Crop development behind normal across Prairies: report

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – Crop development across most of the Canadian Prairies was below normal as of May 27, according to updated analysis from Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program.

Crop development was rated as much lower than normal for most of Manitoba, with southeastern and central regions of Saskatchewan also falling under that category. The rest of Western Canada, aside from the Peace River district of northern Alberta, was rated as below normal for vegetative growth. The Peace River, meanwhile, saw conditions in many areas in the normal to higher than normal categories.

Rainfall across a large portion of the Prairies was less than 40 per cent of average during the growing season as of May 24, according to the report. However, widespread moisture over the past week should lead to some improvement in the next condition assessment report.

The satellite data for the program was compiled in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, with historical values going back to 1987.

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