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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Desiccation of peas and lentils in some southwestern and west-central areas was just beginning. Rain showers and high humidity was delaying haying progress.

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Harvest has begun in some parts of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

Less than one per cent of the provincial crop has been combined, while one per cent is ready to straight-cut. Twenty-three per cent of the fall rye, 10 per cent of the winter wheat, five per cent of the field peas and two per cent of the lentils are now in the bin. Two per cent of the canola is now swathed.

The province received a lot of rain last week, which has lodged many crops and flooded some fields and yards. Topsoil moisture conditions have improved in many areas, thanks to rainfall that ranged from small amounts to well over six inches. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as four per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and seven per cent very short.

Livestock producers now have 80 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, while an additional 12 per cent is cut and will soon be ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as three per cent excellent, 53 per cent good, 36 per cent fair and eight per cent poor.

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Pasture conditions are rated as one per cent excellent, 32 per cent good, 38 per cent fair, 23 per cent poor and six per cent very poor.

The majority of crop damage this week was caused by strong winds, heavy rain, insects such as aphids and lack of moisture.

Farmers are busy beginning harvest.


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)

Harvest has just begun. Producers in the region have less than one per cent of the total crop combined. Two per cent of the lentils, six per cent of the field peas, 14 per cent of the winter wheat and 29 per cent of the fall rye have been combined, while eight per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Large amounts of rain fell on Tuesday, lodging crops and flooding some fields and yards. The Moose Jaw area received 95 mm of rain, while the Tantallon area has received 264 mm of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as two per cent surplus, 55 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 43 per cent adequate, 54 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Livestock producers have 80 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 15 per cent cut and soon ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 66 per cent good, 26 per cent fair and four per cent poor. Pasture conditions are rated as 29 per cent good, 42 per cent fair, 25 per cent poor and four per cent very poor.

Crops are advancing quickly and desiccation of pulse crops continues. The majority of crop damage this past week was caused by insects such as aphids, as well as wind, hail and lack of moisture.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.


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 is nicely underway. Producers in the region have two per cent of the total crop in the bin. Four per cent of the lentils, 11 per cent of the field peas, 20 per cent of the winter wheat and 31 per cent of the fall rye have been combined. Two per cent of the canola crop is swathed.

Heavy rainfall in many areas has damaged crops and flooded fields and yards. The Gravelbourg area received 157 mm of rain, while the Mortlach area has received 309 mm of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as one per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and three per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 63 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Ninety-two per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with an additional five per cent cut and soon to be ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 39 per cent fair and seven per cent poor. Pasture conditions are rated as 31 per cent good, 31 per cent fair, 26 per cent poor and 12 per cent very poor.

Producers continue desiccating pulses in many areas of the region. There are reports that some producers are selling cereal crops as greenfeed. The majority of crop damage this past week was caused by lack of moisture, as well as wind, localized flooding and insects such as aphids.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.


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)

Some winter cereal crops are being swathed in the region, while others will be ready for straight-cutting shortly. Most producer will likely begin swathing canola in the coming weeks.

The region received large amounts of rain that has lodged crops and caused localized flooding in many areas. The Meacham area received 134 mm of rain this past week, bringing its total received since April 1 to 285 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as eight per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Livestock producers now have 71 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. An additional 17 per cent is cut and soon to be ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as three per cent excellent, 52 per cent good, 36 per cent fair and nine per cent poor. Pasture conditions are rated as three per cent excellent, 40 per cent good, 43 per cent fair and 14 per cent poor.

Crop development is advancing quickly and harvest will begin soon. Most crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding, wind, hail and insects such as aphids and diamondback moths.

Farmers are busy haying and getting ready for harvest.


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 just beginning in much of the region. Five per cent of the field peas, 36 per cent of the winter wheat and 20 per cent of the fall rye are ready for straight-cutting.  

Like much of the province, the west-central region received large amounts of rain that lodged crops and caused some localized flooding. The Outlook area received 90 mm of rain, bringing its total received since April 1 to 238 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 52 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as one per cent surplus, 41 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 18 per cent very short.

Producers in the region have 79 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. An additional 12 per cent is cut and will soon be ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as 35 per cent good, 52 per cent fair and 13 per cent poor. Pasture conditions are rated as 17 per cent good, 51 per cent fair, 28 per cent poor and four per cent very poor.

Crops are ripening quickly and producers have begun desiccating some pulse crops. The majority of crop damage this week was caused by lack of moisture, as well as hail, wind and insects such as aphids.

Farmers are busy finishing haying and getting ready for harvest.


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)

Harvest will likely begin soon in the region as crops are ripening quickly. Many producers will begin swathing canola in the coming weeks. Most crop damage this week was caused by localized flooding and wind.

The region experienced heavy rain, lodging crops and flooding some fields and yards. The Tisdale area received 134 mm of rainfall this past week, while the Humboldt region has recorded 315 mm since April 1, the greatest amount for both the region and the province. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 13 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

Livestock producers have 75 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage. An additional 13 per cent is cut and will soon be ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as eight per cent excellent, 75 per cent good and 17 per cent fair. Pasture conditions are rated as five per cent excellent, 67 per cent good, 24 per cent fair and four per cent poor.

Farmers are busy haying and getting ready for harvest.


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 will begin shortly in the area as crops are quickly ripening. Producers are likely to begin swathing canola in the next couple of weeks. The majority of crop damage this week was caused by lack of moisture and insects such as aphids.

Rainfall last week ranged from small amounts to 40 mm in the Duck Lake area. The Duck Lake area has also received the greatest amount of precipitation in the region since April 1 (213 mm). Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 45 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 14 per cent very short. 

Seventy-two per cent of the hay crop has now been baled or put into silage, with an additional 14 per cent cut and soon to be ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as 54 per cent good, 39 per cent fair and seven per cent poor. Pasture conditions are rated as four per cent good, 39 per cent fair, 42 per cent poor and 15 per cent very poor.

Farmers are busy haying and getting ready for harvest.


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