Spirits high in areas flooded out last spring

Seeding already underway | While sowing conditions are ideal in many areas, farmers are waiting for soil to warm up

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, Man. — So what’s it like to be able to seed canola into perfect conditions at the end of April? “It feels good,” said Guenter Jochum with a broad smile as he headed to his tractor to seed a dry field with canola seed April 25. That’s a common feeling across much […] Read more

Seeders hit fields early

Farmers are getting a jump on spring seeding, thanks to favourable weather and moisture conditions. “We’re going to get into the field this week,” said Lynn Jacobson of Enchant, Alta. Seeding usually starts during the first week of May on Jacobson’s farm. “We’re earlier than typical in this area. We haven’t had any snow for […] Read more

Barley rebounds in forecast

The world’s farmers will plant more barley this year, according to a number of reports. “Part of this is due to happenstance,” said Bruce Burnett, the CWB’s director of weather and market analysis. Farmers in the European Union and Ukraine will likely use spring barley to replace their frost-damaged winter wheat crops. Some estimates call […] Read more