Weekly crop re­port (as of Oct. 16)

Har­vest nearly com­plete, north­ern re­gions ahead of five-year av­er­age in sec­ond-last crop re­port for the year

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION - GOV­ERN­MENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

Har­vest is es­sen­tially com­plete for pro­duc­ers in the prov­ince, with 98 per cent of the crop now in the bin, up from 94 per cent last week, ac­cord­ing to Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture’s weekly Crop Re­port. The five-year (2012-2016) av­er­age for this time of year is 94 per cent har­vested. There are still some crops, such as flax, soy­bean and canola, left to har­vest, and most of these pro­duc­ers will only need an­other week or two of warm and dry con­di­tions to fin­ish.

The south­east­ern, south­west­ern and east-cen­tral re­gions all have 99 per cent of the crop com­bined, while the west­cen­tral re­gion has 98 per cent. The north­east­ern re­gion has 96 per cent of the crop in the bin and the north­west­ern re­gion has 95 per cent.

Ninety-nine per cent of the ca­nary­seed, 98 per cent of the du­rum, spring wheat, oats and bar­ley, 95 per cent of the canola, 91 per cent of the soy­beans and 87 per cent of the flax have been com­bined.

The ma­jor­ity of the prov­ince re­ceived no mois­ture this past week, although ar­eas in the north­west re­ceived small amounts of rain and snow, with the Meadow Lake re­port­ing 11 mm. Top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions have re­mained rel­a­tively un­changed over the last few weeks, and sig­nif­i­cant mois­ture will be needed to re­plen­ish both the top­soil and sub­soil be­fore next spring. Across the prov­ince, top­soil mois­ture on crop­land is rated as 43 per cent ad­e­quate, 40 per cent short and 17 per cent very short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as 33 per cent ad­e­quate, 45 per cent short and 22 per cent very short.

The ma­jor­ity of crop dam­age this past week was due to strong winds and wildlife such as geese and deer. Hard frosts last week have helped dry crops such as flax.

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

SaskPower re­ceived six re­ports last week of farm ma­chin­ery com­ing in con­tact with elec­tri­cal equip­ment, bring­ing the to­tal for Oc­to­ber to 13. Pro­duc­ers are urged to be es­pe­cially care­ful when us­ing equip­ment around power lines. Safety in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. saskpower.com/safety.

Great progress was made again this week and 96 per cent of the crop is now com­bined, up from 92 per cent last week and just ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) av­er­age of 95 per cent for this time of year. Pro­duc­ers in­di­cate that they only need an­other week or two of warm and dry con­di­tions to take off the rest of the crop.

No rain was re­ported in the re­gion last week. The Ar­bor­field area has re­ported re­ceiv­ing the most pre­cip­i­ta­tion (339 mm) in the re­gion since April 1.

Top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions on crop­land are rated as 85 per cent ad­e­quate and 15 per cent short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as 70 per cent ad­e­quate and 30 per cent short.

Most crop dam­age this past week was due to strong winds, hard frost and wildlife such as deer and geese. The hard frost should help crops such as flax, soy­beans and canola dry down and be ready for com­bin­ing. Pro­duc­ers are busy fin­ish­ing har­vest, mov­ing cat­tle, work­ing fields and com­plet­ing fall work such as putting down fer­til­izer and pick­ing rocks.

Sig­nif­i­cant progress was made again this week. Ninety-five per cent of the crop is now com­bined, up from 87 per cent last week and just slightly ahead of the five-year (2012-2016) av­er­age of 94 per cent for this time of year. Most pro­duc­ers have in­di­cated that they will only need a cou­ple more weeks of warm and dry weather to fin­ish com­bin­ing. Much of the crop has come off tough in re­cent weeks.

While most of the re­gion re­ported lit­tle to no mois­ture, ar­eas around Meadow Lake in Crop Dis­trict 9B re­ported re­ceiv­ing up to 11 mm of rain and snow. The Pierce­land area has re­ceived the most pre­cip­i­ta­tion (576 mm) in the re­gion since April 1.

Crop­land top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are rated as 56 per cent ad­e­quate, 34 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture is rated as 49 per cent ad­e­quate, 40 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.

Most crop dam­age this past week was due to strong winds. Pro­duc­ers are busy com­bin­ing, mov­ing cat­tle and com­plet­ing fall work such as putting down fer­til­izer, fix­ing fences and pick­ing rocks.

HER­ALD FILE PHOTO

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