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1 Year Ago
Ninety-two per cent of the crop was harvested.
Very little harvesting progress was made due to wet crops from the previous week's rainfall, plus rainfall from the current week.
One-third of the province's pastures were reported in good to excellent condition.
Livestock water supplies were rated as adequate by 86 per cent of reporters.
Saskatchewan farmers have harvested 78 per cent of the 2007 crop, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's weekly crop report, up from 66 per cent last week.  Last year, harvesting progress stood at 92 per cent; the five-year average (2002-06) is 63 per cent harvested.   

All regions managed to get some harvest done though cool, damp weather limited progress.  Rain at the beginning of this week will stall harvest again and continue to deteriorate crop quality.

During the past week, crop damage was mainly caused by weathering, wind, and frost.  Reporters raised concerns with sprouting and bleaching of crops.  Migratory waterfowl also caused crop damage.    

The province's pastures are reported in good to excellent condition by 29 per cent of reporters, down from 46% at the end of August.  Availability of livestock water is rated as adequate by 90 per cent of reporters, lower than the end of August.  Some reporters in the southern part of the province indicated that sloughs and dugouts are low or empty.

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress at September 23, 2007

 

% In Swath or Ready to Str.Cmb.

% Harvested

     

Average

   

Average

 

2007

2006

2002-06

2007

2006

2002-06

Winter wheat

4

0

4

95

100

94

Spring wheat

22

5

23

74

94

60

Durum

4

2

14

95

98

68

Oats

32

11

25

60

86

49

Barley

18

6

21

78

93

64

Fall rye

3

0

3

97

100

88

Triticale

7

1

8

91

99

66

Flax

25

21

19

51

63

32

Canola

26

11

37

74

89

57

             

Mustard

7

5

15

92

94

73

Sunflowers

1

0

2

2

4

2

Lentils

2

1

7

97

99

84

Peas

3

1

5

96

99

89

Canary seed

20

21

20

58

72

39

Chickpeas

8

5

9

90

92

48

   Total

18

7

21

78

92

63


South eastern harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

99

99

Spring wheat

95

82

Durum

98

82

Oats

90

71

Barley

96

87

Fall rye

100

100

Triticale

50

20

Flax

71

42

Canola

95

86

Mustard

99

96

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

96

96

Peas

99

99

Canary seed

79

44

Chickpeas

93

63

Total

93

80

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

The south eastern region had a seasonal week with some frost.  An average of 2 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 4 mm reported in CD (Crop District) 2b.  Wind damage was reported across the region, with reports of damage mainly to canola and flax crops.  Damage from drought was reported in CDs 1a, 2b, and 3ase.   

Ninety-three per cent of the 2007 south eastern crop has been combined and a further 5% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  South eastern yields of fall rye are expected to be the highest in the province, while average yields of triticale are expected to be the lowest. 

Topsoil moisture on crop land has deteriorated with 20% of the crop land rated as having adequate moisture conditions, compared to 30% last week.  Moisture is needed for fall field work to continue.  For hay and pasture land, 23% is rated as having very short topsoil moisture, compared to 18% last week.

Some farmers were seeding winter wheat last week.  Others were waiting for germination in very dry fields.   

Pasture conditions in the southeast have deteriorated since late August, with 15% of the reporters rating pastures as good to excellent, compared to 39% at the end of August.  Over 40% of the reporters rate pastures as poor or very poor.  Some cattle are being moved onto stubble fields as harvest is completed.   

Ninety-seven per cent of the reporters rate water supplies as adequate, compared to 100% in late August.  Ratings of inadequate water supplies come from CD 3ase.

Insects reported included sawflies and grasshoppers.   

Farmers were spraying herbicides, baling, fencing, harrowing, hauling bales, cleaning corrals, and burning flax straw. 


South western harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

100

100

Spring wheat

99

96

Durum

98

96

Oats

95

91

Barley

98

94

Fall rye

100

100

Triticale

96

96

Flax

55

55

Canola

99

98

Mustard

99

99

Sunflowers

50

1

Lentils

99

99

Peas

99

98

Canary seed

91

89

Chickpeas

91

86

Total

98

95

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

The southwest had a seasonal, dry week, with cool nights and frost.  An average of 3 mm of precipitation was reported, with an average high of 12 mm reported in CD 4a.  Crop damage was minimal because there is minimal crop left in the field.  There was some damage from drought in several areas.  Frost damage was reported in the Lucky Lake and Leader areas.  Bleaching was a concern.     

