Alberta Crop Conditions Little Changed



Alberta crop conditions have held largely steady over the past two weeks but remain slightly above the five- and 10-year averages.

The latest weekly crop report on Friday pegged the average condition across all crops in the province at about 70% good to excellent as of Tuesday, basically unchanged from the July 2 rating. In comparison, the five-year average for all crops for this time of year is about 66% good to excellent and the 10-year average 68% good to excellent.

However, crop conditions are highly variable by region. In the central, north east and north west regions, crops are pegged at around 83% good to excellent. On the other hand, crops in the south and Peace River regions are at 54% and 51% good to excellent, respectively, largely due to a relative lack of rainfall.

The spring wheat and durum crops in the province were rated 75% and 38% good to excellent as of Tuesday, while the oat and barley crops came in at 75% and 76%. The canola crop was rated around 70% good to excellent, while the dry pea and flax crops were estimated at 68% and 62% good to excellent. The lentil, chickpea and mustard crops were all considerably worse, with ratings ranging from 26% and 31% good to excellent.

Region One: Southern (Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Foremost)

· Overall crop conditions are 10 per cent behind the five year average of 64 per cent good and excellent. Condition ratings for Sugar Beets are 86 per cent and Dry Beans at 75 per cent good or excellent. Crops to the east need more rainfall to fill heads and pods, while the foothills are looking for heat.

· Spring cereals are predominantly in the flowering stages as are over 80 per cent of Canola, Mustard, Lentils and Chickpeas. Field peas are reported as having almost 30 per cent in podding stage, with the remainder still in flowering at this time.

· Tame pasture is currently rated at 25 per cent poor, 34 per cent fair 37 per cent good and 4 per cent excellent. Conditions along the foothills are far superior to the eastern areas due to increased rainfall.

· 1 st cut dryland hay is reported as 66 per cent completed with estimated yields of 1 ton per acre and quality rated as 60 per cent good and excellent. Irrigated hay is 85 per cent completed with estimates of 2.1 ton per acre yields and 78 per cent rated as good and excellent. The wetter areas to the west are waiting on drier conditions to proceed with haying operations.

· Soil moisture ratings are currently estimated as 45 per cent good and excellent for surface and 33 per cent good and excellent for sub-surface.

Region Two: Central (Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation, Oyen)

· Overall crop conditions are 22 per cent ahead of the five year average of 60 per cent good and excellent.

· Spring cereals are predominantly in the head emergence stages while well over 75 per cent of Canola, Mustard, Field Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas are flowering.

· Tame pasture is currently rated at 22 per cent poor, 23 per cent fair, 50 per cent good and 5 per cent excellent.

· 1st cut dryland hay is reported as 13 per cent completed with estimated yields of 1.3 ton per acre and quality rated as 27 per cent good and no excellent. Irrigated hay is 2 per cent completed with estimates of 2.2 ton per acre yields and 80 per cent rated as good and no excellent. Continued showers are stalling harvest.

· Soil moisture ratings are currently estimated as 92 per cent good and excellent with 2 per cent excessive for surface and 77 per cent good and excellent for sub-surface.

Region Three: North East (Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)

· The area has experienced ample rainfall with the exception of Provost and the M.D. of Wainwright that have been touched by spotty rains in varying amounts. Overall crop conditions are 8 per cent ahead of the five year average of 75 per cent good and excellent.

· Spring cereals are predominantly in the head emergence stages while 81 per cent of Canola is flowering and Field Peas are 31 per cent into podding.

· Tame pasture is currently rated at 3 per cent poor, 13 per cent fair, 77 per cent good and 7 per cent excellent.

· 1st cut dryland hay is reported as 3 per cent completed with estimated yields of 1.1 ton per acre and quality rated as 77 per cent good and excellent. Weather is preventing haying operations in this region also.

· Soil moisture ratings are currently estimated as 94 per cent good and excellent with 2 per cent excessive for surface and 92 per cent good and excellent with 1 per cent excessive for sub-surface.

Region Four: North West (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)

· Overall crop conditions are 17 per cent ahead of the five year average of 66 per cent good and excellent.

· Spring cereals are predominantly in the head emergence stages while 92 per cent of Canola is flowering and Field Peas are 14 per cent into podding.

· Tame pasture is currently rated at 0 per cent poor, 5 per cent fair, 85 per cent good and 10 per cent excellent.

· 1st cut dryland hay is reported as 6 per cent completed with estimated yields of 1.5 ton per acre and quality rated as 64 per cent good and excellent. Precipitation is holding up the haying process.

· Soil moisture ratings are currently estimated as 95 per cent good and excellent with 5 per cent excessive for surface and 93 per cent good and excellent with 1 per cent excessive for sub-surface.

Region Five: Peace River (Fairview, Falher, Grande Prairie, Valleyview)

· Overall crop conditions are 11 per cent behind the five year average of 62 per cent good and excellent. · Spring cereals are predominantly in the head emergence stages while 84 per cent of Canola and 71 per cent of Field Peas are flowering.

· Tame pasture is currently rated at 8 per cent poor, 43 per cent fair, 41 per cent good and 8 per cent excellent.

· 1st cut dryland hay is reported as 18 per cent completed with estimated yields of 1.5 ton per acre and quality rated as 78 per cent good and excellent.

· Soil moisture ratings are currently estimated as 58 per cent good and excellent with 6 per cent excessive for surface and 66 per cent good and excellent with 2 per cent excessive for sub-surface.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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