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Warm weather boosts crop emergence, surface moisture ratings good

Alberta crop conditions as of June 7

Crops and forages throughout the province benefitted from the warmer weather of the past week as temperatures rose into the mid to high 20’s and even the low 30’s in southern Alberta. The warm temperatures enhanced crop emergence to 91 per cent germinated and allowed emerged crops and forages to take advantage of the good […] Read more

This is the stuff on order from Mother Nature, but so far she isn't listening to Alberta farmers.

For producers, it’s wait and pray time for rain

Pastures and hayfields have been hardest hit but AFSC analyst still expects a ‘slightly below-average crop’

The conditions across Alberta can be summed up in three words: It’s awfully dry. “As of Tuesday, we’ve been getting some moisture here in central Alberta, which has been a nice break, but I don’t know how general that moisture has been,” AFSC risk analyst James Wright said in an interview June 12. “We haven’t […] Read more


“Early detection is critical for minimizing the impact of the disease and preventing further spread and significant outbreaks.” – Robert Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre

Late blight a concern again this year

There were multiple outbreaks of aggressive and destructive pathogen in fields and market gardens last year

Over the last few years, there has been a great deal of concern in Alberta surrounding late blight, a serious disease that affects mainly potatoes and tomatoes. This year appears to be no different. “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” said Robert Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info […] Read more