Alberta done seeding: AARD

(Resource News International) — Seeding in Alberta is complete, with farmers now in need of some
warm temperatures to speed up the development of the various
crops, according to a provincial crop specialist.

“In terms of seeding, operations are complete with the
exception of some greenfeed,” said Harry Brook, a crop specialist with
the Alberta Ag-Info Centre in Stettler.

Seeding in the province’s northern Peace River region had been a bit behind, but producers were able
to catch up quickly with the rest of the province amid a few days

of dry conditions.

“What the crops really need now, however, is some warm
temperatures to aid development,” Brook said.

He estimated that the various crops were at least a week to
10 days behind normal in terms of growth.

“The moisture that the province has received has resulted in
very uniform emergence and the crops from that perspective are
looking real good,” Brook said. However, with temperatures
overnight dropping to around 5°C, the growth has not
been very aggressive.

A few days of warm readings would allow the
crops to catch up in terms of development, he said.

Temperatures overnight Monday did drop below freezing, but
the duration and readings were not cold enough to do any damage
to the crops, Brook said.

“It dropped to -1°C in some isolated
areas for a brief period, but that was the extent of it,” he
said.

Soil moisture conditions across Alberta were rated as good
to excellent, with some areas approaching excessive, Brook said.

He noted the only area of dryness was located more toward Lloydminster, but recent precipitation was believed to have been
enough to tide the area over for a few days.

Winter wheat fields in Alberta were also doing well, but
warmer readings were also required to aid the crop development.
Brook pegged winter wheat fields in the six-leaf stage of growth,
where in a more normal year, the fields would be in the eight-leaf
stage.

There was also less freezing damage to the winter
wheat crop than had been originally anticipated, he said.

Disease concerns in the province remain minimal, Brook said,
with only a few isolated areas in which leaf diseases due to
improper rotation were reported.

“Most of the insect concerns have been over cutworms in some
canola fields,” Brook said.

Both pasture land and hay fields were looking good but also
were in need of warmer readings to help speed development.

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