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Dry harvest weather came, and then it went

Alberta crop conditions as of September 20

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Farmers were able to make good harvest progress this past week as a period of warm, dry weather covered much of the province before the return to rain and showers this past weekend slowed everything to a crawl again.

Harvest progress improved by 15 per cent percentage points on the week to 35 per cent completed compared to the 5 year average of 55 per cent. This is the slowest progress since 2010 when only 15 per cent of the province was combined by this date. All regions advanced between 10 and 20 points with harvest most advanced in the South region at 67 per cent complete, up almost 20 points on the week. The remainder of the province is rated between 15 and 30 per cent harvested with the North West region lagging as it dries out from the effects of several heavy precipitation events earlier this month. Light frost was reported in all regions though damage is anticipated to be light.

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The provincial yield index rose 1.5 points to 113.1 since the last report due to higher expected yields in the South, North East and Peace regions. Significant yield improvements of 1 bushel/acre or more were noted for barley, canola and winter wheat. Durum yield declined by a bushel/acre with reports of fusarium along the Saskatchewan border.

Fall seeded crops are off to a strong start with the good surface soil moisture conditions this year. Eighty-six per cent of the fall crops in South region are 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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