Harvest Almost Wrapped up in Some Parts of Saskatchewan




The harvest is close to wrapping up in some regions of Saskatchewan as more warm, dry weather this past week allowed farmers to make good progress in the field.


According to the latest weekly crop report on Thursday, the overall provincial harvest reached 77% complete as of Monday, up from 62% a week earlier and well ahead of the five-year average of 59%. Last year at this time, cold, wet conditions meant less than 40% of the crop was in the bin.


Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 96% of the crop was combined as of Monday. The harvest in the southeast region followed at 89% complete, the west-central at 78%, the east-central at 69%, and the northeast and northwest at 51% and 43%, respectively.


An estimated 99% of lentils, 98% of field peas, 95% of durum, 86% of barley, 77% of chickpeas, 74% of spring wheat, 71% of oats, 61% of canola and 52% of flax had been combined as of Monday. An additional 35% of canola was swathed or ready to straight cut.


Although good harvest progress was made, many areas of the province still received at least some rainfall this past weekend, particularly parts of the western and northern regions. The Tyner area in the southwest region received the highest amount of rain this week with 99 mm. Provincial cropland topsoil moisture was rated as 37% adequate, 39% short and 24% very short as of Monday, versus 30% adequate, 41% short and 29% very short a week earlier.


The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind, frost, waterfowl, wildlife and lack of moisture. Heavy rain in some areas has resulted in lodging of crops.


Southeast:

Ideal weather in the region allowed for significant harvest progress this week. Eighty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 77 per cent last week and remaining ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 72 per cent for this time of year. An additional six per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.


There was very little rainfall in the region again this week. The Tantallon area received the highest amount of rain with nine mm. Minimal rain again this week has further depleted topsoil moisture conditions. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent adequate, 51 per cent short and 35 per cent very short. Farmers need rain to help improve moisture reserves for next spring.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to wind, frost and lack of moisture. There was also damage caused by wildlife and wildfowl. Most crops have avoided damage due to frost, but some of the later maturing crops such as corn and soybeans have seen some damage.


Southwest:

Good harvest progress continued to be made in the region, with many farmers starting to wrap up harvest for the year. Much of the crop left out is later maturing crops or low spots in fields. Ninety-six per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 90 per cent last week and remaining well ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 76 per cent. An additional three per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Much of the southwest welcomed over an inch of rain this week, but reporters in the eastern Crop Districts of the region all reported under 10 mm. The Tyner area received the highest amount of rainfall in the province this week with 99 mm. Rainfall in some areas of the region this past week greatly improved topsoil moisture conditions, but much more rain is needed to replenish topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 23 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 35 per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind and lack of moisture. With most of the crop off now in the region, high levels of rain would be welcome.


East-Central:

Harvest continued to progress in the region. Some farmers noted humid weather and scattered rainfall resulted in slight delays in combining and some of the crop coming off tough and needing to be aerated or dried. Sixty-nine per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 51 per cent last week and remaining ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 50 per cent. An additional 25 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.


Most of the east-central region received small amounts of rain this week. While cropland topsoil moisture conditions have maintained around the same level, hay and pasture land moisture continues to deplete. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 32 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 30 per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to wind, frost and wildfowl.


West-Central:

Seventy-eight per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 61 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 57 per cent. An additional 19 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Good progress was made this week, but there were delays from the weekend rain. Much of the crop is coming off dry but some is being placed into aeration bins or grain dryers.


Many areas of the region received nearly half an inch of rain this week. Rainfall has improved topsoil moisture conditions. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 47 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.


The main cause of crop damage this past week was frost, wind and lack of moisture. There were some reports of damage caused by wildfowl. There was also lodging reported in areas that received high amounts of rain.


Northeast:

Most of the week saw good harvest progress in the region, although there were some delays due to rain. Fifty-one per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 33 per cent last week and remaining ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 40 per cent. An additional 40 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Some of the crop is coming off tough and is being placed into aeration bins and dried. Farmers are hoping for warm, dry weather to progress crop maturity and dry down. This past week dewy and humid conditions limited the time of day farmers could combine.


Much of the northeast region received half an inch to an inch of rain over this past week. Moisture conditions have continued to improve this week with recent rain. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and one per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to wind, frost and wildfowl.


Northwest:

Combines were rolling in the region for most of the week, but the weekend rain did cause delays for some farmers. Forty-three per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 18 per cent last week and now ahead of the five-year (2015-2019) average of 33 per cent. An additional 42 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. A lot of the crop is coming off tough and being place in aeration bins and grain dryers. Warm, dry weather is desired to mature and dry down crops.


The area west of Mayfair received the highest amount of rainfall in the region this week with 42 mm. Moisture conditions reduced slightly in the region this past week. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 65 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and nine per cent very short.


The majority of crop damage this past week was due to wind, frost, wildfowl, wildlife and lodging due to heavy rain. Farmers have noted green and damaged seed in crops affected by frost.


Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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