Crops conditions mostly good, precipitation ranging excessive to dry

Alberta crop conditions as of June 28

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June saw highly variable amounts of precipitation fall in the province from near excessive amounts of 150-250 per cent of normal in the Peace region, to above average quantities of 100-200 per cent in the North West, to below average of 50-100 per cent in the North East, and dry conditions to the Central and South regions at 35-50 per cent of normal. Regional crop condition ratings reflect these moisture differences. Crop ratings declined this week in the South and Central regions due to the continuing dry conditions, were unchanged in the North East, and are reflecting the effects of the wet soil conditions on growth in the North West and Peace regions.

Currently, crops provincially are rated 79 per cent in good or excellent condition, down 2 points on the week, compared to last year at 30 per cent, the 5 year average of 73 per cent and the long term average of 70 per cent. The past week brought spotty showers and some hail to most areas. Surface soil moisture ratings declined 1 percentage point to 75 per cent good or excellent, and subsoil moisture ratings declined 2 points to 64 per cent good or excellent.

Haying is underway in virtually all areas of the province with 20 per cent of the 1st cut dryland crop and 35 per cent of the 1st cut irrigated alfalfa crop baled. Hay yields are below average due to the slow start to growth this spring caused by the cool, dry weather. Early quality has been very good with over 80 per cent rated good or excellent. 67 per cent of hay land and 70 per cent of pastures are currently rated in good or excellent condition.

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

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