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2017 seeding passes the halfway point in Alberta

2017 seeding passes the halfway point in Alberta

Producers are still working to harvest their 2016 crop

By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
Farms.com

Producers in Alberta have seeded more than 50 per cent of the total provincial crop, according to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s latest Crop Report.

As of May 23, 57 per cent of the total crop has been seeded, down significantly from the 83 per cent five-year average and from the 90 per cent completion recorded at this time last year.

Producers also continue to harvest remaining crops from 2016. Approximately 233,000 acres still require harvesting.

On a crop-by-crop basis, dry peas are the furthest along in the province with about 77 per cent of the crop seeded. Rounding out the top five are spring wheat (62.9 per cent), barley (53.8 per cent), canola (49.1 per cent) and oats (28.4 per cent.)

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Region

Areas

Highlights

Southern

Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Foremost

  • Seeding jumped from 24 per cent completed to 88 per cent.
  • 47 per cent of crops have emerged.
  • Most cereals are in the three-leaf unfolded stage.
  • 66 per cent of fall seeded crops are rated as good, 27 per cent as excellent.

Central

Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation, Oyen

  • About 67 per cent of crops are seeded, up 34 per cent from last week.
  • 15 per cent of the region’s crops have emerged.
  • Dry peas are about 85 per cent seeded.

North East

Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost

  • Seeding is 39 per cent complete, up from 8 per cent last week.
  • 4 per cent of crops have emerged
  • 84 per cent of fall seeded crops are rated as good.
  • Overwintered cereal grains are being baled due to sprouting.

 

North West

Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayon Valley, Athabasca

  • 35 per cent of crops across the region are seeded, up 30 per cent from last week.
  • Less than one per cent of crops have emerged.
  • Spring harvest of overwintered crops has been delayed in wet fields.

Peace River

Fairview, Falher, Grande Prairie, Valleyview

  • Regional seeding is 37 per cent completed, up from 19 per cent last week.
  • Less than one per cent of crops have emerged.
  • 27 per cent of pasture and hay conditions are ranked as excellent