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Agriculture: Hot, dry weather a concern in Saskatchewan

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec3,2023

Agriculture: Hot, dry weather is a concern in Saskatchewan

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In a recent report, the Saskatchewan Water Safety Agency indicates that soil moisture is below the seasonal average in some parts of the province. (Archive photo)


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Farmer Jeremy Welter says recent weather conditions are impacting farming operations.

You can start planting the right seeds at the right time and with the best nutrients, but if you don't have water, nothing will grow, says Jeremy Welter.

He indicates that he notices that dry weather has increased over the last few years and that this is having an impact on his farm's harvests.

We're about 30% below average this year, says Jeremy Welter.

He says he is worried that these effects will also be felt elsewhere.

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The majority of what is produced in Western Canada, especially seeds, is exported, says the farmer. It's going to other parts of the world where hungry people are waiting.

A quote from Jeremy Welter, farmer

In a recent report, the Saskatchewan Water Safety Agency says soil moisture is below the seasonal average in parts of the province as winter slowly sets in. This is due to the hot and dry temperatures recorded during the summer and fall this year.

The climatologist with Environment and Change Climate Canada David Phillips says a day when temperatures of -22 are recorded can be considered a very cold day in November. The thermometer has not yet dropped to this level in the cities of Regina and Saskatoon so far.

David Phillips says the temperatures recorded in recent weeks are not surprising, as Saskatchewan has been dealing with this phenomenon for some time.

This We have been seeing these temperatures for between 3 and 5 years, he estimates.

He adds that the amount of precipitation has not stopped decline over the last five years.

David Phillips indicates, however, that all is not yet lost, because the precipitation recorded during the period from March to November accounts for only 19% of total annual precipitation.

You won't lose your harvest in November if you don't have moisture . There's still time to recover, he says.

With information from Tyreike Reid

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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