Alberta farmers expecting a banner year

Global News

EDMONTON- It’s that time of year again. Farmers across the prairies are putting in long hours to bring in the crop.

“I was swathing ’til 1:00 last night and dad was up at 4:00 to take over,” said Jonathan Chamulka, a Leduc County area farmer.

Harvest is in full swing in Alberta, and ideal weather conditions have produced a bumper crop this year.

“Yields are incredibly this year. Just to say the least it’s just, we’re kind of not counting anything before it’s all in the bin, but right now things are looking really good. There’s nothing to complain about, definitely not,” Chamulka explained.

Plenty of rain early in the summer followed by hot and dry conditions have led to bumper crops. Early returns show yields are up 10 to 15 per cent.

The best harvest on record in Alberta was in 2011. Analysts say this year’s harvest is looking…

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