On Sun., July 17, 56 members of the Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association (DSCIA) flew out to Saskatoon, Sask., for five days. While there, the members stopped at 18 different attractions, went on two city tours and listened to guest speakers representing agriculture businesses.
The group learned about crop irrigation from a water co-operative in the Lake Diefenbaker area and also discussed lentil, pinto bean, canola and flax crops that are not traditionally grown in Eastern Ontario.
The DSCIA members had the opportunity to visit a 5,000 acre ranch that grazes 2,000 head of cattle in Moose Jaw and enjoyed a stop for lunch at a Hutterite colony. The group then had a photo taken in front of the set of the former CTV hit show Corner Gas. Members were given a tour of the elevator at Rouleau (also known as Dog River) and were shown how the machines worked.
In Regina, the group took in a city tour, were shown the RCMP training academy, Depot Division, and a location of Ritchie Bros. Auction site.
Back in Saskatoon, members got to visit the Canadian Light Source that houses the latest particle accelerator, the Saskatoon Colostrum Company, where area farmers send colostrum to, as well as the Case New Holland plant where air seed carts/planters and corn heads are made. The group also got to see an $11. 5-million dairy research barn built for the University of Saskatoon.
On the last night, a picture-perfect garden supper took place at the Black Fox Farm and Distillery. Here the group was able to try different ideas such as hascap berries, cut flowers for weddings, lily and pumpkin festivals, different tastes of gin and vodka, just to name a few.
The group came home grateful for the openness of fellow farmers and industries in Saskatchewan and more than ready to do it again next year.