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Cold spells linger

The Nov. 16 weather reporting period saw little escape from negative double-digit temperatures for overnight lows among the Prairie provinces. In Alberta, -12 to -14 C was seen in the Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge areas while Fort St. John and Grande Prairie fell to -20 C with Calgary reporting -20 C as well. In […] Read more

Alberta harvest nears end, forage and feed reserves seen adequate

Alberta crop conditions as of October 31 (FINAL)

Harvest is virtually complete across the province, with 98.6 per cent of the crops now in the bin. While harvest in the Southern and Central Regions has been completed, good weather conditions over the last two weeks also allowed northern producers to make good harvest progress. About 98 per cent of the crops in the […] Read more

Climate FieldView data system ready for Prairies

In beta testing in the region for much of this year, the Climate FieldView crop data system from Monsanto’s Climate Corp. has gone live on the Prairies. The Climate Corp. announced Wednesday the Climate FieldView platform is available for purchase in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta on a per-acre basis, allowing farmers to start using it […] Read more

Communities rally around producers in wildfires’ wake

Ranchers, farmers and rural residents who suffered losses, injuries and more in recent wildfires in southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan are seeing support from neighbours and beyond. Alongside a number of online campaigns launched in support of affected farmers and families, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association on Monday launched a wildfire relief fund to help […] Read more

Harvest nearly complete in southern Alberta, weather slows northern producers

Alberta crop conditions as of October 17

Despite weather which was not ideal, producers were able to make good harvest progress this past week improving the harvest percentage in the province to 86 per cent completed, up 9 points on the week though lagging the 5 year average of 93 per cent. Harvest is virtually complete in the South and nearing completion in […] Read more

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Outlook improves for Prairies’ winter cereals

CNS Canada — Following concerns in September about seeding winter cereals in dry conditions, acres are down but crops seeded in Western Canada are doing good heading into the winter. “Very little moisture is required in the fall to get that seed to germinate and start growing, especially if it’s been seeded shallow,” said Amanda […] Read more

Dicamba label sufficient, Health Canada says

Health Canada will not be further regulating the use of dicamba herbicide sprayed on growing crops, as has happened in the U.S. The government agency that regulates pesticides issued a statement to Glacier FarmMedia reiterating its support for the current Canadian labels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week increased restrictions on the use […] Read more

Alberta rancher, advocate James Hargrave, 34

A leader in southern Alberta’s cattle ranching community died in a vehicle crash while helping fight wildfires along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border on Tuesday night. Cypress County officials have identified the firefighter as James Hargrave, 34, a volunteer with the fire station at Walsh, Alta., about 50 km east of Medicine Hat. Alberta’s Agriculture Minister Oneil […] Read more

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