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

A hot, dry summer across Ukraine along with damage from spring frosts could reduce production and spark a price rally
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Forecaster sees drought for Ukraine

A drought in Ukraine could be the weather shock that sparks a grain price rally, says an analyst. AccuWeather forecasts hot and dry weather developing in Poland, the Baltic States, Belarus and Ukraine this summer with “severe impacts” on agriculture. “We do expect drought conditions across much of Ukraine, which may damage crops,” meteorologist Tyler […] Read more


As agronomists watch the geographic spread of resistance on their computer screen, they know exactly where they should go with new products. It makes very good use of new chemical technology because you only spray where it’s needed - Joe Russo ZedX founder | File photo

Crop protection firm buys weather company

In the competitive world of ag fungicides, it’s logical that the company providing its customers with the most precisely tuned application recommendations should have an advantage in the marketplace. That’s the thinking behind BASF’s recent purchase of ZedX, a global leader in the development of agronomic weather, crop, and pest models engineered to convert data […] Read more

Map shows Alberta got most of recent rain

Map shows Alberta got most of recent rain

A storm May 24 brought rain and strong winds to the western Prairies. This map from Agriculture Canada shows the accumulation from May 18 to May 24 (hi-res PDF). The majority of the rain fell May 24. The largest accumulations of more than 30 millimetres fell in areas around Red Deer, Drayton Valley and Edmonton, […] Read more


Soggy forecast worries Canadian farmers in race to sow crops

Soggy forecast worries Canadian farmers in race to sow crops

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 23 (Reuters) – Heavy rain forecast for the soggiest parts of the Canadian Prairies this week is likely to further delay plantings in the world’s biggest canola exporting country, meteorologists say. The rain, forecast to hit Alberta and Saskatchewan on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, would be the latest blow to farmers who […] Read more

Accuweather’s summer forecast shows hot, dry weather across most of the Prairies.  |  Accuweather map

Drought a possibility: forecaster

Weather forecasters are at odds about what kind of summer to expect. AccuWeather is warning farmers in central and northern Alberta that they should prepare for drought. “We think it’s going to be a very warm summer,” said Canadian weather expert Brett Anderson. It is also going to be a dry summer. June will have […] Read more

The spring weather in late April has been far from ideal with successive storms dumping wet snow on parts of Manitoba from April 22-24. On top of that, temperatures for the final week of April were expected to hit daily highs of 3–5 C. | File photo

Seeding in jeopardy in parts of Manitoba

Farmers in certain areas of southern Manitoba need four to five weeks of ideal weather or they won’t be planting a crop this spring. The spring weather in late April has been far from ideal with successive storms dumping wet snow on parts of Manitoba from April 22-24. On top of that, temperatures for the […] Read more


Last week’s dump of snow in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba will likely push back fieldwork and fertilizer applications on a lot of farms, according to one crop watcher.
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Wet spring may delay early fertilizing plans

WINNIPEG — Last week’s dump of snow in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba will likely push back fieldwork and fertilizer applications on a lot of farms, according to one crop watcher. Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier, speaking from a conference in the United States, said only half of the normal amount of fertilizer went […] Read more

Two researchers at the University of Chicago argue that it’s inevitable we will experience massive crop failures like those our parents and grand-parents saw in the 1930s. | File photo

Return of the Dirty Thirties — with a vengeance

We’re all pretty confident we’ll never experience another dust bowl. So much so that it never even enters our conscious minds. Zero till, irrigation and drought-tolerant crops remove all fear of a repeat. But maybe we’re all wrong. Two researchers at the University of Chicago think so. They argue that it’s inevitable we will experience […] Read more