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Southern Prairies warm up

Warmer temperatures sat on the southern Prairies Thursday, as highs climbed to 25 C around Regina, Weyburn and Estevan, 22 C around Portage la Prairie and Boissevain, 21 C around Medicine Hat, Swift Current and Melville, 18 C around Steinbach and Dauphin, 17 C around Edmonton, Calgary, North Battleford and Kindersley and 11 C around […] Read more

winter wheat

Outlook improves for Prairies’ winter cereals

CNS Canada — Following concerns in September about seeding winter cereals in dry conditions, acres are down but crops seeded in Western Canada are doing good heading into the winter. “Very little moisture is required in the fall to get that seed to germinate and start growing, especially if it’s been seeded shallow,” said Amanda […] Read more

Dicamba label sufficient, Health Canada says

Health Canada will not be further regulating the use of dicamba herbicide sprayed on growing crops, as has happened in the U.S. The government agency that regulates pesticides issued a statement to Glacier FarmMedia reiterating its support for the current Canadian labels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week increased restrictions on the use […] Read more

Sask. harvest mostly complete, topsoil, subsoil moisture levels low

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending October 16

Harvest is essentially complete for producers in the province, with 98 per cent of the crop now in the bin, up from 94 per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2012-2016) average for this time of year is 94 per cent harvested. There are still some crops, such as […] Read more

Alberta rancher, advocate James Hargrave, 34

A leader in southern Alberta’s cattle ranching community died in a vehicle crash while helping fight wildfires along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border on Tuesday night. Cypress County officials have identified the firefighter as James Hargrave, 34, a volunteer with the fire station at Walsh, Alta., about 50 km east of Medicine Hat. Alberta’s Agriculture Minister Oneil […] Read more

Insurer SGI Canada sets up farm unit

The property and casualty arm of Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance agency has set up a new unit zoned strictly agricultural. SGI Canada — the Regina-based property and casualty insurance provider which operates in tandem with the Saskatchewan Auto Fund, the Crown auto insurer — on Wednesday launched a new Farm Business Unit with “a specialized team […] Read more

Sask. harvest 94 per cent complete, remaining crops see some damage

Saskatchewan Crop Report for the week ending October 9

Thanks to some relatively warm and dry weather, many producers wrapped up harvest this past week. Ninety-four per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 89 per cent last week. Harvest progress remains ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) average of 90 per cent for this time of year. Most producers with […] Read more

Would it really be so bad to have a cool day?

Hart Attacks: In the era of climate change, I should be careful about the kind of weather I wish for

I am really sick of weather forecasters here in Calgary this summer. Finally, this morning one started to make sense — cool, wet days ahead. It doesn’t seem to matter that half of Western Canada is on fire, crops are parched, and ponds and creeks are dry, these forecasters keep telling me here in Calgary […] Read more

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