While Alberta farmers are optimistic about their crops this year thanks to the incessant rainfall earlier in the summer, they hope the current heat wave doesn’t last much longer.
Some regions of the province saw more than 250 millimetres of rain in the month of June, according to Roger Chevraux, chair of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. But certain northern areas, like Peace River, are now hoping the dry spell will end.
“Those crops up there are average to perhaps even below average. So, a rainfall would be really, really required up in those areas,” Chevraux said.
Alberta farmers suffered through a devastating drought last year. The heat dome that dried out crops led to record amounts of insurance claims.
Recent heat warnings in parts of southern Alberta saw temperatures reach 35 C.
Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy research extension specialist at the Alberta…