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The Manitoba government and the United States National Weather Service have both predicted increased risk of flooding on the Red River in 2019.
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Southern Man. on alert for spring flooding

If there is a blizzard in March or spring rains combined with a fast melt, there is a genuine risk of major flooding this year in southern Manitoba. The Manitoba government and the United States National Weather Service have both predicted increased risk of flooding on the Red River in 2019. If weather conditions are […] Read more


A fall-seeded rapeseed field blooms near Cambrai, France, last April. Dryness in Western Europe is raising concerns about the condition of fall-seeded crops as they prepare to come out of dormancy soon.  |  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol photo

Spring weather will soon become market consideration

Dry weather in North Africa and parts of Europe as well as worries about the potential for delayed spring seeding in the U.S. Midwest will likely start to be issues for market discussion in the coming weeks. So far in 2019 crop prices have been lackadaisical, weighed down by ample world stocks and the ongoing […] Read more

Agronomists and meteorologists say timely rains and timely temperatures are the critical predictors of crop yield, not how dry it is the previous fall.  |  File photo

Yield not affected by previous fall’s dryness

The crucial factors determining how a crop will yield are the moisture and heat at a specific stage of development

In the fall of 2017, growers and crop forecasters were worried in Western Canada. Soils were extremely dry in many parts of the Prairies, especially southern Saskatchewan, and there were fears of disastrous yields in 2018. The fears, it turned out, were overblown. The average canola yield was around 40 bushels per acre and spring […] Read more


In its recent spring forecast for March, April and May, the Weather Network said the recent cold pattern throughout the Prairies will continue.
 
However, the good news is arctic air is expected to back off in a few weeks while an El Nino, Pacific influence takes over from mid-March through April, bringing with it warm, moist air and milder temperatures.
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Spring expected to start on time

From snow squalls in Eastern Canada to a deep freeze in the West, “good, old-fashioned February weather” will continue into March, says a meteorologist. “We’re coming out of a month where Western Canada has just been especially cold, just fierce cold. Really, some of the coldest air we’ve seen anywhere around the globe has been […] Read more

Farmers who were short of moisture last year might experience much of the same in 2019 if the current spring runoff forecast holds. | File photo

Sask. runoff forecast warns of spring dryness

Farmers who were short of moisture last year might experience much of the same in 2019 if the current spring runoff forecast holds. The forecast issued March 6 by Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency indicates an area of well below normal runoff is expected in the middle of the grain belt from just north of Moose […] Read more

A winter storm shut down the Trans-Canada Highway near Calgary Feb. 20. Farms in the region saw some much-needed moisture, but the wind resulted in filled farmyards, including the Woolliams’ farm near Airdrie, Alta.  |  Michael Raine photo

Cold weather, poor conditions hamper grain movement

Consistently frigid winter temperatures across the Canadian Prairies combined with heavy snowfall in the Rocky Mountains have significantly slowed grain movements and rail car deliveries over the past few weeks. Conditions for railroading couldn’t be much worse, said Mark Hemmes, president of Edmonton-based Quorum Corp., during a Feb. 22 interview. In addition to two “fairly […] Read more


A University of Regina scientist says it’s not that our summers are getting warmer; it’s that our winters aren’t as cold. | File photo

Prairies definitely getting warmer: researcher

When grandparents reminisce about walking uphill to school, through deep snow in bitterly cold winters, their memories may not be blurred by time. Winters were colder in the past, says climate researcher David Sauchyn of the University of Regina. January 2019 marked the 409th consecutive month where world temperatures were above the 20th century average. […] Read more