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    Saturday, December 16, 2017

One year ago
Ninety six per cent of the 2008 crop had been harvested. Snow and rain delayed harvest progress.

Harvest Completed by Region
October 12th, 2009

Southeast

85

Southwest

93

East-central

71

West -central

76

Northeast

63

Northwest

62

 

Wet, cold weather slowed fall work and harvest operations this past week, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

One per-cent was gained in harvest progress with 77 per cent of the 2009 crop combined. Thirteen per cent is swathed and five per cent is ready to straight-combine.

Seventy-six per cent of the spring wheat, 87 per cent of the durum, 59 per cent of the oats, 85 per cent of the barley, 30 per cent of the flax, 66 per cent of the canola, 87 per cent of the mustard, 49 per cent of the canary seed and 75 per cent of the chickpeas have been combined. Twenty-two per cent of the oats and 33 per cent of the canola are in the swath, and 43 per cent of the flax is ready to straight combine.

Province wide, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 18 per cent surplus, 54 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and six per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as seven per cent surplus, 56

per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.

Snow, rain, frost and wind were the major causes of crop damage in this week's report.  The recent weather conditions have caused bleaching, sprouting, lodging and shattering in some crops, raising concerns over grade loss.  There were some reports of wildlife, particularly water fowl, damaging swaths.

Producers need several days of sunny warm weather so they can complete the 2009 harvest.


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

The weather conditions were cool and damp in the region this week, resulting in little progress in harvest and fall operations. Most areas in the region reported moisture. Precipitation ranged from nil to 21 mm. The Whitewood and Grenfell areas received 21 mm; the Moosomin and Tantallon areas received 17 mm. Average precipitation was: CD 1A 2 mm, CD 1B 14 mm, CD 2A 4 mm, CD 2B 8 mm and CD 3ASE 10 mm. The Moosomin area received a foot of snow on Monday.  Eighty-five per cent of the crop has been harvested in the region.

The region's crop reporters are estimating that winter wheat yields will average 40 bu./ac., spring wheat 37 bu./ac., durum 38 bu./ac., oats 67 bu./ac., barley 61 bu./ac., fall rye 31 bu./ac., triticale 27 bu./ac., flax 24 bu./ac., canola 31 bu./ac., mustard 1300 lb./ac., sunflower 1,300 lb./ac., lentils 1,400 lb./ac., field peas 35 bu./ac., canaryseed 1,300 lb./ac. and chickpeas 1,200 lb./ac. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 20 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and five per cent short. In CD 2B, moisture conditions are reported as 28 per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate and 13 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are six per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.

Most of the crop damage was caused by frost and the damp and windy conditions, which resulted in bleaching, lodging and shattering.  

Reports indicate little progress in harvesting this week due to the wet, drizzly, cold weather.  Farming activities came to a standstill, with the exception of hauling bales and bringing the cattle home from pasture. The freezing temperatures have put a stop to fall weed control. It is mostly flax, canola and mustard that are left to harvest. Farmers are hoping for at least a couple of warmer weeks to finish harvest and fall work before the winter sets in.


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

Most areas in the region reported moisture. Precipitation ranged from nil to 13 mm.  Average precipitation was: CD 3SAW, 5mm; CD 3AN, 9 mm; CD 3BS, 3 mm; CD 3BN, 10mm; CD 4A, 3 mm and 4B, 7 mm. Like most of the rest of the province, temperatures were quite cold.  The Kincaid and Ponteix areas reported temperatures of -10 and -11°C on October 9 and 10.  Ninety-three per cent of the crop has been harvested in the region.

The region's crop reporters are estimating that winter wheat yields will average 38 bu./ac., spring wheat 31 bu./ac., durum 31 bu./ac., oats 47 bu./ac., barley 46 bu./ac., fall rye 30 bu./ac., triticale 27 bu./ac., flax 27 bu./ac., canola 26 bu./ac., mustard 800 lb./ac., lentils 1,200 lb./ac., field peas 25 bu./ac., canaryseed 900 lb./ac. and chickpeas 1,200 lb./ac. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 40 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 34 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 23 per cent very short. CD 4A is reporting 78 per cent of hay land and pasture are very short of topsoil moisture. CD 4B is reporting 100 per cent of the hay land and pasture are short of topsoil moisture. 

The majority of the damage to crops still in the field was caused by frost, bleaching, sprouting and shattering.

While waiting to get back on the combine to finish up the remaining acres of crop, farmers are hauling bales, fencing and weaning calves.


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

The region received quite a bit of moisture over the week, with CDs 5A and 5B receiving an average of 17 and 16 mm, respectively. CD 6A received an average of 7 mm. The Foam Lake area received 38 mm, the Ituna area 27 mm and the Dubuc, Saltcoats and Elfros areas receiving 20 mm. Seventy-one per cent of the crop has been harvested in the region.

