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       Monday, October 23, 2017

  One year ago
Fourteen per cent of the crop had been combined. Significant rainfall throughout most of the province continued to delay harvest. Below zero temperatures were reported in some areas of the province.

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops 
 

Sept 12/11

60

5 year avg.
(2006-2010)

47

Sept 13/10

14

Sept 14/09

32

Sept 14/08

39

Sept 16/07

66

Sept 10/06

85

Saskatchewan Harvest  %  combined this week
(September 12, 2011)

Winter wheat 99
Fall rye* 98
Spring wheat 53
Durum 56
Oats** 34
Barley 58
Canola 53
Mustard 63
Flax 6
Lentils 92
Peas 94
Chickpeas 28
Canaryseed 18
*includes 10 per cent 'other'
**includes four per cent 'other'

Significant harvest progress was made due to a week of great weather.  Saskatchewan producers have 60 per cent of the 2011 crop combined and 27 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  The five year (2006-2010) provincial average for this time of year is 47 per cent combined and 30 per cent ready to straight-cut. 

Harvest progress varies across the province.  The southwest and southeast have 71 per cent combined, the west-central and east-central regions have 57 per cent and 56 per cent combined, respectively; the northeast has 47 per cent combined and the northwest 39 per cent.  Ninety-two per cent of the lentils, 94 per cent of the field peas, 56 per cent of the durum, 53 per cent of the spring wheat and canola and six per cent of the flax have been combined.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Freezing temperatures were recorded throughout most of the province on September 13, which will have some effect on the late-seeded crops.  Recent high winds rolled swaths around in some areas. In general, crop yields are reported to be average to above-average with the exception of the areas in the south and southeast that received excess moisture in the spring.  Crop quality is good on the crop that has been combined to date.

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


*Temperatures dipped below 0C on September 13 for a few hours in most areas of the province. This will have an effect on late-seeded crops. Last week's very warm weather helped speed crop maturity. A better assessment of frost damage will be included with next week's Crop Report. 

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

Clear and very warm weather allowed producers to complete a large portion of harvest over last week. Seventy-one per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined, and 15 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-combine. Most areas received no rain for the week, although afew areas received trace amounts. Temperatures were 30C+ for several days, allowing crops to dry down for a quick harvest.

Crop District 1A has 67 per cent of the crop combined, CD 1B 62 per cent, CD 2A 76 per cent, CD 2B 74 per cent and CD 3ASE 82 per cent.

Crop reporters are indicating variable  yields ranging from average to very poor. Canola, lentil, mustard and flax yields are variable and for the most part below average. Excess moisture and flooding at seeding time, followed by little rain during July and August, resulted in shallow root systems and reduced yields. Average yields are predicted to be as follows: winter wheat 39 bu/ac, spring wheat 28 bu/ac, durum 24 bu/ac, oats 47 bu/ac, barley 39 bu/ac, fall rye 35 bu/ac, flax 13 bu/ac, canola 23 bu/ac, mustard 600 lb./ac, lentils 800 lb./ac, peas 25 bu/ac and canaryseed 900 lb./ac. Yields in many areas in Crop District 2B are reported to be average to above average. 

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as six per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and three per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 70 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and two per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind which blew swaths around. There are reports of combines getting stuck in fields in some areas. Producers are busy harvesting, seeding winter cereals, controlling weeds, baling straw and hauling bales.


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

The region experienced warm and dry weather all week, allowing farmers to make excellent harvest progress. Very few areas reported rain, and those that did received  less than 2 mm.  Seventy-one per cent of the crop is in the bin. Fourteen per cent is swathed or ready to straight-combine. CD 3ASW has 56 per cent combined, CD 3AN 89 per cent, CD 3BS 57 per cent, CD 3BN 81 per cent, CD 4A 50 per cent and CD 4B 84 per cent. With a seeding window that stretched over a couple of months, harvest will be similarly extended in some areas. In other areas, farmers have completed harvest.

