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      Friday, December 15, 2017

One year ago
Nine per cent of the 2008 crop had been combined and 19 per cent had been swathed or was ready to straight combine.
Fifty-one per cent of the winter wheat, 64 per cent of the fall rye, 47 per cent of the peas and 33 per cent of the lentils had been combined. Light, isolated frost damage occurred in some areas.   

Just over three per cent of the 2009 crop has been combined, up from one per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.*

The five-year average (2004-2008) is 16 per cent combined and 22 per cent swathed or ready to straight-combine.

Harvest progressed slowly last week due to spotty rain showers in many areas of the province.

Thirty-seven per cent of the fall rye and 24 per cent of the winter wheat has been combined. Four per cent of the mustard, 11 per cent of the lentils and 18 per cent of the peas have been combined.

Cropland topsoil moisture in the province is rated as eight per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 14 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Haying is nearly complete except in the northern regions of the province where rain had kept some producers from wrapping up the last of the 2009 hay crop. 

Pasture conditions continue to improve in most areas of the province, due the moisture received throughout the growing season.

Pasture conditions across the province are rated as seven per cent excellent, 47 per cent good, 38 per cent fair, seven per cent poor and one per cent very poor.  Livestock water supplies have also improved somewhat from last month and are rated as 94 per cent adequate.

Grasshoppers, flooding and wind caused the majority of crop damage. Isolated hail damage was reported. Other sources of crop damage include powdery mildew and pea aphids.

Farmers are busy swathing, desiccating, cutting greenfeed, hauling grain, scouting fields and waiting for the crops to mature.

*Please note: Due to computer troubles last week, some of our harvest progress percentages were incorrect.  We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please refer to the tables below for this week's harvest progress.


Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 1, 2, and 3ASE)

The southeast experienced mixed weather conditions last week. The week started out fairly cool, and ended with heavy rains in some areas.  CD 1A averaged 29 mm of moisture; CD 1B, 30 mm; CD 2A, 28 mm; CD 2B, 14 mm and CD 3ASE, 31 mm. The Alameda and Ceylon areas received 48 and 46 mm, respectively. The Kennedy and Midale areas received 37 and 54 mm, respectively. The Colgate and Maxim areas received up to 100 mm of rain.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve. Some areas experienced flooding as rains came hard and fast. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions in the region are 17 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are four per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and nine per cent short.

Livestock water supplies in the region are rated as 97 per cent adequate and three per cent short. Pasture conditions are rated as 14 per cent excellent, 55 per cent good, 27 per cent fair, three per cent poor and one per cent very poor. These conditions have improved from one month ago.

Grasshoppers, wind, hail and flooding were the causes of crop damage.  Flooding occurred in the Kisbey, Moosmin, Montmartre,Whitewood, Weyburn and Broadview areas. Fairly serious hail damage was reported in the Moosomin area. There are some reports of grasshoppers feeding on canola that was swathed a little on the green side.

With 13 per cent of the field peas combined in the region, crop reporters are estimating 32 per cent will grade 1 CAN; 55 per cent will grade 2 CAN; 11 per cent, 3 CAN and two per cent Sample. Producers are concerned that the recent rain will result in crops being downgrading.

Barley is close to maturity in some areas; peas and lentils are being desiccated and canola swathed. The recent poor weather has really slowed harvest.


Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 3ASW, 3AN, 3B and 4) 

The southwest had some fairly decent harvest weather last week. There were some spotty showers in areas, but for the most part it was warm, dry and windy.  CD 3ASW averaged 7 mm of rain; CD 3AN, 2 mm; CD 3BS, 1 mm; CD 3BN, 6 mm; and CDs 4A and 4B, trace amounts. The Gouldtown and Swift Current areas had the most rainfall in the region, with 25 and 13 mm, respectively.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined a bit from last week, but conditions are still fairly good. Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 88 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and on three per cent very short. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 79 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and two per cent very short.   

