Western Canada harvest 14 percent complete, slightly behind

Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:28pm EDT
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By Rod Nickel

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - The harvest of all crops on the Canadian Prairies rose to 14 percent complete in the past week from 7 percent, due to favorable warm, dry weather, but progress remains slightly behind schedule, the Canadian Wheat Board said on Monday.

The harvest is normally 17 percent finished at this time of year, the Wheat Board said.

Late planting and cool spring weather delayed plant development, but a hot, dry summer has helped crops nearly catch up.

The harvest is ahead of the normal pace in Manitoba, where 29 percent is complete compared with the norm of 24 percent, the CWB said.

Progress is close to normal in Saskatchewan at 14 percent complete versus the norm of 15 percent, while Alberta is behind normal progress with 9 percent in the bin compared with the normal 17 percent.

Farmers are trying to harvest crops before by mid September, when the first widespread frost usually arrives. Only some pockets of northern Alberta received frost last week, the board said.


Statistics Canada forecast on Wednesday higher Western Canada yields for spring wheat, barley and oats, but lower yields for durum and canola.   Continued...

<p>The Sawyer family harvests their crop of wheat with combines near Acme, Alberta, September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>