Business & Policy
Good harvest progress in Alberta
By Top Crop Manager
Oct. 6, 2014 - Despite two weeks of cool and wet conditions earlier this month in Alberta, the recent warm weather with above average temperatures has allowed producers to make good harvest progress.
According to the latest Alberta crop report, the cool and wet conditions in September did not have a significant effect on crop yields. Indeed, yield expectations continue to improve in all regions of the province and could still be slightly above average. Dryland canola yield is estimated at 39 bushels per acre, spring wheat is at 46 and barley is at 67.
Crop quality, however, is another story. Over 90 per cent of spring wheat and 85 per cent of durham are expected to be at grade three or better, 70 per cent of barley is expected at grade number one with 15 per cent expected to be eligible for malt. Meanwhile, 80 per cent of canola is expected to be grade one Canada, and 72 per cent of field peas are grading food quality of number two or better.