Weather not Cooperating

Weather has been terrible this past week. We did manage to get going for a few hours, but then we got rained out again. We managed to start again on canola and harvested just over 400 acres. The canola was testing between 12.8% – 14.3% moisture – and as of this afternoon it will have all been run through the grain dryer. Canola that Read More...

Cool, Damp Week

If there was any doubt on a pattern change in the weather, we have the answer. All last week and the forecast for this week is for daytime highs ranging from 7-10C and chances of rain. We can certainly be grateful that the cereals are all done! This past week saw some decent rainfall amounts – which we are happy to receive – helps to Read More...

Cereals are Complete!

After a hot dry summer, it is looking like the weather patterns have finally changed. We had another 10mm of rain on Saturday, which is still not a big rain event, but with the forecasted daytime highs ranging from 10C to 17C with periodic showers in between – won’t be too many drying days. With the cereals all complete, all we have Read More...

Another Good Week of Progress

We had a few days of showers, and some cooler days, which has limited our harvest days, but we still were able to make good progress on the days we could go. We are currently sitting at 50.4% complete. We have another 500 acres of hard red spring wheat left to do, and then all our oats – and all the cereals will be completed.  Yields Read More...

Good Harvest Progress

We had a decent week of harvest progress – currently sitting at 32% complete. Weather was good, and with warmer nights and windy mornings we could go later and start earlier. It is a good thing we took advantage of the nice weather – we got rained out on Sunday, and today has been misting all day. It hasn’t really amounted to Read More...

Harvest is in Full Swing

We had a decent start to harvesting last week – almost all the barley is swathed, and we have also swathed 40% of our canola. The first 50% of our 2-row Metcalf barley is in the bin, with yields to date on average, which is a little surprising considering the dry/hot summer we had. Hopefully the rest of the crops will be higher than Read More...

Swathing!

We started swathing on Saturday – this is the earliest start to harvest in recent memory. The maturity is variable – with areas that ran out of moisture being over ripe and just about to shell, and low areas that had more access to moisture that are still a little on the green side.  There is a band of showers that are going Read More...

Harvest is Close!

We had some of our biggest precipitation amounts all year over the past week. We had between 24-40mm across the farm – not all in one storm but over 4 nights. We also had some minor hail damage on a section of canola. Although it is too late to make a big impact on yield, it will definitely help add weight and plumpness, especially for our Read More...

Conditions Conditions Have Stabilized

The rain last weekend coupled with much cooler weather – daytime highs of 17-22C and overnight lows of 7-12C – has allowed the crop to stabilize. Even though it wasn’t a big rain event, the temperatures were cool enough to limit the evaporation and allow the crop to use. Forecast is for warmer weather in the next few days. It Read More...

More Heat, Some Rain

It was another hot week. Coupled with the lack of moisture the crop has been struggling. We were very fortunate to pick up between 12-20mm of rain over the weekend, which will stabilize conditions for now. But there has definitely been some damage to the crop and we will see lower yields as a result. Canola flowering was cut short – Read More...