Canadian Canola Crop At Risk From Drought

This season's Canadian canola crop is already at risk from drought, according to StormX.

Canola in the Canadian prairies is typically planted from late April into early May leading to flowering during the months of June and July. Drought in central Alberta dating back to last fall, which has actually intensified over the past 30 days, has raised the concern over a disappointing canola yield come August and September, say StormX.

Precipitation has been more than 2 inches below normal in some locales. The biggest concern for the Alberta canola crop is if the drought persists into the flowering months as the crop is very susceptible to drought stress. Unfortunately, the May-June-July long range precipitation forecast from Canada’s Weather Office shows below normal precipitation during this three month period, they add.