Crop development exceeds five-year average, hay yields ‘promising’

Alberta crop conditions as of June 27

Over the past seven days, most of the Peace Region and much of the North East and North West Regions received 10 – 20 mm of precipitation to as much as 30 mm. In the Central and South Regions, the west portions received no more than five mm while the east portions received 5 – 10 mm. The provincial crop condition rating declined four percentage points from last week to 78 per cent rated good or excellent compared to the five year average of 73 per cent and the long term average of 71 per cent. All regions with the exception of the Peace Region reported ratings declines from the previous week. Despite a difficult spring for a good part of the province, all crops are provincially rated higher than their five year and long term averages.

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Crop development is very much in line with long term averages in the South and Central Regions and only marginally delayed in the North East. The effect of seeding delays is most evident in the North West and Peace Regions. In the North West, only 18 per cent of canola is in the rosette stage with one per cent flowering. The long term average is 55 per cent with nine per cent flowering. Field peas are 38 per cent in pre flowering stage and one per cent flowering versus the long term average of 63 per cent with 8 per cent flowering. In the Peace, canola is 29 per cent in the rosette stage and five per cent flowering versus 72 per cent and 21 per cent longer term. Field peas in the Peace are only 30 per cent in pre flowering stage and five per cent flowering compared to longer term values of 90 per cent with seven per cent flowering.

Dryland and irrigated first cut haying getting underway. Yields are very promising after several poor production years.

Click here to read the full report on the Alberta Agriculture website, complete with graphics and a breakdown by regions.

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