Dry conditions continue to reign in south, six per cent of crops harvested

Alberta crop conditions as of August 15

Dry conditions continued in the Southern Region and some parts of the Central Regions, with a few areas receiving a brief reprieve. A portion of the North East Region received up to 70 to 90 mm rain, while most of the Peace region had less than 5 mm of rain. Provincially, crop growing conditions did not change from a week ago and are rated at 56 per cent good to excellent, compared with the 5-year average (2012-2016) of 67 per cent. About 58 per cent of spring wheat, 50 per cent of barley, 61 per cent of oats, 57 per cent of canola and 55 per cent of dry peas are in good to excellent condition. Most spring cereal crops are at the dough development stage.

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Harvest operations are starting across the province with six per cent of crops in the bin, up from the 5-year average of three per cent and four per cent in the swath, in line with the 5-year average. About five per cent of spring wheat, 10 per cent of barley, two per cent of oats and 31 per cent of dry peas have been combined, while three per cent of spring wheat, four per cent of barley, five per cent of canola and one per cent of dry peas are in the swath.

Surface and sub-surface soil moisture ratings (5-year averages in the brackets) across the province remained unchanged at 45 (66) and 51 (63) per cent good to excellent, respectively with 12 (one) and 11 (less than one) per cent excessive. Pasture conditions are rated at 27 (14) per cent poor, 23 (30) per cent fair, 32 (46) per cent good and 18 (10) per cent excellent. Tame hay conditions have similar ratings and are reported at 28 (15) per cent poor, 23 (30) per cent fair, 30 (45) per cent good and 19 (10) per cent excellent.

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