Archive for the ‘weather’ Category

Feeding Cattle: Work in Progress

August 9, 2009
From drought to frost to hail, Western Canada ranchers have faced some significant challenges already this year. In a “normal” year, we gerenally only encounter one of these stresses as an issue, but this year producers have had to watch their pastures, hay land and crops alike undergo multiple stresses that have left some wondering what to do.
With most crops and pastures getting off to a very slow start due to cold temperatures and lack of moisture, there were cattle producers feeding late into the season. Now that crops are behind as well, it is looking like not all cereal crops will go through a combine, which may be an opportunity for cattle producers to procure some feed acres for silage or swath grazing.
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Crops in Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba are Affected by Rain

July 2, 2009

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays.com provides this pictoral commentary of the wet situation in Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota. On the weekend certain areas had 3 more inches of rain which is causing great difficulties for the land that did get planted. Harry points out that the land with the best drainage is showing the best and the rest well…..its flooded.

Weather Provides Delays in Seeding

April 29, 2009

Apparently, winter is never going to end.  This is a picture from the seat of my truck in Barons, Alberta on Monday afternoon.  With continued snowfall warnings seeding has halted in Southern Alberta.  Between the Manitoba floods and Alberta spring snowfall, weather has definitely been a challenge.  It will be very interesting as the spring proceeds whether or not the recent StatsCan acreage forecast will come to fruition.  Late springs can dramatically shift acreage intentions and we may be in for this result this spring.  Our office has had lots of calls this week from farmers with a renewed interest in the availability of barley seed.  I am not saying that we are officially in a late spring but I can tell from talking to customers that everyone is getting itchy to scratch the ground.  Weather is either a friend or foe to the farmer and this year apparently is no different.