Apparently, winter is never going to end. This is a picture from the seat of my truck in Barons, Alberta on Monday afternoon. With continued snowfall warnings seeding has halted in Southern Alberta. Between the Manitoba floods and Alberta spring snowfall, weather has definitely been a challenge. It will be very interesting as the spring proceeds whether or not the recent StatsCan acreage forecast will come to fruition. Late springs can dramatically shift acreage intentions and we may be in for this result this spring. Our office has had lots of calls this week from farmers with a renewed interest in the availability of barley seed. I am not saying that we are officially in a late spring but I can tell from talking to customers that everyone is getting itchy to scratch the ground. Weather is either a friend or foe to the farmer and this year apparently is no different.
With more than 2 million unharvested acres, and wet conditions preventing normal fall work in many areas it's going to be a busy spring across much of Western Canada. How will this affect acres of each crop, especially if the recent wet weather trend continues? As Mike Jubinville of ProFarmer Canada notes, cropping options are going…Read more »