Overall, 35 per cent of all Alberta crops have been combined as harvest has progressed fast in southern regions with dry conditions, the Sept. 5 provincial crop report said. Progress remains slow in the north west and north east where cool and wet conditions have caused delays in maturity, lodging and difficulty accessing fields.
The Alberta harvest is eight and nine per cent ahead of the five-year and 10-year averages, respectively. Most of the progress is from the south region which is 71 per cent complete, ahead of the five-year average of 20 per cent. The central and Peace regions are also ahead of historical averages at 29 per cent and 24 per cent done, respectively.
“Provincially, combining of winter wheat, fall rye, dry peas and lentils are all over 85 per cent complete. As for the other major crops, such as spring wheat, barley, oats and canola, there is still over 50 per cent left to combine of each crop,” the report said.
Dryland yields either stable or slightly increased since the last report. The report noted the provincial yield index of 88 indicated yields are estimated to be 12 per cent below the 5-year average. The best yields are being seen in the north west, while the south and central regions’ yield indices indicated crops are below the five-year yield index.
“For major crops, all yield indices are indicating estimated yields within 10 per cent of their five-year averages, except for spring wheat which is estimated to be 16 per cent below the five-year average yield and canola which is estimated to be 11 per cent below the five-year average yield,” the report said.