Merry Christmas!

From everyone at Parkland Ventures we would like to extend our holiday wishes to everyone! It has definitely been a unique season with all the outside COVID pandemic issues – at long last we can put 2020 behind us! We have been keeping busy with various tasks so far this winter. We had a busy grain hauling schedule and just completed the Read More...

Snowstorm

The forecast had  been calling for the snowstorm to hit almost a week in advance, and the forecast was verified! A lot of times when the forecast is calling for a weather event that far in advance, it usually does not verify, something changes and we end up missing it completely. Not this time! The storm was a 2 day event – it started Read More...

Calm Before the Storm?

It’s been a mild October and start to November. This last week saw temperatures in the mid to high teens and overnight lows above zero. This is about 15 degrees warmer than normal. It has also been an abnormally dry fall. In fact we have had very little for precipitation since June. Well all that “could” be changing this Read More...

Fieldwork Continues

With harvest complete, the long list of work to do prior to freeze up is next on the agenda. Cleanup of the harvest equipment is almost done, still need to service prior to winter but we can do that in the shop later this month when it gets too cold to do other fieldwork. Right now we have some projects we are working on – using a rock Read More...

Harvest is Complete!

We finished up the 2020 harvest last week and it is the earliest we have finished since 2011. Every season has its own little quirks and differences – this year our harvest season was a lot less challenging than what we have experienced in the last number of years.  In our industry mother nature plays a significant role in the outcome Read More...

The End is Near!

We are getting close to finished! We have had a daily string of showers since the end of last week and that has slowed us down considerably, but the finish line is still approaching and we shouldn’t be too much longer yet! Once you get to the end of September you can really notice the difference in the quality of harvest days. The old Read More...

Cereals Complete, 75% Overall

Another good week of progress, we finished the wheat that was remaining and we had some good harvest days on canola as well. On Sunday we had some showers and a small thunderstorm pop up – had 10-15mm of rain overall. Normally we aren’t happy with rain while harvesting. Our canola got as dry as 6.5% moisture – we are allowed to Read More...

Passed the Halfway Point!

We finished the oats yesterday and are down to 900ac of hrsw left. Then all the cereals will be complete and we will just have canola left to go. The oats were disappointing – they need a lot of water and the 6 weeks of hot dry weather really took their toll. The biggest factor was bushel weight. Our typical bushel weight is 44-46 lbs; Read More...

Cool, Damp Week

Not much progress was made last week. We managed to get a little bit of oats done but afterwards we waited for the crop to mature. The weather was cool for most of the week, and had periodic showers everyday or two. Not much rain fell in total – only a couple mm each time, but enough that it was too wet to harvest any cereals. Over the Read More...

Malt Barley is Done!

We managed to finish the malt barley over the weekend, and just in time, as they are calling for between 10-15mm of rain by Wednesday. We did have some rain this past week – two seperate storms that went through and dropped between 8-18mm total. Thankfully it dried quick enough and didn’t impact overall quality. We had some staining Read More...