This swather sits idle southeast of Delisle, Sask., as rain slows the harvest in Saskatchewan. | Paul Yanko photo

Wet and cold weather slows harvest progress in Sask.

Winnipeg – Cool and wet weather stalled harvest progress in most of Saskatchewan, according to the provincial crop report released Sep. 20. Sixty-two per cent of the Saskatchewan crop is in the bin, which is ahead of the five-year average of 53 per cent. Twenty-six per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to […] Read more

Combines covered in snow sit on Jerome Isaac’s farm near Debolt, Alta., after a recent snow.  |  Jerome Isaac photo

Farmers brace for what might again be another wet harvest season

Worries over another difficult harvest were running high in northern Alberta and B.C. last week as snow blanketed fields in the regions. Anywhere from five to 15 centimetres fell last week across both provinces, with the Peace River area taking the brunt of the snowfall. Many farmers were raising concerns about potentially facing another wet […] Read more

U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut down in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. | Steve Helber / AP photo

Millions of chickens drown in Florence floodwaters, manure pits damaged

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut down in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. Florence, which has dumped up to 91 cm of rain on […] Read more



Farmers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are waiting nervously for damage reports from frost that hit September 4. | Twitter/@JasonRanger1 photo

Prairie canola likely avoids frost damage

Mother Nature got hearts racing last week when temperatures dipped below freezing across the Prairies. Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan experienced frost the morning of Sept. 4. The following morning the mercury dropped below zero in a number of locations from the Peace region right through to western Manitoba. About half the crop was still standing […] Read more



John Pomeroy of the University of Saskatchewan says the retreat of alpine glaciers and changing water flow patterns on the Prairies are signalling the need for a new approach.  |  File photo

Canadian water laws due for revision: expert

Researcher says country must be prepared to deal with pressing water issues as climate patterns continue to change

One of Canada’s leading experts on fresh water management says political leaders need to review laws and regulations that govern water use in the country. John Pomeroy, the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change at the University of Saskatchewan, says federal and provincial water laws need to be updated to ensure that […] Read more



Farmer Ash Whitney stands on the back of his truck as he throws out hay to his cattle in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in northwestern New South Wales.  |  REUTERS/David Gray photo

Australian farmers running out of time

Drought-hit producers slaughtered 659,000 head of cattle in June, the highest monthly figure in three years

SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — Danny Stork, a livestock farmer in Glen Oak, 180 kilometres north of Sydney, has 20 bales of hay left for his 100 head of cattle. He is now feeding them light rations in the hope the winter drought breaks. If it doesn’t, and weather forecasts suggest it won’t, he will run […] Read more

Red sunsets have been common this summer because of the smoke from B.C. fires.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Smoky skies may save dry crops

The smoke and haze from fires that have blanketed much of the Prairies recently is actually helping crops survive a much bigger problem — drought. University of Saskatchewan professor Rosalind Bueckert, who studies crop responses to environmental factors, said the smoke lowers temperatures and allows less solar radiation to reach the crop. Earlier in the […] Read more