A CL-215 water bomber drops water on a fire north of Turtle Lake, Sask, on Thursday evening. (Lisa Guenther photo)

Guenther: Northwestern Sask. fire hazard looms over farms

Judy Wilkinson was planting potatoes on Thursday when she had a bad feeling: the dry weather was just right for a fire. “It’s scary out there. The buffalo don’t want to eat hay anymore,” said Wilkinson, who with her husband Kevin raises bison on the forest’s edge near Turtle Lake, Sask. “They’re on the move, […] Read More

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Prairies’ lows pull up

The range of lows across the Prairies on Thursday dropped no colder than the freezing mark, hitting 1 C around Olds and High River in southern Alberta and Brandon and Ste. Rose du Lac in western Manitoba, and 0 C around Meadow Lake and Grasslands National Park in western Saskatchewan. Highs continued to lift into […] Read More


Excessive moisture from the May long weekend storm might trigger more crop insurance claims than the widespread frost. Snow just about buried this tillering winter wheat near Holland, Man. (MAFRD photos by Anastasia Kubinec)

Dawson: Moisture may trigger more Man. crop claims than frost

Excessive moisture in Manitoba from the Victoria Day long weekend might result in more crop insurance claims than frost. “From our perspective the amount of rain and snow that came with this storm is probably as big a concern as the frost itself,” David Van Deynze, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp.’s manager of claim services, said […] Read More



Cutworms. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Guenther: Alta. cutworms sought for mapping, posterity

If you’re an Alberta farmer and your crops have got cutworms, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development wants to know. Scott Meers, an entomologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, is asking farmers to report cutworms online. The province uses those reports to create an interactive map displaying cutworm sightings. Meers and provincial insect research technologist […] Read More

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Dawson: Time to assess crops for frost, water damage

Each day it gets easier to assess how much damage frost and excessive moisture did to Manitoba crops over the Victoria Day long weekend. Farmers can expect their soybeans to emerge this week because of warm and sunny conditions — and that germination will probably suffer in some soybean fields. “I’m expecting to see a […] Read More


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Prairie winter wheat set back by cold

CNS Canada -- Recent cold temperatures in parts of Western Canada should cause some setbacks for winter wheat, but most of the crop is likely still in decent shape, according to an analyst. Farmers in the three Prairie provinces seeded 665,000 acres of winter wheat in the fall of 2014, with about 565,000 acres surviving […] Read More




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Ottawa’s new GHG goal eyes fertilizer, chem sectors

The federal government’s new target, to cut the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years, will involve new regulations on fertilizer and chemical companies’ output. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced the government’s new target and general plans on Friday in Winnipeg, but hasn’t yet specified […] Read More