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Eight-nine per cent of the 2013 crop had been combined. Reported yields were average to above-average.

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Saskatchewan Harvest
October 6
% combined

Winter wheat*

98

Fall rye**

99

Spring wheat

71

Durum

71

Oats***

53

Barley

75

Canaryseed

36

Flax

19

Canola

74

Mustard

90

Soybeans

12

Lentils

92

Peas

96

Chickpeas

36

*includes six per cent ‘other'
**includes 21 per cent ‘other'
***includes four per cent ‘other'

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops

Oct 6/14

72

5 year avg.
(2009-2013)

84

Oct 7/13

89

Oct 1/12

97

Oct 3/11

98

Oct 4/10

60

Oct 5/09

76

10 year avg.
(2004-2013)

81

Unfavourable weather conditions this past week have stalled harvest operations for many producers in the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  Seventy-two per cent of the crop is now combined, up slightly from 68 per cent last week.  Nineteen per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.  The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 84 per cent combined and 11 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The northwestern region is the furthest advanced with 83 per cent of the crop combined.  Eighty-one per cent is combined in the southwestern region; 80 per cent in the northeastern region; 76 per cent in the west-central region; 67 in the southeastern region; and 57 per cent in the east-central region.

Much of the province received rain this past week ranging from trace amounts to well over an inch.  Across the province, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 19 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

Strong winds and rain lodged some crops this week, while moisture, frost and disease caused quality issues in many crops.  High levels of fusarium head blight are being reported in many areas.  Of the crops that have been harvested so far, 13 per cent of hard red spring wheat is expected to fall into the 1 CW grade, 35 per cent in 2CW, 33 per cent in 3CW and 19 per cent is CW feed.

Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and moving cattle.

Provincial Estimated Crop Yields - October 6, 2014

 

Winter
wheat

Fall rye

HRSW

Other
wheat*

Durum

Oat

Barley

Canary-
seed

Southeast

45

42

36

37

42

70

56

1,325

Southwest

41

36

36

33

39

61

56

1,202

East Central

37

33

35

39

33

85

54

1,750

West Central

38

28

41

47

40

71

58

1,082

Northeast

N/A

N/A

38

48

42

88

61

1,385

Northwest

41

45

42

57

N/A

95

69

N/A

Provincial

42

36

38

43

40

84

58

1,236

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Soybean

Pea

Lentil

Chickpea

 

Southeast

23

33

842

13

27

1,084

1,110

 

Southwest

24

32

1,034

11

34

1,582

1,324

 

East Central

20

29

1,175

13

24

1,246

N/A

 

West Central

25

36

1,117

15

36

1,325

1,260

 

Northeast

24

30

800

12

34

700

N/A

 

Northwest

25

36

N/A

N/A

37

900

N/A

 

Provincial

23

32

1,041

13

32

1,407

1,303

 

* '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)

Cool and wet weather has halted harvest progress in much of the region. Producers now have 67 per cent of the crop combined, up from 62 per cent last week. An additional 21 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 85 per cent combined. Harvest is furthest advanced in Crop District 2A, where 80 per cent of the crop is combined. Seventy-nine per cent is combined in 3ASE; 67 per cent in 2B; 63 per cent in 1A; and 57 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.  

Hard red spring wheat grades are rated as four per cent 1CW, 23 per cent 2CW, 42 per cent 3CW and 31 per cent feed. Quality remains a concern for producers as many cereal crops have higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight. Moisture, frost and diseases have also caused quality concerns and downgrading is expected at the elevator. Yields are reported as average and vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  

Rainfall in the region ranged from small amounts to 40 mm in the Marquis area. Since April 1, the Moosomin area has reported the greatest amount of rainfall for both the region and the province (912 mm). Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 50 per cent surplus, 49 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 21 per cent surplus and 79 per cent adequate. Fields continue to be very wet and many are not able to support heavy equipment for long periods of time.

A hard frost was received on several nights last week, although most crops were mature enough that damage was minimal. Many crops that are coming off are quite tough and are being placed in aeration bins when available. Strong winds blew some canola swaths around and waterfowl continue to damage some crops. Farmers are busy harvesting when weather permits, hauling bales, moving cattle and completing fall work.


