Wet weather slows harvest in Alberta
By Top Crop Manager
Sept. 15, 2015 - Following a brief dry spell to the middle of last week, wet weather over the weekend slowed down or completely halted harvesting operations across Alberta. Most of the province received rain, from less than 5 mm in northern areas of Peace and North East Regions and small areas in South Region, to over 30 mm across the western portions of the Central Region and northwestern parts of the South Region.
With the recent wet conditions, soil moisture reserves have rebounded significantly. Provincial soil moisture ratings improved for both surface and sub-surface ratings. Provincially, surface moisture improved by about six per cent, to 60 per cent rated good to excellent. Sub-surface soil moisture improved by about 12 per cent, to 50 per cent rated good to excellent.