Weekly crop re­port

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - WHAT`S ON - GOVERN­MENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

Warm and dry weather ear­lier in the week al­lowed many pro­duc­ers to re­turn to the field after sev­eral days of rain de­lays. Eighty-nine per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 78 per cent last week. Har­vest progress re­mains ahead of the five year (20122016) av­er­age of 82 per cent for this time of year. Eight per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Har­vest is most ad­vanced in the south­west­ern re­gion, where 98 per cent of the crop is now com­bined. The south­east­ern and west-cen­tral re­gions have 92 per cent com­bined and the east-cen­tral re­gion 89 per cent. The north­east­ern re­gion has 78 per cent com­bined, while the north­west­ern re­gion has 69 per cent com­bined.

Many pro­duc­ers worked long hours over the last week to com­bine re­main­ing crops prior to the rain. Some crops have been taken off tough and placed into aer­a­tion bins.

Ninety-nine per cent of chick­peas, 98 per cent of mus­tard, 97 per cent of du­rum, 93 per cent of ca­nary­seed, 92 per cent of spring wheat and bar­ley, 84 per cent of canola, 81 per cent of oats, 64 per cent of flax and 46 per cent of soy­beans have now been com­bined. Four­teen per cent of canola is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Pro­duc­ers in many ar­eas of the prov­ince wel­comed the heavy rain and snow to help re­plen­ish the top­soil; how­ever, warm and dry weather is now needed to dry crops suf­fi­ciently for pro­duc­ers to fin­ish har­vest. Rain­fall this past week ranged from small amounts to 92 mm in the Ke­nas­ton area. Many cen­tral and north­east­ern ar­eas re­ported well over 50 mm of rain­fall, while ar­eas in the south re­ported snow.

Top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions have greatly im­proved with the re­cent mois­ture, but more will be needed to re­plen­ish the sub­soil mois­ture for next spring. Across the prov­ince, top­soil mois­ture on crop­land is rated as five per cent sur­plus, 39 per cent ad­e­quate, 43 per cent short and 13 per cent very short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as two per cent sur­plus, 34 per cent ad­e­quate, 39 per cent short and 25 per cent very short.

Yield es­ti­mates re­main about av­er­age over­all, al­though they vary greatly across the prov­ince de­pend­ing on time of seed­ing and mois­ture re­ceived through­out the sea­son. Some eastern and north­ern ar­eas are re­port­ing higher-than-av­er­age yields, thanks to timely rain­fall.

Yields in much of the south­ern and cen­tral re­gions were greatly af­fected by the ex­tended pe­riod of hot and dry con­di­tions this sum­mer. Many crops did not fill prop­erly as they ran out of mois­ture much ear­lier than nor­mal. Some ce­real crops have re­duced pro­tein con­tent and lighter bushel weights. Spring wheat grades are above the 10 year av­er­age and are be­ing re­ported as 74 per cent 1 CW, 23 per cent 2 CW and three per cent 3 CW.

The ma­jor­ity of crop dam­age this past week was due to lo­cal­ized flood­ing, frost, strong winds, lack of mois­ture and wildlife such as geese and deer.

Pro­duc­ers are busy com­bin­ing, com­plet­ing fall field work, mov­ing cat­tle and haul­ing bales.

A quar­ter of the re­gion’s crops were har­vested last week, thanks to some warm and dry weather. Many pro­duc­ers worked long hours to com­bine re­main­ing crops be­fore the week­end rain; some crop is com­ing off tough and be­ing placed in aer­a­tion bins.

Seventy-eight per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 53 per cent last but slightly be­low the five-year (2012-2016) av­er­age of 80 per cent for this time of year. Sev­eral weeks of warm and dry weather are needed in or­der for pro­duc­ers to fin­ish.

Heavy rain­fall was re­ceived in much of the re­gion, rang­ing from 3 mm in the Gar­rick and Birch Hills ar­eas to 78 mm in the Por­cu­pine Plain area. Many ar­eas re­ported re­ceiv­ing at least 25 mm of rain.

The Por­cu­pine Plain area has re­ported the most pre­cip­i­ta­tion (344 mm) in the re­gion since April 1.

Across the re­gion, top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions on crop­land are rated as 16 per cent sur­plus, 59 per cent ad­e­quate and 25 per cent short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as five per cent sur­plus, 62 per cent ad­e­quate and 33 per cent short.

Yield es­ti­mates vary through­out the re­gion, but range from about av­er­age to well above av­er­age in the re­gion. Timely mois­ture through­out the sea­son pos­i­tively af­fected pro­duc­tion for most pro­duc­ers. Spring wheat grades at this point in time are be­ing re­ported as 70 per cent 1 CW, 25 per cent 2 CW, four per cent 3 CW and one per cent CW Feed.

Crop dam­age this past week was due to strong winds, lo­cal­ized flood­ing and wildlife such as elk, deer and water­fowl. Post-har­vest her­bi­cide ap­pli­ca­tions con­tinue on those fields that have ac­tive weed growth.

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