Average yields vary across the region, but for the most part are reported to be average to above average. Areas that had excess moisture in the spring have reported some disappointing yields. Average yields are predicted as follows: winter wheat 37 bu/ac, spring wheat 31 bu/ac, durum 33 bu/ac, oats 55 bu/ac, barley 51 bu/ac, fall rye 39 bu/ac, flax 19 bu/ac, canola 29 bu/ac, mustard 1,000 lb./ac, lentils 1,350 lb./ac, peas 40 bu/ac, canaryseed 1,000 lb./ac and chickpeas 1,100 lb./ac.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 60 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and six per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 58 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and four per cent very short. In crop districts 3AN and 4B, 70 and 48 per cent, respectively, of hay land and pasture are short of topsoil moisture.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind. In some areas, ergot in wheat and durum is causing quality issues.  


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

Good harvest progress was made in the east-central region despite a couple small rain showers. Fifty-six per cent of the crop has been combined. Thirty-two per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Most of the areas that  saw rain received less than 2 mm. The west side of the region is further advanced with harvest than the east side. Crop District 5A has 48 per cent combined, CD 5B 40 per cent and CD 6A 75 per cent.

Reported yields are variable throughout the region. Excess moisture on the east side of the region in the spring has resulted in some below-average yields in some areas, particularly in canola. In general, yields are reported to be average to above average. Average yields are reported as follows: winter wheat 43 bu/ac, spring wheat 37 bu/ac, durum 38 bu/ac, oats 75 bu/ac, barley 56 bu/ac, fall rye 34 bu/ac, flax 23 bu/ac, canola 31 bu/ac, mustard 1,150 lb./ac, lentils 1,500 lb./ac, peas 36 bu/ac and canaryseed 1,000 lb./ac.  

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as four per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and 14 per cent short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 74 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and three per cent very short.

Wind caused some canola and flax swaths to blow around. Ergot is causing some quality issues in wheat and durum. Geese and cranes are feeding on some cereal swaths along Last Mountain Lake. Canola that was binned during the hot weather last week is being aerated. Winter wheat is emerging.

Farmers are busy harvesting, controlling weeds, baling straw and hauling bales. 


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

A warm week in many areas allowed producers to continue with harvest. Producers have 57 per cent of the crop in the bin. Thirty per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Crop District 6B has 60 per cent combined, CD 7A 57 per cent and CD 7B has 52 per cent combined.  Very little rain fell in the region, causing only a brief lull in combining. Although most areas received only trace amounts of rain for the week, the Dinsmore area received 15 mm. All in all, it was a great harvest week in the region. Temperatures hit 34C+ in some areas last week.

Many producers are expecting excellent yields. In general, the region has reported average to above-average yields. Average yields are indicated as follows: winter wheat 43 bu/ac, spring wheat 39 bu/ac, durum 41 bu/ac, oats 63 bu/ac, barley 57 bu/ac, fall rye 27 bu/ac, flax 24 bu/ac, canola 35 bu/ac, mustard 1,200 lb./ac, lentils 1,300 lb./ac, peas 38 bu/ac, canaryseed 1,000 lb./ac and chickpeas 1,000 lb./ac.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and two per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 54 per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and three per cent very short.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind blowing swaths around. Ergot in wheat and durum is causing some quality issues. Producers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and controlling weeds.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Good harvest progress was made in the region, despite some sporadic rain showers. Forty-seven per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined. Forty-two per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Combines had to be shut down for a day or so, depending on the rain. Other areas had very few rain interruptions. Precipitation ranged from nil to 10 mm. The Tisdale area received 10 mm, the Nipawin area 4 mm, the Vonda area 5 mm and the Kinistino and Garrick areas 3 mm.

Crop District 8A has 45 per cent of the crop combined, CD 8B 53 per cent and CD 9AE 32 per cent.

