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The snow seen here on this field of soybeans fell on Oct. 18, 2018 in Manitoba's Interlake.

When should we expect winter to start?

But first, can we all agree it’s not really winter without snow on the ground?

It seems like every year around this time I start getting a lot of questions about when we should expect the first snowfall, or when I expect winter will begin. Even with all the warm weather we have been experiencing lately, this year is no different. In fact, the general murmurings I have been overhearing

It is important to wait until mid-October, or a killing frost, whichever occurs first, to hay late-season alfalfa.

The ins and outs of late-season alfalfa

With late-summer rains, alfalfa stands have seen new growth

Due to the impacts of the drought, livestock producers throughout the region are in search of additional feed. “Some areas have received rain in late August and early September causing alfalfa fields to green up,” says Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist. “Producers are asking what the risks and rewards

High-disturbance discs are very hard on soil structure, soil specialists say.

The complicated question of tillage

Despite an urgent need to conserve every drop of water, soil experts say a surprising number of producers are still tilling fields this fall

There’s time to till this fall, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily should. That’s the message from Manitoba’s soil specialists, as harvest wraps up on a tremendously dry year — one they worry will end even drier if some of that precious water is lost through weed uptake or extra movement of soil. Why it

Manitoba’s precipitation over September ranged from just trace amounts in the Dauphin region to a little over 20 mm around Brandon.

Let’s remember a very warm, dry September

Of the Prairie provinces, Manitoba had the warmest September compared to average

I don’t know about you, but September seemed to just fly by this year. Also, thinking back on the month, yes, the weather was pretty nice, but it didn’t seem as warm as what the final numbers came in at. Maybe it was due to the fact that, while it was a warm month, we

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A deeper dive into the summer weather of 2021

The total rainfall received in the Brandon region shouldn’t come as a surprise

Well, it took me a bit longer than expected to go through all the weather data for the summer, and to tell the truth, I could possibly dig into a few more details, but sometimes you have to know when to stop researching and publish what you found. The hardest part, besides spending all the


Drought conditions raise stakes on fall weed control

Weeds threaten to reduce already low moisture reserves

The province’s top weed expert is expecting to see lots of sprayers this fall, with many producers hoping to preserve every drop of water left in their soils. Late-summer rains broke Manitoba’s months-long dry spell for many regions, “but it’s still not nearly enough, so we’re going to have to be really careful,” said Kim

Local resident John Smith holds his 18-month-old son Owen near breaking waves on a pier ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicholas at Galveston, Texas on Sept. 13.

Why do hurricanes turn to the east?

The flow of air out of our hemisphere’s deserts creates our prevailing winds

With school starting up and gardening and home renos still taking a big chunk of my time, I must admit I am still not finished looking at all the summer weather numbers (I am beginning to sound like some of my students). Next article, I will get to those summer numbers, I promise. So, for

The humble soil test is your best bet this fall for better nutrient management after a drought.

Soil testing even more crucial after drought year

A poor crop year means nutrients may be left in the soil. An accurate reading of what’s there can help farmers reduce costs and manage nutrients better

After a drought year, soil testing is more crucial than ever — and farmers may like the results they get. “In the driest areas with the poorest yields, we’re hearing of very high levels of nitrogen remaining,” said John Heard, soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development. “I have never been so curious

In general, research indicates that soybean forage should not make up more than 50 per cent of the total diet.

Drought-stressed soybeans offer forage options

Don’t wait too long to make the decision as feed quality is declining daily

Although many areas across the region have received much-needed moisture recently, the ongoing drought and lack of forage options for beef producers is still a concern. “One potential forage source is drought-stressed soybeans that can be grazed or harvested for hay or silage,” says Janna Block, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension livestock systems specialist at