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Eighty-two per cent of the 2008 crop had been harvested.  Reporters raised concerns with spouting and bleaching of some crops.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress-
September 28th, 2009
  % this week % last week Year ago 2008 Five year Average 2004-8
W. wheat 100 98 99 95
Fall rye 94 91 99 89
Spring wheat 69 41 83 65
Durum 80 57 83 72
Oats 51 26 75 58
Barley 81 59 88 72
Triticale 66 46 95 71
Flax 25 8 32 40
Canola 60 34 79 65
Mustard 83 64 85 78
Sunflowers 0 0 19 6
Lentils 97 87 99 91
Peas 99 94 99 92
Canary seed 33 16 36 45
Chickpeas 56 30 53 60
Total 72 50 82 68

Excellent weather in most areas of the province last week allowed producers to gain another 22 per cent in completing the 2009 harvest.  Producers have 72 per cent of the crop in the bin, up from 50 per cent last week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

An additional 16 per cent is swathed and six per cent is ready to straight-combine. The majority of progress was made with canola and durum crops averaging 60 and 80 per cent combined, respectively.

The five-year (2004-2008) average for this time of year is 68 per cent harvested, although harvest progress has ranged from as little as 30 per cent completed in 2004 to as much as 92 per cent completed in 2006.

Scattered showers, green seed count, and dew in the mornings and evenings has slowed harvest in some areas of the province.

Frost touched down in some locations of the province on the weekend as well. The northern regions of the province will need decent and dry weather in the next two weeks to get the majority of the crop in the bin.

Cropland topsoil moisture in the province is rated as one per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions have declined since last weeks report and are rated as 49 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.

Wind, frost and grasshoppers have caused the majority of crop damage. The recent high winds have tossed flax and canola swaths around in some regions of the province. 

Pasture conditions have declined from last month, mostly due to the dry fall experienced to date.  One per cent of the pastures are rated as excellent, 25 per cent good, 41 per cent fair, 24 per cent poor and nine per cent very poor. Livestock water supplies have also lessened from last month with 89 per cent reporting adequate supplies and 11 per cent reporting inadequate supply.


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Report

The deadline to harvest all varieties of potatoes is October 1.

The deadline to pay 2009 premiums without interest being charged is October 31. Outstanding balances will accrue interest at RBC prime plus two per cent, adjusted quarterly, at the beginning of each month.


Please note: We are experiencing some difficulty with the Rainfall amounts in the Crop Report Database. Please be aware that some of the rainfall amounts in the Rainfall Summary may be off by a few mm.  We will work to resolve this problem as soon as possible.


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

Fall weather conditions made up the majority of the week.  It was windy and warm for the most part, with some scattered showers on the weekend.  CD 2B recorded an average of two mm, with the Moosomin area receiving the most rain in the region: seven mm. The Grenfell and Indian Head area recorded a low of -1.5°C.

Crop reporters are estimating the following average yields for their region: winter wheat yields 39 bu./ac., spring wheat 34 bu./ac., durum 36 bu./ac., oats 64 bu./ac., barley 58 bu./ac., fall rye 30 bu./ac., triticale 31 bu./ac., flax 21 bu./ac., canola 30 bu./ac., mustard 970 lb./ac., sunflower 1,370 lb./ac., lentils 1,340 lb./ac., field peas 34 bu./ac., canary seed 1,250 lb./ac., and chickpeas 1,100 lb./ac. 

The limited fall precipitation recorded to date has resulted in a decrease in topsoil moisture conditions. For crop land topsoil moisture conditions, the region is reporting 68 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture conditions are 57 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Much of the crop damage was caused by wind blowing swaths around. Frost was reported in RMs 126, 155 and 156.

Livestock water availability is reported as 96 per cent adequate and four per cent inadequate. Pasture conditions are generally in decent shape in the southeast. Reporters are indicating 42 per cent are in good condition, 40 per cent is fair condition, 16 per cent in poor condition and two per cent in very poor condition. There are areas in the region that are reporting as much as 50 per cent of the pastures are in poor condition.

Some farmers are finished harvest in the region and others are continuing with harvest operations. The majority of the flax crop is still out in the field. Durum and mustard are also being combined. Most farmers will need another week to 10 days to finish up harvest. Farmers are also busy with fall weed control, baling straw and hauling bales.


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

The region was generally warm, dry and windy for most of the week until Sunday and Monday when cool temperatures and scattered showers fell in some areas.  CDs 3ASW, 3BN and 3BS recorded one mm. CDs 4A and 4B recorded an average of four and two mm, respectively.  The Gull Lake area recorded eight mm, while the Shaunavon, Maple Creek areas reported five mm.  Frost was also recorded in the region ranging from -1.6°C (Lisieux) to -7°C (Consul).  The Gull Lake area reported winds of around 100 km/hr during Monday night (Sept. 28).

