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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 1 Year Ago
Eighty-five per cent of the 2006 crop had been harvested, ranging from 96 per cent in the southwest to 75 per cent in the northeast.
Crop reporters estimated that over 90 per cent of the spring wheat would fall into the top two grades. 
Wind and drought were the main sources of crop damage.
Fifty-six per cent of the 2007 crop has been harvested, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.

The five-year (2002-06) average is 44 per cent combined and 22 per cent lying in the swath, or ready to straight combine.

Combining progress is furthest advanced in the southwest, where 92 per cent of the crop has been combined. This is followed by the southeast, where 70 per cent of the crop has been combined to date. Combining is least advanced in the northwest, where 22 per cent of the crop has been harvested.

Sask. harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

93

92

Spring wheat

48

32

Durum

76

60

Oats

30

20

Barley

54

42

Fall rye

95

94

Triticale

80

79

Flax

14

7

Canola

48

33

Mustard

73

67

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

96

91

Peas

89

83

Canary seed

29

12

Chickpeas

62

47

Total

56

44

Once again, northern areas received the most rainfall during the past week. This is causing further delays to crop maturity and harvest.

Crop reporters estimated that over 80 per cent of the 2007 spring wheat will place in the top two grades, as compared to the 10-year average of 70 per cent. Downgrading came from wheat midge and weathering. Yield estimates continue to indicate slightly below average production for 2007. The main sources of crop damage during the past week were wind and drought. 

Seeding of fall crops is underway, with earlier-seeded crops already emerging. Lack of moisture is the biggest factor limiting fall seeding. Field work is also being hampered by dry soil conditions, particularly in southern regions.

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress at September 9, 2007

% In Swath or Ready to Str.Cmb.

% Harvested

Average

Average

2007

2006

2002-06

2007

2006

2002-06

Winter wheat

7

0

13

93

100

77

Spring wheat

34

12

21

48

86

42

Durum

18

6

16

76

93

47

Oats

36

21

20

30

73

32

Barley

30

12

19

54

86

46

Fall rye

4

0

10

95

100

79

Triticale

9

1

10

80

98

51

Flax

23

26

15

14

43

17

Canola

46

18

43

48

81

37

 

Mustard

15

6

19

73

89

51

Sunflowers

0

2

0

0

4

1

Lentils

3

1

13

96

98

65

Peas

7

0

11

89

99

73

Canary seed

25

26

17

29

61

24

Chickpeas

18

9

9

62

83

38

   Total

29

12

22

56

85

44


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

South eastern harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

98

97

Spring wheat

68

50

Durum

76

64

Oats

59

39

Barley

80

66

Fall rye

99

99

Triticale

0

0

Flax

15

8

Canola

71

58

Mustard

94

73

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

96

94

Peas

99

93

Canary seed

24

16

Chickpeas

46

28

Total

70

57

The south eastern region was cool and damp with some scattered showers last week.  An average of 3 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 6 mm reported in Crop District (CD) 1a.  Wind damage was reported across the region.  Oats were shelled in the Kisbey area.  Canola and oats were scattered in the Fillmore area.  Some canola and flax swaths were damaged severely from wind in the Montmartre area.  Swaths were scattered in the Indian Head area.  Crop and hay swaths were scattered in the Minton area.  Bleaching was a concern in the Frobisher, Windthorst, Broadview,and Fillmore areas.  There was some light frost in the Grenfell area a few mornings last week.     

Seventy per cent of the 2007 south eastern crop has been harvested and a further 19% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Undergrowth in flax fields in the Zehner area will make combining challenging.   

Sixty-eight per cent of the spring wheat has been harvested, and crop reporters estimate that 87% of that will fall into the top two grades.  Downgrading comes from light bushel weights and wheat midge damage.

Average yield estimates for the southeast indicate that the sunflower yields could be the highest in the province, while triticale and canary seed yields could be the lowest.    

Topsoil moisture conditions became drier last week.  Forty per cent of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 52% last week.  Conditions are also drier on hay and pasture land with 23% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 37% last week.  Pastures are in poor condition in several areas from prolonged lack of precipitation. 

Insect damage last week came from saw flies and grasshoppers.   

Fall crops are being seeded in a number of locations throughout the region.  Fall work is underway, including spraying, baling straw, fencing, harrowing, and hauling bales.  Thistles and kochia were the main weed challenges.  Cattle were being moved off summer pastures in the Kisbey area. 


