Yield estimates improving in all regions, crop quality average

Alberta crop conditions as of September 22, 2015

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Wet weather conditions caused some interruptions with harvest operations over the last week. Most of the province received less than 5 mm of rain. Some areas received well over 5 mm and other areas up to 15-20 mm of rain.

Provincially, about 27 per cent of the crops remain standing, 27 per cent are swathed, and 46 per cent are harvested (up nine per cent from last week). Rainfall over the past two weeks has slowed down harvesting operations across the province. Compared to this time last year, harvest progress is behind in the Central, North East, North West and Peace Regions — down six per cent provincially. Harvesting in the South Region is 17 per cent ahead compared to last year. Warmer temperatures are required to help advance harvesting operations.

Yield estimates continue to improve in all regions as more harvest information becomes available. Since August 25, 2015, provincial yields of spring wheat have increased by 2.6 bushels per acre, winter wheat is up 2.5 bushels, barley is up 4.5 bushels, dry peas are up 1.2 bushels and canola is 1.9 bushels per acre higher.

Crop quality appears to be average so far. Currently, about 89 per cent of the spring wheat and 87 per cent of durum is grading 2CW or better. About 69 per cent of barley is grading 1CW, with a further 14 per cent eligible for malt quality. Over 86 per cent of the canola is grading number 1 and 76 per cent of the dry peas are expected to be food quality, number 2 or better. However, it is expected that crop quality took a hit from the wet weather experienced over the last two weeks and grades may decline as harvest progresses.

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