After a winter spent waiting for snow, farmers across the southern Prairies were happy when the forecast was right and Western Canada received a late winter snowstorm. | Twitter/@FarmRanger82 photo

Late season snowstorm brings much needed moisture to Prairies

WINNIPEG, March 8 (CNS) – After a winter spent waiting for snow, farmers across the southern Prairies were happy when the forecast was right and Western Canada received a late winter snowstorm. “We’ve heard moisture’s coming before and it doesn’t show up or it goes around us. So when it started snowing and it started […] Read more

Spring is just around the corner and seasonal weight restrictions will soon be coming into place to disrupt grain movement. | File photo

Prairie spring road restrictions starting soon

Winnipeg(CNS Canada) – Much of Western Canada may still be blanked by snow following recent storm activity, but spring is just around the corner and seasonal weight restrictions will soon be coming into place to disrupt grain movement. The annual spring road restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an […] Read more

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. | File photo

New spring seasonal forecast cool, slow

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


Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. says Alberta through west-central Saskatchewan will get enough spring precipitation to warrant planting, but farmers will likely worry constantly about subsoil moisture and whether those plants will stay viable after they emerge.  |  Michael Raine photo

No major issues in weather forecast

EDMONTON — Inadequate spring precipitation could make it difficult to establish crops in parched southern prairie fields this coming crop season, and late frost events in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba may cause further problems, according to weather forecaster Drew Lerner. “The spring season is going to be a challenge for a lot of locations that […] Read more

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. | File photo

Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more


The Canadian Crop Hail Association says the number of hailstorms across the Prairies was below the five-year average.  |  File photo

August brings strong winds but little hail across Prairies

All hail the relative absence of hail on the Prairies. That could well be the celebratory cry for farmers with the number of damaging hailstorms tracking below the five-year average, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. In its report for August, issued Sept. 5, the CCHA listed two hailstorms of note in Alberta, two […] Read more

Pastures might be parched in parts of the Prairies but producers have not yet culled cow herds. However, the dry conditions might spark an early fall calf run.  |  File photo

Fewer cows culled than expected

CALGARY — Dry conditions in parts of the Prairies might bring an earlier than usual fall calf run but so far those same conditions haven’t resulted in more cows coming to town. Brian Perillat, senior analyst at Canfax, gave a generally bullish analysis Aug. 17 to those at the Canadian Beef Cattle Industry Conference, but […] Read more

Poor weather in many parts of Europe has taken a toll on crop yields this year, unlike past years when yields were good, like this crop in Cambridgeshire, England. |  File photo

European cereal crops hurt by bad weather

Cereal production in the European Union is forecast to be below average for a second year. According to the summer short-term outlook report published by the European Commission, adverse weather conditions in various regions in Europe means cereal production is likely to mean slightly below average. Heavy rain and severe drought have damaged yields, particularly […] Read more


AIR Worldwide recently developed the industry's first probabilistic computer model designed to better assess hail risk in Canada. | Screencap via www.air-worldwide.com

New hail modelling system draws mixed reviews from insurers

A new hail risk modelling system is available for Canadian crop insurers, but providers are divided over its value. AIR Worldwide recently developed the industry’s first probabilistic computer model designed to better assess hail risk in Canada. Ken Doleman, chief executive officer at Palliser Insurance, said the additional data from the AIR model will provide […] Read more

Dryness delays crop

Satellite maps show that vegetative growth is behind normal at this time of year for much of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and pockets of Alberta, but it is too soon to worry, say the experts. Maps from Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program are for the period June 5-11, and while the knee-jerk reaction is to conclude […] Read more