A wet harvest season led to plenty of insurance claims for unharvested crops in Alberta last year. And now more wet weather is preventing those same farmers from preparing their fields for another growing season.
Graham Jesperson's 300 acres of barley and alfalfa sits under a blanket of snow in Parkland County. Like many farmers in the county, he was forced to leave those crops in the field due to the wet weather.
But now those crops will have to go to make room for this year's seeds.
"With this snow the last couple days, I think the quality will be downgraded pretty significantly, but we'll just sort of have to wait and see if it starts to dry up a bit," said Jespersen, the owner of Glory View Farms. "We can take a closer look at what it looks like and we can make a decision from there."
He's planning to combine those crops when they're dry but if the quality isn't up to standard he'll use it as feed for his dairy cows, he said.
There were insurance claims for 960,000 unharvested acres in the province last year, significantly more than the annual average of 23,000 acres during the three years prior.