Har­vest nears half way mark in Southwest

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

Southwest pro­duc­ers have com­pleted 46 per cent of har­vest work across the re­gion, well ahead of the Saskatchewan av­er­age of 27 per cent.

Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture’s Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of Au­gust 21 to 27 notes warm and dry weather in the Southwest helped re­gional pro­duc­ers im­prove from 31 per cent to 46 per cent of the crop in the bin. In ad­di­tion, 16 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. This places the Southwest ahead of the five-year av­er­age of 24 per cent of har­vest done for this time of year.

The ma­jor­ity of the Southwest did re­port some light rains dur­ing the later part of Au­gust. The Pon­teix area re­ceived 2.9 cen­time­tres of rain­fall to lead the province.

How­ever, many pas­tures and hay fields are still in need of sig­nif­i­cant mois­ture. Hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are rated as 56 per cent very short, 33 per cent short, while 11 per cent are rated as ad­e­quate.

Cro­p­land top­soil mois­ture is rated as 45 per cent short, 44 per cent very short, and just 11 per cent ad­e­quate.

Yields vary greatly across the re­gion be­cause of vary­ing amounts of rain­fall re­ceived dur­ing 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 for the Southwest stated.

Saskpower re­ported six ad­di­tional cases of farm machin­ery com­ing into con­tact with elec­tri­cal equip­ment in the last week, bring­ing the to­tal for Au­gust to 18.

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018 (as of Au­gust 27)

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Southwest 46 42 23 16 10 5

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018 Es­ti­mated Crop Yields

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Hard Red Spring Wheat

27 40

28 44

25 29

41 77

43 57

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