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Shelter Belt Program

 Launch of Seedling and Sapling Sales for Fall 2023 Shelterbelt Plantings for Country and Town HELP International Shelterbelt Program now taking tree orders for 2023 Fall Planting Programs (Plantings should be carried out October 10 to 31 prior to hard freezing of ground surface) Trees will be available for pick up or shipping for SK, MB and AB customers October 9 to 15.
Prepare your land NOW! Fine deep till, sink up to your ankles garden texture! Plant deep: Full root plus 2 inches of lower stem underground.   Leave a water well depression below the landscape at base of each tree to give each tree up to five times the normal water from each rainfall or irrigation. Slight Price Increase: HELP’s base price for seedlings is $2.50 for global orders of 300 or more (combining all tree varieties). $2.75 for global combined tree orders of 50 to 290; $5 per tree for combined orders totaling 30 to 40; and $6 per tree for combined orders totaling 10 to 20. Please order only in multiples of ten!
DID YOU KNOW that in response to several years of drought like conditions HELP is now marketing fairly low cost drip irrigation systems of ½ inch; ¾ inch and 0.98 inch drip irrigation systems for DIY.  Find the irrigation systems for sale on line along with our trees at: For customers who prefer not to install trees DIY, HELP offers  on a contract basis: On site assessment and planning services; Shelterbelt Installation Services; as well as drip irrigation installation services.  
2023/2024 HELP CEO update  Did you ever consider that despite trees being located on your land space,  you are benefitting the entire region by producing more oxygen, stopping more wind, enticing more rainfall and creating more beauty and habitat?” 2023  has been an exciting year for HELP International as we have ramped up tree and sapling production higher than ever to meet the ever increasing demand for our trees.
Fall Planting It was our organization HELP International who started fall shelterbelt planting on the prairies back in year 2,000. Fall planting is now an established practice for all trees except NOT appropriate for spruce or pine.   Trees often do better when fall planted as they access the first moisture of spring!  We planted four varieties of poplar on our tree farm in mid October 2022 and put them on drip irrigation only in early June of this year.  After 90 days of growing ie: May 15 to August 15 the tiny seedlings are now between 18 and 48 inches in height.  These have outpaced seedlings planted this spring.   Planting can be done any time from October 1 till hard freezing of the ground surface in early November.
Sapling Sales Taking Off In addition to our 2,000,000 seedlings, HELP has increased its 10,000 sapling nursery to 20,000 saplings averaging four to five feet in height ready for fall planting including: Okanese and Tristis Poplar, Golden, Silverleaf and Laurel Leaf Willow. We also have potted Scot’s Pine and White Spruce in the 18 to 24 inch range. More varieties of saplings will be available by spring. To be on the safe side, we suggest you plant our larger saplings while dormant thoughout the month of October OR in late April/early May. We realized unexpectedly high potted sapling sales in our 2023 sapling launch year so are rapidly expanding that niche!
Shelterbelt Installation Services Many of you are aware HELP carries out on a contract basis the entire package of shelterbelt tree planting, plastic mulch laying, turf grass seeding and drip irrigation installation across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and into Alberta. Two thirds of all our contract planting clients also contracted us to install drip irrigation on their tree lines.  Ask for a quote today for contract shelterbelt installation for this fall or next spring.  We typically carry out up to 4,000 meters of shelterbelt installation per day ie: up to four rows of 1,000 m each.  An average planting is closer to three rows of 500 meters each.  We are lining up so far for fall plantings near Kerrobert, Winnipeg and near to our Weyburn headquarters. Sign up now no matter where you are situated on the prairies! We bring technicians, the trees, plastic mulch film, grass seed and irrigation supply and machinery with you pre-working the land and on day of planting you providing tractor and driver and a couple more things we will tell you about.
