“Harvest is definitely done,” says M.D. of Lesser Slave River Ag Fieldman Dawnia McCann.
That was a few days after winter arrived in the region and looked as if it was planning to stick around for a while. It was a fairly wet fall, and farmers had to take their shots when the opportunities presented themselves, which in some cases meant going right up into November. There was extra motivation – if any was needed – to get the crops off, after last year’s disastrous fall when something like 30 per cent of crops were left in the fields.
“I saw our region is at about 98 per cent completed,” McCann says, citing information provided by the province. “That’s definitely higher than I had anticipated.”
The relative wetness of the fall was not common to the whole province. A provincial moisture map, posted on the provincial government’s ‘Alberta Crop Report’ website, shows great variability in moisture across the province this past growing season, with drier regions north and sound and a band of blue across the middle. So not a bad result, considering the location of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.
How things looked, moisture-wise in 2017, in this graphic courtesy of the Government of Alberta.