Category: Members Market Updates

Category: Members Market Updates

HARVEST PROGRESS UPDATE

14/10/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of October 6, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 94% complete (source AB Ag).
  • As of October 5, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 99% complete (source SK Ag).
  • As of October 6, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 99% complete (source MB Ag).

Harvest progress update

02/10/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of September 29, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 82% complete (source AB Ag).
    • South – 97.2%
    • Central – 81.7%
    • North East – 80.0%
    • North West – 63.0%
    • Peace – 44.3%
  • As of September 28, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 98% complete (source SK Ag).
  • As of September 29, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 97% complete (source MB Ag).

Harvest Progress Update

28/09/2020

Official harvest progress by Province:

  • As of Sep 22, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 66% complete (source AB Ag).
    • South – 93%
    • Central – 62.1%
    • North East – 52.8%
    • North West – 46.0%
    • Peace – 26.4%
  • As of September 22, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 95% complete (source MB Ag).
    • Southwest – 95-100%;
    • Central – 95-100%;
    • North West – 90%
  • As of Sep 21, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 86% complete (source SK Ag).

 


 

CMBTC Harvest Progress Report – September 21, 2020

22/09/2020

Official harvest progress by province:

  • As of Sep 15, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 47% complete (source AB Ag).
  • As of September 14, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 92% complete (source MB Ag).
  • As of Sep 14, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 72% complete (source SK Ag)

Barley harvest is advancing quickly throughout the Prairies. If it were not for wet, cold conditions in some regions the barley harvest would be close to finished. The northern regions of Alberta have been plagued by wet and less than ideal growing conditions which delayed crop maturity and pushed back the start of harvest.  Meanwhile, the majority of the harvest is complete in Saskatchewan although the Northwest region is being slowed down by nuisance rains. Manitoba is 90% finished their barley harvest. Overall the malt barley harvested to date is showing very good quality with generally high test weights and plump kernels, low incidence of DON and limited chitting. There has been a relatively wide range of proteins with the majority of the samples in the 11-13.5% range. This is a high quality crop, and there will ample tonnage available for the domestic and the export market. The forecast for the next week to ten days is for warm, dry conditions which will significantly advance the barley harvest in outstanding areas.

ALBERTA
Barley harvest is finished in the southern region while the central region is quickly concluding their barley harvest. The northern tier, having been fighting wet and cold conditions for the majority of September, have roughly 30 to 35% of  their barley harvest done. The provincial average as of today would now likely be over 60% done. The early quality results are good with wide ranging protein levels of 10-14%, plumps generally 85% and yields averaging slightly better than 80 bushels per acre. What is needed is a good harvest weather window of ten days to two weeks to get the barley crop harvested. Harvesting tough barley crops in the northern regions of the province is becoming more common. There is no doubt that a high percentage of the barley combined in the northern tier of the province will have to be dried and will be feed.

Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )

Barley harvest is finished and the barley is in the bin. It has been a banner year for this region. Overall the yields and quality of the barley remain good to excellent with the yields averaging over 100 bushels per acre on dry land on many farms. Average yields should easily eclipse 80 bushels per acre. The protein level ranges from 10-14%.

Central Region: ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds )

This region has 75-80% of the barley acres harvested. Crop forecast for this region was for a large, high quality crop. The early quality to data has been good with proteins on the lower side and plumps over 80%. There are some farmers coming to the unpleasant realization that the July hail storms have been more punitive than had been anticipated, some farmers were seeing 100 bushel per acre crops in early July are now harvesting 30/40 bushel per acre crops. Good weather this past weekend and dry warm forecast for this week should assist in getting the remaining barley acres harvested this week.

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

This region has suffered from hail and rain combined with lower than normal summer temperatures which has delayed crop development. Harvesting tough barley crops is becoming more common in this region.  They are in the early stages of harvest although with good progress made the past few days, the barley harvest may now be 40-45% done.  There was some rain this past Sunday, but the weather forecast for this week and then next ten days is for dry conditions which should move barley harvest forward.

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

This region has been receiving weekly rain events which has resulted in poor harvest conditions.  This is another region where harvesting tough barley is becoming more common, it has been four consecutive years of difficult harvest conditions.  It is estimated that 35-40% of the barley has been harvested. The forecast for this week is promising with most warm dry weather. A high percentage of the barley harvested will have to be dried. This region needs a dry, warm weather window to move their harvest acres forward, although no doubt some fields may have to be abandoned due to the extreme wet conditions

Peace River Region: ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )

Barley harvest is slowly moving forward and is now roughly 25-30% complete. Warmer weather this past week helped advance the harvest but this region is still struggling with too much moisture and cool conditions. There is not much known on the early harvested barley quality with the exception that the early yields are averaging 65-70 bushels per acre.

SASKATCHEWAN

Barley harvest is advancing quickly throughout the province. At this time at least 80% of the barley crop should be in the bin. There were a few interruptions due to some rains over the last 10 days, however compared to last crop year, this has been a much better experience. More warm dry weather is in the forecast for this week which will permit the barley harvest to get close to wrapping up for this year. Overall, the barley quality have been good to excellent with most areas averaging yields of over 80 bushels per acre. Protein levels are in the 11.0-13.5% range and the major of the barley is over 90% plump. There should be a high percentage of acceptable malt barley available for the domestic and export the malt barley market. As always there has been some acres lost to hail which was punitive in the Northeast Region.

Southwest Region: ( Assiniboia, Swift Current, Maple Creek )

Barley harvest is done on this region. Due to the hot dry conditions that farmers harvested this year there was a higher frequency of field and combine fires. It is worth noting that this region suffered through their fourth driest August on record. A good rain after the end of harvest would be of great benefit to recharge the soil moisture before freeze up. The yields have been averaging 70 bushels per acre and the quality has been good.

Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )

Harvest progress has been a challenge in this region due to the wet conditions that have persisted throughout the crop year and again into harvest. Good dry conditions the pass week moved along harvest and with the exception of a Sunday rain event, the forecast is for a rain-free warm dry week into next ten days which will greatly advance the barley harvest. To date, the barley quality has been good with yields with over 80 bushels per acre, protein levels in the 12 to 13.5% range and the plump over 85%. Some of the barley harvested has been stored in either aeration or in the dryer to reduce the moisture level.

West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
Over 60% of the barley acres have been harvested in the Kindersley and Rosetown area and close to 75% of the barley harvest has been completed in the Saskatoon area. Some nuisance rains have delayed harvest in the last two weeks and there was a rain event this Sunday which will keep the farmers out of the fields until mid week. There is dry weather in the forecast for the next week which should bring the barley harvest to a conclusion for this year. The overall results of the Rosetown and Kindersley barley are good quality with a protein range of 12-13.5% and plumps averaging over 90%.  The early yields are averaging over 90 bushels per acre with a number of fields topping over 100 bushels per acre.

Southeast Region- ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )

Over 80% of the barley acres have been harvested and with a forecast of warm dry weather for this week, harvest advancement should climb to 90% by the end of this weekend. Yields have been good with the Weyburn area registering 80 bushels per acre yields and the Moosomin area is averaging 90-100 bushels per acre. The quality has been good with the protein average of early harvested barley at 11-12.8% and the plump registering over 90%.

Northeast Region- ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )

Harvest at times has been a challenge in this region due to a number of rain events that have slowed down harvest activity. However, the farmers have been persistent and have managed to get 90% of the barley crop harvested in this region. Some of the tonnage will have to be dried as it was combined tough. A large percentage of the barley was swathed and farmers were justifiably concerned that the nuisance rains and strong wind storms would adversely affect yields and the quality of the barley, so they chose to harvest some of the barley at elevated moisture levels. Since virtually all the farms have dryers in this region, the barley will get dried or stored in a aeration bin. The forecast for this week is for warm, dry temperatures which should permit the last barley acres to be harvested.

