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West stays dry as seeding season looms

West stays dry as seeding season looms

Western Canadian grain farmers, especially those in southern growing areas, will be looking for timely help from Mother Nature this year as they gear up for what could be an unusually dry spring seeding season. Agroclimate maps published by Agriculture Canada continue to show large areas of the prairie grain-growing region facing either dry or […] Read more

Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance paid out $62 million to producers on 5,297 claims last year. | File photo

Hail hit Sask. farmers hard last year

Saskatchewan Municipal Hail Insurance paid $62 million to producers last year, president Wayne Black told the recent Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities conference. That amount comes from 5,297 claims. “It hailed every day throughout the month of July,” said Black. Early that month, the Assiniboia region was hard hit and crops didn’t recover well because […] Read more

La Nina weather events are often associated with drought in Argentina and southern Brazil. However, researchers have discovered a surprising correlation between the intensity of the La Nina event and the extent of crop damage. | Getty Images

Argentina may have dodged La Nina bullet

The weather phenomenon is strong this year, and some think corn, soybean crops suffer less damage when that happens

It appears that La Nina won’t be taking too big of a toll on Argentina’s corn and soybean crops, and the reason may seem counter-intuitive, says a weather expert. La Nina weather events are often associated with drought in Argentina and southern Brazil. However, researchers have discovered a surprising correlation between the intensity of the […] Read more


More snow or rain will change that situation, but for now conditions suggest a dry spring except for a few areas where runoff will be near normal. | File photo

Sask. expects below normal runoff

An updated spring runoff report in Saskatchewan continues to show significant portions of the grain belt are expected to see below normal runoff. More snow or rain will change that situation, but for now conditions suggest a dry spring except for a few areas where runoff will be near normal. Those include a small pocket […] Read more

Historically low temperatures in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado combined with severe dryness in those states is threatening yield potential, according to U.S. Wheat Associates. | File photo

U.S. winter wheat crop faces danger

A prolonged cold snap in the Great Plains region of the United States may have caused serious damage to the winter wheat crop. Historically low temperatures in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado combined with severe dryness in those states is threatening yield potential, according to U.S. Wheat Associates. “Producers in the Great Plains have seen sustained […] Read more


La Nina weather events are often associated with drought in Argentina and southern Brazil. However, researchers have discovered a surprising correlation between the intensity of the La Nina event and the extent of crop damage. | Getty Images

Argentina may have dodged La Nina bullet

It appears that La Nina won’t be taking too big of a toll on Argentina’s corn and soybean crops, and the reason may seem counter-intuitive, says a weather expert. La Nina weather events are often associated with drought in Argentina and southern Brazil. However, researchers have discovered a surprising correlation between the intensity of the […] Read more

An annex bin at the grain elevator in Pense, Sask., blew over in the strong winds.  | Karen Briere photo

Tornado-type winds wreak havoc

The damage is still being tallied after an intense Alberta clipper rolled through the southern Prairies Jan. 13, toppling bins, destroying buildings and tossing irrigation pivots. Record wind speed was recorded in southern Saskatchewan where the peak equaled an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale for rating tornadoes. The Bratt’s Lake weather station, about 33 […] Read more

Heat blasting during the critically important flowering stage was the top factor that negatively affected western Canadian canola yields in 2020.  | File photo

Prairie canola production dropped last year

Western Canadian canola yields were decent in 2020, but they might have been phenomenal if not for an intense heat wave in July that reduced yield potential in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada, said heat blasting during the important flowering stage was the top factor that negatively […] Read more


Poor harvest conditions in the fall of 2019 meant an unusually large number of western Canadian canola acres could not be harvested before winter.
 The CGC’s latest study examined 106 spring harvested canola samples that were graded and analyzed for oil quality. | File photo

Problems confirmed in delayed canola harvest

For the second time in four years, the Canadian Grain Commission has conducted research on canola sown in spring and harvested the following spring. Poor harvest conditions in the fall of 2019 meant an unusually large number of western Canadian canola acres could not be harvested before winter. The CGC’s latest study examined 106 spring […] Read more

Barry Junop cleans a neighbour's yard southeast of Delisle, Sask., following the weekend storm. | Paul Yanko photo

Snowfall records set in Sask.

Kindersley, Sask., has set a new record for the most snowfall in a single day. The west-central town recorded 35.8 centimetres as of 10 a.m. Nov. 9, breaking the town’s March 17, 1974 record of 21.3 cm. Other snowfall observations reported so far include 37 cm at Prince Albert, 33 cm at Codette, 31 cm […] Read more