Soil moisture improves somewhat in Alberta
By Top Crop Manager
June 19, 2015 - Most areas of Alberta that were in critical need of moisture received some precipitation last week, improving soil moisture ratings and sustaining crop development.
According to the provincial Crop Report, the large precipitation was received in some parts of the Central Region (Lacombe County) and the North East Region (M.D. Bonnyville). Very dry conditions continue to persist in the northern part of the Peace Region, some areas of the North East Region (Flagstaff, Beaver and Camrose County) and around the Special Areas of the Southern Region.
The recent rain was very spotty causing uneven germination on late seeded crops, especially for canola. Significant rain is needed in many areas to help crops, hay and pasture develop. The next four weeks (June 15-July 15) will be very important for crop development as it is the rainiest period of the year.