Light rains delay harvest, province estimates more than half complete

Alberta crop conditions as of September 29, 2015

Over the weekend, most parts of the province received light rains which were enough to delay harvesting operations. However, producers were able to make better harvest progress this past week than during the previous week. Harvest is estimated to be 58 per cent completed provincially, up 12 per cent from last week. While 25 per cent of crops across the province are in the swath (down two per cent from a week ago), about 17 per cent are still standing (down 10 per cent from last week). Across the province, about 99 per cent of dry peas, 87 per cent of canola, 80 per cent of spring wheat, 76 per cent of barley and 60 per cent of oats were either harvested or in the swath. Harvest is most advanced in the South Region with 91 per cent of crops in the bin, followed by the Peace Region, with 68 per cent harvested. About 44 per cent of crops in the North East Region, 41 per cent in the North West Region and 39 per cent in the Central Region have been harvested.

Provincial soil moisture ratings did not change from last week, with 59 per cent rated as good to excellent. Sub-surface soil moisture improved by more than one per cent, to 52 per cent rated as good to excellent. Pasture conditions are still rated poor, but have improved in the South, Central and North East Regions. Provincially, only 29 per cent of pasture lands are rated as good to excellent. About 99 per cent of pasture lands in the North West Region and 88 per cent in the Peace Region are rated as poor to fair.

September rainfall has been beneficial for fall seeded crops. Provincially, 62 per cent of fall seeded crops are rated as good to excellent. About 58 per cent of fall seeded crops in the South Region, 74 per cent in the Central, 90 per cent in the North East, 20 per cent in the North West and 29 per cent in the Peace Region are rated as good to excellent.

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