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One year ago
Ninety five per cent of the 2008 crop had been harvested. Wind, frost, ergot, sprouting and bleaching causing crop damage in a number of areas.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress-
October 5th, 2009
  % this week % last week Year ago 2008 Five year Average 2004-8
W. wheat 100 100 100 98
Fall rye 92 94 93 92
Spring wheat 74 69 97 77
Durum 84 80 96 86
Oats 56 51 92 69
Barley 84 81 98 82
Triticale 65 66 59 63
Flax 29 25 75 57
Canola 65 60 94 77
Mustard 87 83 97 87
Sunflowers 0 0 10 7
Lentils 97 97 100 95
Peas 99 99 99 96
Canary seed 41 33 77 61
Chickpeas 73 56 71 72
Total 76 72 95 80

Wet, cold weather hampered harvesting this past week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

Seventy-six per cent of the 2009 crop has been combined, a slight increase from the 72 per cent reported last week. Fourteen per cent is swathed and five per cent is ready to straight-combine.

The five-year (2004-2008) average for this time of year is 80 per cent harvested, although harvest has ranged from as little as 51 per cent complete in 2004 to as much as 95 per cent complete in 2008.

Persistent wet and cool conditions brought harvest to a standstill in most areas.  Farmers are worried that these conditions may significantly downgrade the unharvested crops. 

All of the winter wheat, 92 per cent of the fall rye, 97 per cent of the lentils, 99 per cent of the peas, 84 per cent of the barley and durum, and 74 per cent of spring wheat have been combined. Seventy-three per cent of chickpeas and 56 per cent of oats have been harvested.  Sixty-five per cent of canola has been harvested and 34 per cent has been swathed.  Eighty-seven per cent of mustard has been harvested and five per cent is ready to straight-combine.  Forty-one per cent of canary seed and 29 per cent of flax have been harvested.

Province-wide, cropland topsoil moisture has improved and is rated as 15 per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and six per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as five per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.

Wind, rain and frost were the major causes of crop damage.

Producers are hoping for several days of sunny warm weather so they can complete harvesting.


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.


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

All areas in the region reported rainfall over most of the week.  Precipitation ranged from 25 mm to 50 mm.  Average precipitation by crop district was reported as 40 mm (CD 1A), 42 mm (CD 1B), 43 mm (CD 2A), 34 mm (CD 2B), 34 mm (CD 2B) and 44 mm (CD 3ASE).

All of the winter wheat, lentils and field peas in the region have been harvested.  Ninety-nine per cent of fall rye, 96 per cent of mustard and 94 per cent of barley have been harvested.  Eighty-nine per cent of spring wheat and chickpeas have been harvested.  Canola, durum and oats are 87, 83 and 77 per cent harvested, respectively. Fifty-three per cent of the canaryseed has been harvested, while 10 per cent is swathed and another 11 per cent is ready to straight-combine.  Only 38 per cent of flax has been harvested, with an additional 11 per cent swathed and 18 per cent ready to straight-combine.

Reports on spring wheat grades indicate that 78 per cent is No. 1 and 20 per cent is No. 2.

Much of the crop damage was caused by wind especially in crop districts 1B and 2B.  Flooding was reported in areas around Kipling, Weyburn and Odessa, while frost touched some areas around Kennedy.

Reports indicate little progress was made in harvesting this week due to the wet, drizzly, cold weather.  There were reports of strong winds blowing swaths around and shattering standing grain.  There are fears of grain bleaching becoming a problem and grades going down.  For those who have completed harvesting, the rain was a welcome opportunity for stubble moisture recharge.


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

All areas in the region reported rainfall over most of the week.  Precipitation ranged from 1 mm to 47 mm.  Average precipitation by crop district is reported as 30 mm (CD 3SAW), 24 mm (CD 3AN), 13 mm (CD 3BS), 12 mm (CD 3BN), 4 mm (CD 4A) and 7 mm (CD 4B).

All of the winter wheat and field peas have been harvested, while 99, 98, and 97 per cent of mustard, lentils and canola, respectively, have been harvested.  Barley, spring wheat, durum and canaryseed are 94, 93, 91 and 90 per cent harvested, respectively.  Eighty per cent of the oats, 68 per cent of the chickpeas and 60 per cent of triticale have been harvested in the region.  Fifty-three per cent of flax has been harvested while another nine per cent is ready to straight-combine.

