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Canada: Heavy Snow Brings Harvest to a Standstill

Earlier this week, Mother Nature dumped more than 6” of snow over northwest Alberta while farmers were trying to get crops in the bin.

“It’s not unheard of for us to get snow during harvest, but it’s exceptional to get this amount,” says Jerome Isaac, who grows hard red spring wheat, canola and yellow field pears in Alberta, Canada.

“Yesterday we got about six inches of snow and it hasn’t melted.”

Isaac has about 90% of his crops left to get out of the field, but the harvest is at a standstill — he’s expecting it to be slow going due to lodged fields and excess moisture.

“In late summer we had a couple weeks of incredible smoke cover from wildfires that blocked the sun and stalled the crop,” Isaac says.

“So we were already harvesting 10 days later than normal. Add an early snowfall on top of that and harvest is really delayed here.”

Isaac needs about a month of good weather, taking into account shorter days, to get his crops in the bin.

Check out how the Grand Solar Minimum has also brought Surprise Snow to Alberta Pumpkin Growers and An Early Winter to Western Canada.


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