Rain bogs down Prairies’ wheat, canola harvests — September 2, 2014


Winnipeg | Reuters – Rain has bogged down Western Canada’s harvest of canola, spring wheat and other crops, while cool temperatures slowed the growth of crops that need to mature before the first significant frost. Most of southern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have received rain recently, with Manitoba’s Red River valley among the hardest hit […]

Labour Day cools off — September 2, 2014


The first day of September saw some autumn-like temperatures on the Prairies, dropping as low as 1 C overnight in spots west of Red Deer, north of Edmonton and in northwestern Saskatchewan. The Prairies’ daytime highs on Labour Day also pulled back to the low 20s, barely breaking 20 C in many areas and touching […]

Mustard crops look good, harvest underway in SW Sask. — August 29, 2014


CNS Canada — Canada’s mustard crop is seen to be in a good state right now as harvesting begins in some areas of the country. “I think harvest has started in the southwest part of Saskatchewan. That’s the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields,” said Walter Dyck of Olds […]

California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA — August 29, 2014


Reuters — A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta’s ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for […]

Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen — August 29, 2014


CNS Canada – Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks — but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. “The harvest is going to be a little later than normal,” said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. “It […]

U.S. grains: Rain forecast weighs on corn, soy, wheat futures — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans closed lower on Friday, flirting with contract lows on forecasts for rain that boosted confidence of bumper harvests for both crops this fall. The weather outlook, which called for rains across broad stretches of U.S. growing areas, also weighed on wheat futures as farmers prepared for seeding […]

Recently-seeded Argentine wheat threatened by rain — August 28, 2014


Buenos Aires | Reuters – Heavy rains in Argentina’s farm belt over recent days have increased the risk of wheat crop loss, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said in its weekly crop progress report Thursday. Wheat in the South American grains powerhouse is planted mostly in May through July and harvested November through January. The […]

Chickpeas advancing, looking for frost-free September — August 28, 2014


CNS Canada — Despite a late start, chickpea crops in Western Canada are seen to be progressing nicely as the harvest season approaches. “In general, the chickpea crop looks really good,” said Colin Young, owner of Midwest Investments at Moose Jaw, Sask. “Of course the acres tend to be south and west of Moose Jaw, […]

This map shows the total amount of precipitation that has fallen across the Prairies during the 60 days ending Aug. 18. Southern and northern parts of Alberta have been fairly dry, with large areas seeing fewer than 50 mm of rain during this period. Northern and eastern parts of agricultural Saskatchewan and western Manitoba were fairly wet during this period, with a number of locations reporting 200 mm or more.

Mixed bag for long weekend

Things definitely got interesting last weekend as we saw yet another unusually strong area of low pressure affect our region. The low moved a little slower than first forecast and it also tracked a little farther west, but all in all it made for a fairly wet weekend. This forecast period begins with a ridge […]

Weekend rain helps, hinders Prairie crops — August 26, 2014


CNS Canada — Large amounts of rain were seen over the weekend in some parts of the Prairies — good for some crops, but not so good for others. According to Environment Canada, southern Saskatchewan saw high rainfall totals over the weekend with Cypress Hills Park receiving 78.2 millimetres of rain; Val Marie, 66.1 mm; […]