The slow start to seeding in Western Canada and cool temperatures are providing anxious moments for producers. Seeding operations in western Saskatchewan and much of Alberta are essentially completed, but producers in eastern regions of Saskatchewan and western areas of Manitoba continue to be slowed by excessively wet conditions.
Environment Canada’s forecast for June through August calls for above-average temperatures right across Canada in all major growing regions. The precipitation outlook, however, is extremely varied.
The agency predicts precipitation in the grain-growing areas of British Columbia would be below normal, while the northern areas of Alberta along with the southern half of Saskatchewan and Manitoba will experience above-normal rainfall. The remaining areas of Alberta and Manitoba are expected to see near-normal precipitation levels.
The extended weather outlook for July through September also calls for above-normal temperatures.
That forecast calls for below-average precipitation in much of B.C. and southern half of Alberta, but above normal in southern Manitoba, southern Saskatchewan, northern Alberta and the more northerly areas of Saskatchewan.