Rain hampers harvest progress in Alberta
By Top Crop Manager
Sept. 10, 2015 - Alberta producers were only able to make limited harvest progress this past week as a general rain covered virtually all areas of the province. Beginning Friday of the long weekend, amounts of 35 – 60 mm fell in the South, Central, North East and North West regions while lesser amounts of 15 – 30 mm fell across the Peace.
Harvest progress is currently approaching 31 per cent completed. Harvest is most advanced in the South region with 55 per cent combined and 19 per cent swathed. The remainder of the province varies from 14 – 25 per cent completed with the Central region being the slowest.
Producers are reporting that yields are above expectation. Provincial yield index has improved from 74 per cent of the five year average in late July to 81 per cent in this report.