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Good Weather Pushes Alberta Harvest to Finish Line

Warm weather across Alberta continued to allow for rapid harvest progress with the majority of crops now in the bin, the Oct. 17 provincial crop report said. Officially the Alberta crop harvest is at 99 per cent done, which is well ahead of the five-year average of 82 per cent and the 10-year average of 87 per cent.

Rapid progress was reported for the harvest of both oats and canola over the past week, with provincial progress jumping eight and 10 per cent respectively, the report said. In the the north east the oat harvest progressed four per cent and canola jumped 12 per cent, while in the north west the oat harvest progressed 18 per cent and canola 21 per cent.

Warm conditions continue to impact the soil moisture ratings across the province. Provincial surface soil moisture are rated good- to-excellent is at 30 per cent, the report said. Provincial sub-surface good-to-excellent moisture is rated at 30 per cent.

The report noted it was the last one for the 2023 crop year.

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