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 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




Manitoba flooding images

Freelance photographer Jeannette Greaves has collected a number of images highlighting the flooding currently taking place in Manitoba. The Western Producer and our colleagues with the Manitoba Co-operator have created a “live blog” to track all the latest Prairie flooding updates – you can find that “live blog” here.


Prairie Flood Report

The Western Producer has created a “live blog” to track the developing flooding situation across the Prairies. You should automatically be redirected to that page momentarily. If you are not automatically redirected to our “live blog” page, you can get there via the following link: Prairie Flood Report 2017



Saskatchewan flood risk low

Last week’s blizzard likely didn’t add enough to the snow pack to change the spring runoff forecast, says Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency. Officials were already expecting above-normal spring flows for southeastern Saskatchewan based on wetter than normal conditions last fall and above-normal snowfall. “A lot of that snowstorm … there wasn’t a whole lot of […] Read more


Fraser Valley farming faces flood risk due to climate change

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — A new study raises alarms about potential high agricultural damages should peak water flows on the Fraser River increase as some climate change models predict. A report published by the Fraser Valley Regional District and British Columbia Agriculture and Food Climate Change Initiative calculated flood losses for three scenarios: ■ a flood […] Read more


Manitoba flood risk outlined

Parts of Manitoba are at risk of major flooding this spring, the province announced in its first forecast of 2017. Soils in Manitoba were saturated going into the winter and multiple snowstorms hit the province in December. Conditions are right for major flooding if events such as late spring blizzards or heavy rain during snowmelt […] Read more



Flooding the newest threat to prairie crops

If crop insurance data is an indicator, flooding may now be the most common plague in Saskatchewan. Statistics from the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. show that excessive rain caused 49 percent of all crop losses from 2006-15. In comparison, drought was responsible for 18 percent of all losses during that decade. Lorelei Hulston, the crop […] Read more


Flooding now causing most crop damage

If crop insurance data is an indicator, flooding may now be the most common plague in Saskatchewan. Statistics from the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. show that excessive rain caused 49 percent of all crop losses from 2006-15. In comparison, drought was responsible for 18 percent of all losses during that decade. Lorelei Hulston, the crop […] Read more