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Large oat production won’t move prices

MarketsFarm — While the most recent crop production report from Statistics Canada predicted significantly more oats than originally expected, prices will likely remain stable. Statistics Canada estimated 3.952 million tonnes of oats will be grown in 2019, up considerably from the 3.436 million tonnes produced in 2018. But low carryover stocks from previous years means […] Read more

Seeding late is a big worry but there are crop choices that can reduce the risk.

Here are some options for late-spring seeding this year

Crop specialist Harry Brook says it’s worth taking a look at Polish canola, 
and checking historical frost dates for your area

Reading Time: 3 minutes Seeding in late spring is fraught with variables beyond producers’ control, but there are some things they can do to hedge their bets, says a provincial crop specialist. Most come down to plant and variety selection, and canola in particular features some strong options, said Harry Brook. “There are varieties out there that do fairly […] Read more


Wet weather slows harvest operations, halts some producers completely

Alberta crop conditions as of September 6

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […] Read more

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Crop conditions improve, harvest operations underway

Alberta crop conditions as of August 9

Reading Time: 2 minutes Rains continued to fall across the province stretching from the Peace Region to the Southern Region. Provincially, crop conditions improved for all Regions from a week ago and are rated as 84 per cent in good or excellent condition, up one per cent from a week ago and up 13 per cent from the 5-year […] Read more


Hail, flooding damage some crops, but most ‘good to excellent’

Alberta crop conditions as of August 2

Reading Time: < 1 minute Over the past week, rainfall activity has been convective in nature, with heavy downpours leading to localized flooding, and in some cases damaging hail across the province. This has maintained soil moisture levels, but slowed haying progress and reduced hay quality. In cases where crops are not performing well, it is largely due to excessive […] Read more

The year-end rainfall map looks much different than it did in summer, 
but drought cut yield and a wet fall lowered quality.

A crop year that doesn’t look better in the rear-view mirror

Yields could have been worse and quality is pretty good, but this is a year distinctly lacking in high points

Reading Time: 3 minutes Harvest 2015 is, finally, a wrap and the storyline is pretty much the same across most of the province — yields are poor but not as bad as feared, and quality is surprisingly good. The final crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry says yield estimates are higher than first forecast earlier in the summer. […] Read more


Alberta producers in the final stages of harvest

Alberta producers in the final stages of harvest

Alberta crop conditions as of October 20, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harvest is in its final stages. Producers were able to take advantage of warm, mostly dry conditions this past week to raise the completion percentage to 96.3 per cent. Dry beans and potatoes are virtually completed and only 15 per cent of the sugar beet crop remains to be dug. What remains outstanding is principally […] Read more

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Wet weather continues to stall harvest, pastures, hay rate poor

Alberta crop conditions as of September 15, 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes Following a brief dry spell to the middle of last week, wet weather over the weekend slowed down or completely halted harvesting operations across the province. Most of the province received rain, from less than 5 mm in northern areas of Peace and North East Regions and small areas in South Region, to over 30 […] Read more