Rain expected for Prairies into weekend, next week

Harvest action on the evening of Aug. 28 near Domain, Man., south of Winnipeg. (Shannon VanRaes photo)

CNS Canada — Rain is going to slow weekend harvest progress in parts of the Prairies, though farmers in most areas will still be able to get into their fields, one meteorologist says.

But as temperatures drop, some late-maturing crops may have been hit with frost damage.

Showers are expected to slow weekend harvest activity in central Alberta and western and west-central Saskatchewan, said Andrew Owen, meteorologist at World Weather Inc.

“Manitoba is going to get some rain into Friday, but it’s not going to be an abundant amount,” he said.

The following week, there is expected to be a significant amount of rain in south-central Alberta and western Manitoba.

“There might be enough rain to slow the harvest for a couple days, but until that happens it’s going to be fairly good harvest weather for them.”

Wetness throughout the growing season has caused slower maturation in some crops, notably canola, said Owen.

Cooler temperatures in southern Alberta and pockets of western Saskatchewan may have caused mild frost damage, he added.

“It probably wasn’t a whole lot of widespread damage; it’s a normal time for frost.”

Jade Markus writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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