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Twenty-two per cent of the 2008 crop had been harvested.  Cool, wet weather delayed harvest in all regions of the province.

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress- September 7th, 2009

 

% this week

% last week

% Sept 7th,2008

Winter wheat

75

45

78

Fall rye

77

63

89

Spring wheat

7

1

11

Durum

13

3

13

Oats

3

1

8

Barley

17

4

19

Triticale

22

14

53

Flax

0

0

1

Canola

5

1

11

Mustard

30

12

30

Sunflowers

0

0

19

Lentils

65

31

66

Peas

68

39

81

Canary seed

1

0

1

Chickpeas

7

2

23

Total

18

8

22

Just over 18 per cent of the 2009 crop has been combined, up from eight per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. An additional 19 per cent is swathed and six per cent is ready to straight combine.

The five-year average (2004-2008) is 33 per cent harvested.

Warm and dry weather during the week allowed farmers to harvest 65 per cent of the lentils, 68 per cent of the peas, 75 per cent of the winter wheat, 77 per cent of the fall rye and thirty per cent of the mustard. Forty-seven per cent of the canola is swathed and five per cent is combined.  The south west region has 43 per cent of the 2009 crop combined. The northern regions have approximately five per cent of the 2009 crop combined.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and seven per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 58 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.

Grasshoppers, wind, sawfly and dry conditions caused the majority of crop damage. Grasshoppers are feeding on canola and mustard pods in some areas. Swathing is occurring more so this year to try and deal with variable maturity and sawfly damage.

Farmers are busy combining, swathing, desiccating, hauling grain, preparing for fall seeding, and waiting for the crops to mature. A sunny, dry and frost free weather forecast is needed for the next few weeks to move the crop from the fields to the bins.


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Report

The deadline to seed fall rye and winter wheat and be eligible for winterkill insurance is September 15.

Forage Declarations are required to be submitted by September 30. This is also the deadline to register forage yield-loss claims or request an extension of insurance on unharvested forage acres. Claims submitted between October 1 and November 15 will have indemnities reduced by 25 per cent; claims will not be accepted after November 15.


Correction:  A correction is to be made to last week's Crop Report (Aug. 25 - 31).  The estimated durum yield in the south-west region should read 28 bu./ac., not 45 bu./ac.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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

Good harvesting conditions were experienced in the south-east region. Hot and dry weather allowed farmers to progress in the fields.  Isolated showers were reported in all crop districts. The Odessa area recorded the most amount of rainfall in the region with 25 mm. The Carnduff and Frobisher areas reported 14 and 10 mm, respectively. Some areas received fewer than 10 mm and others did not record any moisture.

The region has 18 per cent of the crop harvested.  CDs 3ASE, 2B and 2A are the most advanced in harvest operations in the region. In CD 3ASE, 98 per cent of the winter wheat, 17 per cent of the oats, 79 per cent of the lentils and 95 per cent of the peas have been combined.  In CD 2B, 19 per cent of the 2009 crop has been combined. Seventy-five per cent of the peas, 57 per cent of the lentils, and 69 per cent of the winter wheat have been combined.  CD 2A has harvested 66 per cent of the field peas and 75 per cent of the winter wheat.

With only three per cent of the durum harvested in the region, crop reporters are estimating that 27 per cent of durum will grade 1 CW; 57 per cent 2 CW; and 12 per cent 3 CW.

For cropland topsoil moisture conditions, the region is reporting 80 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 73 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and seven per cent very short

Grasshoppers caused the majority of crop damage. Grasshoppers are not only feeding on some crops, but are a concern in the downgrading of harvested/stored grain. Sawfly is also causing crop damage in some areas.  

Harvesting operations have moved ahead nicely. There are some reports of winter cereals being seeded on pea stubble, although most crop reporters have indicated the focus is getting the crop off.  Some pea crops were combined a little on the tough side and aeration is needed. There was some bleaching of peas that had been desiccated or swathed prior to the rain a couple of weeks ago.  Cereal crops are still a little green in some areas.  Swathers are being pulled out to try and deal with this issue.


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

Great harvest weather! Sunny and dry conditions resulted in significant harvest progress in the region. While some areas escaped the rain showers, others received fewer than five mm of rain. The Swift Current area received the most rain in the region with nine mm recorded.