East Central Region: ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )

This region has enjoyed warm dry conditions for the pass week and are forecast to have warm dry weather for the next week. Barley harvest should be close to finished this week. Some of the barley  will have to be dried as it was harvested a little tough. The overall results are good quality with average early yield reports of 75 bushels per acre. There are some fields that yielded over 100 bushels. Some farmers are a little disappointed with their yields as early yields looked like 90-100 bushels per acre but the August heat blast nipped some yield off the crop. Overall there is a good barley crop coming from this region.

MANITOBA
The barley harvest has come to an end in the southern and central regions.  Overall the quality is good and the yields have been above average.

Southwest Region- ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 
Barley harvest is finished in this region. The yields have been in the 80-90 bushel per acre range.

Central Region ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
Barley harvest is all done in this region.  Yields ranged from 70-120 bushels per acre and protein levels are in the 12 to 13.5% range.

Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin ) 
The weather conditions have not been ideal for the barley harvest. It has been wet which has resulted in slow harvest progress. With better weather this past week, farmers were able to push harvest progress forward.

 

CMBTC Harvest Progress Report – September 3, 2020

04/09/2020

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of Sep. 3rd, 35-40% of the barley harvest is complete across the Prairies. Some areas like southern Alberta are almost finished, while others, like northern Alberta, have yet to begin.
  • Many areas reporting above average yields to date, although parts of Saskatchewan that were dry this year, and areas in Alberta that were too wet, will be average or below.
  • Test weights ranging from 48-59 lbs/bu (60-74 kg per hl); Plump kernels averaging 80-95%.
  • Protein levels vary widely by area with the majority of the samples falling in a range of 11-13.5%.  On average proteins look to be about 0.5% higher than 2019, and similar to 2018.
  • Limited reports of DON in malting barley to date.

Harvest progress by Province:

  • As of Aug 31, Manitoba barley harvest is estimated at 62% complete (source MB Ag).
  • As of Sep 1, Saskatchewan barley harvest is estimated at 37% complete (source SK Ag)
  • As of Sep 3, Alberta barley harvest is estimated at 35% complete (based on farmer survey – next AB crop report will be released on Sep 4).

ALBERTA

The southern and central regions of the province have the potential to harvest some very good quality malt barley this crop year, while excessive wet conditions and below average temperatures for the northern regions through most of the growing season will push harvest into September and raise the potential for quality concerns. The present weather pattern of low daytime temperatures and low overnight temperatures dropping into the single digits is not conducive for fields to dry properly, creating some harvest challenges.

Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )

This region continues to benefit from good harvest weather which has permitted the barley harvest to move to 80% complete, and weather permitting the majority of the barley fields should be in the bin this weekend. Yields have been well above average with most fields yielding over 100 bushels per acre on dry land, and quality has been ideal for the malt barley market (low moisture, plump and good test weights). The protein levels reported so far have ranged from 10-14%.

Central Region: ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds )

Most farms will have started or are on the verge of starting their barley harvest in this region, with 5-10% of the barley harvested to date. The crop ratings are still in the mid 90% good to excellent.  Below average summer temperatures delayed crop development, however the majority of fields should now be ready to be harvested. This region has the potential for a large, high-quality crop, but weather will be an important factor in coming weeks with recent rain events delaying harvest activity.

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

This region has battled excessive wet conditions throughout the crop year and that has had a major negative effect on the crop. A number of fields have been written off. The crop rating has been decreasing on a weekly basis and the latest report from Alberta Agriculture has the rating at 22% G/E, down from the beginning of August when the crop rating was 44% G/E. It has been an extremely disheartening growing season for this region. Due to the continued poor weather the crops are still one to two weeks away from general harvest. The hope is that some drying weather enters the region before general harvest begins.

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

The majority of this region has had an ongoing battle with the wet weather conditions that has delayed crop maturity and will affect the quality of the barley crop. Harvest started slowly last week. The early yields results are averaging 55-60 bushels per acre which is below normal yields of 75 bushels per acre (note this is based on a small sampling of harvested acres). A number of wet fields have been written off due to excessive moisture. An open fall with good, dry weather will be a must to get all crops harvested.

Peace River Region: ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )

A few barley fields were harvested this past week, however, the majority of the barley harvest will only begin in the first ten days of September. With more rain in the forecast, this region will struggle to get into the fields, although the longer term outlook is more promising. Good weather through September will be a must to get this crop harvested.

SASKATCHEWAN

Over the past two weeks there has been sufficient warm and dry weather in Saskatchewan to allow the harvest to advance quickly.  However a general rain fell over the province last week that may negatively impact malt barley quality. The rain will probably translate into some farmers having to harvest wet grain and dry it on farm.  Early harvest quality is promising with proteins averaging mostly in the 11-14% range and  plumps ranging 80-95%. Most of the yields have been over 75 bushels per acre with a number fields yielding 100 bushels. To date around 40% of the barley crop has been harvested across the province.

Southwest Region: ( Assiniboia, Swift Current, Maple Creek )

Barley harvest is over 50% done and the results indicate yields averaging  75 bushels per acre. The bushel weight was heavy in the Gull Lake area and lighter in the Kyle area, just a matter of more rainfall in the Gull Lake area this crop year. There were a number of combine and field fires last week due to extreme hot weather conditions reaching 35C. The short term forecast is good which will accelerate the pace of harvest, although rain is in the forecast for next week.

Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )

This region suffered from excessive moisture and a shortage of heat units this season. The crops are still a week to ten days away from general harvest. There were some early seeded fields that have been harvested, but those are the exceptions. There are some areas that are drowned out and some fields will have to be written off. Farmers are anxiously waiting for the crops to mature and begin harvest. Most barley fields will be ready by early next week or sooner.

West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )

This region has been the recipient of good weather conditions throughout the growing season and certainly should harvest a large volume and high quality crop this crop year. The early yield reports are indicating that there are many farmers registering 100 bushels per acre. Barley harvest is approximately 40% done and while some rains mid-week will have kept farmers out of the field for a day or two, the forecast is for good weather over the next week which will allow harvest to advance quickly.

Southeast Region- ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )

Weather conditions have been more favorable for this region and barley harvest is now approaching 50%. Farmers have been pushing to get their barley under cover.  After some rains mid-week, the weather forecast is for dry weather for the next few days which will allow the harvest to progress, although there is rain in the forecast again for early next week.

Northeast Region- ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )

Barley harvest is approaching 50% complete. The threat of rain had a number of farmers harvesting high moisture barley which they will dry on farm. Yields have been disappointing for many as they were expecting better results. The straw looked good, however, the results were less than anticipated. Yields are ranging from 60-75 bushels per acre, although there were some good yields on the early seeded fields with results as high as 100 bushels per acre. Most fields have to be swathed due to lodging and this adds risk to the quality of the crop if there are any rain events. Overall the crops should be of average quality and yields.

East Central Region ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )
Farmers had made good progress in their barley harvest until they were interrupted with rain events over the past week. For the barley in the swath, this was not good news as it has resulted in some chitting. Farms have been actively harvesting barley between rains and are approaching 50% harvested. With periodic rain events in the forecast and temperatures generally in the mid-high teens, conditions have not been conducive to drying the crop down.  Farmers will have the choice of waiting for warmer weather or harvesting some of the barley at higher moisture and drying it on farm.

MANITOBA

There was good harvest weather which permitted the crop to advance to over 60% harvested at this time. Yields are reported at 60-100 bushels per acre which is above average. The early crop harvested is showing good quality results and there is a minimal amount of DON being reported.

Southwest Region- ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 

Barley harvest has progressed well over the past week with the amount harvested close to 60%. The yields range from 80-100 bu/acre reported.  The weather forecast is for cloudy conditions over most of the week and the potential of a rain event for mid-week which would slow down harvest.

Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin ) 

Harvest is just getting started in this region. There is not much to report on quality or yields at this time.

Central Regional ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
Barley harvest should be nearly complete this week in the region. The quality has been good and  the yields range from70-100 bushels per acre. Protein levels were in the 11-13% range and the plumps averaged over 85%. Fusarium head blight symptoms are showing up in barley but the severity appears to be low.

