Dry Spell Has Canadian Wheat Harvest Headed for Six-Year Low

Dry Spell Has Canadian Wheat Harvest Headed for Six-Year Low

October 7, 2017

From www.bloomberg.com

‘ It’s been so dry on Levi Wood’s Saskatchewan farm, his 4,500 acres of durum-wheat plants are six inches (15 centimeters) shorter than last year. A little more than an inch of rain fell during the entire growing season — a fraction of normal — and he expects yields will drop by as much as a third this harvest.

“Those plants just ran out of moisture,” said Wood, 33, who is also the president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers and farms about 22 miles west of Regina, Saskatchewan, in Pense. “We would’ve had a pretty good crop if we just had a little bit more rain.”

Wheat output in Canada, one of the world’s largest exporters, will probably drop to a six-year low after farmers planted feweracres and hot, dry weather scorched parts of the prairies. The drought that gripped the northern U.S. and damaged crops also parched parts of southern and central Saskatchewan and Alberta, the country’s largest producers. Some fields received less than 40 percent of average rainfall since April 1, according to data from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. ‘

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