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20 Mar

In 2012, the SSCA received CAAP funding for a project to develop smartphone apps for agriculture.

The Board of Directors is working with Dr Ralph Deters of the U of S computer Science Department to develop these apps, and the project is proving to be quite productive. Dr Deters provides opportunities to his graduate students to work with us on various apps, and the goal is to have them available by the 2014 growing season in Android and iOS (Apple). Here is what’s completed or in the works:.

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18 Jan

Approximately 93-99% of the food consumed by humans comes from the land hence the critical importance of the global arable land base78. Ultimately all food consumed by animals and humans comes from plants and the basic requiREments for plant growth are sunlight, water and minerals. 

In more general terms, plants source their water and nutrients from the soil through their root system hence the importance of protecting the soil resource. On a global basis, the estimated land area available for annual crop production is 3.859 billion acres (ac).  In 1960, there was 1.1 ac per person of available arable land, in 1999 0.60 ac per person, in 2009 0.56 ac per person and the projection is for 0.42 ac per person by 2050 when we reach 9.2 billion people.

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10 Jan

On Jan 9, 2013 the SSCA will hold its 25th annual conference. What were your farming practices like 25 years ago? 1988 turned out to be a very dry year for most of Saskatchewan. Dust clouds were a common occurrence and damage from wind and water erosion were evident everywhere. 

Fast forward 25 years and soil erosion has been greatly reduced. Wheat is no longer King. And by having solid crop rotations not only do we hedge our bets on the crop markets, but we also play a critical role in minimizing weeds, insects and disease problems. 

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