Westman farmers are cursing Mother Nature yet again as heavy rainfall has further delayed harvesting efforts.
Upwards of 50 millimetres of rain fell in much of the southwestern corner of the province Thursday morning following Environment Canada’s heavy rainfall warning.
“The weather has brought harvest pretty much to a halt,” said Walter Finlay, who farms grain north of Souris. “Everything will be stopped until probably next week at the earliest.”
The combination of late spring, summer flooding and recent rain has significantly affected Finlay’s overall crop.
The latest wet weather will be negatively affecting the quality and bushel weight of harvestable crop across the region.
“It is no surprise that the quality of our cereal crops is affected,” said Doug Chorney, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers. “How severe the effect ranges from bad to worse, but there is definitely a gloomy atmosphere in farming circles lately.”
This storm system added a significant amount to sitting water in fields throughout the southwest corner of the province.
“There is still water lying everywhere,” Finlay said. “Every time it rains, they just keep getting bigger.”
The worst of the rain is now past Westman and only a few scattered showers are expected for the next few days, according to an Environment Canada meteorologist.
With September days getting shorter, Chorney said farmers will have a very compressed window to finish harvest before the weather gets colder.
There is already a possibility of frost as early as the middle of next week, according to Environment Canada.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 5, 2014