Dry prairie summer expected

RED DEER — It could by a hot, dry summer for the Canadian Prairies if long-range forecasts prevail. The current La Nina is dying and an El Nino is forming, said climatologist Art Douglas, professor emeritus at Creighton University in Nebraska. “Going forward in the spring and summer I would look at El Nino coming […] Read more


Prairie spring road restrictions starting soon

Winnipeg(CNS Canada) – Much of Western Canada may still be blanked by snow following recent storm activity, but spring is just around the corner and seasonal weight restrictions will soon be coming into place to disrupt grain movement. The annual spring road restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an […] Read more


Cold with a chance of damp later: forecasters

An end to very dry or very wet conditions won’t necessarily put Canadian farmers into the pink this spring, unless they get it from wind-chill. Prairie producers can look for relatively normal precipitation this spring and early summer, while the situation will remain damp in Eastern Canada, with slow drying. Long-time agricultural weather forecasters Jim […] Read more



New spring seasonal forecast cool, slow

An end to very dry or very wet conditions won’t necessarily put Canadian farmers into the pink this spring, unless they get it from wind-chill. Prairie producers can look for relatively normal precipitation this spring and early summer, while the situation will remain damp in Eastern Canada, with slow drying. Long-time agricultural weather forecasters Jim […] Read more


Flood risk low in Manitoba

Late winter in Manitoba is normally the time when government officials worry about spring flooding and hold meetings on how many sandbags to order. Not this year. The risk of flooding is low in most of the river basins across southern Manitoba, including the Red River, Assiniboine and Souris Rivers. “The combination of drier soil […] Read more



Weather radar services returning to Sask.

Environment Canada says farmers should benefit from radar upgrades, which include repairs at Bethune and a facelift at Radisson

Saskatchewan’s two weather radars will soon be operational again after being decommissioned for repairs and improvements. The Bethune radar experienced a major radome failure after a windstorm swept through the area in October. The radome is the large white spherical housing protecting the radar equipment inside. It was dented from flying debris, and damage to […] Read more


Plentiful mountain snowpack bodes well for Alta. irrigators

Snow accumulation along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains appears to bode well for runoff and the coming irrigation season, Alberta Environment reports. The mountain runoff forecast as of Feb. 7, posted by the department, indicates above average levels in the Oldman River Basin near Lethbridge and Brocket, as well as in the Bow […] Read more


Critical time for U.S. wheat as drought threatens

Farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas are hoping for relief this week from persistent drought conditions that threaten yields in many of the United States’ most productive winter wheat growing areas. Sources at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say lack of rainfall since late October along with extremely low topsoil moisture conditions are heightening […] Read more



Concerns mount about grain flow

Frigid winter temperatures on the Prairies combined with rain-related loading delays on the West Coast are contributing to growing vessel lineups at Canada’s busiest marine port. As of early February, the number of ships waiting to be loaded with grain at the Port of Vancouver was around 30, according to Canada’s Grain Monitoring Program (GMP). […] Read more


No major issues in weather forecast

EDMONTON — Inadequate spring precipitation could make it difficult to establish crops in parched southern prairie fields this coming crop season, and late frost events in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba may cause further problems, according to weather forecaster Drew Lerner. “The spring season is going to be a challenge for a lot of locations that […] Read more