Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: NW of Don about an hr - by car. West Central Alberta.
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Easy for me to say as our "drought" conditions not even close to what others describing, but the thing that scares me more than dry conditions again this yr is a killing August frost - unless it comes after a 50% or better hail event this Summer. We have not had one of these around here for a long time(early 2000's) and just like all parts of the weather cycle history says that global warming or not we will get into a run of these. Last year even though they were not "killing" frosts we actually had 3 "nearly" frost events in August, but because it was so dry stuff was ripe enough that did not do any damage to quality or germ.
I have not looked back far enough in notes, but if anybody ever followed Cliff Harris believe he had 4 phases of weather cycle and really seems like we on the cusp of falling into the cold-dry phase which think the worst for Western Canadian production. Guess if there was any kind of widespread Western Cdn frost with issues of late, uneven germinated canola it could create some excitement.