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Breagan Jamieson stops to check the weather Oct. 6 between trips with the grain cart. Heavy precipitation this fall has drawn out harvest for many farmers in northern Saskatchewan.  Breagan farms with his two brothers and father near North Battleford, Sask.  |  Nathan Jones photo

Tensions rise as prairie crops remain unharvested

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Unfavourable weather conditions over the past month have left millions of acres unharvested on the Prairies at a time when most should be combined. The bulk of what’s left in the field is primarily located in northern and central Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and in northwestern and southwestern Manitoba, according to last week’s crop reports. The […] Read more

Butter Town was flooded due to an ice jam in northern Alberta this spring.  |  Mackenzie County Photo

Alberta still recovering from natural disasters

People across rural Alberta continue to rebuild their lives after facing a slew of disastrous events over the past year, including major floods up north and wildfires down south. To help with rebuilding, the provincial government recently announced it is offering about $39 million to 33 communities affected by disasters in 2017-18. They include flooding […] Read more

The European Union’s total cereal production for 2018 is expected to be 284.3 million tonnes, which is a five-percent decline from 2017-18 and eight percent lower than the last-five-year average.  |  Chris McCullough photo

Drought takes toll on European cereal production

Soaring hot temperatures and extreme lack of rain this summer throughout Europe has caused an estimated eight percent drop in total European Union cereal production. In its latest short-term outlook report by the European Commission, the EU total cereal production for 2018 is expected to be 284.3 million tonnes, which is a five-percent decline compared […] Read more


Prairie farmers have seen tough harvests before such as the fall of 2016.   |  WP file photo

Spring combining not the end of the world

Farmers say sometimes it’s better to call it quits in the fall and get back in the field in the spring

Millions of acres of crop remain unharvested across the Prairies, and while there is still time for good harvest conditions, it’s a safe bet winter harvest is going to be occurring again this year. “Unfortunately, the last three falls we’ve had snow we’ve had to deal with one way or another. Two years ago was […] Read more

The long, wet harvest of 2018 has probably spelled the end for most hopes that barley still in fields will meet malting specifications. | File photo

Harvest delays prompts questions about malt barley supplies

The long, wet harvest of 2018 has probably spelled the end for most hopes that barley still in fields will meet malting specifications. “I really suspect that anything left in the field now, any barley now, will not be malting quality,” said Jeff Nielsen, a farmer near Olds, Alta., and a director of the Alberta […] Read more


Little harvest progress was made in Manitoba for the week ended Oct. 9 as snow stalled combining in parts of the province, according to the weekly crop report. | Twitter/@ArborgHeritageV photo

Manitoba harvest stopped after snow falls

Winnipeg – Little harvest progress was made in Manitoba for the week ended Oct. 9 as snow stalled combining in parts of the province, according to the weekly crop report. Harvest progress was 80 percent complete as of Oct. 9, which is up from the previous week where it was at 78 percent done. The […] Read more

Cold and wet conditions, including heavy snow, halted harvest operations across much of Alberta during the week ended Oct. 2, with only 40 percent of crops now off the field, according to the latest report from Alberta Agriculture. | Twitter/@N_BURNETT photo

Alberta harvest well behind normal: report

Winnipeg – Cold and wet conditions, including heavy snow, halted harvest operations across much of Alberta during the week ended Oct. 2, with only 40 percent of crops now off the field, according to the latest report from Alberta Agriculture. While progress was up slightly from the previous week, it was running well behind the […] Read more

Cool and wet weather limited harvest progress in Saskatchewan during the week ended Oct. 1, with the overall harvest rate only increasing five percentage points, to 73 percent complete, according to the latest provincial report. | File photo

Adverse weather slows Saskatchewan harvest: report

Cool and wet weather limited harvest progress in Saskatchewan during the week ended Oct. 1, with the overall harvest rate only increasing five percentage points, to 73 percent complete, according to the latest provincial report. The harvest was running behind the five-year average of 78 percent complete, and compares with 2017 when 89 percent of […] Read more


The current wet and snowy weather plaguing Western Canada isn't to blame for the canola market being on the upswing lately, according to one trader. | Paul Yanko photo

Soyoil, not weather main influence on canola market

Winnipeg – The current wet and snowy weather plaguing Western Canada isn’t to blame for the canola market being on the upswing lately, according to one trader. “Canola’s been firm but it really hasn’t shown any reaction whatsoever to the weather, it’s going up because bean oil’s going up and it’s lagging the bean oil […] Read more

Cool and wet conditions across Manitoba limited harvest progress once again during the week ended Oct. 1, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. | Robin Booker photo

Cool, wet weather slows Manitoba harvest progress: report

Winnipeg – Cool and wet conditions across Manitoba limited harvest progress once again during the week ended Oct. 1, according to the latest crop report from Manitoba Agriculture. The harvest was 78 per cent complete, up five points from the previous week. Most of the harvesting took place over the weekend when the weather was […] Read more