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      Friday, December 15, 2017

One year ago
Sixty per cent of the 2011 crop had been combined.  Below zero temperatures were reported in some areas.  Crop quality was good and yields were average to above average for most of the province.

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Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops

Sept 13/12

56

5 year avg.
(2007-2011)

40

Sept 15/11

60

Sept 13/10

14

Sept 15/09

32

Sept 14/08

39

Sept 9/07

56

Saskatchewan Harvest
September 10, 2012
%  combined 

Winter wheat

99

Fall rye*

93

Spring wheat

44

Durum

68

Barley

52

Oats

24

Canaryseed

12

Flax

12

Canola

52

Mustard

76

Lentils

83

Peas

94

Chickpeas

61

*includes seven per cent ‘other'

Fifty-six per cent of the 2012 crop has been harvested, well above the provincial five-year (2007-2011) average of 40 per cent.  Twenty-eight per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight combine, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.

Significant harvest progress was made across the province.  The southwest has 85 per cent combined; the southeast 76 per cent; the east-central region 50 per cent; the west-central region 40 per cent; the northeast 31 per cent and the northwest 27 per cent.  Forty-four per cent of spring wheat; 68 per cent of durum; 52 per cent of barley and canola; 76 per cent of mustard; 83 per cent of lentils and 94 per cent of field peas have been combined.

Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as four per cent surplus, 58 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 52 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.

Rainfall this week ranged from trace amounts in the majority of the province to 26 mm in some areas of the northwest.  Strong winds have damaged some canola crops.  The west-central and northwestern areas also received hailstorms that have caused some damage.

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


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

Harvest is progressing well in the region due to warm and dry weather.  The majority of the region did not receive any rainfall this past week, although the Frobisher area received 3 mm.  Since April 1, rainfall in the region has ranged from 237 mm (Carnduff area) to 532 mm (Tantallon area). 

Producers now have 76 per cent of the 2012 crop combined, up from 56 per cent last week.  An additional 12 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine.  One hundred per cent of the winter wheat and fall rye, 73 per cent of the spring wheat, 70 per cent of the durum, 72 per cent of the barley, 35 per cent of the canaryseed, 97 per cent of the lentils and peas, 93 per cent of the chickpeas and 23 per cent of the flax have been combined.  Eighty-two per cent of the canola and 92 per cent of the mustard are combined, while an additional 16 per cent of canola is swathed or ready to straight combine.    

Topsoil is becoming increasingly dry in many areas of the region.  Topsoil moisture ratings on cropland are reported as one per cent surplus, 45 per cent adequate, 46 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 40 per cent adequate, 50 per cent short and nine per cent very short.  Crop District 1A is reporting that 25 per cent of cropland and 30 per cent hay land and pasture are very short of moisture.  A significant rainfall will be needed after harvest to recharge the soil. 

Crop damage this week is due to wind and drought stress.  Strong winds throughout the week have damaged many crops and blown swaths across fields.  Canola yields continue to be disappointing in most of the region.  Cereal yields range from lower than average to above average, depending on seeding date and moisture conditions.  Flax crops in many areas of the region still need time to mature and many producers are applying pre-harvest chemical applications.  Some producers are seeding winter cereals, although many are waiting for rain before seeding.  There have been some reports of wildlife feeding on crops.  Many livestock producers are baling a second cut of hay. 

Producers are swathing, combining, seeding winter cereals and hauling bales.


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

Very little rainfall was received in the region this past week.  The Vanguard area received 2 mm, while the Webb, Kyle and Leader areas received 1 mm.  Since April 1, rainfall in the region has ranged from 197 mm (Assiniboia area) to 384 mm (Eyebrow area).  Assiniboia has recorded the least cumulative rainfall in the province. 

Producers now have 85 per cent of the 2012 combined, significantly up from 69 per cent last week.  An additional eight per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine.  Ninety-eight per cent of the winter wheat, 79 per cent of the spring wheat, 80 per cent of the durum, 60 per cent of the oats, 88 per cent of the barley, 97 per cent of the lentils, 98 per cent of the peas, 59 per cent of the chickpeas, 95 per cent of the canola and 98 per cent of the mustard have been combined.  Many producers have indicated that they will be done harvest in the coming week if the warm weather holds.      

Moisture conditions in the region continue to worsen due to the high temperatures and lack of rain over the past few months. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 10 per cent adequate, 58 per cent short and 32 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are nine per cent adequate, 49 per cent short and 42 per cent very short.  A significant rainfall is needed after harvest in the majority of the region to help recharge the soil.   

