June was a rainy month in Southern Alberta and the conditions have persisted into July with more rainfall than average this month.
According to Environment Canada, around 81 millimeters of precipitation fell between July first and July 23rd in the Calgary area. In the entire month of June between 117 and 130 millimeters fell.
However, according to Alberta Agriculture, some areas in Rocky View County have received much more.
Between June 21st and July 20th, some parts of Rocky View County have received upwards of 200 mm of rain. According to their maps, areas in and around Cochrane have received anywhere from 140mm to 180mm.
June and July are historically the wettest months of the year, but Alberta Agriculture said some areas are seeing a once in 12-year moisture situation.
“Having above-average moisture accumulations during a historically wet period in the year is significant and has in many cases, led to excessive moisture. As a result, standing water is common in areas with poor drainage as well as in the low lying areas of many fields,” read a statement from the government on moisture conditions in the province.
Some areas, including the northern parts of Rocky View County have also seen cooler than average temperatures. These factors combined could have an impact on crop growth.
“Much of the province has been cooler than normal, with several areas grading down to one in six to 12-year lows (over the past 90-days) and some lands within this grading to one in 12 to 25-year lows,” said Alberta Agriculture.
“This has led to slower than normal crop development, in those places that have been cooler than normal.”
For areas with adequate moisture, the province said warm dry weather is needed over the next several weeks to speed crop growth and encourage maximum water use.