Crop Development Slightly Behind Normal

- Recently planted wheat field

Crop development is slightly behind normal across Alberta, but with warmer temperatures they can catch up, the weekly crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry on June 26, says.

Provincially, 79 per cent of crops are now rated in good or excellent condition, above the five-year average of 70 per cent and the 10-year average of 74 per cent.

Regionally, warmer temperatures and less precipitation benefited the norther regions helping to improve crop conditions. Crop growing conditions in the southern and Peace regions dropped slightly while the central region remained almost unchanged. Compared to the regional five-year averages, crop conditions are better than normal in all regions, except for the north west, the report notes.

Over the months of May and June, precipitation has been at least near normal in most areas including the northern part of the Peace region, which was consistently dry for previous years.