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Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan increasing to a record $217 per acre this year – Canadian Underwriter


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Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan increasing to a record $217 per acre this year
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Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan are increasing to a record $217 per acre in 2017, up from $216 per acre in 2016. A joint press release from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on …
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Governments Invest in Crop Research | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Photo by: Blake Campbell

Photo by: Blake Campbell

Today Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $7.7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

“Research in agriculture is the key to maintaining a competitive edge, and that’s why the federal government, in partnership with provinces and agriculture organizations, invests in research,” MacAulay said. “These millions of dollars invested into crops research in Saskatchewan over the years will help create growth and put more money in the pockets of farmers within the sector.”

“Ongoing investments into research and development provide Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers the ability to be competitive in the global marketplace, while producing food sustainably,” Stewart said.  “Continual innovation through the ADF leads to improved crop varieties, more value-added processing and cutting edge farming practices and knowledge, keeping our agriculture industry strong.”

The 46 projects receiving funding this year are diverse and include research on: improving plant breeding technology specifically to test for DON toxins that are the result of fusarium head blight infection in wheat; optimizing loss-sensing technology on farm equipment to minimize losses at harvest; and the development of a pulse-based replacement for shortening that can be used in baked goods, to name a few.

Today’s ADF announcement leverages significant funding from industry partners, on top of government funding.  A total of almost $3.7 million is being committed from partner organizations that include Western Grains Research Foundation, SaskPulse, SaskCanola, SaskFlax, Sask Wheat and Alberta Wheat Commission.

“We are appreciative of the funding provided through ADF that enables collaboration and the ability to make advancements across the Saskatchewan agriculture sector,” Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Executive Director Carl Potts said. “Amongst the funded projects are ones looking to address key priority areas for pulse growers such as weed control and pest management in pulse crops.”

“We welcome governments’ continued commitment to agricultural innovation,” Managing Director of the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan Kofi Agblor said.  “The CDC has released more than 450 new varieties of crops since its inception, varieties that today account for significant acreage across the prairies, illustrating just how significant an economic contribution research makes to the agricultural economy.  We look forward to continuing this important work.”

ADF funding is part of the $26.8 million the Government of Saskatchewan committed to agriculture research for 2016-17.  Funding for ADF projects is provided under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

For more information, and to see a complete list of funded projects, visit www.saskatchewan.ca and search “Agriculture Development Fund.”

Source: Governments Invest in Crop Research | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Crop Report for the Period September 27 to October 3, 2016 | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Producers were able to get back into the field for a few days and make some harvest progress in between the weekend rains. Eighty per cent of the 2016 crop has been combined and 14 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2011-2015) average for this time of year is 86 per cent combined.

Regionally, harvest is furthest advanced in the southeast, where producers have 88 per cent of the crop in the bin. Eighty-one per cent of the crop is combined in the southwest, 77 per cent in the east-central region, 73 per cent in the west-central and 78 per cent is combined in the northwestern and northeastern regions.

Ninety-five per cent of the lentils, 74 per cent of the durum, 79 per cent of the spring wheat, 77 per cent of the canola and 43 per cent of the flax have been combined.

Rain set in on the weekend and was fairly general throughout the province, with areas in west-central and northwestern regions receiving less than other regions. Significant precipitation over the past two weeks in many areas has slowed harvest progress. The largest amount of rainfall (91 mm) was reported in the Hazenmore area. The Redvers and Tantallon areas reported receiving 76 mm, Carnduff reported 60 mm, Broadview 57 mm, Moose Jaw 60 mm, Limerick 56 mm, Climax and Shaunavon 70 mm, Langenburg 38 mm, Dinsmore 34 mm and Biggar 41 mm. Snow was falling in most areas of the province at the time of writing this report.

Spring wheat grades are below the 10-year average and are being reported as 10 per cent 1 CW, 50 per cent 2 CW, 28 per cent 3 CW and 12 per cent CW feed.

Yield estimates have not changed much from one month ago and remain average to above average for most crops. Winter wheat, oat, canola and soybean yield estimates have increased slightly, while mustard and chickpea yields have decreased slightly.

Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 27 per cent surplus and 73 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 17 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Many regions in the province are indicating that more than half of cropland has surplus topsoil moisture.

Strong winds and flooding caused the majority of the crop damage, which has resulted in crop yield and quality loss. Bleaching, sprouting and fusarium are causing grade loss.

Producers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and controlling weeds.

Source: Crop Report for the Period September 27 to October 3, 2016 | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan