Dry weather offers a break for late seeding efforts

Alberta crop conditions as of May 29, 2018

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Dry weather conditions helped producers catch up with late seeding and contributed to quick germination and emergence. Recent hot and windy weather lead to the increased drying of both surface soil moisture and sub-surface soil moisture. The forecasted cooler temperatures and scattered showers throughout the province are anticipated to aid overall crop growing conditions.

Provincially, seeding progress is nearing completion at 95 per cent which has passed the 5 year average. Approximately 57 per cent of the crops have now emerged with a small number of fall seeded crops being reseeded. For the most part, crops have caught up to normal. Across the province there are low spots with standing water that will not be seeded, but current estimates are that approximately 2 per cent of acres are anticipated to be left unseeded.

Pasture and tame hay growing conditions have started declining and would benefit from rain. Provincially, pasture conditions (tame hay conditions are reported in brackets) are reported as 9 (8) per cent poor, 30 (32) per cent fair, 57 (56) per cent good, 4 (4) per cent excellent.

Click here to read the full report on the Alberta Agriculture website, complete with graphics and a breakdown by regions.

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