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       Monday, October 23, 2017
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Harvest operations were stalled mid-way through the week in most regions of the province as a result of rain.
With over 90 per cent of the barley harvested, reporters expected that 43 per cent of the crop will grade malt quality.
Rain, snow, and wind caused the majority of the crop damage.  

Sixty-six per cent of the 2007 crop has been harvested, up from 56 per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report.  The five-year (2002-06) average is 53 per cent harvested.  Harvesting is furthest advanced in the southwest where 95 per cent of the crop is off, and is least advanced in the northeast where 31 per cent of the crop is off.  Northern and central areas need warm, dry weather to advance harvesting operations.

Provincially, the winter wheat, fall rye, lentil, and pea harvest is over 90 per cent complete.  Crops less than 50 per cent harvested include oats, sunflowers, flax, and canary seed.

Over 60 per cent of the barley has been harvested, and crop reporters expect that 36 per cent of that will grade malt, 48 per cent will grade 1 CW and the balance 2 CW.  The 10-year crop report average is 31 per cent malt, 48 per cent 1 CW, and 21 per cent 2 CW.  Concerns included light bushel weight and staining.   

Frost and wind caused the majority of the crop damage reported during the past week.  Any remaining green crops were hardest hit by the frost and are mostly located in the northern grainbelt.

Other fieldwork includes seeding fall crops, harrowing, spraying, baling straw, and hauling bales. 

Sask. harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

95

93

Spring wheat

59

48

Durum

87

76

Oats

39

30

Barley

64

54

Fall rye

97

95

Triticale

88

80

Flax

30

14

Canola

60

48

Mustard

83

73

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

97

96

Peas

93

89

Canary seed

47

29

Chickpeas

77

62

Total

66

56


 

South eastern harvesting progress

% this

% last

week

week

Winter wheat

99

98

Spring wheat

82

68

Durum

82

76

Oats

71

59

Barley

87

80

Fall rye

100

99

Triticale

20

0

Flax

42

15

Canola

86

71

Mustard

96

94

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

96

96

Peas

99

99

Canary seed

44

24

Chickpeas

63

46

Total

80

70


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

The south eastern region was generally cool, damp, and windy, though some areas had a pleasant week.  An average of 2 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 5 mm reported in CD 1b.  Wind and frost damage were reported in many areas, as well as localized drought damage.  The winds were particularly hard on canola swaths, scattering them around the field.  As well, some wheat and oat crops were shattered.  The damp weather was bleaching out grain samples.  

Eighty per cent of the 2007 south eastern crop has been harvested and a further 15% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.   

Eighty-seven per cent of the barley has been harvested in the southeast.  Crop reporters expect 15% to 61% of that to grade malt, and 33% to 75% to grade 1 CW.     

Topsoil moisture conditions dried this past week.  Thirty-two per cent of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 41% last week.  Conditions were similar to last week on hay and pasture land with 20% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture and 17% of the hay and pasture land as having very short topsoil moisture.  Moisture is becoming very limited. 

Seeding of fall crops is nearing completion.  Earlier-seeded crops have emerged. 

Farmers have been spraying herbicide, hauling bales, moving cattle, baling straw, harrowing, baling slough hay, fixing fence, cleaning corrals, and repairing machinery.  The hard frost last week caused spraying delays.  Some fields have heavy kochia growth.     



South western harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

100

99

Spring wheat

96

93

Durum

96

91

Oats

91

90

Barley

94

94

Fall rye

100

99

Triticale

96

96

Flax

55

42

Canola

98

96

Mustard

99

97

Sunflowers

1

1

Lentils

99

98

Peas

98

98

Canary seed

89

56

Chickpeas

86

72

Total

95

92

South western Saskatchewan

(CDs 3asw, 3an, 3b, & 4)

The past week was warm and dry in the southwest, with some frost.  An average of 1 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 3 mm reported in CD 4b.  Frost, drought, and wind damage were reported from varying areas in the southwest.     

Ninety-five per cent of the 2007 south western crop has been combined and a further 4% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  In the Big Beaver area, the frost has killed the weeds in the chickpeas and has made for easier combining.   

