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       Friday, October 20, 2017

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Less than one per cent of the 2010 crop had been combined. Six per cent of the winter wheat and fall rye and three per cent of the lentils and peas had been combined.  

Harvest is underway according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report.  Three per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined. The five-year (2006-2010) provincial average for this time of year is five per cent combined.

Twenty-one per cent of the winter wheat, 30 per cent of the fall rye, 11 per cent of the lentils and 10 per cent of the field peas have been combined. Twelve per cent of the canola, six per cent of the mustard, and one per cent of the spring wheat, oats and barley has been swathed.

Livestock producers in many areas of the province are finished haying, however rainfall delayed progress in some areas this past week.  The average provincial hay yield for both dryland alfalfa and alfalfa/brome stands is 1.9 tons per acre, which is the five-year average (2006 to 2010). Average yield on irrigated alfalfa and alfalfa/brome stands is 2.9 tons per acre. Average greenfeed yield is 2.2 tons per acre on dryland and 3.4 tons per acre on irrigated stands.

Thunderstorms throughout the province brought heavy rain, high wind, and damaging hail in some areas. The majority of crop damage is due to hail, wind and insects.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as eight per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate and 16 per cent short.

Farmers are busy swathing, combining and hauling hay. 

 


 

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

 

Thunderstorms rolled through the region with varying amounts of precipitation recorded. Precipitation ranged from nil to 35 mm for the week. High winds also caused some swathed crops to blow. The Frobisher area received 20 mm, the Stoughton and Marquis areas 6 mm, the Moosomin area 30 mm, the Tantallon area 21 mm, the Grenfell area 5 mm, the Weyburn area 35 mm, the Pangman area 25 mm, the Pense area 21 mm, the Radville area 25 mm and the Ceylon area 22 mm. According to the Crop Report precipitation information, the Moosomin area has the third highest cumulative rainfall since April 1 at 470 mm. This falls shortly behind the Bengough area at 484 mm and the Dorintosh area in the northwest which is reporting 547 mm.

Although rain moved through the region, some producers were able to get back onto the combines. Three per cent of the 2011 crop has been harvested. Ten per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine. Eleven per cent of the lentils, 15 per cent of the peas, 51 per cent of the winter wheat, 40 per cent of the fall rye and two per cent of the canola have been combined. Twenty-one per cent of the canola and eight per cent of the mustard has been swathed. Crop conditions and staging vary throughout the region, depending on the spring's excess moisture and seeding date.

Many crop reporters are indicating it is difficult to assess yields at this time on those crops that have not been combined, due to varying crop stages, flooded areas and disease. The following average yields for the region are predicted as follows: winter wheat 45 bu/ac, spring wheat 33 bu/ac, durum 29 bu/ac, oats 52 bu/ac, barley 45 bu/ac, fall rye 42 bu/ac, flax 14 bu/ac, canola 26 bu/ac, mustard 800 lbs/ac, lentils 1000 lbs/ac, peas 29 bu/ac and canaryseed 1100 lbs/ac.

Crop reporters have indicated that hay yields are variable across the region. Estimated average hay yields are as follows: dry land alfalfa and alfalfa/brome stands 2.1 tons per acre, dry land greenfeed 1.9 tons per acre and other tame hay 1.8 tons per acre.

Topsoil moisture rating on cropland is reported as 11 per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and 12 per cent short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 19 per cent short. Crop district 3ASE is reporting 45 and 31 per cent short of topsoil moisture on crop land and hay and pasture, respectively.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind, hail and insects. High winds blew some canola and hay swaths around. Hail damage was reported in the Moosomin and Marquis areas. Diamondback moth and Bertha Armyworm have also caused crop damage in canola in some areas. Crops in some of the areas have been damaged by the hot temperatures experienced in July and into August. Crops planted under excess moisture conditions developed shallow root systems that were not able to buffer against high temperatures.

Producers are busy finishing haying, hauling bales, getting ready for harvest, combining, swathing and controlling weeds on unseeded acres.

 


 

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

 

Thunderstorms rolled through some areas in the region dropping large amounts of rain, slowing harvest operations. Precipitation reported ranged from 3 to 84 mm. Most areas in crop district 3ASW reported rain over 35 mm. The Bengough area reported 44 mm, the Rockglen area 46 mm, the Glentworth area 84 mm, the Lafleche area 17 mm, the Chaplin area 30 mm, the Hazenmore area 39 mm, the Ponteix and Shaunavon areas 26 mm, the Swift Current area 10 mm, the Eastend area 12 mm and the Fox Valley area 24 mm. According to our crop report rainfall database, the Bengough area has the second highest cumulative rainfall (since April 1) for the province at 484 mm (The Dorintosh area in the north west has 547 mm total cumulative rainfall since April 1).

