Harvest nearly complete in southern Alberta, weather slows northern producers

Alberta crop conditions as of October 17

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Despite weather which was not ideal, producers were able to make good harvest progress this past week improving the harvest percentage in the province to 86 per cent completed, up 9 points on the week though lagging the 5 year average of 93 per cent. Harvest is virtually complete in the South and nearing completion in the Central region. In the North East and North West regions, producers had to contend with wet weather which included wet snow in amounts of up to 6 inches which flattened standing cereal crops. Virtually all cereals are now being harvested tough and will require drying. Much of the Peace region received 4-5 days of good harvest weather and was able to make significant progress.

Dryland yield estimates improved marginally, raising the yield index to 97.8 per cent. The index declined in the South, was unchanged in the North East while improving in the Central, North West and Peace regions. Provincially, 2017 yields are 10-15 per cent less than last year and 5-10 per cent below their 5 year averages.

Crop Quality is beginning to reflect the effect of the slow harvest progress in the North. Currently, 88 per cent of the HRS wheat is in the top 2 grades, down from 92 per cent two weeks ago and 82 per cent of the barley is grading 1 CW or better, down from 85 per cent.

Surface and subsoil moisture ratings remain unchanged from 2 weeks ago. Surface moisture is rated 67 per cent good or excellent with 1.5 per cent rated excessive. Sub soil moisture is rated 60 per cent good or excellent with 1.2 per cent rated excessive.

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

The next Crop Report will be surveyed October 31 and released November 3.

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