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Cold weather points to seeding delays

If you’re wondering how the spring of 2018 stacks up with other years in terms of temperature, then you might be interested in the following information from the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon. According to SRC climate researcher Virginia Wittrock, the month of March was cold. March had 20 days with average daily temperatures below […] Read more


Late winter could lead to more Prairie oat acres

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – With winter still hanging on across Western Canada, one buyer thinks it could lead to an uptick in oat acres. “Later seeding generally increases oat acres. We’d rather see them seeded earlier but farmers have had a tendency when things get late (to) throw some more acres into oats,” said Scott […] Read more




Spring runoff still expected to be low in southern Sask.

March snowfall has increased the runoff potential in Saskatchewan, but the southern grain belt can still expect very little from the spring melt. That could lead to agricultural water supply issues. The Water Security Agency released its most recent outlook April 4, noting that winter snow accumulation was near average across the province except for […] Read more


Barley may thrive under climate change

Climate change could result in warmer and wetter conditions in northern Alberta and warmer and drier in the south

A warming climate could be good news for Alberta’s barley industry. University of Alberta researchers have embarked on a ongoing project to study adaptive measures and opportunities for water use for agriculture, petroleum and other sectors in the province. Watershed scientist Monireh Faramarzi and others have combined hydrology and climate models to assess water supplies […] Read more



Oh, snow

Thanks to a late winter snowstorm, the equivalent of 25 to 40 mm of precipitation fell on eastern Saskatchewan in early March. The moisture was a welcome relief for farmers in the region, who had rock hard soil last fall and were worried about seeding into parched fields this spring. Unfortunately, the 25 to 50 […] Read more


New forecast promises normal precipitation

Temperatures are expected to be slightly below seasonal, but not extremely cold, for the next three months

A forecast for more precipitation could have southern prairie producers breathing easier this spring. “In terms of precipitation, we are expecting a more active pattern across the extreme south,” Nadine Powell from The Weather Network said Feb. 26. “But we’re not going to see anything too excessive.” This would be welcome relief for some producers […] Read more


Runoff risk rises in Sask. after recent snowfalls

Last week’s snowfall has raised the prospects for near normal runoff in parts of Saskatchewan The Water Security Agency in its updated spring runoff outlook March 13 said between 20 and 45 centimetres of snow March 3-5 changed initial projections for a below normal runoff. “Assuming near normal conditions going forward to the melt, a […] Read more



Snowstorm leads to cancelled auction sales across Manitoba

WINNIPEG(CNS) – The late winter snowstorm which hit Western Canada the first weekend in March caused auction marts across Manitoba to cancel sales. “I don’t think anybody sold anything until (Thursday). We had no cattle at all, either sale. And Brandon had no cattle, Killarney had no cattle,” said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services […] Read more


Late season snowstorm brings much needed moisture to Prairies

WINNIPEG, March 8 (CNS) – After a winter spent waiting for snow, farmers across the southern Prairies were happy when the forecast was right and Western Canada received a late winter snowstorm. “We’ve heard moisture’s coming before and it doesn’t show up or it goes around us. So when it started snowing and it started […] Read more