Har­vest mov­ing quickly in the South­west

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - HAR­VEST 2018

Har­vest progress in the South­west jumped from 10 per cent com­pleted to 31 per cent ac­cord­ing to the Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of Au­gust 14 to 20.

The jump of 21 per cent of har­vest work in a sin­gle week pushed the re­gion well ahead of the five-year av­er­age of 14 per cent com­pleted dur­ing this time of the year. Plus, an ad­di­tional 17 per cent of crops are swathed or ready to straight­cut.

The im­pact on yields af­ter the lack of mois­ture dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son is now be­com­ing more ev­i­dent.

“Re­ported yields so far vary greatly across the re­gion, all de­pend­ing on how much mois­ture was re­ceived over the grow­ing sea­son. Over­all, yields range from about av­er­age to well be­low av­er­age; how­ever, some re­porters have in­di­cated that yields are much bet­ter than ex­pected for crops such as pulses,” the Crop Re­port in the South­west states.

The pro­longed lack of of mois­ture, com­bined with warm tem­per­a­tures has helped crops to ripen quickly. How­ever, many pas­tures and hay fields re­main in need of sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall to help them record. Top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are de­te­ri­o­rat­ing rapidly.

A full 83 per cent of South­west pas­tures are rated in the poor to very poor range, with 54 per cent very poor, and 29 per cent poor. Only 15 per cent are rated fair, and two per cent fall into the good cat­e­gory.

Crop­land top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are ranked as 58 per cent very short, and 36 per cent short, with only six per cent re­ceiv­ing an ad­e­quate grad­ing.

Saskatchewan wide, 16 per cent of the 2018 crop is in the bin, slightly ahead of the 14 per cent har­vested one year ago, but ahead of the five-year av­er­age of seven per cent.

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018

per cent com­bined Fall rye 75 Win­ter wheat Peas

Lentils Mus­tard Barley

Du­rum

Oats

Spring wheat Soy­beans Canola Chick­peas Ca­nary­seed Flax 57 55 55 24 16 14 6 5 5 3 3 1 0

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018

per cent com­pleted by re­gion South­west 31 South­east 24 West Cen­tral 13 East Cen­tral 7 North­east 4 North­west 1

South­west Crop Con­di­tions Win­ter Wheat:

Com­bined 77 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine 13 per cent;

Stand­ing - 10 per cent.

Com­bined - 53 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 24 per cent; Green­feed/ Silage - 19 per cent; Stand­ing - 4 per cent.

Fall Rye:

Stand­ing - 68 per cent; Com­bined - 16 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 13 per cent; In Swath - 3 per cent.

Spring Wheat:

Stand­ing - 65 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 18 per cent; Com­bined - 13 per cent; In Swath - 4 per cent.

Du­rum:

Stand­ing - 47 per cent; Com­bined - 38 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 14 per cent; In Swath - 1 per cent.

Stand­ing - 51 per cent; Com­bined - 25 per cent; Green­feed/silage - 15 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 5 per cent; In Swath - 4 per cent.

Stand­ing - 89 per cent; In Swath - 7 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 4

Barley: Oats: Ca­nary­seed:

per cent.

Stand­ing - 99 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 1 per cent.

Flax:

Stand­ing - 66 per cent; In Swath - 15 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine 10 per cent; Com­bined - 9 per cent.

Canola:

Stand­ing - 43 per cent; Com­bined - 41 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 9 per cent; In Swath - 7 per cent. Stand­ing - 100 per

Mus­tard: Soy­bean:

cent.

Com­bined - 74 per cent; Stand­ing - 17 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 9 per cent.

Com­bined - 57 per cent; Stand­ing - 31 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 11 per cent; In Swath - 1 per cent

Stand­ing - 95 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 3 per cent: Com­bined - 2 per cent.

Field Peas: Lentil: Chick­peas:

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