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   Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Warm and dry weather was helping harvest along. Thirty per cent of the 2013 crop had been combined while 36 per cent was swathed or ready to be straight combined.

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Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops
Sept 8/14 14
5 year avg.
(2009-2013)
26
Sept 9/13 30
Sept 3/12 38
Sept 5/11 32
Sept 6/10 13
Sept 7/09 18
10 year avg.
(2004-2013)
29
Saskatchewan Harvest
September 8
% combined
Winter wheat* 53
Fall rye** 77
Spring wheat 5
Durum 6
Oats*** 6
Barley 12
Canaryseed 1
Flax 1
Canola 10
Mustard 16
Soybeans 0
Lentils 34
Peas 65
Chickpeas 1
*includes three per cent ‘other'
**includes 18 per cent ‘other'
***includes two per cent ‘other'

Another week of cool and wet weather has delayed harvest for many producers, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Fourteen per cent of the provincial crop has now been combined, while 39 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is 26 per cent combined and 32 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest is furthest advanced in the southwestern region, where 23 per cent of the crop is combined. Sixteen per cent is combined in the west-central region; 15 per cent in the southeast; 11 per cent in the northeast; 10 per cent in the northwest and six per cent in the east-central region.

Provincially, 77 per cent of the fall rye, 65 per cent of the field peas, 53 per cent of the winter wheat, 34 per cent of the lentils, 16 per cent of the mustard, 12 per cent of the barley and 10 per cent of the canola have been combined. Seventy-one per cent of the canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Much of the province received rain this past week, with some areas receiving several inches over the course of a day. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 31 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 22 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Yields vary greatly across the province but overall are estimated to be average. The wet field conditions and continuous rain have damaged many crops and quality remains a concern with  some pulses and cereals. Strong winds, hail and frost have also caused some damage.

Farmers are hoping for improved weather to help harvest progress.


Provincial Estimated Crop Yields - September 8, 2014
  Winter wheat Fall rye HRSW Other wheat* Durum Oat Barley Canary
seed
Southeast 41 39 37 46 40 74 61 1,235
Southwest 34 39 36 37 38 57 56 1,102
East Central 40 36 36 39 34 72 55 1,750
West Central 40 29 39 47 39 72 63 1,250
Northeast 30 N/A 38 49 45 84 62 911
Northwest 38 N/A 45 62 N/A 90 70 1,500
Provincial 39 38 38 46 38 78 60 1,223
  Flax Canola Mustard Soybean Pea Lentil Chickpea  
Southeast 23 31 882 14 28 1,136 1,200  
Southwest 22 32 1,132 11 34 1,484 1,356  
East Central 23 27 1,061 18 26 1,048 N/A  
West Central 27 34 1,074 17 35 1,308 1,920  
Northeast 22 28 825 16 29 950 N/A  
Northwest 25 36 N/A N/A 40 N/A N/A  
Provincial 23 31 1,086 22 33 1,341 1,336  

* 'Other wheat' includes all wheat classes other than Hard Red Spring Wheat
** Crop yield predictions at this point in time. Please keep in mind these are regional averages, and yields can vary greatly across an area.
*** canaryseed, mustard, lentil and chickpea in lbs/ac. All other crops in bu/ac.


Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 1 - Carnduff, Estevan, Redvers, Moosomin and Kipling areas; Crop District 2 - Weyburn, Milestone, Moose Jaw, Regina and Qu'Appelle areas; Crop District 3ASE - Radville and Lake Alma areas)

Heavy rainfall and wet field conditions have prevented many producers from getting back in the field. Swaths are slow to dry and much of the grain is coming off tough. There are many concerns about crop quality due to bleached and sprouted grains, and downgrading is expected. There are also reports of many stuck combines and muddy roads. Strong winds have lodged many crops.

At this time, 15 per cent of the crop has been combined, up from seven per cent last week. An additional 37 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Thirty-one per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 3ASE; 22 per cent in 2A; 14 per cent in 2B; 10 per cent in 1A and seven per cent in 1B.

The majority of the region received rain last week, ranging from small amounts to 91 mm in the Moosomin area. This area has also received the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1 for both the region and the province (874 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 56 per cent surplus and 44 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 39 per cent surplus and 61 per cent adequate.

Some producers have been able to seed winter cereals but many intended acres may not get seeded this year due to the late harvest. There are reports of large grasshopper populations in some fields.  Farmers are busy with harvest operations and would appreciate some warm and dry weather soon.


Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 3ASW - Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas; Crop District 3AN - Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas; Crop District 3B - Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas; Crop District 4 - Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas)

Unfavourable weather conditions and wet fields continue to delay harvest for most producers. Fields are slow to dry and much of the crop is coming off tough. There are quality concerns as many crops have bleached or sprouted due to the wet conditions. It is expected that there will be significant downgrading of some cereal and pulse crops. Strong winds have lodged many crops and knocked over bins and railcars.   

At this time, 23 per cent of the crop has been combined, up from 17 per cent last week. An additional 28 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Thirty-one per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 4B; 26 per cent in 3BN and 4A; 23 per cent in 3BS; 17 per cent in 3AN and 14 per cent in 3ASW.   

Rainfall this week ranged from small amounts to 65 mm in the Moose Jaw and Mortlach areas. Since April 1, the Cadillac area has received 583 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region.  Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 36 per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 21 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

Some producers have been able to seed winter cereals, but many intended acres may not get seeded this year due to the late harvest. Farmers are busy with harvest operations and would appreciate some warm and dry weather soon.


East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop District 5 - Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas; Crop District 6A - Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas)

Like much of the province, harvest operations in the east-central region are delayed due to wet and cool conditions. Crops that have been combined are coming off tough and fields are slow to dry. Many combines and other equipment are getting stuck in the mud. There are quality concerns for some pulses and cereals that have sprouted and bleached from the rain. As many crops are behind normal development, frost is also a concern in the region.

