Crops are above average in the Fairview area, according to farmer Dan Doll.
“There’s some that are excellent, some are average, so we’d be above average, except we’d be about five to 10 days later than normal. Frost is going to be our biggest worry right now.”
Doll says 15-20 per cent of the crop in his area stayed out over winter. The spring was also wet and there was a big rain in May that slowed down crop progress. He adds hail has hit some fields.
“Personally, I never got any, but within three or four miles of me there was hail, probably up to the 50 per cent damage level. One little pocket that was close to 80 per cent I heard and then minor damage on maybe five per cent of the land around.”
He is hoping warm weather comes as predicted.
“The weather looks fairly good for the next, at least, 10 days. It sounds like it’s going to be fairly hot. That will be good, we need that to make up for the slow spring.”
Doll says with good weather, he would start swathing around August 25, although some farmers may start swathing peas around the 15th and canola around the 20th.