Alberta snowstorm flattens crops just ahead of harvest

The snowstorm that blanketed southern Alberta over the last days has flattened wheat and barley crops just as farmers were getting ready to harvest. Canola crops didn’t fare much better.

This will impact the quality of the harvest, because combines will have to go down almost into the dirt and practically dig the crop up.

“The loss of quality of the wheat can be a huge hit,” says Matt Sawyer, who farms north of Calgary near Acme.

It will also impact the bottom line. Harvesting will take almost twice as long as normal because combines will be moving considerably slower.

“By taking longer to harvest, you’re paying guys more days, you’re going to burn up considerably more fuel,” said Sawyer

(What have I been saying about stockpiling food?)

Thanks to Alan Poirier for this link

“We got quite a bit of snow in the city and that cut power off for 30,000 homes for most of Sp. 10, but the real devastation is for farmers whose crops had yet to be harvested,” says Alan. “That is why the shortening of the growing season is so bad for all of us.”

7 thoughts on “Alberta snowstorm flattens crops just ahead of harvest

  1. I think it is still worse for the entire crop to be cut off as seedlings, rather than a fully grown crop from being flattened by snow which may melt and allow some salvage.
    Winter in these higher altitude areas will be much, much worse now that the Solar decline of SC24 has started, normally a solar cycle lasts for 11 years. However, in looking at some of the historical charts of cycle activity as a lay person, the first cycle of the solar minimum may stutter on for a significant period before SC 25 starts properly. In any event the Anglo Saxon meteorologists need to start amending their data models to allow better warning of sudden cold, rather than spending a fortune on fudging temperature records, to hide an inconvenient truth that the world has been cooling for the last 18 years. Any bets that some of the ice on the Great lakes in 2015 will still be there two weeks later than this year?

  2. Sadly this all presumes that the temps rise above freezing long enough, looks like it will have to go to the feed the pigs. How poetic.

  3. Crop failures and weather related crop damage was a problem early in the 14th century when the Little Ice Age set in. Agriculture is going to have to adapt to a cooler wetter climate quickly. Normalcy bias will kill.

  4. We moved the farm where I was raised and raised a tremendous garden. Canned & froze a huge amount,& not done yet. The economy is on the verge of cratering, and as long as Montana growing season don’t get too short too soon, we’ll survive. Granaries with a lot of wheat & a hundred cows on the hills. I’m 76, so if I don’t leave this old world, the next few years will be real interesting! Fiddlin

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