Prairie precipitation — both above- and below normal — July 21, 2014


Torrential rains and flooding in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba have captured much of the attention recently, but above-normal rainfall has not been typical of the entire Prairies. This WeatherFarm map showing percentage of normal rainfall for the past 30 days shows a wide range of conditions, including well below normal in the Peace River area and […]

Sask. crops in good condition, but falling behind in development — July 18, 2014


CNS — Most of Saskatchewan’s crops were in good condition as of July 14, but many were also falling behind in development, according to the latest crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Though some farmers are still dealing with excess moisture and flooding problems, recent warm weather has helped many crops recover from […]

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Slight chance of thundershowers

Issued: Monday, July 14, 2014 - Covering: July 16 – July 23, 2014

It just seems to be that kind of year. We saw yet another upper low drop into our region last weekend, bringing with it some record-cold temperatures on Sunday. Winnipeg’s official high temperature on July 13 was 15.7 C, which easily broke the previous record for the lowest daily high of 16.7 C, set back […]

Manitoba crops highly variable, still dealing with moisture — July 15, 2014


CNS – Crop conditions across Manitoba remained mixed during the week ended July 14, with some regions continuing to deal with excess moisture while others benefited from favourable weather, according to the latest report from Manitoba Agriculture. Generally, the early seeded crops were rated in better condition than the late seeded crops, although impacts of excess […]

Peace River area expected to produce below-average crop — July 14, 2014


CNS Canada – The Peace River region in northern Alberta is expected to produce a below-average crop this year because of dry weather in the area, according to a crop specialist. The soil is in need of some moisture in the area, especially in mid-July, as it is a crucial period for crop development, Harry Brook, […]

Manitoba aerial sprayers flooded with business — July 14, 2014


CNS Canada — Excessive moisture in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan has caused flooding and complications not only for farmers on the ground, but also for the aerial spraying industry. “We’re busy here every year at this time, but there is increased demand for the airplanes because the ground sprayers are not able to get on […]

Crops in northwestern Sask. faring relatively well — July 12, 2014


While crops in southeast and east-central Saskatchewan struggle against surplus moisture, fields in the province’s northwest generally look good. “As long as nothing silly happens between now and harvest we should be good,” said Dave Shepherd, manager of AgriTeam Services at Glaslyn, 67 km north of North Battleford. Errin Tollefson, agronomist with Cavalier Agrow at […]

Extent of flood damage to winter wheat not yet known — July 11, 2014


CNS Canada – While many crops in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan are considered a write-off this year due to excessive precipitation and flooding, winter wheat is sitting in an area of uncertainty. “We’re not doing worse than anybody else, let’s put it that way,” said Jake Davidson, executive director of Winter Cereals Canada at Minnedosa, […]

Polar vortex in July? No, but cooler temps still on the way — July 10, 2014


CNS Canada – A cold mass of air making its way from the Arctic toward the U.S. has led to some reports of a summer return of the “polar vortex” that sent temperatures plummeting to extreme lows over the past winter. While the weather patterns are similar, the surge of cooler air isn’t likely to […]

Soaked Manitoba soils may take out some insect pests — July 9, 2014


Crops may not be the only casualties of drenched Manitoba soil. Under the right circumstances, superfluous rain can kill insect pests, too. Most of Manitoba’s southwestern corner and parts of the province’s Interlake region were hammered with 176 to 200 per cent of normal precipitation between May 1 and last Sunday (July 6). The Virden […]