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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

One year ago
Seventy-two per cent of the 2009 crop had been combined. An additional 22 per cent was swathed or ready to straight cut.

 

Saskatchewan Harvest
%  combined this week
(Sept 27, 2010)

Winter wheat

88

Fall rye

94

Spring wheat

16

Durum

12

Oats*

15

Barley

25

Flax

2

Canola

31

Mustard

43

Sunflowers

0

Lentils

43

Peas

80

Canary seed

10

Chickpeas

13

Total

29

*includes three per cent 'other'

Warm and sunny weather allowed for significant harvest progress this past week for Saskatchewan producers, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.  

Twenty-nine per cent of the 2010 crop has been harvested, an increase of 11 per cent over last week.  The good harvest weather has producers back in the fields, trying to bring the crop in as quickly as possible.

An additional 44 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-combine.  The five-year provincial average (2005 to 2009) for this time of year is 75 per cent combined.  

Harvest progress was made in all crops.  Significant combining progress was seen in fields of canola, mustard, lentils, field peas, winter wheat and barley.

Combining progress across the province during the week of Sept. 21-27 was as follows:

  • Southwest, 36 per cent;
  • Southeast, 31 per cent;
  • West central, 20 per cent;
  • East central, 29 per cent;
  • Northwest, 25 per cent; and
  • Northeast, 32 per cent.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 49 per cent surplus and 51 per cent adequate.  Hay and pasture-land topsoil moisture is rated as 27 per cent surplus and 70 per cent adequate.

The majority of crop damage is a result of the rain and frost over the past couple of weeks.  Lodging, flooding, bleaching and sprouting are causing crop damage as well. Cranes and geese are also causing damage to some crops.  

Pasture conditions are similar to a month ago and are rated as 40 per cent excellent, 49 per cent good, nine per cent fair and two per cent poor.  Ninety-eight per cent of livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their livestock.


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Report

The deadline to submit forage claims and declarations is September 30. If producers have not completed harvest by this date, they may request an extension of insurance. Forage claims submitted between October 1 and November 15 will have claims reduced by 25 per cent; claims will not be accepted after November 15.
September 30 is also the deadline to submit Excess Moisture Program (EMP) applications for acres unseeded by June 20 or seeded and subsequently flooded on or before July 31.
The last day for AgriStability participants to submit their 2009 program forms without penalty is September 30, 2010.


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

The majority of the week was sunny, warm and windy in the region.  Rain was recorded earlier in the week.  By the weekend, most farmers were back in the fields swathing and combining.  Weekly rainfalls for the following areas are: Frobisher, 25 mm; Stoughton, 19 mm; Grenfell, two mm; Maryfield, 17 mm; Griffin, 28 mm; Indian Head, 15 mm; and Ceylon, 18 mm.  Many areas recorded little or no rainfall for the week.

Producers were able to make an additional five per cent in harvest progress and as of this week, have 31 per cent of the crop combined.  An additional 39 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine.  The majority of harvest progress was made on combining of canola, mustard, lentils, peas and oats.  Last year at this time, the region had 80 per cent combined.

Crop district (CD) 1A has 38 per cent combined; CD 1B, 28 per cent; CD 2A, 33 per cent; CD 2B, 25 per cent; and CD 3ASE has 30 per cent combined.

Crop reporters are indicating crop yields are quite variable across the region.  The regional average crop yields are as follows: winter wheat 46 bu/ac; spring wheat 33 bu/ac; durum 31 bu/ac; oats 78 bu/ac; barley 48 bu/ac; fall rye 34 bu/ac; flax 21 bu/ac; canola 30 bu/ac; mustard 800 lb/ac; lentils 1,000 lb/ac; peas 31 bu/ac; canaryseed 1,200 lb/ac; and chickpeas 1,200 lb/ac.

The majority of crop damage is caused by excess moisture and frost on the less mature crops.  Due to the rain, sprouting, bleaching and staining in swathed/dessicated and ripening crops are causing damage.  With all the rain, farmers are concerned with crop quality and bushel-weight issues. 

