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60 Years Ago Today...

It snowed and that was winter.

Right now it is snowing pretty good and if you believe the forecast we are gonna get a lot! My phone often notify's me with pictures from 1/2/3 years ago, but if it had pictures from 1959 I imagine this is what it might look like...


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We got around 3 or 4 inches of snow the other day. Hoping it goes away in a few days when temps come back up above 0.


How much are you at? Think you'll get going again?


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Had to go to Winnipeg last saturday and you guy's are definitely wet SW . We had a little skiff here but has now melted but my machine is 15 miles south and it's still white there .

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How much are you at? Think you'll get going again?
Current view out window.



Current forecast for town just across border.



Given how wet some of the fields were already and if we get that much snow it might not happen. I'm not going to panic based off some forecast and we are in good shape as most of remaining crop is corn and combine has tracks and RWA. There is still a LOT of crop out that could potentially be affected by this snowstorm though.
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I am glad I was not born 60 years ago and for that matter cannot even remember lots of things even in last 15 years. However, back in 2016 it looked and felt much more like Winter for this time of yr than it does now - currently looking at snow on ground for 2nd time this yr - and ground/grain conditions likely better now than in 2016(RS wheat still a #2 albeit moisture, protein and even some ergot issues before latest snow and mostly standing). We got our best couple wks of combining FH Nov in 2016 and actually think this yr will be better except for prices. There were people, by there own choice, that were monkeying around in December in 2016, but there should be no reason to stretch out this foolishness that far. I do feel for people that have less than 10% of crop off and dealing with worse quality/ground conditions.
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Swman how much do you have left to do? From what Drew Learner was saying today it does not sound good for southern Manitoba.
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Swman how much do you have left to do? From what Drew Learner was saying today it does not sound good for southern Manitoba.
About 340 of canola and the corn, basically went straight through from Monday morning until it rained on Wednesday at 6AM. First time I have ever burnt an entire tank of fuel in one stretch with my 780! If I did not have a grain dryer and a Claas on tracks we would have way more out still. Oh yeah, my guys didn't tap out when it was go time, I think everyone knew it was a now-or-never type of situation.

Might get back at it yet, I wouldn't bet against it. Reading up on 1959 it does sound horrific:
For early season snowfall misery though, nothing beats Oct 1959 over SW Manitoba. On Oct 7-8 that year, 30-55 cm of snow fell over SW MB including Brandon. That was followed two days later by another 20-40 cm blizzard on Oct 9-10th, with 100 km/h wind gusts! Snow depths were over 50 cm and towns were stranded for days. To top it off, they had another 15-25 cm snowstorm on Oct 25th. Brandon recorded their snowiest month ever with 115 cm that month, an entire winter's worth of snow! Snow was on the ground from Oct 7th and didn't disappear until 6 months later in early April.. Now THAT'S a long winter!

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It is funny(or not) how each area has its memories of "that year" . If you wanted to be more scared the year talked about the most in these parts is actually 1954. Funny enough 5 years ago(2014) we had Winter conditions that were compared to 1954(60 years ago than for us) - long,cold, record snow load, etc. Actually had building go down that Winter from snow load that had never been seen in time since it was built(1978) and there were plenty of these stories. Funny enough that sort of lines up with your 60 years now. Coincidence or not?

We tend to have at least 3 out of 10 years around here where conditions at least as bad as they have been this yr(so far) so hard to get too concerned - yet.
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I just talked to guy today that said he started farming in 1959, heavy snow/blizzard on Nov 7 and stayed crap for 6 weeks.

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Right there with ya. My view this morning. 100 acres canola and soybeans left.

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