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Issue No. 43 - Winter 2005

Can we afford 50$ nitrogen? Or can we afford not to use 50$ nitrogen? How can we find out?

The rising cost of natural gas has many producers fearful of what nitrogen could cost by spring. So what does a producer do? This past season’s tremendous crop growth has most producers feeling that the soil’s fertility pool is completely depleted. Neither are heaps of poor quality grain and disappointing grain prices adding any optimism for next year. Add to this the news that El Nino is building once again (a reminder of previous dry seasons across the prairies), and you don’t get a very rosy picture for the next crop year.

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Issue No. 42 - Summer 2004

On June 2, 2004, approximately 350 people attended Saskatchewan’s only direct seeding field day held at the
historical Seager Wheeler farm east of Rosthern.

This year’s event marked the 10 year anniversary for Seeding Trends, featuring a more diverse agenda while continuing to showcase direct seeding and sprayer technology. The large crowd came from all four corners of the province to take in the annual event. The theme of this year’s agenda was “Direct Seeding - 10 years of Showcasing Success”. Organizers of past and  present field days believe their efforts towards staging the late spring event have contributed to the increasing adoption rate of direct seeding in the province.

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Issue No. 41 - Spring 2004

“Beef cattle produce more than 90% of the greenhouse gases contributed by the livestock sector.”Ouch..

But other than the environment why should we care about statistics like these? Because, these emissions represent a loss of costly feed energy and nutrient inputs. So, where does one start? “Improving pasture quality will improve profitability, productivity and reduce Green House Gases (GHGs),” says Dr. John Basarab, a research scientist with the Western Forage Beef Group in Lacombe, Alberta. The relationship between forage quality and methane emissions is startling.

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