The Drumheller Valley has been experiancing weather on the chillier side recently, and that does affect the crops around the area.
 

Farmers south of Drumheller are feeling the impact but aren't pressing the panic button just yet.

"I'd say most guys here are between fifty and sixy-five percent done. Mostly what would be left around here would be canola, which is an oil seed and this cool weather isn't really going to hurt," explains Jim Eskeland who farms just outside the valley.

Eskeland goes on to say that earlier this year, it looked like they were in for an early harvest, but the month of August didn't allow crops to turn or ripen.

"I mean in our area we have been very fortunate for the weather that we have had. This is a typical second half of September, just unsettled. We are counting our lucky stars that we haven't had the snow that they have had up north," continued Eskeland. "If we got up into the 20 (degrees celsius) with a nice south wind blowing, it wouldn't take very long and probably within a week, most of the stuff would be wrapped up around here."

With all that said, there is still time for farmers to catch up.

"I think that this area isn't too far behind, but October is generally a decent month for us. If this was the end of October I would be hitting the panic button," concluded Eskeland.

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