Seeding in Parts of Alberta Slowed by Unharvested Crop



Spring planting is progressing well in southern Alberta but is lagging farther north as producers try to get the last of the 2019 crop out of the field.

The first provincial crop report of the season on Friday pegged overall planting in the province at just over 9% complete as of Tuesday, behind 16% last year and the five-year average of 14%. However, more than one-quarter of the planting (28%) was complete in the southern region, compared to just 4% in the central region and less than 1% in both the north east and the Peace. In the north west, no planting had yet been reported.

As of the last crop report for the 2019 season in early December, up to 10% of the Alberta crop was still unharvested, the bulk of that in the more northern regions. Less than 1% of the overwintered acres remained out in the southern region as of Tuesday – allowing for more spring planting progress – while the north west and the Peace still anywhere from half to more than 80% of the leftover 2019 acres still awaiting harvest.

The good news is the quality of the overwintered production is ‘quite good,’ the report said. Provincially, close to 70% of the spring harvested cereal grains (spring wheat, barley, oats) are coming off as good quality feed. The spring harvested canola is also good quality, with 84% coming off as No. 3 Canada or better.

Meanwhile, fall-seeded crops in Alberta are up and looking good with ratings of 75% good or excellent as of Tuesday.

Region One: Southern (Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Foremost)

· Seeding progress is currently at 28 per cent complete for all crops, with sugar beets leading at 78 per cent and corn with almost 17 per cent of intended acres now seeded. Approximately four percent of seeded acres have emerged.

· Fall-seeded crops are looking good with an estimated 79 per cent rated good or excellent.

· Surface soil moisture is rated at 55 per cent good or excellent.

· Spring hay growth is currently 74 per cent good or excellent, while pasture is 76 per cent good or excellent.

· As of December 3, 2019, approximately two per cent of acres were left unharvested which are mostly in the bin now.

·Spring thrashed quality is 3 Can or better for 87 per cent of canola; cereals range from 64 to 84 per cent good feed.

· Estimated forage and feed grain reserves are over 80 per cent adequate, with up to nine per cent in surplus.

Region Two: Central (Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation, Oyen)

· Seeding progress is currently at four per cent complete for all crops, with negligible acres emerged at this early date.

· Fall-seeded crops are looking good with an estimated 71 per cent rated good.

· Surface soil moisture is rated at 85 per cent good or better.

· Both spring hay and pasture growth is currently 61 per cent good or excellent

As of the last crop report, December 3, 2019, approximately seven per cent of acres were left unharvested. Of that 7 per cent, approximately 10 per cent canola, 12 per cent barley and 19 per cent spring wheat are left to harvest. The majority of mixed grain and oat acres were put to another use, such as baling.

· Spring thrashed quality is 3 Can or better for 84 per cent of canola; cereals range from 51 to 85 per cent good feed.

· It is estimated that both forage and feed grain reserves are 87 per cent adequate with up to nine per cent in surplus.

Region Three: North East (Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)

· Seeding progress is currently one per cent complete for all crops compared to the five-year average of two per cent.

· Fall seeded crops are looking good, with an estimated 74 per cent rated good.

· Surface soil moisture is rated at 94 per cent good or better.

· Spring hay growth is currently 56 per cent good or excellent, while tame pasture is rated 48 per cent good or better.

· As of the last crop report, December 3, 2019, approximately 13 per cent of acres were left unharvested. Of that 13 per cent, approximately 23 per cent of canola, 37 per cent of oats and barley, and 34 per cent spring wheat is left to harvest.

· Spring thrashed quality is 3 Can or better for 86 per cent of canola; cereals range from 71 to 80 per cent good feed.

· Estimated forage (feed grain in brackets) reserves are 78 (79) per cent adequate with up to 17 per cent in surplus.

Region Four: North West (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)

· Seeding progress is currently zero per cent complete for all crops compared to the five-year average of one per cent.

· Surface soil moisture is rated 81 per cent good or excellent, with 14 per cent as excessive.

· Perennials have a slow start, with spring hay growth (tame pasture in brackets) rated 20 (13) per cent good.

· As of the last crop report December 3, 2019, approximately seven per cent of acres were left unharvested. Of that seven per cent, approximately 58 per cent of canola, 74 per cent of oats, 57 per cent of barley and 68 per cent spring wheat is left to harvest.

· Spring thrashed quality is 3 Can or better for 84 per cent of canola; cereals range from 55 to 70 per cent good feed.

· Estimated forage (feed grain in brackets) reserves are 65 (82) per cent adequate with up to 25 (17) per cent surplus.

Region Five: Peace River (Fairview, Falher, Grande Prairie, Valleyview)

· Seeding progress is currently one per cent complete for all crops compared to the five-year average of three per cent.

· Surface soil moisture is rated at 89 per cent good or excellent, with 11 per cent as excessive.

· Perennials have a slow start with spring hay growth (tame pasture in brackets) rated 21 (23) per cent good or better.

· As of the last crop report, December 3, 2019, approximately 32 per cent of acres were left unharvested. Of that 32 per cent, approximately 76 per cent of canola, 81 per cent of oats, 82 per cent of barley and 80 per cent spring wheat were left to harvest.

· Spring thrashed quality is 3 Can or better for 79 per cent of canola; cereals range 76 to 80 per cent good feed.

· Estimated forage (feed grain in brackets) reserves are 76 (61) per cent adequate with up to 12 (30) per cent surplus.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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