Ninety-eight per cent of the 2007 south western crop has been harvested and a further 2% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  South western average yields are expected to be the lowest in the province for winter wheat, spring wheat, durum, oats, barley, flax, canola, mustard, lentils, peas, and canary seed.     

Topsoil moisture conditions are similar to last week.  Sixty-eight per cent of the crop land and 70% of the hay and pastureland are rated as having very short topsoil moisture.

Gophers continue to cause crop damage in CD 4a. 

Pasture conditions in the southwest are worse than they were in late August, with 77% of the reporters rating pastures as poor to very poor, compared to 62% at the end of August.  Some cattle have been moved onto harvested fields to forage. 

Livestock water availability has deteriorated from late August.  Sixty-three per cent of reporters rate water supplies as adequate, compared to 74% in late August.  Some livestock owners are hauling water for their stock.     

Farmers were hauling bales, summerfallowing, spraying, fixing corrals, picking rocks, hauling grain, fencing, and cleaning up machinery.  Some more winter wheat and fall rye was seeded this past week.  In some areas, the acres planted of fall-seeded crops have increased; in others, the number of acres has decreased due to lack of moisture.  Rain is badly needed for germination of fall-seeded crops helping with fall work, and reduction of the fire hazard.  There was a large stubble field fire this past week in the Stewart Valley area. 


       

East central harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

99

98

Spring wheat

71

47

Durum

87

59

Oats

58

33

Barley

76

62

Fall rye

100

99

Triticale

n/a

90

Flax

30

13

Canola

73

53

Mustard

85

68

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

99

97

Peas

95

93

Canary seed

32

28

Chickpeas

95

48

Total

71

53

East central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 5 & 6a)

The east central region was warm at the beginning of the week, but had poor harvest weather later in the week.  An average of 2 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 5 mm reported in CD 5a.  Wind damage was reported across the region, particularly to canola swaths.  Other concerns included sprouting, bleaching, and staining.  

Seventy-one per cent of the 2007 east central crop has been harvested and a further 25% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  East central average yields are expected to be the highest in the province for sunflowers and lentils.  Wheat midge damage was a concern for many farmers.  Crops were coming off tough and needing to be dried.  In the Leroy area, crop yields continue to decline with spring wheat coming off at 7 bushels per acre and canola at 9 bushels per acre.           

Topsoil moisture conditions remained similar to last week, with 69% of the crop land and 66% of the hay and pasture land rated as having adequate topsoil.  

Crop damage also came from migratory birds in CD 5b.   

Pasture conditions in the east central region deteriorated from late August, with 43% of reporters rating pastures as good to excellent, compared to 64% at the end of August.  Some cattle are being moved onto stubble fields.   

Livestock water availability continues to be adequate for all reporters. 

Farmers were finishing seeding winter wheat.  Winter cereals are emerging in some areas.  Germination has been spotty in some areas due to poor moisture conditions.  Farmers were baling, spraying, harrowing, and hauling bales. 


West central harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

99

95

Spring wheat

80

66

Durum

84

72

Oats

54

32

Barley

87

71

Fall rye

99

99

Triticale

95

91

Flax

27

11

Canola

87

78

Mustard

82

64

Sunflowers

0

0

Lentils

98

98

Peas

97

95

Canary seed

42

38

Chickpeas

81

41

Total

83

71

West central Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 6b & 7)

The west central region was cool and damp during the past week, with some frost.  An average of 1 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 2 mm reported in CD 7a.  Frost, wind, and weathering damage were reported throughout the region.

Eighty-three per cent of the 2007 west central crop has been harvested and a further 14% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  West central average yields are expected to be the highest in the province for durum, peas, and chickpeas, and the lowest for fall rye and sunflowers.  Some of the grain recently taken off will need drying.        

Topsoil moisture conditions got drier during the past week.  Sixty-one per cent of crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared with 70% last week.  Sixty-four per cent of the hay and pasture land is rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 68% last week.

Geese and ducks are tramping and eating swaths in the Rosthern and Harris areas.  

Pasture conditions in the west central region have deteriorated since late August, with 42% of reporters rating pastures as good to excellent, compared to 59% at the end of August.  Cattle are being moved out to stubble fields. 

Livestock water availability continues to be adequate for all reporters. 

