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
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.