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Alberta crop yields about average: AFSC

Yield expectations for spring-seeded crops in
Alberta continue to sit at long-term average levels, according to
a crop report for the week ended August 30, issued today from Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC).

The Crown corporation, which administers provincial crop insurance, farm income disaster aid and loans, reported that cooler and wetter weather predominated in
most areas of the province during the time period, which
effectively slowed crop maturity and caused some harvest delays.

Frost was reported in isolated regions located on the

western side of the province August 28. The severity and
effect of the frost has yet to be determined, the report said.

Soil moisture ratings improved during the time period.
Provincially, soil moisture was rated at 19 per cent poor, 31 per cent fair, 34 per cent
good, 13 per cent excellent and three per cent excessive.

Precipitation during the period slowed the second cut of hay,
which was seen as 55 per cent completed.

Pastures were rated as 20 per cent poor, 40 per cent fair, 35 per cent good and five per cent
excellent. Tame hay was rated as 21 per cent poor, 34 per cent fair, 38 per cent good and seven per cent excellent.

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