Just six per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up slightly from three per cent last week. An additional 42 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Eleven per cent of the crop in CD 6A is combined; four per cent in 5A and two per cent in 5B.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have lodged many crops in the area. Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to 94 mm in the Raymore area, while the Foam Lake area has received the greatest rainfall amount since April 1 (722 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 43 per cent surplus, 56 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 30 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and would appreciate some warm and dry weather soon.


West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B - Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7A - Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major; CD 7B - Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

The west-central region made good harvest progress this past week and16 per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from six per cent last week. An additional 41 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Seventeen per cent of crops in CDs 6B and 7B and 13 per cent of crops in 7A have now been combined.

Heavy rain after the weekend is delaying further progress for many producers and there are quality concerns on some pulses and cereals that have sprouted and bleached. There are also concerns of potential frost damage on immature crops. 

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 42 mm in the Netherhill area. Since April 1, the Major area has received the greatest amount of cumulative rainfall at 436 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 13 per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and bringing cattle home.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 8 - Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas; Crop District 9AE - Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas)

Good harvest progress was made this past week thanks to dry weather; however, rainfall and high moisture levels in the field have delayed operations for many producers and much of the grain has been coming off tough. There are concerns of downgrading due to sprouted and bleached crops and of frost damage on immature crops.  

Eleven per cent of the crop has now been combined, up from three per cent last week. An additional 51 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Sixteen per cent of the crop in CD 8A is combined; nine per cent in 8B and three per cent in 9AE.

Rainfall ranged from small amounts to 21 mm in the Tisdale area. Since April 1, the Lake Lenore area has received the greatest amount of rainfall (496 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus and 97 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus and 99 per cent adequate.

Farmers are busy harvesting and moving cattle. Warm and dry weather would be appreciated to help dry fields and mature crops.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 9AW - Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas; Crop District 9B - Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas)

Harvest has stopped for many producers in the region due to cool weather and rain. There are concerns of frost damage on many immature crops and downgrading of pulses and cereals due to sprouting and bleaching. Haying continues for some producers but swaths are slow to dry.

Ten per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from two per cent last week. An additional 51 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. CD 9B has eleven per cent of the crop combined while 9AW has eight per cent combined.

The Neilburg area received the greatest amount of rain this past week (15 mm), while the North Battleford area has received 515 mm since April 1. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as ten per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and nine per cent short.

Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and moving cattle. Warm and dry weather would be appreciated to help harvest along.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress - September 8, 2014

*Other - crop that will not be harvested due to weather, insect or disease damage or will be greenfeed

Winter Wheat % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined % other
(greenfeed
)
southeast 21 9 25 45 0
southwest 17 0 23 50 10
east central 4 6 35 55 0
west central 0 0 0 100 0
northeast 40 15 20 25 0
northwest 0 0 0 100 0
provincial 15 6 26 50 3
Fall Rye % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined % other
southeast 22 24 12 41 1
southwest 3 3 3 63 28
east central 2 21 10 67 0
west central 0 21 4 75 0
northeast 100 0 0 0 0
northwest 0 80 0 20 0
provincial 8 10 5 59 18
Spring Wheat % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 63 6 27 4  
southwest 71 2 22 5  
east central 72 14 11 3  
west central 59 12 24 5  
northeast 44 15 33 8  
northwest 51 13 27 9  
provincial 61 11 23 5  
Durum % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined   
southeast 70 3 23 4  
southwest 65 2 24 9  
east central 75 15 10 0  
west central 81 12 6 1  
northeast 76 7 12 5  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 69 4 21 6  
Barley % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 62 7 17 14  
southwest 51 4 18 27  
east central 68 14 11 7  
west central 68 11 14 7  
northeast 36 31 16 17  
northwest 78 15 4 3  
provincial 60 15 13 12  
Oats % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined % other
southeast 77 15 1 7 0
southwest 43 11 24 9 13
east central 80 14 5 1 0
west central 73 12 6 3 6
northeast 77 5 13 5 0
northwest 81 7 4 2 6
provincial 76 10 8 4 2
Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 100 0 0 0  
southwest 94 2 4 0  
east central 100 0 0 0  
west central 85 5 9 1  
northeast 81 13 0 6  
northwest 100 0 0 0  
provincial 92 3 4 1  
Flax % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 98 0 1 1  
southwest 87 4 8 1  
east central 100 0 0 0  
west central 100 0 0 0  
northeast 100 0 0 0  
northwest 100 0 0 0  
provincial 97 1 2 0  
Canola % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 19 65 1 15  
southwest 15 63 5 17  
east central 27 66 3 4  
west central 14 70 3 13  
northeast 19 66 5 10  
northwest 17 80 0 3  
provincial 19 68 3 10  
Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 65 17 10 8  
southwest 43 14 20 23  
east central 71 26 2 1  
west central 61 9 24 6  
northeast 60 15 24 1  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 51 14 19 16  
Soybeans % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 100 0 0 0  
southwest 100 0 0 0  
east central 100 0 0 0  
west central 100 0 0 0  
northeast 100 0 0 0  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A
provincial 100 0 0 0  
Field Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southwest 18 0 13 69  
east central 11 18 20 51  
west central 10 1 23 66  
northeast 13 2 14 71  
northwest 17 2 19 62  
provincial 15 3 17 65  
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 30 14 18 38  
southwest 33 10 19 38  
east central 36 2 42 20  
west central 40 3 31 26  
northeast 55 5 10 30  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 35 7 24 34  
Chickpeas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 92 0 0 8  
southwest 100 0 0 0  
east central N/A N/A N/A N/A  
west central 50 0 37 13  
northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 99     1  

 

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