Alberta Harvest Passes 60% Complete




Favourable conditions allowed Alberta producers to make particularly good harvest progress this past week.


The latest weekly crop report on Friday pegged the harvest of major crops (spring wheat, oats, barley, canola, dry peas) at about 61% complete as of Tuesday, up 18 points on the week and well ahead of the five- and 10-year averages of 28% and 32% done. An additional 16% of major crops were in the swath as of Tuesday, while 23% remained standing.


Harvest is most advanced in the South Region, where 75% of the crop was in the bin as of Tuesday. That is followed by the Central at 64% combined, the North East at 58%, the North West at 52% and the Peace at 44%. When compared to the 5-year averages (2016-2020), harvest progress is ahead for all regions.


Since the beginning of September, many areas have received more than 15 mm of rain, with much of the North West Region and the eastern-half of the Peace Region recording more than 40 mm. In contrast, relatively drier conditions have prevailed for the South and North East Regions, receiving less than 5 mm through scattered showers.


No widespread, damaging frosts had yet occurred as of Tuesday, although small pockets of frost were reported in low-lying parts across most areas. In addition, hailstorms were reported in some parts of the Central Region, with damage to be determined.


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

· Light showers over the past week slowed harvesting operations for most parts of the region, while notable rain in other areas halted harvest. Harvest advanced an additional 14 per cent for major crops from a week ago.

· Regionally, 18 per cent of crops are still standing, seven per cent are swathed and 75 per cent have been combined (compared to the 5-year average of 60 per cent).

· All dry peas, 75 per cent of spring wheat, 80 per cent of barley and 79 per cent of oats are now in the bin. About 55 per cent of canola has now been combined and another 12 per cent is in swath.

· Pasture growing conditions are rated as 63 per cent poor, 27 per cent fair and 10 per cent good.


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

· Rain showers throughout the previous week were reported, yet producers were able to harvest an additional 20 per cent of acres.

· Regionally, 19 per cent of crops are still standing, 17 per cent are swathed and 64 per cent are combined (compared to the 5-year average of 28 per cent).

· About 99 per cent of dry peas, 71 per cent of spring wheat, 78 per cent of barley and 65 per cent of oats are now in the bin. Almost 37 per cent of canola has been harvested and another 39 per cent is in swath.

· Pasture growing conditions are rated as 29 per cent poor, 26 per cent fair and 45 per cent good.


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

· Harvest was progressing in the region, until showers halted combining last weekend. Over the past week, harvest advanced by an additional 22 per cent.

· Overall, 22 per cent of crops are still standing, 20 per cent are swathed and 58 per cent are combined (compared to the 5-year average of 18 per cent).

· All dry peas, 79 per cent of spring wheat, 69 per cent of barley and 59 per cent of oats are now in the bin. About 29 per cent of canola has been combined and another 42 per cent is in swath.

· Pasture growing conditions are rated as 81 per cent poor, 14 per cent fair and 5 per cent good.


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

· While harvest progressed in some areas due to favourable harvest weather, a couple of days of rain slowed or halted combining in other areas. Regionally, harvest advanced an additional 10 per cent for major crops from a week ago.

· In this region, 26 per cent of crops are still standing, 22 per cent are swathed and 52 per cent are combined (compared to the 5-year average of 10 per cent).

· All dry peas, 71 per cent of spring wheat, 69 per cent of barley and 48 per cent of oats are now in the bin. About 23 per cent of canola has been combined and another 43 per cent is in swath.

· Pasture growing conditions are rated as 33 per cent poor, 31 per cent fair and 36 per cent good.


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

· Although rain showers in much of the region slowed harvest operations over the past week, harvesting still progressed, with producers able to combine an additional 21 per cent of their crops.

· Overall, 39 per cent of crops are still standing, 17 per cent are swathed and 44 per cent are combined (compared to the 5-year average of 10 per cent).

· About 88 per cent of dry peas, 63 per cent of spring wheat, 49 per cent of barley and 42 per cent of oats are now in the bin. Nearly 19 per cent of canola has been harvested and 36 per cent is in swath.

· Pasture growing conditions are rated as 59 per cent poor, 35 per cent fair and 6 per cent good.


Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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