The Alberta crop harvest is 88 per cent done which is 13 per cent ahead of the five-year average and 12 per cent ahead of the 10-year average, the Oct. 3 provincial crop report said.
“Provincially, major crops with the most left to combine are oats and canola which are 81 and 75 per cent complete, respectively. Compared to the five- and 10-year average, harvest is ahead for all regions,” the report said.
Provincially, six per cent of all crops are left standing as the other five per cent has already been swathed. The report noted in the south harvest is almost complete with less than one per cent of major crops standing and in the central, north east and Peace areas there’s less than 10 per cent of the crop standing and less than eight per cent in the swath. In the north west 15 per cent of the crop is still standing as well as 15 per cent in swaths.
Provincially, crop quality for hard red spring and oats are rating more in the top grade than the five-year average while durum, barley, canola and dry peas are all grading less in the top grade than the five-year average, the report said. Currently, 94 per cent of hard red spring wheat is grading in the top two grades while 84 per cent of durum is rating in the top two grades. While 27 per cent of barley has been rated as malt quality, 63 per cent has been rated at 1 C.W. Almost 18 per cent of dry peas are rating 1 Can. and 82 per cent of Canola is rated 1 Can.
Dryland yield indices have increased in the central, north east, and north west areas, while in the Peace region it remained stable and it decreased in the south. Provincially, major crops are estimated to be yielding 93.6 per cent of their five-year average yields, the report said. The lowest yields are in the south where they’re estimated to be 33.1 per cent below their five-year average yields.