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Alta. harvest essentialy complete: AARD

(Resource News International) — Harvest operations in Alberta were
seen as being virtually complete with only its central region having any significant area left to combine, according to a provincial crop specialist.

“Provincially, the harvest in Alberta is mostly complete,
with only a small area in the central region left to be
combined,” said Harry Brook, a crop specialist with the provincial Ag-Info Centre in Stettler, on Tuesday.

Canola was the main crop left to be
harvested in the central district, he said, with some wheat and barley

also still standing in localized areas.

“A lot of producers left canola in that area until last,
hoping that the green from a killing frost in September would
have grown out,” Brook said. “It appears that the plan wasn’t as
successful as they had hoped.”

Brook also noted that the weather forecast for the next
while is for cool and wet conditions, which may delay the
remaining harvest in the central region for at least another week
or so.

The arrival of cool and wet conditions was welcomed
by producers, particularly in the drier regions of the province.

“We had a good half-inch of rain overnight, which was
considered beneficial for some regions, but additional moisture
is still required to help alleviate the dry top and subsoil
conditions before the ground freezes up for the winter,” Brook

Canola, wheat and barley harvested to date
showed some above-average yields, he said, with the exception of the
areas where drought was a factor. The quality of those crops was
also rated as better than average.

Pasture conditions in the province also remain in poor
shape, Brook said. Hay was also expected to be in short supply
this winter.

Fall fieldwork was underway in Alberta where conditions
allowed, Brook said.

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