“Nino is likely to evolve; until that happens, the warmer and drier bias we normally associate with it won’t be in place,” said Drew Lerner, president and owner of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City.
At this point, most of the computer models being used to predict the weather event suggest El Nino will be “full-blown,” but when it happens is a matter of some debate, he said.
“The odds are fairly high that we’ll see it take place sometime in December, January or February,” said Lerner. “It’s probably more likely in January or February.”
For the next five weeks, he said, Canada’s Prairies can expect to see mixed weather patterns with periods of snow and bouts of cold and warm weather.
“We may actually have a wetter bias in some parts of the Prairies (during that) period. As we get into January and February there will be more and more of a bias towards dry and warm conditions, especially in Alberta and western Saskatchewan,” he said.
As for Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan, Lerner said he expects those regions will feel a slightly cooler bias throughout the winter.
“(They) will be more likely to be influenced by El Nino and part of the arctic oscillation in the 18-year cycle, both of which promote periods of cold surges going through those two areas and going down into the eastern U.S.,” he said.
The Prairies as a whole can expect to be drier than normal, he said.
“If you average the entire winter cold season, it will likely wind up with near to below-normal precipitation,” he said.
– Dave Sims writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.
A Handbook for Ranch Managers. In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.
Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual. This is the ideal squeal to A Handbook for Ranch Managers. Although the ecological principles remain the same, what was originally known as “The Savory Grazing Method” now answers to a multitude of different names: ranching for profit, holistic management, managed grazing, mob grazing, management intensive grazing, etc. Land & Livestock International, Inc. uses “Restoration Grazing” under its “Managing the Ranch as a Business” program.” No mater what you call it, this summary and synopsis will guide you step by step through the process and teach you how to use it as it was originally intended. No more excuses for failing to complete your grazing plans.