Central Alberta farmers not yet worried about ‘sizzling’ summer temperatures – Red Deer Advocate

The Farmers’ Almanac’s predicts “scorching temperatures” and “scattered showers” for Alberta this summer.

“Our long-term forecast points to a hot summer, especially in central and western Canada in mid to late July. Many localities during this period will face maximum temperatures of 30-35°C,” said a report in the Almanac.

The Prairie Provinces may experience “squally weather” in early July, but good weather is expected to return in early August. After mid-August, the worst of the heat should be over, the Almanac said.

But Jungle Farm owner Blaine Staples said forecasting the weather beyond five days, let alone a few months, is a shot in the dark.

“We’re really agonizing over something that we can’t do much about,” Staples said.

“The meteorologists, if they were paid for the number of times they are right, they would not exist. There is a lot of science and a lot of effort that goes into it, but it has by no means become reliable.

The Innisfail-area farmer said he was just anticipating an average summer.

“We’re really lucky here along the Highway 2 corridor. We have pretty consistent weather. There aren’t many years when we can’t get reasonable harvests. We usually get enough humidity. As long as we are not greeted, we can usually get a pretty good harvest. »

He said even the extreme heat of last summer was not a disaster for grain crops. The harvest was below average for the region.

Usually the weather is warmer now, but it’s still average, and in about 10 days there should be a lot of people planting, he said.

“People are really going to get into it and get into it as soon as it warms up a bit,” Staples said.

Sylvan Lake farmer Mike Ammeter said pastures and hayfields likely still needed more moisture after last year. But it sometimes takes a few years to get out of a dry or wet cycle.

“It’s rarely one and done. I hate to say this, but that’s quite often what can happen,” Ammeter said.

He said the recent snow has provided a good dose of moisture for most farmers in the region and they are ready to enter the fields. All anyone can do is plan for a good harvest, work hard and hope for the best, including good weather in the months ahead.

“It’s a long way to get a crop in the bin.”

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