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Cattle producers finally get a little help from Mother Nature, in the form of a mild winter.

Livestock sector benefiting from mild winter weather

Producers entered the fall worrying about feed supplies, that are now stretching further

As Manitoba basks in a startlingly mild winter, the province’s graziers are catching a long-overdue break. After successive years of poor pasture, extended feeding seasons and disappointing hay harvests, the mild weather has put a cap on their herds’ feed needs. That’s helping them make the most of what they have, producers and industry watchers


Forecast: Colder, but not much snow expected

Covering the period from January 13 to January 20

It has been a while since my last weather forecast and, of course, I just happened to miss a period of nice, quiet and predictable weather. For this forecast period, it is increasingly looking as though we will see a switch in our weather pattern to one that will bring a return to more seasonable

Alastair Handley, president of Radicle.

No getting off the carbon reduction train

Farmers might be able to sway government but Mr. Market is speaking loud and clear

Climate change initiatives such as carbon taxes might elicit a lot of negativity in the Canadian agriculture sector. But ignoring them could also mean ignoring big opportunities, according to Alastair Handley, president of Radicle (formerly Carbon Credit Solutions). He’s been involved in carbon markets since 2007, when he started developing a system for Alberta farmers

Top weather stories of 2020

Heat was the recurring theme for the year, and it manifested itself in many ways

Hard to believe another year has come to an end, and for most of us 2020 will be one to remember, but not necessarily for the best reasons. To begin the new year, I usually take a detailed look back at the previous year and then our customary look ahead to see what the new


Manitoba to consolidate and shut agriculture, MASC offices

Province announces 'new rural service delivery model'

Updated, Jan. 7 — Manitoba’s agriculture and resource development department and crop insurance and ag lending agency will close their offices in 21 communities and consolidate others this spring, in a bid to reduce their “physical footprint.” Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen on Wednesday announced what the province billed as “a new rural service delivery model

My favourite weather websites

Tropicaltidbits.com offers access to GFS, one of the primary forecasting models

Over the holiday season, combined with COVID restrictions limiting our holiday plans, some of you may have had some extra time for reading and maybe a little surfing of the net. Over the years I’ve occasionally written about some of the websites I use to look up weather, create forecasts and read about what’s going

Longer-range forecast points to warmer-than-normal winter

MarketsFarm — Warmer-than-normal temperatures are in the long-range forecast across all of Canada for the next three months, according to the latest outlook from Environment Canada. The latest seasonal forecast from the government agency, released Thursday, calls for a 40 to 70 per cent chance of above-normal temperatures from January through March for the western


Dryness looms over South American crops

Dry conditions in several parts of Brazil and Argentina are likely to continue, according to meteorologist Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. Dry conditions in October and November hampered seeding pro­gress of soybeans, especially in Brazil, according to reports. However, by the end of planting farmers had largely caught up. In

Forecast: Not much snow expected

Covering the period from December 23 to December 30

Usually by this time of the year we have settled into a predictable winter pattern. This year, winter has been struggling to take hold and as a result, the overall weather pattern is remaining fairly unpredictable. It looks like the weather for this holiday season is going to bounce around from above average to below

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