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Seventy-six per cent of the 2011 crop had been combined. Frost affected crops in most of the province on September 13

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Saskatchewan Harvest
September 17, 2012
%  combined 

Winter wheat

99

Fall rye*

100

Spring wheat

67

Durum

85

Barley

71

Oats

47

Canaryseed

22

Flax

27

Canola

74

Mustard

85

Lentils

92

Peas

98

Chickpeas

76

*includes seven per cent ‘other'

Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops

Sept 20/12

74

5 year avg.
(2007-2011)

55

Sept 22/11

76

Sept 20/10

18

Sept 22/09

50

Sept 21/08

66

Sept 16/07

66

Harvest in Saskatchewan is well ahead of schedule.  Seventy-four per cent of the 2012 crop is harvested and a further 20 per cent is swathed or ready to straight combine, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  The five-year (2007-2011) provincial average for this time of year is 55 per cent combined and 28 per cent swathed or ready to straight combine.

Harvest progress varies across the province.  The southwest has 93 per cent combined; the southeast 90 per cent; the east-central region 73 per cent; the west-central region 64 per cent; the northeast 55 per cent and the northwest 45 per cent.  Sixty-seven per cent of spring wheat; 85 per cent of durum; 71 per cent of barley; 74 per cent of canola; 85 per cent of mustard; 27 per cent of flax; 92 per cent of lentils and 98 per cent of field peas have been combined.

Provincially, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as three per cent surplus, 50 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 45 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 20 per cent very short.

Rainfall this week ranged from trace amounts in the majority of the province to 31 mm in some areas of the northwest.  Crop quality is generally good; yields vary from region to region.

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


Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation - September 20

The deadline to submit forage claims and declarations is September 30. If producers have not completed harvest by this date, they may request an extension of insurance.

The last day for AgriStability participants to submit their 2011 program forms without penalty is September 30, 2012.


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

Warm and dry weather is helping to progress harvest. Producers now have 90 per cent of the 2012 crop in the bin, up from 76 per cent last week.  Crop District 1A has 96 per cent combined, CD 1B 89 per cent, CD 2A 86 per cent, CD 2B 88 per cent and CD 3ASE has 96 per cent combined. 

The majority of the region did not receive any rainfall this past week, although the Frobisher and Maryfield areas received 3 mm, the Tantallon, Wilcox and Radville areas 1 mm and the Kisbey area 2 mm.  Since April 1, rainfall in the region has ranged from 191 mm (Radville area) to 533 mm (Tantallon area).  Radville has recorded the least cumulative rainfall in the province.    

Topsoil is becoming increasingly dry in many areas of the region.  Topsoil moisture ratings on cropland are reported as 31 per cent adequate, 56 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.  On hay land and pasture, topsoil moisture is rated as 24 per cent adequate, 60 per cent short and 16 per cent very short.  Crop District 3ASE is reporting that 33 per cent of cropland and hay land and pasture are very short of moisture.  A significant rainfall will be needed after harvest to recharge the soil. 

Crop reporters are indicating variable yields ranging from above average to very poor.  Excess moisture at seeding time, heat stress, disease and wind damage have all affected yield.  Average yields have improved in the past few weeks and are predicted to be as follows: winter wheat 51 bu/ac, spring wheat 32 bu/ac, durum 36 bu/ac, oats 56 bu/ac, barley 49 bu/ac, fall rye 47 bu/ac, flax 20 bu/ac, canola 24 bu/ac, mustard 704 lb./ac, sunflowers 1500 lb./ac,  lentils 1121 lb./ac, peas 29 bu/ac, chickpeas 1466 lb./ac and canaryseed 990 lb./ac.

Grades for harvested lentils are reported as 19 per cent 1 CAN, 48 per cent 2 CAN and 33 per cent 3 CAN. Grades for field peas are reported as 30 per cent 1 CAN, 47 per cent 2 CAN and 23 per cent 3 CAN.  Grades for durum harvested are reported as 27 per cent 1 CW, 38 per cent 2 CW, 29 per cent 3 CW and six per cent other.

