Pro­duc­ers wait­ing for har­vest weather to co­op­er­ate

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

South­west pro­duc­ers are weather watch­ing in hopes for a re­turn of dry­ing con­di­tions so they can fin­ish har­vest op­er­a­tions this fall.

The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture’s Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of Oc­to­ber 2 to 8 notes that har­vest was stalled since the start of the month, with a sec­ond straight re­port of 90 per cent of har­vest com­pleted. Rain and snow have lim­ited field work to only a few hours dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing long week­end.

Wet and cool weather has lim­ited har­vest op­er­a­tions in the South­west, with pro­duc­ers only able to col­lect four per cent of the har­vest since 86 per cent of the crop was re­ported in the bin as of Septem­ber 18.

Any grain that has come off re­cently is be­ing added to the grow­ing acres of crop that are be­ing placed in dry­ers after com­ing off tough or damp. A stretch of warm, dry and windy weather is needed in or­der to al­low pro­duc­ers to com­plete har­vest.

Crops re­main­ing in the field are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing lodg­ing from snow and rain, with some crops ex­pected to be down­graded be­cause they have bleached or sprouted. Geese and other wildlife have been feed­ing on swathed crops.

Prov­ince wide, 78 per cent of the crop is in the bin, slightly ahead of the 73 per cent recorded a week ago. The weather has now pushed Saskatchew­an be­low the five-year av­er­age of be­ing 84 per cent com­pleted at this time of year.

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