The temperature dipped below zero in a number of areas across the Prairies on Monday night, one of the hardest hit areas was Saskatchewan. Environment Canada's Weather Summary shows temperatures ranged from -2 in the Kindersley, Humboldt area, to -5 in Rosetown, Swift Current and Assiniboia, to -7.9 in Coronach and Val Marie.
The British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association is once again appealing to locals to consider picking fruit as temporary employment. A similar plea was made earlier in the season, just before the cherry harvest. The plea is deemed necessary in the wake of a severe labour shortage of foreign workers.
Farmers in southwest Saskatchewan continue to lead all regions with the most harvest progress. Producers in that area reported 50 per cent of the crop combined while the southeast region is at 39 per cent. John Ray farms roughly 1,000 acres in the Creelman district southeast of Regina. He has just started swathing but said most farmers in his area have been moving through the crop quite quickly.
Hail adjusters are looking at more than 300 crop damage claims from storms in late July and early August on the prairies. The president of the Canadian Crop Hail Association, Rick Omelchenko, says storms damaged a variety of pulses, oilseeds and cereal crops in northwest and southwest parts of the Saskatchewan grainbelt.
From Friday night through Saturday, crews tended to two fires in Fergus County - the Porphyry Fire east of Judith Peak, and another wildfire approximately eight miles northwest of Winifred. By 9 a.m. Saturday, Fergus County DES Coordinator Ben Phillips said the Porphyry Peak Fire was 90 percent contained.
Hailstorms once again destroyed the Molnar’s Taber corn crop this season, but since the damage came earlier this season than last summer, they anticipate the late crop will be ready for market in a few weeks. “It was devastating again to have our crop hailed out and we just keep our fingers crossed that the hail stays away.
It's no surprise but the number of hail claims for the month of July has jumped. The Canadian Crop Hail Association says adjusters are following up on more than 2000 claims across the Prairies in the first 2 1/2 weeks of the month. Storms produced pea-to-quarter size hail that damaged crops along with heavy rain in some areas that is making field access difficult for adjusters.
Two weeks after record rains hit the Brandon and Minnedosa regions, some low spots still had standing water. Overland flooding made for a dramatic picture from June 28 to July 1, with a string of storms bringing well over 200 millimetres of rain by official counts, and claims by some farmers near Rapid City and Rivers that rainfall at their farms was significantly more.
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