Crop report: Weather continues to delay harvest

EAST CENTRAL — Eleven per cent of the crop is now in the bin as of the Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 crop, up from six per cent the previous week.

The five-year (2014-18) average is 28 per cent for this time of year.

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Frequent rainfall and cool weather continues to delay harvest progress for many producers in the province.

 

Northeastern Saskatchewan

The northeastern region now has four per cent of the crop in the bin, up from one per cent last week but behind the five-year (2014-18) average of nine per cent for this time of year. An additional 11 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. Warm and dry weather is needed for crops to mature and for fields to dry up.

Much of the region received rain last week, ranging from small amounts to 31 millimetres in the Garrick area. The Tisdale area received 24 millimetres of rain, the Ridgedale area 12 millimetres, the Humboldt and Kinistino areas 20 millimetres, the Bruno area 11 millimetres, the Lake Lenore area 10 millimetres, the Melfort area 18 millimetres and the Arborfield area 16 millimetres. The Arborfield area has also received the most precipitation since April 1 (316 millimetres).

Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 19 per cent surplus and 81 per cent adequate. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as 17 per cent surplus, 78 per cent adequate and five per cent short. Crop District 8A is reporting that 42 per cent of the cropland and 37 per cent of hay land and pasture has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, hail, frost and strong winds. Some barley crops are coming off tough with quality concerns from sprouting.

Producers are busy swathing, combining and hoping for warm and dry weather.

 

East Central Saskatchewan

Very little harvest progress was made last week thanks to wet and cool conditions. Three per cent of the crop is in the bin, up from two per cent last week and remaining well behind the five-year (2014-18) average of 19 per cent for this time of year. An additional 14 per cent of the crop is swathed or ready to straight-cut. The region will need several weeks of warm and dry weather to help crops mature and for harvesting to continue.

Heavy rainfall was received in much of the region last week, ranging from small amounts to 42 millimetres in the Rhein area. The Rocanville area received 29 millimetres of rain, the Langenburg area 27 millimetres, the Lipton area 21 millimetres, the Yorkton area 39 millimetres, the Jedburgh area 16 millimetres, the Kelliher area 19 millimetres, the Elfros area 17 millimetres, the Kuroki area 16 millimetres, the Kelvington area 30 millimetres, the Bethune area 14 millimetres, the Lumsden area 32 millimetres, the Bulyea area six millimetres and the Semans area 28 millimetres. The Lipton area has received the most precipitation since April 1 (433 millimetres) for both the region and the province.

Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as eight per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, seven per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, 11 per cent short and one per cent very short. Crop District 5A is reporting that 18 per cent of the cropland has surplus topsoil moisture at this time.

The majority of crop damage this past week was due to localized flooding, frost and strong winds. There have been several reports of crops bleaching, staining and sprouting due to the excess moisture and downgrading is expected at the elevator. Geese and other water fowl are also damaging swathed crops.

Producers are swathing, combining and hoping for warm and dry weather.

The crop report is provided weekly by the Government of Saskatchewan

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