Substantial seeding progress in Alberta
By Top Crop Manager
May 13, 2016 - Continuing dry weather throughout much of Alberta has provided producers with the opportunity to make substantial progress in their seeding operations. Seeding is estimated to be 45 per cent complete as of May 10, up from 21 per cent last week and well ahead of the five year average of 23 per cent.
Warm weather aided emergence with approximately eight per cent of crops out of the ground. Emergence is most advanced in the south with 24 per cent of crops up, followed by seven per cent in the central region, two per cent in the northeast, less than one per cent in the northwest and two per cent in the Peace region.
Surface soil moisture ratings declined to 63 per cent of the province rated as poor or fair from 56 per cent last week though moisture levels should be adequate in most areas to support good germination. Very light showers were experienced in the extreme south and western portions of the south region and amounts of up to 12 mm (one-half inch) fell in the Peace region. Brisk winds were reported across many areas which enhanced moisture loss from the top layer.