Australian state has ‘desperately dry’ weather

An emerging drought in Western Australia could reduce wheat and canola production in that state. The western portion of the state has experienced “serious and severe rainfall deficiencies” during the fall months of March to May, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Large portions of the state have received rain that is in the […] Read more

Parched soils threaten Canadian canola, spring wheat

WINNIPEG (Reuters) — Canada’s western farm belt, dogged by excessive rain in some areas this spring, is now facing parched conditions in others, threatening wheat and canola crops, crop analysts say. A large area of southern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba has received less than 40 percent of normal precipitation during the 30-day period leading up […] Read more

Dryness delays crop

Satellite maps show that vegetative growth is behind normal at this time of year for much of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and pockets of Alberta, but it is too soon to worry, say the experts. Maps from Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program are for the period June 5-11, and while the knee-jerk reaction is to conclude […] Read more

Warm dry week may stress spring wheat

CHICAGO, June 2 (Reuters) – Warm and dry weather is expected to persist in the northern U.S. Plains spring wheat belt and the Canadian Prairies through next week, potentially stressing developing wheat, and other crops, agricultural meteorologists said. “It’s dry for the next 10 days, for the most part,” David Streit, a meteorologist with the […] Read more

Map shows Alberta got most of recent rain

A storm May 24 brought rain and strong winds to the western Prairies. This map from Agriculture Canada shows the accumulation from May 18 to May 24 (hi-res PDF). The majority of the rain fell May 24. The largest accumulations of more than 30 millimetres fell in areas around Red Deer, Drayton Valley and Edmonton, […] Read more

Soggy forecast worries Canadian farmers in race to sow crops

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 23 (Reuters) – Heavy rain forecast for the soggiest parts of the Canadian Prairies this week is likely to further delay plantings in the world’s biggest canola exporting country, meteorologists say. The rain, forecast to hit Alberta and Saskatchewan on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, would be the latest blow to farmers who […] Read more

Drought a possibility: forecaster

Weather forecasters are at odds about what kind of summer to expect. AccuWeather is warning farmers in central and northern Alberta that they should prepare for drought. “We think it’s going to be a very warm summer,” said Canadian weather expert Brett Anderson. It is also going to be a dry summer. June will have […] Read more

B.C. hit by flooding

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Farmers hit by floods in central British Columbia may be eligible to receive disaster financial assistance. The funds are available to eligible farmers and others affected by ongoing floods that began May 4. Meanwhile, two men remained missing May 8, one whose home was swept away in a mudslide in Tappen, near […] Read more

Seeding is late (but don’t panic)

Seeding is off to a slow start in some areas of the Prairies because of wet and cold weather and unharvested 2016 crop, but it is too early to push the panic button, say industry officials. Kevin Bender, vice-chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission who farms near Red Deer, is in uncharted territory with 1,200 […] Read more

Drought predicted for Alberta this summer

Farmers in central and northern Alberta should brace for drought this summer, according to AccuWeather. “We think it’s going to be a very warm summer,” said Canadian weather expert Brett Anderson. It is also going to be a dry summer. June will have near normal precipitation but July and August will turn dry as a […] Read more