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There’s potential for broken temperature records soon if an omega block setting up over the central U.S. pushes farther north.

Heat waves: Sunshine and sinking air

A heat wave is defined by effects on people as much as by underlying weather

With an early-summer heat wave impacting our region as I write, I thought we should take a short break from severe summer weather and re-examine this topic. I went into a fair bit of detail about summer heat waves last July, so I will only do a short summary this time around. When you think about it, we are


CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20-day moving average (dark green line) and CBOT July 2021 corn (orange line, left column). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Corn, soy drop; soyoil limit-down

Spring wheat futures guide wheat markets lower

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybean futures eased and soyoil futures plunged by their daily trading limit on Friday on concerns about demand for renewable fuel feedstocks after news the White House was considering offering fuel refiners relief from biofuel blending mandates. The Reuters report that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was pondering

Weather: Hot weather looks set to continue

Forecast covering the period from June 9 to June 16

Well, the warm, dry weather won out in last forecast. All it took was a northward shift of a few hundred kilometres to go from highs in the upper 20s to highs in the low to mid-30s. The area of low pressure that was forecast to track through southern and central regions late last week

ICE November 2021 canola (candlesticks) with Bollinger bands (20,2) and July 2021 canola (yellow open/high/low/close). (Barchart)

ICE weekly outlook: Canola market pits weather against supplies

MarketsFarm — As dry conditions remained prevalent across the Canadian Prairies and U.S. northern Plains, despite recent precipitation, the markets were in a struggle between the weather and tightening supplies, according to Winnipeg analyst Wayne Palmer of Exceed Grain. So far for the week of June 7, central and northern Alberta received rain, followed by



Map from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31, 2021. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Drought conditions improve in May for some of Prairies, not all

MarketsFarm — Significant precipitation through May relieved drought conditions across parts of the Prairies, while other areas remained significantly dry, according to the latest assessment from the Canadian Drought Monitor as of May 31. This precipitation improved soil moisture conditions for the short-term, decreasing the area of moderate (D1) and severe drought (D2) in central

CBOT July 2021 soybeans (candlesticks) with 20- and 50-day moving averages (yellow and green lines) and CME July 2021 crude palm oil (purple line). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Soybean futures fall, corn firm ahead of USDA report

CBOT, MGEX July wheats down; K.C. wheat up

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures dropped 1.2 per cent on Wednesday, pressured by a round of profit-taking and weakness in the cash market, traders said. Wheat futures also were mostly lower after rain in the northern U.S. Plains eased some concerns about parched soils limiting the size of the crop. Corn futures were


Skies cleared and arctic air moved in on May 26-27, leaving most regions of Manitoba with some frosted patches.

Will June showers follow May flowers?

Overnight freezes at the end of May were unusually long for that time of year

Another month is in the books, and it was another in a series of interesting months, weather-wise. May began where April left off, but since it was May, it felt even colder. Daytime highs struggled to make it into the low teens and overnight lows routinely fell well below 0 C. This all changed around May 11 when daytime highs began to warm

Pinto beans. (Vergani_Fotografia/iStock/Getty Images)

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba crops emerge despite dry soils

Beans 'tougher than people think'

MarketsFarm — While Manitoba continues to deal with drought conditions in many growing areas, planting of pulses and soybeans is near done and some pulses are starting to emerge. “Pea and fava bean seeding wrapped up a while ago,” said Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist for Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG). “Dry bean planting actually