Storms Cause Excessive Moisture in Alberta Fields

- Flooded field

Rain over the past weekend along with tornadoes, hail and severe storms hit parts of southern Alberta, the weekly crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry on June 19, says. Another storm system followed which hit province wide.

A large area across the central, north west and Peace regions received well over 30 mm of precipitation, with many areas getting up to 80 mm. The southern and eastern borders of the province only received two to three millimetres of rain, the report notes.

“Rainfall in the areas with already near or at the field moisture capacity resulted in excessive soil moisture and flooding out in crop and in some cases in tame hay fields. Due to saturated fields, some producers need to re-seed their fields with cereals for greenfeed and silage.”

The excessive moisture may cause some farmers in the north west and Peace regions, along with the challenging spring from overwintered crops, to have unseeded acres, the report says.