Some Rain, Some Wind, More Heat

The last week was exceptionally hot, followed by a cool spell that brought between 10-15mm of much welcome precipitation. Not that we were getting dry, but with the drier weather pattern we have been in, we don’t want to run short later this month into July when the crop starts to use more moisture on a daily basis. This next week has Read More...

Hot Weather! Spraying has Started.

Quite the weather extremes we have been experiencing. Two weeks ago we had over 8 cm of snow, and less than 10 days ago we had overnight lows of -3C. This past week we had daytime highs of 34C!  With the heat, the flea beetles have become a problem. They usually are more active in warmer weather, and with the extreme heat, the canola plants Read More...

Crops are Progressing Well

With the rain last week and the heat we are currently experiencing- the crops are really starting to advance. We had some frost again early last week which did do some minor damage to canola, but nothing significant. Overnight lows in the minus 3C range and daytime highs in the mid to upper teens at the start of the week limited crop growth, but Read More...

Received Some Moisture!

We had between 8-10 cm of snow 36 hours after we finished seeding. Not necessarily the type of precipitation we were looking for, but with it as dry as it is, we will take anything we can get! This likely translated into 10-12mm of actual moisture once melted. Then on Sunday we had some follow-up moisture which is still continuing as drizzle as Read More...

Seeding is Complete!

This was a fairly relaxed planting season – outside of freezing temperatures, and some windy days – we had only one brief delay from showers. The ability to seed virtually corner to corner made for a very efficient time in field – no low / wet areas to have to drive around. Very fortunate to have a strong team – Read More...

Good Progress

Just over a week into seeding and we are at 45% complete. We have 77% of the wheat done, 58% of the barley, 36% of the canola and all the oats are in the ground. This is very early compared to normal – not too many years ago we were just getting started around this time! Still no rain in the forecast, but the cool weather is helping to not Read More...

The Big Push Begins

We got both seeding units in the field late last week and did about 1,000 acres between the two of them. Got a few issues figured out and made sure everything functioning properly. The weather is still on the cool side – we have had single digit highs and overnight lows in the -2 to -7 C range. Longer term forecast is for mid teens for Read More...

Ready for Seeding

We did the final repairs and preseason checks on both drills, and now ready to hit the field. It is still early, but we will hit the fields tomorrow to make sure everything is working properly and check over our monitors and timings, and that all is functioning like it should. There are always a few things that need final adjustments, so we will Read More...

Pre-Season Repairs

Weather has been warmer out and we have been able to get both air drills folded out and starting to work on them. We upgraded one of our Bourgault air drill over the winter – from a 76 foot 3320 with a 700 bushel cart to a 86 foot 3320 with a 1300 bushel cart. Our “new” unit isn’t new, so we are going right through the Read More...