Harvest has progressed to 37 per cent done in Alberta over the past week, the Sept. 6 provincial crop report said. This is behind last year’s 37 per cent for this time of year but is ahead of the five year average of 27 per cent and 10-year average of 25 per cent.
Dryland crop yields are similar to what they were two weeks ago. The report noted provincial drylands yields are 12 per cent above the five year average and almost eight per cent above the 10-year average.
“The 10-year yield index for the South is lower than the five year yield index, with estimated yields only two per cent above the 10-year average in 2022. This suggests that over the past five years, yields in the south have lagged behind due to sustained drier than normal conditions,” the report said.
The report noted that over the past 30-days, most parts of the province have experienced “once in 50-years” warmer than normal temperatures and received below normal rainfall. However, crop yields have been better than normal. In addition to a cool wet start to the season, which saved soil moisture reserves, June rainfalls were largely responsible for supplying enough moisture for crop growth.