EAST CENTRAL — Harvest operations have already begun in some parts of the province, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly crop report.
The report covered July 30 to Aug. 5.
Producers in the region expect to begin harvest in the coming weeks. As indicated by producers, some crops are one-to-two weeks behind in development and this may be of concern depending on weather during harvest time and when the first fall frost occurs.
The majority of the region received rainfall this past week which will help crops fill and topsoil moisture to remain adequate. Rainfall ranged from one millimetres in the Tisdale area to 94 millimetres in the Porcupine Plain area. The Arborfield area reported 68 millimetres of rain, the Nipawin area 87 millimetres, the Humboldt area 43 millimetres, the Lake Lenore area 23 millimetres and the Spruce Home area 36 millimetres. The Nipawin area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (408 millimetres). Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 87 per cent adequate and four per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 80 per cent adequate, nine per cent short and two per cent very short.
Pasture conditions in the region reflect adequate topsoil moisture. Pastures are rated as 15 per cent excellent, 53 per cent good, 23 per cent fair, six per cent poor and three per cent very poor.
The majority of crop damage this past week was from localized flooding and strong winds.
Producers are busy hauling grain, haying and repairing equipment for harvest.
East Central Saskatchewan
Harvest operations have not started in the region. In the coming weeks, however, producers expect to be harvesting. Some crops are reported to be one-to-two weeks behind in development and this may be of concern depending on the weather during harvest and when the first fall frost occurs.
Some areas of the region received some welcomed rain, although more would be beneficial to help later-seeded crops fill and replenish topsoil moisture. Rainfall ranged from nil to 24 millimetres in the Rhein area, 20 millimetres in the Yorkton area, 21 millimetres in the Goodeve area, 15 millimetres in the Kuroki area, and 14 millimetres in the Meacham area. The Ituna area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (295 millimetres). Across the region, cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 67 per cent adequate and 33 per cent short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 61 per cent adequate and 37 per cent short and two per cent very short at this time. Producers comillimetresented that rain would help late-seeded crops fill and replenish topsoil moisture.
Regionally, pasture conditions are rated as 25 per cent good, 56 per cent fair and 19 per cent poor. Moisture would help pasture growth for grazing livestock. The lack of moisture has producers voicing concerns about livestock water quality.
The sources of crop damage this week were strong winds, hail, extreme heat and a lack of moisture.
Producers are haying and getting equipment and bins prepared for harvest.
The crop report is provided weekly by the provincial government