Strong winds continue to damage crops and blow swaths across fields.  A frost was received Monday morning that has damaged some later-seeded crops.  There have been several reports of combines being lost to fire.  Fall work is now underway and the majority of producers will be finished harvest in the next week or two.  Many livestock producers are baling a second cut of hay. 

Producers are busy combining, hauling bales, working the fields and spraying weeds.


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

Another week of warm and dry weather has helped move harvest along.  Producers now have 93 per cent of the 2012 combined, up from 85 per cent last week.  CD 3ASW has 92 per cent combined, CD 3AN 94 per cent, CD 3BS 96 per cent, CD 3BN 89 per cent, CD 4A 94 per cent and CD 4B has 98 per cent combined.

Very little rain was received in the region this past week.  The Glentworth, Mossbank, Coderre and Vanguard areas received 1 mm while the Ponteix area received 2 mm.  Since April 1, rainfall in the region has ranged from 201 mm (Consul area) to 400 mm (Lucky Lake area).

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 eight per cent adequate, 42 per cent short and 50 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are six per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 54 per cent very short.  Crop District 4A is reporting that 83 per cent of cropland and hay land and pasture are very short of moisture.  A significant rainfall is needed after harvest in the majority of the region to recharge the soil.   

Crop reporters are indicating variable yields ranging from average to above average.  Drought-like conditions, disease and wind damage have affected yields.  Average yields have improved in the past few weeks and are predicted to be as follows: winter wheat 44 bu/ac, spring wheat 31 bu/ac, durum 34 bu/ac, oats 51 bu/ac, barley 50 bu/ac, fall rye 34 bu/ac, flax 19 bu/ac, canola 25 bu/ac, mustard 883 lb./ac, lentils 1391 lb./ac, peas 31 bu/ac, chickpeas 1322 lb./ac and canaryseed 1065 lb./ac.

Grades for harvested lentils are reported as 35 per cent 1 CAN, 57 per cent 2 CAN and eight per cent 3 CAN. Grades for field peas are reported as 43 per cent 1 CAN, 54 per cent 2 CAN and three per cent 3 CAN.  Grades for harvested durum are reported as 57 per cent 1 CW, 32 per cent 2 CW, nine per cent 3 CW and two per cent other.

Harvest is wrapping up for many producers and fall field work continues.  Many producers who usually seed winter wheat may not this year due to lack of moisture and germination concerns.  There have been several reports of combine fires due to the extremely dry conditions.  Strong winds and a light frost have damaged crops.  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, harrowing fields and spraying weeds.


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

Harvest is progressing quickly thanks to warm and dry weather.  Seventy-three per cent of the 2012 crop has been harvested, up from 50 per cent last week.  The west side of the region is further advanced with harvest compared to the east side. Crop District 5A has 70 per cent combined, CD 5B 64 per cent, and CD 6A has 83 per cent combined.

Small amounts of rain were received in some areas of the region.  The Rama area received 14 mm of rain, the Sturgis and Leroy areas 2 mm, the Quill Lake and Kelvington areas 4 mm and the Saltcoats area 1 mm.  Since April 1, cumulative rainfall in the region has ranged from 272 mm (Quill Lake area) to 496 mm (Jedburgh area).

Topsoil continues to be dry in the region.  Cropland topsoil moisture is rated 59 per cent adequate, 36 per cent short and five per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 53 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and nine per cent very short. 

Crop reporters are indicating variable yields ranging from below average to average.  Disease and strong winds have damaged crops.  Average yields are predicted as follows: winter wheat 43 bu/ac, spring wheat 33 bu/ac, durum 37 bu/ac, oats 63 bu/ac, barley 48 bu/ac, fall rye 44 bu/ac, flax 22 bu/ac, canola 24 bu/ac, mustard 1110 lb./ac, lentils 1447 lb./ac, peas 34 bu/ac, chickpeas 1200 lb./ac and canaryseed 653 lb./ac.

Grades for harvested lentils are reported as 24 per cent 1 CAN, 52 per cent 2 CAN and 24 per cent 3 CAN. Grades for field peas are reported as 20 per cent 1 CAN, 70 per cent 2 CAN and 10 per cent 3 CAN.  Grades for harvested durum are reported as nine per cent 1 CW, 41 per cent 2 CW, 30 per cent 3 CW and 20 per cent other.