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 have stalled harvest for many producers this week. Eighty-one per cent of the crop is now combined, up slightly from 78 per cent last week. An additional nine per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 90 per cent combined. Crop districts 4A and 4B have 93 per cent combined; 3BN has 88 per cent combined; 3BS has 79 per cent combined; 3ASW has 69 per cent combined and 3AN has 68 per cent combined. 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.

Hard red spring wheat grades are rated as 11 per cent 1CW, 31 per cent 2CW, 44 per cent 3CW and 14 per cent feed. Quality remains a concern for producers as many cereal crops have higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight. Moisture, frost and diseases have also caused quality concerns and downgrading is expected at the elevator. Yields are reported as average and vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  

Much of the region received rainfall ranging from trace amounts to 44 mm in the Moose Jaw area. Since April 1, the Cadillac area has received 599 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region. 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 moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Remaining crops are coming off tough in some areas and are being placed in aeration bins when available. A hard frost was received late last week but damage is expected to be minimal. Strong winds blew canola swaths around and heavy rain lodged standing crops. There are several reports of higher-than-normal populations of frogs in some areas. Farmers are busy harvesting as weather allows, hauling bales, fixing fences and moving cattle.


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)

Frequent rain and cool weather has kept most producers out of the field. Just fifty-seven per cent of the crop has been combined, up slightly from 53 per cent last week. An additional 31 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 81 per cent combined. Sixty-one per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 6A; 56 per cent in 5B and 52 per cent in 5A. Several more weeks of warm and dry weather is needed for most producers to finish harvest. Dry down has been slow due to frequent rain showers and cool weather. There are concerns that some of the crop may remain in the field over winter if snow falls before the fields can dry up.  

Hard red spring wheat grades are rated as six per cent 1CW, 37 per cent 2CW, 33 per cent 3CW and 24 per cent feed. Quality remains a concern for producers as higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight have been reported. Downgrading at the elevator is common and, in some cases, loads are being rejected due to high fusarium infection levels. Yields are reported as average and vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  

The majority of the region received rain this past week. The Foam Lake area received 42 mm of rain, bringing its total received since April 1 to 772 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 26 per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 21 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Fields remain wet in many areas and equipment is getting stuck.

A hard frost was received over several nights last week, but damage so far has been minimal. Some standing crops are sprouting and much of the harvested grain is coming off tough. Wind has blown canola swaths across fields and lodged some standing crops. Farmers are busy harvesting when weather allows, hauling bales, spraying weeds and applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.


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)

Like much of the province, little harvest progress was made this past week due to wet and cool weather. Seventy-six per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 72 per cent last week. An additional 17 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 82 per cent combined. Seventy-eight per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 7A, 77 per cent in 7B and 76 per cent in 6B. The majority of producers will need at least another week or two of warm and dry weather in order to finish harvest.

Hard red spring wheat grades are rated as 14 per cent 1CW, 40 per cent 2CW, 29 per cent 3CW and 17 per cent feed. Quality remains a concern for producers as moisture, frost and disease have caused issues. There are higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight being reported in some areas and downgrading at the elevator is common. Yields are reported as average and vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  

Rainfall this week ranged from trace amounts to 21 mm in the Dinsmore area. Since April 1, the Kerrobert area has received 449 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short.

A hard frost late last week damaged some later seeded crops in some areas. Much of the grain is coming off tough and is being placed in aeration bins when available. Strong winds have lodged some standing crops and blown canola swaths across fields. Farmers are busy harvesting when weather permits, aerating tough grain, applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer and moving cattle.


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)

Little harvest progress was made this past week due to cool and wet conditions. Eighty per cent of the crop is now combined, up slightly from 75 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 81 per cent combined. Crop District 8A has 84 per cent of the crop combined; 9AE has 83 per cent combined and 8B has 75 per cent combined. Some producers have finished harvest while others will need at least another week or more of dry weather to finish.

Hard red spring wheat grades are rated as 11 per cent 1CW, 40 per cent 2CW, 33 per cent 3CW and 16 per cent feed. Much of the cereals have higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight and downgrading at the elevator is common. Moisture, frost and diseases have also caused some quality issues for many producers. Yields are reported as average and vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  

Rain in the region ranged from small amounts to 39 mm in the Porcupine Plain area. Since April 1, the Lake Lenore area has received the greatest amount of rain for the region at 515 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 95 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 97 per cent adequate and three per cent short.

