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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One year ago
Warm and dry weather helped producers progress with harvest. Sixty-eight per cent of the 2014 crop had been combined. Fusarium head blight and frost were causing quality issues.

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Saskatchewan Harvest
September 28, 2015
% combined

Winter wheat

99

Fall rye*

99

Spring wheat

72

Durum

79

Oat*

59

Barley

77

Canaryseed

27

Flax

33

Canola

70

Mustard

87

Soybeans

46

Lentils

98

Peas

99

Chickpeas

49

*includes  three per cent ‘other'

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent Combined
All Crops

Sept 28/15

74

5 year avg.
(2010-2014)

71

Sept 29/14

68

Sept 30/13

79

Sept 24/12

89

Sept 26/11

91

Sept 27/10

29

10 year avg.
(2005-2014)

74

Warm and relatively dry weather has allowed many producers to return to the field following last week's rain delay. Seventy-four per cent of the crop is now in the bin while 19 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 71 per cent combined and 20 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Regionally, producers in the southeast are furthest advanced, having 88 per cent of the crop combined. Producers in the southwest have 85 per cent combined. Seventy per cent of the crop is combined in the west-central region; 66 per cent in the east-central region; 57 per cent in the northwest and 59 per cent in the northeast.

Eighty-seven per cent of the mustard, 79 per cent of the durum, 77 per cent of the barley, 72 per cent of the spring wheat, 70 per cent of the canola, 46 per cent of the soybeans and 33 per cent of the flax have been combined.

The majority of the province did not receive any rainfall this past week. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Many areas received frost this past week, although damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. Weather-related quality issues continue to cause concern in most areas. While overall yields are reported to be about average, they vary from region to region.

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 harvesting 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)

Producers were able to get back into the field this past week, thanks to warm and dry weather. Eighty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 79 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 68 per cent combined. Many producers have wrapped up harvest while others need more time to take off the remainder of the crop.

Most of the region did not receive any rainfall this past week, although the Moosomin area is reporting 6 mm. 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 two per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 67 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this week was caused by strong winds and frost; however, damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. There are reports that swaths are slow to dry down in some areas and that some tough grain is being placed into aeration. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall. Farmers are busy finishing up harvest and completing fall work such as spraying weeds and working fields.


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)

Warm and dry weather allowed many producers to return to the field this week, although progress has been slow. Eighty-five per cent of the crop is now combined, up from 81 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 77 per cent combined. Continued warm and dry weather is needed for many producers to complete harvesting.  

There was no significant rainfall reported this past week in the region. 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 86 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 65 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and six per cent very short.

Strong winds caused most of the crop damage this past week. Frost was reported in some areas; however, damage is minimal as most of the crops were mature. High humidity in some parts of the region is slowing crop dry-down and much of the remaining grain is being aerated. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall. Farmers are busy finishing harvest, moving cattle, spraying weeds and working fields.


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)

Significant progress was made this past week thanks to warm and relatively dry weather. Producers now have 66 per cent of the crop combined, up from 47 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 64 per cent combined.

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 6 mm in the Watrous area. At 414 mm, the Quill Lake and Bradwell areas jointly hold the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, two per cent short and two per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as seven per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage this past week is due to strong winds that have blown swaths around. Some areas received frost , although damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. Some remaining grain is coming off tough and is being aerated. There are reports that some fields remain very wet and cannot hold equipment for long periods of time. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall. Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales, spraying weeds and working fields.


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 now have 70 per cent of the crop combined, up from 52 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 71 per cent combined. Warm and relatively dry weather allowed some producers to wrap up harvest; however,  others will need at least a week or more of good weather to finish up.

Little to no rainfall fell in most parts of the region last week, although the Hanley area is reporting 18 mm. 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, 94 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 93 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short.

Most crop damage this week was caused by strong winds that have blown swaths around. The area received frost last week; however, the majority of unharvested crops were not damaged as they were mature. Some crops are slow to dry-down due to high humidity and heavy dew. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall. Farmers are busy harvesting, working fields, spraying weeds and moving cattle.


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 and producers now have 59 per cent of the crop in the bin,  up from 34 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 70 per cent combined. Several more weeks of warm and dry weather will be needed for producers to finish harvest.   