Ninety-four per cent of the barley has been harvested in the southwest.  Crop reporters expect 10% to 57% of that to grade malting, and 23% to 65% to grade 1 CW.         

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land remained similar to last week.  Less than 10% of the crop, hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture.  Over 60% of the crop land and over 70% of the hay and pasture land are rated as having very short topsoil moisture condition.  Livestock water supplies are short in the Mankota area.  Fire is also a concern with the dry conditions.  There was a large grass fire southeast of Beechy this past week.    

Fall crop seeding is underway, though is hampered by very dry soil conditions in many areas.  Drought and grasshoppers are a concern for these crops.  

Farmers were hauling bales, fixing fences, moving cows, baling straw, summerfallowing, and applying herbicide.



East central harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

98

94

Spring wheat

47

39

Durum

59

40

Oats

33

23

Barley

62

50

Fall rye

99

92

Triticale

90

25

Flax

13

7

Canola

53

43

Mustard

68

53

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

97

90

Peas

93

86

Canary seed

28

21

Chickpeas

48

48

Total

53

43

East central Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region saw a sunny, warm week turn to windy, cool, and wet.  An average of 8 mm of precipitation (including snow in some areas) was reported during the past week, with an average high of 12 mm reported in CD 5b.  Frost and wind damage were reported throughout the region.  Canola swaths seemed to take the brunt of the wind damage.  Hail damage of up to 20% was reported in the Goodeve area.  Quality concerns include bleaching, sprouting, and staining.  Standing crops in the Ituna, Quill Lake, Fosston, Holdfast, and Leroy areas took a hit from the frost.          

Fifty-three per cent of the 2007 east central crop has been harvested and a further 38% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Some areas need 10 days to 2 weeks of good weather to finish harvesting; others need 4 to 5 weeks.   

Over 60% of the barley has been harvested in the east central region.  Crop reporters expect about 40% of that to grade malt and close to 40% to grade 1 CW.  Light bushel weight and staining were mainly responsible for the downgrading.          

Topsoil moisture conditions remained similar to last week.  Sixty-nine per cent of the crop land and 71% of the hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture.  Some have stopped seeding all crops in the Holdfast area because of dry soil conditions.   

Migrating ducks and geese damaged crops in the Nokomis and Wynyard areas.

Fall crop seeding continues.  Some has emerged.

Other fall work includes spraying herbicide, harrowing, baling straw, and stacking bales.   


West central harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

95

89

Spring wheat

66

35

Durum

72

30

Oats

32

19

Barley

71

53

Fall rye

99

99

Triticale

91

21

Flax

11

3

Canola

78

55

Mustard

64

44

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

98

94

Peas

95

94

Canary seed

38

14

Chickpeas

41

23

Total

71

48

West central Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 6b & 7)  

The west central region was generally cool and drizzly until later in the week when the weather turned warmer.  An average of 2 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 3 mm reported in CD 6b.  Frost and wind damage were general throughout the region.  Again, canola crops seem to be taking the brunt of the wind damage.  Frost will hurt late crops in the Marengo area.  In the Cando area, it is expected that the frost probably knocked out the canola that was just making a come-back from hail earlier this month.  Hail damage was reported in the Major area.  Quality downgrading concerns included sprouting.  While frost did some damage to crops, many felt the rain was more damaging.   

Seventy-one per cent of the 2007 west central crop has been harvested and a further 23% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined. 

Over 70% of the barley has been harvested in the west central region.  Crop reporters expect 27% to 59% of that to be malt quality, and 36% to 54% to grade 1 CW.     

Topsoil moisture conditions dried this past week.  Two-thirds of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to three-quarters last week.  Sixty-five per cent of the hay and pasture land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 77% last week. 

Sawfly damage was reported in the Battleford area.  Geese are starting to come down on crops in the Marengo and Unity areas.  Wheat midge damage is one downgrading factor in wheat and durum crops.     

Some are seeding fall crops, and some fall crops have already emerged.  Fall work included hauling bales, harrowing, baling straw, and summerfallowing. 



