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Issue No. 64 - Spring 2013


 

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PRAIRIE PRODUCERS? - Guy Lafond

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - SO WHAT NOW! - Tim Nerbas

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS PART 1 - THEIR HISTORY AND CURRENT STATUS - Graham Scoles

ADOPTION OF DIRECT SEEDING IMPROVES SOIL FERTILITY AND CROP NUTRITION - Ross H. McKenzie

OPENER AND SEEDING SPEED EFFECTS ON CANOLA EMERGENCE - Bob Blackshaw

ADOPTION OF DIRECT SEEDING IMPROVES SOIL QUALITY - Ross H. McKenzie

MISCONCEPTIONS OF WINTER WHEAT IN DRY SOIL - Larry Durand

"MANURE HAPPENS" - FARMERS SHOULD MAKE THE MOST OF IT! - Ross H. McKenzie

SMARTPHONE APPS PROJECT UPDATE - Tom Wolf


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Issue No. 63 - Fall 2012

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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Issue No. 62 - Spring 2012

What a year! 2012 marks 25 years since the SSCA was formed and next year's conference on January 9, 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Association's first conference. Back on Feb 16 and 17, 1988, 150 producers arrived at the Wills Inn in Saskatoon for a conference entitled " A systems approach to Soil Conservation". 

The first president, Brett Meinert, made a bold statement: "The SSCA will be a voice for Soil Conservation in Saskatchewan". Over the last 25 years the Association has lead the most dramatic change ever seen in agriculture. Gone are the dust clouds, a common sight hovering over the prairie landscape and water erosion has drama tic ally decreased. Instead of mining the been soil for all its nutrients, producers have begun rebuilding the soil's organic matter.


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