Rain in Alberta welcomed by some, needed by others
By Top Crop Manager
July 4, 2016 - The month of June saw highly variable amounts of precipitation fall in Alberta, from near excessive amounts of 150-250 per cent of normal in the Peace region, to above average quantities of 100-200 per cent in the northwest to below average of 50-100 per cent in the northeast, and dry conditions to the central and south regions at 35-50 per cent of normal.
According to the June 28 Alberta Crop report, regional crop condition ratings reflect these moisture differences. Crop ratings declined in the south and central regions due to the continuing dry conditions, were unchanged in the northeast, and are reflecting the effects of the wet soil conditions on growth in the northwest and Peace regions.
As at June 28, crops provincially are rated 79 per cent in good or excellent condition, compared to last year at 30 per cent, the five year average of 73 per cent and the long term average of 70 per cent.