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Beaver Bounties:

The Municipality is participating in the annual beaver bounty program agin in 2018.

There is a major change in the program this year –  to receive the $30 bounty you must be a registered trapper and hold a valid licence from the Province.

Our funding for the grant under the agreement is 220 beaver.

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.

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


Development Permits, Requirements and Maps

Development Permits Required

Under the provisions of the Municipality’s Zoning By-law 2002-02, Development Permits are required  for any development within the Municipality. A development is defined as “the carrying out of any building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on or over land, or making of any material change in the use of any building or land.”  Please contact the Municipal Office should you have a question regarding a development and if a permit is required.

You may also look up the By-law section and review section 2.3 of the Zoning By-law 2002-02 and amendments to determine if a Development Permit is required.

Development of or expansion of a gravel pit:

Please note that a Development Permit is required for the opening or expansion of a gravel pit or extraction operation.  Under Provincial legislation, a heritage sensitive area may require an impact assessment study, under the Heritage Property Act. For further information contact Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. 1-308-787-2817. You may also view the on-line screening tool at  Please view Heritage Sensitive lands within the Municipality of Lipton. See Map

Should development be near a watercourse, Jumping Deer Creek and its many tributaries, as part of the development process, contact should be made with Saskatchewan Water Security , Agency in Yorkton, SK. 1-306-786-1490.


RM of Lipton Heritage Sensitivity Map 11 x 17 (2)


Controlled Burns – Remember to Call!

The Municipality has Fire Protection Agreements with the Village of Lipton and the Village of Dysart.

The residents of the Municipality are required to call the Provincial Emergency Communications Centre prior to burning.  The Communications Centre informs the appropriate Fire Department of the location of the controlled burn, and should a person, motorist, neighbor see the fire or smoke and call 911 relating to the issue, the local Fire Departments will be aware that it is a controlled burn and not respond.

Should the controlled burn not be reported to the Provincial Emergency Communications Centre and the Fire Department respond, the property owner will be invoiced for the call out and it takes the Fire Department  out of commission for another emergency should one arise.

So, to make life easier, please call the Provincial Emergency Communications Centre when you are carrying out a controlled burn.

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Rabies Warning

A rabid skunk  was found in the RM of Lipton #217 near Dysart.

Information on rabies can be found at: (2)



Rabies cases in Canada:  

Rabies fact sheet: 

Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2008

Dr. Clarence Bischop

Rabies Risk Assessment Veterinarian (RRAV), SK AG

Cell (306)529-2190

Toll-Free Fax (844)666-3647 or