Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:47

Crop conditions in southern Alberta improving

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In most parts of the province, weather conditions over the last week were favourable for the harvesting of crops left over from 2016 as well as the seeding of new crops for 2017.


Provincially, seeding progress increased by 26 per cent from the past week, to 57 per cent now completed, but still behind the five-year average (2012-2016) of 83 per cent at this time.
Regionally, seeding progress is most advanced in the southern region at 88 per cent, followed by the central region with 67 per cent, north east region at 39 per cent, Peace region at 37 and the north west region at 35 per cent per cent.
Regionally, excessive soil moisture levels have decreased between two to seven per cent from last week.
Surface soil moisture (sub-surface soil moisture ratings are shown in brackets) across the province is rated at one (one) per cent poor, six (seven) per cent fair, 35 (35) per cent good, 41 (43) per cent excellent and 17 (14) per cent excessive.
Provincially, pasture and tame hay conditions are reported as nine per cent fair, 67 per cent good and 24 per cent excellent. Fall seeded crops conditions are rated as one per cent poor, six per cent fair, 74 per cent good and 19 per cent excellent.
REGIONAL ASSESSMENTS:
Region One: Southern (Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Foremost)
• Seeding progress in this Region advanced 24 per cent from last week, to 88 per cent complete, while 47 per cent of crops have emerged (up 31 per cent from a week ago).
• Most cereals are in the three-leaf unfolded stage. The rainfall last week increased soil moisture levels and was beneficial for crops. Irrigated crops are being irrigated due to insufficient moisture.
• Pasture and tame hay conditions are reported as one per cent poor, six per cent fair, 72 per cent good, and 21 per cent excellent. Conditions for fall seeded crops are rated as one per cent poor, six per cent fair, 66 per cent good, and 27 per cent excellent.
Region Two: Central (Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation, Oyen)
• Favourable weather throughout most of the week helped producers to make good seeding progress (up 34 per cent from a week ago), with about 67 per cent of crops now seeded. Almost 15 per cent of seeded crops have emerged, up 12 per cent from a week ago. About 73 per cent of spring wheat, 60 per cent of barley, 62 per cent of canola and 95 per cent of dry peas have now been seeded.
• Hay and pasture fields are in good shape. Pasture conditions are reported as one per cent poor, 12 per cent fair, 72 per cent good, and 15 per cent excellent, with similar ratings for tame hay.
• Fall seeded crops are rated as two per cent poor, nine per cent fair, 74 per cent good and 15 per cent excellent.

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