Strong winds continue to damage crops and blow swaths across fields.  A light frost was received Sunday night but damage so far has been minimal.  Many producers are waiting for moisture before seeding or fertilizing winter cereals.  Some fields will need additional herbicide applications to help clean them up before winter.  Fusarium has downgraded many wheat samples at the elevator.   

Producers are busy combining, hauling grain and controlling weeds.


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

A week of warm and dry weather has helped to progress harvest.  Producers now have 64 per cent of the 2012 crop in the bin, up significantly from 40 per cent last week.  Crop District 6B has 69 per cent combined, CD 7A 57 per cent and CD 7B has 65 per cent combined. 

The majority of the region did not receive any rain this past week, although the Rosthern area received 5 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.

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate and 31 per cent short on cropland. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as one per cent surplus, 60 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Crop reporters are indicating variable yields ranging from below average to average.  Disease, hail and strong winds have damaged crops.  Average yields are predicted as follows: winter wheat 33 bu/ac, spring wheat 30 bu/ac, durum 31 bu/ac, oats 61 bu/ac, barley 49 bu/ac, fall rye 30 bu/ac, flax 23 bu/ac, canola 25 bu/ac, mustard 1024 lb./ac, sunflowers 725 lb./ac, lentils 1095 lb./ac, peas 28 bu/ac, chickpeas 1100 lb./ac and canaryseed 992 lb./ac.

Grades for harvested lentils are reported as 29 per cent 1 CAN, 43 per cent 2 CAN, 27 per cent 3 CAN and one per cent sample. Grades for field peas are reported as 23 per cent 1 CAN, 59 per cent 2 CAN, 15 per cent 3 CAN and three per cent Sample grade.  Grades for harvested durum are reported as 16 per cent 1 CW, 40 per cent 2 CW, 32 per cent 3 CW and 12 per cent other.

Strong winds continue to damage crops in the region and many producers are reporting significant yield losses.  Harvest is behind schedule in some areas due to delayed maturity and lodged crops.  A light frost was received Monday morning but damage has been minimal.  Most producers have indicated that harvest will be done in the next week or two.

Producers are busy combining, hauling bales and grain, working fields and spraying weeds.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 8 and 9AE)

Strong winds and rain have delayed harvest in many areas of the region.  Producers now have 55 per cent of the 2012 crop in the bin, up from 31 per cent last week.  Crop District 8A has 55 per cent of the crop combined, CD 8B 56 per cent and CD 9AE has 52 per cent combined.

Small amounts of rainfall were received this past week.  The Tisdale and Bruno areas received 6 mm, the Arborfield and Birch Hills areas 3 mm, the Humboldt area 7 mm, the Vonda and Prince Albert areas 5 mm, the Alvena area 8 mm, the Melfort area 1 mm and the Garrick area 4 mm.  The Alvena area has recorded the least amount of rainfall since April 1 (403 mm), while the Nipawin area has received the greatest cumulative rainfall in both the region and the province (567 mm).   

Topsoil moisture conditions are improving with the warm weather and lack of significant rainfall. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 16 per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and five per cent short.   

Crop reporters are indicating variable yields ranging from below average to average.  Disease, excess moisture and strong winds have damaged crops.  Average yields are predicted as follows: winter wheat 40 bu/ac, spring wheat 35 bu/ac, durum 38 bu/ac, oats 77 bu/ac, barley 49 bu/ac, fall rye 45 bu/ac, flax 20 bu/ac, canola 26 bu/ac, mustard 900 lb./ac, lentils 1440 lb./ac, peas 29 bu/ac, and canaryseed 1228 lb./ac.  Grades for field peas are reported as 21 per cent 1 CAN, 65 per cent 2 CAN and 14 per cent 3 CAN.  Grades for harvested durum are reported as 50 per cent 3 CW and 50 per cent other.

Strong winds continue to damage crops and blow swaths across fields; many producers are indicating that yield loss will be significant.  Many fields and access roads are still soft, although many fields are becoming increasingly dry.  Some livestock producers are baling a second cut of hay. 

