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The Weatherlogics forecast—which utilizes a combination of long-range models, a comparison of analog years, ocean temperatures, sunspot activity, and other indicators—points to normal temperatures across most of the Prairies, with slightly warmer-than-normal weather in southern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta. | File photo

Summer forecast points to average Prairie temps and more rain

Winnipeg,(MarketsFarm) – The Canadian Prairies should see higher-than-normal precipitation and generally average temperatures during the 2020 growing season, according to a forecast from Scott Kehler of Weatherlogics. Speaking at the CropConnect 2020 conference in Winnipeg, Feb. 13, Kehler said “there’s not really a strong pattern one way or the other,” when it comes to the […] Read more

The first spring runoff forecast is expected in early March. Normal precipitation through the next three months is expected. | File photo

Normal spring runoff likely

A preliminary spring runoff forecast indicates near normal runoff in Saskatchewan even though snowfall accumulation is well below normal. The Water Security Agency said the extremely wet fall of 2019 will increase the chances of higher runoff. Most regions in the south had lots of precipitation in the fall and the wettest areas were around […] Read more

“Several things influence our weather, and it’s interesting to see how well they line up,” Drew Lerner, the president of World Weather Inc., said during a recent presentation at FarmTech in Edmonton.
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Spring frost warning issued for eastern Prairies

EDMONTON — Wide swaths of the Prairies can expect a cool and dry spring, and southern regions will receive more precipitation than normal once the rain finally comes in early June, according to Drew Lerner’s spring and summer forecast. “Several things influence our weather, and it’s interesting to see how well they line up,” the […] Read more


“If you’re looking for any help from South America for your canola or soybeans or corn, you’d better look somewhere else,” said Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon.
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Favourable growing conditions in forecast

BRANDON — Canadian producers looking for challenging growing conditions elsewhere in the world to prop up commodity prices may be disappointed in 2020. “If you’re looking for any help from South America for your canola or soybeans or corn, you’d better look somewhere else,” said Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc., at Manitoba Ag […] Read more

The first spring runoff forecast is expected in early March. Normal precipitation through the next three months is expected. | File photo

Forecast indicates normal spring runoff

A preliminary spring runoff forecast indicates near normal runoff in Saskatchewan even though snowfall accumulation is well below normal. The Water Security Agency said the extremely wet fall of 2019 will increase the chances of higher runoff. Most regions in the south had lots of precipitation in the fall and the wettest areas were around […] Read more


Production in the states of New South Wales and Queensland has been hardest hit by severe dry conditions over the last several years. That has resulted in poor yields and with some crops being cut for hay instead.  |  file photo

Australia’s troubled wheat crop

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Things in 2019/20 are not looking good for Australia’s wheat crop and it’s not only due to the country’s ongoing drought. As production in Australia has been on the decline, it’s also losing its market share of global exports as the United States Department of Agriculture attaché reported. Released on Jan. 31, […] Read more

For insurance, producers may choose one, two or three weather stations to best represent conditions on their farm and within proximity of their land base.  |  Michael Raine photo

Alberta changes perennial forage insurance

Changes to perennial forage insurance for 2020 have been implemented by Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. In response to industry feedback, AFSC has recalculated historical pasture normal yields for 2020, resulting in increased coverage. It has also updated methods of determining price options “to better reflect feed replacement cost in the event of a loss”, […] Read more

Hay Disaster Benefit to pay out $5 million to Manitoba claimants

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Compensation for poor Manitoba forage crops in 2019 will soon be coming to insured producers as Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) has activated the Hay Disaster Benefit (HDB). The estimated payout for 2019 is in excess of $5 million on approximately 1,500 claims, announced Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and […] Read more


Toxin levels are largely driven by weather, said All-Tech feed expert Dr. Max Hawkins. Rain in the later harvest season across much of the West opened the door and mycotoxins inched their way in.
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Late harvest caused higher mycotoxin threat in feeds

Mycotoxin levels were low in early samples of feed harvested in Western Canada. Then things changed. Toxin levels are largely driven by weather, said All-Tech feed expert Dr. Max Hawkins. Rain in the later harvest season across much of the West opened the door and mycotoxins inched their way in. He advised producers to test […] Read more

Overall, 2019 data for yield and quality losses won’t be calculated until all the claims are made on crop still left out in the field. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.’s chief executive officer, Shawn Jaques, said about 1.3 million insured acres are still unharvested.
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Unharvested crop remains an issue for Sask. crop insurance

Partial payments will be made if part of the crop was harvested and production falls below yield guarantees next spring

This past year would have been a good one to have forage rainfall insurance in Saskatchewan. The dry spring resulted in payments to those who participated in Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.’s forage program, said chief executive officer Shawn Jaques. However, only 2.2 million acres were covered. That was up from 1.5 million acres the previous […] Read more