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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Nineteen per cent of the 2006 crop had been combined, and a further 27 per cent had been swathed or was ready to straight combine.
Warm temperatures and minimal rainfall caused topsoil moisture conditions to deteriorate.
Yields of brome/alfalfa hay on dryland were estimated at 1.6 tonnes per acre. 

Sixteen per cent of the 2007 crop has been combined, and a further 25 per cent has been swathed or is ready to be straight combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.

The five-year (2002-2006) average is eight per cent combined and 14 per cent swathed or ready to straight combine at this time of year.

Harvest operations are most advanced in the southwest, where 40 per cent of the crop has been combined. Provincially, the winter wheat crop is 59 per cent combined, fall rye is 77 per cent combined, peas are 55 per cent combined, and lentils are 58 per cent combined.

Crop reporters estimate that 93 per cent of the pea crop harvested to date will fall into the top two grades, compared to the 10-year average of 82 per cent. It's also estimated that 93 per cent of the lentil crop harvested to date will fall into the top two grades, compared to the 10-year average of 74 per cent. Reporters expect that the remainder of the crop to be harvested will be of lower quality.

Yields of brome/alfalfa hay on dryland are estimated at 1.7 tons per acre, above the 10-year (1997-2006) average of 1.1 tons per acre. Yields are estimated to be highest in the northeast, and lowest in the southwest region.  

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress at August 19, 2007

 

% In Swath or Ready to Str.Cmb.

% Combined

     

 

   

 

 

2007

2006

Average
2002-06

2007

2006

Average
2002-06

Winter wheat

23

6

14

59

91

48

Spring wheat

20

24

11

7

10

4

Durum

26

24

10

13

17

5

Oats

10

16

7

4

7

3

Barley

21

24

13

13

13

6

Fall rye

9

5

18

77

82

52

Triticale

15

10

11

25

33

11

Flax

3

5

1

1

2

0

Canola

46

51

27

9

10

3

 

Mustard

22

27

20

37

34

12

Sunflowers

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lentils

27

21

18

58

65

27

Peas

22

19

16

55

64

33

Canary seed

8

8

3

2

3

1

Chickpeas

19

13

6

12

29

9

   Total

25

27

14

16

19

8

Rainfall improved topsoil moisture conditions in many areas. Fifty-four per cent of the crop land is reported to be in an adequate topsoil moisture situation, compared with 44 per cent last week. For hay and pasture land, 48 per cent is reported to have adequate topsoil moisture, up from 37 per cent last week.

Insects, drought stress, and wind were the main source of crop damage during the past week. Weekend storms caused damage to crops resulting in lodging, shelling, and quality down-grading.

 

South eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 1, 2, & 3ase)

The south eastern region was cooler and wetter during the past week.  An average of 10 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 16 mm, reported in Crop District (CD) 2b.  The Grenfell area reported 40 mm of rain on August 18.  Wind damage, including lodging and scattering of swaths, was reported across the region.  Damage from drought stress was reported in CDs 1a and 2a.  Hail damage was reported in the Grenfell and Odessa areas.  Damage from flooding was reported in the Weyburn, Tantallon, Indian Head, and Moose Jaw areas.  The rains caused lodging and crop discolouration.  Some swaths were sprouting in the Weyburn area.  There was light frost in the Whitewood area two nights last week.         

Twenty-two per cent of the 2007 south eastern crop has been combined and 26% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Eighty-three per cent of the winter wheat, 82% of the fall rye, 66% of the lentils, and 77% of the peas have been combined.

Across the southeast, estimates of quality in harvested lentils ranged from 80% to 100% in the top two grades.  For field peas, the estimates ranged from 89% to 100% in the top two grades.

In the Gainborough area, the canola yields so far have been below expectations by about 30%.  Yields are also less than expected in the Grenfell and Weyburn areas.  In the Briercrest area, yields are variable – peas at 20 to 30 bu/acre, canola at10 to 25 bu/acre, and lentils at 15 to 25 bu/acre.  A number of reporters commented on light bushel weights.      

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland improved slightly this past week.  Sixty-one per cent of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 58% last week.  Fifty-two per cent of the hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 44% last week.     

Insects were one of the main sources of crop damage this past week, with reporters citing damage from sawflies, grasshoppers, and wheat midge.  Kochia weeds are proving to be a challenge for many farmers.   

An average yield of 1.6 tons per acre was reported for brome/alfalfa hay on dryland in the south eastern region of the province.

Several churches in Southey worked together to put on a community brunch with the proceeds going to the two families who lost their farms to tornados a couple of weeks ago. 

