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     Monday, September 26, 2016

One year ago
Seven per cent of the 2014 crop had been combined with an additional 28 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut. Crop quality deteriorated as hail, wind and heavy rain lodged crops.

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Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops

Aug 31/15

29

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

14

Sept 1/14

7

Sept 2/13

14

Aug 27/12

21

Aug 29/11

21

Aug 30/10

8

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

19

Saskatchewan Harvest
August 31, 2015
% combined

Winter wheat

95

Fall rye*

96

Spring wheat

17

Durum

36

Oats**

11

Barley

23

Canaryseed

9

Flax

3

Canola

14

Mustard

35

Soybeans

16

Lentils

72

Peas

85

Chickpeas

8

*includes  three per cent ‘other'
**includes two per cent ‘other'

Warm and relatively dry weather has allowed producers to make good progress on harvest. Twenty-nine per cent of the crop is now combined and an additional 30 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 14 per cent combined and 26 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Regionally, producers in the southwest are furthest advanced, having 51 per cent of the crop combined. Producers in the southeast have 45 per cent of the crop combined. Twenty per cent of the crop is combined in the west-central region; 13 per cent in the northwest; 11 per cent in the east-central region; and 10 per cent in the northeast.

Rainfall this past week ranged from nil to 22 mm in some southeastern areas. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as three per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as one per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Pasture conditions across the province are rated as four per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 36 per cent fair, 14 per cent poor and three per cent very poor. At this time, crop reporters are indicating that 11 per cent of the forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products. It is available at: www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing 

Localized hail and wind has damaged some crops and there are reports of bleaching, staining or sprouting of cereal and pulse crops in some areas. Crop reporters are indicating that yields and grades are average overall. Some winter cereals are being seeded as time allows.

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)

Producers in the region have nearly doubled the number of harvested acres, thanks to relatively warm and dry weather. Fifty-one per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 27 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 19 per cent combined.

The region received rainfall ranging from trace amounts to 22 mm in the Grenfell area. At 343 mm, the Grenfell area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as three per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 52 per cent adequate, 47 per cent short and one per cent very short.   

Pasture conditions are rated as 26 per cent good, 45 per cent fair, 28 per cent poor and one per cent very poor. At this time, it is estimated that three per cent of forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

Hail and localized flooding caused some crop damage this past week, while strong winds have blown swaths around. Some crops have lodged and there are reports of bleaching, staining and sprouting of some cereal crops. Harvest operations are difficult in some fields with varying crop stages and secondary plant growth. Winter cereals are being seeded as time permits. Overall, producers are indicating that yields and grades are average, although some fields are yielding higher than first expected.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, hauling bales and moving cattle.


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)

Scattered rain showers and high humidity have delayed harvest for some producers in the region. Forty-five per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 33 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 30 per cent combined.

Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to 10 mm in the Limerick area. At 429 mm, the Mortlach area holds both the regional and provincial records for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 65 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and six per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 49 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as five per cent excellent, 31 per cent good, 39 per cent fair, 18 per cent poor and seven per cent very poor. At this time, it is estimated that 24 per cent of forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

Strong winds have blown swaths around and lodged some crops. Some lentil fields are shelling out and there are reports of staining and bleaching in cereal crops. Harvest has been difficult in some fields as many crops have not ripened evenly and there are new flushes of weeds emerging. Winter cereals are being seeded as time and soil moisture permits. Overall, producers are indicating that yields and grades are average, although there are many reports of high-quality grain and higher yields than were first expected.  

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, moving cattle and hauling bales.


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)

Eleven per cent of the crop is now combined in the region, up from three per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is eight per cent combined. Rain showers and high humidity are delaying combining in many areas, although swathing is in full swing. 

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 19 mm in the Esterhazy area. At 376 mm, the Meacham area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as eight per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate, two per cent short and one per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as four per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as five per cent excellent, 66 per cent good, 27 per cent fair and two per cent poor. At this time, it is estimated that four per cent of forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

Wind has blown swaths around and lodged some crops. Harvest has been difficult in some fields as many crops have not ripened evenly and there is much secondary plant growth. There are some reports of high levels of green seed in harvested canola and some crops are being aerated. Overall, producers are indicating that yields and grades are average, although there are some reports of higher-than-expected yields.  

Farmers are busy swathing, spraying weeds and combining.


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)

Producers in the region have more than doubled the number of harvested acres, thanks to relatively warm and dry weather.  Twenty per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from eight per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is nine per cent combined.

No rainfall was reported in the region this past week. At 303 mm, the Outlook area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as one per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and two per cent very short.   

Pasture conditions are rated as four per cent excellent, 49 per cent good, 36 per cent fair, 10 per cent poor and one per cent very poor. At this time, it is estimated that 12 per cent of forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

Strong winds have blown swaths around and shelled out some standing crops. Cereal crops are slow to ripen due to secondary growth and heavy weed infestations. There are reports of staining and sprouting of some crops that will likely downgrade quality. Overall, producers are indicating that yields and grades are average, although there are some crops that have yielded much less than estimated.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and hauling bales.


