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       Friday, October 20, 2017
Saskatchewan Harvest Progress
  % this week % last week
Winter wheat 45 24
Fall rye 63 37
Spring wheat 1 0
Durum 3 0
Oats 1 0
Barley 4 1
Triticale 14 3
Flax 0 0
Canola 1 0
Mustard 12 4
Sunflowers 0 0
Lentils 31 11
Peas 39 18
Canary seed 0 0
Chickpeas 2 1
Total 8 3

Just under eight per cent of the 2009 crop has been combined, up from three per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. An additional nine per cent is swathed and four per cent is ready to straight combine.

The five-year average (2004-2008) is 22 per cent harvested.

The past week was good maturing and harvesting weather allowing farmers to get winter cereals, peas and lentils in the bin. Forty-five per cent of the winter wheat, 63 per cent of the fall rye, 31 per cent of the lentils and 39 per cent of the peas have been harvested. Good progress was made in swathing of canola. Cereal harvest is most advanced in the south west.

Cropland topsoil moisture has declined in the province and is rated as one per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 72 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and five per cent very short.

One year ago
Twenty per cent of the 2008 crop had been harvested.
Thirteen per cent of the durum, nine per cent of the canola, 10 per cent of the spring wheat, 61 per cent of the lentils, 73 per cent of the peas, 89 per cent of the fall rye and 73 per cent of the winter wheat had been harvested.

Haying operations are close to being complete in the central and northern regions of the province.

Grasshoppers caused the majority of crop damage. Grasshoppers are becoming a problem in harvested crops and stored grain. Sawfly has caused some damage in the southwest region. Frost was reported in an isolated area in the northwest region.

Farmers are busy combining, swathing, desiccating, cutting greenfeed, seeding winter cereals, hauling grain, scouting fields and waiting for the crops to mature. Many crop reporters are indicating two to three weeks of warm, dry harvesting weather is still needed to get the crop off in decent shape.

  

 


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

Very little rain fell in the region during the past week, allowing farmers to continue with harvest. Areas around Stoughton, Maryfield, Kennedy, Odessa and Indian Head received 2 mm of rain or less.

CDs 1A and 3ASE are the furthest advanced in harvest in the region. In CD 1A, 60 per cent of the winter wheat, 77 per cent of the fall rye, 25 per cent of the lentils and 71 per cent of the peas have been combined. In CD 3ASE, 65 per cent of the winter wheat, 100 per cent of the fall rye, 30 per cent of the lentils and 80 per cent of the peas have been combined.

Crop reporters are estimating the following average yields for their region: winter wheat yields 37 bu/ac, spring wheat 32 bu/ac, durum 32 bu/ac, oats 60 bu/ac, barley 54 bu/ac, fall rye 32 bu/ac, triticale 29 bu/ac, flax 20 bu/ac, canola 27 bu/ac, sunflower 1400 lbs/ac, lentils 1200 lbs/ac, field peas 34 bu/ac, canary seed 1000 lbs/ac and chickpeas 1000 lbs/ac.

With 27 per cent of the region's lentils harvested, crop reporters are estimating that 81 per cent will fall within the top two grades.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are being reported as three per cent surplus, 83 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are four per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate and nine per cent short. In CD 1B, eight per cent of cropland and 15 per cent of hay land and pasture are very short in topsoil moisture.  

Grasshoppers, hail and disease caused the majority of crop damage. Not only are grasshoppers feeding on crops, but they may cause downgrading of harvested/stored grain. Hail was reported in the Moosomin area. Powdery mildew and sclerotinia are showing up in peas and canola.

Harvest is continuing, although heavy dew in the mornings and in the evenings has cut short some combining days. Swathed crops are slow to dry down due to the high humidity. Some fields are quite soft from the recent rains, necessitating careful loading of grain trucks. There was some downgrading of lentils and peas due to rain that fell after the crops were desiccated or swathed.


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

The southwest was generally warm and dry. Only trace amounts of rain fell in a few areas.  Heavy dew and fog that lasted for most of the morning slowed harvest some days.

