Map: Plenty of Prairie Crops Running Behind Normal

Crops across a major portion of all three Prairie provinces were running at least two weeks behind normal in terms of development as of the end of September.

As the agroclimate impact map from Agriculture Canada shows, some of the most widespread delays were across the northern portion of Alberta and into the Peace River region. The more northern production areas of Saskatchewan were also badly affected, with pockets as far south as the Canada-U.S. border in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan also well behind normal.

Lagging development means crops are at particular risk of damage from freezing temperatures, especially as parts of Saskatchewan and eastern Manitoba brace for a winter-like storm expected to hit in the coming days.

Prairie crop stage

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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