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Harvest nears 50 per cent, wet soils slow progress

Alberta crop conditions as of September 27

Producers were able to harvest a further 14 per cent of crops this past week bringing the harvested total to near 50 per cent in spite of unsettled weather in all regions. All regions reported similar harvest progress for the week. Wet soils continue to hinder harvest operations necessitating the need to bypass acres with the hope to return later once these areas have dried down. 2016 provincial harvest progress trails that of 2015 only marginally but remains 20 percentage points behind the five-year average of 69.3 per cent. The provincial five-year averages by crop is spring wheat 73 per cent, barley 69 per cent, oats 55 per cent, canola 60 per cent and dry peas 97 per cent.

Fall seeded crops are performing well early with the good soil moisture conditions. Eighty-eight per cent of fall crops in the South region are rated in good or excellent condition, an improvement of two points from last week.

Surface soil moisture is rated one per cent poor; 12 per cent fair; 57 per cent good; 28 per cent excellent; two per cent excessive. The bulk of the excessive moisture is in the North West and Peace regions. Sub soil moisture is rated two per cent poor; 18 per cent fair; 56 per cent good; 23 per cent excellent; one per cent excessive.

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

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