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From one side of the Prairies to the other, good harvest weather has been in short supply this year.
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‘A struggle right from the start’

Western farmers have dealt with some difficult harvest conditions over the past few years, but the harvest of 2019 might go down as the worst yet in recent memory. “This has got to be one for the books,” said Justin Schwab, who farms with his uncle Murray Farness near Camrose, Alta. “The last few years […] Read more

Farmers near Beauvallon, Alta., try to complete their harvest last week between the rain showers and snow. It’s been a similar situation across the Prairies.  |  Candace Phillips photo

Prairie farmers facing huge, costly task

Provincial crop reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba paint a bleak picture of harvest progress across the Prairies. As of late October, more than eight million acres of unharvested crops were still in the field, according to the provincial reports. That included roughly 1.25 million acres in Manitoba, 3.5 million acres in Saskatchewan and 3.4 […] Read more

Declaring an agricultural disaster allows the county to access additional funds from the Alberta government. Earlier this year, Lac Ste. Anne County also declared an agricultural disaster. | File photo

County of Grande Prairie declares agricultural disaster

Councillors with the County of Grande Prairie have declared and agricultural disaster in the region, marking what is considered to be a fourth straight year of difficult conditions. Several factors, including wet conditions that delayed seeding last spring, excessive rainfall, and cool weather have slowed production and have led to poor crop quality, the county […] Read more

Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 percent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. | File photo

Poor weather continues to hamper Alberta harvest: report

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Snow, rain and cold winds continued to hamper harvest operations in Alberta during the week ended Oct. 29, according to the latest provincial crop report. Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 percent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. Southern Alberta was farthest along, at […] Read more

Trevor and Wendy Daymond, who farm near Cypress River, Man., are trying to maintain a positive attitude, even though a portion of their crop may not be harvested this year. Wet snow in October flattened about 1,200 acres of their wheat, and 160 acres of their potatoes may remain in the ground because of frost and moisture damage.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Manitoba harvest struggles after snow

About two million acres were not harvested across the province as of Oct. 25, the majority being corn and soybeans

CYPRESS RIVER, Man. — Trevor Daymond had a smile on his face, probably because it wasn’t raining, snowing or sleeting. On a calm and sunny afternoon in late October, Daymond was combining a field of soybeans on the north side of Highway 2, about 10 kilometres west of Cypress River. “This has been the driest […] Read more

AccuWeather is forecasting a relatively mild winter on the western Prairies but more storms and cold temperatures in the East.

Prairie forecast: west mild, east cold

A weather system that shares its name with a 1958 sci-fi horror film could be sending a chill down the spine of farmers in the eastern half of the Prairies this winter. The Blob is back. It is the unscientific name for a large, warmer-than-usual area of the Pacific Ocean along the coast of British […] Read more

The Canadian Crop Hail Association (CCHA) said there were 53 cases of hail damage - as well as storm damage - in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. | File photo

Hail, storm damage to crops during September, October

WINNIPEG, Oct. 24 (MarketsFarm) – Despite temperatures largely below normal for September and October, there were some instances of hail damage to crops in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Canadian Crop Hail Association (CCHA) said there were 53 cases of hail damage – as well as storm damage – in the two provinces. In Manitoba, storms […] Read more

Farmers in Manitoba and North Dakota are struggling to get onto their fields to harvest soybeans, or any crop right now, thanks to record rain in September and a massive snowstorm before Thanksgiving. | Twitter/@kmsatrom photo

Weather turns against Manitoba, N. Dakota soybean crops

In the third week of October, about a million acres of soybeans were not harvested in Manitoba. The situation was much worse in North Dakota, where 4.5 to five million acres were still in the field. If the weather is favourable and there’s a best-case scenario over the next few weeks, growers should be able […] Read more