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Was really hopeful this would give us some rain today!
i wish that so

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Had the biggest rain event so far this year this morning. A full 1/10". That puts it to a total of 2.5/10" between 3 'rains' this spring. Surprised how hard the crops are trying to hang in there.

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What is your elevation?
Even for a non-metric person like myself it pretty easy numbers to remember and put into your favorite terms - 1000M around main home stuff; drops down to 950M on east end and down to 925 on west.
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Even for a non-metric person like myself it pretty easy numbers to remember and put into your favorite terms - 1000M around main home stuff; drops down to 950M on east end and down to 925 on west.
Wow, Iím impressed!
GPS at the yard calls it 916 and that is close to the highest elevation of my land base. Some as low as 800.

Partly explains your frost concerns.
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Wow, Iím impressed!
GPS at the yard calls it 916 and that is close to the highest elevation of my land base. Some as low as 800.

Partly explains your frost concerns.
Funny how you talk of elevation and frost. Around here the higher elevation lessens chance of frost.
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One bad yr and if you need Ritchie bros, you are extended way too deep. I just about needed Ritchie Bros here but that was from 2 failures in a row from excessive rain and a subpar yr breaking even, all within 5 yrs. Anyone can go broke in this business and hate to see anyone have that happen to them. Farming is extremely stressful as it is. A lot of cash has been put in the ground and we play bigger than 99% of the players in vegas with every decision we make. We don't just need that one card to make a hand. We need 2 or 3 every yr. Anybody that feels the need to play VLT's or go to Vegas after farming is an addict lol. These dry yrs will change the signing of high rent agreements and land prices will get back to a more realistic value. Nobody can farm in the negative yr after yr. Way to many variables to assume a profit in farming. The dispute with china alone has put a hit on commodities. Add the no yield factor due to drought and somebody might not get paid. Hopper hatch will soon be another dilemma. My fields border hay fields and pasture and have had them bad here before. To the point of not seeing the road or the trees for the swarm heading to my canola. There isn't a crop big enough to eat yet and they could wipe it out with ease. Even I am wishing for rain living in one of the wettest places usually in Sask.
We are in year 3 of drought here is southeast Alberta.

2017 crop was lighter than normal, not a full bore drought. 4.45" of rain during growing season and good submoisture from fall of 2016.

2018 was as dry as I can remember. 2.65" rain, but had a bit of submoisture from fall 2017.

2019 in full drought mode. 0.7" rain so far, and very little moisture in the ground to start. Crops starting to go downhill. Time running out.

The point of all this is you would think land prices would at least level out. Wrong, record prices again this spring. Rent has also edged up a bit as well. Irrigated prices continue to set all time high's.

The only thing to slow down a bit is equipment sales. Looks like a buyers market out there on the gently used iron.
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Funny how you talk of elevation and frost. Around here the higher elevation lessens chance of frost.
It does in a localized area, Three Hills EC weather station is lower than my yard but only 6 km away but on windless nights freezes there but not in my yard.
But a large area the higher elevation the cooler it is.
Same reason thereís snow on the mountains.
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80% of 25-35 mm forecast here in the next day or so. We shall see. It is extremely dry in our area which is a huge change from the norm. Crops are living on reserve soil moisture, and have been sitting still developing roots for quite some time to stay alive. Crossing my fingers for rain for everyone.
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It does in a localized area, Three Hills EC weather station is lower than my yard but only 6 km away but on windless nights freezes there but not in my yard.
But a large area the higher elevation the cooler it is.
Same reason thereís snow on the mountains.
Similar effect here along the Manitoba Escarpment. At 1,600 ft we're the high elevation so we can miss a calm frost that drops into the low areas, but if it turns cold and breezy we're at the bottom of the heat unit scale.
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