Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Much of the Canadian prairies experienced above-average precipitation and temperatures since June 2016. Abundant moisture delayed spring 2017 agricultural activities, and many crops planted in 2016 remained unharvested, particularly in southern Saskatchewan. The Parklands, while drier than areas farther south, were still benefitting from wet conditions in previous years. The 2017 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 4.3 ± 0.2 million. This estimate was 24% above the 2016 estimate of 3.5 ± 0.1 million and 23% above the long-term average (3.5 ± 0.02 million).