Rain aids Alta. crop development: AARD

(Resource News International) — Precipitation totalling up to two
inches in some locations was seen as very timely and benefited
crop development across Alberta.

“The rain was gentle and was spread out over a couple-day
period, which was exactly what producers were wishing for,” said Doon
Pauly, a crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Ag-Info Centre in Stettler.

Precipitation amounts were also fairly significant,
with up to two inches or more measured in various parts of the

province, he said.

The precipitation, however, delayed the remaining seeding
operations in Alberta.

“Seeding ranges from 65 per cent done to 100 per cent complete, with most
producers finished,” Pauly said. “The producers with crops still
left to be seeded, probably just need another week of favourable
weather conditions to get those operations done.”

On May 20, seeding operations in Alberta were 50 to 65 per cent done.

The main crops, such as canola and wheat, have long
been planted, with barley being one of the crops producers were
currently putting into the ground, he said.

The germination of the crops that have been seeded so far has been
very good, Pauly said.

Moisture conditions for crops across Alberta were generally
rated as good, particularly after the recent rain event, Pauly
said. There were still some dry areas that are drawing
concern, he said, but the recent precipitation in those regions has bought
producers some time.

Temperatures for crops in Alberta have also warmed up
significantly, providing for good crop emergence.

Pastures and hay land in Alberta were also developing well,
Pauly said, but he noted the total acreage of these crops may be
significantly lower than in past years as cattle producers have
ploughed those areas under and turned them into canola fields.

“We’re expecting that canola area in the province may be a
lot higher than first anticipated based on these kind of
reports,” Pauly said.

Winter wheat and fall rye crops were also developing at a
good pace, he said. Winterkill was seen as minimal at best.

Pauly said with seeding operations in the province virtually
complete, producers were now turning to herbicide applications.

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