Farmers throughout Southern Alberta have been making the best of a dry year.

Andrew Clements, Co-Owner of Premium Ag Solutions says conditions down south are getting dusty.

"I was out soil sampling down south of Vulcan, and there wasn't any moisture in the 24 inch profile that I was sampling."

Although, not all of Alberta is experiencing this problem, it would seem farmers north of the Trans Canada Highway have seen 3.5 Inches of rain, while those south of the Bow River have seen 3/10ths of an inch.

Clements says yield reports are all over the map, most in southern Alberta averaging 15-25 bushels per acre, depending on where the farmer is located.

"I spoke to a farmer yesterday in Milo who was doing 25 bushels [Per acre], and another farmer near Arrowwood who has been getting 50 bushels of peas. It just very much depends on where you are, and where the rain falls." Clements adds "An average pea crop in our region would be 40-50 bushels, in a good year like last year we were seeing 60 + bushels."

Clements says, canola crops are expected to come in under average this year.

"The canola crops are starting to get noticed now, with the lack of rain in the prairies. There's a report out this morning that I read, that stated that experts are expecting the average yield of a canola harvest here, might be 5 bushels less then the recent average."

Hay is also expected to be in short supply in some areas of the province.

Clements says if we don't see significant rainfall this autumn, then it will be a hard year coming, as much of our snowfall in winter doesn't saturate the ground.

 

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