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New Brunswick, Nova Scotia impose spring weights

Spring weight limits on trucks and other vehicles are coming into effect on certain roads in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Nova Scotia transportation department on Thursday announced a maximum weight of 15 tonnes on gravel roads starting at noon Friday (Feb. 24) “until further notice.” “Unseasonably warm weather is softening gravel roads to […] Read more

Delayed planting on Prairies could reduce corn acres

CNS Canada — Record yields for Manitoba corn last year have raised the attractiveness of the commodity for many growers. However, the chances for a delayed spring this year could dampen that enthusiasm, according to one industry watcher. “If we get into a delayed planting situation we may see producers switch their corn acres into […] Read more


Prairies resume freezing

The Prairies’ mild spell generally ended as temperatures pulled back to 0 C or lower across much of the region Thursday. Highs hit +1 C around Edmonton and Brooks but just 0 C around Moose Jaw, -2 C around Brandon, -4 C around Winnipeg and Dauphin, -5 C around Peace River and -8 C around […] Read more

Warm Saskatchewan weather spells early load limits

A long spell of spring-like weather in Saskatchewan’s southwest has softened roads to the point where winter weights are about to be removed. Increased winter weights will end in southwestern Saskatchewan, including several major roads and 70 rural municipalities, starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday (Feb. 24), the provincial highways department announced Wednesday. Affected roads will […] Read more


Saskatchewan approves largest multi-farm drainage plan

Saskatchewan’s provincial Water Security Agency has signed off on what it describes as the largest single agricultural drainage project in the province’s history, with more projects of a similar scale to come. The province announced Thursday it has issued a single approval for 73 landowners in the province’s southeast to set up an “organized and […] Read more

Les Henry’s prairie stubble soil moisture map

In the map of November 2016 soil moisture, there are no “very dry” areas

As usual, this map gives only a very general indication of the soil moisture situation on the Canadian Prairies as we went into freeze up November 2016. It can be summed up in a word WET. To make a soil moisture map it is essential that a good database of rain records from many stations […] Read more










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