Drip Irrigation Sales HELP is now selling drip irrigation systems in packages for farms and acreage owners to also install on their own.  We are marketing two systems to choose from: The lower cost half inch line with pre-installed emitters at 90 to 100 cm spacing; and the 3/4 inch line which requires you to punch the line at every tree with a tool we provide and install a pop-in emitter (most folks install two liter per hour emitters.  We are putting together and marketing packages for both the half inch and 3/4 inch drip lines for the following: 3 tree rows of 100 m 3 tree rows of 200 m 3 tree rows of 300 m 3 tree rows of 400 m 3 tree rows of 500 m Allowing us to make up kits for each of the above allows us to provide a high number of extra fittings and accessories at the lowest system cost in the market place as we don’t have to design from scratch each system for each potential customer.  We are going ‘over the top’ with extra drip line, a valve for front and back end of each line,  more fittings than required for manifolds and double manifolds and double filters for systems with tree lines 400 m and more.  We provide step by step instruction for DIY. We’ll get a video up for instruction.  Tree Pricing You will see that our tree seedlings have taken a small price increase. However, if you compare you will see our prices are still the lowest in Canada’s marketplace.   A classic example is our carigana and lilac which sell for as little as one third the national competitor price.  As a means of keeping our prices down we continue to use a one price system ie: every type of tree seedling we carry we market for one uniform price despite the fact that some seedlings cost us two to three times more to produce than others. 
Innovations Taking Grip HELP’s innovations and new best field practices are being picked up by more and more tree customers. Am happy to say that the ten inch tooth pick method used to pull trees in their precise location under the plastic mulch film has been successfully adopted by hundreds of customers.   The system of manually healing trees after planting to create a water well is likewise gaining big momentum.   For those laying plastic mulch film….our newest innovation was tested with extreme results compared to the old system of laying plastic.  The new system involves a) planting the seedling   b) heeling the seedling. c) take a shallow spadeful of extra dirt away from the base of the tree (about four inches away) d) lay the plastic   e) lay a 5 lb stone on the plastic pulling it down in a funnel shape into your spade hollow.  f) prick the plastic at the bottom of the funnel with a screwdriver.  We photo documented the results. Trees watered only once per month with the depressions/stone/funnels experienced more than double growth rate, zero mortalities and zero yellowing from drought stress compared to trees in the same row without the depressions/stone/funnels.  Ask for our photo evidence if you need convincing! 
Pre-positioning Tree Stocks We at HELP continue to stay ‘a year ahead’ in more tree varieties than ever:   We have fall and 2023 tree stocks in place for all major poplar varieties, for all three evergreen varieties, for velosa and common lilac, for green ash, Manitoba maple and American Elm.  Customers no longer have to wait for the few varieties of our trees that are produced in greenhouse to harden off.  This means that all of the new year’s inventory will have been hardened off and have been living outdoors since the year prior. So, they will be ‘tough as nails’.  Am happy to say we have tree stocks sufficiently high enough to market two year olds of many varieties for the price of one year olds.  The older the seedlings are in our system the tougher they are in the field.  The average height of seedlings is far greater than normal with poplar varieties averaging 18 inch stem size.   This is the largest average size poplars we have sold in our twenty three year shelterbelt history.
Pre-positioning Supplies Because of supply chain challenges in 2020 and 2021 and dramatic increases in fuel and plastics, we at HELP have been pre-positioning a year’s supply in advance at HELP of plastic mulch film, and drip irrigation supplies.  This necessitates a big financial roll out by HELP in the short term but saves HELP and its customers money by keeping pricing at current levels going into 2023. Not stressing about supply chain issues is well worth the bit of extra financing HELP is enduring. Thank you to all landowners, municipalities, government departments, parks and schools across the prairies who continue to purchase trees, plastic mulch, irrigation supply and planting services through HELP International’s Shelterbelt Program”.    
Rodney Sidloski, CEO and Founder HELP International & Green Research & Discovery Corp  

