August 8, 2008
  
Weather good for Canada's crops amid bad soil conditions
  
  

Weather conditions across the western Canadian Grain Belt over the next few weeks should be reasonable for crops as they go through their final stages of development, according to a US-based forecaster. However, declining soil moisture conditions could cause stress in some drier areas of the southwestern Prairies, according to the forecast.


"I think we'll continue to see a decline in soil moisture and an increase in crop stress for the southwest part of the Prairies, at least through the weekend," said meteorologist Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc. in Kansas City, on Thursday.


Lerner expected shower activity would develop in the next week, but thought most of the precipitation would likely fall to the north and east of the areas that need it most. He said there was the further potential for precipitation around August 15 to 17, which along with cooler temperatures would help "take the edge off the crops in the region."


While cooler, wet conditions would be welcomed in those drier areas of southwest Alberta, Lerner pointed out that much of Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan could use some warmer temperatures. He said temperatures should be warmer than normal for the next five days, before cooling slightly and then rebounding to average levels through the following week.


"Looking at the bigger picture, I think we'll be okay," said Lerner on the weather conditions and the prospects for the crops. He didn't expect to see any early frosts, aside from in the northern reaches of the Peace River area.
   

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