Art Douglas, professor emeritus at Creighton University in Nebraska, forecasts a cool western Canadian spring with dry conditions continuing from eastern Alberta to western Manitoba with more moisture nearer to the Ontario border.
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Dry prairie summer expected

RED DEER — It could by a hot, dry summer for the Canadian Prairies if long-range forecasts prevail. The current La Nina is dying and an El Nino is forming, said climatologist Art Douglas, professor emeritus at Creighton University in Nebraska. “Going forward in the spring and summer I would look at El Nino coming […] Read more

Farmers will need to look to the horizon for their precipitation this growing season, say forecasters.  |  Michael Raine photo

Cold with a chance of damp later: forecasters

An end to very dry or very wet conditions won’t necessarily put Canadian farmers into the pink this spring, unless they get it from wind-chill. Prairie producers can look for relatively normal precipitation this spring and early summer, while the situation will remain damp in Eastern Canada, with slow drying. Long-time agricultural weather forecasters Jim […] Read more

The Prairies will experience the worst winter weather in the country with below normal temperatures throughout much of the region.
 Predictions for above average snowfall in southern Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba may provide a silver lining to the forecast.
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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

Severe summer storms sent Manitoba hail claims up $30 million this year.  |  File photo

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


Recent hot weather reduced the threat of fusarium and in some areas, winter wheat crops are maturing ahead of schedule and look promising.  |  File photo

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

Sugar beet fields are looking good in southern Alberta thanks to the recent run of warm weather. Potatoes and corn are also faring well.  |  File photo

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