Rain Welcomed Despite Slowing Saskatchewan Harvest 




Wet weather may have slowed the Saskatchewan harvest this past week, but the moisture was still welcomed by many producers. 


The latest weekly Saskatchewan crop report on Thursday said the rainfall eased concerns about field and equipment fires and raised hope that pastures may see a little regrowth after a hot, dry summer in many areas of the province. The Pelly area received the largest amounts at 44 mm, followed by the Melfort and Moosomin areas at 30 mm. 


However, cropland topsoil moisture levels remained little changed on the week despite the rainfall, rated 1% surplus, 37% adequate, 40% short, and 21% very short as of Monday. That compares to 1% surplus, 37% adequate, 38% short and 24% very short the previous week. 


An estimated 73% of the Saskatchewan crop was in the bin as of Monday, up from 64% the previous week and ahead of the five-year (2017-2021) average of 68%. An additional 18% of the crop was ready to be swathed or straight-cut. 


Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 96% of the crop was combined as of Sunday. The west-central region had 89% combined, the southeast 65%, the northwest 63%, the northeast 58%, and the east-central 52%. 


The lentil and pea harvest was 97% complete as of Monday, followed by durum at 94%, barley at 78%, spring wheat at 77%, canola at 52% and flax at 35%. An additional 36% of the canola was swathed or ready to straight-cut as of Monday. 


The majority of crop damage this week was due to wind, waterfowl, wildlife and lack of moisture. There were several reports of hard frosts across the province, but producers say damage is low due to crops being so well advanced. The recent rain will likely cause some minor downgrading to standing or swathed cereal crops due to bleaching, the report said. 


Southeast: 

Some producers were able to continue their harvest operations without issue while others were slowed down due to cool, damp weather. Harvest progress for the region is at 65 per cent, up from 57 per cent last week but well behind the five-year average of 78 per cent. Many producers in the western half of the region have wrapped up while those on the eastern half are still struggling with crop that won’t dry down. Canola has been especially troublesome with some producers still applying desiccants. 


There was not much widespread precipitation in the region this past week, most areas saw between one to 10 mm. However, the Moosomin area received 30 mm and the Glenavon area 15 mm. While the rain may not be ideal for harvesting, it has helped lower the fire risk in fields as well as help pasture grasses recover before freeze up.  


Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and two per cent very short. Once harvest has concluded, a good soaking rain would be very beneficial for the soils and pasture grasses in the region. 


Southwest: 

Harvest has just about wrapped up in the region, there is mostly canola and flax left out to be combined. Ninety-six per cent of the crop in the region has been harvested, up from 93 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year average of 85 per cent. Producers who are done harvest have begun other chores such as baling straw, hauling bales, cleaning and storing equipment and hauling grain to the elevator. 


Very little rainfall was received this past week; producers are very concerned with on-site water availability, and some have described their soil as being very hard. The Big Beaver area was lucky to receive 6 mm, the Tyner, Vanguard and Eyebrow areas received 4 mm. A gentle, weeklong, soaking rain is needed in the region to replenish livestock water sources and recharge the soil moisture. 


Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 53 per cent very short.  


East-Central: 

Harvest progress was limited across the region last week as frequent showers and cool, damp weather prevented many producers from getting out into their fields. Harvest progress now sits at 52 per cent, up from 46 per cent last week but still behind the five-year average of 60 per cent. The weather must improve quickly to allow producers to continue their harvesting activities. Much of the grain coming off is very tough and damp and must be dried down before it can be safely stored.  


There were several showers that passed through the region over the last week, some areas only got one to 5 mm, while others received quite a bit more. The Pelly area received 44 mm, the Foam Lake area 24 mm, the Elfros and Semans area 18 mm and the Lipton area 13 mm. 


Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 53 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and nine per cent very short.  


West-Central: 

Harvest is very close to being wrapped up in the region, even after a week of some light rain showers producers were able to make good progress in their fields. Eighty-nine per cent of the crop has been harvested so far, up from 80 last week and well ahead of the five-year average of 69. Many producers have completed harvest and are now carrying out other field chores while they wait for rain to replenish their soils. 


Light rain showers passed over the region this past week with many areas getting small amounts of precipitation. The Harris and Smiley areas received 12 mm, the Cando and Sonningdale areas 10 mm and the Rosetown area nine mm. The region desperately needs a large rain event to improve soil moisture conditions before freeze up. 


Rainfall in the region this past week has done little to improve current topsoil moisture conditions. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 43 per cent very short.  

Northeast: 

Harvest was postponed for many this past week as some rainstorms rolled through and made for very poor harvesting conditions. Fifty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 41 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year average of 51 per cent. Producers are hoping for warm, dry weather to advance crop maturity and assist with drying down, especially on canola, where some stalks remain green. 


There was some very good precipitation across the region last week with many areas receiving more than an inch. The Prince Albert area received 41 mm, the Melfort area 30 mm, the Zenon Park and Star City areas 25 mm and the Humboldt area 12 mm. 


Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 77 per cent adequate and 23 per cent short. After harvest has concluded in the region, crop and pasture land would benefit from further rainfall. 


Northwest: 

Some producers continued their harvest operations without delay, while others were halted for several days due rain, followed by cool, damp weather. Sixty-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 47 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year average of 41 per cent. Most of the cereal crops in the region have been harvested with only a few acres left to be cleaned up. Producers are working mainly on their canola acres at the moment. 


A few areas did receive some rain in the region, the first rain in several weeks for some. The Pierceland area received 21 mm, the Duck Lake area 18 mm, the Hafford area seven mm and the Glaslyn area four mm. 


Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 22 per cent adequate, 72 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 22 per cent adequate, 68 per cent short and ten per cent very short. 


Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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