Rain and snow halts late har­vest op­er­a­tions in South­west

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

Back to back damp weeks have slowed late har­vest progress across the South­west, with pro­duc­ers now hav­ing just 12 per cent of the crop to har­vest.

Ac­cord­ing to the Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture Crop Re­port for the pe­riod of Septem­ber 18 to 24, pro­duc­ers now have 88 per cent of crops in the bin, up just two per cent from the pre­vi­ous week, and only six per cent up from the re­port two weeks ago.

De­spite the slow­down, the South­west re­mains ahead of the five-year av­er­age of 77 per cent of crops be­ing har­vested at this time of year.

The re­port notes that wide­spread rains fell, with as much as 48 mil­lime­tres fall­ing in the Fife Lake area, 23 mm near Hazen­more, and 21 mm in the Lim­er­ick re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to Saskatchewan Agri­cul­ture data, Van­guard has recorded the most rain­fall in the area since April 1 at 26.5 cen­time­tres, while the Kyle area has the low­est rain­fall to­tal since April 1 at 10.2 cen­time­tres.

The Septem­ber rains have not been timely, but they have al­lowed top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions to im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly. In the South­west, hay land and pas­ture top­soil mois­ture con­di­tions are now rated as 24 per cent ad­e­quate, 63 per cent short, and 13 per cent very short.

The South­west also re­mains ahead of the rest of the prov­ince in har­vest work. The South­west at 88 per cent is just slightly ahead of the South­east at 87 per cent. The West Cen­tral (59 per cent) and East Cen­tral (58 per cent) re­gions are both near 60 per cent com­pleted. Trail­ing the way is the North­east­ern area at 34 per cent and the North­west re­gion at 27 per cent.

The crop re­port notes that the ma­jor­ity of crop dam­age this past week was due to lodg­ing while rain and snow con­trib­uted to qual­ity loss.

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018 (as of Septem­ber 24)

Fall rye Win­ter wheat Lentils

Peas

Du­rum Mus­tard Chick­peas Bar­ley

Spring wheat Oats

Canola Ca­nary­seed Flax

Soy­beans 99 99 97 96 82 76 74 72 53 49 48 32 28 22

Saskatchewan Har­vest 2018 (as of Septem­ber 24)

South­west South­east West Cen­tral East Cen­tral North­east North­west

South­west Crop Con­di­tions Win­ter Wheat

Com­bined - 96 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 4 per cent.

Fall Rye

Com­bined - 82 per cent; Green­feed/silage - 18 per cent.

Spring Wheat

Com­bined - 81 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 10 per cent; Stand­ing - 7 per cent; In Swath - 2 per cent.

Du­rum

Com­bined - 83 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 10 per cent; Stand­ing - 5 per cent; In Swath - 2 per cent.

Bar­ley

Com­bined - 89 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 3 per cent; Stand­ing - 3 per cent; Green­feed/silage - 5 per cent.

Oats

Com­bined - 75 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 7 per cent; Stand­ing - 6 per cent; Green­feed/silage - 12 per cent.

Ca­nary­seed

Com­bined - 53 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 20 per cent; In Swath - 14 per cent; Stand­ing - 13 per cent.

Flax

Stand­ing - 46 per cent; Com­bined - 37 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 17 per cent.

Canola

Com­bined - 75 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 13 per cent; Stand­ing - 6 per cent; In Swath - 6 per cent.

Mus­tard

Com­bined - 81 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 10 per cent; Stand­ing - 9 per cent.

Soy­bean

Stand­ing - 45 per cent; Com­bined - 35 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 20 per cent.

Field Peas

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

Lentils

Com­bined - 98 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 2 per cent.

Chick­peas

Com­bined - 69 per cent; Ready to Straight Com­bine - 20 per cent; Stand­ing - 11 per cent.

HAR­VEST 2018

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