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Five per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while nine per cent is swathed or ready to be straight-cut, according to the weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture released Aug. 16. | Robin Booker photo

Hot weather pushes Sask harvest ahead of five-year average

Harvest progress in Saskatchewan is ahead of schedule this year due to the recent hot, dry weather, according to the weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, released Aug. 16. Five per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while nine per cent is swathed or ready to be straight-cut, according to […] Read more

Most of Saskatchewan's chickpeas are located in the southern portion of the province, where dryness has been an issue for much of the summer. | File photo

Heat blast threatens yields on drought-stressed chickpeas

WINNIPEG – Temperatures as high as 38 C were recorded in the Western Prairies over the weekend, and with that heat comes questions about crop impact. As far as pulses go, lentils and peas are far enough along that the recent heat-wave is unlikely to affect them from a yield perspective, according to Carl Potts […] Read more

Farmers are advised to take advantage of their ground’s-eye view of prairie crops and inventories when marketing.  |  Michael Raine photo

Farmers told to make most of weather markets

Market analyst says producers currently have a better idea about how their crops are faring than the trade

With seeding complete and weather now the dominant market force, farmers can take advantage of their unique position, if they know how. Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing said farmers have a front-row seat to what is happening in their fields, and that gives them the upper hand in marketing this time of year. “Farmers, when […] Read more


Scattered showers alleviated dryness concerns across much of Saskatchewan during the week ended July 2, but more moisture will be needed as crops develop, according to the latest crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture, released July 5. | Michael Raine photo

Scattered showers welcomed in Saskatchewan, but more needed

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Scattered showers alleviated dryness concerns across much of Saskatchewan during the week ended July 2, but more moisture will be needed as crops develop, according to the latest crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture, released July 5. The majority of crops in the province were in good condition and at their normal […] Read more

Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing said farmers have a front-row seat to what is happening in their fields and that gives them the upper hand in marketing this time of year. | File photo

How farmers can use weather markets to their advantage

With seeding complete and weather now the dominant market force, farmers can take advantage of their unique position, if they know how. Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing said farmers have a front-row seat to what is happening in their fields and that gives them the upper hand in marketing this time of year. “Farmers, when […] Read more



Size matters, if you’re a raindrop

Weather services require more accurate data on raindrop size so that they can tell farmers exactly how much rain fell

It’s perplexing that the fiercest of thunderstorms with pounding rain sometimes leave very little water on the ground. It’s a question that’s puzzled researchers since the birth of climatology, and farmers for thousands of years before that. It’s a question Neil Fox wanted answered. To get those answers, the University of Missouri scientist turned to […] Read more

The majority of Saskatchewan crops are in good condition after many areas of the province received rains, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's crop report for the week ended June 25. | File photo

Rain gives southwest Sask. slight reprieve

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – The majority of Saskatchewan crops are in good condition after many areas of the province received rains, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s crop report for the week ended June 25. Seventy-six per cent of the oilseed crops and fall and spring cereals are at their normal stage of development […] Read more


Satellite maps of vegetative growth on the Prairies indicate the crop is off to a poor start, but analysts say it has come roaring back in many areas.
 | Robin Booker photo

Crop rallies after slow start

Satellite maps of vegetative growth on the Prairies indicate the crop is off to a poor start, but analysts say it has come roaring back in many areas. The latest map produced by Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program for the June 10-16 period contains a lot of brown, meaning crops are behind normal development. […] Read more

The Co-operators have contributed to the Aquanty Project, a hydrologic model for the Assiniboine River basin, with the broader goal of mitigating flood and drought risk within the watershed. | Screencap via mfga.net/aquanty/

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