For the most part, the rain showers did little to slow harvest operations.

Harvest activities are continuing at a fairly good pace in the region. Although, in some areas, things have slowed down somewhat due to the variability of crop stages in cereals.  For most of the region, crop reporters are indicating farmers need until at least September 20 to get the majority of the crop in the bin. The south west region has 43 per cent of the 2009 crop harvested. CD 4B is the most advanced with 59 per cent of the crop harvested.

With 20 per cent of the lentils harvested, crop reporters are predicting 69 per cent will grade 1 CW; 24 per cent 2 CW; and six per cent 3 CW.

Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 49 per cent adequate; 42 per cent short; and nine per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 46 per cent adequate; 39 per cent short; and 15 per cent very short.  Pastures and water supplies are starting to dry up in some areas. Some crop reporters are indicating that fall seeding may not take place unless some moisture is received.

The majority of crop damage this past week was attributed to grasshoppers, sawfly and wind. Wind damage was mostly in canola swaths. Sawfly is present in some wheat and durum crops and farmers are swathing these down to prevent further losses. Hail was reported in the Eastend area. Deer and antelope in the Glenbain area are feeding on some chickpea fields and causing damage.

Crops are maturing fairly rapidly with the recent warm weather. There are reports of some cereal samples with green kernels despite testing dry. Farmers are nearing completion of pulses in the region and moving ahead on oilseeds and cereals. There are a few pockets in the region where farmers are finished harvest and others some areas are just starting harvest. Most of the canola is still left to combine -- and this is causing fall seeding to be slow because many farmers seed into canola stubble.


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

Warm days made for good harvest progress in the east-central region. The week brought a mixed bag of conditions including heavy dew, wind, rain showers and fog. Most areas received a little moisture, with most areas recording fewer than five mm.  Ituna and Quill Lake areas received seven mm. Other areas did not receive any rain.

Eleven per cent of the region's 2009 crop has been harvested and an additional 22 per cent has been swathed. CD 6A is the furthest advanced in harvesting operations with just over 19 per cent combined. CDs 5A and 5B have seven and four per cent combined respectively.  Fifty-seven per cent of the winter wheat, 50 per cent of the field peas and 43 per cent of the lentils are harvested. Forty-five per cent of the canola is swathed. Very little durum has been combined; however, crop reporters are estimating 75 per cent will fall in the top grade.

Two per cent of the crop land topsoil moisture is rated as surplus; 80 per cent adequate; 15 per cent short; and three per cent very short. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are two per cent surplus; 68 per cent adequate; 20 per cent short; and nine per cent very short.  

Of the crop damage reported, grasshoppers, wind and sawfly are causing the majority of the damage. High winds caused some canola swaths to blow around.

Farmers are busy getting ready for harvest, combining, swathing, hauling grain and bales. There are reports of some green kernels in cereal samples. Some crops are being combined on the tough side and being unloaded into aeration bins. Swathers are being pulled into the fields to help manage the uneven maturity.  Small and shriveled kernels of some cereals are being reported in some areas. Flocks of geese and cranes are starting to arrive, causing farmers to set up the scare cannons. With most of the crop still in the field, good weather is needed into October.


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

Warm and dry conditions with some spotty rain showers were experienced in the west-central region. Most crop reporters recorded moisture.  The Perdue and Cando areas received 15 and 10 mm, respectively. Most other areas received fewer than five mm.

Just under 16 per cent of the crops in the region have been harvested. CD 6B is the most advanced with 22 per cent harvested. Sixty-seven per cent of the field peas, 57 per cent of the lentils and 84 per cent of the winter wheat have been put in the bin. Harvest operations are steadily continuing with the warm weather. With only two per cent of the durum combined, crop reporters are estimating 72 per cent will fall in the top grade.

Fifty-six per cent of the crop land topsoil moisture is rated as adequate, 32 per cent is short and 12 per cent is very short. Hay and pasture land is sitting at 51 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 17 per cent very short.  CD 7A is reporting 25 per cent of the hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is in the very short rating.

Crop damage consisted mostly of grasshoppers and high winds caused shelling and wind blown swaths of crops in some areas.  

Some farmers are finishing up haying.  But swathing of greenfeed is still occurring.  Farmers are busy swathing, desiccating, combining, preparing for harvest, hauling bales and grain while waiting for the crop to mature. Combines are ready to go and "may have been greased twice." Two to three weeks of good weather is still needed.  


