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Snow cover in southern Manitoba has been sparse this winter, as shown across this field east of Starbuck, Man. (MarketsFarm photo by Glen Hallick)

Wet or dry spring ahead? Depends on where in Canada

MarketsFarm — There will be increased in risk of flooding this spring in British Columbia, western Alberta and parts of Eastern Canada, according to a report Friday from AccuWeather. Meanwhile, dry conditions are expected to continue across the Prairies. AccuWeather’s report forecasts below-normal temperatures for B.C. and western Alberta going into spring. That could delay



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USDA’s July WASDE has little effect on markets

U.S. Midwest weather likely having greater effect

MarketsFarm — There were some notable changes in the carryovers for corn, soybeans and wheat in the July supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Friday. However, the monthly world agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE) had very little effect on the markets, according to MarketsFarm analyst Mike Jubinville. “I think


Soil moisture and crop data can combine to create a powerful tool to help farmers make more informed decisions.

Wet enough for you?

Bringing weather data into your crop planning decisions can be a powerful tool

If you want to know if you should top dress fertilizer in season, a great place to start is with just how much soil moisture is available. Knowing the answer to that question will tell you if there’s any opportunity still out there to be captured, says Ryan Hutchison, of South Country Equipment. South Country’s



This map shows precipitation percentiles across the Prairies during the last half of the year ending Aug. 12. Three regions have been experiencing long-term dry conditions. The driest regions are found across central parts of agricultural Manitoba, southern Alberta and far-northern Alberta. The wettest regions are found across central Alberta and, to some degree, in south-central Saskatchewan.

Prairie rainfall: Too much and too little

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of big weather stories currently going on in our part of the world, but is that really true? Sure, the weather overall this summer has been fairly quiet, with no massive storms or heat waves, but there has been a weather story that has been slowly building and




Changing moisture conditions at flower had farmers hunting for answers on whether to spray for sclerotinia, or leave the fungicide alone.

Changing weather alters sclerotinia strategies

Farmers were waffling over fungicide as canola broke into flower, 
but moisture conditions added a further question mark

Whether to spray for sclerotinia is always a challenging choice, but this year was harder than usual. Dry soil gave little room for the disease to germinate early in the year through much of Manitoba, leaving producers to wonder if a spray pass was worth the expense, says Angela Brackenreed, of the Canola Council of