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

South western harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

99

99

Spring wheat

93

79

Durum

91

73

Oats

90

78

Barley

94

85

Fall rye

99

99

Triticale

96

95

Flax

42

19

Canola

96

95

Mustard

97

95

Sunflowers

1

0

Lentils

98

95

Peas

98

98

Canary seed

56

19

Chickpeas

72

59

Total

92

81

The southwest had a week of good seasonal weather, with some areas having strong winds.  An average of 2 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 6 mm reported in CD 3bn.  Drought damage was reported across the region.  Wind damage was reported in CDs 3asw and 3bn.  Crops were bleached in the Lucky Lake area.  Hail and rain on September 4th caused some crop damage in the Mossbank area. 

Ninety-two per cent of the 2007 south western crop has been harvested and a further 5% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.   

Over 90% of the spring wheat has been harvested, and crop reporters estimate that over 90% of that will fall into the top two grades.  The main downgrading factor is expected to be light bushel weight. 

Average yield estimates for the southwest indicate that yields for all crops except winter wheat, fall rye, triticale, and canary seed will be the lowest in the province.      

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are similar to last week, with 67% of the crop land rated as having very short topsoil moisture.  Conditions improved slightly on hay and pasture land with 70% of that land rated as having very short topsoil moisture, compared with 76% last week.  That being noted, pastures remain in very poor shape and some livestock owners are feeding their animals.  In the Mankota area, farmers are hauling water for their livestock.   

Grasshoppers and gophers damaged crops in CD 3asw.     

Seeding of fall crops has started in some areas.  Some farmers are waiting for rain before seeding; others are concerned about enough moisture for germination.  In the Shaunavon area, some winter wheat has been in the ground for over two weeks and has not yet germinated.  Farmers are spraying for kochia and thistle as they finish combining.  Other work includes hauling bales, picking rocks, baling straw, cultivating, fencing, and applying herbicides.  Cattle are being moved to fall pasture in some areas.     


East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

East central harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

94

90

Spring wheat

39

21

Durum

40

28

Oats

23

12

Barley

50

38

Fall rye

92

87

Triticale

25

10

Flax

7

4

Canola

43

32

Mustard

53

50

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

90

87

Peas

86

80

Canary seed

21

20

Chickpeas

48

9

Total

43

32

The east central region saw some good harvest weather early in the past week, with cool, cloudy weather in the last part of the week.  An average of 11 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 15 mm reported in CD 5b.  Wind damage, including scattering of swaths and shelling out of crops, was reported throughout the region.  Frost was reported in the Quill Lake and Leroy areas with some light damage.  Weathering and bleaching caused concern for farmers.   

Forty-three per cent of the 2007 east central crop has been harvested and a further 40% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined. 

Almost 40% of the spring wheat crop has been harvested, and crop reporters estimate that almost 80% of that will fall into the top two grades.  Downgrading came primarily from insects and weathering. 

Average yield estimates for the east central region indicate that winter wheat, durum, fall rye, and canary seed yields will be the highest in the province.  Farmers are generally disappointed in their yields.  Other concerns include light bushel weights and quality loss.  In the Insinger area, oats were weighing 38 to 39 pounds per bushel.  Also in that area, canola yields were disappointing - yielding about 60% of what the stands looked like they could yield.         

Topsoil moisture conditions are similar to last week on cropland, with 71% rated as having adequate topsoil moisture.  Conditions improved slightly on hay and pasture land with 74% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 66% last week.  

Sawflies continued to cause crop damage.  Wheat midge damage continued to show up.  Migrating ducks and geese caused crop damage in the Goodeve area.  There is heavy volunteer growth in the Lumsden area, particularly in barley stubble.  

Some winter wheat and fall rye have been seeded.  Farmers were starting some fall work, including baling straw, applying herbicide, and discing.    


West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

West central harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

89

87

Spring wheat

35

18

Durum

30

19

Oats

19

13

Barley

53

34

Fall rye

99

99

Triticale

21

6

Flax

3

0

Canola

55

40

Mustard

44

32

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

94

84

Peas

94

90

Canary seed

14

3

Chickpeas

23

10

Total

48

35

The west central region saw good harvest weather at the beginning of last week, but then the showers came.   An average of 6 mm of rain was reported, with an average high of 10 mm reported in CD 6b.  The rain will further downgrade crops, and reporters talked of bleaching, staining, and sprouting.  Wind damage was reported throughout the region.  Hail was reported in the Outlook, Kerrobert, Battleford, and Unity areas.         