Crop reporters are estimating that winter wheat yields will average 37 bu./ac., spring wheat 37 bu./ac., durum 37 bu./ac., oats 77 bu./ac., barley 60 bu./ac., fall rye 27 bu./ac., triticale 20 bu./ac., flax 23 bu./ac., canola 31 bu./ac., mustard 1000 lb./ac., sunflower 1,500 lb./ac., lentils 1,200 lb./ac., field peas 39 bu./ac., canaryseed 1,100 lb./ac. and chickpeas 1,100 lb./ac. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 30 per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate and seven per cent short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 16 per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, six per cent short and two per cent very short.

Many areas in the region reported crop damage due to the soggy conditions, wind and frost.  Bleaching, lodging and sprouting of grain are major concerns. 

The recent snow has caused some crops to lodge. While waiting to get back into the field, farmers are hauling bales and cattle. Farmers need a couple weeks of better weather, as there is still quite a bit of crop out in the field.  Some crop reporters are commenting that some crop may be left out until next spring unless the weather improves. 


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

The amount of moisture that fell in the area ranged from nil to 24 mm.  CD 6B averaged 11 mm, CD 7A 4 mm and CD 7B 6 mm. The Hanley area received 24 mm, while the Sonningdale and Denzil area received 13 mm. Seventy-six per cent of the crop has been harvested in the region.

The region's crop reporters are estimating that winter wheat yields will average 23 bu./ac., spring wheat 32 bu./ac., durum 32 bu./ac., oats 56 bu./ac., barley 50 bu./ac., fall rye 22 bu./ac., triticale 23 bu./ac., flax 19 bu./ac., canola 31 bu./ac., mustard 1000 lb./ac., sunflower 1,200 lb./ac., lentils 1,300 lb./ac., field peas 36 bu./ac., canaryseed 960 lb./ac. and chickpeas 900 lb./ac. 

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 57 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Twenty per cent of the cropland in CD 7B is rated as very short of topsoil moisture. Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 57 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Thirty-three per cent of topsoil is rated as very short in CD 7B.

Frost, wind and rain were the major causes of crop damage in the region.  There are concerns of grain being downgraded due to bleaching and sprouting. 

For the most part, harvesting equipment was absent from the fields this past week.  Some farmers were harvesting tough grain.  Farmers are hauling bales and manure while waiting to get back on the combines.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

The region experienced a fairly wet week in most areas. CD 8A averaged 29 mm of precipitation, with the Arborfield and Tisdale areas receiving 48 and 45 mm, respectively. CD 8B reported an average of 16 mm.  The recent moisture does not do anyone a lot of good in an area where much of the crop is still in the field. Sixty-three per cent of the region's crop has been harvested.

The region's crop reporters are estimating that winter wheat yields will average 44 bu./ac., spring wheat 38 bu./ac., durum 40 bu./ac., oats 75 bu./ac., barley 66 bu./ac., fall rye 29 bu./ac., flax 22 bu./ac., canola 33 bu./ac., mustard 1000 lb./ac., lentils 1,100 lb./ac., field peas 40 bu./ac. and canaryseed 1,200 lb./ac.

Top soil moisture conditions are fairly soggy in areas in the northeastern region.  Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 60 per cent surplus, 22 per cent adequate and six per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture conditions on hay land and pasture are rated as 35 per cent surplus, 62per cent adequate and three per cent very short.

Wind, rain and frost were the major causes of crop damage reported in the region.  There is a concern that the crops still in the field will be downgraded due to lodging, bleaching and sprouting.

The cool, wet weather this week brought harvesting to a halt, and there are fears of downgrading of grains.  Fields are very wet and the grain dryers are running to help dry down some of the crops that are in the bin. The recent rains left water lying in some fields and in ditches.  Blackbirds and geese are causing crop damage.  There is still a lot of crop left out in the field, so several days of warm, sunny and dry weather are needed to proceed with harvest.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

All areas reported some precipitation at some point during the week. The average precipitation in CD 9AW was 10 mm and in CD 9B was 12 mm. The Duck Lake and Spiritwood areas received 21 mm, and the Dorintosh area received 25 mm. Sixty-two per cent of the crop has been harvested in the region. 

The region's crop reporters are estimating that winter wheat yields will average 35 bu./ac., spring wheat 40 bu./ac., oats 79 bu./ac., barley 65 bu./ac., fall rye 31 bu./ac., triticale 35 bu./ac., flax 25 bu./ac., canola 32 bu./ac., mustard 1500 lb./ac., field peas 40 bu./ac. and canaryseed 800 lb./ac.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are reported as 58 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 10 per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as 42 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.

Wet and windy conditions along with frost caused crop damage in the region this past week.  Bleaching, sprouting and lodging are causing concerns.  Water fowl damage was reported in the Neilburg area.

Most areas are reporting that the rains brought harvesting to a standstill.  Warm and sunny weather is needed to complete harvesting.  The recent wet weather has left the ground very soft, making hauling bales and cattle difficult. Crop reporters are indicating some farmers are combining and taking off the crop tough. 


 The weather forecast for this coming week looks a lot better.  Hopefully combines will be able to start up again and farmers can push to get the 2009 crop in the bin! 

Best of luck to all !



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