By Sean Pratt, The Western Producer, May 4, 2017 

Wet soil and harvested crop are the main culprits; getting the crop to maturity could be a struggle

Seeding is off to a slow start in some areas of the Prairies because of wet and cold weather and unharvested 2016 crop, but it is too early to push the panic button, say industry officials.

Kevin Bender, vice-chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission who farms near Red Deer, is in uncharted territory with 1,200 acres of wheat and canola from last year still waiting to be combined. Seeding usually starts around the beginning of May in his area, and he doesn’t think it will be too far off the mark.

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