The region's crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 32 bu./ac., spring wheat 31 bu./ac., durum 32 bu./ac., oats 54 bu./ac., barley 42 bu./ac., fall rye 33 bu./ac., triticale 31 bu./ac., flax 17 bu./ac., canola 25 bu./ac., mustard 980 lb./ac., lentils 1,200 lb./ac., field peas 25 bu./ac., canary seed 1,000 lb./ac. and chickpeas 1,140 lb./ac. 

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined from last week.  Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 40 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 25 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 31 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 30 per cent very short.  Crop District 4B is reporting 49 and 63 per cent very short on crop land and hay and pasture lands, respectively. 

Much of the crop damage was caused by wind, frost and grasshoppers. Grasshoppers are starting to eat emerging winter wheat. There are patches in some fields that were too green to combine and farmers are waiting for those areas to mature.

Livestock water availability has decreased somewhat from last month. Reporters are indicating that 76 per cent have adequate supply and 24 per cent have inadequate supply. Pasture conditions are reported as 14 per cent good, 37 per cent fair, 31 per cent poor and 18 per cent very poor.

Good harvesting weather has resulted in many farmers completing their 2009 harvest. Some are indicating another clear and sunny week will get most of the crop in the bin. On the other hand, a rain might be nice to recharge some soil moisture for next year. Farmers are also busy with fall weed control, baling straw, hauling bales, drying grain and digging potatoes in the garden!


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

The weather was warm and dry for most of the week. It had cooled off and some scattered showers rolled through the region by the weekend. Temperatures dipped below zero on Sept. 28. Most areas received only trace amounts of rain. The Jedburgh and Kelvington area received five and six mm, respectively. The Foam Lake and Elfros area received four mm.

The region's crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 41 bu./ac., spring wheat 37 bu./ac., durum 36 bu./ac., oats 77 bu./ac., barley 61 bu./ac., fall rye 25 bu./ac., flax 23 bu./ac., canola 32 bu./ac., mustard 1,180 lb./ac., sunflower 1,500 lb./ac., lentils 1,400 lb./ac., field peas 39 bu./ac., canary seed 1,100 lb./ac. and chickpeas 1,500 lb./ac.

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined somewhat from last week.  Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 76 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and four per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 56 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and nine per cent very short. 

Much of the crop damage was caused by wind and frost.  The wind relocated some canola swaths in the field. Frost was reported in the Quill Lake, Jansen and Leroy areas.

Livestock water supplies remain fairly close to what they have been during the growing season. Reporters are indicating 94 per cent have adequate water supplies and six per cent have inadequate supplies. Pasture conditions have declined from last month.  Reporters are placing 21 per cent in good condition, 55 per cent in fair condition, 17 per cent in poor condition and seven per cent in very poor condition.

Harvesting is continuing at a good pace. A lot of crops were taken off the fields during the week. Another two weeks should get the majority of the crop in the bin. Stubble fields are reported to have quite a bit of green growth. Straw is being baled up for use as feed. One reporter commented that this has been the most beautiful September he has ever seen! Farmers are quite happy that the frost has been delayed this long.


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

There was warm and dry weather for most of the week allowing great progress in the field. The end of the week brought cooler temperatures and frost on Monday (Sept. 28) morning. A temperature of -3°C was recorded in the Biggar and Conquest area and -5°C in the Luseland area. Only trace amounts of rain fell for the most part, in the region. The Kerrobert and Smiley areas recorded four and five mm, respectively.

The region's crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 23 bu./ac., spring wheat 33 bu./ac., durum 30 bu./ac., oats 58 bu./ac., barley 52 bu./ac., fall rye 23 bu./ac., triticale 31 bu/ac, flax 19 bu/ac, canola 30 bu/ac, mustard 1000 lbs/ac, sunflower 1200 lbs/ac, lentils 1,400 lb./ac., field peas 38 bu./ac., canary seed 1,000 lb./ac. and chickpeas 840 lb./ac. 

Topsoil moisture conditions have declined quite a bit from last week.  Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 50 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 47 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 20 per cent very short.  Crop District 7B is reporting 22 per cent very short on crop land and 40 per cent very short on hay and pasture land.

The majority of crop damage was caused by wind and frost. Frost was recorded in the Rosetown, Biggar and Landis areas. High winds caused some swaths to blow around.

Livestock water availability is rated as 82 per cent adequate and 18 per cent inadequate. These ratings are similar to last month's ratings. Pasture conditions have declined since last month and are rated as one per cent excellent, 22 per cent good, 37 per cent fair, 29 per cent poor, and 11 per cent very poor.

Harvesting is progressing well, but most are indicating there is still a fair bit left to do.  Another 10 days to two weeks is needed. Some fields have fairly green areas, so farmers are swathing these areas or waiting for them to mature as they harvest the ripe portion of the crop. Farmers are also busy baling straw and hauling bales.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

The region was mostly sunny and warm until the end of the week. CD 8A averaged six mm of rain; CD 8B, two mm; and CD 9AE, two mm. The Tisdale area received 11 mm of rain.

Crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: spring wheat 40 bu./ac., durum 40 bu./ac., oats 86 bu./ac., barley 68 bu./ac., fall rye 35 bu./ac., flax 24 bu./ac., canola 33 bu./ac., mustard 1,250 lb./ac., lentils 1,200 lb./ac., field peas 41 bu./ac. and canary seed 1,350 lb./ac. 

Topsoil moisture conditions are still looking decent for the region. Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as 80 per cent adequate, and 20 per cent short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 80 per cent adequate and 20 per cent short on hay and pasture land. 

Wind was the major cause of crop damage, blowing some swaths around.  Frost was reported in the region, but crop reporters indicated it did little damage.

Livestock water supplies are looking good with 100 per cent having adequate supply. Pasture conditions are also looking alright with reporters indicating 38 per cent are in good condition, 44 per cent in fair condition and 18 per cent in poor condition.

Excellent harvest progress has been made in the last seven days and harvest operations are being pushed forward. A good two weeks of nice weather is needed to get the 2009 crop in the bin.  


North western Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The majority of the week brought beautiful weather for harvest progress.  Frost, ranging from -2°C to -4°C was recorded in some areas. Both the CDs averaged two mm of rain. The Leask area recorded five mm of rain.

Crop reporters are estimating the following crop yields for their region: winter wheat 42 bu./ac., spring wheat 39 bu./ac., oats 80 bu./ac., barley 68 bu./ac., fall rye 30 bu./ac., triticale 25 bu./ac., flax 25 bu./ac., canola 31 bu./ac., mustard 1,000 lb./ac., and field peas 39 bu./ac.  

Topsoil moisture conditions have remained similar to last week. Cropland topsoil moisture was reported as six per cent surplus, 49 per cent adequate, 35 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay and pasture land are rated as 38 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 16 per cent very short.  Crop District 9B is reporting 22 per cent very short on crop land and 30 per cent very short on hay and pasture land.

Frost and wind contributed to the crop damage. Frost was recorded in the Hafford, Glaslyn, Barthel and Pierceland areas.

Livestock water availability has remained in good supply during the course of the growing season.  Crop reporters are indicating 92 per cent have adequate supply and eight per cent have inadequate supply. Pasture conditions have declined since last month and are reported as two per cent excellent, six per cent good, 40 per cent fair, 38 per cent poor and 14 per cent very poor. Poor pasture conditions are being reported in some areas from both Crop Districts.

The showers received in some areas were just enough to stop combining for a short time. Some crops are coming off and being dried or aerated right away. Most producers still need warm dry weather for the next couple of weeks in order to get the crop in the bin.


 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 28th, 2009
Winter wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW 0 0 0 100
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 0 100
NE 0 0 0 100
NW 0 0 0 100
Spring wheat
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 11 4 83
SW 2 2 5 90
EC 5 15 10 69
WC 10 15 14 58
NE 3 11 20 65
NW 13 18 13 56
Oats
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 21 2 71
SW* 0 7 0 80
EC 13 32 5 50
WC** 24 27 4 40
NE 13 25 25 36
NW 14 30 12 40
*12 per cent is rated as ‘other’
** four per cent is rated as ‘other’
Fall rye
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW* 0 0 0 88
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 0 100
NE 0 0 0 100
NW** 0 0 0 99
*12 per cent is rated as ‘other’
** One per cent is rated as ‘other’
Durum
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 3 8 4 85
SW 5 3 6 86
EC 4 12 9 74
WC 17 19 11 53
NE 0 20 20 60
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Barley
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 4 3 92
SW 1 0 2 94
EC 3 9 4 83
WC 6 10 17 65
NE 1 10 8 80
NW 7 17 5 70
Triticale
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW* 0 0 0 65
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 17 10 10 62
NE N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A 
NW N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A 
*34 per cent is rated as ‘other’
Canola
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 18 1 79
SW 1 2 1 95
EC 1 98 1 60
WC 1 30 0 68
NE 1 60 0 39
NW 3 46 1 48
Mustard
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 4 5 89
SW 2 0 1 96
EC 7 25 10 58
WC 20 8 4 67
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flax
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 36 13 16 34
SW 50 6 13 31
EC 55 19 10 15
WC 73 12 2 13
NE 79 3 13 4
NW 89 0 0 11
Field peas
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 1 0 99
SW 0 0 0 100
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 1 99
NE 4 0 2 93
NW 1 2 0 97
Canary seed
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 31 18 8 42
SW 10 0 6 83
EC 47 19 11 22
WC 55 12 13 19
NE 57 8 7 28
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lentils
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW 0 0 0 100
EC 0 0 1 99
WC 3 1 3 92
NE 0 0 0 100
NW 0 0 0 100
Chickpeas
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 51 2 2 45
SW 32 0 9 59
EC 33 0 23 43
WC 7 1 32 59
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A


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