Seeding delayed, but conditions excellent for crops

By Brian Konrad
May 9, 2017 - 10:45am

Medicine Hat, AB - Cool weather in the last half of April  slowed seeding progress in the area south of the Trans Canada Highway, from the Alberta border to Strathmore.
Temperatures in the second half of April were about 2 degrees below long term averages, and that slowed soil warming and delayed seeding.
Alberta Agriculture says 20 per cent of spring seeding has been completed in this region, compared with 50 per cent completion at this time last year.  The five year average is 36 per cent completed.
Fall seeded crops are rated as 58 per cent good and 30 per cent excellent.
Hay and pasture lands are 85 per cent good to excellent, more than twice the rating at this time a year ago.
Surface soil moisture conditions in region one are rated 82 per cent good to excellent - the exact opposite from the first of May a year ago.

Southwest Saskatchewan farmers have planted 18 per cent of region's crop