While winter wheat is a darn hardy crop — just 15 plants per sq. foot growing in the spring can reach a very respectable yield potential — there are times when crops just don’t make it through. The southwest corner of Manitoba is reporting some winter wheat issues, and crop insurance adjusters are out evaluating… Read More

With many growers across Western Canada experiencing a later than normal spring, seeding has been delayed for some. Once you being to get into the middle part of May and beyond, there is an increased likelihood of running into a fall frost. Here are some tips to help shorten the season as much as you… Read More

Seeding has just started in Saskatchewan, though most acres seeded are concentrated in the southwest and west-central parts of the province.That’s according to the first crop report of the season, current to May 6, The vast majority of farmers are still waiting for the land to dry out and the snow to fully disappear. According… Read More

You may have run out of hay this winter, but at least you have the know-how to start your own snow-removal business! There’s a plus side to everything, right? We were actually pretty fortunate, this winter (I mean, besides from the experience gained by the aforementioned snow collection). Though we used more hay than anticipated,… Read More

Over 50 farmers gathered near a river diversion yesterday intending to send a message to the Manitoba government. The group of farmers, who farm near Lake Manitoba, were protesting a lack of fair compensation for forced flooding that occurred in 2011. A small group of farmers parked large equipment on the low side of the… Read More

It’s the last day of April, and precious few farmers have turned a wheel in Western Canada. It’s currently cool and wet in Manitoba with snow in the western part of the province. Parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan had snow just yesterday (and still more have woken up to a winter wonderland). While some in… Read More

The drought of 2012 is still fresh in the mind of many American farmers.  As many get closer to the beginning of plant 2013, everyone has their fingers crossed that another drought does not wreak havoc on this year’s corn and soybean crop. Recent cool wet weather (in some cases snow) has pushed back planting,… Read More

Will Western Canada’s winter ever end? Well, yes, of course it will, it’s just taking its jolly sweet time moving on out and letting spring begin in earnest. While current conditions seem very dire, somehow Drew Lerner manages to turn all this snow and cool weather into a positive, as you’ll hear in this RealWeatherWatch… Read More

Patience is the name of the game for plant ’13 it would seem. That’s according to Drew Lerner, founder of World Weather, Inc. In this RealWeatherWatch episode, Lerner cautions that Ontario farmers hoping for a straight-forward, dry planting season are likely to be disappointed. Cool, wet and unsettled weather is likely the norm for much… Read More

Last week’s ice storm most certainly didn’t help to get planting season going. Worse still was the two days of rain prior to the storm. A small glimmer of warmer weather earlier this week has faded to more rain for much of the Ontario farming heartland. While there are certainly some tactics to planting in… Read More