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      Friday, December 15, 2017

 

1 Year Ago
Thirty-seven per cent of the 2006 crop was combined, and a further 33 per cent was swathed or ready to straight combine.
Insects, drought, and wind were the main sources of crop damage.
Twenty-four per cent of reporters rated pastures in good to excellent condition.  Eleven per cent of reporters rated livestock water supplies as inadequate.
Progress continued over the past week on the 2007 harvest, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.Twenty-seven per cent of the 2007 crop has been combined, and a further 31 per cent has been swathed or is ready to be straight combined. The five-year
(2002-2006) average is 18 per cent combined, and 21 per cent swathed or ready to straight combine at this time of year. 

Sask. harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

67

59

Spring wheat

16

7

Durum

37

13

Oats

9

4

Barley

23

13

Fall rye

88

77

Triticale

62

25

Flax

1

1

Canola

18

9

Mustard

51

37

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

74

58

Peas

68

55

Canary seed

4

2

Chickpeas

23

12

Total

27

16

Harvest operations are most advanced in the southwestern part of the province, where 63 per cent of the crop has been combined. Provincially, the winter wheat crop is 67 per cent combined, fall rye is 88 per cent harvested, peas are 68 per cent combined, and lentils are 74 per cent combined. While the overall yield estimates continue to decline slightly, yields can be highly variable within an area. There have been some reports of lodging, bleaching, sprouting, staining, and light bushel weights.

Topsoil moisture conditions improved over the past week. Sixty per cent of the crop land, and 55 per cent of the hay and pasture land were rated as having adequate topsoil moisture. 

Pasture conditions however, have deteriorated further from the end of July.  Currently, 47 per cent of the crop reporters rated pastures in good to excellent condition, compared with 57 per cent the previous month. The poorest pasture conditions are in the southern part of the province where some farmers have resorted to feeding their livestock.

Six per cent of reporters rated livestock water supplies as inadequate, and in a number of areas, farmers are hauling water for their animals.

 

 Saskatchewan Harvest Progress at August 26, 2007

 

% In Swath or Ready to Str.Cmb.

% Harvested*

     

Average

   

Average

 

2007

2006

2002-06

2007

2006

2002-06

Winter wheat

23

1

15

67

98

61

Spring wheat

28

35

19

16

28

14

Durum

29

27

14

37

48

18

Oats

19

30

16

9

23

9

Barley

28

33

20

23

35

18

Fall rye

7

1

16

88

99

64

Triticale

10

10

17

62

74

22

Flax

6

9

4

1

3

1

Canola

57

59

42

18

27

11

             

Mustard

26

26

24

51

58

24

Sunflowers

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lentils

19

7

17

74

89

42

Peas

19

10

16

68

85

50

Canary seed

16

19

8

4

10

3

Chickpeas

18

16

8

23

44

15

   Total

31

33

21

27

37

18

*includes crop baled for feed, or otherwise not combined

     

 

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

South eastern harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

88

83

Spring wheat

26

10

Durum

30

10

Oats

25

8

Barley

45

29

Fall rye

90

82

Triticale

0

0

Flax

2

0

Canola

38

19

Mustard

67

37

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

81

66

Peas

87

77

Canary seed

9

4

Chickpeas

28

19

Total

38

22

The south eastern region was generally cool and damp during the past week.  An average of 7 mm of precipitation was reported, ranging from an average low of 4 mm reported in Crop District (CD) 1a, to an average high of 11 mm, reported in CD 1b.  Wind damage was reported across the region.  Swaths were scattered and crops were lodged and shelled out. 

Thirty-seven per cent of the 2007 south eastern crop has been harvested and 29% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Eighty-eight per cent of the winter wheat, 90% of the fall rye, 81% of the lentils, 87% of the peas, 28% of the chickpeas, and 67% of the mustard have been harvested.

Winter wheat and sunflower yields are expected to be among the highest in the province and triticale yields are expected to be among the lowest.    

Oats are reported as light weight and canola yields as poor in the Gainsborough area.  Grain is light weight and shriveled in the Kennedy area.  The wheat is being weathered in the Broadview area and there is some sprouting.  Bushel weights are well below normal in the Grenfell area.  Yields vary from poor to good in the Parry area.  In the Montmartre area, peas and barley are sprouted and have light bushel weights.  Barley is also sprouting in the Odessa area, and the canola samples are small.  Farmers are hoping that their wheat will grade number two in the Minton area.  Durum samples have had light bushel weights, but high protein content, in the Ceylon area, and there was some bleaching in the peas.    

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland improved slightly last week with 64% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 59% last week.  Conditions on hay and pasture land remained similar to last week, with about 50% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture.      

Insect damage this past week came from sawflies, grasshoppers, and aphids.  Ascochyta blight and mildew caused crop damage in CD 1b. 

Pasture conditions in the southeast are reported as good to excellent by 39% of reporters, down from 62% in late July. 

Livestock water availability is rated as adequate by all reporters.  Water quality is poor in the Minton area.       

