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As Canadian farmers start thinking about what to plant next spring, global trade patterns and weather will play into decision making. | File photo

Trade, weather to determine acres

As Canadian farmers start thinking about what to plant next spring, global trade patterns and weather will play into decision making. “It’s very difficult to decide where this all is going. That obviously also has implications on where the futures prices go and what signals the farmers are taking from that,” said Marlene Boersch of […] Read more

Tightly managed potato supply means processors will struggle to replace the missing spuds when 4.3 percent of acres are lost.  |  File photo

Bad harvest weather causes potato shortage

Four percent of the national crop was not harvested this year, and potato processors are facing a shortfall

From Prince Edward Island to Alberta, this fall was a massive migraine for potato growers. Rain, snow and unseasonably cold weather prevented producers from digging potatoes out of the ground. As a result, about four percent of the crop was not harvested and potato processors are facing a shortfall. “This has been a very difficult […] Read more

Drought persists on the Prairies

Thanks to a rainy and snowy October, soil moisture conditions have improved across much of the Prairies. While things are better, compared to a month or 60 days ago, many parts of Western Canada remain in a multi-year drought. “Conditions have improved, is the short version,” said Patrick Cherneski, manager of the national agro-climate information […] Read more


The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary November 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than average. However, severity in terms of crop damage was high in the few storms that did gather. | File photo

Severe hailstorms drive up claims

Every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes, but for the prairie growing season of 2018, the silver lining came without many clouds — hail clouds in particular. The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary Nov. 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than […] Read more

Drew Lerner is forecasting normal to above normal precipitation in western and southern Alberta and portions of southern Saskatchewan for November and December. | File photo

Winter to start wet, end dry

Farmers can expect an atypical El Nino winter, says a weather forecaster. Meteorological agencies in the United States and Australia believe an El Nino will soon be forming, which usually means a warm and dry winter for the Canadian Prairies. However, World Weather Inc. thinks the opposite will happen at the start of winter. Company […] Read more


The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary November 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than average. However, severity in terms of crop damage was high in the few storms that did gather. | File photo

Severe hailstorms drive up claim costs this year

Every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes, but for the prairie growing season of 2018, the silver lining came without many clouds — hail clouds in particular. The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary today, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than average. […] Read more

About 70 percent of Alberta’s canola and about 30 percent of Saskatchewan’s remained unharvested as of mid-October. But with the recent spell of good harvest weather those percentages will likely be vastly reduced by the end of the month. | Barb Glen photo

Green seed threatens canola profits

Immature crops hit by frost likely to raise green seed levels, which could result in lower values for farmers

Some canola growers could be facing steep discounts at the grain elevator when they finally get a chance to deliver the oilseed. Crops that were immature when frost hit in September will likely have high green seed levels, said Angela Brakenreed, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada. “Certainly, we’ve heard reports and expect […] Read more

Warmer temperatures allowed farmers across the West to return to their harvest last week, including this combine and its young passenger working a wheat field with three other combines and three swathers on the MacMillan Colony near Cayley, Alta., Oct. 15.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Farmers back in the field

Farmers across the Prairies have begun harvesting again after many of them sat idle for more than a month. Slight progress has been made in Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to the latest crop reports. The reports capture only the week of Oct. 9-16, when much combining wasn’t done because of unfavourable conditions. Late last week […] Read more


Breagan Jamieson stops to check the weather Oct. 6 between trips with the grain cart. Heavy precipitation this fall has drawn out harvest for many farmers in northern Saskatchewan.  Breagan farms with his two brothers and father near North Battleford, Sask.  |  Nathan Jones photo

Tensions rise as prairie crops remain unharvested

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Unfavourable weather conditions over the past month have left millions of acres unharvested on the Prairies at a time when most should be combined. The bulk of what’s left in the field is primarily located in northern and central Alberta, northern Saskatchewan and in northwestern and southwestern Manitoba, according to last week’s crop reports. The […] Read more

Butter Town was flooded due to an ice jam in northern Alberta this spring.  |  Mackenzie County Photo

Alberta still recovering from natural disasters

People across rural Alberta continue to rebuild their lives after facing a slew of disastrous events over the past year, including major floods up north and wildfires down south. To help with rebuilding, the provincial government recently announced it is offering about $39 million to 33 communities affected by disasters in 2017-18. They include flooding […] Read more