Drought Watch

Important notices

January 18, 2017 update. All major technical issues with our agroclimate maps have been resolved and we are in the final stages of checks on quality. The Current Agroclimate Conditions maps are fully up-to-date. Note that recent additions have a new format and look. The Historic Agroclimate Conditions maps are not yet fully up to date due to the previous downtime but we are close and anticipate this will be complete by the end of January. Any feedback regarding our new format and look is welcome, and we appreciate your continued patience and support. For more information, please contact us.

Drought Watch provides timely information on weather and climate relevant to the agricultural sector in Canada. Find current and historic weather and climate conditions, view impacts to agriculture, find information on livestock tax deferrals and learn about ways to help manage your farm during drought conditions.

Services and information

Agroclimate Maps
Find hundreds of maps that show current and historic precipitation and temperature levels, and more.

Canadian Drought Monitor
View levels of drought across Canada using the interactive map. Find historic drought data and maps.

Satellite Soil Moisture
View soil moisture levels across Canada to see where conditions are wetter or drier than normal. Historical soil moisture maps and data are also available.

Agroclimate Impact Reporter
View the impacts of weather and climate on agriculture. Report on how conditions are affecting your farm.

Livestock Tax Deferral Provision
View a map and list of areas currently eligible by year. Learn more about the livestock tax deferral provision.

Managing Agroclimate Risk
Read about how to prepare for and manage crops, livestock and land during drought conditions.

Related Links
Find additional resources for agroclimate monitoring, analysis and forecasting.

2015 Review of Agroclimate Conditions Across Canada
Read about weather conditions and the impacts on agriculture during the 2015 growing season.

Contact information

For more information on Drought Watch, please contact us by email at droughtwatch@agr.gc.ca, or by phone at:

Patrick Cherneski
Manager - National Agroclimate Information Service
Telephone: 306-523-6791

Trevor Hadwen
Agroclimate Specialist
Telephone: 306-523-6796

TDD/TTY: 613-773-2600

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Service standards

Under normal circumstances:

  • Our goal is to respond to general inquiries made to our phone number or email address before the end of the next business day.
  • Our goal is to provide an estimated delivery date for information products within 3 business days.
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