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Most Alberta Farmers Done In The Field

Judging by all the comments on Twitter in recent days and numbers from the latest crop report in Alberta, harvesting across the province is nearly complete.
 
The latest report from the province suggested about 90 percent of the crop is now in the bin, thanks to ideal harvesting conditions in most regions for the better part of the last 6 weeks. This is ahead of the 5 and 10 year averages.
 
As far as yields are concerned, the provincial report says spring wheat is averaging about 54 bushels per acre, more than 74 bushels were acre for barley, 83 bushels per acre for oats, 40 bushels an acre for canola and about 42 bushels an acre for dry peas. Many of the crops harvested this fall are grading in the top two categories. Now certainly, some areas of the province, such as north and east of the capital suffered from excessive rain this summer impacting both yields and quality.
 
In the Central region which includes the Drumheller, Hanna, and Three Hills areas, harvest is very close to 90% complete as of October 6.  Flax is only approxmately 75% done.  According to the province, quality is above average in our area.  About 95 per cent of hard red spring wheat, all durum wheat and 94 per cent of oats are graded in the top two grades. Almost 50 per cent of barley is eligible for malt and 41 per cent is graded as No. 1 feed. Canola looks good with 88 per cent graded as No.1 and six per cent as No. 2
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