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Seeding season is underway, but many producers are facing fields like this one near Somerset.

Filling in the trenches before spring seeding

Producers are trying to find time to deal with the ruts they left while scrambling to get crop in last fall

Manitoba’s grain farmers are still racking up the butcher’s bill from last year’s “harvest from hell.” Some are still trying to get last year’s harvest off the field, some have been forced to burn that unharvested crop thanks to fields too wet or crops too far gone to be worth combining. Some are trying to

Ellis Seeds burns an unharvested flax field near Wawanesa this spring after quality samples deemed it not worth harvesting.

Cold spring keeps a tight leash on seeding

Farmers are bemoaning the late start to seeding, on top of the issues carried over from last fall

Farmers across Manitoba were ready to hit the field by early May, but Mother Nature wasn’t co-operating. Cold temperatures delayed seeding across the province through the first part of May. According to the first Manitoba crop report May 5, producers had only managed a “piecemeal approach” to seeding at that point. Why it matters: Farmers


Pulse, cereal crops see seeding progress across Manitoba

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for May 12

Southwest Region Cool and wet conditions were the norm last week. Moderate snowfall happened across much of the region, stalling all field activities for two days. Total precipitation was 2 to 10 mm in different areas. Snow melted quickly and producers were able to start some seeding again. Very cold overnight temperatures coupled with below

A return to cooler weather in May?

The CanSIPS model expects near- to above-average precipitation in May

Idon’t know about you, but being stuck at home working for a whole month actually made the month go by faster; seriously, it’s already May! That means it’s time for our look back at last month’s weather and our look ahead to see what the weather prognosticators say for the rest of May and June.

Forecast: Cool with a chance of rain, even snow

Covering the period from May 6 to May 13

Well, as it is starting to look and feel a little more like spring out there, I wish the latest forecast was as rosy looking as the last. During the last forecast period we saw warm air work in as expected, and several areas saw their first 20 C day of the year. The strong


Wind is one of the constant aspects of weather affecting just about everyone on Earth no matter where 
they live. 

Weather school: Gravity + pressure + Coriolis + friction = wind

Even within weather systems, there’s no getting away from the force of friction

As most students are struggling coming to terms with learning online, you readers are becoming experts. Last week in weather school we discussed the heating difference between land and water and were tying that into the overall energy balance of our planet. This energy balance, or rather, lack of balance, is what drives pretty much

Flooding along the Rat River near La Rochelle in southeastern Manitoba.

Red River crests in lower predicted range

Water levels were dropping as of April 22, and PTH 75 remained open

Water levels are dropping along the Red River, but the river is expected to be outside its banks into May, according to provincial reports. As of April 22, the Red River had crested at all points from Emerson to the floodway and was expected to crest shortly in Winnipeg. “This is good news,” said Infrastructure

This field of soybeans near Altamont was snow covered Oct. 17, 2019, but was eventually harvested last fall. However, more than 400,000 acres of annual insured crops weren’t harvested as of Nov. 20, 2019.

What acres remain from harvest 2019 unclear

It’s believed a lot of corn and sunflowers were combined this winter, but it’s not clear how much of other crops remain to be harvested

Last fall thousands of acres went unharvested because of wet conditions. How much crop was taken off between then and now is unknown, as are the number of acres still worth harvesting. “From what we understand most producers really haven’t been able to address their unharvested acres in any fashion either to combine it, or destroy it, or whatever,” David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s


Ready or not, spring seeding is upon us

Spring is in the air and farmers say they’ll deal with what comes their way

Bill Campbell says he’s ready for spring — his combine just got back from its annual winter check-up. The Minto-area farmer and president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers says he’s ready to finish last year’s harvest as soon as his fields are passable this spring. That’s adding to what’s already going to be a short and stressful spring