| ||Every year, from May until October or November, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF), in partnership with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation and members of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen, deliver the Alberta Crop Reporting program. Ashan Shooshtarian, crop statistician with AAF, says the information gathered from producers is used to develop the reports.
“The crop report captures timely information relating to crop production in Alberta during the crop season,” she says.
Information is gathered through weekly producer surveys which collect data on moisture, crop conditions, progress of seeding and harvesting, insects and diseases observed, yield potential, and crop quality.
“Data collected through the surveys, along with the information from other sources are used to compile the weekly crop reports at both provincial and regional levels,” Shooshtarian says.
Crop reports help producers make better management decisions and is used by industry and other stakeholders for various purposes including drought monitoring and forecasting of production insurance payments as well as to validate some Alberta crop estimates generated by Statistics Canada.
To get detailed crop reports visit the Alberta Crop Report webpage.