More Rain!

Over the weekend we got another 40-60mm of rain over all our land. The total precipitation over the past 10 days is between 100-150mm on our total land base. A much welcome change – we don’t know if this is a temporary relief or if it is a change in weather patterns. After 4″ to 6″ of rain you would think there would be Read More...

RAIN!!!!!!!

What a beautiful rain it was! This past weekend was a sense of relief – Friday night we received 22mm on the northernmost land we have, and then overnight Friday into all day Saturday we had follow up rains across all our land. It was a slow rain, cloudy and cool all weekend, which allowed the moisture to percolate into the soil and not Read More...

Still Dry…Some Frost Damage

The forecast that had everyone excited early last week failed to verify, and we did not end up with any rain. This dry trend just does not seem to want to let up. As the low pressure system passed through, the temperatures still cooled down and we ended up with frost on Saturday night and again last night. The Saturday night frost was patchy and Read More...

Dry….and Waiting

The dry pattern has continued. It has been a hot and dry week, with the wind not helping matters either – blowing at 30-50km’s more often than not. Outside of a freak rainstorm last night over 10% of our land (1/2″ of rain!) we have not had a measurable rain in a long time. Flea beetles have been attacking early planted canola, Read More...

Seeding is DONE!

We finished seeding on Tuesday evening (May 21st), the earliest completion date that I can ever recall! We sure made good time, it is amazing how much more efficient you can be when you have no sloughs to go around and not dealing with wet soils. Remembering previous seasons where you only had once shot to get the semi into the field to load the Read More...

Last Few Days of Seeding

We have had record progress this seeding season – two weeks in and we are a whopping 88% complete! We haven’t even been pushing too hard – more of a relaxed atmosphere, not rushing the fills and taking our time with everything else. The theme is still dry weather and dry conditions. The topsoil is getting very dry, we have Read More...

Good Progress in First Week

We had a very productive first week of seeding – just over 40% of the overall crop is in the ground. Conditions are good – seed is going into moisture and should get off to a good start.  We have 35% of the canola planted, 80% of the spring wheat, 50% of our 6-Row and all the oats are planted. The first seeded fields are Read More...

Seeding has Started!

Finally the weather has ‘improved’ enough for us to start seeding – hasn’t warmed up that much (daytime highs around 10-13C) but at least the overnight lows are closer to freezing rather than the -5 to -8 we had all last week and this past weekend. The delayed start allowed us to soft start last week and make sure all the Read More...

Cold Weather Stalls Seeding

The cold weather trend has continued the past few weeks and the early part of next week looks to be the same conditions – cool days with highs in the single digits and freezing temperatures overnight.  We will be waiting a few days yet before we start to plant – both drills are ready to go, filled with product and calibrated. Read More...

Spring is Here!

There wasn’t much runoff this year – we had less snow then usual, and with a slower melt over the past 3-4 weeks it got a chance to soak in rather than runoff. Lower areas in the fields that usually hold water are also drying up, which should make for pretty good seeding conditions with not too many spots to have to drive Read More...