Har­vest 2018 most ad­vanced in the South­west

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Dry and hot con­di­tions have al­lowed South­west pro­duc­ers to out­pace the rest of the prov­ince early har­vest op­er­a­tions.

The South­west has com­pleted a Saskatchewan lead­ing 10 per cent of the har­vest ac­cord­ing to Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture’s Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of Au­gust 7 to 13. An ad­di­tional 13 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The re­gion is now ahead of the fiveyear av­er­age of be­ing six per cent com­pleted.

The ex­treme tem­per­a­tures from last week, com­bined with the pro­longed lack of mois­ture, have caused crops to dry down rapidly. The weather will also af­fect yield and qual­ity, and any fu­ture rain will be of lit­tle ben­e­fits to crops which are rapidly ad­vanc­ing.

Pas­tures and hay fields across the South­west are in need of sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall to help them re­cover from the hot and dry con­di­tions.

Top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions have de­te­ri­o­rated in the past few weeks be­cause of the con­tin­ued lack of mois­ture, strong winds and hot tem­per­a­tures. In the South­west, top­soil mois­ture on crop­land is rated as 50 per cent very short, 40 per cent short, and 10 per cent ad­e­quate. Sim­i­larly, hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are rated as 63 per cent very short, 31 per cent short, and six per cent ad­e­quate.

The chal­leng­ing grow­ing con­di­tions have pro­duced a wide range of re­ported yields, rang­ing from about av­er­age to well below av­er­age. The qual­ity of com­bined crops has been re­ported to be good to ex­cel­lent.

There have been re­ports of stub­ble and com­bine fires in drier ar­eas. Live­stock feed also re­mains in short sup­ply.

Provin­cially, five per cent of Saskatchewan’s crop is now com­bined and nine per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018 per cent com­bined

Fall rye Win­ter wheat Peas

Len­tils Du­rum

Bar­ley

Spring wheat Oats Ca­nary­seed Flax

Canola Mus­tard Soy­beans Chick­peas

HAR­VEST 2018

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