Crops across Alberta are suffering due to the ongoing heat, according to the July 30 provincial crop report.
“Annual crop conditions have declined compared to the last report, with now only 20 per cent of the annual crops rating good or excellent. This represents a 17-point drop in the last two weeks and is over 50 points below the five- and 10-year average of 71 per cent,” the report says.
Areas south of Red Deer have had little rain, with less than 15 mm in the last two weeks. While rain falling north of Red Deer might have a slight impact, the moisture “has come too late for many annual crops.”
The Central region of the province was hit the hardest, according to the report, “with a 43-point decline, followed by the South, Northeast, and Northwest, which are all experiencing close to a 10-point decline.”
High temperatures forecasted for the upcoming week will further impact the numbers.