Harvest is humming along, thanks to the recent warm weather. The southwest has 16 per cent of the 2009 crop harvested. With 49 per cent of the lentils harvested, 85 per cent is predicted to fall within the top two grades. The regions crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 33 bu/ac, spring wheat 28 bu/ac, durum 28 bu/ac, oats 45 bu/ac, barley 41 bu/ac, fall rye 31 bu/ac, triticale 35 bu/ac, canola 20 bu/ac, mustard 844 lbs/ac, lentils 1100 lbs/ac, field peas 26 bu/ac, canary seed 900 lbs/ac and chickpeas 1100 lbs/ac. 

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week. Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as three per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and five per cent very short. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 58 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and eight per cent very short. 

The majority of this week's crop damage was attributed to grasshoppers, sawflies and gophers. Some grade loss may occur due to grasshoppers being harvested with the crop.

Farmers are doing what they can to dry the crops down and, in some cases, to protect them from sawflies. There are reports of farmers who traditionally straight-combine having to resort to swathers. Sawfly damage was estimated at 10 to 20 per cent in some areas. There were a couple reports of combine fires.

Farmers are busy with harvest, hauling grain and hay and getting ready to seed winter cereals. Most are reporting that the quality of their crops look quite good standing in the field. Warm, dry weather is needed to get the crop from the field to the bin.


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

Warm and dry days made for good harvest progress in the east-central region. Heavy dew kept combines out of the fields until the late morning. Most areas received no rain, although some areas around Langenburg, Kamsack and Leroy received trace amounts. The Ituna area received 2 mm.

Harvesting of winter cereals, lentils and peas is the main activity out in the fields. Seventeen per cent of the winter wheat and 12 per cent of the field peas are harvested. Seventeen per cent of the canola is swathed. With 15 per cent of the lentils harvested, crop reporters are estimating 97 per cent will fall within in the top two grades. The regions crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 39 bu/ac, spring wheat 33 bu/ac, durum 31 bu/ac, oats 70 bu/ac, barley 58 bu/ac, flax 20 bu/ac, canola 29 bu/ac, mustard 1000 lbs/ac, lentils 1300 lbs/ac, field peas 38 bu/ac and canary seed 900 lbs/ac. 

Topsoil moisture conditions look good for the region. Ninety-six per cent is rated as adequate, one per cent and three per cent are rated short and very short, respectively.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 89 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and three per cent very short.

Wind and grasshoppers are causing the majority of the crop damage this week.

Some farmers are still getting ready for harvest; others are combining, swathing, desiccating, hauling grain and bales and harvesting crops for silage. Many will need a good three of weeks of warm, dry weather to get the majority of the crop in the bin.


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

Warm and dry conditions were experienced in the west-central region. Heavy dew in the mornings meant a late start for field work. No rain was recorded for the region.

Harvest operations are steadily continuing with the warm weather. The region has 52 per cent of the winter wheat and 20 per cent of the field peas harvested.  Thirteen per cent of the lentils have been combined and grade predictions are placing the lentil crop in the top two grades. Not all crop reporters are reporting yield estimates at this time. Those reporting have estimated the following yields for their region: winter wheat 21 bu/ac, spring wheat 29 bu/ac, durum 29 bu/ac, oats 50 bu/ac, barley 46 bu/ac, flax 18 bu/ac, canola 23 bu/ac, mustard 800 lbs/ac, lentils 1200 lb/ac, field peas 33 bu/ac and canary seed 900 lb/ac. 

Average cropland moisture conditions have declined somewhat from last week, but things are still in decent shape. Seventy-nine per cent of the cropland has adequate topsoil moisture, 18 per cent is short and three per cent is very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is 74 per cent adequate, 23 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Crop damage was caused primarily by grasshoppers. Hail was reported in the Biggar area. The August 13 hail storm in the Kindersley area caused between 30 to 100 per cent damage.

Some farmers are finishing up haying; others are busy swathing, desiccating, combining, preparing for harvest, putting up greenfeed and hauling bales and grain. Crops that have been desiccated are slow to dry down.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

The weather was sunny and warm, bringing the crops closer to the bin.  No rain was reported from the region.