New Tick Reporting System

Surveillance using eTick Researchers at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Que., created the eTick system. This online tool provides members of the public with timely information about the tick species that bit them and the risk of exposure to tick-borne diseases. The eTick system will be available to Saskatchewan residents as of April 1, 2020.   The online passive surveillance program works as follows:   As of April 1 2020, take a photo of the tick that bit you or your pet and submit these digital images using the online eTick system   Please keep your tick in case we ask you to submit it by mail. You can euthanize the tick by placing it in the freezer for 24 hours.As part of the submission process, give relevant information such as where in Saskatchewan you encountered the tick.Once USask researchers receive your online submission, a team member will let you know the tick species that bit you.For purpose of quality control or if the tick species is one of medical concern (e.g. blacklegged tick), we will ask you to submit the tick by mail so we can confirm its species identity

Leafy Spurge Beetle Collection

When: July 4 to 8, 2022 (5 days), 10 AM—3PM
*Dates are subject to change based on beetle emergence and weather. Contact your PHO prior to travelling to ensure the event dates have not changed.
Where: Besant Campground (west of Caronport on Highway #1)
What: Leafy spurge beetles are insects that feed on leafy spurge, acting
as a biological control agent for the noxious weed.
The SARM Plant Health Officers (PHOs) will be present to provide information and assist in packaging leafy spurge beetles for landowners and RMs to take back to their property for release.
Bring: A cooler and ice packs for transporting beetles, sweep nets (extra nets will be available), water, lunch, and long pants (poison ivy
and ticks are found in the area).
Cost: Free
If you are feeling unwell or have tested positive for Covid-19 in the week prior to the collection days, please do not attend. Reach out to your PHO to discuss alternatives.
Where do you plan to release the beetles?
− Beetles will not survive long once collected and packaged and must be released within 24-48 hours for best survival rates, so it is important to have a spot picked out in advance.
− The PHOs keep a record of beetle releases and will have release forms for you to take, fill out, and return after you release your beetles.
Do you have a suitable release site?
− Leafy spurge infestation of more than 12 acres per quarter section of land.
− Leafy spurge present in areas where herbicide application is not possible (e.g. environmentally sensitive areas).
What are the ideal conditions for collecting beetles?
− Hot days (above 22°C) and calm weather.
− Beetles are normally collected during the hottest part of the day, as this is when the beetles are most active and in the top portion of the leafy spurge plant.
How long will it take to collect beetles?
− In ideal weather conditions, collecting 2500-3000 beetles will take an hour of walking and sweeping with nets.
For more information, contact your SARM Division PHO
DIV 1: Tayo Adegeye AAg, PBiol 306-580-8708/[email protected]
DIV 2: Joanne Kwasnicki PAg 306-541-8437/[email protected]
DIV 3: Betty Johnson AAg 306-315-3925/[email protected]
DIV 4: Katey Makohoniuk CCA, TechAg 306-594-7683/[email protected]
DIV 5: Chelsea Neuberger AAg 306-380-4526/[email protected]
DIV 6: Colleen Fennig PAg 306-946-9895/[email protected]
What to Know Before Collecting Leafy Spurge Beetles

Wild Boar Sightings

See a Wild Pig, Report a Wild Pig
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC), Saskatchewan Pork Development Board (SaskPork), Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Saskatchewan Trappers Association have expanded monitoring of the feral pig population in Saskatchewan. This work complements the ongoing monitoring and control efforts conducted by SCIC.
SCIC Reporting: 1-888-935-0000


SaskPork Hotline: 1-833-PIG-SPOT


Agriculture Knowledge Centre: 1-866-457-2377


Learn more about the Feral Wild Boar Control Program and the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.


