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A spray plane operating as part of the provincial SEAT (single engine air tanker) program drops water on a fire southwest of Biggar, Sask., April 23. The Saskatchewan government developed the program last year to train aerial applicators how to use their airplanes to dump water on fires. The extent of last week’s blaze was an indication of how dry it has been in many parts of the Prairies this spring.  |  Paul Yanko photo

Snow eases drought concerns

A widespread snowfall that covered much of Alberta and southern Saskatchewan last weekend has delivered a much-needed shot of moisture to what was shaping up to be an extremely dry spring seeding season for western Canadian farmers. Rain, snow and blizzard conditions were recorded through much of Alberta and Saskatchewan April 27-28. Varying amounts of […] Read more

The Prairies are less cold and there are about five more frost-free days in the growing season, said agrometeorologist Brian Amiro of the University of Manitoba. | File photo

Parts of Prairies see more frost-free days

Scientists are noticing the region is less cold and that there are about five more frost-free days in the growing season

BANFF, Alta. — When Agriculture Canada scientist Yantai Gan came to Swift Current 20 years ago, he seeded his research plots in mid May. Now the seeding date has moved earlier to the last week of April and first week of May. Weather data from the last 50 years for that part of southwestern Saskatchewan […] Read more



Two weeks of cool and dry weather in late March and early April have eased the flooding risk in southern Manitoba. | File photo

Manitoba flood risk still low, despite U.S. storm

Two weeks of cool and dry weather in late March and early April have eased the flooding risk in southern Manitoba. However, an April 11 storm in North Dakota and Minnesota has thrown a small wrench into the flood forecast for Manitoba’s Red River Valley. Fifteen to 25 centimetres of snow fell on eastern North […] Read more

Wheat acres could climb this spring

Canola’s loss could be spring wheat’s gain come spring, says an analyst. Bruce Burnett, director of markets and weather with Glacier’s MarketsFarm, was already forecasting a year-over-year increase in spring wheat acres in 2019 before China banned Canadian canola. Now he expects an even bigger swing. “That’s the wild card in this thing. You could […] Read more


Warming Arctic may sway Earth’s air currents

Scientists think that atmospheric blocking has become more frequent and may be lingering for weeks rather than days

Normally, June is the wettest month of the year in Manitoba. But last June Brandon recorded 23 consecutive days with essentially no rain. February is normally a cold month in Western Canada, but this February, Saskatoon had 13 days where the nightly temperature dipped below -30 C. Such periods of persistent weather, where a drought, […] Read more

A recent and innovative public opinion study has found that Canadians are most interested in one topic related to agriculture — climate change. | File photo

Climate change seen as top agricultural issue for Canadians

There’s no shortage of controversial topics in agriculture. Canadians, regardless if they’re informed or not, often have strong opinions about pesticides, genetically modified crops and growth hormones for livestock. But a recent and innovative public opinion study has found that Canadians are most interested in one topic related to agriculture — climate change. From January […] Read more



Additional precipitation in North Dakota would have exacerbated the flooding risk in Manitoba’s Red River Valley.  |  File photo

Spring forecast could ease Manitoba flood concerns

A forecast of cool and dry weather for the next two weeks should reduce the flooding risk in Manitoba’s Red River Valley. The United States National Weather Service has predicted the last week of March will feature dry weather and high temperatures a few degrees above zero in eastern North Dakota. “A quiet week weather-wise […] Read more

A recent and innovative public opinion study has found that Canadians are most interested in one topic related to agriculture — climate change. | File photo

Climate change top ag issue for Canadians: study

There’s no shortage of controversial topics in agriculture. Canadians, regardless if they’re informed or not, often have strong opinions about pesticides, genetically modified crops and growth hormones for livestock. But a recent and innovative public opinion study has found that Canadians are most interested in one topic related to agriculture — climate change. From January […] Read more