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U.S. northern Plains ranchers welcome hay lottery

Reuters — Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. The prize? Tons and tons of hay. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region’s worst drought in 30 […] Read more

Prairies continue warming

Cooler spells dissipated across more of the Prairies Thursday, as highs climbed to 28 C around Winnipeg, Medicine Hat, Weyburn and Estevan, 26 C around Brandon, Moose Jaw and Dauphin, 25 C around Calgary, Saskatoon, Swift Current and Minnedosa, 23 C around Edmonton, Grande Prairie and North Battleford and 20 C around Fort St. John. […] Read more

Options weighed for AgriRecovery in B.C. fire zones

Officials in British Columbia are now gauging what sorts of damages and expenses can be covered through an AgriRecovery plan for ranchers and farmers affected by wildfires. The federal and B.C. governments announced Wednesday they’re “working together to quickly assess the extraordinary costs farmers are incurring and what additional assistance may be required to recover […] Read more

A detailed look at Prairie heat and rainfall

It has been hot and dry across much of the region, but there’s variation within that trend

There have been more and more news stories coming out about the hot and dry conditions across the Prairies so far this summer, especially across Alberta and Saskatchewan. I figured we should take a little time to look at what has been happening weather-wise across the agricultural Prairies to see just what’s been going on. […] Read more


Harvest weather outlook offers reasons to cheer

CNS Canada — Farmers on the Prairies can expect decent weather for this harvest season, according to Drew Lerner, meteorologist and founder of World Weather Inc. Most farmers will experience periodic showers, he said, but shouldn’t be subjected to the continual drizzles and sheets of rain that caused heartaches last year. “Most of the Prairies […] Read more

Rain falls, but more needed; cereal harvesting, canola swathing begin

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for August 14

Warm weather has advanced crops, and also caused some injury in canola. Rainfall occurred throughout the province, but more rainfall is needed in many areas. Harvest has begun in winter cereals, spring cereals, and field peas. Canola is starting to be swathed. Insect monitoring is on-going, but disease incidence remains low. Haying continues, but in […] Read more

The rain dilemma for U.S. corn, soybeans

Localized storms are making widely used weather models less meaningful to the market

Rain has been falling across the U.S. Corn and Soybean Belt this month but crop ratings have been low or declining, a sign that some farmers may be getting too much moisture while others have parched fields. Because summer storms have been so localized, the two leading weather models used by traders may be little […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Supply jitters extend CME live cattle futures losses

Chicago/Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell for a fourth straight session on Thursday, dragged down by growing worries about hefty near-term supplies, traders said. “We’ve got more numbers (cattle) out here and more numbers coming, and that’s just a Damocles sword over this market,” said Top Third Marketing analyst Mark Gold. Fund […] Read more

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