Producers were able to make good use of a few days of good harvest weather this past week before being shut down again by cool, wet conditions on the weekend.
Over 72 per cent of the province has now been harvested, up 15 percentage points from last week. A further 17 per cent of crops in the province are in the swath with 11 per cent remaining standing. In 2014, 82 per cent of harvest in the province had been completed. Most areas received between 15 – 50 mm of rain this past week end with light snow reported along the foothills. Hard frosts were reported on several days which should be beneficial in killing off green growth and enhancing dry down.
Reported yields for all crops continue to improve in all regions. The provincial yield index improved to 87 per cent of the 5 year yield average, up 3.5 index points from 2 weeks ago. Yields remain below long term averages but better than originally anticipated reflecting the good soil moisture conditions early in the season and the willingness of producers in all regions to use good soil moisture conservation production practices. Crop quality has declined due to the slowness of the harvest progress though generally is in line with the longer term 5 and 10 year averages. 76 per cent of the spring wheat is grading #1 or #2 CWRS with 8 per cent grading Canada Feed. Long term 10 year averages are 71 per cent grading #1 & #2 with 9 per cent grading Canada Feed. 82 per cent of canola is expected to grade 1 Canada versus the 10 year average of 79 per cent.
The crop condition ratings of the 2015/16 fall seeded crops are: 8 per cent Poor; 27 per cent Fair; 49 per cent Good; 16 per cent Excellent.
Provincial soil moisture ratings continue to improve as a result of the continuing precipitation. Surface moisture is rated 60 per cent good or excellent while sub soil moisture is rated at 51 per cent good or excellent.