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Wet spring puts planting season at risk for Alberta farmers

Wet spring puts planting season at risk for Alberta farmers by Kaitlin Lee Posted May 1, 2017 7:29 am MDT Related Stories One-million acres of Alberta fields still covered in unharvested crops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta farmers still dealing with one million acres of unharvested crops have another problem delaying planting season: a very wet spring.Some areas received double the amount of precipitation than usually seen in April.Alberta Barley Chair Jason Lenz said they’ve reached the point of saturation on many of these fields.“That’s the real concern for producers, because you know, things are going to have to dry out before they can even get equipment in,” Lenz said.Farmers are also going to have to deal with ruts left behind by crops that were harvested last fall.Lenz says there’s only a short window to get planting.“Once we get past the middle of May, you know closer to that May 20 time period, there is definitely a detrimental effect to getting those crops in later,” he said.“The risk is that first fall frost — you get that frost too early and the crops aren’t mature, it has a dramatic effect — negative effect — on quality.”Lenz added that they really haven’t had a dry April for six or seven years.“We’re desperately waiting for things to dry out, and get into more of a dry pattern,” he said. The prairies of southern Alberta on Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) read more