Agricultural production in Western Canada is already being impacted by changing global weather patterns accordng to John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan. | File photo

Canadian water laws due for revision, says expert

One of Canada’s leading experts on fresh water management says political leaders need to review laws and regulations that govern water use in the country. John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, says federal and provincial water laws need to be updated to ensure that Canada is prepared for pressing […] Read more

Yellow peas are harvested near Insinger, Sask., Aug. 11. In general, a below-average but top quality crop is expected across the Prairies this year.  |  Robin Booker photo

Below average crop on the horizon for Prairies

Yields are average to below average in all three provinces, but the quality of the crop has also been strong

Farmers in Western Canada are harvesting what will be a below average but top quality crop, say provincial crop specialists. “Yields certainly are not what we would have hoped they would be,” said Shannon Friesen, crops extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. Yields for the winter cereals and pulses that have come off in the southern […] Read more

Every day without rain brings more worry to Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle producers. 
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Feed and water shortage hammers ranchers

Every day without rain brings more worry to Alberta and Saskatchewan cattle producers. Pastures across wide areas in both provinces are parched, hay yields are generally below average and, in some places, livestock water sources have dried up. Potential feed shortages this winter are on many producers’ minds, which might result in sale of breeding […] Read more


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