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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

Hot, dry weather is what’s needed now

While there’s been too much precipitation in many parts of the province, rainfall in June “is replenishing the low subsoil moisture reserves experienced in the South and parts of Central region this past year,” Alberta Agriculture said in its June 29 crop report. But most of the province needs a good stretch of hot, dry […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Trade looks to weather for support

MarketsFarm — Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have been supported by dry growing conditions in key regions of the United States, but remain largely rangebound. “It’s been hot and dry, but it’s tough to pin your hopes on a bull market because sooner or later it will rain,” said Scott Capinegro of Barrington […] Read more




U.S. grains: Soy, corn slump on crop weather, economic concerns

U.S. Midwest sees generally mild temperatures

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures eased for a third straight session on Wednesday and corn futures were mostly lower as forecasts for rains and limited crop-stressing heat across the Midwest farm belt bolstered production prospects. Weak outside markets also hung over grain futures, with equities and crude oil posting steep losses as rising […] Read more


Surface soil moisture is good this year

While some parts of northern Alberta have had too much rain, more than 85 per cent of the province had a surface soil moisture rating of good or excellent at the start of June, according to a provincial crop report. “A late-spring snowmelt and ample moisture during the growing season has resulted in near- or […] Read more



Soil moisture a mixed bag in 2020

Soil moisture reserves remain extremely variable across the province, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry said in its latest update. These range “from one in 12- to 25-year lows through small areas in the central and northeast regions, to one in 50-year highs through the Fox Creek/Edson area and also around Hawk Hills in the northern Peace […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola market floating headline to headline

MarketsFarm — The ICE Futures canola market moved lower during the week ended Wednesday, but activity was choppy as futures reacted to broad swings in global financial markets. While the looming growing season should be starting to garner some attention, the COVID-19 pandemic “has grabbed all of the headlines and all of the oxygen out […] Read more