Alberta crop yield estimates now out
By Top Crop Manager
July 28, 2015 - The first yield estimates of the crop season in Alberta have been published. According to the most recent Alberta crop report, these estimates are provided based upon extremely limited information and will be updated bi-weekly. Current provincial estimates are approximately 25-30 per cent below the average of the past five years though it should be noted that two of those years (2013, 2014) produced the highest average yields ever reported for the province.
The continuation of moderate temperatures combined with widespread shower activity throughout Alberta has placed crops under less stress and crop condition ratings have stabilized at 30 per cent rated good or excellent.
Most crops in the province have completed their reproductive stage with only a small amount of late seeded crop remaining. Precipitation from this point onward will have minimal effect on yield potential but would continue to be very beneficial in kernel filling and seed test weight which would affect grade and ultimately price to the producer.