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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

Weather maps paint an unsettling picture of 2019

It would take more than a thousand words to even briefly describe the weather during last year’s growing season. But provincial agrometeorology modelling expert Ralph Wright was able to do that in four colour-coded maps. For example, March-May precipitation map is a sea of bright and dark red (indicating conditions seen once every 25 years […] Read more


When it gets bitterly cold, up the grain in rations and try to get thin cows into the barn.

Cows can handle the cold — but extreme cold is a different story

Once it gets below -20 C, extra measures are needed to ensure animals aren’t dropping pounds

Regular feed only goes so far in keeping cattle warm when it’s bone-chilling cold. “Cattle can stay warm down to -20 C without wind chill, and the heat from digestion when they consume their feed will keep them warm,” said beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. Feed requirements change when it gets that cold. “You […] Read more



It was tough to squeeze out a profit last year but Fred Lozeman is looking forward to 2020.

A year with more ups than downs, say these cattle producers

It wasn’t without its challenges, but 2019 worked out better than many had feared

This past year may have been a better year for Alberta’s cattle producers than 2018 was, but you’d be hard pressed to find many who would call it good. Between uncertain feed supplies, whiplash-inducing weather conditions, and variable cattle markets, producers across the province had to dig into their reserves, find a degree of patience, […] Read more

There were so many unharvested acres in Alberta this year — 1.6 million — that Agriculture Financial Services Corporation put on a series of meetings across the province in November and December to hear concerns and answer questions from producers.

A normal crop year went out the window in 2019

It seems pretty much everyone had severe weather challenges this year, but they came in many forms

Weather always gets talked about, but usually there are other issues that mark the year gone by. But this was a year when the rain gauge and thermometer were front and central from spring to harvest. Or rather, what passed for harvest. With about 1.6 million acres of crops still in the field, the story […] Read more





Historical data shows big and sometimes ‘remarkable’ changes in Alberta’s climate have already occurred, says retired provincial oilseed specialist Murray Hartman.

Like it or not, climate change will change your farm, say two experts

The growing season is already longer and extremes more common, say climatologist and crop specialist

Canada’s best-known climatologist always knows when he’s lost a crowd of producers he’s presenting to. It’s usually right around the time he starts talking about climate change. But he gets it. “Farmers have been beat up a lot — they’ve been accused of causing climate change,” said David Phillips, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s senior […] Read more

Canola being harvested on Jim and Darlene Goodwin’s farm north of High River in late October. Almost everything was combined in southern Alberta before winter set in, but the yields were down because of dry conditions. Yields were better farther north but many fields were left unharvested because of rain and snow.

Alberta farmers grapple with a miserable harvest

There simply aren’t a lot of positives for many producers in the province

This year’s harvest was the season from hell for farmers across Alberta. Many will still be combining next spring, drying grain for weeks to come, and their marketing efforts will resemble a salvage operation. And while producers — particularly in central and northern regions — knew their crops were late in developing, Mother Nature did […] Read more