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       Sunday, October 22, 2017

One year ago
Sixty per cent of the 2010 crop had been combined, an increase of 31 per cent over the previous week. Only trace amounts of rain were recorded in a few areas.

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops

Oct 3/11

98

5 year avg.
(2006-2010)

83

Oct 4/10

60

Oct 5/09

76

Oct 5/08

95

Oct 7/07

94

Oct 1/06

92


Saskatchewan Harvest
%  combined this week 
(October 3, 2011)

Winter wheat

100

Fall rye*

100

Spring wheat

98

Durum

98

Oats**

96

Barley

98

Canola

97

Mustard

99

Flax

78

Lentils

100

Peas

100

Chickpeas

96

Canaryseed

94

*includes 14 per cent 'other'
**includes three per cent 'other'

Another week of warm harvest weather has allowed Saskatchewan producers to get most of the crop in the bin.  Ninety-eight per cent of the 2011 crop is combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2006-2010) provincial average for this time of year is 83 per cent combined.

The southeast and southwest have 97 per cent of the crop combined; the east-central, west-central and northeastern regions have 98 per cent combined; and the northwest has 96 per cent combined.  Ninety-eight per cent of the durum, spring wheat and barley, 97 per cent of the canola and 78 per of the flax have been combined.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 50 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 49 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. 

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 generally good.  Ergot and frost damage have caused downgrading in some areas.

Farmers are busy finishing up harvest, hauling bales, hauling grain, cleaning corrals and controlling weeds.


*Regional Harvest Progress tables will be included in next week's FINAL Crop Report*

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

A warm and clear week allowed combines to keep rolling. Ninety-seven per cent of the crop has been combined. One per cent has been swathed, and two per cent is still standing.

Crop District 1A has 99 per cent of the crop combined, CD 1B 95 per cent, CD 2A 97 per cent, CD 2B 96 per cent and CD 3ASE 97 per cent. There is still some swathed canola and oats left to combine. Some of the late-seeded crops were damaged by frost and so some producers are hoping a few more days of warmth will clear some of the green content from the seed.

Average grades of spring wheat are estimated as follows: 48 per cent 1CW, 42 per cent 2CW, eight per cent 3CW and two per cent Feed. Ergot is downgrading some wheat samples. Producers are monitoring grain bins since some of the crop has been harvested under very warm temperatures.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as seven per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and four per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 64 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and three per cent very short. Although much of the southeastern region started out extremely wet this spring, many crop reporters have indicated conditions are dry in some areas and a rain would be beneficial, especially on pasture land.  

Producers are busy harvesting, controlling weeds, baling straw, hauling bales and cleaning corrals.  


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

Continued dry conditions have allowed producers to get the majority of the crop in the bin. Ninety-seven per cent of the crop has been combined, one per cent has been swathed and two per cent is still standing. A few areas reported spotty rain showers that did not amount to much precipitation.

CD 3ASW has 92 per cent of the crop combined, CDs 3AN and 3BS 99 per cent, CDs 3BN and 4B 100 per cent, and CD 4A 93 per cent.

Average grades of spring wheat are estimated as follows: 67 per cent 1CW, 25 per cent 2CW, seven per cent 3CW and one per cent Feed. Crop yields are average to above-average in most of the region, although areas that received excess moisture in the spring are reporting below-average yields.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 42 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 36 per cent adequate, 49 per cent short and 15 per cent very short. In many areas, 40 per cent or more of the topsoil is short of moisture. Most reporters have indicated rain is needed. There were a few field fires reported around Lucky Lake last week. Producers are grateful for the nice fall weather that allowed crops to be harvested in good quality, as well as for the extra time to complete fall tasks. Aeration fans are running in bins to cool down grain that was harvested under warm conditions. Ergot has caused some downgrading of durum and spring wheat. Grasshoppers are causing some losses on emerging winter wheat and fall rye crops.

Producers are busy finishing up harvest, controlling weeds, hauling bales and baling straw.


