'Critically dry' prairies to heat up before rain falls: Lerner


The good news? The prairies are expected to get some rain. Bad news? It’s likely to come after some high temperatures.

Drew Lerner of World Weather, Inc. joined RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney for Monday’s show, where they discussed what weather patterns farmers are likely to see heading into the end of seeding, and over the summer spraying months.

“We have a very stark contrast across the prairies right now,” Lerner explains. “Critically dry conditions dominating a big part of the region, coming out of the southeast part of Alberta and going right across the heart of Saskatchewan and into a portion of western Manitoba. The most serious area of dryness is the same area that’s been beat up by drought the last two other years, and that’s the heart of Saskatchewan.”

Lerner says relief may be on its way, but not before more summer heat.

“We do expect some relief in those areas (southern Saskatchewan) as we get out to about 10 days or two weeks, but it is going to heat up before it takes place and…some of these fields are just hanging by a thread.”

“If we start seeing temperatures in the middle and upper 20’s getting close to 30 degrees on a regular basis until the rain starts to fall, I’m just afraid that some of these fields are going to have a tough time, and we may have some failure out there.”

Listen to the full interview with RealAg Radio host, Shaun Haney and Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc. about prairie conditions heading into summer in the interview below:

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