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Western Prairies keep warming

Temperature ranges at the western end of the Prairies kept climbing Monday as highs rose to +5 C around Calgary, Grande Prairie and Red Deer, +2 C around Meadow Lake and Lake Diefenbaker in western Saskatchewan and 0 C around Dauphin. Lows on Monday were more patchy, dropping to -20 C around Brooks and Medicine […] Read more

This is not a winter wonderland. Allison Ammeter and husband Mike will have to deal with these fababeans, pictured here on Nov. 20, in the spring.

ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Lessons learned, and a look ahead

‘Don’t wait for the perfect day’ is one of the key lessons from 2016, 
and sticking to rotations may be one for this year

Allison Ammeter didn’t see the inside of a combine in October. As harvest carried on across the province, Ammeter was left waiting and wondering when the rains would stop and whether she and husband Mike would finish harvest before the snow started flying. They didn’t. “We got not quite two-thirds done, which is fairly average […] Read more



Stripe rust overwintered further north than usual going into the 2016 growing season, Cargill's Linda Freitag said at SWAC. (OMAFRA photo)

Greig: Lessons learned from Ontario crops’ pest pressures

The warmer winter and subsequent drought defined the 2016 cropping season in Ontario, resulting in more disease and insect pressures and then challenges managing them. Three agronomists gave an overview of the 2016 cropping season at the SouthWest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, outlining challenges and wins for the year. Leanne Freitag, Cargill’s manager of agronomy […] Read more

Lots on offer at agronomy update

Early-bird registration until Jan. 6

Weather and new varieties will be in the spotlight at 2017 Agronomy Update in Lethbridge on Jan. 17-18. “New varieties are always showing up with different growing seasons,” said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. “We’ve got producers in the south who are successfully growing soybeans. There is new information every year when it comes to […] Read more




This map shows the total amount of precipitation that fell across agricultural Alberta during November compared to long-term averages.  Overall, it was a relatively dry month with most areas seeing moderately low to very low amounts of precipitation.  The one exception is the area between the central and northern region which saw average to moderately high amounts.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, says our weather expert

Being snowed in at Christmas has many advantages, argues Daniel Bezte, 
but big Yuletide snowstorms are relatively rare

The holiday season is about traditions, and so it’s time once again to do my traditional look at Christmas weather across the Prairies. In particular, a look back to see what the warmest and coldest Christmases were, and if there have ever been big Christmas snowstorms. I’ve shared this with you before, but at this […] Read more



Cars driving on a highway are stuck in traffic because of a snow storm.

Christmas storm watch

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of a Colorado low expected to hit southern Manitoba Christmas Day. “There is still some uncertainty, but models are in much better agreement at this time as to the track of this low pressure centre placing it over South Dakota late on Christmas Day (Sunday December […] Read more







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