Although the news about feral pig removals is encouraging, help is still needed if we want to eradicate this pest. Public reporting helps the established teams to catch these pests. Saskatchewan producers and landowners can access support for controlling feral wild boar. SCIC coordinates qualified hunters and trappers with Rural Municipalities and landowners to investigate sightings and take appropriate action to deal with feral wild boar. When an individual sees a wild boar, they should contact their local SCIC office as soon as possible. SCIC investigates every sighting that is reported and will review the information and determine the next step for responding to it. If you have game camera footage, please contact SCIC and they will provide an address to forward a picture and location.


For more information about the Feral Wild Boar Control Program or to report a wild boar sighting, contact your local SCIC office, call the SCIC Reporting phone number or the SaskPork reporting line. More information on the Feral Wild Boar Program or the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program is available at Saskatchewan Crop Insurance.

New Building Code

The new building code has regulations that affect us all

Farm Buildings
• Farm buildings which have a residential occupancy (i.e., sleeping quarters) are subject to the construction standards found in the CCA, including application of the National Building Code of Canada.
o To clarify, there is no exemption from construction standards for buildings constructed on agricultural land if the building has sleeping quarters.
• This requirement only applies to new construction: existing buildings where no new construction work is being done are not required to be upgraded simply because construction standards now apply. After January 1, 2022, any new farm building with a residential occupancy or any renovation, alteration or addition to an existing building with a residential occupancy is required to comply with the construction standards but only as it applies to new work.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
• All buildings with a residential occupancy (i.e., sleeping quarters) are required to have carbon monoxide and smoke alarms installed by July 1, 2022. This includes older buildings which were initially constructed prior to these devices being required in the relevant building code and farm buildings with sleeping quarters.
o To clarify, all buildings in Saskatchewan where people are expected to sleep will need to have carbon monoxide and smoke alarms installed. The size of the building, age of the building or if the building is seasonably occupied (e.g., cottages) do not exempt the building’s owner from needing to comply.
• Local authorities are responsible for enforcing this requirement but are recommended to use passive enforcement. If a building official or fire inspector is in the building for any other purpose and notices the required devices are missing, they could write an order requiring the owner to comply.
o There is no expectation that local authorities will go door-to-door to ensure buildings are complying.

Nomination for Councillor for Division #5



Public notice is hereby given that nominations of candidates for the offices of:

                   – Councillor for Division No. 5

 will be received by the undersigned at the municipal office during normal office hours until the 13th day of October, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. local time.  And on Nomination Day Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the municipal office located at 113 Landsdowne Street in Cupar, SK

Dated this 22nd day of September, 2021


Nicole Czemeres

Returning Officer



Sept 1, 2021 Press Release


Over the last several months, the Rural Municipality of Cupar #218 has received numerous complaints about dogs not properly cared for on a property within the Municipality. Upon receiving the complaints, the Municipality contacted the RCMP and the Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan. The Municipality has offered support to both of those agencies as they conduct their investigation.

Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE – RM of Cupar No. 218

Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the RM of Cupar No. 218 intends to adopt a bylaw under The Planning and Development Act, 2007 to amend Bylaw No. 2/04, known as the Zoning Bylaw.


To rezone from A- Agricultural to R -Residential District a portion of the SE ¼ 8-23-18 W2M delineated by the black dashed line and identified as parcel D on the map below.


The affected land is legally described as part of the SE ¼ 8-23-18 W2M delineated by the black dashed line and as identfied as parcel D on the map below.

PURPOSE: This proposed rezoning is to accommodate one subdivision and rezone the affected land from AR- Agricultural District to R- Residential District.

PUBLIC INSPECTION Any person may inspect the bylaws at the RM of Cupar No. 218 office located in Cupar during regular office hours. Copies of the bylaw will be made available.

PUBLIC HEARING Council will hold a public hearing for Zoning Bylaw amendment on July 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Cupar Town Hall in Cupar.  The purpose of the public hearing is to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed bylaws.  Council will also consider written comments received at the hearing (or delivered to the undersigned at the municipal office before the hearing).

Issued at the RM of Cupar No. 218 on May 31, 2021




Administrator – RM of Cupar No. 218