 

South western Saskatchewan
(CDs 3asw, 3an, 3b, & 4)

In the southwest, the past week was cooler, with some showers.  An average of 1 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 3 mm reported in CD 3an.  Drought stress and wind damage were reported across much of the region.  The wind shelled crops and scattered swaths.  There was some hail damage in the Admiral and Leader areas.  Crops were bleached and stained in the Eyebrow and Glenbain areas.        

Forty per cent of the 2007 south western crop has been combined and a further 27% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Fall crops are furthest ahead with 82% of the winter wheat crop and 99% of the fall rye crop harvested.  Other harvesting progress includes 60% of the triticale, 83% of the peas, 72% of the lentils, 68% of the mustard, and 61% of the canola.

Across the southwest, estimates of quality in harvested lentils ranged from 79% to 97% in the top two grades.  For field peas, the estimates ranged from 69% to 99% in the top two grades.

Grains that have been combined so far in the Bengough area are small and light weight.  In the Viceroy area, cereal crops are showing low bushel weights – barley is as low as 20 bu/acre and weighing about 20 lbs.  In the Limerick area, Snowbird wheat samples have a 57 pound bushel weight with protein of 16.  Canola and lentil yields have been disappointing in the Moose Jaw area.  In the Cadillac area, yields so far are showing stubble wheat at 10 to 25 bu/acre, summerfallow wheat and durum at 20 to 25 bu/acre, mustard at 6 to 9 bu/acre.  In the Kincaid area, much of the late seeded barley was written off with the heat.  So far, yields have been below average in the Swift Current area with the cereals shriveled.  In the Rush Lake area, the green is slow to leave the canola.  Lentil and pea yields are lower than expected in the Lucky Lake area.  In the Frontier area, crop yields are generally poor and most are not going more than 20 bu/acre.  Durum samples in the Gull Lake area have lots of thin kernels.              

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland deteriorated during the past week.  Half of the crop land is rated as having very short topsoil moisture conditions, compared with 37% last week.  Conditions also deteriorated on hay and pasture land with 63% of the land rated as having very short topsoil moisture conditions, compared to 50% last week.  Pastures are getting short of water in the Coderre area.  Rain would help reduce the fire hazard in the Orkney area.  

Insects were one of the main sources of crop damage this past week, with reporters citing damage from sawflies and grasshoppers. Gophers are damaging crops in many areas, as are badgers that move into the gopher infested areas.  Some reporters indicate that they have never seen so many gophers running in front of the combines.  

An average yield of 1.3 tons per acre was reported for brome/alfalfa hay in the south western region of the province.

Farmers were continuing desiccation and hauling hay.

 

East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

Many areas of the east central region had a cool and damp week.  An average of 15 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 18 mm reported in CD 5a.  Over 40 mm was reported in the Neudorf area.  Wind and drought damage was most prevalent in CD 6a.  Canola was shelled in the Wynyard and Lumsden areas.  Lodging and scattered swaths were an issue in several areas.  Flooding was reported in the Kelliher, Earl Grey, and Kenaston areas.  Frost was reported in the Insinger and Leroy areas.  There could be damage in low-lying areas.  Hail was reported in the Imperial area.  The rain and humidity are expected to cause a drop in crop quality.    

Seven per cent of the 2007 east central crop has been combined and a further 25% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Fall crops are furthest ahead with 65% of the fall rye and 46% of the winter wheat crops combined.   Thirty-five per cent of the peas and 34% of the lentils have been combined.

Across the east central region, estimates of quality in harvested lentils ranged from 80% to 100% in the top two grades.  For field peas, the estimates ranged from 87% to 100% in the top two grades.

Bushel weights are on the light side in the Ituna and Imperial areas.  Yields are reduced in canola and barley in the Goodeve area.  Canola has very small seeds in the Bethune area.  Barley samples are shriveled in the Lumsden area.  Winter wheat crops were bleached in the Humboldt area.    

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland improved, with 70% of the crop land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 56% last week.  Conditions also improved on hay and pasture land, with 65% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 55% last week.

Insect damage this past week came from sawflies, wheat midge, aphids, and bertha armyworms.  There continues to be some spraying for bertha armyworms.  Aster yellows are a big problem in canola in the Langenburg area, reducing yields by as much as 20%.     

An average yield of 1.6 tons per acre was reported for brome/alfalfa hay across the east central region of the province.

Desiccation of crops continues.  

 

West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

Many areas in the west central region were cooler and rainy this past week.  An average of 25 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 31 mm reported in CD 7b.  Over 70 mm of rain was reported in the Grandora and Biggar areas.  Wind, hail, and flooding damage were reported in many areas across the region.  Canola and peas were shelled out in the Grandora area.  Crops were lodged in many areas and some swaths were scattered.  In the Arelee area, total rainfall over the weekend (including Sunday) varied from 75 mm to 165 mm – crops were lodged and low areas flooded.  