Very little rainfall was received this past week, although the Porcupine Plain area reported 3 mm.

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 18 per cent surplus, 67 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 13 per cent surplus and 87 per cent adequate. Some fields remain very wet and cannot hold equipment for long periods of time.   

Strong winds blew some swaths around and shelled out some standing crops. Much of the area received frost, although crop damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. High humidity and heavy dew is delaying crop dry-down and some grain is being aerated. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall. Farmers are busy harvesting, working fields and hauling bales.


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

The northwestern region has 57 per cent of the crop combined, up from 32 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 68 per cent combined. Producers will need several more weeks of warm and dry weather to complete harvest. 

Rainfall in the region ranged from trace amounts to 1 mm in the Lloydminster area. At 371 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 six per cent surplus, 88 per cent adequate and six per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.

Crop damage this past week was mainly attributed to strong winds and frost that damaged some late-seeded crops. Most of the remaining cereal crops are slow to dry down and much of the grain is being placed into aeration. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall.

Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales, spraying weeds and working fields.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress Tables - September 28, 2015

Winter Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

0

0

0

100

 

east central

0

0

0

100

 

west central

0

0

0

100

 

northeast

0

0

0

100

 

northwest

0

0

45

55

 

provincial

0

0

1

99

 

Fall Rye

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other 
(greenfeed)

southeast

0

0

0

100

0

southwest

0

0

0

96

4

east central

0

0

0

100

0

west central

0

0

0

100

0

northeast

0

0

0

100

0

northwest

0

10

20

69

1

provincial

0

1

0

96

3

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

2

2

4

92

 

southwest

5

1

12

82

 

east central

7

15

15

63

 

west central

8

11

18

63

 

northeast

2

6

19

73

 

northwest

6

6

22

66

 

provincial

5

8

15

72

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

4

3

4

89

 

southwest

7

0

12

81

 

east central

9

23

15

53

 

west central

16

9

18

57

 

northeast

0

16

21

63

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

8

3

10

79

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

0

4

6

90

 

southwest

4

3

6

87

 

east central

5

14

4

77

 

west central

7

12

23

58

 

northeast

2

5

5

88

 

northwest

5

18

15

62

 

provincial

4

10

9

77

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

2

5

2

89

2

southwest

15

8

15

59

3

east central

8

26

9

54

3

west central

18

18

13

40

11

northeast

7

7

28

58

0

northwest

22

22

10

38

8

provincial

10

16

15

56

3

Canaryseed

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

18

5

19

58

 

southwest

17

19

17

47

 

east central

27

26

44

3

 

west central

51

5

43

1

 

northeast

66

5

17

12

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

49

8

16

27

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

24

7

12

57

 

southwest

40

8

22

30

 

east central

57

16

14

13

 

west central

51

11

20

18

 

northeast

59

17

21

3

 

northwest

50

12

13

25

 

provincial

41

11

15

33

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

1

7

0

92

 

southwest

1

6

3

90

 

east central

4

22

5

69

 

west central

1

21

6

72

 

northeast

2

46

5

47

 

northwest

0

50

3

47

 

provincial

2

25

3

70

 

Mustard

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

3

3

94

 

southwest

1

1

5

93

 

east central

0

9

16

75

 

west central

24

20

4

52

 

northeast

0

55

5

40

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

4

4

5

87

 

Soybeans

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

31

0

18

51

 

southwest

67

0

33

0

 

east central

83

0

13

4

 

west central

60

0

10

30

 

northeast

77

3

17

3

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

37

0

17

46

 

Field Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

0

0

0

100

 

east central

0

0

0

100

 

west central

1

0

0

99

 

northeast

0

0

0

100

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

1

0

0

99

 

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

0

0

0

100

 

east central

0

0

0

100

 

west central

2

0

1

97

 

northeast

0

0

0

100

 

northwest

0

0

0

100

 

provincial

1

0

1

98

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

 

southeast

0

0

0

100

 

southwest

32

0

25

43

 

east central

0

0

0

100

 

west central

77

0

0

23

 

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

provincial

29

0

22

49

 

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