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29 Sep

Nitrogen Application Can Help Peas with Pea Leaf Weevil Damage

By Shannon Chant MSc PAg Regional Crops Specialist for Ministry of Agriculture (Swift Current)

In the past number of years my colleagues and I have spent a couple weeks in late May to early June surveying for pea leaf weevil damage in the western and southern parts of Saskatchewan. When we were out surveying this year we noticed that there was a lot more damage than usual and the insects were unusually easy to find in some fields. Pea leaf weevils are nocturnal and will fall off the plant and play dead if they detect people nearby so they are normally difficult to find when out surveying. During surveying, staff counts the number of notches on the plant and if there is damage to the clam leaf on 50 plants per field.

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08 Feb

Celebrating the International Year of Soils – A Year in the Life of a Soil Management Specialist

By Marla Riekman, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

The year 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This designation has provided a great opportunity to promote the importance of soil as the base for agricultural production, but has been a little perplexing too, since for a soil management specialist like me, every year should be a celebration of soils!

To highlight the importance of soils, the FAO’s website lists six key messages with regards to the International Year of Soils:

  • Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production.
  • Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products.
  • Soils support our planet's biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total.
  • Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle.


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12 Jan

This issue of the Prairie Steward will focus exclusively on the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association’s 27th Annual Conference held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon on January 12th, 2015. The United Nations declared 2015 to be “International Year of Soils” and the SSCA chose to celebrate and honour that declaration by using it as our conference theme. 

The SSCA continues to search out and bring informative and entertaining speakers from wide-ranging backgrounds to this event: from producers testing new methods in their own fields, to people in the agriculture industry developing new equipment, to academics researching practices.

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