Cold winter forecast, plentiful snow may offer needed moisture

Farmers can expect a “wild ride” this winter, according to The Weather Network’s 2017 winter forecast. “It is potentially a very harsh winter ahead with widespread below seasonal temperatures and lots of shots of Arctic air,” said meteorologist Michael Carter. The Prairies will experience the worst winter weather in the country with below normal temperatures […] Read more

Windy spring blows in trouble

Unusually strong and persistent winds are wreaking havoc on farms across the Prairies this growing season. Last week a line of strong thunderstorms that formed in the northern foothills of Alberta swept across the southern part of the province and into Saskatchewan, leaving behind a trail of demolition. Wind gusts were recorded as high as […] Read more

Summer of hailstorms across Manitoba

Manitoba was the unfortunate prairie winner in the hail lottery during this crop year, recording losses of $46 million. That was a huge jump from last year, when $16 million in claims were paid out in that province. Alberta and Saskatchewan losses due to hail were down this year compared to the five-year average, according […] Read more

Winter wheat fares well under scorching sun

Rain and cooler temperatures broke a three-week prairie heat wave July 15, but many growers still don’t know how badly their crops were damaged. However, most observers believe winter wheat is one crop that withstood the searing heat. Jake Davidson, executive director of Winter Cereals Canada, said most winter wheat fields were thriving before the […] Read more

Heat wave boosts Alberta irrigated crops

Heat wave boosts Alberta irrigated crops

Corn loves heat. Sugar beets like heat. And potatoes are OK with it too, so long as the sprinklers keep running. That means a recent spate of hot weather in southern Alberta has been a boon for irrigated row crops, which are in good condition and in better shape than this time last year. “If […] Read more