Forty-eight per cent of the 2007 west central crop has been harvested and a further 37% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Second growth in some fields is making it more difficult to combine.   

Thirty-five per cent of the spring wheat crop has been harvested, and crop reporters estimate that almost 80% of that will fall into the top two grades.  Downgrading came from wheat midge damage and weathering.   

Average yield estimates for the west central region indicate that lentil, pea and chickpea yields could be the highest in the province, while winter wheat and fall rye could be the lowest in the province.     

Topsoil moisture conditions improved.  Three-quarters of the crop land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 62% last week.  Seventy-seven per cent of the hay and pasture land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 59% the previous week.  Pastures are looking very dry in the Rosetown area.   

Sawflies continued to be a source of crop damage in the west central region.  Damage from wheat midge and diamondback moth larvae continues to show up in crops.  Geese were feeding on canola crops in the Unity area. 

Farmers have been fencing, working on their machinery, and starting fall spraying.  Seeding of fall crops has started.  Earlier-seeded fall rye is emerging in the Grandora area.    

 


North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

North eastern harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

79

79

Spring wheat

21

6

Durum

7

1

Oats

13

9

Barley

20

14

Fall rye

44

42

Triticale

14

9

Flax

4

3

Canola

25

9

Mustard

22

11

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

36

21

Peas

49

34

Canary seed

16

5

Chickpeas

12

7

Total

23

11

The north eastern region was challenged by moisture again this past week.  An average of 18 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 30 mm reported in CD 9ae.  Wind damage was reported in CD 8 where swaths were scattered.  Frost was reported in the St. Brieux area.  Crops are still in danger of frost in some areas.  Reporters are concerned about bleaching and lodging.   

Twenty-three per cent of the 2007 north eastern crop has been harvested and a further 50% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Oats were reported as light weight in the Tisdale area.  

Just over 20% of the spring wheat crop has been harvested, and crop reporters estimate that 75% of that will fall into the top two grades.       

Average yield estimates for the northeast indicate that spring wheat, oats, triticale, canola and mustard yields could be the highest in the province.  In the Humboldt area, spring wheat yields vary from 10 bushels per acre up to 40 bushels per acre, while canola varies from 10 to 20 bushels per acre.        

Topsoil moisture conditions got slightly wetter, with 6% of the crop land rated as having surplus topsoil moisture, compared with 1% last week.  Conditions are similar to last week on hay and pasture land with just over 90% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions. 

 Some farmers have been seeding fall crops.  Straw baling is also happening.

 

 

    


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

North western harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

84

27

Spring wheat

11

3

Durum

10

n/a

Oats

4

3

Barley

13

4

Fall rye

78

44

Triticale

0

n/a

Flax

26

26

Canola

33

11

Mustard

0

n/a

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

n/a

n/a

Peas

59

34

Canary seed

50

n/a

Chickpeas

n/a

n/a

Total

22

8

The north western region was wet again this past week.  An average of 16 mm of rain was reported, with over 30 mm reported in the Turtleford area.  Reporters expressed concern about bleaching, sprouting, and rain damage to crops.  Wind damage was reported throughout the region.  Flooding damage was reported in the Leask, Spiritwood, and Pierceland areas.  Frost was reported in the Rapid View and Pierceland areas.  Green crops are vulnerable to frosts.  Hail damage was reported in the Medstead, Glaslyn, Turtleford, St. Walburg, and Lloydminster areas.    

Twenty-two per cent of the 2007 north western crop has been harvested and a further 46% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined. 

With just 11% of the spring wheat crop combined, crop reporters estimate that 75% of that will fall into the top two grades.       

Average yield estimates for the northwest indicate that barley and flax yields could be the highest in the province, and triticale yields could be the lowest.      

Topsoil moisture conditions got wetter during the past week.  Fourteen per cent of the crop land was rated as having surplus topsoil moisture, compared with 4% last week.  Conditions improved on hay and pasture land with 92% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 82% last week.   

Grasshoppers damaged crops in the North Battleford area.  Geese damaged crops in the Pierceland, Rapid View, and Dorintosh areas.  The geese and cranes are making a mess in the Debden area.  Elk and deer are also moving into crops in the Dorintosh area.         

Late-seeded swath grazing stands are suffering due to drought.  Waterfowl damaged crops in the Debden area.

Some farmers were able to start seeding winter wheat.     




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