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      Friday, December 15, 2017

One year ago
Seventy-nine per cent of the 2013 crop had been combined. Significant rain had slowed down harvest operations.

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Saskatchewan Harvest
September 29
% combined

Winter wheat*

94

Fall rye**

97

Spring wheat

66

Durum

68

Oats***

48

Barley

70

Canaryseed

30

Flax

14

Canola

70

Mustard

81

Soybeans

7

Lentils

87

Peas

96

Chickpeas

24

*includes three per cent ‘other'
**includes 19 per cent ‘other'
***includes four per cent ‘other'

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops

Sept 29/14

68

5 year avg.
(2009-2013)

72

Sept 30/13

79

Sept 24/12

89

Sept 26/11

91

Sept 27/10

29

Sept 28/09

72

10 year avg.
(2004-2013)

70

Great strides were made this past week as Saskatchewan producers now have 68 per cent of the crop combined and 22 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Warm and dry weather allowed producers to nearly catch up to the five-year (2009-2013) average of 72 per cent combined and 18 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwestern region, where 78 per cent of the crop is now combined. Seventy-seven per cent is combined in the northwestern region; 75 per cent in the northeastern region; 72 per cent in the west-central region; 62 per cent in the southeastern region; and 53 per cent in the east-central region.

Rainfall this week ranged from trace amounts to 20 mm in the Carnduff area. Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 17 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Strong winds caused some damage this week. Quality continues to be a concern for many producers as higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight have been reported in many cereal crops. Moisture, frost and disease have also caused quality issues in many crops.

Farmers are busy harvesting and hauling bales.


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)

Good progress was made with harvest this past week and producers now have 62 per cent of the crop in the bin with 23 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 74 per cent combined. Harvest in furthest advanced in Crop District 3ASE where 78 per cent of the crop is combined. Seventy-three per cent of the crop is combined in 2A; 62 per cent in 1A; 60 per cent in 2B; and 50 per cent in 1B. The majority of producers in the region will need at least two or three weeks of good weather to complete harvest.

Warm and dry weather allowed many producers to combine large numbers of acres; however, heavy dews in the morning and evening continue to hamper progress. Rainfall over the weekend also halted harvest for some producers. The Carnduff area reported 20 mm of rainfall this past week, while the Moosomin area has reported the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1 (895 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 40 per cent surplus, 59 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 17 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Fields are very wet and are not able to support heavy equipment for long periods of time.

There are reports of much higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight across the region and significant downgrading at the elevator. Strong winds blew canola swaths around and have lodged or shelled out standing crops. Waterfowl such as geese and cranes continue to damage some crops.

Farmers are busy harvesting, spraying weeds and hauling bales.


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)

Harvest continues to significantly advance and 78 per cent of the crop is now in the bin. An additional 13 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 80 per cent. Crop District 4B is the furthest advanced with 89 per cent of the crop combined. Eighty-six per cent is combined in 4A; 83 per cent in 3BN; 77 per cent in 3BS; 67 per cent in 3AN; and 63 per cent in 3AWS. Many producers in the region have wrapped up harvest, while others will need at least another week or two of good weather in order to finish.

Rainfall over the weekend halted harvest for many producers. The majority of the region received small amounts of rain while the Fife Lake area reported 19 mm. Since April 1, the Cadillac area has received the greatest amount of rain (596 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Quality remains a concern for many producers as there are higher-than-normal levels of disease in durum and pulse crops. The recent rain has lodged standing crops and dry down is slow. There are reports of high grasshopper numbers in some areas of the region.

Farmers are busy harvesting, working fields and spraying weeds.


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)

Significant progress was made in much of the region but harvest remains behind normal schedule for this time of year. Fifty-three per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 28 per cent last week. Thirty-two per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 68 per cent combined. Fifty-six per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 6A; 54 per cent in 5B and 47 per cent in 5A. Several more weeks of warm and dry weather is needed for most producers to finish harvest. High humidity is slowing dry down of the crop.

Little rainfall was received this past week, with the Esterhazy area reporting the greatest amount (4 mm). The Foam Lake area has received 730 mm of rain since April 1, the greatest amount for the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 24 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 12 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Fields are still wet in many areas and equipment is getting stuck.

Quality remains a concern in much of the region as moisture, frost and disease have damaged crops. Strong winds blew canola swaths around and shelled out standing crops. There are many reports of higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight and significant downgrading at the elevator.

Farmers are busy harvesting, spraying weeds and hauling bales.


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)

Harvest is rapidly progressing for many producers in the region. Seventy-two per cent of the crop is now in the bin, right in line with the five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year. An additional 21 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Seventy-six per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 6B; 71 per cent in 7B; and 68 per cent in 7A. Dry down is slow and high humidity is preventing long harvest days. The majority of producers will need at least another week or two of warm and dry weather in order to finish harvest.

Much of the region received trace amounts of rain this past week, although the Major area reported 4 mm. Since April 1, the Major and Kerrobert areas have received 440 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 87 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 83 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short.