Seven per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined. Thirteen per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut. Twenty per cent of the lentils, 22 per cent of the field peas, 19 per cent of the winter wheat, four per cent of the canola and one per cent of the mustard have been combined.

Many crop reporters are indicating it is difficult to assess yields at this time on those crops that have not been combined, due to varying crop stages and wet areas. The following average yields for the region are as follows: winter wheat 35 bu/ac, spring wheat 30 bu/ac, durum 32 bu/ac, oats 51 bu/ac, barley 47 bu/ac, fall rye 39 bu/ac, flax 17 bu/ac, canola 25 bu/ac, mustard 1000 lbs/ac, lentils 1300 lbs/ac, peas 28 bu/ac, canaryseed 1000 lbs/ac and chickpeas 1300 lbs/ac.

Estimated average hay yields are predicted as follows: dry land alfalfa 1.9 tons per acre, alfalfa/brome stands 2.1 tons per acre, dry land greenfeed 2.2 tons per acre and other tame hay 1.8 tons per acre, irrigated alfalfa and alfalfa/brome 3 tons per acre.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are 72 per cent adequate and 28 per cent short. Crop district 4A is reporting 35 and 40 per cent short on topsoil moisture in crop land and hay and pasture land, respectively.

Hail and high winds caused the majority of the crop damage. Many areas reported hail in crop districts 3ASW and 3BS. Quarter sized hail fell near the Glentworth area for about 30 minutes significantly damaging crops in the area. Crop reporters have indicated hail damage in other areas of the region ranges from minimal to 100 per cent.

The recent rain will help fill some of the later seeded crops. Producers are busy finishing haying, harvesting pulses and winter cereals, swathing, and controlling weeds in chemfallow and summerfallow.

 


 

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

 

Thunderstorms were reported and most areas received rain again this week, however amounts range from nil to 77 mm. High winds and hail were also reported causing swaths to blow around and damage to crops. Crop districts 5A and 5B received more rain than crop district 6A. The Stockholm area received 44 mm, the Langenburg area 60 mm, the Saltcoats area 75 mm, the Jedburgh area 18 mm, the Ituna area 45 mm, the Raymore area 7 mm, the Elfros area 46 mm, the Kelvington area 34 mm, the Bethune area 19 mm, the Craik area 5 mm and the Jansen area 6 mm.

Less than one per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined in the region. Ten per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut. Five per cent of the lentils, three per cent of the peas, 12 per cent of the winter wheat and 24 per cent of the fall rye have been combined. Fourteen per cent of the canola and five per cent of the mustard has been swathed.

Many crop reporters are indicating it is difficult to assess yields at this time. The following average yields for the region are predicted as follows: winter wheat 48 bu/ac, spring wheat 36 bu/ac, durum 34 bu/ac, oats 76 bu/ac, barley 56 bu/ac, fall rye 41 bu/ac, flax 23 bu/ac, canola 30 bu/ac, mustard 1100 lbs/ac, lentils 1100 lbs/ac, peas 37 bu/ac and canaryseed 1000 lbs/ac.

Estimated average hay yields are as follows: dry land alfalfa and alfalfa/brome 1.9 tons per acre, dry land greenfeed 2.4 tons per acre and other tame hay 1.9 tons per acre.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 15 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 14 per cent surplus, 71 per cent adequate and 15 per cent short.

Crop damage from high winds and hail was reported in many areas. Bertha armyworm in canola is also causing crop damage. The heavy rain that fell in some areas was not needed as producers start their harvest operations. Hail damage on crops varied from very little to 75 per cent. Crops in crop district 6A are further advanced than those in 5A and 5B.

Farmers are busy finishing haying, hauling bales, swathing and desiccating pulses and combining.

 

 


 

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

Spotty thunderstorms slowed haying and harvest operations for a little while in some areas. Precipitation reported ranged from nil to 58 mm. The Langham area recorded 32 mm, the Sonningdale area 15 mm, the Rosetown and Kindersley areas 17 mm, the Harris area 31 mm, the Smiley area 29 mm, the Biggar area 58 mm, the Landia area 23 mm, the Scott area 13 mm.

Less than one per cent of the 2011 crop has been harvested. Three per cent has been swathed or is ready to straight cut. Two per cent of the lentils, peas and winter wheat have been combined, 17 per cent of the fall rye has been combined. Six per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Many crop reporters are indicating it is difficult to assess yields at this time. The following average yields for the region are predicted as follows: winter wheat 43 bu/ac, spring wheat 36 bu/ac, durum 35 bu/ac, oats 70 bu/ac, barley 56 bu/ac, fall rye 38 bu/ac, flax 25 bu/ac, canola 33 bu/ac, mustard 1200 lbs/ac, lentils 1300 lbs/ac, peas 38 bu/ac and canaryseed 1200 lbs/ac.

