Alta. seeding over 20 per cent done: AARD

(Resource News International) — Favourable weather conditions have
allowed farmers in Alberta to make aggressive seeding progress
across the province.

“Seeding in the province on average is estimated at 20 to
25 per cent complete,” said Harry Brook, a crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Ag Info Centre at Stettler.

While seeding operations got off
to a bit of a slower than expected start, he said, planting was now ahead of last year’s pace.

Last year at this time, producers were still waiting for the

fields to dry out, Brook said.

“I expect that the majority of the producers in Alberta will
be finished seeding their crops by the end of May,” he said.

However, he acknowledged that there were a few areas in the
province which were still too wet and was preventing producers
from getting machinery onto the fields.

Planting of field peas in Alberta was reportedly about 70 per cent
complete with good progress also in planting wheat
and canola, Brook said.

Brook described moisture conditions for the various crops as adequate for the time being.

“There is enough moisture for crops to begin germinating,
but timely rains will be required in most areas of the province
shortly afterwards to ensure good growth,” Brook said.

Crops in southern regions were the driest, although there
were numerous other small areas spread out across the province
that were in need of additional precipitation, he said.

Winter wheat and fall rye crops in Alberta were described as
being in mostly good shape, although warmer temperatures were now

required in order to help the crop develop, Brook said.

“There was some winterkill to some of those crops, but
overall the area has been described as small,” he said. Most of
the area that suffered winterkill had very little snow cover
during the winter.

Pasture land and hay fields were beginning to green as well,
Brook said.

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