Wet weather causes small harvest week

By Matt Kelly
October 13, 2016 - 10:26am

Snow and rain all across the province let northwest producers harvest only two per cent of the crop over the week of Oct. 4 to 10.

Eighty per cent of the crop is in the bin. The five-year average for this time of year is 94 per cent. Eighty per cent of the spring wheat, 82 per cent of the barley and oats and 73 per cent of the canola were combined.

The northwest received the least amount of precipitation in the province with total precipitation ranging from five to 60 mm. Twenty-eight cm of snow was reported in the Debden area, the Hafford area reported 62 mm, Glaslyn saw 25 mm, 26 mm for Speers, St. Walburg reported 15 mm and Meadow Lake had 24 mm.

Rain and snow is causing bleaching, sprouting and lodging in crops and waterfowl are starting to feed on the crop which is still left in the field.

According to the crop report, sunny weather is needed for at least one week before producers will be able to continue with harvest.


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