SOUTHERN ALBERTA: Hot, dry weather for the last few weeks has local farmers looking good heading into fall.
Agronomy Research Scientist Doctor Ross Mckenzie with Alberta Agriculture and based at the Lethbridge Research Station, explained that not only are crops ready to harvest, but the quality is also fairly strong.
Mckenzie stated that wheat growers can expect higher protein content because of the heat, however he did note that it may come with slightly lower crop yields.
Even with rain in the forecast for Wednesday, Mckenzie commented that one day shouldn't slow farmers down much in the harvest, and that it would take several days to have a serious impact at this point.
The only concern he did note, is that farmers looking to seed winter wheat may have some problems over the next couple of weeks. Mckenzie explained that the first two weeks of September is generally the best time to seed winter wheat, however most farmers will still be harvesting other crops during that time. Mckenzie went on to say that while the hot and dry weather has helped with the harvest, it will likely have a negative impact on winter wheat, which won't get much moisture this fall.