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Forecast: Summer weather tries to move in

Covering the period from May 20 to May 27

There was a little discrepancy in last week’s weather outlook. We had more clouds and showers early on, before the predicted milder air finally moved in over the long weekend. The strong area of low pressure predicted to begin affecting our region May 18 to 20 is still on track as I’m writing this, but

If a usually cold region of the Earth’s north is experiencing very warm temperatures, such as the midsummer heat Churchill saw late last month, then some other region, such as southern Manitoba, is seeing a colder spell.

Weather school: Continuing our look at wind

Anything flowing over the Earth deflects off a straight path due to the planet’s rotation

Before forcing our way into our next weather school topic, here is a quick look at global temperatures for April. As we all know, April across central North America was not warm, but globally it was another very warm month. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, this April came in tied with April 2016

CEBA expanded to farms, other ‘owner-operated’ businesses

Program offers zero-interest, partly-forgivable loans

Farms and other “owner-operated” businesses with little or no payroll may soon be able to get in on a federal program offering zero-interest loans to businesses up against pandemic-related drops in revenue. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday announced an expansion of eligibility under the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to also include “sole proprietors

Seeding season is underway, but many producers are facing fields like this one near Somerset.

Filling in the trenches before spring seeding

Producers are trying to find time to deal with the ruts they left while scrambling to get crop in last fall

Manitoba’s grain farmers are still racking up the butcher’s bill from last year’s “harvest from hell.” Some are still trying to get last year’s harvest off the field, some have been forced to burn that unharvested crop thanks to fields too wet or crops too far gone to be worth combining. Some are trying to

Ontario stretches production insurance deadlines

Three already-passed deadlines bumped to June 1

Ontario farmers who missed their April 1, May 1 and/or May 10 deadlines for production insurance filings now have until June 1 to enroll or make coverage changes. Agricorp, the provincial farm program delivery agency, announced the extension Thursday. The extension gives farmers the “time and flexibility to make business decisions and to assess their



This weather graphic comes to us from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service and shows the global surface air temperature anomalies for April 2020. April was very warm across a large part of Siberia as well as Greenland. It also jumps out that much of central North America was colder than average, with the coldest region found just to our west and northwest.

Forecast: Milder with a chance of rain

Covering the period from May 13 to May 20

Last week’s weather outlook turned out to be remarkably accurate — way to go, weather models! The only piece that was slightly off was the Alberta low that was forecast to affect southern Manitoba last weekend and into the first part of this week. That low moved in a little quicker and mostly tracked through southern Saskatchewan. Now, on to this week’s outlook. Good news! I am

A return to cooler weather in May?

The CanSIPS model expects near- to above-average precipitation in May

Idon’t know about you, but being stuck at home working for a whole month actually made the month go by faster; seriously, it’s already May! That means it’s time for our look back at last month’s weather and our look ahead to see what the weather prognosticators say for the rest of May and June.


Forecast: Cool with a chance of rain, even snow

Covering the period from May 6 to May 13

Well, as it is starting to look and feel a little more like spring out there, I wish the latest forecast was as rosy looking as the last. During the last forecast period we saw warm air work in as expected, and several areas saw their first 20 C day of the year. The strong

Ontario extends fruit, forage insurance premium deadlines

Extension offers 'flexibility,' Agricorp says

Ontario fruit and forage growers who have production insurance premiums due this month will now have until June 30 to pay, the province said Monday. The extended premium payment deadline applies only to production insurance plans for fruit, strawberries and asparagus — and to the forage rainfall insurance plan, which uses rainfall as an indicator

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