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La Nina to bring colder, drier winter

MarketsFarm — There’s a La Nina poised to exert influence on the coming North American winter, according to Drew Lerner, senior agricultural meteorologist for World Weather Inc. in Kansas. A La Nina generates colder-than-normal temperatures, as opposed to the warm temperatures garnered from an El Nino. Both weather phenomenon can be found over the Pacific

The CanSIPS weather model calls for a cool and dry September followed by a warmer-than-average October through January.

And now, the early-winter outlook

The two almanacs’ forecasts for Manitoba’s August were closest to the mark

Climatological fall began on Sept. 1 and almost to the day, that is when our string of almost three months of above-average temperatures came to an end across Manitoba. So, as we head into fall, the questions are: 1) Just how nice was this past summer? and 2) What kind of weather should we expect



Pulse weekly outlook: Conditions optimal for India’s winter crops

MarketsFarm — Cold weather in key growing regions of India could indicate high production levels for winter pulse crops. Heavy showers and colder temperatures in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh created “ideal conditions” for winter-sown pulses, according to India’s agriculture commissioner SK Malhotra. Malhotra explained that the output of the winter-grown pulse crops will likely

Blue jays are especially fond of peanuts in the shell.

Feed your feathered friends this winter

Put out a bird feeding station this winter to attract those hardy enough to weather our winters

Cold weather has arrived, and most of our birds have migrated south, but the hardy ones are still around. A dozen or so species remain, and a feeding station kept regularly supplied will attract them to your backyard or deck for your viewing enjoyment, if you place the feeders where you can watch them easily.


Cool, wet fall, warm, wet winter?

The computer models predict near- to above-average temperatures in December

As fall comes to an end across the Prairies some locations have already seen winter come and stay, while other regions are still waiting for winter snowpack to develop. Once again it is bad timing for writing the monthly weather summary as there are still a couple of days left in November. Normally, I can

As winter bites the scope of the feed shortage — and the size of the cull — is coming into focus.

Livestock feed crisis kicks off

Farmers are getting a sense of exactly how much trouble they’re in now that the winter is closing in

The province hopes to revamp forage insurance, but an update to future insurance will not help producers face down their current crisis, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen acknowledged. Feed trucks have become a common sight as producers scramble to overwinter cattle, Ste. Rose du Lac Mayor Robert Brunel said. Brunel says it

Will our cool fall shape up into a cold winter?

Will the cool and moist trend continue on into the early winter?

First off, I have to apologize for missing last week. No excuses, I simply screwed up and missed my deadline. So, for this week’s article, I am going to do my best to combine the key parts of last week’s article with the new stuff from this week. Since it is the end of the


If it is a food supply issue — maybe brought on by a dry summer, for example — the geese may leave early, but that would not be linked to a possible harsh winter.

Is nature predicting a harsh winter?

Plants and animals are reacting to near-term weather

Over years of writing weather-related articles, the one topic on which I probably get the most emails is weather folklore. I have touched on this topic now and then, and did a fairly in-depth look at some of it last year. As I’m still in the process of gathering information to finish up our look

Manitoba farmers unfazed by flood reports

MarketsFarm — As experts forecast a spring flood to hit southern Manitoba, farmers in the Red River Valley won’t be caught off guard. Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization held flood preparedness seminars in Morris, Brandon, and Selkirk throughout the week of March 11. Topics covered included the forecast, flood outlook, preparedness and response and disaster financial