Fre­quent mois­ture slows late har­vest op­er­a­tions

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

Fre­quent mois­ture pre­vented South­west pro­duc­ers from com­plet­ing much ad­di­tional har­vest work ac­cord­ing to Saskatchew­an Agri­cul­ture’s Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of Septem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 1.

Just two per cent of the har­vest was com­pleted this past week, and pro­duc­ers have only pro­gressed har­vest an ad­di­tional 10 per cent over the pre­vi­ous three weeks.

With 90 per cent of the crop in the bin, the South­west re­mains ahead of the five year av­er­age of 85 per cent.

Crops re­cently taken off the fields are com­ing off very tough and are be­ing placed into aeration and dry­ing bins. The re­gion will now need a series of warm, dry and windy days in order to get the rest of the crop off.

The pe­riod of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 did not fea­ture too much rain, but there was wide­spread snow back on Oc­to­ber 1.

“Yield es­ti­mates at this time re­main about av­er­age over­all, although they vary greatly across the re­gion,” the Crop Re­port notes of the es­ti­mates in the South­west. “Many crops have yielded much less than ex­pected. Spring wheat grades at this time are be­ing re­ported as 69 per cent 1 CW, 22 per cent 2 CW, six per cent 3 CW and six per cent CW Feed. Most crop dam­age this past week was due to lodg­ing from snow and rain; down­grad­ing is ex­pected at the el­e­va­tor as some crops are bleached or have sprouted.”

The rain and snow has helped im­prove top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions in the re­gion. Cro­p­land top­soil mois­ture is now rated as 54 per cent ad­e­quate, a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment from the six per cent ad­e­quate es­ti­mate in the Au­gust 14 to 20 Crop Re­port.

How­ever, cro­p­land is still re­ported as 35 per cent short and 11 per cent very short.

Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are now rated at 44 per cent ad­e­quate, 43 per cent short and 13 per cent very short.

The South­west re­mains ahead of the rest of the prov­ince in har­vest work. The South­west at 90 per cent is just slightly ahead of the South­east at 89 per cent. The West Cen­tral (62 per cent) and East Cen­tral (61 per cent) re­gions are also hop­ing for dry­ing weather, while the sit­u­a­tion is more of a con­cern fur­ther north where the North­east­ern area sits at 45 per cent and the North­west re­gion at only 33 per cent com­bined.

Saskatchew­an Har­vest (as of Oc­to­ber 1)

per cent com­bined Fall rye 99 Win­ter wheat 99 Lentils


Du­rum Chickpeas Bar­ley Mus­tard Spring wheat Oats

Canola Ca­nary­seed Flax Soy­beans 98 97 84 78 78 76 58 57 52 50 33 29

Saskatchew­an Har­vest (as of Oc­to­ber 1)

per cent com­pleted by re­gion South­west 90 South­east 89 West Cen­tral 62 East Cen­tral 61 North­east 45 North­west 33

Saskatchew­an Har­vest Es­ti­mated Crop Yields

(as of Oc­to­ber 1) Win­ter Wheat - South­west 25; Provin­cial 40.

Fall Rye - South­west 21; Provin­cial 32.

Hard Red Spring Wheat­south­west 29; Provin­cial 44.

Other Wheat - South­west 27; Provin­cial 49.

Du­rum - South­west 28; Provin­cial 33.

Oats - South­west 39; Provin­cial 82.

Bar­ley - South­west 41; Provin­cial 61.

Ca­nary­seed - South­west 882; Provin­cial 1188.

Flax - South­west 14; Provin­cial 22.

Canola - South­west 23; Provin­cial 37.

Mus­tard - South­west 760; Provin­cial 883.

Soy­bean - South­west 15; Provin­cial 24

Peas - South­west 24; Provin­cial 36.

Lentil - South­west 1170; Provin­cial 1343.

Chickpeas - South­west 1205; Provin­cial 1234.


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