Alberta crop report finds delayed development

SOUTH

 

Cool temperatures and heavy precipitation have delayed crop development seven to 10 days.

Surface moisture conditions are excellent for most cropland, while pastures and tame hay are good.

Weed spraying is about half completed. Many areas report problems with flea beetles and gophers.

Some of the earliest seeded canola will soon be on the cusp of flowering, and producers will need to scout for cabbage seedpod weevil. Also, some wheat may soon begin to head out, which raises concern for wheat midge.

 

CENTRAL

 

Most areas received spotty showers and cooler temperatures. Delayed crops would benefit from warmer temperatures and more precipitation.

Surface soil moisture was downgraded with about half in good condition. Pastures and tame hay are faring better with more than half rated in good condition.

Less than half of spraying is complete, and most areas have issues with flea beetles and gophers.

 

NORTHEAST

 

Crop development was helped significantly with the combination of precipitation and warmer temperatures.

Almost all of the spring wheat, oats, dry peas and canola are rated from good to excellent condition.

Croplands are rated in excellent condition for the most part, while pastures and tame hay are good.

Less than half of the weed spraying has been completed.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Cool, damp conditions across the region have slowed crop development, but growing conditions remain favourable. Most of the spring wheat, barley, oats and dry peas are in good to excellent condition, but some areas have concern with flea beetles.

Surface soil moisture is rated in excellent condition in more than half of all cropland, while pastures and tame hay are good.

More than half of the weed spraying has been completed.

 

PEACE

 

Rain and snow was reported across the south and central area of the region, while the northern part received cool temperatures with some precipitation.

More than half of the topsoil moisture conditions for cropland, pastures and tame hay are rated good.

More than half of the weed spraying is finished.

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