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Fourteen per cent of the 2014 crop had been combined with an additional 39 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut. Heavy rain was received in some areas, causing crop quality concerns.

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Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops

Sept 7/15

40

5 year avg. (2010-2014)

25

Sept 8/14

14

Sept 9/13

30

Sept 3/12

38

Sept 5/11

32

Sept 6/10

13

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

30

Saskatchewan Harvest
September 7, 2015
% combined

Winter wheat

98

Fall rye*

97

Spring wheat

31

Durum

46

Oats*

22

Barley

40

Canaryseed

15

Flax

7

Canola

25

Mustard

45

Soybeans

18

Lentils

85

Peas

92

Chickpeas

13

*includes  three per cent ‘other'

Forty per cent of the 2015 crop is now in the bin and an additional 33 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according the Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 25 per cent combined.

Regionally, producers in the southwest are furthest advanced, having 61 per cent of the crop combined.  Producers in the southeast have 59 per cent combined.  Thirty-three per cent of the crop is combined in the west-central region; 22 per cent in both the east-central northwestern regions, and 20 per cent in the northeast.

Heavy rain over the weekend has delayed producers in many parts of the province. Warm and dry weather will be needed to help fields dry.  Rainfall ranged from small amounts to over four inches in some southeastern areas.

Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as six per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Strong winds and heavy rain have lodged some crops and quality is a concern in areas.  Yields vary greatly across the province, but overall are estimated to be close to average. Winter cereals are being seeded as time allows.

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.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations.


Provincial Estimated Crop Yields - September 7, 2015

 

Winter wheat

Fall rye

HRSW

Other wheat*

Durum

Oat

Barley

Canaryseed

Southeast

44

47

36

40

32

67

56

913

Southwest

24

27

27

28

29

46

41

785

East Central

38

34

36

43

35

79

58

953

West Central

35

24

30

37

30

66

48

961

Northeast

31

30

43

50

36

98

68

1426

Northwest 

30

35

39

43

N/A

75

58

N/A

Provincial  

37

32

35

40

30

81

56

1157

 

Flax

Canola

Mustard

Soybean

Pea

Lentil 

Chickpea

 

Southeast

21

29

1008

26

32

1306

1200

 

Southwest

18

25

1065

23

25

1188

1157

 

East Central

23

31

1079

25

34

1295

1100

 

West Central

23

28

1002

25

29

1236

1050

 

Northeast

25

36

600

19

37

1090

N/A

 

Northwest 

20

33

N/A

N/A

35

1800

N/A

 

Provincial  

21

31

1047

25

29

1225

1157

 

* '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)

Warm and dry weather earlier in the week helped advance harvest in the southeast. Fifty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 45 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2015) average for this time of year is 32 per cent combined. Some producers have wrapped up harvest, while others will need another couple of weeks.  

Heavy rainfall over the weekend has delayed harvest in much of the region, although producers will likely be back in the field soon. There are reports of flooded fields and roads; strong winds have lodged crops and scattered swaths. Quality is a concern as the rain has bleached many cereal crops and downgrading at the elevator is expected. Harvest remains difficult in some fields that have secondary plant growth and new flushes of weeds. Some fields that normally are straight-cut are now being swathed due to green growth. Winter cereals are being seeded in many areas as time allows. Although yields at this time are average, many crops have yielded higher than first expected.     

Rainfall in the region ranged from small amounts to 88 mm in the Redvers area. At 398 mm, the Tantallon area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as 10 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and eight per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short.   

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, hauling bales and waiting for fields to dry.


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 in the southwest, thanks to relatively warm and dry conditions earlier in the week. Sixty-one per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 51 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2015) average for this time of year is 41 per cent combined.  Many producers have completed harvest, while others will need another couple of weeks. 

Heavy rainfall over the weekend has lodged crops and strong winds have blown swaths around. Harvest has been delayed in some areas, although many producers expect to be back in the field shortly. Quality is a concern as the rain has bleached many cereal crops and downgrading at the elevator is expected in some areas. Harvest is difficult in many fields due to secondary growth and new flushes of weeds; some producers are swathing crops that would normally be straight-cut. Producers are seeding winter cereals as time and moisture allow. Yields vary greatly across the region, but are average overall.   

Rainfall in the region ranged from small amounts to 54 mm in the Limerick area. At 480 mm, the Mortlach area holds both the regional and provincial records for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as eight per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 68 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and six per cent very short.   

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)

Thanks to relatively warm and dry weather earlier in the week, 22 per cent of the crop in east-central Saskatchewan is in the bin, up from 11 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2015) average for this time of year is 18 per cent combined.

Like most of the province, the region received heavy rain that lodged many crops and postponed harvest. Warm and dry weather will be needed to dry up those fields that cannot currently support equipment. Most producers are hoping to be back in the field by the weekend if drying weather is received. Little winter cereal seeding has been done to date, although many producers will likely begin seeding soon if time allows. Downgrading of cereals is expected at the elevator as the rain has bleached, stained and sprouted some crops. Harvest operations remain difficult in some areas as straw is still green and there are new flushes of weeds. Yields vary greatly throughout the region, although many crops are yielding higher than first expected.

Rainfall ranged from small amounts to 65 mm in the Kelvington area. At 401 mm, the Meacham area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 29 per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, two per cent short and one per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, three per cent short and one per cent very short.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and waiting for fields to dry.


