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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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Issue No. 35 - Spring 2002

"Wish we had seeded more oats on our farm", was one of the comments made by the Hon. Clay Serby, Minister of Agriculture, when he addressed the Prairie Oat Growers' Association Annual Meeting in December, 2001.

Judging by the chuckles and the number of nodding heads in the near capacity crowd, there were a lot of producers who agreed with him. Especially with oat prices hovering in that $3/bushel range. While the price of oats has growers excited, oats as a regular part of a rotation works well when winter wheat is also included in the rotation. The key to seeding oats and then winter wheat is to seed the oats EARLY! At the POGA meeting, a couple of researchers presented material that showed seeding oats early has a number of benefits.

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Issue No. 34 - Winter 2002

In 1999, Laurence Pellizzari had to do the same fall work as many of his neighbours. The producer banded N on his sandy loam textured soils northwest of Paynton so that he could make a single pass at seeding time.

But Laurence was frustrated by the fact that he had to make two passes to get both his nutrients and his seed into the ground. Another frustration was the harrowing he had to do to get a smooth surface on the fields that were going to be seeded to canola. It seemed that this was the only method that allowed him to control seeding depth for canola to his satisfaction.

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