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Weather conditions were sunny and warm allowing for combines and swathers to continue rolling.  Very little rain fell in the region and did little to slow harvest operations. The Humboldt area received three mm.

Good harvest progress was made in the region over last week. The region has just over five per cent of this year's crop combined. Forty-seven per cent of the field peas, 43 per cent of the lentils, 40 per cent of the winter wheat and 13 per cent of the barley are off the field. Forty-four per cent of the canola has been swathed.  There are reports that some of the barley crops were harvested tough.

Most crops are still pretty green.  Some desiccating of cereals and pulses is continuing. Crops are nearing harvest quickly due to recent warm and dry weather.

Of the crop damage reported, high winds caused some swaths to roll.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 97 per cent adequate and three per cent short.  The hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 71 per cent adequate and 29 per cent short.

Farmers are busy swathing, desiccating, preparing for harvest, hauling grain and patiently waiting to get harvesting. Three weeks of warm and dry weather is needed to get the crop in the bin. 


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The week was generally warm with some isolated showers in the region.  The Radisson and Spiritwood areas received six mm and five mm, respectively.  Most other areas received fewer than four mm, while others recorded no moisture.  

The region has just over five per cent of the crop off the field. Good progress was made in peas. Twenty-eight per cent of the field peas, 10 per cent of the lentils and six per cent of the barley are in the bin. Thirty-five per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Crop land topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 64 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and nine per cent very short. The hay and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 45 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Pastures are running short in the Lloydminster area. Some farmers will need to start feeding soon and with very little of the crop off, stubble grazing will not be an option for a little while.

Grasshoppers and high winds caused the majority of crop damage. High winds caused some swaths to blow around. A light frost was recorded in the Pierceland area.

Farmers are busy desiccating, swathing, controlling weeds and putting up greenfeed.  Some crops are still quite green. Farmers are cutting greenfeed.  Crops meant for swath grazing are also being cut. It will be one to two weeks before harvest is in full swing.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 7th, 2009

Winter Wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 6 8 85
SW 1 1 8 90
EC* 12 6 19 58
WC 11 1 4 84
NE 0 0 60 40
NW 40 32 24 4
*five 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 1 5 1 93
SW* 0 0 1 79
EC 3 5 11 81
WC 0 10 0 90
NE 0 3 16 80
NW 0 48 43 8
Spring Wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 66 17 7 9
SW* 44 13 17 24
EC 78 11 7 4
WC 75 14 7 4
NE 78 11 9 1
NW 78 13 6 3
*two per cent is rated as ‘other’
Durum
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 80 12 5 3
SW 54 11 15 20
EC 86 10 3 0
WC 90 5 3 2
NE 58 34 8 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oats
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE* 75 16 0 5
SW** 40 10 9 19
EC 86 10 3 0
WC 90 5 3 2
NE 57 34 8 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
*four per cent is rated as ‘other’
**21 per cent is rated as ‘other’
Barley
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 42 31 6 20
SW 36 7 13 42
EC 62 15 4 18
WC 75 11 5 9
NE 58 21 8 13
NW 68 16 10 6
Canola
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 31 61 1 7
SW 17 46 10 27
EC 49 45 0 6
WC 39 54 0 7
NE 56 44 0 0
NW 60 35 3 2
Triticale
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 100 0 0 0
SW* 15 7 13 24
EC 100 0 0 0
WC 72 10 13 5
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* 41 per cent is rated as ‘other’
Mustard
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 58 15 10 17
SW 17 8 16 59
EC 62 31 2 5
WC 64 29 3 3
NE 97 3 0 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lentil
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 24 13 7 55
SW 7 2 4 87
EC 39 6 11 44
WC 30 6 14 49
NE 30 10 17 43
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Field Pea
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 7 8 9 76
SW 2 1 3 94
EC 17 12 20 50
WC 19 3 17 60
NE 37 2 13 47
NW 44 7 21 28
Chickpeas
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 91 8 0 0
SW 86 2 0 11
EC 57 17 14 11
WC 95 0 5 0
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Canaryseed
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 98 1 0 0
SW 87 0 4 8
EC 95 1 1 2
WC 99 1 0 0
NE 88 4 6 2
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
 

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