Cool conditions see slow emergence, seeding nears completion

Alberta crop conditions as of May 31

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Cool conditions prevailed over the week. Precipitation was reported in all regions in the amount of 10 – 20 mm with the North East Region receiving between 30 – 50 mm. Seeding progress is nearing completion at 97 per cent seeded compared to last year at 99 per cent, the 5 year average of 96 per cent and the long term provincial average of 94 per cent. The North East is the only region below 96 per cent seeded and will incur completion delays due to the moisture received this past week.

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Emergence has been slowed by the cool conditions. 78 per cent of crops are now above ground with 86 per cent of the spring wheat, 95 per cent of the durum, 71 per cent of the barley and 70 per cent of the canola emerged. Emergence has generally been strong based upon the good growing conditions now being experienced in most areas of the province.

Soil moisture conditions improved for both surface and sub soil ratings. Surface moisture improved 4 percentage points to 77 per cent rated good or excellent. The precipitation in the North East this week has 17 per cent of the region rated excessive for surface moisture. Sub soil moisture ratings improved 3 percentage points to 64 per cent good or excellent.

Hay and pastures have improved significantly with the precipitation of the past 2 weeks but need warmer weather.

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