Surface soil moisture is good this year

While some parts of northern Alberta have had too much rain, more than 85 per cent of the province had a surface soil moisture rating of good or excellent at the start of June, according to a provincial crop report.

“A late-spring snowmelt and ample moisture during the growing season has resulted in near- or above-average soil moisture reserves across the majority of the province’s growing areas,” the report states.

It rates 67.6 per cent of the Peace and 60.6 per cent of the North West as excellent. But 20.6 per cent of the North West had excessive moisture, the report said. Less than one per cent of the province’s cropland is rated as poor in terms of surface soil moisture.

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