It's one of the hottest, driest summers in recent memory and that's a mixed blessing for farmers in the area.
 
"It's really depends where you go, in the county anyways," stated Dara Kudras, Assistant Agriculture Fieldman for Starland County north of Drumheller. "The further north you go up by Stettler they seem worse; down here in Starland, in some parts of it we've managed to hang on long enough that we've got a good crop; you go further east and things aren't looking too good, but harvest has started with the peas anyways."
 
"It is very early this year and that is due to the drought," she continued. "I think probably the year before we started about two weeks later, so we're maybe two weeks ahead of schedule, maybe even more than that."
 
Some areas in Southern Alberta are so dry that there is no moisture for the first half metre of soil, but Kudras says things here are not so desperate.
 
"I can't speak for anything other than the peas right now, but they're actually doing considerably well," she reported. "We're looking between 45 and 50 bushels (per acre) in some parts. The canola looks like it's suffered quite a bit, the wheat might be alright and it looks like the barley's been holding on. It's tough to tell until you actually get a combine in the field."

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