Crop Progress Report — July 27, 2020

10/08/2020

Crops across the Canadian Prairies continue to look good and in some regions excellent. The only point of concern is the lateness of a majority of the crop due to lack of heat units which has pushed back crop development one week to ten days later than normal. In some areas there are concerns over disease due to excessive moisture conditions. We are now down to 30-45 days before the barley harvest will begin, depending on the region.  The forecast is for a 10.5 million tonne Canadian barley crop with the potential to be larger if there are no adverse weather issues now until harvest.
ALBERTA
Persistent rains continue to be a reoccurring scenario for most regions with the exception of the South. The excessive moisture is negatively impacting the crop, especially in the North West and Peace regions with barley showing significant yellowing due to wet conditions. Soil moisture reserves are above normal or higher for the majority of province, with some very wet areas in the Central, North East, North West and Peace Regions which are near a one in 50-year high.
The other feature that has plagued most of Alberta has been the lack of warm weather. Many of the regions have failed to register normal spring and summer time temperatures and that has prevented some fields from drying out and slowed down good crop development. In most regions the barley crop will be a week to ten days behind normal crop growth and that will push harvest into September.
Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )
This region received trace amounts of rain in the last two weeks. The moisture conditions are rated 85% good to excellent. Crop development is a little behind due to cool and cloudy days, however, heat is moving into the region this week with temperatures forecast to be in the 30 degrees Celsius range which will advance crop development.  The barley crop looks good and the potential to produce a high quality, disease free crop is looking favorable providing there are no weather surprises.  Harvest should begin in late August for the early seeded barley fields.
Central Region: ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds )
This region has benefitted from good rainfalls, what is needed now is dry warm weather to move into the region. It’s simply too wet which is reducing the prospects for a good quality crop.  At 95% excellent moisture rating no more precipitation is required until after harvest. The excessive moisture conditions are causing yellowing in the crop. Spraying has been a challenge and some farmers had to hire airplanes to apply fungicides as the fields are too soft to support ground spraying. This region has struggled to get normal summer time temperatures and that has slowed down crop development. This week, the forecast is for temperatures in the mid 20s Celsius, warmer temperatures will help as long as there are no additional rain events. Crop development is lagging behind seven to ten days behind normal.
North East Region: (Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)
The moisture rating in this region is 99% good to excellent. Yields and quality will be affected by the wet conditions. No additional precipitation is need prior to harvest. The forecast is for warm, sunny days is which is what the region requires. Similar to other regions in Alberta, the crop is a week to ten days behind in normal development. Lack of proper heat units has plagued crop advancement. Aerial spraying was necessary to apply the fungicides as some fields were too wet to spray with the normal ground spraying.
North West Region: (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)
This region has been excessively wet for the entire growing season, it seldom goes a week without some precipitation. Flooded out acreage has increased due to continued rainfall.  The region has suffered numerous rain events that have negatively affected the crop rating which dropped to only 27% good down from 44% early in the month. The moisture rating is 100% with 65% in the excessive category, which gives an indication of the severity of the moisture conditions.  The prospects for a good barley crop are slim, and it will be the odd pocket that produces good quality malt barley.  Fungicide spraying has been done by airplane in most areas as fields are too soft to support ground spraying.  Crop development is ten days behind normal. Mainly sunny and warmer temperatures are forecast for the week.
Peace River Region: ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )
More rainfall brought extra moisture to an already wet region. This region simply cannot go a week without getting some precipitation. The moisture rating is at 100% good to excessive with 15% been in the excessive category. Due to the wet conditions and lack of heat units, the crop is behind normal development by 1-2 weeks. The wet conditions raise concerns about the region being able to produce sufficient quality malt barley. Rain free warm days are needed, and while the forecast is for sunny, warm weather early in the week, there is a risk of showers in the later part of the week.

SASKATCHEWAN

Crop conditions continue to look good to excellent in the majority of the province. There are some regions in particular, such as the West Central and Northeast regions, that could produce some very high quality crops. Warmer weather this past week and recent rains have benefited crop development. For many regions they will be experiencing their hottest week of the growing season. The forecast is for hot temperatures, in the high 20s and low 30s Celsius which will help advance crop development. The barley crops in most regions are at near normal stages of development for this time of year. For many farmers they are looking at starting their harvest in last ten days of August and others in early September.
Southwest Region: ( Assiniboia, Swift Current, Maple Creek )
The barley crop is rated good to very good, however, their are some fields that are starting to show some lack of moisture stress especially around Shaunavon and Hazenmore. For this time of year the crops are at their normal stages of development. The weather forecast for the week calls for hot and sunny days with limited possibility of rain. A decent rain would aid the crop as the topsoil moisture, which is limited, has deteriorated in some of the areas due warmer temperatures and limited rainfall.
Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )

Another 33 mm ( 1 1/3 inch ) of rain fell in the North Battleford area, this leaves this area and a number of other sections of this region wet. The cropland top soil moisture is rated 100% adequate to surplus, with 15% in the surplus category. Warm dry weather is need to improve crop conditions and dry out fields. This week, the forecast is for higher than normal temperatures and a high probability of more precipitation this coming weekend. Most of the crops are at normal development for this time of year. The region needs warm temperatures and no additional rain to advance the crop. Fungicide applications, for a number of fields, had to be applied by airplane as the fields were too soft for normal ground spraying.

 


Date: July 27
Variety: AAC Connect
Location: Birch Hills, Saskatchewan
Supplied by: Drew Sharp, Boortmalt

 

West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
This region received small amount of moisture this pass week. Crop conditions are good to excellent and the crop growth is advancing quickly with the warmer weather that the region has enjoyed the past two weeks. Warm weather will again be a feature this week, with temperatures hovering near the 30 degrees Celsius mark. The majority of the barley crop is rated at the normal developmental stage for this time of year. The topsoil rating is at 96% adequate to surplus which is well above the normal rating for this time year.
The crop potential is looking favorable for a large, high quality crop to be harvested this year. Harvest should start last half August.
Southeast Region: ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )
Rainfall was variable these past two weeks in the region. The Regina area benefitted from a rainfall, this past Thursday July 23rd,  producing 23mm ( 1 inch ) of moisture. Weyburn and Moosomin were the recipients of trace amounts of rainfall in the last two weeks.  Crops are advancing quickly and farmers are expecting to be harvesting their barley crops within  30 days. Topsoil moisture ratings remain above 80% adequate and one more rain would help complete the barley crop development this growing season. The current week weather forecast is for mostly sunny days, with temperatures in the high 20s Celsius with a few days in the 30s and the high probability of rain for the later part of the week.
Northeast Region: ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )
This region has had a variable weather pattern throughout the growing season. Some instances of intense rainfall, some areas missing the rains and other sections of the region were hammered by hail. Some of the fields that were hit by hail are coming back, other fields, unfortunately, have been written off. For the most part, a number of areas have not had seasonal temperatures and for that fact their crop development has suffered. Some areas such as Hoey and Prince Albert are roughly 7 to 10 days behind normal development. Warmer temperatures this week will advance the crop maturity, however, some of the fields will be harvested in early September rather than in the last week of August.
Some fields, in the Tisdale area, will be harvested in the third week of August, all going well. In general, the crop prospects for this area are looking good and the potential for a large high quality crop are tempered only by the threat of hail or additional rain events.

