Drought 2021

Lentils, Warner County, Alberta | photo by Adam Vossepoel (@voss_ag)

These are trying times for many Prairie producers, with withered crops and parched pastures across wide swaths of the growing region.

To help keep you informed about the issue this page will be continually updated with the latest drought-related news and solutions you can use, produced by The Western Producer’s team of professional reporters and editors from across the region.

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Sovecon cuts forecast for Russia’s 2021 wheat crop

Exports to bear brunt of short crop

Drought shrinks Canada’s wheat crop to 14-year low, shrivels canola harvest

Hay theft reflects level of farmer desperation

B.C., Ont. cattle producers struggle with dryness

Drought takes bite out of Man. soybean yields

Tour highlights importance of irrigation to southern Alta.

Drought increases Sask. deficit estimate

Livestock Day tackles tight feed supplies

Canola crop estimate plummets

Farming already stressful before drought

Harvest estimates paint a gloomy picture

Make the most of all your acres

Kazakhstan sees 2021 grain crop down 24% due to drought

Hay West boosted spirits, fed a few cows

Funds coming for cattle producers

Sask. crop report: Half of winter wheat, fall rye crops harvested

USDA slashes Canadian canola yield

Megadrought or mega-hype?

U.S. slashes outlook for corn, soybean harvests

Putting this year’s drought into a prairie perspective

Flood of government drought announcements muddies water

Producers call drought aid small first steps

Feds announce $100 million for drought assistance

Lentil demand “tsunami” approaches

More flexibility urged for next ag policy round

How to manage this cruel summer

Assessing the yield impact of severe drought is grim exercise

Finding feed main focus for cattle producers

Cattle producers need money to secure feed

Drought-stricken crops expected to grade lower

Has heat harmed beneficial soil bacterium?

Canola yields expected to be much worse than first thought

Cows will pull you through only if they’re still there

Irrigated hay sold overseas as feed shortage worsens

Canola as green feed requires caution

How to get ready for that tough contract conversation

Alta. municipalities declare states of emergency

Bibeau’s visit highlights widespread scope of drought

Rising grain prices make this drought different

Supply shortage complicates market

Drought aid includes tax deferral, AgriRecovery

Oat supplies to tighten as Man. crop suffers

Grasshoppers pose threat

Sask. soil moisture levels come up short

Precipitation statistics reveal year of struggles

Drought may significantly slash western herd

The Canadian cattle herd is likely to shrink significantly as a lack of feed and water forces producers to sell off breeding stock.

During a town hall meeting organized by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and provincial associations July 19, leaders said cows are already moving to market as producers evaluate how many they can maintain on depleted pastures and with poor hay yields across the Prairies and northwestern Ontario. In British Columbia, fires have hit the main hay producing areas.

Ottawa to trigger AgriRecovery to provide drought help

Federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will initiate AgriRecovery now that formal requests have come in from provinces affected by heat and drought.

All three prairie provinces have asked for assessments, and British Columbia and Ontario are expected to do the same.

Greenfeed and silage needed in Manitoba

Crop markets wake up to evolving drought disaster

Drought creates unhappy learning experience for markets

No time for foot-dragging as drought gets serious

There’s nothing much worse than drought when it comes to agricultural afflictions.

Floods, insects, disease and low market prices aren’t fun either but when the rain stops falling and the mercury soars, nothing grows.

And when nothing grows, there’s not much that can be done.

Farmers need to make the drought matter – to urbanites

With his voice cracking with emotion, Tyler Fulton described a farm family forced to sell-off their cow herd, a herd produced by years of family effort.

For thousands of farmers, this summer’s drought is destroying not only their family’s hopes and dreams, but also their ability to survive on the farm. Without a cow herd they have no way to make money an provide from themselves.

Farmers need to make the drought matter – to urbanites

Feds reveal drought aid plans

Alta., Sask. cattle producers ask gov’ts for drought help

Sask. groups call for drought aid

Prairies no stranger to damaging droughts

Man. gov’t, farmers form working group on drought

Agriculture Canada takes stab at predicting drought

Spring wheat futures rally on heat and drought concerns

Drought threatens North Dakota’s wheat crop

Drought worsens water woes

Careful management helps in drought

Drought conditions increase risk of anthrax

Climatolgists ring drought alarm

‘Extreme drought’ expands in Prairies

Volatile market expected as drought looms

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