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       Friday, October 20, 2017

One year ago
Warm and dry weather allowed producers to return to the field. Forty-three per cent of the 2014 crop had been combined with an additional 37 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut.

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Saskatchewan Harvest
September 21, 2015
%  combined

Winter wheat

99

Fall rye*

99

Spring wheat

55

Durum

70

Oats*

36

Barley**

61

Canaryseed

19

Flax

21

Canola

48

Mustard

72

Soybeans

25

Lentils

95

Peas

97

Chickpeas

35

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

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops

Sept 21/15

60

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

56

Sept 22/14

43

Sept 23/13

71

Sept 17/12

74

Sept 19/11

76

Sept 20/10

18

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

60

Cool and wet weather during the week slowed down harvest operations. Sixty per cent of the 2015 crop is now combined and 28 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 56 per cent combined and 27 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Regionally, producers in the southwest are furthest advanced, having 81 per cent of the crop combined. Producers in the southeast have 79 per cent combined. Fifty-two per cent of the crop is combined in the west-central region; 47 per cent in the east-central region; 32 per cent in the northwest and 34 per cent in the northeast.

Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to nearly two inches in northern regions. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Some areas experienced frost, although damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. However, weather-related quality issues such as bleaching and sprouting continue to cause concern in some areas. While overall yields are reported to be about average, they vary from region to region.

Provincially, seven per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition while 52 per cent is in good condition, 34 per cent fair, six per cent poor and one per cent in very poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

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, fall spraying, machinery repairs, and hauling grain and bales.


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)

Heavy rains delayed harvest in most parts of the region. Seventy-nine per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from 73 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 61 per cent combined. While many producers have finished harvest, others still need warm and dry weather to wrap things up.  

Precipitation in the region ranged from trace amounts to 23 mm in the Moose Jaw area. At 414 mm, the Tantallon area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and 11 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and 18 per cent short.

Continued rainfall has created quality issues such as bleaching and sprouting. Grain yields are reported to be about average.  Five per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition while 34 per cent is in good condition, 56 per cent fair and five per cent in poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, bale hauling and post-harvest weed control.


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)

Heavy rains delayed harvest in most parts of the region. Eighty-one per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from 75 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 66 per cent combined.  Producers need warm and dry weather to complete harvest.  

Rainfall in the region ranged from trace amounts to 38 mm in the Webb area. At 522 mm, the Mortlach area holds the regional and provincial records for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture is currently rated as 80 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and four 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.

Although many grain crops have yielded higher than expected, quality is an issue in some cereal crops as sprouting, bleaching and staining have downgraded samples. Six per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition while 45 per cent is in good condition, 35 per cent fair, 11 per cent poor and three per cent in very poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

Farmers are busy harvesting, moving cattle and spraying weeds.


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)

Cool, wet weather slowed down harvest progress in the region this past week. Forty-seven per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 37 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 50 per cent combined.

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 35 mm in the Watrous area. At 414 mm, the Quill Lake area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 17 per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, two per cent short and two per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as six per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate, three per cent short and two per cent very short.

Crop yields are average overall, but quality is a great concern for many producers as bleaching and sprouting is common in some areas due to the continued wet and cool conditions. Seven per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition, while 70 per cent is in good condition, 21 per cent fair and two per cent in poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, bale hauling and post-harvest weed control.


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)

Rainfall in the earlier part of the week delayed harvest in most parts of the region. Fifty-two per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from 40 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 56 per cent combined . While many producers have finished harvest, others still need warm and dry weather to wrap things up.  

Rainfall in the region ranged from four mm in the Smiley area to 38 mm in the Macklin area. At 355 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, 97 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 96 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Although average yields are being reported overall, quality remains an issue in much of the region due to sprouting, bleaching and staining damage. Nine per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition, while 67 per cent is in good condition, 21 per cent fair and three per cent in poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, bale hauling and post-harvest weed control.


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)

Rainfall during the week delayed harvest in most parts of the region. Thirty-four per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from 29 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 51 per cent combined. Many producers are hoping for warm, dry weather to allow them to get their crops into the bin.  

Rainfall ranged from 10 mm in the Humboldt area to 48 mm in the Nipawin area. At 482 mm, the Nipawin area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 42 per cent surplus, 54 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus and 81 per cent adequate.  

The recent rainfall and strong winds have caused significant lodging and there are many reports of sprouting, bleaching and staining in cereal crops in the area. Ten per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition, while 61 per cent is in good condition, 25 per cent fair and four per cent in poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, bale hauling and post-harvest weed control.


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

Rainfall during the week delayed harvest in most parts of the region. Thirty-two per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from 30 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 47 per cent combined. Many producers are hoping for warm, dry weather to allow them to get their crops into the bin.  

Rainfall ranged from four mm in the Barthel area to 48 mm in the Speers area. At 370 mm, the Duck Lake area holds the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as seven per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and four per cent short.

