Crop damage limited from freeze in northern U.S. Midwest — September 16, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — The first freeze of the season hit the northern U.S. Midwest corn and soybean belt over the weekend, but the weather did not stay cold long enough to cause major damage to crops, agricultural meteorologists said on Monday. “There was some frost and a few light freezes but nothing that was […]

Calif. governor OKs bills to regulate groundwater amid drought — September 16, 2014


Reuters — California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills on Tuesday to regulate California’s stressed groundwater supplies amid a drought that is expected to cost the state US$2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damages, with no end in sight. The bills will allow the state to take over management of underground […]

Crop damage varies across Prairies — September 16, 2014


CNS Canada — Last week’s Prairie frost seems to have bitten Alberta crops the hardest, but all across Western Canada, crop experts say wet, cold weather poses challenges to late-stage development. In Alberta, a hard frost came the night of Sept. 10 and morning of Sept. 11. “The cereals and canola that were least ripe, […]


Frost damage reported in a few areas

An area around Somerset saw below-freezing temperatures for four to seven hours last Friday

Most Manitoba producers have dodged an icy bullet for now, but there are reports of some minor injury and areas that received a killing frost. Long-season crops, including corn, and later-seeded crops in parts of western Manitoba got some frost early Monday morning, but the extent of the damage wasn’t known at press time Monday, […]

Warming continues — September 16, 2014


Parts of the Prairies made a return to summer-like temperatures Monday, with much of the Peace region reaching 26 C and parts of northwestern and west-central Saskatchewan hitting the 24 C mark. Overnight lows on Monday also continued relatively warm, touching 0 C west of Red Deer and Lethbridge and -1 C between Regina and […]

‘Average’ Manitoba corn harvest pushed back — September 15, 2014


CNS Canada — A southern Manitoba corn agronomist says most corn farmers in the province can expect to see average yields this season. “Normally harvest would begin in late September but I would be surprised if that happened. I think it will be the first or second week of October,” said Morgan Cott of the […]

Late harvest to hurt Prairie winter wheat seeding — September 15, 2014


CNS Canada — Monday (Sept. 15) marks the full coverage crop insurance seeding deadline for winter wheat in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with Alberta farmers having until the 20th or 30th of the month, depending on their location. A late harvest this year, however, has prevented some farmers from getting the crop seeded in time. “Unfortunately […]

Early freeze looms for some crops amid U.S. bumper grain forecast — September 12, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Maturing corn and soybeans in the northern U.S. Midwest may see an early freeze this weekend that could damage crops still far behind in development, with agronomists saying this year’s record harvests may be trimmed. Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin crops are immature after late planting and a cool summer, raising […]


How do we define a fall frost?

Temperatures at thermometer level may vary from what's happening on the ground

Around the same time every year, if you are into agriculture at any level, thoughts start to turn to fall frost. Will it be earlier or later than average? I love overhearing weather conversations, because it often makes me realize I need to keep revisiting certain topics, and fall frost is one of them. When […]