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

Ninety-eight per cent of the 2011 crop is in the bin. Less than two per cent is swathed and a few fields are ready to straight-cut. Crop District 5A has 98 per cent of the crop combined, CD 5B 97 per cent and CD 6A 99 per cent.

Average grades of spring wheat are estimated as follows: 47 per cent 1CW, 37 per cent 2CW, 12 per cent 3CW and four per cent Feed. Crop yields are average to above-average in most of the region, although areas that received excess moisture in the spring are reporting below-average yields. Crop grades are generally good. Ergot is causing some downgrading of durum and spring wheat. It is mostly flax that is left to combine, and some frost-damaged canola is still in the swath.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as one per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and three per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and seven per cent very short. CD 6A is reporting 59 and 53 per cent short of topsoil moisture on cropland and hay land and pasture, respectively. Many areas, particularly in CD 6A, have not received significant amounts of rain since the last week in July.

Farmers are busy harvesting, controlling weeds, cultivating ruts in the field, baling straw, hauling bales and getting ready to apply fall fertilizer.


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

Very little rain in the region resulted in good harvest progress and allowed many producers to finish harvest. Ninety-eight per cent of the 2011 crop has been combined and two per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Some areas reported rain showers, amounting to no more than 6 mm. Crop District 6B has 99 per cent of the crop combined and CDs 7A and 7B have 98 per cent combined. Some later-seeded canola and flax fields have yet to be combined.

Average grades of spring wheat are estimated as follows: 63 per cent 1CW, 26 per cent 2CW, nine per cent 3CW and two per cent Feed. Crop yields are average to above-average in most of the region. Crop grades are generally good. Ergot is causing some downgrading of durum and spring wheat.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 33 per cent adequate, 57 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 29 per cent adequate, 58 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Many crop reporters have indicated a good rain is needed to help recharge the soil. The week of July 25 was the last time a significant amount of rain fell.

Aeration fans are running to cool down crops harvested in the hot weather. Cattle are starting to come home from community pastures. Producers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and controlling weeds.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

With 98 per cent of the crop in the bin, harvest is wrapping up in the region. Another warm and dry week allowed farmers to get another eight per cent of the crop harvested. Just over one per cent has been swathed and only a few fields remain to to straight-cut. A few spotty rain showers were reported during the week. 

Crop districts 8A and 8B have 99 per cent of the crop combined and CD 9AE has 94 per cent combined. Clover and alfalfa crops are being harvested.

Average grades of spring wheat are estimated as follows: 58 per cent 1CW, 37 per cent 2CW, four per cent 3CW and one per cent Feed. Crop yields are average to above-average in most of the region. Crop grades are generally good. Ergot is causing some downgrading of durum and spring wheat.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 42 per cent adequate, 52 per cent short and six per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated 44 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 12 per cent very short. Precipitation prior to freeze-up is needed.

After the difficult harvest weather of 2009 and 2010, producers are glad to have had warm and sunny conditions in 2011. Producers are busy finishing harvest, controlling weeds and hauling bales.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Combines continued to roll in the region and producers now have 96 per cent of the crop harvested. Three per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, and one per cent remains standing. Some areas experienced a few spotty rain showers, but the precipitation amounted to less than 4 mm.

Crop District 9AW has 99 per cent of the crop combined and CD 9B has 92 per cent combined. The September frost damaged some late-seeded canola, and so producers are waiting for some of the green content to clear out of their swathed canola. There are some flax fields still standing as well.

Average grades of spring wheat are estimated as follows: 51 per cent 1CW, 30 per cent 2CW, 11 per cent 3CW and eight per cent Feed. Crop yields are average to above-average in most of the region, although yields are below-average in those areas that had frost and flood damage earlier in the year. Crop grades are generally good. Ergot, midge and frost damage are causing some downgrading of durum and spring wheat. Green seed count in canola is also causing some grade reductions.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is reported as 42 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 41 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 19 per cent very short. Moisture is needed in many areas, and some RMs have banned open fires due to the dry conditions.

Producers are monitoring stored grain due to the warm combining conditions over the past few weeks. Farmers are busy finishing harvest, hauling bales, cleaning corrals and controlling weeds.


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