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.
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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

Rain across Saskatchewan helped to alleviate the dryness concerns, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's crop report for the week ended June 11. However the southeast corner of the province has experienced localized flooding. | Michael Raine photo

Rains ease dryness concerns in Saskatchewan

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Rain across Saskatchewan helped to alleviate the dryness concerns, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s crop report for the week ended June 11. However the southeast corner of the province has experienced localized flooding. Northwestern Saskatchewan received the most rain, with the St. Walburg area recording 154 mm and the […] Read more


A large percentage of North Dakota remains in a drought. | File photo

Drought persists in North Dakota

Last year, from the second week of June until early July, spring wheat prices in Minneapolis went literally off the charts. Futures prices went from US $5.50 per bushel to nearly $8.00 per bu., in a span of about three weeks, because of a drought in North Dakota and Montana. Twelve months later, a large […] Read more

Honey producers put colonies away in good shape, but found them wanting this spring.  |  File photo

Cold spring hammers bees

Last fall Simon Lalonde had around 3,200 bee hives and things were looking good when the colonies were put away for the winter. By late April about 1,300 of those hives were dead or had too few bees to survive as a colony. “We had about a 41 percent (winter) loss…. That’s about double our […] Read more

The majority of Saskatchewan received much needed rain during the week ended June 4, which helped alleviate concerns over dry field conditions, according to the latest crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. | Paul Yanko photo

Saskatchewan sees rain as seeding nears completion: report

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – The majority of Saskatchewan received much needed rain during the week ended June 4, which helped alleviate concerns over dry field conditions, according to the latest crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Precipitation levels varied across the province, with some southwestern areas receiving very little, while many fields in […] Read more


Gary Hennings moves the auger back into place as he seeds hard red spring wheat south of Unity, Sask., May 25.  |  William DeKay photo

Timely rain gives good start to growing season

Many farmers were smiling last week after bouts of rain blanketed parts of the Prairies, allowing for what climate specialists say is a good start to the growing season. Farmers received 1 to 25 mm of rain in Alberta, as high as 125 mm in Saskatchewan and between 10 and 50 mm in Manitoba, according […] Read more

American forecast models, Weather Network models and Environment Canada computer models all point to a warmer than normal summer for most of Canada.
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Sizzling summer on the Prairies

After 51 years at Environment Canada, David Phillips has made hundreds of seasonal forecasts. In some cases the predictions were a best guess, other forecasts were more certain. This year, he’s feeling confident it will be a warmer than usual summer in Canada and most forecasters are “singing from the same songsheet.” American forecast models, […] Read more