Seven per cent of the 2007 west central crop has been combined, with a further 33% either swathed or ready to straight combine.  Fall crops are furthest ahead with 82% of the fall rye and 71% of the winter wheat crops combined.   Thirty-eight per cent of the lentils and 28% of the peas have been combined.

Across the west central region, estimates of quality in harvested lentils and peas ranged from 97% to 100% in the top two grades.

Early samples of wheat taken off in the Strongfield area are very light weight due to wheat midge damage.  The recent rains stained and bleached peas and lentils in that area.  Grades and yields are disappointing in the Hanley area.  Lentil and pea yields were disappointing in the Eston area because of the dry growing season.  Crops are 70% of last year's in the Harris area.  In the Biggar area, pea crops that looked to be in the 60 bu/acre range ran 40 bu/acre.  Also in the Biggar area, some combine fires have burned off some acres.       

Topsoil moisture conditions improved during the past week.  Sixty-one per cent of the crop land and 57% of the hay and pasture land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 33% and 27%, respectively, last week.   

Insects were the main source of crop damage and came from sawflies, bertha armyworms, flea beetles, diamondback moth larvae, and wheat stem maggot.  Spraying continues for bertha armyworms.     

An average yield of 1.8 tons per acre was reported for brome/alfalfa hay across the west central region of the province.

Desiccation is on-going. 

 

North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

The north eastern region was generally cool and damp last week.  An average of 10 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 16 mm reported in CD 8b.  Thirty millimetres was reported in the Lake Lenore area.  Hail was reported in the Bruno area, where light damage was sustained by the more mature crops.  Flooding was reported in the Vonda area.  Damage to canola crops is expected from two nights of frost reported in the Porcupine Plain area.  The wind, rain and sawflies have severely lodged some crops.  Farmers are concerned about a repeat of last year's wet harvest which downgraded crops.

One per cent of the 2007 north eastern crop has been combined and a further 15% has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.  Fall crops are furthest along with 17% of the fall rye crop and 31% of the winter wheat crop harvested.  Four per cent of the lentils and 2% of the peas have been combined.

Across the northeast, all of the harvested lentils are expected to be in the top two grades.  For field peas, the estimates ranged from 94% to 100% in the top two grades.

In the Vonda area, winter wheat was yielding 52 bu/acre, yellow peas 45 bu/acre, and fall rye 30 bu/acre.  

Topsoil moisture conditions improved slightly this past week, with 75% of the crop land and 79% of the hay and pasture land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 72% and 73%, respectively, last week. 

Insects were the main source of crop damage this past week and came from sawflies, bertha armyworms, wheat midge, diamondback moth larvae, grasshoppers, Lygus bugs, and aphids.  Rust and mildew were reported in the Vonda area.  Sclerotinia was reported in the Nipawin area.  Some canola fields are still being sprayed for bertha armyworms and diamondback moth larvae. 

An average yield of 1.8 tons per acre was reported for brome/alfalfa hay across the north eastern region of the province.

Crop desiccation is underway.  Hay is being hauled.

 

North western Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 9aw & 9b)

The north western region was cooler and damp for the most part this past week.  An average of 12 mm of precipitation was reported across the region.  Over 50 mm of rain was reported in the Radisson and Hafford areas which caused some flooding.  Hail damage was also reported in the Radisson area, causing up to 30% damage.  Several areas in CD 9aw reported wind damage, and several areas in CD 9b reported drought damage.   

One per cent of the 2007 north western crop has been combined, and a further 21% has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.  Just 1% of the winter wheat and 2% of the fall rye have been combined.  Ten per cent of the peas have been combined.    

Across the northwest, all of the harvested lentils are expected to grade in the top two grades.  For field peas, the estimates ranged from 95% to 100% in the top two grades.

In the Neilburg area, early indications are that the wheat sample is a #3 or lower, peas are yielding 30 to 40 bu/acre, and some barley is weighing in at 35 to 40 pounds per bushel.  In the Turtleford area, pea yields are 50% of 2006 and the seed is small.  In the Meadow Lake area, winter wheat yields vary from 50 to 70 bu/acre.     

Topsoil moisture conditions improved during the past week, with 60% of the crop land and 61% of the hay and pasture land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 47% and 38%, respectively, last week. 

Insect damage came from diamondback moth larvae, grasshoppers, and bertha armyworms.  Insecticide spraying continues for the worms.  Gophers damaged crops in the St. Walburg area. 

An average yield of 1.7 tons per acre was reported for brome/alfalfa hay across the north western region of the province.

Desiccation is underway.  Greenfeed is being cut and baled. 



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