North eastern harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

79

79

Spring wheat

21

21

Durum

15

7

Oats

19

13

Barley

30

20

Fall rye

51

44

Triticale

14

14

Flax

4

4

Canola

38

25

Mustard

30

22

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

49

36

Peas

67

49

Canary seed

16

16

Chickpeas

20

12

Total

31

23

North eastern Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

The north eastern region saw cool, cloudy weather until the weekend.  An average of 8 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 16 mm reported in CD 9ae.  Frost damage was reported throughout the region.  Damage to late-seeded crops especially is expected in the Star City, Tisdale, Codette, Nipawin, Humboldt, and Hoey areas.  Hail and wind damage were reported in the Tisdale area.  Canola swaths were blown around.  Quality concerns include bleaching.    

Thirty-one per cent of the 2007 north eastern crop has been harvested and a further 51% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Crops are being dried as they come off tough.   

Thirty per cent of the barley has been harvested in the northeast.  Crop reporters expect 15% to 39% of that to grade malt, and 41% to 85% to grade 1 CW.          

Topsoil moisture conditions are wetter than last week.  Ninety-nine per cent of the crop, hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture conditions, compared to 78% of the crop land and 92% of the hay and pasture land last week.     

Winter wheat was being seeded and some has already emerged.  Some planting of winter wheat was foiled when current crops did not get combined. 

Some are still working on finishing their second cut of hay.  Others have started herbicide spraying. 



North western harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

84

84

Spring wheat

19

11

Durum

n/a

10

Oats

13

4

Barley

27

13

Fall rye

91

78

Triticale

n/a

0

Flax

26

26

Canola

43

33

Mustard

n/a

0

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

n/a

n/a

Peas

74

59

Canary seed

n/a

50

Chickpeas

n/a

n/a

Total

32

22

North western Saskatchewan

(Crop Districts 9aw & 9b)

The north western region saw some snow flurries and frosts this past week, but did have some warmer, drier days toward the weekend.  An average of 3 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 5 mm reported in CD 9aw.  Frost damage was reported in several areas throughout the region.  Hail damage was reported in the Glaslyn area.  Green pea crops were reported to be faded or bleached, as were some wheat crops.  Other quality concerns included mildew and staining.     

Thirty-two per cent of the 2007 north western crop has been combined and a further 52% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  Some of the crops had to be dried.        

Just over one-quarter of the barley has been harvested in the northwest.  Crop reporters expect 5% to 15% of that to grade malt, and 80% to 85% to grade 1 CW.  Downgrading came from stained, chatted, and thin kernels.          

Topsoil moisture conditions got wetter during the past week.  Ninety-seven per cent of the crop, hay and pasture land was rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 86% of the crop land and 93% of the hay and pasture land last week.       

Ducks and geese caused crop damage in the Speers, Debden, Turtleford, and Pierceland areas. 

Seeding of fall crops has started. 


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress

by Crop District at Sept. 16, 2007

(total of all crops)

 

Crop

% Combined

% Other

District

 

 

1a

83

0

1b

64

0

2a

81

0

2b

83

0

3ase

95

0

3asw

90

2

3an

96

0

3bs

95

0

3bn

95

0

4a

97

1

4b

96

2

South

88

0

5a

57

0

5b

34

0

6a

68

0

6b

78

0

7a

68

0

7b

32

1

Central

61

0

8a

32

1

8b

29

0

9ae

26

0

9aw

24

1

9b

38

1

North

30

1

SK

66

0

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress at September 16, 2007

 

% In Swath or Ready to Str.Cmb.

% Harvested

 

 

 

Average

 

 

Average

 

2007

2006

2002-06

2007

2006

2002-06

Winter wheat

5

0

9

95

100

85

Spring wheat

32

6

23

59

96

50

Durum

12

3

17

87

96

56

Oats

40

13

21

39

85

41

Barley

27

7

21

64

92

54

Fall rye

2

0

6

97

100

84

Triticale

11

1

12

88

99

55

Flax

30

24

16

30

60

25

Canola

38

12

42

60

88

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mustard

13

4

17

83

93

62

Sunflowers

0

0

3

0

4

1

Lentils

2

1

11

97

99

75

Peas

5

1

9

93

99

82

Canary seed

26

21

18

47

70

31

Chickpeas

13

4

7

77

92

43

   Total

26

7

23

66

91

53



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