Rain, hail, sleet, snow chill harvest progress

Alberta crop conditions as of September 25, 2018

The wet cold front experienced over the last couple of weeks seems to have stationed itself in the province bringing rain, hail, sleet, and snow with it. Much snow has melted on initial contact, while a few grassy areas saw small amounts of accumulation. Optimistically, the early September snowfall experienced in parts of the province will be followed by a period of warm autumn days that are needed to finish what has been a taxing start to this years’ harvest. This week’s abbreviated report shows the progress for major crops only whereas last week’s report was for all crops. When comparing harvest numbers for major crops, progress is up almost 5 points as compared to the September 11th abbreviated report. At this point, 33 per cent of crops are combined and 24 per cent have been swathed. The Peace region received less precipitation over the past week and made some harvest headway moving from 6 to 13 per cent. The Central region advanced 7 points this week over last and other regions remain stalled due to the elements. Although, combining numbers are behind, swathing across the province has advanced.

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Surface soil moisture rated as good moved from 46 to 51 per cent and excellent moved from 19 to 21 per cent. Sub Surface moisture rated as good moved from 36 to 39 per cent and excellent ratings moved 16 to 17 per cent. Even slight increases will help support fall seeded crops and moisture reserves heading into winter. Between frost and sodden conditions producers have grade concerns with unharvested crops. Areas that saw heavier snow fall resulted in some crops laying down and apprehensions over lodging have surfaced.

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

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