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SOUTHERN ALBERTA: An expert says this year's moisture levels in the area are the best they've been in several years.

Joe Michielson, a specialist with the Lethbridge Research station, says this year's wet spring, combined with high levels of precipitation this winter, have brought on the wetter conditions.

"Soil moisture being right through the root zone is going to be beneficial in the summer time, because it's going to carry the crop through any dry spells," says Michielson. But he adds there are concerns about some of the excess moisture in certain areas of Southwestern Alberta, which could cause "ponding."

"Ponding is going to cause a lot of problems because they have to seed around, and when it does dry up there's going to be weeds and other things that create problems."

He says the high moisture level has put some area farmers behind three months in their planting, but the run of warm, sunny weather ahead should help.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 4/21/2014 3:03:43 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News
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