Much of the grain is coming off tough and is being placed in aeration bins when possible. A hard frost was received over several nights last week but damage is minimal as most crops were mature. Farmers are busy harvesting when weather allows, applying fall fertilizers, hauling bales and moving cattle.


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

The northwestern region made good progress this past week as 83 per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 77 per cent last week. An additional 14 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2009-2013) average for this time of year is 81 per cent. Eighty-six per cent of the crop is combined in Crop District 9B and 79 per cent is combined in 9AW. Some producers have completed harvest while others will need at least another week or more of warm and dry weather. 

Hard red spring wheat grades are rated as 30 per cent 1CW, 36 per cent 2CW, 24 per cent 3CW and 10 per cent feed. Much of the cereal crops have higher-than-normal levels of fusarium head blight and downgrading at the elevator is common. Moisture, frost and diseases have also caused some quality issues for many producers. Yields are reported as average and vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  

The Frenchman Butte area received the greatest amount of rain this past week (20 mm) while the North Battleford area has received 527 mm since April 1. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 19 per cent short.

Although a hard frost was received last week, damage is minimal as crops were mature enough. Strong winds blew some canola swaths across fields and lodged some standing crops. Farmers are busy harvesting when weather permits, hauling bales and moving cattle.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress - October 9, 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

1

0

3

95

1

southwest

0

0

0

81

19

east central

0

0

1

99

0

west central

0

0

0

100

0

northeast

0

0

0

100

0

northwest

0

0

0

100

0

provincial

0

0

2

92

6

Fall Rye

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

0

7

2

89

2

southwest

0

0

0

70

30

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

0

78

21

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

8

13

16

63

 

southwest

5

2

18

75

 

east central

13

19

14

54

 

west central

7

8

19

66

 

northeast

0

3

4

93

 

northwest

2

4

5

89

 

provincial

7

10

12

71

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

13

7

8

72

 

southwest

9

1

15

75

 

east central

38

11

13

38

 

west central

11

7

15

67

 

northeast

0

3

4

93

 

northwest

0

25

0

75

 

provincial

11

4

14

71

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

7

14

14

65

 

southwest

3

4

6

87

 

east central

9

20

8

63

 

west central

6

10

12

72

 

northeast

0

3

5

92

 

northwest

0

15

13

72

 

provincial

5

12

8

75

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

15

19

12

52

2

southwest

9

13

7

58

13

east central

22

33

8

35

2

west central

24

13

7

47

9

northeast

2

18

16

62

2

northwest

11

19

6

53

11

provincial

14

23

10

49

4

Canaryseed

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

34

2

23

41

 

southwest

37

2

26

35

 

east central

30

25

20

25

 

west central

24

0

42

34

 

northeast

20

1

29

50

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

30

2

32

36

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

55

6

21

18

 

southwest

40

3

28

29

 

east central

67

15

4

14

 

west central

48

9

19

24

 

northeast

27

20

38

15

 

northwest

100

0

0

0

 

provincial

54

9

18

19

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

1

25

1

73

 

southwest

3

6

1

90

 

east central

1

36

1

62

 

west central

1

11

4

84

 

northeast

0

24

2

74

 

northwest

1

16

0

83

 

provincial

1

23

2

74

 

Mustard

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

1

99

 

southwest

1

0

2

97

 

east central

33

20

0

47

 

west central

0

10

10

80

 

northeast

0

0

8

92

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

 

provincial

2

4

4

90

 

Soybeans

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

64

0

22

14

 

southwest

81

0

9

10

 

east central

84

0

15

1

 

west central

100

0

0

0

 

northeast

40

0

46

14

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

67

0

21

12

 

Field Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

1

2

2

95

 

southwest

2

0

0

98

 

east central

0

0

4

96

 

west central

0

0

3

97

 

northeast

0

0

0

100

 

northwest

0

0

1

99

 

provincial

1

0

3

96

 

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

2

4

5

89

 

southwest

3

0

3

94

 

east central

0

2

10

88

 

west central

3

0

8

89

 

northeast

0

0

1

99

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

3

0

5

92

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

42

0

12

46

 

east central

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

west central

50

0

0

50

 

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

40

0

13

47

 

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