Reports on spring wheat grades indicate that 88 per cent is No. 1 and 12 per cent is No. 2.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as three per cent surplus, 47 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 19 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 43 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and 21 per cent very short.

Frost and wind caused most of the reported crop damage.  Frost was reported in several areas such as Big Beaver, Assiniboia, Mankota, Shaunavon and Gull Lake.  Wind caused damage in areas near Assiniboia, Mankota, Glenbain and Tyner.  Sawfly damage was reported near Lisieux, while drought damaged crops near Maple Creek.  Gophers caused additional damage to crops in some areas, and the rain has downgraded the quality of some crops.

The rain and cool, cloudy conditions brought harvest to a standstill.  Farmers are also waiting for favourable weather conditions for fall spraying.  However, Swift Current reports it is still in need of rain.  Reports indicate that many producers have completed harvesting.


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

All areas in the region reported rainfall over most of the week.  Precipitation ranged from 23 mm to 57 mm.  Average precipitation by crop district is reported as 34 mm (CD 5A), 42 mm (CD 5B) and 35 mm (CD 6A).

All of the winter wheat, fall rye, triticale and field peas have been harvested.  Ninety-seven per cent of lentils, 85 per cent of barley, 80 per cent of chickpeas and 79 per cent of durum have been harvested.  Spring wheat, mustard, canola and oats are reported as 75, 68, 64 and 55 per cent harvested, respectively.  Twenty-one per cent of canaryseed have been harvested, while 19 per cent is ready to straight-combine and an additional nine per cent has been swathed.  Only 17 per cent of flax has been harvested, while 15 per cent is ready to straight-combine and an additional 16 per cent is in the swath.

Reports on spring wheat grades indicate that 68 per cent is No. 1, 25 per cent is No. 2 and seven per cent is No. 3.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 16 per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and four per cent short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as seven per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Many areas in the region reported crop damage due to wind and rain.  Bleaching, lodging and downgrading are major concerns.  Flooding was reported in areas near Stockholm, Ituna, Quill Lake and Leroy.  Frost was reported in the Ituna and Quill Lake areas.  Some crop damage due to water fowl, elk and geese was reported in Crop District 5B.

The cool, wet weather brought harvest to a halt, but the precipitation was welcomed especially for pasture and hay land.  Reports from areas such as Grayson and Langenburg indicate that a lot of canola and flax remains to be harvested.  There are fears of grain grades going down.  There were reports of strong winds in the Leroy area damaging canola and pea swaths.  Heat and sunshine are needed to complete harvesting. 


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

Most areas reported some precipitation some time during the week.  Precipitation ranged from trace amounts to 39 mm.  Average precipitation by crop district is reported as 17 mm (CD 6B), 3 mm (CD 7A) and 2 mm (CD 7B).

All of the winter wheat and fall rye have been combined in the region.  Ninety-nine per cent of the field peas and 93 per cent of the lentils have been harvested.  Triticale, canola, barley and chickpeas are reported as 88, 77, 74 and 73 per cent harvested, respectively.  Sixty-eight per cent of spring wheat, 63 per cent of mustard and 59 per cent of durum have been harvested, while oats and canaryseed are reported as 48 and 35 per cent harvested, respectively.  Only 28 per cent of flax has been harvested, while an additional 18 per cent has been swathed and 15 per cent is ready to straight-combine.

Reports on spring wheat grades indicate that 77 per cent is No. 1, 20 per cent is No. 2 and three per cent is No. 3.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 57 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short, and eight per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 55 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 12 per cent very short.

Frost, wind and rain were the major causes of crop damage in the region.  There are concerns of grain downgrading.  Frost was the major cause of reported crop damage in CD 7A, where it touched areas near Eston, Rosetown and Kindersley.  Frost damage was also reported near Tramping Lake.  Crop damage due to drought was reported near Major.

Reports indicated good progress was being made on harvest until the rains came.  While some producers had completed harvest, others were just beginning.  Producers are worried about sprouting and downgrading of crops due to the cool, wet weather.  Although some areas such as Herschel did not receive a lot of rain, the cool misty weather put a damper on harvesting.  Some producers are still hoping for a couple of weeks of good harvest weather to complete the job.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

All reporting areas indicated rainfall that covered much of the week.  Precipitation ranged from 24 mm to 72 mm.  Average precipitation by crop district is reported as 49 mm (CD 8A) and 34 mm (CD 8B).  No precipitation reports were received from CD 9AE.

