GFM Network News


Frost strikes in numerous spots in Manitoba

MarketsFarm — Numerous areas throughout the growing areas of Manitoba experienced frost, according to the province’s crop report for the week ended Monday. The coldest locations were Sprague in the eastern region, Narcisse in the Interlake and Lake Audy in the southwest, which experienced temperatures of -2 C on Sept. 8. Many other areas saw […] Read more

This map shows the amount of precipitation that has fallen across the Prairies so far this growing season as a percentile. The wettest region is around Edmonton, with precipitation amounts falling into the 90th to 100th percentiles. The driest areas are in southern Alberta and central Manitoba, with some areas seeing values as low as the 10th to 
20th percentiles.

Even in summer it’s cold up there — and that’s good

Last issue, we looked at how precipitation forms in warm clouds. But in reality, most of our summertime precipitation comes from thunderstorms, which primarily consist of cold clouds, so we’ll take a look at what cold clouds are and how precipitation forms in them. In general, a cold cloud is one that has at least […] Read more


Saskatchewan mustard crop poised for strong finish

MarketsFarm — Mustard crops in southwestern and south-central Saskatchewan may have received enough rain to turn themselves around after a dry spring. “The area south of Highway 1 saw a lot of rain this year,” said Kevin Hursh, executive director of the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission. “They’ve seen a huge turnaround in their crop potentials.” […] Read more




One weather forecaster predicts rainfall totals will be near normal across much of Alberta while another outlook forecasts a ‘hotter-than-usual summer’ on the Prairies.

Weather forecast calls for normal rainfall

But as with anything, there is an opposite outlook

The Weather Network is predicting Alberta will see slightly above-normal temperatures this summer but possibly above-normal rainfall in the south. “A changeable summer is expected across Alberta with back-and-forth temperature swings that come close to offsetting each other,” it said in its forecast for June to August. “Rainfall totals are expected to be near normal […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn higher on wet weather forecast

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures rose about one per cent on Friday as wet weather forecast for the Midwest crop belt prompted short-covering, analysts said, while soybeans fell to multi-month lows. Wheat futures firmed slightly but still recorded a weekly decline as ample global supplies anchored the market. Chicago Board of Trade July […] Read more

Prairies can expect unexpected from El Nino this summer

MarketsFarm — The U.S. National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center on Thursday reported a 65 per cent chance of El Nino prevailing throughout 2019’s growing season. “A weak El Nino is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2019 (65 per cent chance) and possibly fall (50-55 per cent chance),” the CPC’s report said. […] Read more


It was the second, heavier September snowstorm that flattened big chunks of his wheat fields, said Jason Lenz.

It was more Standstill than September for many

Many weren’t able to ‘turn a wheel’ during what should be the golden days of autumn

It was a September that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. “Harvest is at a standstill and it’s been that way for about three weeks now,” Alberta Wheat chair Kevin Bender said as the month came to a close. “For the most part, guys haven’t been able to turn a wheel yet.” Bender, […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat weakens on poor export demand

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell 1.8 per cent on Wednesday, its third decline out of the last four sessions, as export prospects for U.S. supplies remained dim despite crop shortfalls in key production areas of the Black Sea region, traders said. Corn dropped after earlier touching a two-week high […] Read more