Most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October.
 | Robin Booker photo

Harvest 2018 almost a wrap across the Prairies

The harvest window has closed again after rain followed by sub-zero temperatures and snow swept the Prairies Nov. 4-5. However, most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October. After multiple weeks of delay, many producers were able to return to their fields and […] Read more

Alberta farmers made significant harvest progress in late-October, with nearly 95 percent of crops off the field as of Oct. 30, according to the final crop report of the season from Alberta Agriculture. | File photo

Alberta harvest nearing completion

Alberta farmers made significant harvest progress in late-October, with nearly 95 percent of crops off the field as of Oct. 30, according to the final crop report of the season from Alberta Agriculture. On a crop-by-crop basis, spring wheat was 96.1 percent harvested, durum 95.4 percent, barley 95.6 percent, peas 98.6 percent, and canola 91.7 […] Read more

Saskatchewan farmers made the most of the warm and dry weather during the last week and were able to make significant harvest progress, according to the provincial crop report released Oct. 25. | William DeKay photo

Sask. farmers make considerable harvest progress

Saskatchewan farmers made the most of the warm and dry weather during the last week and were able to make significant harvest progress, according to the provincial crop report released Oct. 25. Ninety-two percent of the Saskatchewan crop was harvested as of Oct. 22, up 10 percentage points from the previous week. However, which was […] Read more


Warmer temperatures allowed farmers across the West to return to their harvest last week, including this combine and its young passenger working a wheat field with three other combines and three swathers on the MacMillan Colony near Cayley, Alta., Oct. 15.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Farmers back in the field

Farmers across the Prairies have begun harvesting again after many of them sat idle for more than a month. Slight progress has been made in Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to the latest crop reports. The reports capture only the week of Oct. 9-16, when much combining wasn’t done because of unfavourable conditions. Late last week […] Read more

Breagan Jamieson stops to check the weather Oct. 6 between trips with the grain cart. Heavy precipitation this fall has drawn out harvest for many farmers in northern Saskatchewan.  Breagan farms with his two brothers and father near North Battleford, Sask.  |  Nathan Jones photo

Tensions rise as prairie crops remain unharvested

Alberta:


Unfavourable weather conditions over the past month have left millions of acres unharvested on the Prairies at a time when most should be combined. The bulk of what’s left in the field is primarily located in northern and central Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and in northwestern and southwestern Manitoba, according to last week’s crop reports. The […] Read more


Producers across Western Canada had a good weekend, with some harvest progress made as Mother Nature turned off the taps and allowed the fields to dry slightly. | File photo

Weekend saw harvest improve

Winnipeg – The week started off with a bang as trade news dominated the headlines and sent the loonie soaring. Canola took a hit on Monday but spent the rest of the week ended Oct. 5 in the green. A tentative renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal was reached late Sep. 30. The […] Read more

Combines on the Gaudet farm near Hoey, Sask., were back in action last week after a 17-day hiatus caused by recurring showers and poor drying weather. The Gaudets had about 4,000 acres of canola waiting to be harvested as of late last week.  |  Brian Cross photo

Tough harvest ahead for some on the Prairies

SASKATOON — Good weather, good luck and a good deal of patience. Those are some things Western Canada’s farmers need if they have any hope of bringing in this year’s crop before winter sets in. A good relationship with lenders might also come in handy. Between showers, flurries, overcast skies and single digit temperatures, prairie […] Read more

Wheat is combined at the Hovland family farm northeast of Lake Diefenbaker, Sask., Sept 9.  |  William DeKay photo

The hindered harvest

Harvest 2018 | While some farmers are done with harvest, others are waiting for snow to melt after unusually cold weather ripped through the Prairies in September. Here are snapshots from harvest across the Prairies — and across Canada — as of last week.

While some farmers are done with harvest, others are waiting for snow to melt after unusually cold weather ripped through the Prairies in September. Here are snapshots from harvest across the Prairies — and across Canada — as of last week.


Very little harvest progress was made in Alberta during the week ended Sep. 25, according to the latest provincial crop report. | Jeremy Simes photo

Bad weather still stalling Alberta harvest

Winnipeg – Very little harvest progress was made in Alberta during the week ended Sep. 25, according to the latest provincial crop report. Harvest progress for major crops sat at 32.9 percent, up less than a percentage point from the previous week. This is far behind the five-year average of 62 percent. Provincially the spring […] Read more

Another wet week slowed harvest progress in Saskatchewan, according to the provincial crop report released Sept. 27. | Robin Booker photo

Saskatchewan harvest slowed by rain and snow

Winnipeg – Another wet week slowed harvest progress in Saskatchewan, according to the provincial crop report released Sept. 27. Sixty-eight per cent of Saskatchewan crop is now harvested. This is six per cent more than last week and ahead of the five-year average of 64 percent. Rain fell across most of the province throughout the […] Read more