There are reports of higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight in many parts of the region and significant downgrading is expected at the elevator. Strong winds over the weekend blew canola swaths around and lodged some standing crops.

Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and aerating tough grain.


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)

Continuous warm and dry weather allowed harvest to move well ahead of the five-year (2009-2013) average of 67 per cent. Seventy-five per cent of the 2014 crop is now in the bin, up from 45 per cent last week. An additional 24 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Crop District 8A has 78 per cent of the crop combined, while 8B and 9AE both have 73 per cent of the crop combined. Some producers have finished harvest while others will need at least another week or more of dry weather to finish.

Little rain was reported in the region this past week. The Humboldt area has received the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1 with 464 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 10 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate and 18 per cent short.

Quality concerns continue in the region as high fusarium head blight levels are being reported in some areas. Moisture, frost and disease have also caused quality issues. There are reports of geese and other waterfowl damaging some crops.

Farmers are busy harvesting, spraying weeds, moving cattle and hauling bales.


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

Tremendous harvest progress was made this past week, and 77 percent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 47 per cent last week. An additional 19 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 68 per cent combined. Seventy-seven per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 9B and 76 per cent is combined in 9AW. While some producers have wrapped up harvest, others will need another week or more of warm and dry weather.

The Rapid View area received the greatest amount of rain this past week (3 mm), while the North Battleford area has received 521 mm since April 1. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short.

There have been several reports of combine fires due to dry field conditions. There are also reports of cattle being moved home early due to lack of pasture growth. Seed quality remains a concern for many in the region as some canola crops have high green count. Some cereal crops with high levels of fusarium head blight are being significantly downgraded at the elevator.

Farmers are busy harvesting, spraying weedy fields and moving cattle.


 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress - October 2, 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

3

0

4

92

1

southwest

0

0

1

89

10

east central

0

1

6

93

0

west central

0

0

0

100

0

northeast

0

0

0

100

0

northwest

0

0

0

100

0

provincial

1

1

4

91

3

Fall Rye

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

0

7

6

86

1

southwest

0

1

0

71

28

east central

0

0

0

100

0

west central

0

0

0

100

0

northeast

0

0

0

100

0

northwest

0

0

0

100

0

provincial

0

1

1

79

19

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

12

13

20

55

 

southwest

8

5

16

71

 

east central

15

19

17

49

 

west central

7

9

22

62

 

northeast

1

3

5

91

 

northwest

2

4

8

86

 

provincial

8

10

16

66

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

16

8

13

63

 

southwest

6

2

16

76

 

east central

33

10

14

43

 

west central

12

5

26

57

 

northeast

0

3

5

92

 

northwest

0

10

20

70

 

provincial

11

4

17

68

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

10

17

14

59

 

southwest

5

4

10

81

 

east central

11

21

9

59

 

west central

12

9

15

64

 

northeast

0

7

8

85

 

northwest

3

15

5

77

 

provincial

8

12

10

70

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

18

21

13

48

0

southwest

14

7

16

44

19

east central

32

33

6

27

2

west central

21

12

7

46

14

northeast

2

20

16

62

0

northwest

16

9

24

42

9

provincial

17

22

13

44

4

Canaryseed

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

32

1

23

44

 

southwest

46

2

25

27

 

east central

40

10

27

23

 

west central

51

5

23

21

 

northeast

20

2

41

37

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

41

4

25

30

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

59

9

16

16

 

southwest

49

1

35

15

 

east central

76

8

8

8

 

west central

51

4

22

23

 

northeast

36

27

25

12

 

northwest

100

0

0

0

 

provincial

61

8

17

14

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

3

25

1

71

 

southwest

1

13

2

84

 

east central

3

37

1

59

 

west central

1

16

1

82

 

northeast

0

30

4

66

 

northwest

2

25

1

72

 

provincial

2

26

2

70

 

Mustard

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

2

1

8

89

 

southwest

6

0

10

84

 

east central

37

3

22

38

 

west central

2

12

7

79

 

northeast

0

0

10

90

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

 

provincial

6

3

10

81

 

Soybeans

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

80

0

11

9

 

southwest

91

0

8

1

 

east central

100

0

0

0

 

west central

100

0

0

0

 

northeast

70

0

18

12

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

 

provincial

83

0

10

7

 

Field Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

1

2

2

95

 

southwest

3

0

1

96

 

east central

1

0

5

94

 

west central

4

0

1

95

 

northeast

0

0

0

100

 

northwest

1

0

0

99

 

provincial

3

0

2

95

 

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

3

4

6

87

 

southwest

5

0

4

91

 

east central

4

1

12

83

 

west central

5

1

12

82

 

northeast

0

0

2

98

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

4

1

8

87

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

70

30

 

southwest

52

0

24

24

 

east central

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

west central

50

0

12

38

 

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

54

0

22

24

 

 

 

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