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2018 Budget and Taxes:

Update on 2018 Budget and Taxes:

The taxes for 2018 will not be increased, and will remain the same rates as in 2017. The highlights of the budget are we are clay-capping 7 miles of road, which has commenced and should be completed by the end of July. We are crushing 20 thousand yard of gravel. The Cat grader was replaced this year.

Preventing Interference with SaskPower Lines and Equipment

SaskPower often finds that when landowner’s are developing on their properties,  it ends up being a hazard or an encroachment with our powerlines.  We have put together some information sheets for landowners developing on their property to help prevent and inform customer of these issues.

Home Owner Renovations and Landscaping – Quick Reference Guide

Preventing Interference with SaskPower Lines and Equipment 

Preventing Interference with SaskPower Lines and Equipment

SaskPower often finds that when landowner’s are developing on their properties,  it ends up being a hazard or an encroachment with our powerlines.  We have put together some information sheets for landowners developing on their property to help prevent and inform customer of these issues.

Insect Pest Surveys in Crops in 2018

Insect Pest Surveys in Crops in 2018

Each year, entomologists from AAFC Research Centres collaborate with extension agrologists, crop specialists, and industry groups to conduct insect pest surveys in field crops throughout the prairie region. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your tremendous support of the provincial insect monitoring programs in the past and we hope that you will be equally supportive in 2018.

Pest surveys furnish valuable information as to what insect pest species are present at different times of the year, and also provide an estimate of their density within different crops. Producers, provincial agricultural representatives, and industry groups are provided with advance warning of potential pest problems through well-run insect pest monitoring programs. From a research perspective, survey results help to guide our research efforts on integrated insect pest management. For a summary of results of past insect surveys, please visit the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) blog: http://prairiepe­maps.html

In 2018, our plans are to conduct organized surveys of a number of different insect pests, potentially including: cabbage seedpod weevil, swede midge, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, bertha armyworm, Diamondback moth, cereal leaf beetle, pea leaf weevil, lygus bugs, and wheat midge. In most cases, the protocols require survey locations to be selected at random, making it very difficult to predict exactly where and when surveyors will be in a specific area. Most survey protocols will require that the surveyor enter randomly selected fields to visually inspect plants or to take sweep samples with a standard insect net. Other protocols may require that the surveyor enters selected fields to take random plant or soil samples. The details of survey protocols have also been posted on the PPMN blog:

In 2018, our surveyors will be driving vehicles clearly marked with the Government of Canada logo and will be carrying photo-ID cards. We avoid trespassing on posted lands, and any lands that have been restricted by their owners. If, during our surveys, you wish to obtain further clarification or wish to be provided with a report on the insect pests found at specific sites, our field staff would be more than pleased to discuss the results of their findings with you. Weekly updates from the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network can also be found on the PPMN blog:
Please feel free to contact me at the address below for additional information. 

In order to give you a sense of the insect monitoring activities planned for 2018, we have provided brief examples of what to expect from some of the different surveys:

Cabbage seedpod weevil in canola.

This pest was first discovered in southwest Saskatchewan in 2000. The objective is to determine the extent to which this pest has spread from the original infestation area in southern Alberta. Field staff will be surveying much of the province, during the flowering stage and will be taking sweep samples in canola fields.

Leafboppers in canola.

This pest carries the plant disease called Aster Yellows, a disease that has become more common in canola in recent years. The objective is to determine the extent and severity ofleafhopper populations and their level of infectivity. Field staff will be surveying, primarily in the central and northern agricultural areas, prior to the flowering stage and will be taking sweep samples in canola fields.

Bertha armyworm and Diamondback moth in canola.

Advance warning of these two pests are provided by the pheromone traps that have been set out by cooperators across the province to monitor the arrival of adults in canola. Once adult female moths have laid eggs in canola, the objective is to determine the extent and severity of larval populations in the crop. In this instance, field staff will be surveying during the flowering and pod development stage and will be visually counting larvae in the field.

Wheat midge in wheat.

There are two life stages of the wheat midge that are monitored, the adult and the larval cocoon. The objective of the adult survey is to assess population density in the crop during the susceptible period, from head emergence to flowering. Field staff may be surveying in many regions of the province, during late June and early July, and will be entering fields late in the evenings to visually inspect wheat plants. The objective of the larval cocoon survey is to determine the extent and severity of midge populations in wheat. Field staff will be surveying in late fall throughout the province and will be entering fields after harvest to take small soil cores.

Grasshoppers in field crops and pastures.

