Harvest on the Prairies is often a challenge and this year is proving to be no exception.
As can be seen on the map below, significant rain has fallen over large portions of Western Canada over the past two weeks, particularly in south-central Saskatchewan and much of the main Manitoba production area. Isolated pockets have seen more than 3 inches. The rain has slowed the harvest in all three Prairie provinces to behind the year-ago and average pace, with the latest weekly crop reports also alluding to rising quality concerns in some areas.
In Saskatchewan, there have been many reports of crops sprouting and bleaching due to excess moisture and downgrading is expected at the elevator. Standing water is also reported in some fields. The Manitoba crop report, meanwhile, noted some quality loss in wheat where swathes remain in the field. Things remain saturated in portions of northern Alberta, where farmers have been dealing with too much rain for much of the entire growing season and where just small amounts now can lead to major fieldwork delays.
Meanwhile, more moisture looks to be on the way. According to the latest forecast from World Weather Inc., a series of disturbances will continue to generate varying amounts of rain for the Prairies through the first part of next week. Manitoba and portions of southeast and south-central Saskatchewan will likely see the longest harvest delays due to periods of ‘significant’ rainfall through the end of the work week, the forecast added.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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