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Prairies’ deep freeze done for now

A much warmer spell set in over most of the Prairies during the weekend, as highs at WeatherFarm stations on Sunday climbed to +6 C around Red Deer and Whitecourt, Alta., +4 C around Dauphin and over much of the Peace region and +3 C around Meadow Lake and Shellbrook in northwestern Saskatchewan. Lows on […] Read more

Stripe rust overwintered further north than usual going into the 2016 growing season, Cargill's Linda Freitag said at SWAC. (OMAFRA photo)

Greig: Lessons learned from Ontario crops’ pest pressures

The warmer winter and subsequent drought defined the 2016 cropping season in Ontario, resulting in more disease and insect pressures and then challenges managing them. Three agronomists gave an overview of the 2016 cropping season at the SouthWest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, outlining challenges and wins for the year. Leanne Freitag, Cargill’s manager of agronomy […] Read more

Cars driving on a highway are stuck in traffic because of a snow storm.

Christmas storm watch

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of a Colorado low expected to hit southern Manitoba Christmas Day. “There is still some uncertainty, but models are in much better agreement at this time as to the track of this low pressure centre placing it over South Dakota late on Christmas Day (Sunday December […] Read more

Soil moisture (top five cm of soil) on Prairies for November 2016, measured as difference from average. (AAFC Drought Watch map)

Winter wonderland piles on saturated eastern Prairies

CNS Canada — While a wave of snow slowly pummels parts of Saskatchewan and much of Manitoba, one soil moisture expert says water is still trickling through the soil into natural water channels. According to Trevor Hadwen, agroclimate specialist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Drought Watch program in Regina, this is a good thing, as […] Read more

(Dave Bedard photo)

Saskatchewan to rework farm drainage complaint process

A new complaint process to deal with unauthorized drainage on Saskatchewan farmland is expected to lead to resolutions in months instead of years. Scott Moe, minister responsible for Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency, on Tuesday introduced legislative amendments meant to encourage “producer co-operation through the formation of watershed associations and (allow) for producer-led projects.” Under the […] Read more

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