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The soil moisture situation looks worse in the north than it likely is, said Alberta Agriculture’s Ralph Wright. “It’s under snow. The snow still has to melt and recharge the soil moisture.”  (click image for full view)

It’s getting dry — is it time to worry?

No, says weather expert, but areas across the province are on Bruce Burnett’s watch list

With warm-weather records dropping like flies and bare fields drying out in parts of the province, is there trouble ahead? Don’t worry yet, says Bruce Burnett, weather and crops specialist at the CWB. “I don’t think that this early-spring weather means that we are necessarily headed for a drought,” Burnett said in a March 20 […] Read more

Oil’s steep fall — and the resulting drop in the dollar — has big implications for 
Alberta agriculture.

How the plunge in oil prices and the loonie affects you

From inputs and labour to the complex ramifications for the beef industry, 
the drop in oil prices and the dollar is changing the farm landscape

A plunging loonie and free-falling oil prices will create winners and losers — and farmers will clearly be in the winners’ circle, according to one of Alberta’s top economists. “Agriculture, forestry and tourism will all do well,” said Todd Hirsch, senior economist with ATB Financial. “It’s really a big benefit to agriculture that we are […] Read more


Before you even call the elevator — much less deliver a load — producers should be getting independent testing of their grain samples, our experts said.

The Big Three “to-do’s”: Experts offer their post-harvest advice

Whether it’s in the office or the field, there are some jobs 
that should be at the top of your to-do list

For many producers, this harvest is going to seem to drag on forever. But, of course, it won’t. The combine will be parked, the farm meetings and shows will get underway, Christmas will come and go, and before you know it, you’re in the shed getting the seeding rig ready. So with that in mind, […] Read more