Harvest is Done!

The 2021 harvest is now complete! Every season has its ups and downs – even though yields were off significantly compared or average, still managed to have an enjoyable harvest and experiment with new techniques. Started late July and then had some rain delays (which were welcome!) and finished up mid-September — key to our success once Read More...

Significant Moisture Event!

We finally had a major thunderstorm move through the whole farm last week. It dropped between 30-90mm across our land base. This is a major positive event for us as it has had a good recharge of our soil moisture. In fact, two of the three weather stations show a full recharge of the soil probe which goes to 3 feet depth. Not very often you Read More...

Rain Delay….Some Hail

The good news is we did finally get some significant moisture totals on our north land (south land received less), but it did come with a major hail storm. We ended up with between 40-60mm last week up north and 20-25mm down south – this is welcome and appreciated, even though it is the middle of harvest. Along with those heavier rain Read More...

Barley and Oats are Complete

Harvest was slow this past week with periodic showers slowing down progress. We didn’t get any large amounts of rain – seems like we are still dealing with shortfalls from what is forecasted – we ended up with around 8-10mm through all the showers that we had last week. The good news is the barley and oats are now all off. Read More...

One Third Complete

August 16th and we are already 1/3 of the way through harvest! The last few days the grain has been dry enough that we haven’t had to run through the dryer. All the oats are now done, and about 70% of the barley. We also swathed about 1000 acres of canola – we have another 800 acres of canola we will be swathing (non pod shatter Read More...

Harvest Slowly Advancing

We had a decent week of harvest – it was a slow start, most of the crop is still immature and not ready, but we did enough to get everything working and tested out, and by the end of last week more crop was getting mature enough to just keep on going. First indications are – up north we are getting 40-50% of a normal crop; down south Read More...

Harvest is Underway!

We haven’t harvested in July before, this is a first! We started harvesting some earlier planted 6-row barley at the end of last week. We took off 70 acres to make sure all the equipment was working and so we could run some grain through the dryer to make sure everything was working with it as well. It was testing 16-21% moisture with a Read More...

Still No Change in the Weather

Still no break in the weather. At least we have had some forest fire smoke from the north drift in and that’s been keeping the temperatures moderated the last few days. This is the driest weather we have had in a long time – with 60-75mm of moisture to date since the end of May, this is the driest string of weather we have had in Read More...

Relentless Dry Conditions Continue

Starting to sound like a broken record….hot and dry conditions have been the predominant feature of the 2021 season thus far, and the trend looks to continue for the balance of July. Last week we had a brief reprieve of the heat, with daytime highs dropping to the high teens, but at the end of the week and into the weekend the heat has Read More...

Dry Conditions Presist

It’s been a week like no other we have experienced before. Daily highs in the low to mid 30’s and wind. No measurable rain. The crops still are hanging on although the areas that received less rain have taken a major turn backwards. The only reason we haven’t lost the crop yet is the overnight lows have dropped down to 12-18C Read More...