Average yields are being reported in the region but, quality remains an issue in much of the region due to sprouting, bleaching and staining damage. Six per cent of the pasture is reported to be in excellent condition while 51 per cent is in good condition, 32 per cent fair, 10 per cent in poor and one per cent in very poor condition.  Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to rain, wind and flooding.

Farmers are busy with harvest operations, bale hauling and post-harvest weed control.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress - September 21, 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 0 0 0 100  
southwest 0 0 0 100  
east central 0 0.2 0 99.8  
west central 0 0 0 100  
northeast 0 0 0 100  
northwest 10 15 50 25  
provincial 0.1 0.1 0.3 99.5  
Fall Rye % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined % other
(greenfeed)
southeast 0 0 0 99.4 0.6
southwest 0 0 0 95.4 4.6
east central 0 0.7 0 99.3 0
west central 0 0 0 99.3 0.7
northeast 0 0 0 99.3 0.7
northwest 2.5 15 20 42.5 20
provincial 0 0.2 0.2 96.5 3.1
Spring Wheat % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 6 2.9 5 86.1  
southwest 7.7 2.4 17 72.9  
east central 15.6 19.5 18.2 46.7  
west central 20.5 10.5 24 45  
northeast 9.5 14.7 32.2 43.6  
northwest 15 14 33 38  
provincial 13 11.5 20.9 54.6  
Durum % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 5.5 6.7 3.2 84.6  
southwest 8.3 0.9 13.4 77.4  
east central 17.3 19.2 19.4 44.1  
west central 41.6 11.8 22.6 24  
northeast 0.5 24 38 37.5  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 12.4 4.4 12.7 70.5  
Barley % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined % other
(greenfeed)
southeast 5.2 4.5 4.6 85 0.7
southwest 5.7 0.9 7.3 79.6 6.5
east central 10.2 25.2 10.7 53.7 0.2
west central 34.3 8.7 21.5 34.6 0.9
northeast 13.8 12.6 3.2 70.3 0.1
northwest 18.4 26.2 6.6 48.4 0.4
provincial 14.8 14.5 9.9 59.6 1.2
Oats % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined % other
(greenfeed)
southeast 6 8.4 2 81.5 2.1
southwest 19.6 4.4 13.2 55.8 7
east central 25.7 30.7 12 30.6 1
west central 27.4 22.8 13.5 23.2 13.1
northeast 22.2 13.9 38.2 25.6 0.1
northwest 49.4 13.9 13.9 13.2 9.6
provincial 25.1 19.5 19.2 33.4 2.8
Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 43.1 2.1 26.6 28.2  
southwest 73.5 9.9 6.6 10  
east central 66.1 0 20.7 13.2  
west central 61.7 9.9 16.4 12  
northeast 81 6.7 5 7.3  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 59.5 5.4 18.2 16.9  
Flax % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 39.9 6.1 11 43  
southwest 72 4.5 9.6 13.9  
east central 72.6 11.4 12.3 3.7  
west central 74.5 8 11.6 5.9  
northeast 82.3 7.6 9.8 0.3  
northwest 50 15 20 15  
provincial 60.6 7.4 11.2 20.8  
Canola % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 3.1 17 0.2 79.7  
southwest 4.5 13.7 4.2 77.6  
east central 3.8 46.1 4.7 45.4  
west central 7.6 41.1 5.4 45.9  
northeast 3.7 71.7 3.3 21.3  
northwest 5.8 75.3 3 15.9  
provincial 4.5 44.3 3.4 47.8  
Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 5.8 0 5 89.2  
southwest 5.9 2.1 11.6 80.4  
east central 15.4 7.7 18.4 58.5  
west central 36 30.3 12.4 21.3  
northeast 0 40 20 40  
northwest 0 60 0 40  
provincial 10.3 6.4 11.4 71.9  
Soybeans % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 61 0 11.7 27.3  
southwest 71.5 0 5 23.5  
east central 96 0 3 1  
west central 66.3 0 16.6 17.1  
northeast 100 0 0 0  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 64.7 0 10.7 24.6  
Field Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 0 0 0.5 99.5  
southwest 2.3 0 0 97.7  
east central 0 0.5 1.8 97.7  
west central 0.6 1.6 1.4 96.4  
northeast 1.9 0 0 98.1  
northwest 0 2.2 1.9 95.9  
provincial 1 0.8 0.8 97.4  
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 0 0 0.5 99.5  
southwest 0.7 0.2 1.7 97.4  
east central 0 0 7.5 92.5  
west central 4.1 3 5.7 87.2  
northeast 0 0.3 0.7 99  
northwest 13 0 0 87  
provincial 1.5 0.9 2.8 94.8  
Chickpeas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined  
southeast 0 0 0 100  
southwest 34.6 0 36.9 28.5  
east central 0 0 0.1 99.9  
west central 83.3 0 0 16.7  
northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A  
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A  
provincial 32.7 0 32.6 34.7  


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