Wind, insects and drought have caused the most crop damage this week.  Strong winds throughout the week have damaged crops and contributed to several field fires.  Wheat midge damage is being found in many combined wheat crops.  Grasshoppers are damaging some remaining crops.  Some producers are seeding winter cereals, although many are waiting for rain before seeding.  Many fields have cracks and the soil has become hard.  Sloughs have dried up and some producers are baling the grass around them.  Yields continue to be disappointing, although some later-seeded crops are yielding above average.  There have been reports of rusty grain beetles in bins, and many producers are aerating grain.  Some livestock producers are moving cattle to healthier pastures or are supplementing their diets with hay bales.   

Producers are busy combining, hauling bales and grain, seeding winter cereals and aerating grain.


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

The region received little rainfall this past week, helping to progress harvest.  The Langenburg and Rama areas received 3 mm of rain, the Saltcoats and Kelvington areas 1 mm, the Elfros and Jansen areas 4 mm and the Sturgis area 5 mm.  Since April 1, cumulative rainfall in the region has ranged from 268 mm (Quill Lake area) to 496 mm (Jedburgh area).

Harvest has significantly progressed and producers now have 50 per cent of the 2012 crop in the bin, up from 28 per cent last week.  An additional 35 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine.  One hundred per cent of the winter wheat and fall rye, 51 per cent of the spring wheat, 47 per cent of the durum, 58 per cent of the barley, 88 per cent of the lentils, 94 per cent of the peas, 75 per cent of the chickpeas, 48 per cent of the canola, 39 per cent of the mustard and two per cent of the flax have been combined.  Twenty per cent of the spring wheat, 31 per cent of the oats, 20 per cent of the barley, 43 per cent of the canola and 45 per cent of the mustard is swathed or ready to straight combine.   

Topsoil continues to be dry in the region.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated 71 per cent adequate, 27 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 67 per cent adequate, 31 per cent short and two per cent very short. 

Strong winds this week have caused the majority of crop damage by blowing swaths around and shelling standing pulses and canola.  Yields continue to be lower than expected, although some later-seeded crops are yielding average to above average.  Crop quality is variable as crops were damaged by fusarium and wheat midge.  Some canola and cereal crops are not maturing and there are concerns about green kernels.  There may be harvest challenges in some areas due to uneven maturation.       

Producers are busy combining, swathing, hauling grain and controlling weeds.


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

Varying amounts of rain fell this past week in the region and many crops were damaged by hailstorms.  The Dinsmore area received 6 mm, the Radisson area 12 mm, the Rosetown area 1 mm, the Kindersley area 8 mm, the Smiley area 5 mm, the Luseland area 15 mm, the Major area 13 mm and the Battleford area 20 mm.  Since April 1, cumulative precipitation in the region has ranged from 316 mm (Netherhill area) to 556 mm (Battleford area). The Battleford area has the second-highest cumulative rainfall total in the province since April 1.

Forty per cent of the 2012 crop is now in the bin, up from 23 per cent last week.  An additional 33 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine.  One hundred per cent of the winter wheat and fall rye, 17 per cent of the spring wheat, eight per cent of the durum, 31 per cent of the barley, 52 per cent of the lentils, 90 per cent of the peas, 53 per cent of the canola, 20 per cent of the mustard and six per cent of the flax is combined.  Forty-one per cent of the canola and 26 per cent of the mustard are swathed. Warm and dry weather is needed to advance the maturity of many later-seeded crops.

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as two per cent surplus, 81 per cent adequate and 17 per cent short on cropland. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as one per cent surplus, 77 per cent adequate and 22 per cent short.

Strong winds and hail have damaged many crops in the region and blown some grain bins over.  Early hail damage estimates range from minimal to severe.  Yields continue to be disappointing but many farmers are optimistic about later-seeded crops.  Cereal samples have been damaged by ergot, fusarium and wheat midge.  Seed quality will be an issue for many producers in the region.  Some fields are being sprayed for post-harvest weed control.    

Producers are busy hauling bales, swathing crops, fixing equipment and combining.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Small amounts of rainfall were received in most of the region.  The Tisdale and Birch Hills areas received 1 mm of rain, the Bruno area 9 mm, the Alvena area 7 mm, the Prince Albert area 6 mm and the Garrick area 3 mm.  The Alvena area has recorded the least amount of rainfall since April 1 (395 mm), while the Kinistino area has received the greatest cumulative rainfall in both the region and the province (623 mm).

Thirty-one per cent of the 2012 crops is in the bin and an additional 53 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine.  One hundred per cent of the winter wheat, 97 per cent of the fall rye, 27 per cent of the spring wheat, 20 per cent of the durum, 41 per cent of the barley, 86 per cent of the lentils, 94 per cent of the peas and 28 per cent of the canola have been combined.  An additional 19 per cent of the spring wheat, 33 per cent of the durum, 64 per cent of the canola and 39 per cent of the mustard are swathed or ready to straight combine.   

Topsoil moisture conditions are improving with the warm weather and lack of significant rainfall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 24 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and one per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 89 per cent adequate and five per cent short.  Crop District 9AE is reporting that 50 per cent of cropland has surplus topsoil moisture.

