Weather Continues to Frustrate!

It’s been a decent week for progress considering the poor weather a we have all but 260 acres of barley off. Today we are working on the last half section of barley and hope to get it off prior to the next forecasted rain event which is slated to start late afternoon today. All that we have harvested to date has been at higher moistures Read More...

Some Progress

Another week of cool temperatures and periodic rain, but we did manage to get some of our barley off. We harvested 54% of our 6-row barley and 33% of our 2-row Metcalf barley – all of which looks to still have decent quality. It is a balance between not getting too much swathed ahead of the combines, but with all the green and multiple Read More...

Wet and Cool Conditions

We had a series of weather disturbances go through our area over the last week. Thursday night was the bigger system – had between 24-55mm (more in a few isolated areas); Saturday we had another system move through our south land and left another 10-15mm or rain in a short time. This will help our later planted crops fill out, as moisture Read More...

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...