Must Reads

explore

Stories from our other publications


The rains were a further setback for growers whose crops were already two to three weeks behind normal development in many areas.
 | Paul Yanko photo

Farmers work against clock

Prairie farmers will be looking to make up for lost time in late September and early October as the challenges of getting this year’s crop safely into the bin begin to mount. Grain and oilseed growers across spent much of the past week drying themselves off and assessing the fallout following a widespread soaker that […] Read more

Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., was originally forecasting a normal to early frost, which would have been devastating for this year’s late-seeded crops.
 | Paul Yanko photo

Prairie producers dodge early frost bullet

Weather forecaster now predicts later-than-normal frost, which would add bushels to an already growing crop

Western Canadian farmers are breathing a collective sigh of relief after avoiding an early fall frost this year. Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., was originally forecasting a normal to early frost, which would have been devastating for this year’s late-seeded crops. “We had some bouts of soft frosts and a couple of weak […] Read more

The hail season concludes in October, and crops are still vulnerable through harvest.  |  File photo

Sask. takes brunt of hail damage

Hail claims on the Prairies are tracking similar to last year with Saskatchewan farmers reporting the most damage so far. However, there are still six weeks or so that could result in hail storms, leading Canadian Crop Hail Association president Rick Omelchenko to speculate that final numbers could be higher. More than 10,000 claims have […] Read more


Drought management is needed before disaster strikes, said John McKinnon, professor emeritus from the University of Saskatchewan and head of JJM Nutrition Services. | File photo

Animal nutrition needs to account for future weather

The Prairies and the British Columbia Interior are likely to see more drought in the future as predicted changes to weather patterns take effect. Drought management is needed before disaster strikes, said John McKinnon, professor emeritus from the University of Saskatchewan and head of JJM Nutrition Services. “The writing is on the wall that weather […] Read more

The support is needed because dugouts and water supplies, especially in Manitoba's Interlake and Parkland regions, have been inadequate for months. Precipitation in late August and early September barely made a difference. | File photo

Manitoba addresses short water supplies

Livestock producers struggling with half-full or empty dugouts are getting some help in Manitoba. Today the provincial government announced funding for farmers who want to improve their water supplies. “We recognize that many producers are feeling the effects of our dry summer and that they may require additional assistance to secure a safe and reliable […] Read more


The harvest of some field crops throughout much of the province had been close or on pace until rains caused delays. Throughout much of Manitoba 10 to 25 millimeters was received, with the southwest getting 40 to 45 mm. | File photo

Frost strikes numerous locales, wet conditions slows harvest

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) – Numerous areas throughout the growing areas of Manitoba experienced frost, according the province’s weekly crop report for the week ending Sept. 9. The coldest locations were Sprague in the eastern region, Narcisse in the Interlake and Lake Audy in the southwest, which experienced temperatures of minus two Celsius on Sept. 8. Many […] Read more

More than 10,000 claims have been made so far and about 7,000 of them have come from Saskatchewan. Last year, about 11,000 claims were filed. | File photo

Sask. farmers take biggest hail hit

Hail claims on the Prairies are tracking similar to last year with Saskatchewan farmers reporting the most damage so far. However, there are still six weeks or so that could result in hail storms, leading Canadian Crop Hail Association president Rick Omelchenko to speculate that final numbers could be higher. More than 10,000 claims have […] Read more

What's really needed in the southwestern part of the province is a week of warm, dry weather so that crops like corn, soybeans and canola can reach maturity and be harvested, said Lionel Kaskiw, Manitoba Agriculture's crop production adviser in Souris, Man. | File photo

Man. harvest needs warm, dry weather

After months of dry weather, it’s now too wet and cool in parts of Manitoba. For instance, more than 85 millimetres of rain fell on Minnedosa between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2, hindering harvest in southwestern Manitoba. What’s really needed in the southwestern part of the province is a week of warm, dry weather so […] Read more


In Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as parts of Manitoba, cereals and oilseeds are behind in maturity, largely due to late germination or cooler temperatures in mid-summer. | Paul Yanko photo

Late crops concern producers

Crops across many parts of the Prairies appear late so far this year, causing concern among farmers as potential killing frosts approach. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as parts of Manitoba, cereals and oilseeds are behind in maturity, largely due to late germination or cooler temperatures in mid-summer. “There are definitely concerns because producers […] Read more

Brett Anderson, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist, said the Prairies might see early snow, but for the most part the region will have milder weather heading into winter. | File photo

Forecast predicts dry fall for Prairies but early frost

The summer trends of drier, warmer weather in the southwestern part of the Prairies and near normal weather in the north and east is set to continue into the fall, says Brett Anderson, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist. “I believe we are looking at a warm fall relative to normal across much of Alberta and probably most […] Read more