Farmers are making good progress with the harvest. 

The Alberta Crop Report shows harvest is now 17 per cent complete, up from 7 per cent the previous week, and ahead of the 10-year average of 14 per cent.

Harvest is most advanced in the South which includes Strathmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Foremost now has 49 per cent of the crop has been swathed or combined.   The area did see some localized rains which slowed harvest but with the dry soils farmers were able to get back to the harvest fairly quickly.

The Central area which includes Rimbey, Airdrie, Coronation and Oyen has 30 per cent swathed or combined.  Harvest has been progressing rapidly with only a few scattered showers in the area last week.  Reports in the region suggest early yields off the combine are better than expected.

The North East and North West region have 24 per cent of the crop swathed or combined with little precipitation being reported.  In the North East - Smokey Lake, Vermilion, Camrose and Provost area 30 per cent of the canola is in swath which is higher than other regions in the province.

The Peace region which includes Fairview, Falher, Grand Prairie and Valleyview now have 16 per cent of the crop swathed or combined, which is behind the 10-year average of 31 per cent.  

According to this week's crop report the Peace region is running behind with 16 per cent of the crop swathed or combined.  Dry peas is the only crop with any significant progress. Overall, the Peace is the only region that is behind in both combining (4 per cent) and swathing (12 per cent) as compared to the 10-year average (11 and 19 Per cent).

A later harvest is expected in the Peace with the late start to spring seeding.