All of the fall rye, winter wheat and lentil crops have been combined in the region.  Ninety-five per cent of mustard and 94 per cent of field peas have been harvested.  Barley, spring wheat and durum are reported as 85, 59 and 55 per cent harvested, respectively.  Forty-seven per cent of canola has been harvested, while the remainder has been swathed.  Forty-two per cent of oats have been combined, while an additional 20 per cent has been swathed.  Canaryseed is 30 per cent combined and 23 per cent ready to straight-combine.  Only five per cent of flax has been harvested, with 18 per cent in the swath and 19 per cent ready to straight-combine.

Reports on spring wheat grades indicate that 62 per cent is No. 1, 28 per cent is No. 2 and seven per cent is No. 3.

Top soil moisture conditions in the region have improved from the previous week.  Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 55 per cent surplus and 45 per cent adequate.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 24 per cent surplus and 76 per cent adequate. 

Wind and rain were the major reported causes of crop damage in crop districts 8A and 8B.  Crop damage due to frost and flooding was also reported near Tisdale. 

The cool, wet weather this week brought harvest to a halt and there are fears of downgrading of grains.  There are reports of water lying in fields.  Several days of good weather will be needed before harvest can start up again.  Strong winds earlier in the week caused damage to swaths in many areas such as Humboldt and Vonda.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Most areas reported some precipitation some time during the week.  Precipitation ranged from trace amounts to 35 mm.  Average precipitation by crop district is reported as 15 mm (CD 9AW) and 3 mm (CD 9B).

All the winter wheat and lentils, ninety-nine per cent of the field peas and 95 per cent of the fall rye have been harvested.  Seventy-five per cent of mustard, 71 per cent of barley and 63 per cent of spring wheat have been harvested.  Fifty per cent of canola has been combined, while the other half is in the swath.  Thirty-nine per cent of oats and 25 per cent of triticale have been harvested.  Only three per cent of the flax has been combined, while the rest is still standing.

Reports on spring wheat grades indicate that 60 per cent is No. 1, 26 per cent is No. 2 and 10 per cent is No. 3.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 14 per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 48 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 20 per cent very short.

Wind was the major cause of crop damage in CD 9AW; however, water fowl also damaged crops near Debden.  In CD 9B, frost and wind were the major causes of crop damage.  Both were reported in areas near North Battleford, Frenchman Butte and Pierceland.  There are reports of ergot in areas around Speers.

Most areas are reporting that the rains brought harvest to a standstill.  Warm weather is needed to complete harvest. 


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress October 5, 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 1 6 4 89
SW 1 1 4 93
EC 4 13 9 75
WC 5 13 13 68
NE 8 15 13 59
NW 7 15 14 63
Oats
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 3 14 6 77
SW 0 1 4 80
EC 9 29 7 55
WC 9 26 10 48
NE 25 20 13 42
NW 13 29 15 39
Canola
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 11 0 87
SW 1 2 0 97
EC 0 34 1 64
WC 0 23 0 77
NE 0 53 0 47
NW 0 50 0 50
Fall rye
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 99
SW 0 0 0 85
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 0 100
NE 0 0 0 100
NW 0 0 0 95
Durum
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 5 5 7 83
SW 2 2 5 91
EC 5 5 11 79
WC 12 20 9 59
NE 5 12 28 55
NW        
Barley
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 4 1 94
SW 1 0 1 94
EC 2 9 4 85
WC 3 12 9 74
NE 2 4 8 85
NW 4 11 13 71
Triticale
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE        
SW 0 0 0 60
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 6 7 88
NE 0 0 100 0
NW 0 25 0 25
Mustard
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 1 2 96
SW 0 0 1 99
EC 13 9 11 68
WC 11 11 16 63
NE 0 2 3 95
NW 25 0 0 75
Field peas
  % 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 1 1 99
NE 5 0 1 94
NW 0 0 1 99
Canary seed
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 26 10 11 53
SW 8 0 2 90
EC 51 9 19 21
WC 46 7 12 35
NE 44 3 23 30
NW 1 1 1 1
Lentil
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW 1 0 1 98
EC 0 0 3 97
WC 2 2 3 93
NE 0 0 1 100
NW 0 0 0 100
Chickpeas
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 11 0 0 89
SW 21 0 11 68
EC 11 0 9 80
WC 6 0 21 73
NE 1 1 1 1
NW 1 1 1 1
Flax
  % standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 33 11 18 38
SW 34 4 9 53
EC 53 16 15 17
WC 39 18 15 28
NE 59 18 19 5
NW 97 0 0 3


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