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Prairies warm up slightly

Daytime temperatures rose somewhat on the Prairies Thursday, as highs climbed to +14 C in much of the western Peace region, +12 C around Regina, Saskatoon, Nipawin and Grande Prairie and +9 C around Brandon, but hit just +2 C around Lloydminster and +3 C around Winnipeg. Lows at WeatherFarm stations on Thursday dropped to […] Read more


Alberta recruits new board for AFSC

Alberta’s provincial government has named a new board of directors to its farm financing and crop insurance agency, to replace the board it fired last year. Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier on Thursday announced the appointment of a new eight-member board for the provincial Agriculture Financial Services Corp., (AFSC), which has been handled by an interim […] Read more

Forecast: Very slow return towards warmer weather

Issued April 24, 2017 – Covering the period from April 26 to May 3, 2017

Once again it seems that the writing of my forecast coincides with a possible major storm system. I write my forecasts late on Sunday or early on Monday and you see it Wednesday. For this forecast period, whether some regions saw significant snowfall on Monday will have an impact on temperatures until at least Friday. […] Read more

Alberta pledges ‘streamlined’ crop insurance inspections

Alberta’s provincial crop insurance agency will “streamline” its inspection procedures to better deal with unharvested acres from last fall, the government said Wednesday. The announcement from provincial Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier follows a conference call with officials from Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) and from the province’s wheat, barley, canola and pulse grower commissions. “Balancing […] Read more

Alberta farm groups want provincial government action on unharvested crops

A coalition of Alberta farm groups calling itself “Team Alberta” is meeting with the province’s province’s agriculture minister and representatives from the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) on Wednesday seeking immediate action regarding approximately one million unharvested acres still sitting in farmers’ fields. They are recommending that farmers in the hardest hit areas of Alberta […] Read more

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Research funding supports on-farm adoption of clean technologies and practices

University of Manitoba researchers were among several institutions to receive federal funding Friday supporting ongoing research under the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). Member of Parliament Terry Duguid (Winnipeg South) announced an investment of $1.9 million for a project with the University of Manitoba to study strategies for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) on Canadian cattle […] Read more

Forecast: No big warm-up before end of month

Issued April 17, 2017 – Covering the period from April 19 to April 26, 2017

Last week’s forecast once again turned out to be pretty good. A strong area of low pressure did form late last week and tracked through the north-central Prairie provinces over the weekend. Southern regions ended up seeing nicer-than-expected weather last Friday and Saturday, but a small fairly strong upper-level system brought some unwanted rain early […] Read more

Manitoba corn producers wait for fields to dry out

CNS Canada — Warm, dry weather is on the wish list for Manitoba corn farmers as they wait for fields to dry out so they can begin planting. The southwest corner of the province appears to be the wettest, while other areas are drying nicely, according to Pam de Rocquigny, general manager of the Manitoba […] Read more

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