Crop damage this week is attributed mainly to wind.  Strong winds throughout the week have damaged many crops and blown swaths across fields.  Many producers have indicated that crop damage and yield loss due to wind will be significant.  Many crops that would normally be straight cut are now being swathed due to weather delays and damage.  Some fields and access roads remain soft, although field conditions are improving.  There have been many reports of equipment stuck in fields.  Crops are being combined tough and quality may be an issue; many barley crops are coming off light.  Yields are variable and range from below average to average in most parts of the region. 

Producers are busy hauling bales and grain, swathing and combining.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

The region continued to receive significant rainfall this past week, delaying harvest.  Rainfall varied from trace amounts to 26 mm in the Barthel area.  The Speers area received 1 mm of rain, the Rabbit Lake and North Battleford areas 12 mm, the Glaslyn area 18 mm, the Turtleford area 20 mm, the St. Walburg area 16 mm, the Meadow Lake area 5 mm and the Pierceland area 4 mm. Since April 1, cumulative rainfall in the region has varied from 324 mm (St. Walburg area) to 489 mm (Glaslyn area). 

Harvest is progressing and producers now have 27 per cent of the 2012 crop harvested, up from 12 per cent last week.  Fifty-three per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight combine.  One hundred per cent of the winter wheat and fall rye, 21 per cent of the spring wheat, 24 per cent of the barley, 65 per cent of the lentils, 84 per cent of the peas and 25 per cent of the canola is combined.  Seventeen per cent of the spring wheat, 33 per cent of the barley, 65 per cent of the canola and 25 per cent of the flax is swathed.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are nine per cent surplus and 91 per cent adequate. Pasture and hay land topsoil moisture conditions are five per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and one per cent very short.

Strong winds, hailstorms and rain have damaged many of the crops in the region.  Many crops that would normally be straight cut are now being swathed due to weather delays and damage.  Crop quality is an issue in some areas and there will be downgrading at the elevator due to disease, insects and bleaching.  Yields are disappointing, although some crops are yielding average to above average.  Some fields and access roads are soft and there have been many reports of equipment getting stuck.  There are reports of frost, although damage varies. 

Producers are busy hauling bales, swathing and combining.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 10, 2012

Winter
Wheat
% Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW* 0 0 0 98
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 0 100
NE 0 0 0 100
NW 0 0 0 100
* two per cent is rated as 'other'
Fall Rye % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW* 0 0 0 82
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 0 100
NE** 0 0 0 97
NW 0 0 0 100
* 18 per cent is rated as 'other'
** three per cent is rated as 'other'
Spring
Wheat
% Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 12 10 5 73
SW 9 2 10 79
EC 15 20 14 51
WC 45 14 24 17
NE 22 19 32 27
NW 31 17 31 21
Durum % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 21 6 3 70
SW 7 2 11 80
EC 17 17 19 47
WC 67 11 14 8
NE 3 32 45 20
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Oats % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE* 19 29 1 49
SW** 11 13 12 60
EC 42 31 7 20
WC* 46 18 17 17
NE*** 33 10 33 23
NW* 53 26 13 6
* two per cent is rated as 'other'
** four per cent is rated as 'other'
*** one per cent is rated as 'other' 
Barley % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE* 12 12 3 72
SW** 5 4 3 88
EC* 15 20 6 58
WC 39 17 13 31
NE 23 13 23 41
NW 35 33 8 24
* one per cent is rated as 'other'  
Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 58 6 1 35
SW 97 0 3 0
EC 81 3 11 5
WC 76 9 11 4
NE 74 12 10 4
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 3 0 0 97
SW 0 1 2 97
EC 6 1 5 88
WC 17 8 23 52
NE* 0 5 7 86
NW 35 0 0 65
* two per cent is rated as 'other' 
Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 0 1 97
SW 1 0 1 98
EC 2 2 2 94
WC 2 2 6 90
NE 0 2 4 94
NW 4 5 7 84
Chickpeas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 3 2 93
SW 33 1 7 59
EC 0 0 25 75
WC 100 0 0 0
NE N/A N/A N/A N/A
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Canola % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 2 16 0 82
SW 2 2 1 95
EC 8 43 1 48
WC 5 41 1 53
NE 5 64 3 28
NW 4 65 6 25
Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 8 0 0 92
SW 1 1 0 98
EC 16 45 0 39
WC 44 27 3 26
NE* 40 39 20 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* one per cent is rated as 'other' 
Flax % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 76 1 0 23
SW 83 4 4 9
EC 89 4 5 2
WC 94 6 0 0
NE 89 5 2 4
NW 75 25 0 0
Triticale % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE N/A N/A N/A N/A
SW* 9 8 6 56
EC 0 70 0 30
WC 32 17 33 18
NE 0 0 100 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* 21 per cent is rated as 'other' 

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