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Prairie provinces issue final crop reports of 2021 season


October 21, 2021
By Top Crop Manager

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Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have released their final crop reports for the 2021 growing season.

Alberta‘s final crop report indicates harvest was advanced three to four weeks due to favourable conditions. Harvest is essentially complete in the south, central and northeast regions, while 98 per cent and 95 per cent of crops have been harvested in the northwest and Peace regions, respectively. Soil moisture levels remain poor throughout most of the province. The crop report also includes a regional breakdown of crop conditions, harvest progress, forage conditions, and soil moisture levels.

Saskatchewan‘s harvest is practically complete, with nearly all regions having 99 per cent of the crop in the bin. The five-year (2016-2020) average for harvest progress for this time of year is 79 per cent. Producers continue to do post-harvest work in the fields, such as harrowing, weed control and preparing to or bringing livestock home. There have been reports that the dry soil conditions and recent cold temperatures have limited fertilizer and herbicide applications.

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Provincial crop yield estimates are much lower than the five-year averages, with most 2021 estimates falling between half and two-thirds of the five-year averages.

Manitoba‘s final crop report includes a seasonal summary, including crop and planting conditions, weather patterns and events, harvest timing compared to the past five years, and a regional breakdown of the season. Seeding progress was on par with the five-year average, whereas harvest progress was well ahead of the five-year average as of the beginning of October.