Rain falls province-wide, some acres too wet to finish seeding

Alberta crop conditions as of June 20

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It has been raining province wide, following a dry spell towards the end of May, with the Peace Region being the driest. Over the past week, most areas of the province received at least 10 mm of rain, with most parts of the North East and North West Regions as well as some areas in the Peace Region receiving more than 20 mm. Due to wet conditions, producers were not able to seed all their acres in different Regions. Some unseeded acres may be planted for greenfeed or silage.

Provincially, crop growing conditions improved by two per cent and are now 82 per cent good to excellent, compared with the 5-year average (2012-2016) of 74 per cent. About 84 per cent of spring wheat and barley, 78 per cent of oats, 77 per cent of canola and 87 per cent of dry peas are in good to excellent condition.

Over the past week, soil moisture reserves remained almost unchanged across the province. Provincially, surface moisture was rated at eight (24) per cent poor to fair, 45 (40) per cent good, 33 (31) per cent excellent and 14 (five) per cent excessive. Sub-surface soil moisture conditions have similar ratings, with high excessive moisture in North East, North West and Peace Regions.

Haying has started in the province, but is slow due to wet conditions. Provincially, pasture conditions are rated as one per cent poor, eight per cent fair, 58 per cent good and 33 per cent excellent, with similar ratings for tame hay conditions.

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

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