Estimated average hay yields are as follows: dry land alfalfa 2 tons per acre, alfalfa/brome 1.8 tons per acre, dry land greenfeed 2.2 tons per acre and other tame hay 1.5 tons per acre, irrigated alfalfa 2.4 tons per acre and irrigated alfalfa/brome 2.5 tons per acre, irrigated greenfeed 3.3 tons per acre.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as four per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and seven per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short.

Many areas in the region reported hail and wind damage to crops. Hail damage up to 100 per cent loss has been reported, other areas reported minor crop damage. Bertha armyworm is also causing crop damage in canola.

Farmers are busy finishing haying, hauling bales, desiccating pulse crops, swathing and getting ready for harvest.

 


 

Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

The north east region recorded some rain over the past week, but not as much as areas to the south. Most areas reported rain in amounts ranging from nil to 14 mm. The Tisdale area reported 14 mm, the Codette area 7 mm, the Nipawin and Prince Albert areas 3 mm, the Alvena area 10 mm and the Melfort area 6 mm. 

A few fields of winter cereals have been combined. Less than one per cent of the 2011 crop has been swathed or is ready to straight cut. Less than one per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Many crop reporters are indicating it is difficult to assess yields at this time. The following average yields for the region are predicted as follows: winter wheat 45 bu/ac, spring wheat 42 bu/ac, oats 82 bu/ac, barley 66 bu/ac, fall rye 32 bu/ac, flax 23 bu/ac, canola 34 bu/ac and peas 36 bu/ac.

Estimated average hay yields are as follows: dry land alfalfa 2.1 tons per acre, alfalfa/brome 2 tons per acre, dry land greenfeed 3.4 tons per acre and other tame hay 1.7 tons per acre.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 90 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and two per cent very short.

Of the crop damage reported, the majority is due to high winds that have lodged some crops and moved some canola swaths around.

Farmers are busy finishing haying, hauling bales, swathing and getting ready for harvest.

 


 

Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

A week of very little rain is just what producers needed to continue with haying operations in the northwest region. Most areas recorded amounts below 4 mm. The Duck Lake and Dorintosh areas were the only two areas that recorded into the double digits at 12 and 32 mm, respectively. The Radisson and North Battleford areas received 4 mm, the Meota area 5 mm and the Frenchman Butte area 7 mm. According to the Crop Report rainfall information, the area around Dorintosh has the highest amount of cumulative rainfall in the province since April 1, at 547 mm.

A few fields of winter cereals have been combined. Two per cent of the canola has been swathed and two per cent of the pea crops have been desiccated and are ready to straight cut.

Many crop reporters are indicating it is difficult to assess yields at this time. The following average yields for the region are predicted as follows: winter wheat 40 bu/ac, spring wheat 41 bu/ac, oats 86 bu/ac, barley 70 bu/ac, fall rye 33 bu/ac, flax 20 bu/ac, canola 35 bu/ac and peas 41 bu/ac.

Estimated average hay yields are as follows: dry land alfalfa 1.4 tons per acre, alfalfa/brome 1.3 tons per acre, dry land greenfeed 1.8 tons per acre and other tame hay 1.1 tons per acre.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are four per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Pasture and hay land conditions are two per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate, three per cent short and one per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage is due to insects and disease. Grasshoppers, bertha armyworm are causing crop damage.

Although crops are behind normal in development, the warm weather has significantly helped advance maturity. Producers are busy haying, monitoring fields for insects and getting ready for harvest.

 


 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 15, 2011

winter wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to straight combine

% combined

southeast

30

1

18

51

southwest

50

2

30

18

east central

53

8

27

12

west central

90

0

8

2

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 15, 2011

Fall rye

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to straight combine

% combined

southeast

25

31

5

39

southwest*

38

10

6

34

east central

21

10

45

24

west central**

46

35

0

17

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

* 12 per cent is rated as 'other'
**2 per cent is rated as 'other'

 

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 15, 2011

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to straight combine

% combined

southeast

73

9

7

11

southwest*

41

15

22

20

east central

77

2

16

5

west central

93

1

4

2

northeast

100

0

0

0

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2 per cent rated as 'other'

 

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 15, 2011

Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to straight combine

% combined

southeast*

61

7

16

15

southwest

54

6

18

22

east central

79

8

10

3

west central

91

1

6

2

northeast

94

2

4

0

northwest

98

0

2

0

* one per cent rated as 'other'

 

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress August 15, 2011

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to straight combine

% combined

southeast

77

21

0

2

southwest

61

35

0

4

east central

86

14

0

0

west central

94

6

0

0

northeast

99

1

0

0

northwest

99

1

0

0


 

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