Farmers across Alberta are making progress on harvest this spring while getting new crops in the ground at the same time, the first official crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry release on May 8, shows.
As of the last 2019 crop report on Dec. 3, Alberta had 10 per cent of acres left unharvested, the report says. Crops in the south were mostly harvested, while further north the amount of crop left out over winter increased.
The quality of the overwintered production is quite good, the report says. Provincially, close to 70 per cent of the spring harvested cereal grains (spring wheat, barley and oats) are coming off as good quality feed. The spring harvested canola is also good quality with 84 per cent coming off as 3 Canada or better.
Provincially seeding is slightly behind schedule compared to years past, with nine per cent of the 2020 crop in the ground. Progress is being made in the South and Central areas of Alberta — producers in the South have planted 28 per cent of their crop while the Central area has planted four per cent of the acres. As expected, planting is just starting in North East, North West and Peace regions, the report says.
Fall-seeded crops are up and looking good with ratings of 75 per cent good or excellent.