Reports indicate emerging canola and pulse crops survived last week’s frost in Alberta and western Saskatchewan.
The Canola Council of Canada’s weekly e-newsletter reports canola seedlings in Lacombe, Alberta, were hit by four frosts over a five-night period between May 10th and 14th.
However, photos taken of the canola this week show a decent number of seedlings survived.
Alberta Agriculture oilseed specialist Murray Hartman says there was some minor damage and mortality, but most areas still have adequate plant densities of six or more per square foot.
Sherrilyn Phelps of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers says it appears to be the same story in western Saskatchewan.
She says the thermometer dipped as low as minus 5 or colder, but damage is expected to be light.
Phelps says peas and lentils can tolerate temperatures to minus 5 and many areas did not reach that level.
Some areas saw minus 7 and Phelps says damaged crops are showing signs of re-growth.