Planting and seeding moisture not likely to fall where we need it: Lerner

A crowd favourite for his excellent knowledge of weather trends and forecasts, Drew Lerner, of World Weather Inc., was one of many speakers at FarmTech this year. Although often busy due to his willingness to share his insights, Lerner was able to stop by the RealAg Lounge to give producers a feel for what’s to come for the seeding season ahead. In regards to moisture, for the most part, what eastern Canada has is what the west needs and vice versa.

“The biggest problem with the conditions in the east right now, is the very wet conditions they ended with … it’s really a big mess,” he says adding that with storms to continue on into the spring, there’s still going to be too much moisture in the ground. Unfortunately, he doesn’t believe producers in the east will see the dry conditions they need in order to get in the field at a normal time; however, he says it should dry up closer to the later part of May — typically at the tail end of seeding. On the flip side, Lerner says the west has tremendous amounts of moisture deficits that remain from the 2017 and 2018 crop years.

“The pattern we’re going into this spring, is going to promote a tendency for more below average moisture,” Lerner says pointing out we have an El Niño event coming up. He says that usually means, central and southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta tend to have drier bias in the spring, but on the bright side, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any rain adding, “there’s still going to be a chance for precipitation, it’s just going to be less than normal.”

As far as northern Alberta goes, he says they’re going to continue to have heavy moisture and will deal with a frequent occurrence of rain. Lerner does however point out, over in Manitoba, it will be a bit of a different story for spring as he predicts it’s going to be a wet one.

“(There will be) a  lot of storms going from southwest to northeast across the U.S. and they’ll come up into the Great Lakes region they’ll end up wrapping around up there, so there will be a bunch of backwash that will come up from the states into Manitoba.”



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Saskatchewan Dairy For Sale

Super opportunity to purchase a dairy with future expansion capabilities. Dairy farm is located on very productive land near the town of Laird, SK. Well designed straw pack barn with excellent double 8 parlour, new manure storage and commodities shed. Recent addition and upgrade to house in last few years making for a modern, comfortable living area. More land available nearby for expansion possibilities. Contact listing agent Sheldon Froese at 204.371.5131 for more information.

MB Harvest Progress Continues

Harvest Progress Surpasses 90 Per Cent In Manitoba

Relatively dry and sunny weather has helped harvest progress throughout Manitoba over the past week. Grain corn, sunflowers and other crops are still coming off with higher moisture and need drying. Fall field work continues with soil sampling, tillage and fertilizer applications. Feed supplies are still being assessed for livestock and producers are looking for alternative feed sources.


harvest progress oct22 2018Courtesy Manitoba Agriculture

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New Program For Young Chicken Farmers

 Written by Jessica Giles

The chicken industry is giving their young farmers a leg up. Chicken Farmers of Canada is launching their Young Farmers Program where they’ll teach the next generation about the industry over an 18 month period. Communications Manager Lisa Bishop-Spencer says program participants will grow their knowledge of issues beyond the farm gate.

“Issues in terms of the protection and promotion of supply management that’s probably topical right now…We have consumer relations, and we have a new brand, our Raised By a Canadian Farmer brand. These folks can be really effective ambassadors for that.”

She says the program will bring together young people from across the country.

“They will attend meetings, as well as the Canadian Young Farmers Forum, and they will come to our lobby day for instance and help in that lobbying effort, they’ll be media trained, they’ll be communications trained as well…Then we’ll kind of wrap it up in the fall and they’ll come to our annual meeting and present to our board of directors.”

By the time the selected program participants complete 12 months of the program, they will bring in the next group of selected representatives for the last six months of the program to ensure there is always carry over and knowledge transfer. Bishop-Spencer adds supporting young farmers plays a key role in their commitment to sustainability through the Raised by a Canadian Farmer brand.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 26.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart under new Ownership

Written by Cory Knutt

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart, which was built in the early 1970’s, is under new ownership. Manager Harold Unrau is part of the new ownership group and explained some of recent changes that have taken place.

“We’ve totally gutted the whole ring area and we’ve put a scale in the ring and changed our stands and we’ve changed our sorting area to make it a lot more stress-free environment for the cattle. Easier sorting, easier selling, and the cattle want to go where we want them to go now just by the renovations we’ve made.” Unrau says they’ve also improved how they do business.

“We have the option of pre-sorting and pre-weighing your cattle now, so if you don’t want to risk having a lot of shrink you can bring them in, we’ll sort them…we’ll weigh them with a percentage of shrink…and we’ll put them back on feed so the cattle are on feed all time and it’s a lot less stress on the animal.”

Unrau notes the fall run started about a month earlier than normal this year, which has resulted in lighter weights overall. Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart serves roughly 75 per cent of southern Manitoba and handles about 25,000 animals per year.

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