Some farmers have started to bale straw.   As crops are being cut, lots of young kochia weeds are showing up.  

 

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

South western harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

92

82

Spring wheat

56

23

Durum

52

20

Oats

49

40

Barley

66

43

Fall rye

77

99

Triticale

77

60

Flax

2

1

Canola

95

62

Mustard

82

68

Sunflowers

0

33

Lentils

88

72

Peas

94

83

Canary seed

5

2

Chickpeas

24

11

Total

63

40

In the southwest, the past week ranged from warm and dry to windy to showers.  An average of 4 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with the average high of 6 mm reported in CD 4b.  Wind damage, including lodging and scattering of swaths, was reported in most areas.  Damage from drought was reported across the region.  Frost was reported in the Glentworth area.  Hail was reported in the Shaunavon and Consul areas.          

Sixty-three per cent of the 2007 south western crop has been harvested and a further 21% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Harvesting progress includes 92% of the winter wheat, 77% of the fall rye, 94% of the peas, 88% of the lentils, 93% of the triticale, 88% of the mustard, and 83% of the canola.  Some farmers have completed harvest.

The south western region is expected to have the lowest yields for spring wheat, durum, oats, barley, flax, canola, mustard, peas, and canary seed in the province.   

Lentil yields were very poor in the Viceroy area and cereals did not have the bushel weight or good yields.  Bushel weights are down in the Hazenmore area.  Barley is showing low bushel weights in the Shaunavon area.  Samples are shriveled in the Swift Current area.  Low bushel weights were also reported from the Rush Lake and Maple Creek areas.     

Topsoil moisture conditions were reported as very short on 52% of the crop land, compared with 48% last week.  Conditions were similar on hay and pasture land with 63% of the land rated as having very short topsoil moisture, compared with 60% last week.

Insect damage came from grasshoppers and sawflies.  Gophers are damaging crops in CDs 3asw, 3b, and 4a.   

Pasture conditions have deteriorated in the southwest.  In late July, 14% of reporters rated pastures in very poor condition; this month, 29% give the same rating.  In the Hazenmore area, livestock owners are beginning to supplement cattle on pastures.  In the Kincaid area, farmers are talking of weaning calves earlier to give the pastures a break.  Pastures in the Gull Lake area could require supplementation soon.     

Three-quarters of reporters indicate that livestock water supplies are adequate.  Dugouts are nearly dry in the Limerick area.  Water supplies in the Mankota area are low and of poor quality. 

Farmers are spraying for kochia, summerfallowing, and baling greenfeed and straw.  Farmers have started to seed winter wheat in the Coderre area.

 

East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

East central harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

59

46

Spring wheat

5

2

Durum

6

6

Oats

1

0

Barley

13

5

Fall rye

74

65

Triticale

0

0

Flax

2

2

Canola

11

5

Mustard

18

7

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

44

34

Peas

52

35

Canary seed

0

0

Chickpeas

9

4

Total

12

7

The east central region was cool and damp last week.  An average of 14 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, ranging from an average low of 10 mm reported in CD 6a to an average high of 18 mm reported in CD 5b.  Wind damage, including lodging and shattering, was reported throughout the region.  There was some flooding in the Kenaston area and some hail damage in the Humboldt area.  There were many accounts of sprouting, weathering, bleaching, and staining.

In the Veregin area, hail adjustments from last week ranged from 25 to 100%.  Frost damage from a couple weeks ago in the Quill Lake area is starting to show up in low areas of spring wheat.  In the Kelvington area, the frost from last week damaged crops more than expected.         

Twelve per cent of the 2007 east central crop has been combined and a further 38% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Fall crops are furthest ahead with 74% of the fall rye and 59% of the winter wheat crops harvested.   Fifty-two per cent of the peas and 44% of the lentils have been harvested.

Regional average yields of lentils and chickpeas are expected to be the highest in the province.

Barley is as light as 42 lbs/bu in the Craik area.  

Topsoil moisture conditions improved, with 79% of the crop, hay and pasture land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 69% and 65%, respectively, last week.        

Insect damage came from sawflies, wheat midge, flea beetles, and bertha armyworms.  Sclerotinia damaged some canola crops in CD 6a.  Deer, geese, and sandhill cranes are damaging crop in the Leroy area.  Geese are also damaging crops in the Nokomis area.   

Pasture conditions have deteriorated in the last month.  At the end of July, 74% of east central reporters rated pastures as good to excellent – at the end of August, 66% make that rating.  All reporters rate livestock water supplies as adequate.

In the Wroxton/Calder area, yields and quality are down due to disease in canola and midge in the wheat.