Both the availability of livestock water and pasture conditions have improved somewhat over last month. Water availability is rated as 86 per cent adequate and 14 per cent inadequate. Pasture conditions are rated as three per cent excellent, 33 per cent good, 54 per cent fair, nine per cent poor and one per cent very poor.

The majority of crop damage this past week was attributed to grasshoppers and wind.  

Hail was reported in the Glentworth area.

Forty-eight per cent of the region's peas have been combined. Crop reporters have estimated that 61 per cent will fall in the 1 CAN, 33 per cent in the 2 CAN and three per cent in both the 3 CAN and Sample grades. There is some concern about downgrading of lentils in areas where the heavy rains fell last week.

The recent warm days have advanced crops quite nicely, and some producers are anticipating that the crops will all mature simultaneously. Durum and spring wheat are still a week or more away from harvesting. Harvest days are a bit short due to cool damp temperatures in the evening and heavy dew in the mornings.

Farmers are busy harvesting, and readying and hauling hay. The moisture situation is good in most areas; now heat is needed to continue with harvest and bring crops to maturity.


East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 5 and 6A)

Cooler, cloudy days made up the majority of the week, with sunny breaks toward the weekend. Rain was reported in most areas. CD 5A and 5B received an average of 14 mm and CD 6A, 6 mm. The Stockholm and Dubuc areas received 28 and 27 mm, respectively. The Kamsack and Foam Lake areas received 22 mm. Many areas received less than 10 mm of rain. 

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week, and sit at 12 per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, three per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture conditions are five per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Livestock water supplies have remained relatively constant all summer: 98 per cent adequate and two per cent inadequate. Pasture conditions have improved since the last report at the end of July. Seven per cent is rated as excellent, 61 per cent good, 24 per cent fair, six per cent poor and two per cent very poor.

Wind and grasshoppers caused the majority of crop damage in the region. Some localized flooding occurred in the Stockholm, Foam Lake and Leroy areas.

Approximately two per cent of the region's field peas have been combined, and predictions are that 96 per cent will fall into the top two grades. Given the uneven crop maturity, it is expected that more producers will be swathing rather than straight-combining.

Farmers are busy swathing, desiccating, getting ready for harvest and hauling grain. A good three of weeks of warm, dry weather is needed to get the majority of the crops in the bin. The cool, wet week did little to advance crop maturity, and harvest is still one to two weeks away from being in full swing.


West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B and 7)

The west-central region experienced sunny, but cool weather for most of the week. Very little rain fell. CD 6B and 7B averaged 2 mm, and CD 7A reported no rain at all. The Biggar area received 12 mm.

Average cropland moisture conditions have declined from last week, but things are still in decent shape. Eighty-eight per cent of the cropland has adequate topsoil moisture, and 12 per cent is short. Hay land and pasture moisture is sitting at 79 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and two per cent very short.  

Both the availability of livestock water supplies and pasture conditions have improved since the end of July.  Livestock availability is reported as 87 per cent adequate and 13 per cent inadequate. Pasture conditions are rated as 12 per cent excellent, 37 per cent good, 35 per cent fair, 13 per cent poor and three per cent very poor.

Two per cent of the region's field peas have been combined. Predictions are that 69 per cent of the pea crop will grade 1 CAN and 31 per cent will grade 2 CAN.

Desiccation of peas and lentils has started. Producers are starting to swath winter wheat and fall rye. Crop damage has caused primarily by grasshoppers. Hail was reported in the Conquest area. Flooding occurred in the Perdue area.

Farmers are busy haying, cultivating, swathing, desiccating, preparing for harvest, and hauling bales and grain. Canola has finished flowering. There is heavy dew in the mornings and in the early evenings.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Rain halted field work early in the week, but by week's end the sun had come out and the temperatures rose. CD 8A averaged 18 mm of rain; CD 8B, 16 mm; and CD 9AE, 4 mm. The Porcupine Plain area received 43 mm, the Melfort and Kinistino areas received 26 mm, and the Shellbrook area received 18 mm. The Radisson, Spears, North Battleford and Spiritwood areas received no rain at all.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve from last week. Seventeen per cent of the region in a surplus situation, while 70 per cent is rated adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 99 per cent adequate.

