There is still some seeding left to do in our area, but there is reason to be optimistic about this year’s crop says an Alberta Agriculture expert.
Cereal Extension Specialist Clair Langlois traveled through the area south of the Peace River over the weekend.
“The ones that are planted are, I would say, almost a good third to maybe half of them are coming through, or not at all yet. That tells me that there’s been a lot of activity of late as opposed to May.”
Langlois estimates 75 percent of the crop in the area he visited has been seeded. He adds he is pleasantly surprised at how much has been finished.
“Seeing how much hard-ship you guys have had. The over-wintered crop, what I saw, most of it was gone as well. There were a few fields left still unharvested from last year, but, I was very optimistic, actually, from my trip.”
Langlois says he did not feel so optimistic just a few days ago.
“I don’t know if it’s an official statistic, but the saying is there’s more pounds of iron per acre in the Peace than anywhere else. So, when they get a break, they get moving. Where there might be only one planter per couple quarter-sections, they’ve got two and that kind of thing. So, they’ve been working hard when they got their break. I am pleasantly optimistic that they’re going to be OK.”
Langlois says the only thing we don’t know now is when the first killing frost will come this fall, adding if it comes after September 9, we should still be alright.
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