Some recent warm weather around the Lakeland hopefully helped make some progress in Harvest 2019 for area farmers. Alberta government crop reports in the middle of November had the Northeast Region lagging behind other areas in total crops combined.

The only worse area is the Peace Region, where poor weather had an estimated 35% of crops in the ground by November 12th.

The situation was bleak enough for County of St. Paul councillors to mull over the idea of declaring an agricultural disaster in their mid-month meeting. Council says they’re reviewing the progress made since then before they pull the trigger on that decision.

Five municipalities have declared disasters so far this growing season.