaves, decreasing production. Plans are to sweep pea fields in June and July to verify its status.

 

Swede midge & Cereal Leaf Beetle.  Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that adult Swede midge, confirmed in Saskatchewan in 2007, was recorded again in 2009.  Swede midge is native to Europe and Asia, is a pest of plants in the Cruciferae family including vegetable crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower) and oilseed crops (canola).  Also a new record for Saskatchewan, CFIA announced that Cereal leaf beetle, a pest of cereal crops, was found in 2008.

FROM:

Owen Olfert, Research Scientist

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Saskatoon Research Centre

107 Science Place Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2

(306) 385-9355

owen.olfert@agr.gc.ca

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Map overview 2017