Pasture conditions for the region are rated as 59 per cent excellent, 32 per cent good, four per cent fair and five per cent poor.  Ninety-nine per cent of producers are reporting adequate availability of livestock water.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 62 per cent surplus and 38 per cent adequate.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 32 per cent surplus and 68 per cent adequate.

Farmers are relieved that they are finally getting a break in nice weather.  Most of the crop that has been combined in the past few days has been put into storage dry. There is a tractor sitting in almost. The wind has helped dry things out quicker. The wet and cold weather took its toll on some cereals with bleaching, sprouting and some bran frost being reported. A couple weeks of good harvesting weather is needed to get most of the crop in the bin.


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

No rain at the end of the week allowed farmers to get back onto the combines.  Most of the rain was recorded early in the week, ranging from nil to 21 mm.  Many areas reported no rain for the week.  Weekly rainfalls for the following areas are: Viceroy, 21 mm; Lafleche and Glenbain, six mm; Gravelbourg, five mm; Ponteix, nine mm; and Shaunavon, 11 mm. 

The region made good harvest progress with 11 per cent combined over last week.  The region has 36 per cent of the 2010 crop combined.  An additional 31 per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.  Most of the progress was made in combining of canaryseed, mustard, canola, durum, barley and oats.  Last year at this time, 90 per cent of the crop had been combined.  With some areas receiving no rain and crops ready to combine, many districts made excellent progress in the field. Crop districts 3ASW has 35 per cent combined; CD 3BN, 33 per cent; CD 3AN, 27 per cent; CD 3BS, 38 per cent; CD 4A, 40 per cent; and CD 4B, 52 per cent.

Crop reporters are indicating crop yields are quite variable across the region.  The regional average crop yields are as follows: winter wheat 38 bu/ac; spring wheat 33 bu/ac; durum 33 bu/ac; oats 55 bu/ac; barley 53 bu/ac; fall rye 39 bu/ac; flax 20 bu/ac; canola 26 bu/ac; mustard 1,000 lb/ac; lentils 1,400 lb/ac; peas 28 bu/ac; canaryseed 1,300 lb/ac; and chickpeas 1,000 lb/ac. 

The rain received on the mature crops over the past few weeks has caused the majority of the crop damage.  Frost damage did occur on those crops that were less mature.  The excess moisture has caused bleaching, sprouting lodging and staining of crops.  Wind is also causing crops to lodge. 

Pasture conditions are rated as 44 per cent excellent, 44 per cent good and 12 per cent fair. Ninety-five per cent of producers are reporting adequate availability of livestock water.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 20 per cent surplus and 80 per cent adequate.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and one per cent short.

Most of the combines were rolling again on Sunday.  Quality of crops is a concern as farmers get into the fields.  Some areas seem to have missed some of the crop weathering and yields and quality look good.  Others are reporting some lentil and pea crops laying flat on the ground making it difficult to pick them up.  Some cereals crops have sprouted and are bleached.  The wind at night is allowing for longer days on the combine.  Some livestock producers are worried about not having enough stubble ready for grazing if cattle start coming home from pasture early.  There are some controlling weeds on chemfallow and summerfallow.  Most producers need another three weeks of decent weather to get the crop in.


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

Most producers were in the field by the weekend. ,Rain at the beginning of the week resulted a couple days of drying weather before combines could get rolling again.  A few areas received no rain for the week.  Weekly rainfalls for the following areas are: Goodeve and Quill Lake, 11 mm; Stockholm and Bradwell, one mm; Foam Lake, 15 mm; and Bethune, eight mm.

Producers were able to gain great progress in the field and have 29 per cent of the 2010 crop in the bin.  A 14 per cent gain in combining was made over last week.  Most of the progress was made with combining of lentils, peas, canola and barley.  An additional 51 per cent is swathed or is ready to straight cut.  Last year at this time, 65 per cent of the crop had been combined.  Crop district 5A has 23 per cent combined; CD 5B, 19 per cent; and CD 6A, 39 per cent.

Crop reporters are indicating crop yields are quite variable across the region.  The regional average crop yields are as follows: winter wheat 45 bu/ac; spring wheat 29 bu/ac; durum 33 bu/ac; oats 59 bu/ac; barley 47 bu/ac; fall rye 35 bu/ac; flax 20 bu/ac; canola 24 bu/ac; mustard 800 lb/ac; lentils 1,000 lbs/ac; peas 29 bu/ac; canaryseed 1,200 lb/ac. 

