Soil Moisture Levels Considered Normal Despite Steady Precipitation
SOUTHERN ALBERTA: Concerns coming from the Canadian Wheat board dealing with over-saturated soil and how it would affect spring seeding, are being down-played by a local expert.
They're worried that the snow blanketing our region will add to all the water we got in the spring and fall.
Soil Moisture Technician Joe Michielson is with the Lethbridge Research Station, and he explained that strong winds and low humidity will prevent most of the snow from sinking in. He added that while it may seem suprising, soil moisture levels are currently average for this time of year.
Michielson did acknowledge that some farmers could have problems resulting from a higher water table, which we got from the spring flooding last year. He noted that more salt has been brought to the surface, which could make it harder to grow crops in areas even where there's plenty of water.
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3/12/2014 5:35:58 PM
Source: Patrick Burles-- Country 95 News