The availability of livestock water supplies remains unchanged from last month: 99 per cent adequate. Pasture conditions have improved since the end of the July. Fifty-three per cent is rated good, 41 per cent fair, and six per cent poor. Farmers are wrapping up the last of the hay harvest.

The field pea harvest has yet to begin, therefore there are no grade predictions.

Some swathing and desiccating of cereals and pulses has started. Barley and canola should start coming down in the next week or so. Fifty-five per cent of the fall rye has been swathed or is ready to straight-combine.

Wind (lodging) and flooding were the major causes of crop damage. Flooding occurred in the Porcupine Plain and Alvena areas. Bertha armyworms are present in small numbers.

Farmers are busy swathing, hauling grain and patiently preparing for harvest.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The week was generally warm and dry with spotty showers hitting a few areas. CD 9AW averaged 4 mm of moisture, while CD 9B received an average of 5 mm. Some areas did not receive any rain. The Shellbrook and Dorintosh areas received 18 and 17 mm, respectively. Temperatures dipped to 1°C one night in the Meadow Lake area.

Topsoil moisture conditions are similar to last week's. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 88 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 72 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and five per cent very short.

Livestock water availability has improved slightly since the end of July, increasing to 99 per cent adequate. Pasture conditions have also improved since last month and are now rated as 53 per cent good, 41 per cent fair and six per cent poor.

Very little crop damage was reported last week, but grasshoppers and wind (lodging) caused the majority of it. Grasshoppers are causing some damage to pastures.

Combining has yet to start.  There were no grade estimates on field peas.

Farmers are finishing up haying, desiccating and getting ready for harvest.  It will be about two weeks before harvest is in full swing. Second growth is starting to appear in cereal crops due to the recent rains.


 Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 24, 2009

 

Winter Wheat

 

 

% standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast* 26 12 24 32
Southwest 28 3 24 44
East central** 87 1 6 5
West central 44 41 2 5
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 100 0 0 0
*four per cent is rated as ‘other' - per cent of crop that will not be
harvested due to weather damage, insect damage, disease damage.
**Seven per cent is rated as ‘other'
 Fall Rye
    % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 14 29 14 42
Southwest* 9 14 7 55
East central 50 12 31 6
West central 17 61 14 7
Northeast 48 31 17 3
Northwest** 100 0 0 0
* 14 per cent is rated as ‘other'
** five per cent is rated as ‘other'
Spring Wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 100 0 0 0
Southwest 91 6 3 0
East central 100 0 0 0
West central 100 0 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 100 0 0 0
Durum
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 100 0 0 0
Southwest 95 3 1 0
East central 98 1 0 0
West central 100 0 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 100 0 0 0
Oats
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 95 3 0 0
Southwest 84 6 0 0
East central 100 0 0 0
West central 99 1 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 100 0 0 0
Barley
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 93 3 3 1
Southwest 85 8 3 3
East central 99 1 0 0
West central 100 0 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 100 0 0 0
Canola
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 86 14 0 0
Southwest 66 33 1 0
East central 97 3 0 0
West central 96 4 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 99 1 0 0
Triticale
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 100 0 0 0
Southwest* 65 21 1 3
East central 100 0 0 0
West central 100 0 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest** 95 0 0 0
* Nine per cent is rated as ‘other'
** five per cent is rated as ‘other'
Mustard
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 96 4 0 0
Southwest 57 18 16 9
East central 95 5 0 0
West central 99 1 0 0
Northeast 100 0 0 0
Northwest 100 0 0 0
Lentil
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 80 12 6 2
Southwest 49 11 13 25
East central 91 0 8 1
West central 77 10 10 2
Northeast 99 1 0 0
Northwest 95 0 0 5
Field Pea
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight
combine
% combined
Southeast 65 12 9 13
Southwest 30 5 16 47
East central 85 5 8 2
West central 86 2 9 2
Northeast 99 1 0 0
Northwest 96 0 2 0
 


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