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Issue No. 33 - Summer 2001

Do you want to get into direct seeding but are having a hard time seeing over the mountain of dollars needed to make a system work? Following are some low budget ideas that, along with some shop time, would help set up residue management in your seeding system.

Ed Beauchesne and his wife Marguerite are veterans at direct seeding. They farm at Albertville northeast of P.A. Of course they grow pretty big straw crops some years. When Ed started direct seeding he was threshing with a John Deere 7721. He beefed up the straw chopper on this combine by bolting 2 swather knife sections on the end of each hammer. He says they don't cut his straw up too fine.

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Issue No. 32 - Spring 2001

Two awards recognizing outstanding achievement in soil conservation were presented at the SSCA's Annual Meeting and Banquet on February 14th in Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association annually recognizes achievements in the development of innovative approaches to soil conservation, and in that light, presents an Award of Merit to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution. This year, Dr. Guy Lafond, a research agrologist with Agriculture and Agrifood Canada since 1985, was recognized for his dedication to promoting conservation tillage systems in the prairie region.

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Issue No. 31 - Winter 2001

So you were introduced by the combine sales staff to a "new and revolutionary" concept that simply involved taking the bottom off your clean grain cross auger under the separation sieves and replacing it with a mesh cover.

This will economically remove any early possibility of earth strike on your pulse crops. It will also spread those pesky weed seeds back onto the field so you are not troubled with them in the grain storage bin.

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