While there’s been too much precipitation in many parts of the province, rainfall in June “is replenishing the low subsoil moisture reserves experienced in the South and parts of Central region this past year,” Alberta Agriculture said in its June 29 crop report.
But most of the province needs a good stretch of hot, dry weather, the report said.
Just over half of the North West region had excessive surface soil moisture as did 15 per cent of the Peace region and six per cent of the North East. Wet conditions were also hampering haying in some areas, although forage crops are doing well.
Alberta Ag said 93 per cent of tame hay is rated as good or excellent, far above the five-year average of 56 per cent.