Rain brings relief to most dry parts of Alberta

Tue Jun 3, 2008 5:26pm EDT
 
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Several storms that passed through Alberta during May eased concerns about drought for farmers in the Canadian crop-growing province, according to a provincial government drought report released on Tuesday.

"The main concerns now are excessive wetness in the western parts of the central region along with some lingering dry areas in the northern Peace region," the report said.

Soil moisture reserves are near normal for most of the province, although some parts of the Peace River region were classified as having very low reserves relative to normal levels, the report said.

Most areas still need timely rains through June to sustain crops and soil moisture reserves, the report said, noting that June is typically one of the rainiest months for the province.

LINKS:

* Alberta drought reports www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/ppe9917

* Alberta agricultural weather maps here

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton)