Crop and weather update

Peace (B.C. and Alberta): “It was a rough week,” says CCC agronomy specialist Erin Brock. Wind held up spraying. Cutworms are feeding “voraciously,” with at least one grower having to spray 1,000 acres. And many parts of the region could use rain. Hard frost hit some areas, but canola seems to be recovering. Canola in general looks good, with the earliest fields approaching the bud stage.

Alberta: Many parts of southern Alberta are still dealing with excess moisture. Hardest hit was the Coronation area with another 4”. North of Edmonton got little more than a tenth. With a couple days of heat in the past week, many Alberta canola fields went from 20% ground cover to complete canopy. Earliest seeded canola has moved past the 4-leaf stage. Read the Alberta crop report.

Saskatchewan: It’s like two worlds. The west looks pretty good so far, with 99% of fields seeded and a good start for the crop. The east is deluged, with heavy rains again this week. CCC agronomy specialist Tiffany Martinka says around Melfort there is one acre underwater for every acre seeded. With final crop insurance deadlines this weekend, most acres unseeded as of today will remain unseeded. Read the Saskatchewan crop report.

Manitoba: In the west and northwest, 10% to 15% of acres are unseeded and likely won’t get seeded with crop insurance deadlines passed. Many canola crops across the province are saturated and show moisture stress. Crystal City area had some hail, but at this early stage the canola should recover.