In general, the region is expecting average crop yields, although those areas that received excess spring moisture and flooding are expecting below-average yields.  Average yields are indicated as follows: winter wheat 40 bu/ac, spring wheat 41 bu/ac, oats 88 bu/ac, barley 64 bu/ac, fall rye 39 bu/ac, flax 22 bu/ac, canola 32 bu/ac, lentils 1,000 lb./ac, peas 36 bu/ac and canaryseed 1,200 lb./ac.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 77 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and four per cent short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated 49 per cent adequate and 51 per cent short.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind blowing swaths around. Most farmers are indicating quality has been good on the crops that have been harvested.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The region experienced warm and dry weather for most of the week, allowing farmers to make good harvest progress, although rain showers late in the week in the north resulted in some harvest delays. The region has 39 per cent of the 2011 crop in the bin. Forty-nine per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.  Precipitation ranged from nil to 10 mm. The Barthel area received 5 mm, the Rapid View area 10 mm and the Meadow Lake area 8 mm.

Crop District 9AW has 52 per cent of the crop combined and CD 9B has 26 per cent of the crop combined.

Yields in the region are expected to be average to above average. The area, particularly the northern part, received excess moisture and flooding during the spring and into the summer months. The frost on September 13 will most likely have an effect on the later-seeded crops. Some areas reported temperatures of -1C for a couple of hours on September 12.  Producers are still trying to assess the extent of frost damage.  Average yields are indicated as follows: spring wheat 48 bu/ac, oats 82 bu/ac, barley 65 bu/ac, flax 20 bu/ac, canola 35 bu/ac and peas 36 bu/ac.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 74 per cent adequate and 26 per cent short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 49 per cent adequate and 51 per cent short.

The majority of crop damage is due to wind blowing swaths around. High temperatures last week had grain going into the bin hot, so producers are closely watching their stored grain.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 12, 2011

winter wheat % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined Fall rye % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined
southeast 0 0 0 100 southeast 0 0 0 100
southwest 0 0 1 99 southwest* 0 0 0 83
east central 0 0 0 100 east central 0 0 0 100
west central 0 0 0 100 west central** 0 0 0 98
northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A
  *17 per cent rated as 'other'
**two per cent rated as 'other'
Spring wheat % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined Durum % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined
southeast 13 14 7 66 southeast 8 9 10 73
southwest 19 5 18 58 southwest 21 3 18 58
east central 17 25 14 44 east central 10 17 13 60
west central 16 14 23 47 west central 37 13 21 29
northeast 11 7 24 58 northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A
northwest 16 13 29 42 northwest 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
southeast* 38 17 2 38 southeast* 9 10 2 77
southwest** 22 9 15 45 southwest 27 3 9 61
east central 36 32 6 26 east central 14 19 6 61
west central± 37 23 7 27 west central 16 14 15 55
northeast 35 11 28 26 northeast 8 15 14 63
northwest° 35 23 13 24 northwest 20 23 21 36
*five per cent is rated as 'other'
**nine per cent is rated as 'other'
± six per cent is rated as 'other'
°five per cent is rated as 'other'
*two per cent is rated as 'other'
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined
southeast 1 0 3 96 southeast 1 0 1 98
southwest 4 1 2 93 southwest 1 0 2 97
east central 2 0 5 93 east central 2 1 1 96
west central 3 1 7 89 west central 4 0 4 92
northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A northeast 2 0 3 95
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A northwest 2 1 12 85
         
Chickpeas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined Canola % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined
southeast 1 0 0 99 southeast 5 19 1 75
southwest 98 0 2 0 southwest 5 6 1 88
east central 0 0 30 70 east central 6 38 1 55
west central 25 5 28 42 west central 3 41 3 53
northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A northeast 9 58 2 31
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A northwest 5 62 5 28
Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined
southeast 18 0 0 82 southeast 68 8 0 24
southwest 11 17 3 69 southwest 35 4 22 39
east central 23 15 6 56 east central 70 7 15 8
west central 30 30 11 29 west central 69 8 13 10
northeast 0 13 20 67 northeast N/A N/A N/A N/A
northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A northwest N/A N/A N/A N/A
Flax % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine 
% combined
southeast 81 8 4 7
southwest 62 8 19 11
east central 81 9 7 3
west central 88 3 6 3
northeast 80 8 6 6
northwest 61 13 18 8
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