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


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 9AW and 9B)

Significant rain in many parts of the region has delayed harvest and damaged crops.  The region now has 45 per cent of the 2012 crop combined, up from 27 per cent last week.  Crop District 9AW has 46 per cent of the crop combined and CD 9B has 45 per cent of the crop combined.  

The Duck Lake area received 12 mm of rain, the North Battleford area 24 mm, the Rabbit Lake area 3 mm, the Neilburg area 7 mm, the Glaslyn and St. Walburg areas 4 mm, the Turtleford area 2 mm, the Meadow Lake area 31 mm and the Dorintosh area 18 mm.  Since April 1, cumulative rainfall in the region has varied from 328 mm (St. Walburg area) to 494 mm (Glaslyn area).    

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are nine per cent surplus and 91 per cent adequate. Pasture and hay land topsoil moisture conditions are two per cent surplus, 97 per cent adequate and one per cent very short.

Wind, hail, disease and excess moisture have damaged crops.  Yields are variable and range from very poor to average.  Average yields are predicted as follows: winter and spring wheat 40 bu/ac, oats 77 bu/ac, barley 62 bu/ac, fall rye 25 bu/ac, canola 31 bu/ac and peas 34 bu/ac.  Grades for field peas are reported as 22 per cent 1 CAN, 60 per cent 2 CAN, 15 per cent 3 CAN and three per cent sample grade. 

A light frost was received Sunday night but damage at this time is minimal.  Strong winds have damaged crops and crop reporters are indicating that damage will be significant.  Harvest in most of the region has been slow due to excess moisture and high humidity.  Some wheat fields are sprouting. 

Producers are busy hauling bales, swathing and combining.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 17, 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 83
EC 0 0 0 100
WC 0 0 0 100
NE** 0 0 0 97
NW 0 0 0 100
* 17 per cent is rated as 'other'
** three per cent is rated as 'other'
Spring Wheat % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 3 4 2 91
SW 2 1 6 91
EC 3 9 8 80
WC 16 12 25 47
NE 7 15 26 52
NW 14 25 26 35
Durum % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 3 3 2 92
SW 2 1 5 92
EC 3 11 9 77
WC 27 13 28 32
NE* 0 7 25 67
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* one per cent is rated as 'other'
Oats % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE* 10 6 1 81
SW** 1 4 3 85
EC*** 23 22 6 48
WC**** 20 17 12 48
NE* 11 22 29 36
NW***** 27 30 15 24
* two per cent is rated as 'other'
** seven per cent is rated as 'other'
*** one per cent is rated as 'other'
**** three per cent is rated as 'other'
***** four per cent is rated as 'other'
Barley % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE* 4 4 1 90
SW 1 1 6 92
EC 6 10 7 77
WC 12 11 16 61
NE 10 20 9 61
NW 6 35 16 43
* one per cent is rated as 'other'
Canaryseed % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 51 7 1 41
SW 56 0 28 16
EC 69 16 8 7
WC 73 6 12 9
NE 40 10 12 38
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lentils % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 0 0 99
SW 0 0 0 100
EC 1 0 4 95
WC 12 3 12 73
NE* 0 0 6 92
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* two per cent is rated as 'other'
Peas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 1 0 0 99
SW 1 0 0 99
EC 1 1 1 97
WC 0 1 2 97
NE 0 0 1 99
NW 2 1 2 95
Chickpeas % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 1 99
SW 16 0 9 75
EC 0 0 12 88
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 1 5 0 94
SW 0 0 1 99
EC 2 25 1 72
WC 0 20 2 78
NE 1 40 2 57
NW 3 41 5 51
Mustard % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 1 0 99
SW 0 0 2 98
EC 0 8 0 92
WC 24 21 6 49
NE* 15 25 20 39
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 54 7 7 32
SW 38 2 18 42
EC 62 12 7 19
WC 76 8 11 5
NE 75 13 8 4
NW 100 0 0 0
Triticale % Standing % in swath % ready to
straight combine
% combined
SE 0 0 0 100
SW* 9 4 2 60
EC N/A N/A N/A N/A
WC 0 10 40 50
NE 0 0 100 0
NW N/A N/A N/A N/A
* 25 per cent is rated as 'other'
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