This bad-weather summer has been good for Central Alberta crops. (Advocate file photo).

Central Alberta farmers need a long, warm, dry fall

A late harvest is predicted, but area crops are doing well

At least the crops are happy with the cool, rainy summer.

While many central Albertans have described this supposedly hot season as the worst in recent memory, downpours have created some lush growth in fields, said Cody McIntosh, agricultural service manager of the County of Red Deer.

“The crops are doing very well — the only thing is they are not maturing quickly,” he added.

McIntosh estimates that most are one week to 1 1/2 weeks behind where they should be, due to lack of sun and warmth.

But he hasn’t heard that recent hail in the Innisfail area did appreciable crop damage.

And grasshopper numbers, while a little higher than usual, are still on the low side in our area, said McIntosh.

The most important thing, at this point, is a long, warm fall with little humidity to dry out the grains.

McIntosh said central Alberta farmers will be harvesting later than usual this year because of delayed crop growth, so it would be ideal if the snow holds off until at least mid-October.

Some long-term forecasts have been calling for a September snowfall for the most populous parts of the province — but those predictions don’t always pan out.

McIntosh said, “We definitely don’t want a repeat of last year,” when winter came early.

If there are high yields in canola, they could be met with low prices because of China’s imposed trade ban on the Canadian product.

McIntosh said if this ban continues into next year, some local canola farmers will likely decide to grow something else. In the meantime, some of the canola over-supply could be crushed into oil, he added.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer woman loses student visa, ‘has no choice but to leave’ Canada

Victoria Forschle and her family came to Canada in 2008

Red Deer up to four active COVID-19 cases

Province announced 77 new confirmed cases across Alberta Friday

Agriculture trade show is a must, says Red Deer chamber

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce promotes trade show

$21M of improvements to be made to Olds College

More than $21 million in improvements will be made to Olds College,… Continue reading

NHL’s road to Edmonton and Toronto featured plenty of obstacles

Since early March, the novel coronavirus has affected almost every decision facing… Continue reading

How Conservative leadership hopefuls would address the WE scandal if they win

The ethics commissioner has been called in to see if Trudeau broke conflict-of-interest law

With debt, deficit numbers out, experts say Liberals need plan for growth

Borrowing will push the federal debt past $1 trillion by the end of the fiscal year

Pedestrian-only downtown a hit with residents as St. John’s adapts to pandemic

‘The city really got this right this time. We’re very happy’

Bosnian-Canadians mark 25th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

‘It’s sad for a child to think that it’s normal, actually, to … have family members killed’

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $35 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $35 million jackpot… Continue reading

Most Read