Peace Region farmers will be busy seeding and harvesting over the long weekend, if the weather holds.
County of Grande Prairie Ag. Fieldman Sonja Raven says some progress has been made in cleaning up last year’s crop.
“The fellas that I’ve been talking to said most of them have their crops off now. They figure, for an overall generalization, they figured 75 percent of any stranded crop is probably off now. Anybody that’s trying to seed into some thick, standing stubble of wheat or barley is having a few challenges because it’s not drying out very well.”
She adds seeding progress is slow, generally speaking.
“I had someone tell me that if they had a week of hot weather, decent hot weather, they could probably be about half-done, so they’re not even close to half. I’d hazard a guess at maybe 10-20 percent, but some guys haven’t even gotten started yet.”
Raven says conditions are variable.
“The guys along Emerson Trail, that seems to be sort of the golden spot right now. They’ve had a bit better luck with their land seeming to dry out a bit better. But, Hythe got two inches of rain not too long ago, even Teepee (Creek) got a good inch and a half.”
(photo of combines working near Lake Saskatoon by Ellen Skinner)