Crops flattened under the snow
Warren Sekulic, a northern Alberta farmer situated about 70 km (43 miles) north of Grande Prairie, had only heard stories from his grandparents about snow showing up so early in September, writes Kieran Leavitt of the StarMetro Edmonton.
The snow that fell on northern Alberta on Wednesday seriously affected Sekulic’s canola and wheat crops, says Leavitt. It certainly downgraded his wheat from grade one or two, to a grade three or to the “feed” classification — making their value much less.
Plus, using heavy machinery to harvest his crops will cause huge ruts in the wet ground, which will create a “significant problem” next year when preparing the fields for planting again.
“When you have falls like this it’s not just a one season issue, it’s like a year process to get over it,” said Sekulic.
This calamity could cause millions in lost revenue for farmers in northern Alberta, said Kevin Hoppins, board and chair with the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative.
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