Seeding well behind five year average, crop stages behind normal

Alberta crop conditions as of May 30

Seeding progress in the province has reached 79 per cent complete, up 22 percentage points on the week, but well behind the five-year average of 97 per cent.

A weather front early in the reporting period brought strong winds and varying amounts of rain to the North West and North East regions, reaching into the Central. The event was followed by warm sunny days which provided producers with the opportunity to get back into the fields and continue operations with minimal delays. Seeding progress is virtually completed in the South, seven days behind in the Central but 10-14 days delayed in the North East and North West and approaching 14 days behind in the Peace region.

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Crop stage is well behind normal with only 43 per cent of crops having emerged compared to last year at 78 per cent. Estimates indicate that five to 10 per cent of the cropland in the North East, North West and Peace could potentially remain unseeded this year due to being too wet to access and seed.

Surface soil moisture ratings improved slightly as the percentage of cropland rated excessive declined by nearly three percentage points to 15 per cent of the province. The area rated good/excellent was little changed at 75 per cent.

Hay/pasture ratings are very good throughout the entire province with no region rating conditions below 85 per cent good or excellent. Overall, the province is rated <1 per cent poor; nine per cent fair; 68 per cent good; 22 per cent excellent.

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

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