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      Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One year ago
Ninety-seven per cent of the 2012 crop had been combined. Seventy-four per cent of the flax had been combined.

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Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops

Sept 30/13

79

5 year avg. (2008-2012)

74

Oct 2/12

97

Sept 27/11

91

Sept 28/10

30

Sept 29/09

72

  Sept 28/08

82

Saskatchewan Harvest
September 30, 2013
%  combined
 

Winter wheat

98

Fall rye*

99

Spring wheat

78

Durum

83

Oats**

65

Barley

86

Canola

78

Mustard

88

Lentils

97

Peas

99

Chickpeas

30

Canaryseed

38

Flax

21

*includes five per cent ‘other'
**includes one per cent ‘other'

Seventy-nine per cent of the 2013 crop is now combined, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Crop Report. Significant rainfall recorded last week slowed harvest progress in most areas of the province. Fifteen per cent is swathed or is ready to straight-cut. The five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is 74 per cent combined and 18 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest progress is most advanced in the west-central region, where 95 per cent of the crop is combined. Seventy-two per cent is combined in the southeast; 85 per cent in the southwest; 68 per cent in the east-central region; 74 per cent in the northeast and 88 per cent in the northwest.

Rainfall throughout the province ranged from nil to 81 mm. Many areas received over 35 mm of rain, and heavy precipitation was reported in the southwestern, east-central and northeastern regions. Many areas in the southwestern, southeastern and east-central regions have been experiencing rain delays for a couple of weeks.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and 11 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay and pasture land is rated as two per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 24 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as nine per cent excellent, 43 per cent good, 29 per cent fair, 16 per cent poor and three per cent very poor.

Rain and strong winds caused the majority of the crop damage. The rain has resulted in bleaching and sprouting of some cereal crops. Wind has caused some shattering losses in swathed canola and ripe crops.

Farmers are busy combining, hauling bales and completing fall weed control operations.


Southeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 1 - Carnduff, Estevan, Redvers, Moosomin and Kipling areas; Crop District 2 - Weyburn, Milestone, Moose Jaw, Regina and Qu'Appelle areas; Crop District 3ASE - Radville and Lake Alma areas)

Seventy-two per cent of the crop is harvested and 15 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. More rain this past week has delayed harvest. Areas in crop districts 1A and 1B received little rain; however, crops are drying slowly due to previous rain showers. With the recent rain delays, most producers are indicating 10 more days are needed to finish harvest, although some producers are nearing the end. The spring wheat crop is between 30 to 95 per cent combined; durum 30 to 100 per cent; barley and canola 20 to 100 per cent; and lentils 40 to 100 per cent.

Rainfall ranged from nil to 58 mm (Caron area). Most areas reported more than 15 mm of rain. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 12 per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, six per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 66 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and six per cent very short. 

Yields for the region are reported to be average to above-average. Yields vary, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. Strong winds, heavy rain and frost caused damage to crops this week. Localized flooding was also reported in some areas. There are concerns that the recent rain has caused bleaching and downgrading. Winter cereals have started to emerge.

Pasture conditions are rated as six per cent excellent, 61 per cent good, 27 per cent fair and six per cent poor.

Producers are busy harvesting and hauling bales.


Southwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 3ASW - Coronach, Assiniboia and Ogema areas; Crop District 3AN - Gravelbourg, Mossbank, Mortlach and Central Butte areas; Crop District 3B - Kyle, Swift Current , Shaunavon and Ponteix areas; Crop District 4 - Consul, Maple Creek and Leader areas)

The region now has 85 per cent of the crop combined and eight per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Most areas of the region recorded rain over the past week, slowing harvest progress. The amount of rain ranged from 2 to 80 mm (Eyebrow area). The spring wheat and mustard crops are between 50 to 100 per cent combined; durum and barley 40 to 100 per cent and canola 80 to 100 per cent. Crop districts 3ASW and 3BS have received rain over the last couple of weeks and so harvest progress is slow.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and eight per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and three per cent very short. Crop District 4B is reporting that 33 per cent of the cropland, hay land and pasture land is very short of topsoil moisture.

Pasture conditions are rated as 23 per cent excellent, 52 per cent good, 15 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor.

Crop yields vary, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. Crop damage this week was caused by rain and strong winds. There are concerns of downgrading caused by bleaching and sprouting of crops from the rain. Strong winds blew some canola swaths around. Some farmers are wrapping up harvest operations, while the majority will need at least a week to 10 days of warm and dry weather. Winter wheat crops are emerging. Farmers are busy harvesting, baling straw and hauling bales.


East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop District 5 - Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas; Crop District 6A - Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas)

Sixty-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, while 27 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Rain, ranging from 8 to 81 mm (Craik area) over the past week, has slowed harvest progress. Many areas reported over 35 mm of rain.

Nineteen per cent of the total crop is in the swath. Twenty-nine per cent of the canola is in the swath. The spring wheat and barley crops are between 40 to 100 per cent combined; canola 20 to 100 per cent; and flax 0 to 60 per cent.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as six per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 20 per cent short and three per cent very short. Although rain at this time of year slow harvest operations, producers in some areas - particularly Crop District 6A - are relieved to have received the moisture as soil and pasture conditions were very dry.

Pasture conditions are rated as one per cent excellent, 29 per cent good, 49 per cent fair, 18 per cent poor and three per cent very poor.

Yields vary, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. Strong winds and bleaching of swathed crops from the rain are the sources of crop damage this week. Farmers are busy harvesting, baling straw and hauling bales.


