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  • More than US$800M in agriculture loss by American Midwest flooding A confluence of weather events came together in some Midwestern States last week which is causing emotional, physical and financial devastation. A weather ‘cyclone bomb’ with barometric lows most often seen in hurricanes, exploded over a large swath of the U. S. bringing rain, onto snow covered, frozen ground which ...
  • Saskatchewan premier announces $5 million for water management initiatives Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe made a major funding announcement concerning flood mitigation at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) annual convention being held this year at Saskatoon. Moe says that there are 96 Conservation and Development Authorities and 13 water association boards, which operate under the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development ...
  • Normal to below normal spring runoff expected for Saskatchewan Saskatchewan has released its spring runoff forecast and, as anticipated, it varies considerably cross the province. For the most part, the Water Security Agency (WSA) is expecting below normal snowmelt runoff in the far north, near normal snowmelt runoff over central areas of the province, and below normal snowmelt runoff over ...
  • Cold winter, high snow pack will impact spring planting start Bryce Anderson has reported on a lot of weather over the years and when he says it’s cold, he doesn’t just mean it feels cold— he can tell you why it is cold, if it’s colder than it should be, and what that cold will mean for the start of ...
  • Manitoba 2019 flood outlook could mirror 2011 (not awful) or 2009 (much worse) With spring just around the corner, the Manitoba Government has released its first report for the 2019 flood outlook. According to Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, the risk of major spring flooding in the Red River Valley in 2019 is high. “Early forecasting data shows that we expect to see major flooding along the Red River, with ...
  • Planting and seeding moisture not likely to fall where we need it: Lerner A crowd favourite for his excellent knowledge of weather trends and forecasts, Drew Lerner, of World Weather Inc., was one of many speakers at FarmTech this year. Although often busy due to his willingness to share his insights, Lerner was able to stop by the RealAg Lounge to give producers a feel ...
  • Spray experts say knowledge of inversions could prevent drift events FarmTech is a great place to run into people you know and to meet people who you should know. A regular here on RealAgriculture, Tom Wolf, spray guru at Sprayers 101, brought along his friend Dr. Jim Wilson to FarmTech this year. Wilson previously worked for South Dakota State University ...
  • A look to late winter, early 2019 planting season weather When your livelihood depends on the weather, it seems like it’s never too early to start getting a handle on the forecast. James Garriss, historic climatologist with Browning Media, was a guest presenter at the recent SouthWest Agricultural Conference at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus. RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin had a ...
  • Corn School: A look at 2019 markets with Philip Shaw What can corn growers expect from the markets in 2019? In Ontario, will sufficient markets be found for high DON corn? After three years of sideways trade, will world markets finally break the mold and push corn higher? On this edition of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, host Bernard Tobin travels to the ...
  • Soybean School: Learning from Ontario’s record 54 bu/ac crop The 2018 Ontario soybean crop is one for the record books, but you never would have predicted that back in July when much of the crop was desperate for rain. Not only did the 2018 Ontario crop set a record yield average at 54 bu/ac, it smashed the previous record of ...
  • Managing producers’ risk key focus for new OAC research chair There are many challenges that have the potential to dash the business plans and hopes of farmers —from trade agreements, to climate change, and primary risks. Strong government policy is part of the solution. Helping shape effective policy will be one of Dr. Alan Ker’s goals as he assumes the newly-created ...
  • Soil moisture is up in the west, but not enough to shed drought status Improvement of soil moisture conditions were not widespread as some would like it to be, but the good news is there was increased precipitation for much of Western Canada, according to the latest report via the Canadian Drought Monitor. Looking at the latest report (see below), producers will see a big ...
  • 5 tips for operating your Tier 4 tractor in the winter months The calendar has flipped to December which brings Christmas music (yay!) and, inevitably, colder weather (boo!). But just because it’s cold outside on the farm or ranch the work does not stop. Whether it’s pushing snow or bedding or feeding the animals, cold weather brings a new set of challenges ...
  • Exploding Sprayer Myths: Prevent spray drift, eh! The Spray Guys are back with a Canadian culture mash up that sees them reprise the roles of Bob and Doug McKenzie, everybody’s favourite beer drinking duo. In this episode of Exploding Spray Myths, our two hosers, played by Jason Deveau and Tom Wolf, somehow manage to jerry-rig a satellite hot stove ...
  • Futures dip on export numbers — This week in the grain markets Grain prices this week dipped lower as the complex dealt with some U.S. export numbers that came in below expectations and harvest 2018 picking back up. However, things might slow again soon as it looks there are a few spots that might get rain over the weekend or into next week, ...