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Favourable growing conditions forecast for major ag regions

MarketsFarm — Canadian producers looking for challenging growing conditions elsewhere in the world to prop up commodity prices may be disappointed during the 2020 growing season. South America “If you’re looking for any help from South America for your canola or soybeans or corn, you’d better look somewhere else,” Drew Lerner, president of World Weather

Zimbabwe says grain stocks running out after drought

Harare | Reuters — Zimbabwe has only 100,000 tonnes of grain in its strategic reserves, enough to last just over a month, as the southern African nation suffers the effects of a severe drought, according to the agriculture minister. More than half the country’s population faces food shortages after maize harvests halved last year. The

Trump administration scales back U.S. water protections

Washington | Reuters — The Trump administration finalized a rule on Thursday to pare back the types of waterways protected from pollution under federal law, easing burdens on industries such as agriculture and mining but angering environmental groups. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule could win political points ahead of the November election for Republican President

Forecast: Mild, quiet weather moving back in

Covering the period from January 22 to January 29, 2019

The first half of my last forecast unfolded close to what was expected, with a few minor exceptions. The cold arctic air did move in and luckily it was only a brief encounter as the centre of the cold air remained well to our west. With the centre of the cold air staying farther west

Today’s precipitation

Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps

Variable Prairie weather makes for uncertain spring ahead

If nothing else, a rainy harvest season helped replenish topsoil moisture

MarketsFarm — Late-season rains wreaked havoc on the 2019 harvest season but were helpful in restoring topsoil moisture to key growing regions in the Prairies. Since snow coverage has been variable across the Prairies so far in 2020, however, the growing season may get off to a rocky start. “If we take a look at

(The CanSIPS) precipitation forecast calls for near-average amounts with maybe a slight lean toward above average in March.

Does this winter have a cold and snowy second act?

Daniel Bezte’s gut goes up against the almanacs and the weather models

OK, I heard you loud and clear: Instead of continuing our look at the top weather stories of 2019, you want to know what the latest and greatest weather outlooks are for the next couple of months. I must admit, I usually start off each month with the monthly look back and the view ahead,

Forecast: Cold with only slight chances of snow

Covering the period from January 15 to January 22, 2019

Well, last week’s forecast played out not too badly. We saw an Alberta clipper come through late last Wednesday and into Thursday and it ended up dropping a bit more snow than originally expected. While the cold air moved in over the weekend, as forecast, it ended up being pretty much right at the temperatures

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