Prairie Post (East Edition)

Sask. crops getting pulled off despite rainfall

- Saskatchew­an Agricultur­e Follow the 2021 Crop Report on Twitter at @SKAgricult­ure.

Despite the recent rainfall delays that many producers experience­d, harvest continues to progress quickly this week. It has advanced substantia­lly in the northern regions. Thirty-six per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 29 per cent last week and well over the five-year (2016-2020) average of 22 per cent. An additional 30 per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The southwest region continues to have the most progress in the province with 47 per cent of the crop now combined. The southeast region has 42 per cent combined, the west-central 36 per cent, the east-central 25 per cent, the northeast 34 per cent and the northwest 21 per cent.

Ninety-nine per cent of the winter wheat, 83 per cent of the fall rye, 85 per cent of the lentils, 84 per cent of the field peas, 57 per cent of the mustard, 40 per cent of the durum, 11 per cent of the chickpeas, 36 per cent of the spring wheat and 11 per cent of the canola has now been combined. An additional 19 per cent of the canola and 16 per cent of the mustard is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Many parts of the province experience­d scattered rain showers this week, varying from trace amounts up to 77 mm in the Limerick area. The Macklin area received 51 mm, the Conquest area 40 mm, the Roblin area 35 mm, the Goodeve area 30 mm and the Rama area 28 mm.

Recent rains have helped green up pastures which might allow cattle producers to continue pasture grazing and save their winter feed stocks.

Topsoil moisture conditions continue to improve in most areas due to cooler temperatur­es and recent rains. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as one per cent surplus, 40 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 25 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent adequate, 43 per cent short and 29 per cent very short.

Most crop damage this past week was due to heavy rain, hail, strong winds, insects and the long-lasting effects of the drought. The rain has caused downgradin­g of many crops still standing in fields; the biggest issues reported are bleaching, staining, sprouting, low kernel weights and fungal growth. Reported yields are far lower than average for many parts of the province with some areas reporting some fields that have yielded almost nothing.

Producers are busy hauling bales and water as well as combining and swathing between rain showers. As of Sept. 1, the AgriRecove­ry program, now referred to as the 2021 Canada-Saskatchew­an Drought

Response Initiative, is accepting producer applicatio­ns. The Initiative will consist of two payments totalling up to $200/head for cattle, with adjustment­s based on animal unit equivalent­s for other livestock. The initial payment will provide producers with $100 per breeding female equivalent in inventory as of Aug. 1, 2021.

Secondary payments of up to $100 per breeding female in inventory as of Dec. 31, 2021, will be made to producers who have incurred additional costs to retain the animals. Producers with questions can call the initiative’s dedicated toll-free number at 1-844-723-1211 or directly email skdri@scic.ca.

With harvest underway in Saskatchew­an, we want to remind producers to exercise caution while working out in the field. Be aware, take breaks and remain safe.

The Farm Stress Line is also available for support 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, toll-free at 1-800-6674442. Calls are answered by Mobile Crisis Services Regina, a non-profit, community-based agency and there is no call display.

Southwest Sask report (For the Period August 24 to 30)

Harvest progress was delayed greatly by rainfall this week, allowing only a small amount of crop to be harvested. Forty-seven per cent of the crop is now in the bin, up from 43 per cent last week but still well ahead of the five-year (2016-2020) average of 38 per cent. Still, many producers in the region have completed harvest.

The majority of the region did not receive significan­t amounts rain last week, although the Limerick area reported 77 mm. The Moose Jaw area reported 56 mm, the Mossebank area 27 mm, the Tyner area 13 mm and the Shaunavon area five mm.

Topsoil moisture conditions are slowly improving in the region thanks to several days of cool rainy weather. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 34 per cent very short. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as 11 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 49 per cent very short. Crop District 4A reported that 63 per cent of the cropland and

67 per cent of the hay and pasture land is very short topsoil moisture at this time.

Most crop damage this past week was due to drought stress, strong winds, heavy rains and hail. Grasshoppe­rs are still a large problem across the region and producers are trying to harvest as quickly as possible before more damage is caused, grasshoppe­rs are also making grain cleaning a challenge.

Producers are busy moving bales and cattle while they wait for weather conditions to improve and let harvest resume.

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