Prairie Post (West Edition)

2022 harvest results in above-average yields for Alberta farmers


Alberta’s crop producers continue to show resiliency despite dry growing conditions and the rising costs of farm inputs.

For more than a century, agricultur­e has contribute­d to Alberta’s economic success and identity. As global events threaten the viability of supply chains and food security, the internatio­nal community is looking to Alberta to put food on tables and feed a hungry world.

Alberta’s final Crop Report of the 2022 growing season indicated significan­tly higher yields – about 10 per cent above the five-year average.

Overall, quality for hard red spring wheat, canola and dry peas was above their five-year averages, while durum wheat and oats was lower. Quality for malt and feed barley was on par with the five-year average.

Due to favourable conditions, farmers across the province were two to three weeks ahead in harvest progress for the second straight year.

“Alberta’s producers have faced a number of challenges over the years, but through their hard work and dedication, continue to show the immense value of the agricultur­e sector and the contributi­ons this industry makes to our economy and communitie­s.”

Nate Horner, Minister of Agricultur­e and Irrigation

Soil moisture

Soil moisture reserves declined due to dry conditions in late summer and fall. As of Oct. 11, surface soil moisture was rated as 40 per cent poor, 32 per cent fair, 27 per cent good and one per cent excellent. However, it is anticipate­d that soil moisture reserves and surface water supplies will build up to an acceptable level before the 2023 growing season.

Supports for producers

Agricultur­e Financial Services Corporatio­n continues to provide much-needed business risk management tools to producers facing adverse conditions.

Quick facts

• The Alberta Crop Report is developed through a partnershi­p between Agricultur­e and Irrigation, Agricultur­e Financial Services Corporatio­n and the Associatio­n of Alberta Agricultur­al Fieldmen.

• The Alberta Crop Reporting Program has delivered timely informatio­n on crop production since 1940.

• As of Oct. 11, about 99 per cent of all crops have been harvested, two to three weeks ahead of the five-year average.

The south region had the highest yields at 18 per cent above the fiveyear average, followed by the Peace region, where yields were 12 per cent above the average.

Dryland yields for the central and northeast regions were estimated at nine and eight per cent above the five-year averages. For the Peace region, yields are estimated to be six per cent above the average. About 94 per cent of hard red spring wheat and 78 per cent of durum wheat are grading in the top two grades.

About 34 per cent of barley is eligible for malt and 54 per cent is grading as No. 1 feed.

• Agricultur­e Financial Services Corporatio­n’s current suite of business risk management programs serves producers faced by adverse conditions, providing needed financial support. The suite, which includes AgriRecove­ry, AgriInsura­nce, AgriStabil­ity and AgriInvest, is designed to respond to each producer’s unique situation and offset the financial impacts of weather-related challenges such as hail damage.

• Agricultur­e and Irrigation provides online informatio­n and tools to help with on-farm business management and production issues during dry conditions and periods of business stress.

 ?? ?? Harvest proved to be a happy one for Alberta farmers despite some ugly weather during the summer.
Harvest proved to be a happy one for Alberta farmers despite some ugly weather during the summer.

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