Alberta harvest nears end, forage and feed reserves seen adequate

Alberta crop conditions as of October 31 (FINAL)

Harvest is virtually complete across the province, with 98.6 per cent of the crops now in the bin. While harvest in the Southern and Central Regions has been completed, good weather conditions over the last two weeks also allowed northern producers to make good harvest progress. About 98 per cent of the crops in the North East, 97 per cent in the North West and 95 per cent in the Peace Region have been harvested. Provincially, the dryland yield index is estimated at 97.4 per cent. Dryland yields for the Southern Region have been below their 5-year averages (2012-2016), while in the Central Region dryland yields are in line with the 5-year averages. For other Regions, dryland yields were above the 5-year averages.

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Crop quality was variable across the province. Provincially, crop quality for the top two grades of hard red spring wheat, durum wheat, canola and dry peas as well as malt barley are above their 5-year averages. Quality for barley number one and the top two grades of oats are below the 5-year averages. About 86 per cent of hard red spring wheat has graded in the top two grades, up 10 per cent from the 5-year average. About 85 per cent of durum wheat has graded number 2 or better, up 14 per cent from the 5-year average. About 25 per cent of barley is eligible for malt (up six per cent from the 5-year average) and 58 per cent is graded as number 1 (down six per cent from the 5-year average). About 54 per cent of oats is graded in the top two grades, down 19 per cent from the 5-year average. Almost 87 per cent of harvested canola is graded as number one (up five per cent from the 5-year average), with 10 per cent graded as number 2 (down two per cent from the 5-year average). About 87 per cent of dry peas are graded in the top two grades, up 13 per cent from the 5-year averages.

Provincially, both forage and feed grain reserves are estimated as adequate to surplus, with some producers anticipating a shortfall. Forage reserves are reported as two per cent deficit, 14 per cent shortfall, 68 per cent adequate and 16 per cent surplus, while the rating for feed grain reserves is one per cent deficit, 10 per cent shortfall, 69 per cent adequate and 20 per cent surplus.

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

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