 

Date: July 27
Variety: CDC Copeland
Location: Rosthern, Saskatchewan
Supplied by: Matt Enns, Makers Malt

 

East Central Region: ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )
On the 19th and 20th of July a two day rain event produced 37mm ( 1 1/2 inches ) of moisture in the Yorkton and Kamsack areas. These rains combined with hot temperatures advanced the growth development of the barley crop. The Watrous area only received a trace of precipitation from this rain event. One more decent rain would be ideal to help the barley crops to fill and prevent any crop stress. Overall the crops look good in this region. The majority of the fields were sprayed with fungicide. There are some farmers that plan to commence their barley harvest within the next 30 days.
MANITOBA
In general the barley crops are in average to good condition. Hot temperatures have advanced crop development in the last two weeks. Expectations are that some barley fields will be harvested in the third week of August.
Southwest Region: ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 
The region is wet and in the pass week a thunderstorm deposited an additional 25mm ( 1 inch ) of rain in the Brandon/Virden area. Growing degree-days are normal in most of the region but precipitation is well above normal this year. Soil moisture conditions are good to excessive in some areas. Wawanesa and Boissevain areas are not as wet and in some cases could use one more decent rain to help fill their barley crop. Most of the barley fields have a fungicide application done in the last week. Warmer weather is in the forecast however there is the threat of rains later in the week which the region does not require.
Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin ) 
In the last two weeks Dauphin has received 56mm ( 2 inches ) of rain and Swan River over 70mm ( nearly 3 inches ) of rain. These areas now require some heat and no additional moisture to advance their crop growth. The wet conditions have made weed control and fungicide spraying a challenge. The weather forecast is for sunny hot days in the early segment of the week and then there is the risk of rain in the later part of the week. Overall the barley crop looks good in this region
Central Regional: ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
The region has been dry over the last two weeks with minimal precipitation. Hot and humid conditions with temperatures over the 30 Celsius mark for the last week to ten days have advanced crop growth.  With the recent precipitation, high humidity and heavy dews, fungicidal protectants have been applied to most barley fields. The barley crop is rated good to excellent. This week, the forecast for warm temperatures which will advance the barley crop. There is sufficient moisture to carry the crop into mid August.  The crop potential is favorable for this region.

Crop Progress Report — July 6, 2020

The forecasted rain event for the weekend of June 27/28th came to fruition with some regions getting badly required rainfall, such as the Regina, Weyburn, Moosimim region, while some received a little extra moisture than was required. One region, the Brandon area, was totally inundated by torrential rainfall, receiving 200mm ( 8 inches ) in what resembled a monsoon. The deluge drowned crops and much of the area is completely saturated.

Overall the June rains improved crop development throughout the Prairies, and now we enter the critical month of July which is key for crop re-production and will determine the yields. At this juncture of the growing season the forecast would be for normal to slightly above normal yields. Crop variability is a developing theme across the Prairies driven by a wide weather extremes.

Statistics Canada’s latest report estimates barley seeded area at 7.5 million acres and the potential for a 10.250 million MT crop. A crop this size will be determined in great part by the July weather. Additional rains in the northern tier of Alberta, and lack of warmer dry weather, could affect the final barley crop size for Alberta.
ALBERTA
What farmers would like to see in Alberta is some dry weather with warm temperatures to permit the soil to dry out and advance crop development. No doubt that in the Southern and Central regions the conditions are more than ideal to replenish sub-soil and topsoil moisture reserves, while in the North West, North East and Peace regions they do not need any more moisture. These three northern tier regions require a combination of warmer temperatures and no rain events for the remainder of the month. The persistent rainfall is now becoming a nuisance and is creating problems as farmers attempt to finish post-emergence spraying. The Alberta barley crop is rated 80% good to excellent at this juncture of the crop year.
Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )
This region received widespread rainfall the weekend of June 27/28th, dumping between 75mm and 175mm ( 3 to 7 inches ) of moisture. The Lethbridge/Foremost area received 75mm and the Vulcan area received up to 150 MM. The crops do not need more precipitation at this time, they have sufficient sub-soil moisture to carry them to harvest. Some of the barley fields have headed out and will be harvested in early August. The forecast is for warmer weather to enter the region which will prompt good crop development. The crop rating is at 85% good to excellent which is certainly well above the five year average of 63%, remembering well the last three years were drought years in this region. There is a great deal of cautious optimism at this time for good barley yields. The moisture level is rated at 85% good to excellent after the recent rains.

 


Date July 5
Variety – CDC Bow
Location – Southern Alberta

 

Central Region: ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds )
This region continues to get persistent rains and there is more moisture in the forecast for this week. Since the 24th of June, Red Deer has received 75mm ( 3 inches ) of precipitation.  At this time, further rainfalls are not needed, warm dry weather and no additional moisture is what farmers would greatly welcome. The re-occurring theme of low day time temperatures have been a constant throughout the growing season. Warmer temperatures would permit the soil to dry out and advance crop development. The forecast for the next week to ten days calls for daytime temperatures struggling to register 20 degrees Celsius and the strong possibility of more rain mid week.  Conditions within the Central region are considerably above historical norms and currently estimated at 95 per cent good or excellent compared to the five-year average of 63 per cent and 10-year average of 74 per cent. Surface soil moisture ratings remain above 90%  good or excellent, with one per cent rated excessive.
North East Region: (Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)
This region received another 55mm ( 2 inches + ) of additional rain this past week, all of which it did not require. The soil moisture rating is  97% good to excessive, with 6% of the ranking in the excessive category. This additional moisture makes it more challenging for farmers to get their spraying completed as many of the fields are not passable with equipment. Crop conditions within the region are currently estimated at 84 per cent good or excellent, above the five-year average of 72 per cent. What this region requires is no more precipitation and dry warm weather.  There is sufficient sub-soil moisture to carry the crop until mid August. The weather forecast calls for potential rain mid week and then sunny warmer conditions which is what is needed for good crop development.
North West Region: (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)
This region is suffering from excessive moisture conditions. Another 45mm ( 1 3/4 inches ) of precipitation fell this pass week and the ten day forecast is for unsettled weather with more rain events. The majority of this region simply does require additional moisture, it needs warm, dry weather. All this rain has flooded and saturated many fields. This excessive moisture has current barley crop conditions estimated at 47 per cent good to excellent which is significantly below the five-year average of 64 per cent.  Top soil moisture is rated at 100% good to excessive with 50% of the rating being excessive which is somewhat of a rare occurrence. The moisture conditions make it challenging to spray fields as the soil cannot support the spraying equipment and aerial spraying will have to be the norm for many farms. The region is desperately in need of warm dry weather for the foreseeable future.
Peace River Region: ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )

This region is plagued with wet conditions. Grand Prairie received another 72mm of rain in the June 27th to July 2nd period. Farmers are falling behind in their spraying activity and the crop development is progressing slowly due to the fact that day time temperatures are unable to register above 20 degrees Celsius. The forecast for this week calls for light showers and temperatures that will struggle to reach 20 degrees Celsius which will be problematic for crop development and spraying activity will be limited. Crop conditions within the Peace region are currently estimated at 68 per cent good or excellent, which is comparable to the five-year average of 64 per cent. In a number of areas, producers are under pressure to make spraying progress given amount of dry days are limited. The region needs dry conditions and July heat to promote better crop conditions otherwise the crop will begin to go backward.

SASKATCHEWAN

The entire province received some moisture from the weekend rains of the 27th/28th of June and through the first week of July, especially the Southeast region which was dry and in need of moisture. The majority of the rain was welcomed, however in a few parts, like the Northeast of the province, they are satisfied with the rain events to date and would welcome a reprieve from any additional moisture until month end. Unfortunately with the thunderstorms there was hail that hit in parts of the Northeast region. The rains have improved the crop development and in general the crops are in good to excellent condition.

 


Date – June 25, 2020
Variety – AAC Connect
Location – Margo, Saskatchewan

 

Southwest Region: ( Assiniboia, Swift Current, Maple Creek )
The region received traces amounts up to 50mm ( 2 inches ) in the Assiniboia. There are still a few parts that would benefit from additional moisture. In general the crop is in good condition. The weather forecast is for warmer temperatures, in the mid 20 degrees Celsius  and the potential of rain activity later in the week. The Swift Current region received some moisture Sunday which will help promote crop development.

Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )

In the last two weeks there was limited rainfall in the region, with North Battleford only registering 15mm ( 6/10 of a inch ) of moisture. Dry conditions throughout much of the region have benefited crop development. Warmer temperatures are moving into the region along with some potential precipitation which will improve the crop conditions. The barley crop is estimated to be at 80% of normal growth development at this time
West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
This region continues to benefit from good rain events as moisture conditions steadily improve. Since June 27th the rain accumulation has ranged from 27mm to 37mm ( 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches ) and the Saskatoon area received additional precipitation this pass Sunday. The rains and warm temperatures have improved crop development. Crop conditions for barley rate over 85% good to excellent. At this time of year, this is the best crop conditions this region has experienced in over five years. Warmer temperatures in the mid to high 20 degrees Celsius and the potential for another rain event this week should further benefit the crop.

Southeast Region: ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )

This region was certainly in need of the timely rains that covered the region, just in time to salvage the crop. The moisture levels ranged from 25 mm ( 1 inch ) in Regina and Weyburn receiving 60mm ( 2 1/2 inches ) of rain since June 24th greatly improving the areas crop condition. The dry conditions were starting to push the crop backward.
The precipitation helped crop conditions in the region, but more rain will be required in the next week to ten days to maintain and advance crop development.  The 10 day forecast calls for warmer temperatures and the potential for showers mid week.
Northeast Region: ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )
The region continues to get good rains and most farmers would appreciate dry warm weather to replace the rain events. There is sufficient sub-soil moisture to carry the crop through the month of July. Some parts of the region, such as Nipawin, have saturated fields due to the high volume of precipitation that they have received to date. Since the 24th of June, this area, has received in excess of 60mm ( 2 1/2/inches ) of additional moisture on what was a wet area. Farmers will be spraying this week and hope for warmer temperatures to enter the region. There was some hail that passed through a 50 mile strip in this region hail pounding some barley fields in Mefort, Star City, Tisdale, Carrot River, Ridgedale, Arborfield, Nipawin, Bjordale and Zenon Park areas causing variable degrees of damage, some fields were destroyed but many will come back.. Mainly warmer weather is forecast for the next week to ten days with the slight prospect for rain mid week. In general, the crop conditions are in good to excellent condition.
East Central Region: ( Yorton, Kamsack, Watrous)
This region has struggled getting any meaning rainfall throughout most of the growing season. The last rain event left trace amounts in some areas with Yorkton and Canora barley registering 10mm ( 4/10 on an inch ). Watrous received 25mm ( 1 inch ). There are a few pockets of the region that are getting timely rains, but for most parts the region needs rain and heat.  Lack of moisture, below normal seasonal temperatures and the windy conditions are drying out the fields and that is staling good crop development. This region is desperately in need of rains and soon. On an optimistic note, this weeks forecast is for warmer temperatures and a strong potential for rainfall mid week. A number of barley fields are in the flag to early head stage.
MANITOBA
The weekend of June 27/28th a weather system brought torrential rainfall to the Southwest region. Moisture levels ranging from 120mm to 200mm ( 5 to 8 inches ) in short time period. The area extended from Souris in the south, to Laurier in the north, out to Neepawa in the east, and Birtle to the west. Many fields were saturated with water running through fields and flooding roads. The city of Brandon and the surrounding area was completely deluged with water flooding homes and fields. It will take time to assess the water affected crops and to determine if and how they will recover. For the other regions that did not get pummeled by the rains they look very promising as they have benefitted from good moisture conditions and hot humid temperatures.
Southwest Region: ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 
Torrential rain storm flooded many of the fields, in this region. It will take time to assess the damage done to the crop. Some of the areas on outskirts of the devastated area, such as Wawanesa and Boissevain received a modest 25mm ( 1 inch ) of moisture and  the crops conditions are near ideal. The barley fields are variable from just getting to flag to heads emerging. These areas will need additional precipitation later this month.
Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin ) 
There was severe rainfall, in this region, with amounts varying from 40mm (  1 1/2 inches ) in Swan River, 80mm ( 3 1/5 inch ) in Roblin and up to 124 mm ( 5 inches ) at Alonsa. The rains caused pooling in low lying areas, in fields, and has left some acres saturated. Pesticide application has been some what challenging with the wet fields and farmers are trying to catch up. Temperatures the pass week were in the 30 degrees Celsius which helped to dry out some fields and promote crop growth. This week the forecast calls for temperatures in the mid 20 degrees Celsius range and the potential for additional moisture which is not what is needed now in this region.  Dry warmer conditions are what is needed to promote better crop development
Central Regional: ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
This region has experienced hot and humid conditions with temperatures over the 30 degree Celsius mark for the last week to ten days. These conditions have helped push along crop development. Rainfall for the period, June 30 to July 4th, was variable with the Winnipeg area receiving 20mm ( 4/5 of an inch ) meanwhile the Morden/Carman area received 40mm ( 1 1/2 inch ) and Morris had a high of 60 mm ( 2 1/2 inches ) of precipitation. Overall, the herbicide applications are near complete in the region and producers were preparing to begin spraying fungicides. Barley is in the joint stage while the early seeded fields are headed out. The barley crop is looking good for this time of year.

Crop Progress Report — June 22, 2020

Farmers have finished another spring seeding season. Now we are officially in summer and will concentrate on monitoring the barley crop growth and development. What the Prairies require going forward is warmer temperatures to propel crop growth. In the last two weeks, parts of the Prairies received additional precipitation and for most it was beneficial, however for some regions of Alberta it was excessive.

Rain is still required in some areas, mostly in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, however, dry, warm weather is favoured in most regions. Lower temperatures for May and most of June have been a factor in slowing germination and crop development. Simply, the crops need warmer days to improve crop growth.  The one constant that has been the strong winds that have affected the Prairies, the velocity and daily occurrence have depleted top soil, caused crop and property damage, and remain unabated to date.
ALBERTA
A number of rain events benefited most crops, however the Northwest and Peace regions are too wet. The province needs some heat to move the crop forward. In general the barley crops are above average and do not require anymore precipitation until mid July. The moisture rating for the entire province is above 80% good to excellent and in some cases excessive.
Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )
Most of the region received rain over the last two weeks which have been ideal to replenish soil moisture conditions. The forecast for the coming weeks will help crop growth as warm seasonal temperatures will enter the region. A reduction of wind events would be welcome as the harshness of the winds caused some crop damage as well as depleting top soil. Overall the barley crop is excellent mid way through the growing season. Moisture conditions are the best they have been in years with a rating of 80% good to excellent.
Central Region – ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds ) 
The barley crop is good to excellent, similar to the moisture levels which are rated 90% good to excellent. More rain events over the last two weeks drowned out some low spots in fields. Some fields are saturated and makes spraying difficult if not impossible. Aerial spraying is the norm for some farms. This region needs warm dry weather which will promote good crop development. The region has been plagued with much below day and night time temperatures which has slowed plant growth. Daily temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius since May 1st have been a rare occurrence.
North East Region-(Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)
Significant precipitation received in the last two weeks has resulted in “wet and soggy” conditions with some areas receiving up to five inches of rain. A few fields, in the western part of the region went unseeded due to the fact they were saturated. Cooler temperatures are slowing plant growth, but the forecast for this week and the remainder of June calls for warmer temperatures which will help promote better crop development. Overall the crop is looking good. The challenge for farmers has been spraying their crops, the combination of strong winds and soggy fields has pushed spraying activities behind. Aerial applicators are booked up in this region. Moisture rating for this region are 100% good to excessive.
North West Region- (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)
This region has been pounded with heavy rains in the last two weeks, rainfall accumulations of up to seven inches covered parts of the region. The moisture rating is 100% good to excessive with 60% of the rating in the excessive category. Due to the extremely wet conditions some acres were mudded in and other acres did not get seeded as the fields were too saturated to support seeding equipment. The wet fields and strong winds will also affect the spraying operations for some who may not be able to spray their fields. Aerial applicators are booked to spray some of the wet, impassable fields. Overall the crop is struggling somewhat due to the excessive moisture conditions. Basically its too wet, there are drowned acres, there is irreversible damage which will led to less than optimal yields.  Heat and a drier forecast would benefit better crop development, however the forecast for the next two weeks is for continued below average seasonal summer temperatures with the daytime highs struggling to get over 20 degrees Celsius.
Peace River Region: ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )
Seeding has come to an end in this region which has endured excessive wet conditions this spring and for the last few years. More rain has fallen n the last week which has resulted in many fields being saturated and low spots drowned out. Reports indicate that 90 to 95% of the acres were seeded, however, many of the fields were mudded in, which does not promote good crop development. The actual seeded acre number will be closer to 75/80%. This region was late to commence seeding and finished planting well into mid June which places the crop behind normal development for this time of year. The late start and finish of the seeding season and the fact that is too wet in many areas will promote uneven germination and variable yields. What this region needs is no further rain until late July and warm summer time temperatures. Good hot weather would help push this crop forward. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast, but no major heat is called for in June. Spraying operations will be a challenge due to the fact most fields will not be able to support the equipment.
SASKATCHEWAN

