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Moisture Situation as of July 15, 2018

 
  From the July 23, 2018 Issue of Agri-News
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 Ralph Wright, manager of the agro-meteorological applications and modelling section with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) analyzes the data.

Synopsis:

“Since the beginning of July, precipitation has been highly variable across the province,” says Wright. “It has ranged from less than 5 mm throughout parts of southern Alberta, to well over 100 mm though parts of the northwest and southern Peace Region.”

“Luscar Creek, located about 40 km southeast of Hinton, recorded the greatest amount - 184 mm. Nearly 150 mm of that fell during a 48 hour period beginning on July 2. Most, but not all, agricultural areas between the town of Peace River and Red Deer received at least 30 mm which generally has been adequate to sustain crop growth. In contrast, southern Alberta along with parts of the extreme northern Peace region have been dry, with large areas receiving less than 20 mm.”

“Following a warmer and dryer than normal May, about 60 per cent of the province’s agricultural areas have seen at least near normal precipitation accumulations throughout June and the first half of July.”

“Lands with below normal accumulations - at least one in six year lows - are widely scattered between the Yellowhead Highway and the U.S. border. The majority of these areas are south of the TransCanada Highway. Moisture is needed now as plant water demands peak during the long daylight hours and warm temperatures of Alberta’s mid-summer season.”

Find more information at weatherdata.ca, Agricultural Moisture Situation Updates, or contact Ralph Wright, manager of the agro-meteorological applications and modelling section at 780-446-6831.

Contact:
Ralph Wright
780-446-6831

 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on July 16, 2018.