Crop development slows in Alberta
By Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Aug. 27, 2014 - Moderating temperatures throughout Alberta over the past week has slowed crop development, according to the latest provincial crop report. Harvest progress was slowed by heavy rainfall in amounts of up to 90 mm in southern and east central Alberta while the remainder of the province saw light isolated shower activity. Incidences of light frost were reported in northeast, northwest and Peace River regions. Extremely dry conditions continue throughout the Peace region.
Harvest progress advanced to 16 per cent swathed and four per cent combined. Thirty seven per cent of the canola has been swathed with 35 per cent of the field peas and 18 per cent of the winter wheat having been combined.
Provincial yield estimates are trending higher for all crops with the exception of field peas. Currently, yields are anticipated to be five per cent above the Alberta five-year average. Yields in southern and central regions are expected to be average to slightly above average, yields in northeast and northwest regions are anticipated to be five to 10 per cent above their five-year averages. For most crops, 2014 expected yields are only surpassed by those of last year.