It is a four-letter word farmers never want to hear while there are still crops in the ground - frost.
Environment Canada is calling for the overnight low to dip down to +3° Thursday night, leading to them stating there is a risk of frost.
Cory Jacob is a crops extension specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. He said the amount of damage the frost can cause is dependent on where the crop is in terms of development.
“Frost bursts plant cells, so we can see a lot of crop damage in terms of yield and quality,” Jacob explained, with an emphasis on the crops which are still maturing in the field. For producers who have already swathed, there is still some concern.
“It’s already mature enough the frost damage would be to a lesser extent than if the crop was still standing and at an early stage of crop growth.”
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