Good rains fell over most of the province, these past two weeks, which have pushed the barley crop to be ranked good to excellent.  All regions benefited from rains, some regions could have used larger amounts of precipitation. The province would benefit from warmer temperatures. Crop development has been impeded with the low temperatures especially in areas were the overnight temperatures have dropped to the 4 to 5 degrees. The severe windy conditions have played havoc with spraying operations and has caused some crop damage.

 

         
Variety:  CDC Copeland
Location: Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Seeded: May 11, 2020
Picture taken: June 22, 2020

 

Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )
This region had only trace to 10mm of rainfall in the last two weeks. The drier conditions permitted most farmers to complete their spraying operations. Windy conditions have been an impediment to spraying however it is getting done. This region is not lacking for moisture and now the crop needs some heat. The ten day forecast is calling for temperatures in the low 20 degrees Celsius which will promote crop growth, however, the region could do with warmer temperatures to advance crop development.
West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
This region continues to receive rain on a weekly basis with amounts ranging from 10mm ( 4/10 inch ) in Rosetown to 30mm ( 1 + inch ) in Saskatoon. Moisture conditions are good to very good and the crop is benefiting. Cool temperatures have been the a negative for crop growth. What the crop needs now is heat. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast, but there also more potential rain mid week into the weekend. Most areas do not need the extra moisture at this time.  Farmers have struggled with spraying due to severe wind conditions.  The crops are looking good to excellent.
Southeast Region: ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )
The region again has not been blessed with an significant amounts of moisture this spring. The trace amounts of moisture that were received this week, 10mm ( 4/10 inch ) were welcome but more is needed and soon.  For the month of June most of the region has received a total of 25mm ( 1 inch ) of rainfall. Besides suffering from a lack of moisture, strong winds have also contributed to drying out the topsoil and slowing down spraying operations.  The moisture rating are dropping weekly and the forecast calls for warmer temperatures and the potential of rainfall later in the week. Moisture conditions are rated as 60% adequate. The early seeded barley is in the 7/8 leaf stage.

Northeast Region: ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )
The region was the recipient of 5mm to 44mm ( 2/10 to 1 3/4 inches ) of rain this past week with Nipawin getting the 44mm. For some farmers the extra moisture produced some soggy fields , but overall the precipitation was welcomed. There was some hail reported in the region, however, little damage was done to crops. The recent rains have amply watered the barley crop and with some heat this crop will develop well and promises to provide above average yields. The forecast is for warmer temperatures to move into the region. Crop development is slightly above normal for this time of year.
East Central Region: ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )
Again the rain events that were promised did not materialize with only trace amounts falling in the Yorkton area. Margo, which is southwest of Yorkton, received 25mm ( 1 inch ) of needed moisture this past week. The combination of low seasonal temperatures, lack of rainfall and strong winds, which have caused crop damage and depleted topsoil moisture, has pushed the crop development a little behind normal for this time of year. The weather forecast calls for possible rain events later in the week and warmer temperatures entering the region. A combination of these two weather events would greatly promote crop growth and development.
MANITOBA
Strong winds have plagued spraying operations for many farms and caused crop and property damage. It has been a least thirty years since the province has endured wind frequency and velocity that has been a constant this spring.
Southwest Region- ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 
The barley crops are hanging in due to the decent sub soil conditions, however, the region needs rain and soon. The winds are playing havoc with the spraying operations and depleting the topsoil. Only trace amounts of rain touched down in the past two weeks. Since June 1st this region has received only 15mm ( 6/10 inch ) of rain, it needs more moisture and soon. An inch of rain ( 25mm ) would move this crop forward instantly. Most of the barley is in the four to five leaf stage.
Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin ) 
The barley crop is in good to excellent condition for this time of year, there is sufficient soil moisture and with temperatures reaching in the mid-thirty degree Celsius for a few days this month, crop growth has been good. Weed control has been an issue as the winds have pushed back spraying efforts.
Central Regional ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
Warm, dry and windy conditions have been persistent in the region. Rainfall of 10mm to 15mm ( 1/2 inch ) fell Sunday night which was the first significant precipitation since the June 6th/7th deluge which produced up to 40mm ( 1 1/2 inch ) of rainfall. The winds are a constant and continue to deplete top soil moisture. Overall the crop, especially that which was seeded early, is looking good. Barley is in the five to six leaf stage.

Crop Progress Report — June 9, 2020

While the forecast had been for drenching rains to cover the Prairies over last weekend and early into this week, in the end the rain did arrive but to lesser amounts than had been forecast. Precipitation amounts varied from trace amounts to 50mm ( 2 inches ) in Saskatoon, Outlook and Lloydminster and a high of 60mm ( 2.4 inches) in southern Manitoba. Some areas will have suffered some localized flooding especially in the NW Alberta region. The rain benefited the majority of the West. For some regions, the additional rains further delayed, if not outright ended, seeding activity for this spring, especially in the NW Alberta and the Peace River Region.
A continuing theme that has plagued the Prairies is the powerful winds that have persisted throughout this spring. The winds have been a daily occurrence and on occasion gusting to 70 to 85km/hr which has depleted topsoil moisture. It has also prevented spraying operations. And while the rains have replenished topsoil moisture, another component that has been lacking is heat; temperatures have been constantly struggling to get above 20 degrees Celsius which has slowed crop growth and good even germination. Temperatures will remain below seasonal norm through most of the Prairies again this week.
ALBERTA
More rains fell over the province this weekend, it has been a benefit for most farmers but a hinderance for others. The precipitation is welcomed especially in light of the powerful wind storms that have blown through the province and robbed precious topsoil moisture. Winds are a norm for this province, however, the velocity and frequency are near unprecedented. The province needs some heat which would certainly promote good crop growth after these recent rains.
Farmers will struggle to complete their seeding programs in the Northwest and Peace Regions. These two regions have has excess moisture issues for the last three to four years. Some fields have been saturated and farmers will have to abandon seeding their wet fields this spring. The early seeded crops have shown good emergence and the later seeded crops will be aided by the weekend rains.
Temperatures will remain well below seasonal norm, this week, throughout the five regions.
Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )
Savanah like winds have been a constant and contributed to depleting topsoil moisture. The region received 25mm to 37mm ( 1 to1 1/2 inch ) of rain over the weekend which will greatly enhance crop growth. Now what the region needs is some heat to push the crop forward. Cooler than normal seasonal temperatures are forecast for the early part of the week, but some warmer weather should arrive for later in the week which will promote good crop development. Spring seeded cereals are approaching early tillering. The moisture level is rated at 80% good to excellent after these rains.
Central Region – ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds ) 
Moisture levels remain 90% good to excellent, with 25 mm to 40mm ( 1 to 1 1/2 inches ) more rain falling over the weekend. This region is getting close to saturated, low lying spots will have standing water as a result of these weekend rains. Again the weather forecast, for this week, is for a mixture of sun and clouds. The day time temperatures that will not register over 20 degrees Celsius and night temperatures hovering down to a low of 4 and 5 degrees Celsius which slows down crop growth. Simply what is needed is heat and that would excelerate crop growth.
The earlier barley is doing well and the later seeded barley will benefit from the weekend rains. The crop is in the 2/3 leaf stage
North East Region-(Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)
Barley seeding is complete in this region. More rain on the weekend benefited the crop, especially the later seeded barley. Viking is reporting a number of fields are saturated due to the recent rains. Many fields had been ravaged by the high velocity winds that were quickly depleting the topsoil moisture. Overall the crops look good and the added moisture will be a benefit. Similar to the other regions heat is a needed commodity to advance the crop development. This week the forecast is again for below 20 degrees Celsius day time temperatures and night time temperatures will are average 6 degrees Celsius.  These temperatures do not prompt crop growth and development. The strong winds have delayed the spraying of the crops.
North West Region- (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)
Weekend rains are beneficial to the later seeded acres, but for some farmers, especially the ones with heavy gumbo soil their seeding activities are probably over for this spring. Some of these fields have suffered from wet conditions for the last number of years and the weather has not been cooperative in drying out this acreage.  The moisture rating is 100% good to excessive with 20% of the acres in the excessive category, which means their are some saturated fields and low lying areas with standing water. What this region needs is heat, but that is not in the current forecast. Day time temperatures will remain below 20 degrees Celsius and the night time temperatures will dip down to single digits averaging 7 degrees Celsius for the week. This weather is slowing crop growth and development. Spraying activity has been affected due to the wet field conditions. All the barley acres may not have been seeded in this spring.
Peace River Region: ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )
This region continues to struggle plagued by light showers and cool temperatures. More light rain on the weekend which will keep some fields wet combined with unsettled weather for the week incorporating a mix of low temperatures and rain events will slow down or for some end seeding activities. Some farmers will get all their crop seeded, but not all the intended barley acres will be planted in this region. Due to the persistent low temperatures germination of crops has been slow.
SASKATCHEWAN
Most of the province will have enjoyed some precipitation, this weekend, which will be of great benefit to all the regions. Strong winds a normal occurrence these days, gusting up to 85 km/hr have played havoc with the topsoil conditions and spraying operations. Unfortunately, the rainfall amounts were much lower than had been anticipated from the weather network forecast. The precipitation amounts ranged from a trace to 20mm to 50mm ( 3/4 to 2 inches ). Warmer weather is forecast to enter the province in the later stages of the week.
 

