The Canadian Wheat Board foecasts that chilly weather in Western Canada is expected to drop major crop production in Western Canada by 20 per cent.
The board projects wheat production will be 33.4 bushels per acre, the lowest in seven years, unless favorable weather for the remainder of the growing season occurs.
Poor weather has limited planting and early crop development in most growing regions, according to the board.
In Alberta the situation is compounded by soil moisture levels that are dangerously low in some parts of the province, said Bruce Burnett, the CWB’s director of weather and market analysis.
He terms the poor soil moisture levels in most of central Alberta and parts of western Saskatchewan the single-largest threat to crop yields.
Rod Scarlett, executive director of Wild Rose Agricultural Producers, believes production drops could be far worse.
Also affected are cattle producers who will face non-existent crops of hay.
The CWB is projecting a total crop of western Canadian wheat, durum and barley of 29.7 million tonnes, compared with 36.7 million tonnes last year.
That is well below the five year average of 33.9 million tonnes.
All told, 20.8 million tonnes of wheat are anticipated