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 progressing quickly in the west-central region. Thirty-three per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 20 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2015) average for this time of year is 23 per cent combined.

Despite heavy rain over the weekend, many producers expect to be back in the field by the weekend. The heavy rain has lodged many crops and caused staining, bleaching and sprouting in some cereal crops. There are reports of some swaths being scattered across fields by the strong winds. Water fowl are also causing issues in some areas. Harvest remains difficult in many fields as there are new flushes of weeds and secondary growth. Yields are generally average, although many crops are yielding better than first expected. 

Rainfall this past week ranged from small amounts to 39 mm in the Cando and Landis areas. At 329 mm, the Outlook area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as seven per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate, four per cent short and one per cent very short.   

Farmers are busy harvesting 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)

Significant progress was made this past week in the region. Twenty per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 10 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 13 per cent combined.

Heavy rain over the weekend will keep producers out of the field.  Many fields are saturated and are unable to hold equipment. Many days of ward, dry weather will be needed before producers can get back in the field. Strong winds have blown swaths around while heavy rain has caused lodging, bleaching and sprouting in some crops. Harvest is difficult in some areas as the straw remains green and there are varying crop stages and new weed flushes causing issues. Yields are average overall, although there are some reports that crops are yielding higher than first expected. Quality is a concern and downgrading is expected at the elevator.

Rainfall in the region ranged from 25 mm to 59 mm in the Porcupine Plain area. At 441 mm, the Humboldt area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 38 per cent surplus and 62 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate and two per cent short.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and are waiting for fields to dry.


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

Thanks to a warm and dry start to the week, harvest is progressing quickly in the region. Twenty-two per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 13 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2015) average for this time of year is 11 per cent combined.

Heavy rainfall has delayed further combining, although many producers expect to be back in the field soon. Strong winds caused some damage last week by blowing swaths around and shelling out some standing crops. Harvest continues to be difficult in many fields as there are varying crop stages and new weed flushes emerging. Overall, yields are expected to be average, although there are reports that some fields are yielding better than first expected. Several weeks of frost-free weather is needed in many areas to allow some later-seeded crops to mature.  

Rainfall this past week ranged from 24mm to 65 mm in the Meadow Lake area. At 328 mm, the Barthel area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as six per cent surplus, 92 per cent adequate and two 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.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations and hauling bales.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress - September 7, 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

2

0

1

97

 

southwest

0

0

0

100

 

east central

0

0

1

99

 

west central

0

0

8

92

 

northeast

0

0

4

96

 

northwest

15

20

50

15

 

provincial

1

0

1

98

 

Fall Rye

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other

southeast

2

0

1

96

1

southwest

0

0

0

95

5

east central

0

0

0

100

0

west central

13

1

4

81

1

northeast

0

0

0

100

0

northwest

5

25

25

45

0

provincial

1

1

1

94

3

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

21

6

16

57

 

southwest

29

3

23

45

 

east central

43

21

16

20

 

west central

31

15

35

19

 

northeast

18

20

37

25

 

northwest

22

13

36

29

 

provincial

29

14

26

31

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

25

6

6

63

 

southwest

24

2

23

51

 

east central

45

17

21

17

 

west central

69

4

22

5

 

northeast

15

24

57

4

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

30

4

20

46

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

18

6

8

68

 

southwest

26

3

17

54

 

east central

35

22

15

28

 

west central

55

5

20

20

 

northeast

25

5

11

59

 

northwest

36

23

11

30

 

provincial

34

12

14

40

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other

southeast

21

22

5

51

1

southwest

46

1

3

43

7

east central

55

19

9

16

1

west central

61

14

6

6

13

northeast

42

13

28

17

0

northwest

61

7

18

5

9

provincial

48

15

15

19

3

Canaryseed

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

57

0

13

30

 

southwest

94

3

0

3

 

east central

92

3

5

0

 

west central

85

2

6

7

 

northeast

87

4

5

4

 

northwest

5

0

20

75

 

provincial

83

1

1

15

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

77

3

6

14

 

southwest

81

1

12

6

 

east central

97

2

1

0

 

west central

98

0

0

2

 

northeast

90

0

1

9

 

northwest

100

0

0

0

 

provincial

88

2

3

7

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

7

31

2

60

 

southwest

13

37

6

44

 

east central

17

65

5

13

 

west central

16

60

2

22

 

northeast

16

76

2

6

 

northwest

32

62

1

5

 

provincial

16

56

3

25

 

Mustard

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

19

3

0

78

 

southwest

16

20

14

50

 

east central

63

26

8

3

 

west central

55

32

7

6

 

northeast

5

55

20

20

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

23

21

11

45

 

Soybeans

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

80

2

0

18

 

southwest

100

0

0

0

 

east central

98

0

2

0

 

west central

100

0

0

0

 

northeast

100

0

0

0

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

81

1

0

18

 

Field Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

1

0

1

98

 

southwest

3

0

3

94

 

east central

3

1

5

91

 

west central

1

0

9

90

 

northeast

5

8

4

83

 

northwest

0

4

9

87

 

provincial

2

1

5

92

 

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

3

0

2

95

 

southwest

4

2

7

87

 

east central

6

0

12

82

 

west central

8

2

15

75

 

northeast

0

1

14

85

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

5

2

8

85

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

92

0

0

8

 

east central

0

5

0

95

 

west central

86

0

14

0

 

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

86

0

1

13

 

 


 

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