Peace, Central Crop Prospects Dimmed Due to Excessive Moisture

- Flowering canola in a field

Crops in the Peace River district and central Alberta have had their potential limited due to excessive moisture and flooding in the area throughout the growing season, results from FarmLink’s crop tour of Western Canada which took place over the last two weeks of July, show. Canola potential was affected in the area due to the excessive moisture.

Due to the pandemic the FarmLink team collected yields by themselves from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. It was found that relative to last year crops are overall in better shape with more yield potential.

“Crops are two weeks behind normal across a large part of the Prairies. Canola and pulses (peas/lentils) are noticeably lagging,” the tour report noted. “In many areas, cereals were just beginning to fill in many regions during the tour. This made accurate counts difficult.”

The main takeaways FarmLink found were:

  • General crop conditions are favourable. FarmLink expects grain yields to be at or near record levels.
  • Cereals are showing the most promise. Many canola, pea, and lentil fields are about two weeks behind schedule.
  • A good finish and beneficial harvest conditions are needed to bring the crop home.

Alberta Yields

Prairie Average Yields

Durum

50

45.3

Canola

41.5

42.9

Wheat (excluding durum)

57.3

60.5

Oats

97

107

Barley

86

82.33

Peas

46.3

47.4

Lentils

28.5

26.6