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Forecast: Hot and humid weather to continue

Last week’s forecast was a little more on track, with the prediction of hot and humid air; only problem was, the heat and humidity moved in a little earlier than expected. This forecast period is looking very much like the dog days of summer: plenty of sunshine, lots of heat and a fair bit of

Forecast: Warm weather and humidity to return

Covering the period from June 24 to July 1

After a string of weeks where the weather models did a pretty darned good job with the forecasts, last week’s forecast ended up as a bit of a stinker. Hopefully the transition to summer is finally done, which should mean a little less volatility in the weather. For this forecast period, we will finally be

Warm air has the capacity to hold much more water than cold air. The question is, by how much?

Measuring atmospheric moisture not easy

Relative humidity has to be one of the most misunderstood terms in weatherspeak

If you have been reading my articles over the years you know I have a few weather pet peeves. This article’s pet peeve is probably on the top of my list as I hear it discussed again and again, and people just don’t seem to properly understand this topic. So, even though I seem to

With crops coming off the field, many farmers are switching on the aeration fans, but what are the best practices 
for natural air drying?

What’s the word on night-only aeration?

Research urges farmers to go nocturnal when it comes to aeration and natural drying

Experts are still divided when it comes to night-only natural air drying. Dr. Ron Palmer, project engineer with the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation, made waves in 2015, when he suggested that grain would dry better at night when air temperature outside was less than grain temperature. The idea flew in the face of conventional

It’s a crucial window to ensure soybean harvest quality as the crop comes off and goes into the bin.

Avoid soybean loss during harvest, drying and storage

Shattered beans can badly affect the profitability of your crop

Harvest timing can have a huge impact on soybean shatter losses, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang. “Field losses, splits and cracked seed coats increase as moisture content decreases,” he says. “Shatter losses have been shown to increase significantly when seed moisture falls below 11 per cent or when

Rain causes extreme haying delays

CNS Canada –– Excessive rain and high humidity over the past few weeks are causing major problems for haying operations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “We should be well underway in our progress and I think we are far behind right now,” said Leanna Rousell, executive director of the Saskatchewan Forage Council. The majority of Saskatchewan

Forecast: Summer heat and humidity are moving in

Issued June 6, 2016 – Covering the period from June 8 to June 15, 2016

For last week’s forecast the timing of the weather system was slower than expected thanks to another upper-level low that brought a fairly wet end to May and the first day of June. The same upper low brought the extra clouds along with a few showers to central and eastern regions on Sunday and Monday.

Beef 911: Hyperthermia (overheating) in farm animals

Calving during hot weather with no shade is a recipe for trouble

Every year during the first few hot days of summer we hear media warnings about leaving pets unattended in closed vehicles, where temperatures can rise to over 50 C. We often don’t realize how susceptible livestock are to the same condition. Many a farmer or veterinarian has been fooled by symptoms resembling a toxemia or

Running fans when the EMC is higher than the grain’s moisture content pumps moisture into the grain. When the EMC is lower, running the fans will remove moisture.

Knowing when it’s time to turn on the aeration fan

A free web-based program uses local weather data to make recommendations

If you turn on the aeration fan, are you adding or removing moisture from stored grain? A free web-based program called BINcast can help make the decision. “Determining when to turn fans on and off for maximum efficiency, just by guessing, is problematic,” says Ian Nichols, business manager for Weather INnovations Consulting (WIN), developer of