EAST CENTRAL — Producers in the province now have two per cent of the 2019 crop combined, up from less than one per cent last week, but behind the five-year (2014-18) average of nine per cent.
The Aug. 13 to 19 crop report said that five per cent of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut, which is behind the five-year average of 12 per cent.
In the northeastern region producers have less than one per cent of the crop combined and less than one per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2014-18) average for this time of year is two per cent combined. In the coming weeks harvest will be general in the region.
The majority of the region received little rainfall this week. Rainfall ranged from nil to nine millimetres in the Arborfield area. The Hudson Bay, Humboldt and Kinistino areas reported three millimetres, the Nipawin and Melfort areas four millimetres and the Birch Hills and Garrick areas two millimetres. The Melfort area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (275 millimetres).
Crop land topsoil moisture is rated as 86 per cent adequate, 12 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 78 per cent adequate, 21 per cent short and one per cent very short. Crop District 8A is reporting that 16 per cent of crop land and 35 per cent of hay land and pasture is short to very short topsoil moisture at this time.
Producers indicated no sources of significant crop damage this week.
Farmers are busy getting equipment ready for harvest and desiccating crops.
East Central Saskatchewan
Harvest operations are just starting in the region. Less than one per cent of the crop is combined in the east-central region and two per cent of the crop is either swathed or ready to straight-cut. The five-year (2014-18) average for this time of year is three per cent combined. General harvest in the region is expected in the coming weeks.
Some areas of the region received rainfall last week that ranged from trace amounts to 19 millimetres in the Craven, Rocanville and Goodeve areas. The Foam Lake area received five millimetres of rainfall, the Langenburg area 17 millimetres, The Bethune area 10 millimetres and the Stalwart area 7.5 millimetres. The Ituna area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (333 millimetres).
Across the region, crop land topsoil moisture is rated as 66 per cent adequate, 32 per cent short and two per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 52 per cent adequate and 36 per cent short and 12 per cent very short at this time. Crop District 5B is reporting that 59 per cent of crop land and 69 per cent of hay land and pasture is short to very short topsoil moisture at this time.
The sources of crop damage this week were strong winds and frost. Although it was reported to be a light frost, crop damage still may have occurred.
Producers are getting equipment prepared for harvest, desiccating crops and hauling hay bales.
The crop report is provided weekly by the Government of Saskatchewan