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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Thirteen per cent of the crop had been combined. Significant rainfall throughout most of the province continued to delay harvest.

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops

Sept 5/11

32

5 year avg.
(2006-2010)

32

Sept 6/10

13

Sept 7/09

18

Sept 7/08

21

Sept 2/07

44

Sept 3/06

62

 

Saskatchewan Harvest
%  combined this week
(September 5, 2011)
  

Winter wheat

91

Fall rye*

96

Spring wheat

15

Durum

22

Oats

11

Barley

25

Canola

28

Mustard

26

Lentils

76

Peas

81

*includes 20 per cent 'other'

Saskatchewan producers have 32 per cent of the 2011 crop combined, right on track with the five-year (2006-2010) provincial average, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.

Thirty-four per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut, compared to the five-year average of 31 per cent.  Rain in some areas delayed harvest work for a few days, but most producers were able to get back into the fields at the beginning of the week.

Harvest progress varies across the province.  The southwest has 46 per cent combined; the southeast 43 per cent; the west-central region 29 per cent; the east-central region 27 per cent; the northeast 19 per cent and the northwest 12 per cent.  Seventy-six per cent of the lentils; 81 per cent of the field peas; 91 per cent of the winter wheat; 22 per cent of the durum; 15 per cent of the spring wheat and 28 per cent of the canola have been combined.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Farmers are busy harvesting, seeding winter cereals, hauling bales and controlling weeds on unseeded acres.

 


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

Harvest came to a halt in the region late last week as significant amounts of rain fell on most areas. Most of the precipitation fell over a three-day period.  Precipitation ranged from nil to 48 mm for the week, and most areas received more than 20 mm. The Frobisher area received 9 mm, the Stoughton area 31 mm, the Windthorst and Weyburn areas 45 mm, the Broadview area 29 mm, the Whitewood area 40 mm, the Vibank area 25 mm, the Moose Jaw area 19 mm, the Radville area 37 mm and the Ceylon area 48 mm. The Moosomin area has recorded 500 mm of rain since April 1, 2011.

Most producers were able to get back onto the combines and swathers at the beginning of the week. Forty-three per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined. Thirty per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Crop conditions and staging vary throughout the region, depending on the spring's excess moisture and seeding date.  Determining crop stage for proper swathing is difficult in fields with variable growth.  Crop District (CD) 3ASE is furthest advanced in combining (62 per cent).CD 2B has 51 per cent combined, CD 2A has 50 per cent combined, and CDs 1A and 1B have 37 and 22 per cent of the crop in the bin, respectively.

Topsoil moisture rating on cropland is reported as nine per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and two per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, 15 per cent short and one per cent very short.  

The majority of crop damage is due to wind blowing swaths around and rain flooding crops.  Some producers are concerned about lost quality on those crops that were swathed before the rain. Hail damage ranging from 30 to 100 per cent was reported in the Ceylon area.  Harvest progress varies from place to place. Some producers in the Moose Jaw area are hoping to be done harvest in the next week or so. Producers in other areas are expecting a long harvest season as many crops were seeded over a longer period of time.  Winter wheat is starting to emerge. Temperatures dipped quite low over the weekend; however, no frost damage was reported.

Producers are busy harvesting, seeding winter cereals, hauling bales and controlling weeds on unseeded acres.  


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

Rain late in the week slowed harvest operations in the region. Precipitation ranged from 8 to 42 mm, with most areas receiving over 15 mm. The Bengough area reported 14 mm, the Assiniboia area 23 mm, the Spring Valley area 31 mm, the Eyebrow and Gravelbourg areas 19 mm, the Mankota area 39 mm, the Shaunavon area 22 mm, the Vanguard area 16 mm, the Rush Lake area 42 mm, the Kyle area 38 mm, the Maple Creek area 25 mm, the Consul area 15 mm and the Fox Valley area 19 mm. The Mankota area has received 536 mm of rain since April 1, 2011.

Forty-six per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined and 20 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. CD 4B has 80 per cent of the crop combined, 3BN has 55 per cent of the crop combined, CD 3AN 50 per cent, CD 3ASW 33 per cent, CD 3BS 31 per cent and CD 4A has 30 per cent combined. The majority of the pulses have been combined. Producers are waiting on cereals to ripen and swathing canola.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate and 24 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are three per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate and 33 per cent short.  Crop Districts 3BS and 3AN are reporting 35 and 30 per cent short on topsoil moisture on cropland.

High winds caused some canola swaths to blow around. Hail damage was reported in the Bengough and Mankota areas. The Mankota area had golf-ball-sized hail causing significant crop and building damage. A light frost was also reported in the Mankota area; however, most producers have indicated very little damage. The recent rain has caused bleaching and downgrading of swathed crops. 

Producers are busy harvesting, hauling bales, seeding winter cereals and controlling weeds on unseeded acres.


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

Harvest was rolling along in the east-central region until four days of rain halted most field activity. Rainfall varied from 8 to 73 mm.    The majority of rain fell on CDs 5A and 5B, but most areas received over 25 mm. The Langenburg area recorded 32 mm, the Yorkton area 51 mm, the Goodeve and Kelliher areas 38 mm, the Kamsack area 73 mm, the Rama area 57 mm, the Kelvington area 29 mm, the Bethune area 11 mm, the Earl Grey area 33 mm, the Imperial area 29 mm, the Kenaston area 19 mm and the Leroy area 36 mm. 

Twenty-seven per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined and 41 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Crop District 6A is further advanced in harvest than the eastern part of the region. Earlier seeding and less rain has allowed producers in CD 6A to combine 55 per cent of the crop. In comparison, CD 5A has nine per cent combined and CD 5B has 13 per cent combined.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as seven per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate and nine per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and five per cent very short.

