Thomas Whittaker, the head of weather with Aura Commodities in the United Kingdom, says eighty percent of North Dakota was experiencing moderate to severe drought as of the end of May. | File photo

Drought threatens North Dakota wheat

Thomas Whittaker is worried about spring wheat development in two key production regions of the world. The head of weather with Aura Commodities in the United Kingdom is particularly concerned about the northern Plains region of the United States where recent crop ratings were the worst they have been since 1988. Eighty percent of North […] Read more

Poor pasture growth is a major problem this spring in Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan, but lack of water supply is the number one concern. | Jeannette Greaves photo

Water shortage worsens for Manitoba cattle producers

Recently, Tyler Fulton and his parents looked at the historical records for their family farm near Birtle, Man. The records showed that the spring of 2021 is exceptional, but not exceptional in a good way. “We’ve got surface water conditions that are the lowest that I (can) recall,” said Fulton, president of Manitoba Beef Producers. […] Read more

Data from NASA shows that millions of acres of farmland, in northern North Dakota and across the border into Manitoba and Saskatchewan, have extremely low soil moisture this spring. | map via NASA.gov

Climatolgists ring drought alarm

Farmers should not underestimate the drought of 2021, says a North Dakota climatologist. Data from NASA shows that millions of acres of farmland, in northern North Dakota and across the border into Manitoba and Saskatchewan, have extremely low soil moisture this spring. As of the middle of May, NASA rates the soil moisture in the […] Read more


According to the nationwide map released May 7, southwestern Manitoba, parts of southern Saskatchewan and the southeastern corner of Alberta are under CDM's classification of extreme drought (D3) as of April 30. | Map via agr.gc.ca

‘Extreme drought’ expands in Prairies

WINNIPEG — Agriculture Canada’s Canadian Drought Monitor’s (CDM) new map shows the ongoing drought on the Prairies is getting worse. According to the nationwide map released May 7, southwestern Manitoba, parts of southern Saskatchewan and the southeastern corner of Alberta are under CDM’s classification of extreme drought (D3) as of April 30. The communities in […] Read more

Residents of Binga, Zimbabwe, build a dam to collect water as southern Africa suffers through three years of drought.  |  Canadian Foodgrains Bank/ Shaylyn McMahon photo

African drought prompts call for help

International aid requested as nearly eight million people in Zimbabwe, or half its population, are declared food insecure

The combination of a cyclone and three years of drought in large parts of southern Africa has created a humanitarian crisis in that part of the world. The World Food Programme is calling on countries to step up assistance to Zimbabwe where nearly eight million people, or half of the country’s population, are food insecure. […] Read more


As Australian farmers were harvesting crops, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) pegged production of the country's largest rural export at 15.85 million tonnes, down nearly 18 percent from its previous estimate in September of 19.2 million tonnes. | Reuters photo

Australia cuts 2019/20 wheat production forecast by nearly 20% due to drought

SYDNEY, (Reuters) – Australia on Tuesday cut its wheat production forecast by nearly 20 percent for the year through June 2020, as an unrelenting drought across the country’s east coast will likely see output fall to an 11-year low. As Australian farmers were harvesting crops, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences […] Read more

Jason Wright struggles with his emotions in front of his son. The farmer is among many Australian producers facing devastation as a year-long drought continues.  |  Amber Wright photo

Deadly drought hammers farmers in Australia

An old proverb says a picture is worth a thousand words. That apparently holds true for an image of Australian cattle farmer Jason Wright as he battles a headful of emotions in front of his young son while feeding their 1,000 strong beef herd in the midst of a years-long drought. He is suffering from […] Read more

Clayton Harder estimated that 15 millimetres of rain have fallen on his farm since seeding. That's basically nothing for the region around Winnipeg, which normally receives 150 mm of rain in May and June. | File photo

Continued dryness threatens Manitoba crops

Clayton Harder has plenty of experience with fungicides. That’s because he farms near Winnipeg, one of the wettest regions in Western Canada. But this year he isn’t spraying fungicides on his canola, soybeans, wheat and other crops because conditions are severely dry on his farm north of Winnipeg. “I spoke to a couple of other […] Read more


Lack of rainfall this spring has parched the pastures and hay crops that cattle producers rely upon.  | File photo

Drought forces producers to sell cattle

Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan asks government for a drought-related AgriRecovery assessment

Puddles. The sight of them in fields near Camrose, Alta., pleased Alberta rancher Brad Osadczuk as he drove home from last week’s Alberta Beef Producers meeting in Edmonton. He hasn’t seen a puddle since last year on his ranch near Jenner, Alta., the western side of a widespread drought affecting southeastern Alberta, most of Saskatchewan […] Read more

APAS is asking the federal and provincial governments to initiate a drought-related Agri-Recovery assessment. | Map via agr.gc.ca

APAS proposes drought relief measures

Farm group wants action on Agri-Recovery and help with water supplies

Saskatchewan’s general farm organization is calling for immediate government action to help the province’s farmers and ranchers cope with drought. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has proposed several steps to help the province’s crop and livestock cope with current drought conditions that are affecting much of the province. According to a June 12 news […] Read more