The Alberta Crop Report shows harvest is now about 37 per cent complete, up from 17 per cent the previous week. Another 19 per cent of crops are currently in swath, while 44 per cent is still standing.
Harvest is most advanced in the South (Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Foremost) where 60 per cent of the crop is now in the bin. Grasshoppers and flea beetles are still prevalent in most parts of the region. Crop quality for the top two grades of spring wheat, durum and canola are above their 5-year averages to date. So far, about 42 per cent of barley is eligible for malt, with the quality of feed barley on par with the 5-year average. For oats and the top two grades of dry peas, quality is below the 5-year average.
The Central area (Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation and Oyen) has 40 per cent of the crop in the bin. Quality for the top two grades of all harvested crops are better than their 5-year averages, with #1 oats on par with the 5-year average, and #1 dry peas below average.
The North East and North West region have 21per cent of the crop combined. In the North East (Smokey Lake, Vermilion, Camrose and Provost) quality for the harvested portion of #1 spring wheat, malt barley, and the top two grades of oats and dry peas are all above their 5-year averages, and below average for feed barley. Quality for harvested canola is on par with the 5-year average.
In the North West (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca) crop quality for the harvested portion of the top two grades of canola, dry peas, malt and feed barley are above their 5-year averages, but below average for the top two grade of spring wheat and oats.
The Peace region (Fairview, Falher, Grand Prairie and Valleyview) now has 20 per cent of the crop in the bin. Quality for all crops harvested are above their 5-year averages, with the exception of malt barley and oats, which are below average.