Alberta Crop Conditions Report as of July 16, 2013
Crop growing conditions continue to be very favourable across the province. In general, the condition of most crops is rated as good to excellent. Provincially, about 88 per cent of spring wheat, oats, barley and canola, and 90 per cent of dry beans and peas are in good to excellent condition (see Table 1).
Precipitation varied across the province, from spotty showers in eastern areas of the province, to heavy rain in central and south-west areas. Scattered hailstorms were reported in most regions, with the exception of the Peace Region. For the most part, hail damage was minor.
Precipitation and warm temperatures across all regions in the province have advanced crop development. Spring cereals are in the late head emergence to early flowering stages, while oilseeds and pulses are mostly flowering.
Grasshoppers have been reported in the North East, North West and Peace Regions. Producers have also started spraying fungicide for disease control, mostly in cereal and canola crops. In the southern part of the province, stripe rust has been reported in some winter wheat crops.
Surface soil moisture conditions remain virtually unchanged from last week, with 87 per cent of the province rated good to excellent. Sub-surface soil moisture conditions have improved by five per cent to 90 per cent of the province rated good to excellent. Areas with excessive moisture decreased slightly, from four per cent to two per cent, with the Central Region reporting the greatest decline (see Table 2).
The warm weather is also allowing producers to make good progress with haying operations, with 82 per cent of irrigated and 40 per cent of dryland haying being completed across the province.
REGIONAL ASSESSMENTS:The 2013 Alberta Crop Report Series continues to provide summaries for the following five regions:
Region One: Southern (Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Foremost)
Region Two: Central (Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation, Oyen)
Region Three: North East (Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)
Region Four: North West (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)
Region Five: Peace River (Fairview, Falher, Grande Prairie, Valleyview)
Created July 23, 2013 | Category: Agronomy