The U.S. has some 200 ethanol plants capable of producing 1.06 million barrels per day, and about 100,000 to 140,000 bpd of capacity has been taken off line due to the floods, according to three traders who track operations. | Reuters photo

Floods shut nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

MEAD, Neb./NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) – Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 percent of the nation’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like Archer Daniels […] Read more

Hundreds of thousands of cattle are dead after floods left parts of eastern Australian under water, swallowing up livestock and farm buildings. | Twitter/@QldAgriculture photo

Cattle death toll soars in Australian flooding

Hundreds of thousands of cattle are dead after floods left parts of eastern Australian under water, swallowing up livestock and farm buildings. Overhead photos taken from helicopters flying over Queensland show the intensity of the disaster as large numbers of cattle lie dead in groups. One farm alone says it has lost thousands of cattle […] 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


Lethbridge County declared a local state of emergency today due to overland flooding as snow accumulations begin to rapidly melt. The Municipal District of Taber made a similar declaration over the weekend for the same reason. | Twitter/Mark Valgardson photo

Southern Alberta areas under state of emergency

Lethbridge County declared a local state of emergency today due to overland flooding as snow accumulations begin to rapidly melt. The Municipal District of Taber made a similar declaration over the weekend for the same reason. Some provincial highways around Taber were temporarily closed in recent days and numerous municipal roads remain closed due to […] Read more

A march snowstorm could alter the flood forecast, but for now the risk is low in Manitoba.  |  File photo

Flood risk considered to be low in Manitoba

Late winter in Manitoba is normally the time when government officials worry about spring flooding and hold meetings on how many sandbags to order. Not this year. The risk of flooding is low in most of the river basins across southern Manitoba, including the Red River, Assiniboine and Souris rivers. “The combination of drier soil […] Read more


The risk of flooding is low in most of the river basins across southern Manitoba, including the Red River, Assiniboine and Souris Rivers. | File photo

Flood risk low in Manitoba

Late winter in Manitoba is normally the time when government officials worry about spring flooding and hold meetings on how many sandbags to order. Not this year. The risk of flooding is low in most of the river basins across southern Manitoba, including the Red River, Assiniboine and Souris Rivers. “The combination of drier soil […] Read more

Livestock producers affected by drought, flood or excess moisture conditions in 2017 may be eligible for 2017 tax relief. | File photo

Feds announce regions eligible for livestock tax deferral

Livestock producers affected by drought, flood or excess moisture conditions in 2017 may be eligible for 2017 tax relief. Agriculture Canada on Feb. 6 released the final list of regions designated under the Livestock Tax Deferral Provision, adding regions in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The initial list, posted Nov. 6, 2017, also listed regions in […] Read more

Farmers hit by floods in central British Columbia may be eligible to receive disaster financial assistance. | Screencap via bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/

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


Two meter snowbanks and still no water flowing in this ditch east of Souris, Man. | Robert Arnason photo

Seeding expected to be late in western Manitoba

Tractors and seeders won’t be rolling across fields in western Manitoba for the next four to five weeks. But producers and provincial extension agents say water is flowing off cropland and most fields should be ready for spring seeding in early to mid-May. The situation is looking more positive than it did in the first […] Read more