Combining of winter cereals has just nicely begun. A small percentage of peas and lentils has been combined. Grade predictions for lentils are difficult to make at this time.  The regions crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 50 bu/ac, spring wheat 36 bu/ac, oats 84 bu/ac, barley 64 bu/ac, flax 23 bu/ac, canola 31 bu/ac, lentils 1100 lb/ac, field peas 38 bu/ac and canary seed 900 lb/ac.

Topsoil moisture conditions in the region are looking pretty good. Ninety-three per cent of the cropland has adequate topsoil moisture, while six per cent is short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 87 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short.

Most crops are still pretty green. There are some canola and barley fields being swathed.

Some desiccating of cereals and pulses has just started. Thanks to the recent warm and dry weather, crops should be ready for harvest very shortly. Combining is expected to start in a week or so in most areas.

Grasshoppers are causing some isolated crop damage. Some producers will be getting a second cut from their alfalfa crops.

Some farmers are busy swathing and hauling grain; others are still patiently waiting to start harvest. Three weeks of warm and dry weather is needed to get the crops in the bin. 


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The week was generally warm and dry, which helped to finish off haying and begin harvesting. No rain was reported in the region.

Harvest has just started. Seven per cent of the fall rye and five per cent of the peas have been combined. The regions crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 36 bu/ac, spring wheat 37 bu/ac, oats 83 bu/ac, barley 72 bu/ac, flax 25 bu/ac, canola 29 bu/ac and field peas 33 bu/ac.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week's rating. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 71 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and nine per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 55 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.

Very little crop damage was reported last week, and grasshoppers and dry conditions caused the majority of it. Pastures in CD 9B are drying up.

Farmers are busy desiccating, swathing, controlling weeds and putting up greenfeed.  Some crops are still quite green. It will be one to two weeks before harvest is in full swing.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 31st, 2009
Winter Wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 20 17 12 50
SW 6 3 11 79
EC 42 10 30 17
WC *12 5 19 52
NE 66 20 11 3
NW 32 68 0 0
*11 per cent is rated as ‘other' - crop that will not be harvested
due to weather, insect or disease damage.
Fall Rye
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 6 14 3 75
SW *11 3 1 66
EC 7 3 37 52
WC 5 9 7 78
NE 14 11 8 66
NW 4 88 0 6
*18 per cent is rated as ‘other’
Spring Wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 92 5 2 1
SW 75 13 6 5
EC 95 5 0 0
WC 92 6 2 0
NE 95 2 3 0
NW 93 5 1 0
Durum
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 99 1 0 0
SW 81 8 6 5
EC 97 3 0 0
WC 98 1 0 0
NE 98 2 0 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oats
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 93 4 0 0
SW* 62 7 11 11
EC 98 2 0 0
WC 90 9 0 0
NE 98 0 2 0
NW** 94 3 0 0
*8 per cent is rated as ‘other’
** 3 per cent is rated as ‘other
Barley
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 79 8 4 8
SW 54 9 16 19
EC 87 8 3 2
WC 89 7 2 1
NE 90 7 2 1
NW 87 12 0 1
Canola
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 67 27 4 1
SW 43 43 3 11
EC 83 16 0 0
WC 68 32 0 0
NE 97 3 0 0
NW 90 10 0 0
Triticale
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 100 0 0 0
SW* 50 6 0 15
EC 100 0 0 0
WC 90 10 0 0
NE 100 0 0 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* 30 per cent is rated as ‘other’
Mustard
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 76 17 5 2
SW 35 13 25 27
EC 83 13 3 1
WC 85 15 0 0
NE 100 0 0 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lentil
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 29 14 29 27
SW 28 12 10 49
EC 60 4 21 15
WC 62 14 10 13
NE 66 12 20 2
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Field Pea
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 26 14 19 40
SW 11 0 8 80
EC 52 16 19 12
WC 45 11 24 20
NE 78 6 13 2
NW 79 7 6 5
 


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