Rainfall in P.A. makes for significantly wetter fields

By paNOW Staff
June 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Seeding has essentially concluded in the province, according to the latest weekly crop report.

Ninty-nine per cent of crop is in the ground, which is two per cent ahead of the five-year provincial average for this time of year. The Prince Albert region is actually region furthest behind at 97 per cent.

This week's rainfall will help refresh topsoil moisture, particularly in the southern areas.

As for the Prince Albert area, topsoil moisture is at a surplus — specifically 43 per cent. The report states because of excess moisture, crop development has been slower than normal. Most of last year's crops have been combined, but some harvest remains. 

Across the province, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and six per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 43 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.

Winds have also impacted development in many areas. Cutworms, flea beetles, localized flooding, hail and a lack of moisture have also caused damage.


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Farmers will head to harvest soon if weather co-operates

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