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Map from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31, 2021. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Drought conditions improve in May for some of Prairies, not all

MarketsFarm — Significant precipitation through May relieved drought conditions across parts of the Prairies, while other areas remained significantly dry, according to the latest assessment from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31. This precipitation improved soil moisture conditions for the short-term, decreasing the area of moderate (D1) and severe drought (D2) in central

Crop recovery good after late-May frost, flea beetle pressure on canola sees reseeding

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 8

Southwest Region Daytime temperatures across the Southwest region reached the mid- 30 C mark; average temperatures ranged from 18 to 21 C. The 37 C high over the weekend came with damaging winds. In general, most of the southern parts of the Southwest region received 2 to 10 mm. The majority of the northern districts


Corn seedlings on the rebound after frost damage in a field near Ste. Rose du Lac.

Slow crop emergence may have averted worst of late-May frost damage

Reseeding claims fewer than expected after long period of frigid temperatures, says MASC

Slow crop emergence may have saved the lives of a few canola plants after a hard frost hit most of agro-Manitoba on May 26 to 27. “We maybe feared the worst, and I would say we’re pleasantly surprised to this point,” said David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) chief product officer. Between May

Mosaic’s potash facility at Esterhazy, Sask. (Greg Berg photo)

Flood risk forces Mosaic to shut Esterhazy potash shaft

Company to restart Colonsay mine

Winnipeg | Reuters — Fertilizer producer Mosaic Co. said Friday it would immediately cut production at its biggest potash mine due to flood risks, and restart an idled mine to offset some of the reduction. Mosaic’s K1 and K2 mine shafts at Esterhazy, Sask., about 75 km southeast of Yorkton, have long been prone to

Pasture records can be critical to making informed choices in a year with drought conditions.

Pasture records key tool in drought decision-making

Hard management decisions only get harder if the farmer only has a ballpark figure on pasture supplies

Knowing exactly what you can expect out of a pasture can put producers on better footing when making hard management choices during drought, producers and grazing experts say. If the season continues as it has been so far, despite May rains across the Prairies, there will be hard decisions in plenty. Most land in Manitoba


Frost falls on agro-Manitoba, reseeding efforts take shape

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for June 1

Southwest Region Cooler than normal temperatures continued from the previous week. All parts of the region had temperatures drop below freezing last week, down to -5 C for several hours in some areas. There are some reports of reseeding canola, but damage is not widespread. Increasing temperatures this week will spur new growth. Daytime temperatures

Frost-damaged canola seedlings in a field near St. Francois Xavier.

Frost damage widespread, but too soon yet to plan reseeding

Temperatures stayed well below freezing province-wide for several hours overnight on May 26 and 27 

[UPDATED: May 31, 2021] Severe frost, particularly in the northwest and Interlake hammered emerging crops and forage stands between May 26 and 27, but experts are warning not to pull the plug too soon. “Frost events by nature are extremely patchy,” said Dane Froese, oilseed specialist with the province. “One part of the field may

Area rainfall provides critical moisture, potential frost conditions ahead

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 25

Southwest Region Most of the Southwest region received rainfall over the past week. Recorded amounts ranged between 25 to 35 mm for the most part, though showers were extremely spotty, with some areas winning the thunderstorm lottery, while weather stations a few miles away recorded only a few millimeters rain. Glenboro and Ninette received the


(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Klassen: Feeder market heating up

Wholesale beef prices climbing

Compared to last week, quality yearling packages were $2-$5 higher while calf values were unchanged to $2 higher. A surge in buying interest surfaced for yearlings last week as fed cattle prices continue to trade near 52-week highs. Alberta packers were buying fed cattle in the range of $162-$165 delivered and breakeven pen closeouts are

Dry conditions have been seen all across agro-Manitoba this spring.

Dry conditions spark provincial service quick list

A recently published list of services urges producers to consider what they can access if they’re worried about lack of moisture

The province is reminding producers of the possible tools in their toolbox when dealing with dry conditions. Although some rain is poised to fall this Victoria Day weekend, concerns over dry conditions have already loomed large during the spring and winter. As of the end of April, almost all agricultural regions in the province were