 
Variety:  AC Metcalfe
Location: Southey, Saskatchewan
Picture taken: June 2, 2020
Seeded: May 15-18, 2020
Stage: Three leaf, starting to tiller

 

Southwest Region: ( Assiniboia, Swift Current, Maple Creek )
Windy conditions continue to further reduce topsoil moisture. A general rain fell over the Maple Creek area and other parts of the region received some moisture. The majority of the crops are in fair to good condition. The region could use some additional rain in the next week to ten days.
Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )

This region was the recipient of some good rains this past weekend with Lloydminster receiving 50mm ( 2 inches ). This latest rains gives their region a 98% rating off good to excellent moisture conditions. Now what is needed is some heat to advance the crop development. Celsius. Crop development is behind due to the cooler temperatures and unfortunately this week’s forecast is for day time temperatures struggling to reach 20 degrees Celsius, the region needs some warmer days to advance crop growth.

West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
This region was a big winner in the rain lottery, this past weekend, with amounts ranging from 50mm ( 2 inches ) in Outlook and Saskatoon and Rosetown and Kindersley getting 40mm each ( roughly 1.5 inches ) of precipitation which was a huge benefit for crop development. Strong winds had reduced the topsoil moisture, however, the rains helped replenish soil conditions.  The crops are looking good for this time of year
Southeast Region- ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )
This region did not get the rains it was expecting, at most trace amounts fell in most of the area. Moose Jaw received 5mm ( 2/10 of an inch ). These region has been dry throughout spring seeding, it requires some significant rains in the next week to ten days otherwise yield potential will be severely affected. Strong wind conditions this past week further reduced the topsoil moisture levels and delayed spraying operations. Moisture conditions are rated a 60% adequate and 40% short down from the prior week. The forecast for the week promises warmer temperatures and no rain.
Northeast Region- ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )
This region received between 10mm to 20mm ( 1/2 to 3/4 inch ) rain over the weekend less than was forecast. The moisture will move the crops forward. This region has not ben the recipient of major rain events this year, but there have been minor amounts of precipitation of 10mm to 15mm at timely intervals which has promoted crop growth. The forecast is for below normal temperatures up to mid week and then warmer weather is in play for the weekend. This area needs to get their rains on a weekly basis in order that the crop development is not stunted. The next potential rain event is forecast for Saturday.
East Central Region: ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )
The rains did not come as advertised, moisture levels ranged from 10mm to 20mm  ( 1/2 to 3/4 inches) enough to maintain crop growth. Windy conditions with gusts up to 85km/hr are drying out fields and preventing spraying operations. The crops are emerging well and are in fair  to good condition, but a good rain would promote better crop development.
MANITOBA
Strong winds have reduced topsoil moisture throughout the province. Winds in the 50/ 60 km/hr has been a daily occurrence and winds gusting to 90km/hr have caused havoc. Rains fell over the province with reports ranging from a low of 10mm-15mm ( 1/2 inch ) in the Dauphin/Swan River region to a high of roughly 60mm ( 2 1/2 inches ) of moisture in southern region.  The rain event was needed to recharge the topsoil moisture which had been depleted by the winds and dry conditions. Crops growth will benefit from these rains.
Southwest Region- ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 
Crops needed some good moisture and a general rainfall over the weekend averaging 25mm ( 1 inch )  over the region was ideal, as soil surface moisture was quickly drying due to the very windy conditions. The combination of this precipitation and warmer temperatures forecast for the week will improve the germination and emergence of the barley crop. Farmers have begun spraying, however, windy conditions have limited the percentage of fields that have been sprayed.  This region still needs more rain in the next week to ten days to move crop development along. Overall the crops look good at this time.
Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin ) 
Barley seeding is complete in this region. The rain events missed this region as the only 10/15mm ( 1/2 inch ) of moisture was deposited over the weekend.  Most of the region experienced extremely strong winds throughout the first week of June. Wind speeds exceeded 70km/hour at Roblin with up to 90 km/hour winds in the Swan Valley area. These intense winds have been drying out the top portion of the soil and blowing away topsoil along with seed and fertilizer. Later seeded crops are will benefit from the weekend rains. Warmer weather is also in the forecast for this week which will aid crop development, however, rain is needed to move the crop forward..
Central Regional ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
Heavy rainfall throughout the southern section deposited between 30mm and 60mm (  1 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches) of needed moisture as the topsoil had been depleted from the high velocity winds and dry conditions. This moisture combined with the warm weather has the crops advancing well. The forecast for the week is for mainly sunny days with a chance of more rain events on the weekend.
Barley is in the 3/4 leaf stage and crop development has been good.

