Decent Start to Harvest

The warm weather all last week allowed for a good start to harvest. We had daily highs in the low to mid 30’s for most of the week which dried down the crop in quick fashion. We got a good jump on harvest – all the Metcalf malt barley is completed and we got all the Copeland malt barley laying in swath. The earlier planted canola has Read More...

Harvest has Started!

Another hot and dry week, the crop is really starting to come in quick. We swather the first half section of Metcalf malt barley. A couple more fields are ready as well and will come down depending on forecast tomorrow morning. After 5-6 weeks of hot and dry weather the longer range now looks to be cooling off and higher probability of Read More...

Harvest is Approaching….Still Dry

The rapid dry down continues, we have gone from 7-10 days behind average for crop maturity, to normal to slightly ahead of normal. The dry weather has really sped the crop maturity up – it will definitely take some of the yield away, how much is uncertain. The seeds will be smaller and lighter – if we get a rain in the next week it Read More...

Starting to Get Dry

The month of July has been dry and looks like the trend will continue for the foreseable future. We have been lucky enough to get small rains on the land in the south, but the land up north has missed almost all the rain storms for the month of July. Usually it is the other way around – the north land is normally where the moisture tends Read More...

Good Week of Weather

We made good progress last week on fungicide spraying and managed to finish on Friday. We had a few windy days mid week but still managed to get it completed. Fungicide timing is tight – there’s usually an optimal 2 day window for timing – trying to balance with crop stage and watching to see what weather will be in next couple Read More...

Fungicide Continues…

It has been a slow start to fungicide spraying as we wait for the crop to get in proper stage. The cooler temperatures have been delaying application as the crop is behind normal and advancing slowly. So far we have only sprayed around half the crop. By the end of the week we should have most if not all the fungicide complete. It has been a very Read More...

Fungicide Season is Here

              Good week of weather – sun and warm temperatures. The crop jumped with the good conditions and even though we are still about a week behind we are starting to catch up. Thursday we had a storm form over us and dropped pea sized hail for a brief time. Fortunately for us it was at it’s Read More...

Good Week of Weather – Herbicide Spraying Complete

We finally got a full week of good weather – sun was shining, wind was calm, and temperatures in the 24-28C range. This allowed the crops to rapidly advance and fill out. We got the last of the herbicide sprayed today and now will be waiting until staging for fungicide spraying. With the ground being wet and daily humidity high, the crop Read More...

More Rain!

We were fortunate to get an additional 30-40mm across the farm last week, raising the 10 day total to between 65-75mm. We had one weather station with soil probe last year and we purchased two more this year – it is interesting to watch the soil mositure at different depths. Our probes have sensors at the 10cm, 20cm, 30cm, 50cm, 70cm and Read More...

More Rain…More Wind…

We were pleasantly surprised with the unexpected storm yesterday which amounted to between 25-50mm across all our land. Mid afternoon yesterday we had a severe storm pop up and we had the outer edge of the severe weather – areas just west (city of Humboldt included) got 75-100mm in an hour along with wind gusts of 90km/hour. Thankfully we Read More...