The recent rain has caused lodging, bleaching and downgrading of the mature crops. There were a couple reports of cereals sprouting in the swath. Wind has blown swaths around. Hail damage was reported in the Jedburgh and Earl Grey areas. Swathers and combines were going by Sept. 5 in most areas. Low temperatures were reported on the weekend, but there were no reports of frost damage. The forecast for the next week or so is looking favourable, so many producers are hoping to get a lot of combining done. Although the rain slowed harvest progress, producers seeding winter wheat in CD 6A are grateful for the rain as the topsoil was dry. Harvest is progressing well in CD 6A with producers having most of the pulses combined. Combining of canola is going well and producers are desiccating and swathing cereals and flax.

Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and controlling weeds on unseeded acres.  


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

Harvest was slowed for many producers in mid-week as rain showers rolled though the region. Fortunately, there was significantly less rainfall than was reported in other regions to the south and east. The majority of producers were able to get back into the fields by the weekend. Precipitation ranged from nil to 21 mm, with most areas receiving less than 10 mm. The Hanley area reported 21 mm, the Conquest area 14 mm, the Sonningdale area 2 mm, the Rosetown area 9 mm, the Harris area 5 mm, the Biggar area 12 mm, the Major area 10 mm and the Lanis and Battleford areas 6 mm.

Good harvest progress was made over the week. Twenty-nine per cent of the crop is in the bin and 38 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. CD 6B has 36 per cent combined, CD 7A has 27 per cent combined and CD 7B has 22 per cent combined.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 29 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, 28 per cent short and three per cent very short. CD 7A is reporting 44 per cent short of topsoil moisture on crop land.   

Very little crop damage was reported. Hail damage was reported in the Hanley and Rosetown areas. Due to the dry weather over the past couple of weeks, water trucks are out in the fields with the combines as a fire precaution.

Farmers are busy harvesting and hauling bales.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Rain brought most harvest operations to a stop for a couple of days. Most areas in the northeastern region reported rain ranging from nil to 26 mm, with areas on the eastern side of the region receiving the majority. The Tisdale area reported 16 mm, the Nipawin area 19 mm, the Lake Lenore area 26 mm, the Alvena area 6 mm, the Kinistino area 3 mm, the Prince Albert area 12 mm and the Garrick area 5 mm. 

The northeastern region made significant harvest progress at the beginning of the week. Nineteen per cent of the crop is combined and 49 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The rain showers during the week caused combining delays. Swathers were able to start up again by the weekend. CD 8A has 18 per cent combined, CD 8B has 21 per cent combined and CD 9AE has 19 per cent combined. 

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 80 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and four per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 76 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Very little crop damage was reported. Producers are looking forward to a clear and warm week to continue with harvest operations.

Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and seeding winter wheat.  


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Rain showers during the week slowed the pace of harvest for many producers. Rainfall ranged from nil to 25 mm, with most areas receiving less than 5 mm. The Radisson area received 2 mm, the Hafford area 15 mm, the Rabbit Lake area 5 mm, the Medstead and Meadow Lake areas 13 mm and the St. Walburg area 25 mm. The Dorintosh area has received 550 mm of rain since April 1, 2011, which, according to the Crop Report statistics, is the 2011 rainfall record to date.

Twelve per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined and 33 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. CD 9AW has 17 per cent combined and CD 9B has seven per cent of the crop in the bin.

Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland are two per cent surplus, 93 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Pasture and hay land conditions are one per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Very little crop damage was reported. Hail was reported in the Rabbit Lake area. Temperatures dipped quite low on the weekend; however, no frost damage was reported. Producers are looking forward to the clear and warm week ahead to help turn the crops. Swathing and desiccating are in full swing and many producers have been combining for a week or so.

Farmers are busy swathing, combining and hauling bales.  


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 5, 2011

winter
wheat
% Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined   Fall rye % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 3 0 5 92   SE* 0 0 0 92
SW 2 0 6 92   SW** 0 1 2 64
EC 2 3 3 92   EC 0 0 2 98
WC 6 0 8 86   WC 0 0 2 98
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A   NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A   NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
            * 8 per cent is rated as 'other'
**33 per cent rated as 'other'
Spring
wheat
% Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined   Durum % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 32 21 24 23   SE 39 14 18 29
SW 56 8 20 16   SW 45 8 23 24
EC 55 24 11 10   EC 62 10 13 15
WC 51 16 17 16   WC 65 10 18 7
NE 36 17 30 17   NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW 71 8 15 6   NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oats % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined   Barley % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 67 12 2 19   SE* 30 34 2 32
SW* 51 9 11 22   SW 49 4 13 34
EC 73 18 2 7   EC 38 26 7 29
WC 66 26 5 3   WC** 47 18 17 17
NE 65 10 13 12   NE 34 21 11 34
NW 83 8 6 3   NW 74 10 9 7
*seven per cent is rated as 'other'   *two per cent is rated as 'other'
**one per cent is rated as 'other'
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined   Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
                     
SE 4 0 6 90   SE 4 0 3 93
SW 7 3 4 86   SW 9 0 3 88
EC 21 0 16 63   EC 5 11 14 70
WC 11 7 25 58   WC 5 3 11 81
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A   NE 19 1 8 72
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A   NW 19 6 13 62
Canola % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined   Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 11 40 1 48   SE 36 1 0 63
SW 5 26 2 67   SW 43 11 20 26
EC 13 59 0 28   EC 47 27 6 20
WC 10 60 5 25   WC 47 44 5 4
NE 23 65 0 12   NE 8 63 25 4
NW 43 49 0 8   NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 97 3 0 0
SW 63 25 7 5
EC 92 0 7 1
WC 85 10 4 1
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

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