Alberta Agriculture says wet conditions have slowed progress on both seeding and harvesting.
Crop Specialist Neil Whatley says three percent of the crop that was left out over winter has been combined.
“But that still leaves quite a bit of acres out there. It looks like 250,000 acres remain to be harvested I would say (in the) Fairview, Falher, Grande Prairie, Valleyview area.”
He adds farmers have not been able to do much seeding either.
“Some are trying to get last year’s crop, but what’s happening in most of Alberta is that growers are trying to get the crop (seeded) in areas that are dry. Those areas that still have crop still out there may be the wetter areas, because the moisture has been protected in the bottom of the canopy or below the swath. Growers are generally starting to seed the fields that don’t have crop on them and then deal with the other stuff a little later, when it dries up a little more.”
Whatley says while soil moisture conditions are high, soil temperatures are warm enough for seeding to go ahead.
(photo of combines working near Lake Saskatoon by Ellen Skinner)