Crop Progress Report — June 1, 2020

In the last week of May, seeding was in full swing as farmers rushed to get the remainder of their crops in. Seeding progress should have surpassed the 90% point on the Prairies this past week. The last 10% for some areas will be a struggle as wet conditions are delaying seeding efforts. There maybe some acres not seeded this year due to wet conditions, and those areas most affected would be the Northwest region of Alberta and the Peace River region.
The cold weather conditions of May should be behind most regions as the June forecast calls for warmer temperatures which will allow the soil to warm up and promote good crop development. However, on the weekend frost hit parts of Manitoba and farmers are assessing the damage done to the crops. Most regions have sufficient moisture for germination. The regions that are suffering from a lack of rain are the SW & WC regions of Saskatchewan. These areas will require precipitation in early June and the remainder of the Prairies requires more rain by mid June to assure good germination and recharge the subsoil.
ALBERTA
Precipitation received since the beginning of the 2020 crop season has improved soil moisture reserves across the province. Currently, compared with both short-term and long-term normals, most fields across the province are in good to excellent condition in terms of soil moisture. There has been good crop development after the rains. The one constant that has plagued this province, primarily in the northern tier, has been the lack of any heat. There has been a constant theme regarding the weather, temperatures throughout May have been well below seasonal average. The first week of June does not appear to improve as most areas will have again have below seasonal day time temperatures. Because of the lack of heat, many crops are behind their normal development stages for this time of year.  Earlier seeded crops have started to show good emergence, but cool overnight temperatures have slowed growth.
Southern Region: ( Lethbridge, Strathmore, Foremost )
The rain contributed to good germination and boosted soil moisture conditions. The region is presently enjoying their best growing conditions in the last three years. Some farmers will be spraying their barley fields this week. The weather forecast for the first week of June is for warm temperatures and no rain.
Central Region – ( Rimbey, Ardrie, Olds )

Barley seeding should be completed in this region. The May rains benefitted crop growth and germination. This region has suffered through cool/cold temperatures throughout the month of May. The weather forecast for the first week of June is for lower than the seasonal average day time temperatures
with most days forecast to remain below 20C. This is not ideal weather to promote good crop development. Topsoil moisture is adequate and there was a rain event over the weekend which added to the moisture level. Earlier seeded crops have started to show good emergence, but cool overnight temperatures have slowed growth.
North East Region: (Smoky Lake, Vermilion, Camrose, Provost)
Dry weather this past week permitted seeding to get close to completion.
Weather conditions, for the first week of June, are forecast to be a mix of sun and rain which will hamper seeding activity as farmers work to get the last of their fields seeded. Temperatures will not register over 20 degrees Celsius this week. Simply this region needs warmer dry weather to complete seeding and promote growth development.
North West Region:  (Barrhead, Edmonton, Leduc, Drayton Valley, Athabasca)
Seeding in this region continues to be a struggle as wet conditions have constantly slowed down seeding activity. There was rain Sunday night which will only hamper further seeding activity Monday and Tuesday. The weather continues to plague the region with temperatures below the seasonal norm. This week the forecast is for below normal for day time temperatures registering below 20 Celsius and potential rain events for the mid week and next weekend. The forecast does not promote the potential for all the acres in this region getting seeded this year. Seeding is well below the 5 year average.
Barley seeding should be at 80% completed. There maybe some acres that do not get seeded in this region this spring. Continuous heat and dry days are what are needed to finish.
Peace River Region:  ( Fairview, Grand Prairie )

This region continues to get pesky rains that keeps many fields wet and is delaying seeding. Seeding percentage is rated at 60% and farmers will push to get as many acres planted as they can before mid June. Seeding into mid June traditionally impacts the yield and quality potential of the crop. Cold/cool wet conditions have been a constant and what has been needed is heat. This week’s forecast is for sunny conditions but the day time temperatures will not reach 20 degrees Celsius which are not ideal conditions. It certainly appears that not all the acres will get planted in this region.

SASKATCHEWAN
Most of the province was dry and this permitted substantial seeding activity to take place this past week. Seeding is near completion with many farmers having finished their planting this past week. Most of the province has adequate moisture which has seen crops emerged in the majority of the regions. Cool overnight temperatures have slowed growth in some areas. This spring strong winds have invaded this province with regularity with winds of 40 to 60km/hr and in some instances gusting to 80 km/hr. These wind storms quickly play havoc with topsoil moisture.  Farmers are starting post-emergence weed control in earlier seeded fields that could not be sprayed previously due to the wind. In general, crops are in line with normal development stages for this time of year. Rain fall in early June would be needed in most of the regions to promote good crop development.
Southwest Region: ( Swift Current, Maple Creek )
The early seeded crops are germinating evenly and the crop conditions throughout are looking favorable for this time of year. Some areas benefitted from some light rains over the week. Spraying activity started this past week on some barley fields. Topsoil moisture conditions are rated at 80% adequate for the month of May. A rain in the next week to ten days would advance the crop growth. The forecast for the week is for a mainly sunny with the potential of precipitation on the weekend.

West Central Region: ( Saskatoon, Kindersley, Biggar )
This past week’s dry conditions would have pushed seeding to close to 100% completed. The early seeded barley is showing good emergence. The topsoil moisture conditions are adequate. Strong winds through most of the week slowed down spraying efforts. The weather for the first week of June calls for mostly sunny conditions with a chance of rain later in the week.

Northwest Region: ( North Battleford, Lloydminster )
Farmers should be wrapping up their seeding operations this past week. This region is not lacking for top soil moisture with a rating of 95% adequate. Crop development is normal to a little behind for this time of year. Emergence has been delayed due to the cool temperatures in May. This week the forecast calls for sunny weather with temperatures hovering below 20C and the probability of rain mid week.
Southeast Region: ( Regina, Weyburn, Moosomin )
Dry conditions with minimal amounts of precipitation helped farmers finish their seeding this past week. There is adequate topsoil moisture to support crop germination and crop development.  The western area has been most affected with minimal rainfall. The region is rated 75% adequate for topsoil moisture, the 25% that is short moisture needs rain in the next week. The first week of June forecast calls for temperatures in the mid 20 degrees Celsius with the chance of rain on the weekend.
Northeast Region: ( Prince Albert, Tisdale, Melfort, Nipawin )
Warmer and windy conditions this past week helped farmers to wrap up their seeding. There was some limited showers in the area with trace amounts west of Melfort and 15 mm (1/2 inch) in the northern tier. Topsoil moisture conditions are rated over 80% adequate which will support good even germination. Crop development is considered normal for this time of year. Some cooler evening temperatures and one morning the thermostat registered just above zero slowed down crop development. This week, temperatures will average 20 degrees Celsius with good potential for rain mid week and the weekend.
East Central Region: ( Yorkton, Kamsack, Watrous )
There was a big push in this region to get the crop seeded and it appears that the crop is now planted with a few exceptions. Some parts of the region have been dry, in particular the Yorkton area and surrounding region which have had only 10-15 mm (1/2 inch) of rain this May. Crops are slightly behind their normal development stages for this time of year.  Earlier seeded crops have started to show good emergence, but cool overnight temperatures have slowed growth. This week’s forecast is for warmer conditions which will help crop growth and development. There is the high probability of a wet weekend which would be ideal for this region.
MANITOBA
The province has struggled to get their crop seeded however the past week some dry, warmer weather help speed up seeding activity.  Good warmer weather is to enter the province this week which will promote good germination and crop development. Some crops are being re-seeded in Eastern, Northwestern & Interlake due to frost events May 28 & 29. The Interlake registered overnight temperatures of -5C the night of the 29th.
Southwest Region: ( Brandon, Virden, Boissevain ) 
The germination and emergence of the barley crop improved last week due to the warmer temperatures. Farmers have begun spraying, however, windy conditions have limited the percentage of fields that have been sprayed. Most of May was cool/cold and this affected the crop development which is behind the normal development stage for this time of year. Warmer temperatures this week will boast the crop growth. Topsoil moisture conditions are adequate and a rain the next ten days would greatly benefit the later seeded acres.
Northwestern Region: ( Roblin, Swan River, Dauphin )
This region has had some challenges getting their crop seeded. Wet conditions through the spring, in many cases, delayed start-up seeding activity until mid month. Seeding progress ranges for some that have finished their seeding and others in the Rathwell to St. Claude area challenged to get all their acres seeded, they will have to complete their planting in June. The early planted barley is growing well. Warmer temperatures are entering this region this week which should promote good germination and crop development. An early June rain would be welcome for this region.
Central Regional: ( Portage La Prairie, Red River Valley )
Sunny warm temperatures contributed to a big push for farmers to complete seeding in this region by the end of May. Barley is in the 3-4 leaf stage. A major concern is there was a frost this Saturday night which caused some damage and farmers are assessing the damage to determine if they will have to re-seed. The region has adequate moisture to get crops germinating evenly. An early morning rain Monday morning will benefit the crop as heat is coming this week with sunny conditions and average day times temperatures of 25C which will promote good crop development.