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 progress was made this past week in the northeastern region. Ten per cent of the crop has been combined, up from two per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is four per cent combined.

Rainfall in the region ranged from trace amounts to 3 mm in the Porcupine Plain area. At 402 mm, the Humboldt area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as nine per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and six per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as eight per cent excellent, 72 per cent good, 17 per cent fair and three per cent poor. At this time, it is estimated that four per cent of forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

Little crop damage was reported last week, although there are reports of chitting damage to some barley crops. Swathing is in full swing; however, high humidity is delaying combining in some areas of the region. Some crops are slow to ripen and many fields have varying crop stages, making harvest difficult. There are also flushes of weeds emerging and some secondary growth in cereal and canola fields. Overall, producers are indicating that yields and grades are average, although there are some crops that have yielded better than expected.  

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and hauling bales and grain.


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

Significant harvest progress was made this past week. Thirteen per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from three per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is three per cent combined.

Very little rain fell this past week, helping harvest progress. The Barthel area received the most rain, 3 mm.  At 274 mm, the Barthel area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as one per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 75 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 41 per cent good, 41 per cent fair, 15 per cent poor and three per cent very poor. At this time, it is estimated that eight per cent of forage crops did not get cut or baled, mainly due to lack of growth.

Strong winds have lodged some crops and blown swaths around. The light frost of a few weeks ago has damaged some late-seeded canola, although damage is minimal in most cases. Harvest has been difficult in some areas as many crops have not ripened evenly and there are new flushes of weeds emerging. Overall, producers are indicating that yields and grades are average, although there have been reports of lower-than-expected pulse yields. 

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and hauling bales.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress - August 31, 2015

                                   

*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

 

southeast

3

3

0

94

 

southwest

0

0

0

100

 

east central

0

0

4

96

 

west central

0

2

8

90

 

northeast

0

3

13

84

 

northwest

60

20

15

5

 

provincial

2

1

2

95

 

Fall Rye

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

3

0

0

96

1

southwest

0

0

0

96

4

east central

5

0

0

95

0

west central

11

2

5

81

1

northeast

0

0

0

100

0

northwest

15

12

18

35

20

provincial

2

1

1

93

3

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

35

13

14

38

 

southwest

37

6

22

35

 

east central

60

19

13

8

 

west central

65

8

19

8

 

northeast

48

15

27

10

 

northwest

57

12

20

11

 

provincial

52

13

18

17

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

33

7

8

52

 

southwest

36

3

20

41

 

east central

62

21

13

4

 

west central

87

2

10

1

 

northeast

95

3

2

0

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

44

4

16

36

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

30

11

14

45

 

southwest

33

3

23

41

 

east central

53

22

11

14

 

west central

77

7

8

8

 

northeast

42

20

9

29

 

northwest

52

19

9

20

 

provincial

50

15

12

23

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

42

25

4

28

1

southwest

52

3

9

32

4

east central

73

18

5

4

0

west central

77

8

3

2

10

northeast

73

7

9

11

0

northwest

91

0

0

0

9

provincial

71

12

6

9

2

Canaryseed

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

60

0

16

24

 

southwest

97

0

3

0

 

east central

94

0

6

0

 

west central

95

0

5

0

 

northeast

90

4

1

5

 

northwest

10

0

30

60

 

provincial

82

1

8

9

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

92

3

1

4

 

southwest

85

1

9

5

 

east central

100

0

0

0

 

west central

98

2

0

0

 

northeast

92

1

0

7

 

northwest

100

0

0

0

 

provincial

93

2

2

3

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

13

43

0

44

 

southwest

23

48

3

26

 

east central

38

57

0

5

 

west central

34

59

1

6

 

northeast

45

53

1

1

 

northwest

50

48

0

2

 

provincial

34

51

1

14

 

Mustard

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

28

5

0

67

 

southwest

21

16

23

40

 

east central

85

14

0

1

 

west central

77

19

4

0

 

northeast

100

0

0

0

 

northwest

100

0

0

0

 

provincial

34

15

16

35

 

Soybeans

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

82

0

0

18

 

southwest

100

0

0

0

 

east central

99

0

1

0

 

west central

100

0

0

0

 

northeast

100

0

0

0

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

84

0

0

16

 

Field Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

3

0

1

96

 

southwest

4

0

4

92

 

east central

4

6

16

74

 

west central

8

2

14

76

 

northeast

7

0

14

79

 

northwest

1

2

11

86

 

provincial

4

1

10

85

 

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

6

0

10

84

 

southwest

9

2

10

79

 

east central

12

1

30

57

 

west central

21

2

21

56

 

northeast

40

10

12

38

 

northwest

44

2

0

54

 

provincial

12

2

14

72

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

98

0

0

2

 

east central

0

10

0

90

 

west central

88

0

12

0

 

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

92

0

0

8

 

 


 

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