In a little over a week's span, the water tables changed from very dry to very wet, thanks several huge downpours accompanying recent storm.
"What we saw looking at the southeast part of the province, that May 29th to June 2nd, in an area that was near Lampman up to Carlyle is where we saw most of the heavy amounts of precipitation. There was about 159 millimeters, or around 6-7 inches, of rainfall," said Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency, adding that while the Boundary and Rafferty Dams are still in good shape, the Grant Devine Reservoir (near Alameda) may need action taken to avoid overflowing.
"A lot of producers will tell you it was a welcome rainfall, especially if there's a crop in the ground, and the subsoil moisture conditions were very low so this will help recharge some of that. We suspect that a lot of that water is going to be sucked up on the landscape pretty quickly because of the dry conditions that were there, so impact wise, we're not expecting a huge amount. Now, if we have sustained rainfall events like that for the next little while, that could create some different issues, but there was adequate storage on the landscape going in."
He noted that, overall, the ground has handled the water well, outside of the Lampman region. While the shift was quick, it was probably good timing when it comes to seeding