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Bull riders struggled to stay aboard their full eight seconds in the arena, which had been turned to mud by a day of rain.

PHOTOS: Rodeo and rain stage a comeback

Grunthal hosted its first rodeo since the pandemic cancelled events in 2020

Two things that have been rare all summer returned to Grunthal in August: rodeo and rain. The small town in southeastern Manitoba usually hosts three rodeos per year — a spring rodeo, a fall rodeo during its Hanover Ag Fair, and a high school rodeo. All three were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

brandon flooding

Precipitation deficits: Province’s western regions not as dry

Is the Brandon region in a surplus — and if so, has it helped?

By the time you are reading this it will be September, but I have to write this almost a week in advance, so you will have to wait another week for the monthly weather roundup, overall summer weather review, who did the best job predicting this summer’s weather and the look ahead to see what


CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Prices down on rains, Ida shuts grain facilities

Iowa, Minnesota crops benefit from rain; Cargill says Ida damaged Louisiana terminal

Chicago | Reuters — Favourable rains in the U.S. Farm Belt combined with approaching harvests to push down Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures on Monday, analysts said. Traders, meanwhile, assessed disruptions to U.S. crop exports from Hurricane Ida at a time when global supplies are tight and demand from China is strong.

Starting in 2010, precipitation deficits started to accumulate, with a small recharge occurring between 2013 and 2016.

How dry is it you ask? A precipitation deficit of over one metre

A meteorological drought can become agricultural, hydrological and/or socio-economic

I have had several questions about the dry weather and there have been several small articles in the news discussing the drought we are currently experiencing. So, for this article I figured we should explore the topic of droughts and do just a little bit of digging into just how bad this current drought really

CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy fall as Midwest rains benefit crops

Tight global wheat supplies could boost U.S. exports

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures ended lower on Thursday, as beneficial rainfall across the U.S. Midwest added pressure to soybean markets, while export sales capped losses. Wheat found technical support, underpinned by tight global supply concerns. Chicago Board of Trade most-active corn fell one cent to $5.50-3/4 a bushel, while nearby


CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, orange and dark green lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy sag on broad commodities weakness

Forecasts call for rain in northwestern U.S. Midwest

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures fell about 2.5 per cent on Thursday, following broad declines in commodities including crude oil and metals tied to fears about slowing global growth, analysts said. Pressure also stemmed from forecasts for rains in northwestern portions of the Midwest that could improve production prospects, particularly for

A thermometer reads 113 F (45 C) on June 27 at Portland, Oregon.

The last wet summer, and other facts or myths

By mid-August of 2014, we had been hit by six upper-level lows that summer

Trying to come up with a topic for the latest issue of the Co-operator I decided to look back to see when we last had a wet summer. I have often been blamed for bad weather because I discussed it in a weather article, so instead of talking about the heat, I figured we should

CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with MGEX, CBOT and K.C. September 2021 wheats (green, yellow and orange lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn fall on cool, wet forecast

Wheat supported by dryness in northern Plains

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean futures ended lower on Thursday, pressured by cool, rainy forecasts across the U.S. growing belt, though dryness in the upper Midwest continues to threaten developing crops. Corn eased as beneficial rains aided crops entering pollination, while wheat firmed as sparse moisture reached drought-hit spring wheat regions. The most-active soybean


File photo of an Alberta wheat field. (ImagineGolf/E+/Getty Images)

Feed weekly outlook: Alberta feed prices rising

MarketsFarm — Higher-than-normal temperatures and continued demand for feed have caused prices for Alberta feed barley and feed wheat to increase over the past few weeks. However, that demand has pulled back somewhat. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids for Alberta feed barley were at $7.84 per bushel, 48 cents higher

Canola started to fill out thanks to June rains, although high temperatures in early July led to concerns over heat blast.

Farmers continue to watch the skies for rain

Precipitation in June was great for those who got it, but producers are back to waiting anxiously for the next much-needed burst

Farmers were celebrating some of their first real rainfalls of the season in June, but agrometeorologists and agronomists aren’t quite ready to break out the party hats. Why it matters: Social media was full of jubilant rain gauge pictures last month, but agronomists say the damage to yield potential has already been done for some