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Harvest was nearly complete at 99 per cent combined. 

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Harvest Progress in SK
Per cent combined
All Crops

Oct 7/13

89

5 year avg.
(2008-2012)

85

Oct 9/12

99

Oct 4/11

97

Oct 5/10

60

Oct 6/09

76

Oct 5/08

95

Saskatchewan harvest by Crop District
October 7, 2013
%  combined 

1A

83

1B

78

2A

93

2B

84

3ASE

97

3ASW

84

3AN

95

3BS

92

3BN

96

4A

97

4B

99

5A

76

5B

81

6A

90

6B

95

7A

99

7B

99

8A

81

8B

90

9AE

81

9AW

93

9B

90

Eighty-nine per cent of the 2013 crop is now combined and eight per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report.  Dry weather in most areas of the province resulted in significant harvest progress being made over the past week.  The five-year average (2008-2012) for this time of year is 85 per cent combined and 11 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Harvest is most advanced in the west-central region, where 97 per cent of the crop is combined. Eighty-five per cent is combined in the southeast; 94 per cent in the southwest; 83 per cent in the east-central region; 85 per cent in the northeast and 92 per cent in the northwest. Harvest progress by crop district ranges from 99 to 76 per cent combined.

Of the crop that has been harvested, average to above-average yields are being reported in most areas. Spring wheat average yields are reported as 47 bushels per acre, durum 44 bushels per acre, barley 69 bushels per acre, canola 38 bushels per acre and peas 43 bushels per acre. Average yields vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  Provincial spring wheat quality is estimated to be above average. Grades for spring wheat are estimated as 59 per cent 1CW, 31 per cent 2CW, nine per cent 3CW and one per cent CW feed.

The amount of rainfall across the province ranged from nil to 36 mm. The northwestern region received most of the rainfall over the past week.

Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 65 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and eight per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is rated as one per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.

Rain and wind caused the majority of the crop damage. Crop damage due to rain has resulted in bleaching and sprouting in 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)

Producers were able to stay on the combines for most of the week as very little rain was reported in the region. Eighty-five per cent of the crop is combined and 10 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year average (2008 to 2012) for this time of year is 87 per cent combined. Harvest progress ranges from 78 per cent combined in CD 1B to 97 per cent in CD 3ASE. Spring wheat is between 60 to 100 per cent combined; durum 70 to 100 per cent; barley 50 to 100 per cent; canola 70 to 100 per cent; and flax 20 to 100 per cent combined.  Ten per cent of the canola, 17 per cent of the oats and eight per cent of the wheat is in the swath. One week of dry weather should get the majority of the crop off the field.

Spring wheat grades are rated as 47 per cent 1CW, 41 per cent 2CW, 11 per cent 3CW and one per cent feed. Above-average yields are being reported. Yields for the region vary from area to area, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture. 

The amount of rainfall reported in the region ranged from nil to 8 mm (Indian Head area).  Many areas reported no rainfall for the week. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 72 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 68 per cent adequate, 25 per cent short and five per cent very short. 

Bleaching and sprouting of standing ripe and swathed crops has occurred in some areas due to the rain that fell over the past three weeks. A hard frost on a couple nights was reported in most areas of the region, with temperatures reaching down to -3C to -5C for most of the night. Winter cereals are emerging.

Producers are busy helping out whomever they can to get the harvest wrapped up. Producers are busy harvesting, hauling bales and completing some fall field work.


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 94 per cent of the crop combined and three per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.  The five-year average (2008 to 2012) for this time of year is 91 per cent combined. Small rain showers moved through a few areas; however, most combines were able to keep working. Harvest progress ranges from 84 per cent combined in CD 3ASW to 99 per cent combined in 4B.  Spring wheat and mustard crops are between 85 to 100 per cent combined; durum 70 to 100 per cent; barley 50 to 100 per cent; canola 85 to 100 per cent combined; and chickpeas 20 to 100 per cent combined. Twelve per cent of the oats are in the swath.

