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Weather: Hot weather looks set to continue

Forecast covering the period from June 9 to June 16

Well, the warm, dry weather won out in last forecast. All it took was a northward shift of a few hundred kilometres to go from highs in the upper 20s to highs in the low to mid-30s. The area of low pressure that was forecast to track through southern and central regions late last week



Skies cleared and arctic air moved in on May 26-27, leaving most regions of Manitoba with some frosted patches.

Will June showers follow May flowers?

Overnight freezes at the end of May were unusually long for that time of year

Another month is in the books, and it was another in a series of interesting months, weather-wise. May began where April left off, but since it was May, it felt even colder. Daytime highs struggled to make it into the low teens and overnight lows routinely fell well below 0 C. This all changed around May 11 when daytime highs began to warm

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

CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, gold, green lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn ease on inflation fears

Stronger U.S. dollar also pressures prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago soybean and corn futures eased on Thursday, pressured by a firming dollar and fears of food price inflation, though concerns of hot, dry weather in growing areas offered support, traders said. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board of Trade fell 13-1/4 cents to $15.49-1/4 per bushel, while new-crop


Weather: Below average to start, then warmer?

Forecast covering the period from June 2 to June 9

It continues to be a tough time for the medium-range forecasts. The weather pattern continues to oscillate between cool and unsettled and warm and dry as summer tries to gain traction. Last issue’s forecast did pretty well but missed just how cold it got last Thursday and Friday mornings. I also hedged my bets on


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


Much of Manitoba last week had the temperatures and conditions favourable for thunderstorms to develop — but was short on humidity.

How to break a drought

In a dry spell, storm systems don’t have much moisture to offer up as rain

Sometimes I really hate my early deadline — and this is one of those times. As I write this on May 20, I’m watching the weather to see just how much rain we might see from the trough of low pressure moving through the province over the May long weekend. So far, the first part

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