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Today’s precipitation

Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps […] Read more



Dry weather sees good seeding progress

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of May 21, 2019

Since April 1, the western parts of the province received at least 40 mm of accumulated precipitation, while areas in the northern parts of the Peace Region, eastern parts of the North West, most parts of the Central, and eastern parts of the Southern Region have seen less than 20 mm of rain. Frost was […] Read more

Warm, dry weather advances seeding; crop emergence in early stages

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of May 14, 2019

The warm dry weather has attributed to substantial seeding progress provincially. Last week’s average on all crops was slightly above 16 per cent while this week’s numbers for major crops is 42 per cent complete, which is sizably higher than the five year average of 25. Across Alberta, 72 per cent of peas are in […] Read more


Officials check on a flooded home in the Constance Bay area in Ottawa on April 26. A grant of nearly $250,000 from the Intact Foundation for a quartet of flood mitigation projects was announced as communities in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick were battling devastating floods.

Farmers in three provinces tapped to help reduce flood risk

A $250,000 investment will see 46 farmers establish and maintain 365 acres of wetland projects

New funding for an innovative conservation program could help reduce flood risk in Alberta’s largest city. The charitable arm of Intact Financial Corporation — the country’s largest provider of property and casualty insurance — is giving nearly $250,000 in funding for ALUS Canada to develop natural infrastructure projects in four communities across Canada, including two […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Markets at mercy of weather

MarketsFarm — Traders are bracing for more inclement weather to hit the U.S. Midwest, which in turn could rock commodities. Springtime floods and adverse weather have impacted the majority of the U.S. Plains and Midwest, and those regions expect another snow system before the end of March. Flooding may delay planting dates, causing farmers to […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Markets steady amid cold Alberta weather

Excessively cold temperatures in Alberta may be causing headaches for both feed grain buyers and sellers, but prices remain relatively steady for what’s moving. The cold weather hasn’t really led to a significant increase in demand, but “it’s definitely made the farmer grumpy,” said Brandon Motz of CorNine Commodities in Lacombe, Alta. “In general, the […] Read more


“Throughout much of southern Alberta, accumulations have been below average, ranging from about one-in-three to six-year lows for those areas east of Highway 2.” – Ralph Wright, Alberta Agriculture

Southern Alberta suffering from lack of precipitation this winter

While much of the province has seen average snowfall, the south has been below or well-below average

It’s a mixed bag when it comes to the soil moisture situation in the province. Most of the area north of Calgary has “experienced at least near-normal precipitation accumulations,” said Ralph Wright, manager of the agro-meteorological applications and modelling section with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “In contrast, throughout much of southern Alberta, accumulations have been […] Read more

In 2013, flooding in Medicine Hat displaced 8,000 people, hit nearly 3,000 properties, and nearly topped the Trans Canada bridge over the the South Saskatchewan River. Since then, the province has conducted 13 river hazard studies to produce new and replacement flood mapping for over 1,300 kilometres of river in the province. Another 18 such projects are now underway.

Mapping projects to aid emergency planning

Province and Ottawa funding 18 more projects under the National Disaster Mitigation Program

More Alberta communities are getting new and replacement flood mapping to support emergency response and long-term planning. The federal government is providing $8.7 million through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects. They include new or replacement flood mapping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Siksika Nation, Red Deer, and more than 100 kilometres of the […] Read more