This is a summary of the AFSC biweekly crop report as of July. Click here for the full report and tables.
Much-needed precipitation fell in all regions with the exception of Southern Alberta. With most crops now entering the kernel-filling stage, this moisture will be very beneficial for both yield and maturity. Crop condition ratings declined 1 per cent to 75 per cent rated good or excellent. Ratings declined in the South and Central regions but were offset by rating improvements in the North East and North West regions, per Table 1.
The first yield estimates of the season for major crops are reported in Table 2. Initial estimates place provincial yields at 105 per cent of the Alberta historical 10-year average though down 10-15 per cent from the yields of 2013. Sub soil moisture ratings are unchanged from last report at 72 per cent rated good or excellent.
First cut haying is winding down with dryland at 87 per cent and irrigated at 99 per cent completed. Yields are average to slightly below average due to the cool temperatures early in the season which retarded growth. Quality is good with 80 per cent of the dryland crop and 93 per cent of the irrigated crop rated as good or excellent. Hay/pasture ratings improved 1 per cent to 71 per cent good or excellent. Most regions showed little change this week with the exception of the North West region which reported significant improvement due to the precipitation received.
Provincial ratings are as follows: Poor 6 per cent; Fair 23 per cent; Good 60 per cent; Excellent 11 per cent .