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Issue No. 38 - Spring 2003

Canada has ratified the Kyoto Protocol and has released its Climate Change Plan. Kyoto's intention is to reduce greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. 

There are two methods to do this. The first is to reduce emission levels and the second is to remove and store (sequester) CO2 as carbon in forests and ag soils (carbon sinks). We must give the Canadian government full credit for the efforts they made in getting international recognition for ag sinks.

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Issue No. 37 - Winter 2003

Making changes in farming practises requires commitment, time and resources. Producers are interested in knowing the long-term benefits of these changes and especially their economic impact. 

We had the opportunity in 2002 to get some indication of the magnitude of the long-term agronomic and economic benefits of direct seeding. We measured the response of spring wheat to nitrogen fertilizer on two fields with very different direct seeding histories i.e. 20+ years vs 1 year. The test areas were close enough together to eliminate differences in precipitation as a controlling variable. We used one rate of phosphorus fertilizer (20 lbs P2O5/ac). Table 1 provides some general information about the two sites and also some pertinent agronomic information. Both areas were seeded to canola in 2001.

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Issue No. 36 - Summer 2002

A hot, humid day greeted the crowd that gathered for Seeding Trends 2002 at the historic Seager Wheeler farm east of Rosthern. The event attracted approximately 650 people to the eighth annual field day that took place June 5th. 

The large crowd came from all four corners of the province, and the high attendance rate showed there is significant interest in the adoption of direct seeding techniques. The day began with the arrival of the Honourable Clay Serby, Deputy Premier and Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization (SAFRR). After touring the orchard, Mr. Serby made the announcement that the Seager Wheeler farm had been designated an Agri-Arm site.

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