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Harvest operations were just beginning in some southern areas. Crops were developing quickly thanks to relatively warm and dry weather.

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Estimated Provincial Hay Yields (tons/acre) - August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

0.9

2.6

Brome/Alfalfa

1.1

2.9

Other Tame Hay

0.8

2.6

Wild Hay

0.8

N/A

Greenfeed

1.4

2.8

Producers now have four per cent of the 2015 crop combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

Sixty-two per cent of the fall rye, 34 per cent of the winter wheat, 19 per cent of the field peas and 17 per cent of the lentils are now in the bin. Six per cent of the canola and three per cent of the mustard are swathed. Warm and relatively dry conditions are helping crops develop quickly.

Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to over three inches in some areas. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 10 per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and four per cent very short.

Haying continues as time and weather permit. The estimated average hay yields on dry land are 0.9 ton per acre for alfalfa, 1.1 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, 0.8 ton per acre for both other tame hay and wild hay, and 1.4 tons per acre for greenfeed. On irrigated land, the estimated average hay yields are 2.6 tons per acre for alfalfa, 2.9 tons per acre for alfalfa/brome hay, 2.6 tons per acre for other tame hay and 2.8 tons per acre for greenfeed.

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Some crop damage was caused by localized flooding, hail, wind and insects such as aphids and diamondback moths.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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)

Estimated Southeast Hay Yields (tons/acre)
August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

1.1

N/A

Brome/Alfalfa

1.2

N/A

Other Tame Hay

1.5

N/A

Wild Hay

1.2

N/A

Greenfeed

1.8

N/A

Three per cent of the 2015 crop is now in the bin and an additional 11 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Fifty-seven per cent of the fall rye, 51 per cent of the winter wheat, 23 per cent of the field peas, 11 per cent of the lentils and one per cent of the spring wheat and canola have now been combined. Twenty-four per cent of the canola has been swathed.

The region received rainfall ranging from small amounts to 53 mm in the Moose Jaw area. Since April 1, the Tantallon area has received 293 mm of rain, the greatest amount for the region.

Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as seven per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 39 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 46 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and nine per cent very short. Some areas of the region are short topsoil moisture and will need rain to help crops advance. 

Crops are maturing quickly in much of the region and general harvest will soon be underway. Some crop damage this past week was caused by heavy rain and strong winds that lodged crops.

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)

Estimated Southwest Hay Yields (tons/acre)
August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

0.7

1.5

Brome/Alfalfa

0.7

N/A

Other Tame Hay

0.6

1.5

Wild Hay

0.5

N/A

Greenfeed

1.2

2.0

Harvest is quickly advancing in the region as 12 per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from two per cent last week. Eighty-eight per cent of the fall rye, 52 per cent
of the winter wheat, 42 per cent of the field peas, 29 per cent of the lentils and one per cent of the durum have now been combined. Fourteen per cent of the canola and four per cent of the mustard have been swathed.

Much of the region received rainfall last week that has delayed harvest. The Mortlach area received 76 mm of rain this week, bringing its total received since April 1 to 385 mm. This is the greatest amount for both the region and the province. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as five per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 64 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and six per cent very short.

Crops are advancing quickly, although recent rain will delay harvest operations. There are several reports of localized flooding and hail that has caused severe damage. Aphids continue to cause issues in some pulse crops.

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)

Estimated East-central Hay Yields (tons/acre)
August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

1.2

2.5

Brome/Alfalfa

1.8

2.5

Other Tame Hay

0.9

N/A

Wild Hay

0.9

N/A

Greenfeed

1.5

N/A

Less than one per cent of the crop is in the bin, with a further one per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Twelve per cent of the winter wheat and four per cent of the fall rye has been combined. Many producers will begin swathing canola soon as the crop is advancing quickly.

Rainfall in the region ranged from small amounts to 75 mm in the Burr area. The Craik area has received 344 mm of rainfall since April 1, the greatest amount for
the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 26 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, five per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 15 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short.

Despite the recent rain delaying harvest operations, pulse crops are being desiccated and combining has begun. Some causes of crop damage this past week include localized flooding, wind and insects such as aphids and diamondback moths.  

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.


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)

Estimated West-central Hay Yields (tons/acre)
August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

0.6

2.9

Brome/Alfalfa

0.6

2.3

Other Tame Hay

0.5

2.2

Wild Hay

0.6

N/A

Greenfeed

1.0

3.4

The west-central region has less than one per cent of the crop in the bin. Twenty-one per cent of the fall rye, five per cent of the winter wheat, two per cent of the
field peas and one per cent of the lentils have been combined, while one per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to 54 mm in the Kindersley area. The Outlook area has reported 274 mm of rainfall since April 1, the greatest amount for the region. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as one per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as one per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Crops are ripening quickly in the region and general harvest will likely begin soon as fields dry out. Some causes of crop damage this week include localized flooding and insects such as aphids in pulses.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.


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)

Estimated Northeast Hay Yields (tons/acre)
August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

1.0

N/A

Brome/Alfalfa

0.9

N/A

Other Tame Hay

0.8

N/A

Wild Hay

0.6

N/A

Greenfeed

1.1

N/A

Harvest is just beginning in the region. Forty per cent of the fall rye has been combined and canola swathing has just begun.  Many other crops are ripening quickly and general harvest will likely begin in the coming weeks.

Heavy rain has lodged crops and flooded some fields. The Porcupine Plain area received 69 mm of rain, while the Humboldt area has reported 360 mm of rain since
April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 17 per cent surplus and 83 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

In addition to lodging and flooding, other sources of crop damage this week include wind and insects such as aphids and diamondback moths.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.

 

 


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

Estimated Northwest Hay Yields (tons/acre)
August 10, 2015

 

Dry land

Irrigated Land

Alfalfa

1.0

N/A

Brome/Alfalfa

0.9

N/A

Other Tame Hay

0.7

N/A

Wild Hay

0.8

N/A

Greenfeed

1.5

N/A

Less than one per cent of the 2015 crop is in the bin. Canola swathing and pulse desiccation are underway, while general harvest is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Rainfall this past week ranged from small amounts to 46 mm in the Duck Lake area. This brings the Duck Lake area's total received rainfall since April 1 to 259 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and 11per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 69 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Crops are advancing quickly in much of the area thanks to warm and relatively dry weather. The main causes of crop damage this week were lack of moisture and insects such as aphids. 

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.

 


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