Crop and weather update:

Peace (B.C. and Alberta): Swathing is well underway in the central, south and west regions. These areas were dry all season but did finally get some rain — up to half an inch — in the past week just when general swathing began. Swathing has just started in the north, where crops look very good.

Alberta: Crops in general are a week to 3 weeks from swathing, the latest fields being in the south. Swathing has just begun for the earliest fields, but heavy rain the past week in some areas — St. Paul, for example, got 4” in one storm — has refilled low spots and hampered field access. The province needs warm and dry conditions to mature the crop, which looks very good to this point. Read the Alberta crop report.

Saskatchewan: With rainfall and cooler temperatures in the past week, most fields are still 10 days to 2 weeks from swathing. Some southern fields are swathed already and general swathing is close for that region. Swathing will start by this weekend, if all goes well, for the earliest fields in areas north of Saskatoon. Yield potential ranges widely. Read the Saskatchewan crop report.

Manitoba: Some fields in the south central region have been combined, with yield reports in the 20-50 bushel/acre range. Swathing is fairly general across the province, except in the northwest where general swathing is still at least a week away. Rain across the province in the past week, including up to 5” in the Killarney area, has slowed progress. Read the Manitoba crop report.