Northern Prairies beat south for honey production

This year’s drought in parts of Western Canada hurt honey production, but beekeepers in more northerly regions had a good to excellent honey crop. For example, producers in southern Alberta had a poor year but yields were better north of Calgary. “Everybody is pretty happy with their crop … for the majority,” said Mike DeJong, […] Read more

Memorable storm swept in with hurricane-speed gusts

The destruction caused by a major wind storm that ripped across much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba last week is sure to leave lasting memories in the minds of those who endured it. But according to David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, the Oct. 16 windstorm was not particularly unusual in its velocity or […] Read more

Two trains derail in Alberta during windstorm

Wainwright, Alta. — During the wind storm that clobbered much of the Prairies Oct. 17 two trains in Alberta derailed, closing one main line and halting some grain movement. CN crews cleaned up two wrecks after winds in excess of 100 km/h in the area. One 67-car train derailed near Huxley and one 13-car train […] Read more

Bundle up; La Nina expected to bring in prairie deep freeze

The weather outside is going to be frightful this winter, according to forecasters. Temperatures across the Prairies will range from 1C to 4C below normal for the December through February period, says AccuWeather Canadian weather expert Brett Anderson. “Over a three-month period, that’s fairly significant,” he said. Manitoba will be the coldest, followed by Saskatchewan […] Read more

Northern Alberta farmers experiencing ‘harvest from hell’

Farmers in Alberta’s northern region are experiencing a wet, snowy and frustrating harvest this year. It’s been so difficult that farmer Otto Rottier has called it, in some ways, “the harvest from hell.” “There’s a lot of very stressed farmers around here, for sure,” said Rottier, who lives northwest of Westlock, during a phone interview […] Read more

One dead in accident during Sask. storm

Saskatchewan RCMP say one man is dead after a single motor vehicle accident about 10 kilometres south of Burstall during last night’s firefighting efforts. But incident commander Inspector Ted Munro said it is unknown whether the fire or visibility caused the accident on a grid road. Two men fighting another fire near Tompkins were sent […] Read more

Windstorm, grass fires wreak havoc in Saskatchewan, Alberta

Alberta UPDATED – 1625 CST October 18, 2017 – Four Alberta municipalities remain under a state of local emergency resulting from high winds and numerous wildfires, and wind warnings remain in effect in some areas. Crowsnest Pass, the M.D. of Acadia, Wheatland County and Medicine Hat remain on high alert. In the Crowsnest Pass, a […] Read more

Dry conditions in Sask. set grass, fence lines, combine ablaze

Feeding will begin much earlier at Six Mile Ranch this fall after fire swept through stockpiled winter grazing acreage last week. “We have lost about 11 miles of fence and about 2,800 acres of grass ourselves,” said Clayton Gibson of the Red Angus operation at Fir Mountain, Sask. “Neighbours have lost probably another 800 acres […] Read more