Getting Close…..

Getting close on both harvest and on overnight lows… Saturday night we had a low of plus 2 again, and heard it got below zero 30 miles south of us. It probably didn’t stay cold for long enough to do any major damage, but we have been flirting with these cool overnights for a few weeks already – we need 3-4 weeks of warmer Read More...

The Waiting Game….

Last year at this time we were a few days from swathing canola and barley, and combining was a few days after that….this year we are likely 2 weeks away yet before we will start harvest. Its a combination of cooler spring/summer weather and more moisture available during the month of July. Last year the plants prematurely ripened from lack Read More...

Summertime Chill…

With fungicide season complete and insect season a few weeks away, this is the time to get caught up on office work and make harvest plans. Also the time that everyone takes holidays and works shorter days – take advantage of this time because we all know the harvest rush is not too far off! Weather was hot this past week and that is Read More...

Stormy Week

There were some fairly intense weather systems moving though Saskatchewan this past week. Throughout the province there was almost a daily severe weather event from tornadoes, heavy rain, plow winds, and hail. Our biggest system moved through on Thursday around 6pm. A line of thunderstorms formed to the west – and temperatures dropped from Read More...

Fungicide Season is Over, More Rain

Really is amazing how these weather patterns can change – the start of the season was remarkably dry, and daytime humidity readings of 15-20% kept evaporation rates high. When our first rain on June 14th happened, followed up with another rain event the following weekend, the pattern shifted. Now we are seeing rain events every couple of Read More...

Fungicide Time

With the recent moisture we have had the humidity has been high on a daily occurrence. Coupled with mild temperatures, we have a good environment for fusarium to become an issue. The last time we had fusarium issues was 2016 – and that was a disaster – with almost all cereals downgraded severely due to FHB and vomitoxin levels. That Read More...

Happy Canada Day

July 1st is Canada Day, and that usually coincides with the time we can start to assess the overall crop potential. This year has been a challenging one at the start with poor moisture conditions, low initial emergence and germination rates, and some seeds germinating and dying from lack of moisture. The rain events since June 14th/15th and Read More...

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...