Bleaching, sprouting, staining and lodging are the cause of the main crop damage due to excess moisture.  Frost damage was reported on some crops that were less mature.  Geese and cranes are causing crop damage as well.

Pasture conditions are rated as 30 per cent excellent, 62 per cent good, and eight per cent fair. Ninety-eight per cent of producers are reporting adequate availability of livestock water.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 81 per cent surplus and 19 per cent adequate.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 63 per cent surplus, 36 per cent adequate, and one per cent short.

Producers are happy to be back on the combine.  Fields are very wet and combining at night is proving difficult with many sloughs.  The four-wheel-drive tractor for pulling is not far away.  Most of the crop that was combined on the weekend was put into the bins dry.  One crop reporter indicated that this past week has been the first week in four months where no measurable rain was recorded on his farm.  There was some seeding of winter wheat.  A few weeks of good weather is needed to harvest the majority of the crop.


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

Producers were able to make up for lost time on the combine this past week.  Very little rain was reported.  Most areas recorded no rain for the week.

Another 12 per cent of the crop is in the bin, bringing the region to 20 per cent combined.  An additional 47 per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut.  Most of the progress was made in the combining of lentils, peas, canola and winter cereals.  Last year at this time, 67 per cent of the crop had been combined.  Crop district 6B has 29 per cent combined; CD 7A, 10 per cent; and CD 7B, 23 per cent.

Crop reporters are indicating crop yields are quite variable across the region.  The regional average crop yields are as follows: winter wheat, 51 bu/ac; spring wheat, 34 bu/ac; durum, 38 bu/ac; oats, 67 bu/ac; barley, 55 bu/ac; fall rye, 41 bu/ac; flax, 24 bu/ac; canola, 29 bu/ac; mustard, 1,200 lb/ac; lentils, 1,000 lb/ac; peas. 36 bu/ac; canaryseed, 1,000 lb/ac; and chickpeas, 800 lb/ac. 

The majority of crop damage is due to the excess moisture and frost.  The past few weeks of rain has caused mold, flooding, lodging, sprouting and bleaching.  The moisture received in the past few weeks has reduced crop quality.  Indications of frost damage seem to be appearing on some of the less mature crops in the last couple of days.  Geese and cranes are also causing crop damage.

Pasture conditions are rated as 39 per cent excellent, 57 per cent good and four per cent fair. Ninety-eight per cent of producers are reporting adequate availability of livestock water.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 40 per cent surplus and 60 per cent adequate.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate and three per cent short. 

Most of the harvest resumed on the weekend.  Stuck combines are a regular occurrence in the region.  Four-wheel-drive tractors are sitting and ready at the edge of fields.  Crop quality has deteriorated as the crops sat in the rain for a few weeks.  Some cereals were taken off tough, oilseeds seems to be dry.  Harvest is in full swing.  Three weeks of good weather is needed.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Many were able to get back into the field by the weekend.  A few rain showers rolled over the region causing some to shut down for a while.  Weekly rainfalls for the following areas are: Porcupine Plain, six mm; Tisdale, Nipawin, Prince Albert and Garrick, five mm; and Alvena, three mm.

The region has 32 per cent of the crop combined, a significant increase over last weeks 17 per cent combined.  An additional 54 per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.  Most of the progress was made in combining of canola, barley, lentils and peas.  Last year at this time, the region had 55 per cent of the 2009 crop combined.  Crop district 8A has 36 per cent of the crop combined; CD 8B, 26 per cent; and CD 9AE, 39 per cent.

Crop reporters are indicating crop yields are quite variable across the region.  The regional average crop yields are as follows: winter wheat, 42 bu/ac; spring wheat, 30 bu/ac; durum, 30 bu/ac; oats, 73 bu/ac; barley, 48 bu/ac; flax, 16 bu/ac; canola, 24 bu/ac; peas, 22 bu/ac; and canaryseed, 900 lb/ac.  