Kochia weeds are a problem.  Farmers hauled bales, weighed and shipped calves, sprayed, summerfallowed, disced, and baled straw.  There were a couple of stubble fires last week in the Perdue area. 


 

North eastern harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

79

79

Spring wheat

33

21

Durum

30

15

Oats

35

19

Barley

46

30

Fall rye

53

51

Triticale

32

14

Flax

6

4

Canola

45

38

Mustard

65

30

Sunflowers

50

n/a

Lentils

85

49

Peas

79

67

Canary seed

16

16

Chickpeas

48

20

Total

42

31

North eastern Saskatchewan
(Crop Districts 8 & 9ae)

The north eastern region was generally cool and dry last week.  An average of 1 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 2 mm reported in CD 9ae.  Damage from frost was reported in several regions.  Many areas received rain at the beginning of this week which will further halt harvest and downgrade crops.  Some feel that the cereal crops that are still in the fields could all grade Feed.       

Forty-two per cent of the 2007 north eastern crop has been combined and a further 49% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  North eastern yields of oats, barley, triticale, mustard, and canary seed are expected to be the highest in the province, while average yields of chickpeas are expected to be the lowest.  Grain dryers may be necessary to bring in the rest of the crop.   

Topsoil moisture conditions were similar to last week.  Ninety-seven per cent of the crop land and 96% of the hay and pasture land were rated as having adequate topsoil moisture.  

Water fowl and wild game damaged crops in the St. Brieux, Vonda, Hoey, and Paddockwood areas. 

Pasture conditions in the northeast region are poorer than late August, with 69% of reporters rating pastures as good to excellent, compared to 90% at the end of August.

Livestock water availability is the same as late August, with all reporters rating water supplies as adequate. 

 Farmers were hauling bales, baling straw, and cultivating.  


North western harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

84

84

Spring wheat

40

19

Durum

100

n/a

Oats

39

13

Barley

54

27

Fall rye

100

91

Triticale

100

n/a

Flax

26

26

Canola

68

43

Mustard

85

n/a

Sunflowers

n/a

n/a

Lentils

100

n/a

Peas

93

74

Canary seed

n/a

n/a

Chickpeas

n/a

n/a

Total

55

32

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

The north western region was cool and damp during the past week.  An average of 1 mm of precipitation was reported during the past week, with an average high of 2 mm reported in CD 9aw.  Frost damage was reported in the Spiritwood, North Battleford, Meota, and Rapid View areas. 

Fifty-five per cent of the 2007 north western crop has been harvested and a further 38% is lying in the swath or is ready to be straight-combined.  North western yields of winter wheat, spring wheat, flax, and canola are expected to be the highest in the province, while average yields of triticale are expected to be the lowest.  Grain is coming off tough.  Barley and oat samples are showing very light bushel weights in the Turtleford area with some barley at 38 pounds.        

Topsoil moisture conditions on crop land are similar to last week.  Ninety-three per cent of the crop land is rated as having adequate topsoil.  Conditions got drier on hay and pasture land with 84% of the land rated as having adequate topsoil moisture, compared to 93% last week.

Water fowl and wild game damaged crops in the Turtleford and Debden areas.  

Pasture conditions in the northwest region are poorer than they were in late August, with 44% of reporters rating pastures as good to excellent, compared with 61% a month ago.

Livestock water availability is the same as late August, with all reporters rating water supplies as adequate.

Winter wheat is germinating.  Cattle are starting to come out of the community pastures.     


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress

by Crop District at Sept. 23, 2007

(total of all crops)

 

Crop

% Combined

% Other

District

   

1a

92

0

1b

86

0

2a

95

0

2b

95

0

3ase

96

1

3asw

92

3

3an

98

0

3bs

98

0

3bn

98

0

4a

97

2

4b

98

1

South

95

0

5a

74

0

5b

55

0

6a

84

0

6b

76

0

7a

88

0

7b

86

0

Central

76

0

8a

38

0

8b

48

0

9ae

36

0

9aw

48

0

9b

61

1

North

47

0

SK

78

0

Sask. harvesting progress

 

% this

% last

 

week

week

Winter wheat

95

95

Spring wheat

74

59

Durum

95

87

Oats

60

39

Barley

78

64

Fall rye

97

97

Triticale

91

88

Flax

51

30

Canola

74

60

Mustard

92

83

Sunflowers

2

0

Lentils

97

97

Peas

96

93

Canary seed

58

47

Chickpeas

90

77

Total

78

66



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