We may not be able to change the weather, but we sure can have a super time anticipating what may — or may not — happen as we head towards the seeding season.
Always a popular speaker, Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc., spoke to a packed house at CropSphere 2014, outlining current snow pack, ocean surface temps, sun flares and an 18 year weather cycle that seems to be repeating itself yet again (hint: this year’s winter is reminiscent of the ’96 or ’78). What does it all mean for Prairie farmers with an eye to April seeding dates? Well, there’s good news and bad news. Depending on where you farm, you could be looking at a colder than average early spring, but a dry seeding window, or, like in Alberta, warmer than average late winter temps could melt off much of the snow pack, leaving you a bit dry moving into seeding.
RealAgriculture editor, Lyndsey Smith, spoke with Lerner after his presentation to capture some details of what farmers may look forward to (or not) for spring of 2014.
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