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Canola being harvested on Jim and Darlene Goodwin’s farm north of High River in late October. Almost everything was combined in southern Alberta before winter set in, but the yields were down because of dry conditions. Yields were better farther north but many fields were left unharvested because of rain and snow.

Alberta farmers grapple with a miserable harvest

There simply aren’t a lot of positives for many producers in the province

This year’s harvest was the season from hell for farmers across Alberta. Many will still be combining next spring, drying grain for weeks to come, and their marketing efforts will resemble a salvage operation. And while producers — particularly in central and northern regions — knew their crops were late in developing, Mother Nature did […] Read more

Alberta harvest continues, 11 per cent of crops remain

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of November 5

Following a cooler than normal growing season, September brought several wet spells, interspersed by two major dry spells, each lasting less than two weeks. In October, wet spells occurred more frequently, with the northern half of the province blanketed with a few cloudy days. Over the past month, all areas in the province experienced below […] Read more


Using aeration for drying can take 200 to 400 hours to drop moisture one to three per cent.

Timely tips for safe grain storage

Aeration is a slow process when drying grain, moisture circulation is tricky, and green seed poses additional problem

It has been a difficult and stuttering harvest this year with short periods of combining between showers and cool temperatures. “You might breathe a sigh of relief when harvesting is complete, but it really isn’t done until the grain ends up at the buyer’s and is paid for,” said crop specialist Harry Brook. “Maintain vigilance […] Read more

Alberta producers battle for harvest progress

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of October 29

One more week of harvesting between weather events, and another blast of winter this past weekend brought snow or rain to many areas in the west and north halting operations yet again. The strong winds that accompanied the cold front have scattered canola swaths and blown snow into and over top of swaths still left […] Read more


Poor weather continues to hamper Alberta harvest

Snow, rain and cold winds continued to hamper harvest operations in Alberta during the week ended Oct. 29, according to the latest provincial crop report. Total harvest progress across the province was pegged at 81 per cent done, which was up eight points from the previous week. Southern Alberta was farthest along, at 95 per […] Read more

How do your grain-drying costs compare? There are many factors to consider but provincial experts estimate the usual range is 10 to 16 cents per bushel per percentage point drop in moisture.

Digging into the cost of drying grain

Having enough drying capacity is critical in a year like this one, but it still helps to have a handle on the costs

There are a number of factors that determine the cost of drying grain. They include the type and size of the drying system, the amount of moisture to be removed, weather conditions during the drying period, and operating costs (fuel, electricity, repairs and maintenance, labour, shrinkage and hauling). “Knowing the costs of on-farm drying is […] Read more


Weather plays nice to see Alberta harvest pick up pace

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of October 22

Significant momentum was made in some areas getting crop in the bin this past week, with the provincial average currently estimated at 74 per cent of all crops combined. This jump is primarily attributed to Central, North East and North West regions where 26, 16 and 13 per cent respectively of Major Crop* acres were […] Read more

Late-season moisture is impacting wheat quality in areas all over Western Canada.

Four things to consider if you have sprout damage

Storage, falling number, deal making, and a Plan B are ways to mitigate the financial pain caused by sprouting

After an extremely cold summer that hindered crop development, late-season moisture is impacting quality in areas all over Western Canada, and farmers have expressed significant concerns with sprouting in particular. But there are strategies to maximize your return and profits. For many years falling number (FN) has been an important global requirement in wheat exports. […] Read more


Dealing with snow is the top priority for many canola growers now, but those wanting to market canola now shouldn’t have problems finding delivery opportunities, says Alberta Canola.

Demand is good for canola — if you can get it off the field

China still isn’t buying but crushers are, and there are seed export opportunities, too

Worries about China’s ban and other market woes have taken a back seat to weather issues for the province’s canola growers. The biggest challenge for many is getting the crop off before snow permanently covers their fields, said Alberta Canola general manager Ward Toma. “They can handle snow coming and going, but snow setting in […] Read more

Wet, cold weather dampens harvest progress

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of October 8

Most parts of the province experienced wet weather conditions in September and the month ended with a significant amount of snowfall in the south. In addition to wet conditions, average daily temperatures were below seasonal norms in most areas across the province over the past two weeks. Many places in Central and Southern Regions recorded […] Read more