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Flooding model ready to go

Insurance companies don’t like floods. Mostly because a major flood can put an insurance company out of business. That’s likely why The Co-operators, one of the largest insurance and financial services organizations in Canada, is supporting a project that could reduce the risk of floods on the Prairies. The Co-operators have contributed to the Aquanty […] Read more

Rains ease dryness concerns in Saskatchewan

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Rain across Saskatchewan helped to alleviate the dryness concerns, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s crop report for the week ended June 11. However the southeast corner of the province has experienced localized flooding. Northwestern Saskatchewan received the most rain, with the St. Walburg area recording 154 mm and the […] Read more

Drought persists in North Dakota

Last year, from the second week of June until early July, spring wheat prices in Minneapolis went literally off the charts. Futures prices went from US $5.50 per bushel to nearly $8.00 per bu., in a span of about three weeks, because of a drought in North Dakota and Montana. Twelve months later, a large […] Read more


Cold spring hammers bees

Last fall Simon Lalonde had around 3,200 bee hives and things were looking good when the colonies were put away for the winter. By late April about 1,300 of those hives were dead or had too few bees to survive as a colony. “We had about a 41 percent (winter) loss…. That’s about double our […] Read more

Saskatchewan sees rain as seeding nears completion: report

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – The majority of Saskatchewan received much needed rain during the week ended June 4, which helped alleviate concerns over dry field conditions, according to the latest crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Precipitation levels varied across the province, with some southwestern areas receiving very little, while many fields in […] Read more


Timely rain gives good start to growing season

Many farmers were smiling last week after bouts of rain blanketed parts of the Prairies, allowing for what climate specialists say is a good start to the growing season. Farmers received 1 to 25 mm of rain in Alberta, as high as 125 mm in Saskatchewan and between 10 and 50 mm in Manitoba, according […] Read more

Sizzling summer on the Prairies

After 51 years at Environment Canada, David Phillips has made hundreds of seasonal forecasts. In some cases the predictions were a best guess, other forecasts were more certain. This year, he’s feeling confident it will be a warmer than usual summer in Canada and most forecasters are “singing from the same songsheet.” American forecast models, […] Read more

Climate change poses low risks to irrigation

A study out of the University of Alberta looked to see if the province could meet its expansion goals

Despite climate change pressures, Alberta’s irrigation sector should be able to grow with few risks, suggests new research, as long as water supply doesn’t change too much and if new technologies are adopted. The research, conducted by the University of Alberta and funded by the Alberta Land Institute, looked to see if the province could […] Read more


Prospect of dry year prompts future feed planning

With little feed left over and stressed pastures, beef specialists are requesting producers plan differently this spring to avoid shortages next winter. Long-range forecasts point to a warmer and drier growing season this year, so growing and gaining access to lots of feed could be challenging. As well, many pastures are currently stressed due to […] Read more

Prairie farmers face hot, dry summer

The Weather Network is forecasting a hot and dry summer for the Canadian Prairies with the exception of early June when it will be the opposite. Meteorologist Doug Gillham said for the most part the weather will be comparable to last summer and will follow the pattern established this spring. Widespread drought that is already […] Read more