Spring wheat grades are rated as 34 per cent 1CW, 39 per cent 2CW, 20 per cent 3CW and seven per cent feed.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 85 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and three per cent very short. Hay land and pasture moisture is rated as 85 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and three per cent very short.  Thirty-three per cent of CD 4B is very short of topsoil moisture on both cropland and hay land and pasture.

Above-average yields are being reported. Yields vary from area to area, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  Crop damage consists of bleaching, sprouting and downgrading, mostly attributed to the rain received in September. A week of dry weather should allow most producers to finish harvest.

Winter wheat crops are emerging.  A hard frost was reported on a couple nights, with temperatures reaching down to -3C to -8C for most of the night.

Farmers are busy finishing harvest, baling straw, hauling bales and completing some fall weed control.  Producers are busy helping out whomever they can to get the harvest wrapped up.


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)

A dry week in most areas has allowed producers to make significant harvest progress. Eighty-three per cent of the crop in the bin, while 15 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.  The five-year average (2008 to 2012) is 85 per cent combined. The amount of rainfall received in the region ranged from nil to 10 mm (Foam Lake area).  Harvest progress ranges from 76 per cent combined in CD 5A to 90 per cent combined in CD 6A. The spring wheat and barley crops are between 50 to 100 per cent; canola 40 to 100 per cent; and flax 0 to 60 per cent combined. Soybeans are starting to be combined. Twenty per cent of the flax, 15 per cent of the canola and 19 per cent of the oats are in the swath.

Spring wheat grades are rated as 55 per cent 1CW, 34 per cent 2CW, nine per cent 3CW and two per cent feed.

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 79 per cent adequate, 19 per cent short and two per cent very short.  Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 67 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and seven per cent very short.  

Above-average yields are being reported, although yields vary from region to region, depending on seeding conditions and growing season moisture.  The precipitation in September has caused some downgrading, bleaching and sprouting of some crops.  Some of the canola that was combined during the past week has been put into aeration bins or  grain dryers. A hard frost was reported on a couple nights, with temperatures reaching down to -3C to -6C for most of the night.

Many producers are hoping to finish harvest in the next 10 days if the weather stays dry. Farmers are busy harvesting, baling straw and hauling bales.


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

Harvest is essentially complete in the region: 97 per cent of the crop is combined. The five-year average (2008 to 2012) is 83 per cent combined. The amount of rainfall in the region last week ranged from nil to 36 mm (Dinsmore area). Sixty-seven per cent of the flax and 69 per cent of the canaryseed (two minor crops) have been combined. Yields well above the 10-year average are being reported.

Spring wheat grades are rated as 79 per cent 1CW, 17 per cent 2CW and four per cent 3CW.

Although some areas received rain last week, topsoil moisture conditions are still very dry. Twenty per cent of the crop land has adequate topsoil moisture, 50 per cent is short and 30 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 28 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and 27 per cent very short.  Many areas in the region have not had a significant rainfall in over a month and a half. In crop districts 7A and 7B, over 43 per cent of the cropland, hay land and pasture is very short of topsoil moisture.  

Producers are busy with fall weed control operations, hauling bales and bringing cattle home from pastures.


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)

Rain fell in most of the region early in the week, slowing harvest progress; however, by the weekend many producers were back in the field. Eighty-five per cent of the crop is now combined, on track with the five-year average (2008 to 2012). Fourteen per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest progress ranges from 81 per cent combined in CDs 8A and 9AE to 90 per cent combined in CD 8B. The spring wheat crop is between 75 to 100 per cent combined; oats 55 to 100 per cent; barley 85 to 100 per cent; canola 50 to 100 per cent; and flax 10 to 100 per cent combined.  Seventeen per cent of the canola and flax is in the swath. A week to 10 days of dry weather will be needed to finish harvest.

Spring wheat grades are rated as 63 per cent 1CW, 36 per cent 2CW and one per cent 3CW. Yields are above average for the majority of the region. 

The amount of rainfall in the region ranged from nil to 25 mm (Garrick area).  Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate and 22 per cent short and one per cent very short.  Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as three per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate and 21 per cent short. 

