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Issue No. 60 - Spring 2011

Needle-and-thread and chickpea are among my preferred plants. The first amazes me by its elegance, wide distribution, and by the determination of its seeds to disperse. No wonder this plant was chosen as Saskatchewan's grass emblem; Cleaning Out the it is a great success of nature.

Chickpea, in contrast, is very fragile and give producers hard time despite prayers and applications of herbicides, Wetlands as an Asset fertilizers, and on the farm p.12 up to five foliar applications of fungicides per growing to control ascochyta blight. Chickpea amazes me because I am a research scientist, and researchers love problems.

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Issue No. 59 - Winter 2011

On January 13th, members of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association from across the province will be attending our annual general meeting and conference at the Saskatoon Inn, in Saskatoon.

The conference is now a one-day event held during Crop Week We hope SSCA members and other farmers will find the conference fits their plans to attend Crop Week and the Western Canadian Crop Production Show Registration on January 13th begins at 8:00am which may accommodate those who chose to travel to Saskatoon on Thursday morning.

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Issue No. 58 - Winter 2010

SSCA will be hosting the Conservation Agriculture 2010 Conference at Evraz Place in Regina on February 9 and 10.

There has been a major trend towards conservation agriculture around the world with the South Americans, Australians and western Canadians leading the way. In keeping with this theme, Argentine no till expert, Roberto Pieretti is this year's keynote speaker. South American agriculture has embraced no-till systems to a greater extent than on the Canadian Prairies with over 80% adoption. While their farming systems are different than those used here, Roberto will discuss how we can incorporate some of their principles into our systems. 

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