‘This is what they mean by dry land farming’

Never, it seems, have a few tenths of rain made so many people so happy. Aug. 1 brought as much as seven-tenths, about 18 millimetres, to parts of southwestern and south- central Saskatchewan, sending people to social media with photographs and comments of relief. The first decent rain in more than a month still won’t […] Read more

Manitoba soybeans welcome recent rain

Rains this week that brought 10 to 25 millimetres of precipitation to most of southern Manitoba should aid soybeans. Overall the crop is looking decent, but more rain is needed to maximize yields. “You want those August rains during the pod filling stage. Right now, we definitely need some more (rains),” said Cassandra Tkachuk, Manitoba […] Read more

The big dry

Relentless heat continued to take a toll on crops in western and southern Saskatchewan this week, turning what might have been an above average harvest into one that will be average at best in some areas and below average in others. In southwestern Saskatchewan, daytime temperatures peaked at more than 38 C July 30, capping […] Read more

Alberta conditions fall but provincial yield outlook average

Saskatoon newsroom Alberta crop condition ratings declined a further four points this week to 60 percent good-excellent, compared to the five-year average of 74 percent, the Alberta Agriculture crop report said July 28. Hot, dry weather continues to cover the south region and is now affecting significant portions of the east half of the central […] Read more

Drought slams Sask crop – report

Saskatchewan crops deteriorated again and fields are ripening quickly in dry conditions, according to the weekly Department of Agriculture crop report for July 24. The report issues crop conditions every two weeks and this report showed deterioration, particularly in durum and lentils, given their concentration in the south where the drought is most severe. The […] Read more

Heat and drought rewriting 2017 wheat story

(Editor’s note: the print version of the story has incorrect information about the amount of rain in Saskatchewan. The story has been corrected here.) My car thermometer hit 38 C July 16 as I drove an area around Moose Jaw, Sask., although Environment Canada said the official high was 34.9 C. Whatever it was, it […] Read more

New hail modelling system draws mixed reviews from insurers

A new hail risk modelling system is available for Canadian crop insurers, but providers are divided over its value. AIR Worldwide recently developed the industry’s first probabilistic computer model designed to better assess hail risk in Canada. Ken Doleman, chief executive officer at Palliser Insurance, said the additional data from the AIR model will provide […] Read more

B.C. forest fires threaten cattle

A provincial state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia, where more than 200 forest fires are raging. About 10,000 people have been evacuated and emergency plans are underway to protect livestock. “There are a lot of cattle and a lot of range that we know is being affected. We know that we have […] Read more

Sask. crops progressing, but dryness an issue

Dry conditions are becoming more widespread in Saskatchewan, especially in the southern part of the province where there has been little rain. According the Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report for the week ended July 3, topsoil moisture province-wide on cropland is rated as five percent surplus, 49 percent adequate, 37 percent short and nine percent very […] Read more

Canola suffers in northern U.S. drought

It’s been incredibly dry in southwestern North Dakota this year. The area is so parched that locals can cite the last time it rained. “Right in our region, around Hettinger … we had our last significant rain in April,” said John Rickertsen, a North Dakota State University extension agronomist in Hettinger, 20 kilometres from the […] Read more