Crop damage is due to rain and frost.  Excess moisture is causing flooding, disease, lodging, sprouting and bleaching.  Frost damage is still being assessed, although some have reported the less mature crops were damaged somewhat. 

Pasture conditions are rated as 27 per cent excellent, 57 per cent good, 10 per cent fair and six per cent poor.  All livestock producers are reporting adequate availability of water for their animals.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 89 per cent surplus and 11 per cent adequate.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 75 per cent surplus and 25 per cent adequate.

There are areas in the north east that made good progress.  Other areas are still trying to combine in very wet field conditions making progress quite slow.  Grain is being hauled to the road in some areas, as fields are too wet to support grain carts and grain trucks.  There have been some reports of fusarium in wheat.  Most grain is coming off tough or damp.  Aeration and grain dryers are in use.  Farmers are hoping for three weeks of decent harvesting weather.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Sunny and warm weather helped to get combines rolling again.  Very little rain was recorded in the region for the week.  A few spotty showers shut some down for a while.

The northwest has 25 per cent of the 2010 crop combined.  Good weather allowed for an additional 14 per cent to be combined over last week.  Sixty per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight combine.  Most of the progress was made in peas, canola and barley.  Last year at this time, 59 per cent of the crop was off the field.  Crop district 9AW has 29 per cent of the crop combined and CD 9B has 23 per cent of the crop combined.

Crop reporters are indicating crop yields are quite variable across the region.  The regional average crop yields are as follows: spring wheat, 40 bu/ac; oats, 74 bu/ac; barley, 64 bu/ac; fall rye, 25 bu/ac; flax, 23 bu/ac; canola, 35 bu/ac; mustard, 1,000 lb/ac; and peas, 40 bu/ac.

Rain and frost have caused the majority of crop damage.  Excess rain has caused flooding, lodging, sprouting and bleaching of crops.  Farmers are still trying to assess frost damage on crops and some of the late seeded crops seem to be showing some damage. 

Pasture conditions are rated as 22 per cent excellent, 62 per cent good, 15 per cent fair, and one per cent poor.  Ninety-eight per cent of producers are reporting adequate availability of livestock water.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are reported as 49 per cent surplus and 51 per cent adequate.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 29 per cent surplus and 71 per cent adequate. 

Most of the crops combined earlier in the week were tough. Crops were starting to test dry later on in the week. There are reports of some tough canola being transported straight to the crushing facilities. Combines are getting stuck and grain trucks and carts have to be careful of where to travel in the field. Warm and sunny weather is needed for a few weeks.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress

winter
wheat
% Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 0 1 97
SW 3 0 4 93
EC 2 6 8 84
WC 20 7 2 71
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Spring
wheat
% Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 34 20 27 19
SW 45 10 28 17
EC 37 24 28 11
WC 42 22 27 9
NE 18 17 35 30
NW 22 17 42 19
Oats % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 46 25 5 24
SW* 47 11 16 26
EC* 65 23 7 5
WC* 48 37 7 8
NE* 50 15 17 18
NW* 32 34 14 20
*rated as other - south west 9 per cent, east and
WC one per cent,north east four per cent
Barley % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 40 18 9 33
SW 38 3 28 31
EC 27 26 24 23
WC 44 22 21 13
NE 25 18 20 37
NW 32 34 14 20
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 16 18 17 49
SW 16 5 23 56
EC 14 1 33 52
WC 25 14 39 22
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 5 4 6 85
SW 4 3 10 83
EC* 1 5 17 77
WC 3 8 18 71
NE 6 3 15 76
NW 2 0 10 88
*two per cent is rated as 'other'
Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 81 13 0 6
SW 66 4 0 30
EC 81 2 5 12
WC 93 4 2 1
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 75 9 13 3
SW 98 0 2 0
EC 87 6 6 1
WC 91 3 5 1
NE 68 27 5 0
NW 67 17 16 0
Canola % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 6 56 2 36
SW 7 45 5 43
EC 1 62 2 35
WC 6 63 3 28
NE 3 68 0 29
NW 0 78 1 21
Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 40 22 2 36
SW 13 5 24 58
EC 39 23 19 19
WC 39 38 8 15
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A



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