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Harvest Completed by Region
November 2, 2009
Southeast 86
Southwest 97
East-central 73
West-central 81
Northeast 68
Northwest 68

A slight improvement in weather conditions over the last few days has allowed some producers in some parts of the province to get back into their fields, but harvest is still behind schedule, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.

However, many other areas received snow at the beginning of the week, further delaying harvest. Wet fields and damp, tough grain has slowed harvest. In total, 80 per cent of the 2009 crop has been harvested, an increase of one per cent since last week.

Crop reporters have indicated that crop grades were fairly good until October's wet weather set in. Wet fields and roads in some areas of the northern and eastern regions have made it difficult to get into the field.

 In the wet areas, farmers are hoping for freezing temperatures to firm up the ground.

There have been reports of canola heating in bins. Canola and flax are being harvested at 13 to 19 per cent moisture and cereals at 18 to 25 per cent moisture. Dry weather is needed to get the harvest in.

Crop reporters are predicting a shortage of straw in the northern and eastern regions due to the fact that the crop still in the field. Fall grazing on stubble is limited.

Twelve per cent of the provincial crop remains in the swath, three per cent is standing and five per cent is ready to straight-combine.

Eighty per cent of the spring wheat, 92 per cent of the durum, 61 per cent of the oats, 86 per cent of the barley, 35 per cent of the flax, 70 per cent of the canola, 89 per cent of the mustard, 62 per cent of the canaryseed, 86 per cent of the chickpeas and three per cent of the sunflowers have been combined.

Farmers are combining when they can, drying grain, baling straw, hauling bales, cleaning corrals and applying fall fertilizer when weather allows.

*Please note: due to the extension of the Crop Report into November, this week will focus on harvest progress in the province.  We will continue to assess the harvest situation and determine the date when the FINAL crop report information will be published.

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

Flax and canola make up the majority of the unharvested crops in the southeastern region. There is wheat out in the field in some areas. The snow and rain stopped late in the week, allowing fields and roads to dry up somewhat. Producers are hoping the recent weather will hold so harvest can get started again. There are predictions that there will be crop left out over the winter. Dry and cold weather is needed. There was limited seeding of winter cereals this fall. Farmers are mostly combining flax and canola.

Most of the crop damage was caused by wind, rain and snow, which resulted in bleaching, lodging and shattering. Farmers are closely monitoring stored grain and moving grain around as part of the drying and aeration process.

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

Most of the harvest is complete in the southwest, with the exception of flax, chickpeas and some cereals. There are a few areas reporting very good moisture going into the winter, while others areas are a lot drier and there are concerns for next year's soil moisture. The seeding of winter cereals is below average due to the late fall. Some of the fields that were seeded to a winter cereal are coming up patchy.

Farmers are cleaning corrals, bringing home cattle from pasture and applying fall fertilizer.

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

The weather started out wet and cold at the beginning of the week, but by Sunday and Monday the snow had stopped and the sun had started to shine. There is still quite a bit of crop left to harvest, mostly canola and flax. Crops are being harvested with high moisture levels. Grain dryers are running constantly and are in high demand. Wheat is testing between 20 and 25 per cent moisture. Many fields are very wet, and farmers are hoping for cold and dry weather to allow them into their fields. Fall-seeded crops are few and far between.

Farmers are busy trying to harvest, monitoring tough grain and hauling bales.

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

Some combines were rolling by November 1 and 2. Wheat is testing 17 to 23 per cent moisture; flax and canola are 12 to 16 per cent moisture. Combines and augers are being pushed hard to move the grain. Some crop reporters are indicating that there will be crop left out over the winter. There is still quite a bit of straw left to collect. There are a few reports of fall fertilization being done. Fall activities are occurring when weather permits.

Wind and rain were the major causes of crop damage in the region.  Lodging, bleaching, sprouting and shattering are causing downgrading and crop loss.

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

The northeast has been very wet, resulting in very little harvest progress. The Porcupine Plain area received 15 cm of moisture, while the Ridgedale area received 13 mm of snow.  Many producers are hoping for cold weather so they can finish the harvest on frozen ground.  

The wet conditions made it nearly impossible to enter fields. Some farmers have given up applying fertilizer because their tractors are spinning in the mud. Crop reporters are indicating that most producers will be trying to harvest in the snow if some cold temperatures do not arrive within the next little while to firm the ground. Grain dryers are running all day.

Rain and snow were the major causes of crop damage reported in the region.  Crops still in the field are being downgraded due to lodging, bleaching and sprouting. Geese are also causing crop damage.

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The wet weather at the start of the week has further delayed harvest.  By the time the snow stopped at the end of the week, three or more inches had fallen in areas.  Canola is being combined at 13 to 18 per cent moisture, while wheat is being combined at 20 to 24 per cent moisture. Grain dryers are falling behind, so crops in storage are being kept as cold as possible. Fields are wet. The farmers who are done harvest are helping their neighbours wherever they can. Harvest progress, crop quality and storage considerations are the main concerns among the region's producers. Combines are being pushed to thresh damp grain and get the tough straw through the back end. One report indicated that some farmers are expecting 20 per cent of their canola to be left in the field until spring. 

Wet and windy conditions caused the crop damage in the region this past week.  Bleaching, sprouting and lodging are downgrading crops in the field. 

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