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Wet weather slows harvest operations, halts some producers completely

Alberta crop conditions as of September 6

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The wet weather over the past week slowed down or completely halted harvest operations in most areas across the province, especially the North East, North West and Peace Regions. The recent moisture will also have a potential impact on crop quality. Provincially, 16 per cent of the crop has been harvested (up seven per cent from last week) and 20 per cent is in swath (up six per cent from a week ago), while 64 per cent remain standing (down 13 per cent from last week). When compared to the 5-year average (2011-2015), harvest progress is a little ahead in the South and Central Regions, but five per cent behind provincially. About 20 per cent of spring wheat, 32 per cent of durum wheat, 93 per cent of winter wheat, 24 per cent of barley, 91 per cent of rye, 49 per cent of canola and 74 per cent of dry peas across the province have either been harvested or swathed. Also, potato harvest is 13 per cent complete.

Preliminary dryland yield remained similar to two weeks ago with the provincial yield index up 11.6 index points from the 5-year average. Provincially, dryland yield (5-year averages shown in brackets) are estimated at 51.9 (46.0) bushels per acre for spring wheat, 71.6 (64.8) bushels per acre for barley, 83.3 (76.6) bushels per acre for oats, 42.3 (37.7) bushels per acre for canola and 44.9 (42.7) bushels per acre for dry peas. Average yields for potato are estimated at 13.0 and 16.5 tons per acre, respectively, for dryland and irrigated fields.

Provincially, second cut hay is 53 (48) per cent complete in dryland and 59 (52) per cent in irrigated fields. Preliminary average yield on dryland is estimated at 1.3 (0.9) tons per acre, with quality of the first cut rated at 61 (69) per cent good to excellent. Irrigated hay yield is reported at 1.5 (1.4) tons per acre and quality rated as 45 (65) per cent good to 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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