 

West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

West central harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

87

71

Spring wheat

4

1

Durum

1

0

Oats

3

1

Barley

8

4

Fall rye

89

82

Triticale

0

0

Flax

0

0

Canola

20

3

Mustard

17

5

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

59

38

Peas

52

28

Canary seed

0

0

Chickpeas

2

4

Total

16

7

The west central region saw cool, damp weather this past week.  An average of 15 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, ranging from an average low of 7 mm reported in CD 7a, to an average high of 22 mm reported in CD 6b.  Over 60 mm was reported in the Langham storm at the beginning of last week.  Damage from flooding was reported in the Hanley, Conquest, Langham, and Biggar areas.  Frost was reported in the Hanley, Conquest, Eston, Biggar, Herschel, Landis, and Battleford areas.  Hail was reported in the Hanley, Langham, Perdue, Herschel, Smiley, Biggar, and Major areas.  Wind damage, including lodging and scattering swaths, was reported across the region.  There were a number of comments about bleaching and staining.         

Sixteen per cent of the 2007 west central crop has been harvested, with a further 40% either swathed or ready to straight combine.  Fall crops are furthest ahead with 89% of the fall rye and 87% of the winter wheat crops harvested.   Fifty-nine per cent of the lentils and 52% of the peas have been combined.

West central average yields of peas and canary seed are expected to be the highest in the province, while average yields of winter wheat, fall rye, and sunflowers are expected to be among the lowest. 

Topsoil moisture conditions improved with the moisture this past week.   Sixty-nine per cent of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared with 61% last week.  Seventy per cent of the hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 57% last week.   

Insect damage came from sawflies.  Sclerotinia was reported in canola in the Grandora area.         

Pasture conditions in the west central region are similar to the end of July. About 60% of the reporters rate pastures in good to excellent condition.

All reporters rate livestock water availability as adequate, compared to 97% at the end of July.   An algae outbreak has hurt water quality in the Conquest area. 

Farmers are applying desiccant.

 

North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

North eastern harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

31

31

Spring wheat

0

0

Durum

0

0

Oats

1

0

Barley

2

1

Fall rye

17

17

Triticale

2

2

Flax

0

0

Canola

1

0

Mustard

3

1

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

7

4

Peas

8

2

Canary seed

0

0

Chickpeas

n/a

2

Total

1

1

The north eastern region was generally cool last week.  An average of 22 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, ranging from an average low of 15 mm reported in CD 8a, to an average high of 26 mm reported in CD 8b.  Wind damage, including lodging and shelling, was reported throughout the region. 

Very little harvest progress was made last week.  One per cent of the 2007 north eastern crop has been combined and a further 30% is 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.  Eight per cent of the peas and 7% of the lentils have been combined.

Regional average yields of spring wheat, oats, barley, fall rye, triticale, canola and mustard are expected to be the highest in the province, while average yields of lentils and chickpeas are expected to be the lowest.

The rain caused some staining on mature crops in the Star City area, especially barley.  Some lodged crops were sprouting in the Lake Lenore area.  In the  Bruno area, wet weather is causing bleaching in peas and sprouting in swaths.  Midge and sawfly hurt wheat in the Middle Lake area. Crops were weathered in the Vonda area.         

Ratings for topsoil moisture conditions on cropland improved this past week.  Eighty-three per cent of the crop land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 75% last week.  Conditions also improved on hay and pasture land, with 89% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 79% last week. 

Sawflies, bertha armyworms, wheat midge, and diamondback moth larvae caused crop damage this past week.  Some insecticide spraying took place.  Aster yellows and mildew also damaged crops.   

Pasture conditions are rated as good to excellent by 90% of crop reporters.  In late July, 88% gave that rating.   All reporters rate livestock water supplies as adequate.      

Winter wheat seeding started in the Porcupine Plain area.  Crop desiccation continues.  Some poor crops were cut and baled.  Farmers were working on wet spots that they were not able to seed this spring.

 

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

North western harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

1

1

Spring wheat

0

0

Durum

0

0

Oats

2

1

Barley

1

0

Fall rye

31

2

Triticale

0

n/a

Flax

0

0

Canola

4

0

Mustard

0

n/a

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

n/a

n/a

Peas

15

10

Canary seed

n/a

n/a

Chickpeas

n/a

n/a

Total

3

1

The north western region was cloudy and cool this past week.  An average of 25 mm of precipitation was reported across the region, with over 50 mm and flooding damage reported in the Borden area.  Frost was reported in the Leask, Glaslyn, Debden, and Lloydminster areas.  There were reports of frost in low lying areas near Meadow Lake.  Hail damage was reported in the Dorintosh area.  There was some wind damage in CD 9b.   

Three per cent of the 2007 north western crop has been combined and a further 32% has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.  Fall rye and peas have seen the most harvesting progress.

Regional average yields of durum and canola are expected to be the highest in the province, while north western triticale yields are expected to be the lowest.

Crops were sprouting in the Shellbrook area, and were stained in the Turtleford area.          

Topsoil moisture conditions improved during the past week.  Eighty-eight per cent of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared with 60% last week.  Eighty per cent of hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 61% last week. 

Insect damage came from wheat midge and grasshoppers.  Sclerotinia damaged crops in the Dorintosh area.  Gophers were damaging in the St. Walburg area.   

In late July, 69%  of crop reporters rated pasture conditions as good to excellent.  In late August, 61% give that rating.

Crop desiccation continues.  Farmers were also hauling bales.



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