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When in drought, pray

March 28, 2019

Southern Alberta farmers will be praying for thunderstorms to get their crops through another dry season, as they contend with a serious moisture deficit.

"There just isn't that soil moisture to carry the crops, ideally, through until that next rainfall event," said Lorne Hickey, Reeve of Lethbridge County.

Hickey said year-over-year, some regions in southern Alberta are seeing one-in-25-year lows of precipitation accumulation, with pockets of one-in-50-year lows.

He said farmers are used to seeding early to try to get crops through their critical growth stages before the dry season starts in July.