Alberta crop yields above average
By Top Crop Manager
Oct. 22, 2014 - Enabled by favourable weather throughout much of Alberta, producers were able to make good harvest progress last week. Harvest is close to completed with 97.7 per cent combined, 1.6 per cent is in the swath and 1.8 per cent is standing. Harvest in west central Alberta, Calgary north to Red Deer corridor and west, continues to lag the rest of the province at 85 per cent completed.
Provincial yield estimates remain very good, with crops expected to average 5–10 per cent above their five-year historical averages. Excluding the exceptional yields of 2013, provincial averages for all major crops are above
any year in the past 10 years.
Crop quality is significantly below that of 2012 and 2013 and slightly below the 10-year averages for most crops. Quality appears to be concentrated in the middle of the grade scale with lower quantities of high quality production but also only average amounts of low quality production.