West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B - Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7 - Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major, Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

The west-central region is the most advanced area of the province,  with 95 per cent of the crop combined and four per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Crop districts 7A and 7B recorded very little rain and so combines continued to roll in those areas. Rain ranged from nil to 62 mm (Hanley area). Spring wheat combined ranges from 90 to 100 per cent; oats 50 to 100 per cent; barley 40 100 per cent; canola 80 to 100 per cent and flax 10 to 100 per cent combined. Flax and canaryseed crops are being combined. Many farmers have completed harvest and others hope to finish within the week.

With some areas receiving very little rain, topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate and are rated as 16 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and 47 per cent very short on cropland. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 22 per cent adequate, 30 per cent short and 48 per cent very short. Many areas in the region have not received a significant rainfall in over a month. Crop districts 7A and 7B are reporting over 40 per cent of the cropland, hay land and pasture is very short of topsoil moisture. Crop and combine fires have been reported in many areas.

Pasture conditions are rated as three per cent excellent, 13 per cent good, 43 per cent fair, 28 per cent poor and 13 per cent very poor.

The majority of the crop damage was caused by strong winds (of up to 80 km per /hour) that damaged some swathed crops. Producers are busy finishing harvest, working fields and starting fall weed control.


Northeastern Saskatchewan (Crop District 8 - Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Melfort, Carrot River, Humboldt, Kinistino, Cudworth and Aberdeen areas; Crop District 9AE - Prince Albert, Choiceland and Paddockwood areas)

Significant harvest progress was being made in the region until rain brought combines to a halt. Seventy-four per cent of the crop is now in the bin and 23 per cent is swathed or is ready to straight-cut. The spring wheat crop is between 60 to 100 per cent combined; oats 20 to 100 per cent; barley 70 to 100 per cent and canola 35 to 85 per cent. Twenty-nine per cent of the canola is in the swath. A couple of weeks of dry weather will be needed to get the majority of the crop in the bin.

Rainfall in the region ranged from 14 to 39 mm (Porcupine Plain area). Crop yields vary, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as one per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and 23 per cent short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as two per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and 20 per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as seven per cent excellent, 50 per cent good, 33 per cent fair and 10 per cent poor. Strong winds caused some canola swaths to blow. Producers are busy harvesting, hauling hay and spraying.


Northwestern Saskatchewan (Crop District 9AW - Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas; Crop District 9B - Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas)

Good harvest progress was made in the region, and 88 per cent of the 2013 crop is now combined. Ten per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Areas on the eastern side of the region recorded significant rain, but many combines were still able to get back into the field within a day or so. Rainfall ranged from nil to 21 mm (Duck Lake area). The wheat crop is between 70 to 100 per cent combined; oats 50 to 100 per cent; barley 60 to 100 per cent and canola 50 to 100 per cent. Above-average yields and good quality are being reported in the majority of the region.

Yields vary, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. Many farmers are expecting to finish harvest in the next week or so.

The region continues to miss the majority of the past several weeks' rain showers. Very dry soil conditions are being reported, and pasture productivity has declined. Some cattle are already being moved home from pasture, and there are reports of a few cattle producers hauling water to cattle. Pasture conditions are rated as 24 per cent good, 18 per cent fair, 47 per cent poor and 11 per cent very poor.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 23 per cent adequate, 63 per cent short and 14 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as 25 per cent adequate, 55 per cent short and 20 per cent very short. Very little crop damage was reported in the region, although some areas received a light frost. Producers are busy harvesting, controlling fall weeds, baling straw and hauling bales.


Saskatchewan Harvest Progress September 30, 2013

Winter Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

0

0

1

99

southwest

0

0

0

100

east central

0

0

1

99

west central

0

0

1

99

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

0

0

1

99

 

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

15

14

10

61

southwest

5

3

11

81

east central

5

10

17

68

west central

1

1

4

94

northeast

2

4

13

81

northwest

2

1

4

93

province

6

6

10

78

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

9

2

6

83

southwest

5

1

13

81

east central

4

12

20

64

west central

1

0

2

97

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

5

2

10

83

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

25

22

2

50

1

southwest

11

4

5

62

18

east central

8

25

13

54

0

west central

4

6

3

84

3

northeast

5

11

17

67

0

northwest

7

5

5

81

2

province

9

16

10

64

1

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

10

8

2

80

southwest

6

1

5

88

east central

3

12

7

78

west central

1

1

4

94

northeast

2

4

6

88

northwest

5

4

2

89

province

4

5

5

86

 

Lentils

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

3

0

1

96

southwest

1

0

1

98

east central

2

0

2

96

west central

0

0

2

98

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

2

0

1

97

 

Peas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

1

0

1

98

southwest

0

0

0

100

east central

1

0

0

99

west central

0

0

0

100

northeast

0

0

0

100

northwest

0

0

0

100

province

0.3

0

0.2

99

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

4

19

0

77

southwest

1

3

0

96

east central

1

30

1

68

west central

0

2

0

98

northeast

0

29

3

68

northwest

1

17

0

82

province

1

20

1

78

 

Mustard

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

1

4

27

68

southwest

3

1

2

94

east central

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

west central

2

10

8

80

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

2

4

6

88

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

58

5

14

23

southwest

59

1

18

22

east central

56

12

22

10

west central

25

9

15

51

northeast

62

20

5

13

northwest

15

5

10

70

province

56

7

16

21

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

southwest

74

0

5

21

east central

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

west central

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

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