The objective of the adult grasshopper survey is to determine the extent and severity of grasshopper populations in field crops and pastures. Field staff will be surveying in early fall and will be entering ditches, fields and pastures to visually estimate grasshopper numbers over an 1 00m transect.

Pea leaf weevil in field pea.

Recently, pea leaf weevil has begun to cause economic yield losses to field peas in Alberta, and it has been also been recorded in southwest Saskatchewan. This small weevil notches field pea leaves and damages root nodules, decreasing production. In late May and early June, weevil damage to plants will be assessed visually in selected fields.

Swede midge & cereal leaf beetle.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that adult Swede midge was confirmed in Saskatchewan in 2007. Swede midge is native to Europe and Asia, is a pest of plants in the Cruciferae family including vegetable crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower) and oilseed crops ( canola). Also a new record for Saskatchewan, CFIA announced that cereal leaf beetle, a pest of cereal crops, was found in 2008.


Owen Olfert and Meghan Vankosky, Research Scientists Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Saskatoon Research Centre
107 Science Place Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2
(306) 385-9355
(306) 385-9362

Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards

The Growing Forward 2 programming came to a close on March 31, 2018 and replaced with the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

CAP is now being rolled out and underway for Federal and Provincial invested funding to Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers!

Activities under this program will support and complement the agri-environmental strategies and priorities identified as they relate to:

1. Water quality;
2. Biodiversity; and
3. Adaption and mitigation of climate change

If ratepayers have projects in mind under the Farm Stewardship Program (FSP) or the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) they may be covered under the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Division of CAP.

Under the new program there have been changes including pre-approvals for projects. We will continue to update with more details through emails, website and facebook pages, or give us a call at 306.745.9774

The Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards


New Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test – May 9 at 1:55 p.m.

New Nationwide Emergency Alert System

On April 6, the wireless emergency alert system, Alert Ready, was introduced across Canada. Now, if you have a smartphone that meets the criteria, anytime a critical alert is issued you will receive a text to your phone with a ‘shortened’ version of the issued alert. The SaskAlert app will give you access to the longer version of the alert as well as Emergency Advisory Alerts.  All municipal and provincial  residents are encouraged to download the free SaskAlert app.

A province wide test of all alerting platforms – radio, TV, apps, website and text alerting – will happen on May 9 at 1:55 p.m. during Emergency Preparedness Week.  Visit

Farm Safety

On average, 13 people are killed on Saskatchewan farms each year. Of these fatal injuries, 75% involve machinery such as grain trucks, semis, tractors and combines. Most incidents occur in the farm yard and of all serious injuries that happen, 14% involve youth.  (Statistics by the Saskatchewan Farm Injury Surveillance Program at the University of Saskatchewan.)

The Saskatchewan Safety Council has recently developed an interactive online safety training program for farmers and ranchers, and, it’s free.

2018 Shelterbelt Tree Program

Please find in attachment the application form for the 2018 Shelterbelt Tree Program.

Hi Everyone!
2017 has been quite  a year with drought in the southern portions of the prairies and the end of bus STC services in Saskatchewan.  But we all got through it!

  • Shipping for fall tree orders will work as follows: 
    For Saskatchewan orders you have the option of Jay’s truck shipping to Jay’s depots in major centers in Saskatchewan.  You can pick up at HELP’s Weyburn Tree Farm at no shipping cost except 2.5 cents per tree for packaging
  • For Manitoba and Alberta orders you have the option of pick up in Weyburn OR ….in last week of September to 1st week of October HELP’s truck will deliver your trees to a Greyhound Station on the Saskatchewan border and dispatch your trees to a bus depot of your choice for your pick up there.
  • Minimum shipping charge deliveries will be $50 with per tree shipping price at 25 cents per tree.

All customers: if you pick up from our tree farm near Weyburn then there will be no shipping charge (except for 2.5 cents per tree packaging) and will receive 10% free bonus trees of customer choice. 

There is a wealth of tree information and shelterbelt planning advice on our website:

Download and complete the Order Form by clicking HERE

Please contact me should you require further information.

Rodney Sidloski, CEO

HELP International

Tel: 306-842-2433


Rural Crime Watch Program

Council in co-operation with the RCMP is considering initiating a Rural Crime Watch Program. The goal of the program is to reduce and prevent rural crime, by keeping track of suspicious behaviour, making notes and contacting the RCMP. Should there be interest by our rural residents, a meeting would be set up with the RCMP to review the program with the general public, and then initiate the program.
Should you be interested in attending a meeting or participating in the program, please contact the RM office 306-336-2244 or email us at