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)

The region has 92 per cent of the crop combined, although rainfall early in the week slow harvest progress down. Combines have been back in the field the last couple of days. The five-year average for this time of year is 80 per cent combined. Harvest progress is 90 per cent complete in CD 9B and 93 per cent complete in CD 9AW. Eleven per cent of the canola, three per cent of the oats and two per cent of the wheat and barley are in the swath. Rainfall ranged from nil to 35 mm (Rapid View area).

Spring wheat grades are rated as 76 per cent 1CW, 18 per cent 2CW and six per cent 3CW. Above-average yields and good quality are being reported in the majority of the region.

The recent moisture was welcomed as soil conditions are very dry. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 35 per cent adequate, 48 per cent short and 17 per cent very short. Topsoil moisture on hay land and pasture is reported as 25 per cent adequate, 41 per cent short and 34 per cent very short.   Temperatures dropped to -7C in some areas on a few nights.

Many farmers are expecting to finish harvest within the week.  Producers are busy harvesting, controlling fall weeds, baling straw and hauling bales.     


 

Provincial Estimated Crop Yields- October 7, 2013

Crop yield predictions at this point in time. Please keep in mind these are regional averages, and yields can vary greatly across an area.
Winter wheat Fall rye Spring wheat Durum Oat Barley Flax
Southeast

44

46

46

46

77

67

26

Southwest

51

39

42

44

69

65

24

East-central

50

36

49

46

96

75

29

West-central

36

32

44

43

78

66

27

Northeast

N/A

30

45

N/A

100

66

30

Northwest 

N/A

25

49

N/A

96

73

25

Province

47

38

46

44

92

69

27

 

Canola

Mustard

Pea

Lentil 

Canaryseed

Chickpea

Sunflower

Southeast

37

1200

38

1300

1000

1400

N/A

Southwest

37

1300

43

1900

1400

1800

N/A

East-central

39

1300

42

1900

1300

1300

N/A

West-central

38

1200

44

1600

1300

1400

N/A

Northeast

34

N/A

37

N/A

1600

N/A

N/A

Northwest 

41

N/A

46

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Province

38

1300

43

1700

1300

1800

N/A

mustard, lentil, canaryseed, chickpea and sunflower in lbs/ac. All other crops in bu/ac.

 

Saskatchewan Harvest Progress October 7, 2013

Spring Wheat

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

5

8

4

83

southwest

1

1

4

94

east-central

1

6

8

85

west-central

0

1

2

97

northeast

0

2

7

91

northwest

0

1

3

96

province

1

4

5

90

 

Durum

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

3

6

1

90

southwest

2

0

4

94

east central

0

3

10

87

west-central

0

1

1

98

northeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

2

2

3

93

 

Oats

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

% other
(greenfeed)

southeast

5

17

2

75

1

southwest

5

3

4

70

18

east-central

5

19

9

67

0

west-central

1

5

1

90

3

northeast

1

2

13

84

0

northwest

2

3

1

90

4

province

3

11

7

77

2

 

Barley

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

6

6

5

83

southwest

5

0

1

94

east-central

1

5

2

92

west-central

0

1

1

98

northeast

0

4

2

94

northwest

5

1

3

91

province

2

3

2

93

 

Canola

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

1

10

2

87

southwest

0

2

0

98

east-central

0

15

1

84

west-central

0

1

0

99

northeast

0

17

1

82

northwest

1

12

0

87

province

0

11

1

88

 

Flax

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

34

9

7

50

southwest

34

0

21

45

east-central

23

20

13

44

west-central

9

4

20

67

northeast

27

16

32

25

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

29 

11

13

47

 

Chickpeas

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

southwest

24

5

15

56

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

 

Canaryseed

% Standing

% in swath

% ready to
straight combine

% combined

southeast

34

24

3

39

southwest

7

0

9

84

east-central

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

west-central

1

24

7

68

northeast

23

1

6

70

northwest

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

province

18

16

5

61

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