For the Period September 22 to 28, 2015
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Warm and relatively dry weather has allowed many producers to return to the field following last week’s rain delay. Seventy-four per cent of the crop is now in the bin while 19 per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 71 per cent combined and 20 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Regionally, producers in the southeast are furthest advanced, having 88 per cent of the crop combined. Producers in the southwest have 85 per cent combined. Seventy per cent of the crop is combined in the west-central region; 66 per cent in the east-central region; 57 per cent in the northwest and 59 per cent in the northeast.
Eighty-seven per cent of the mustard, 79 per cent of the durum, 77 per cent of the barley, 72 per cent of the spring wheat, 70 per cent of the canola, 46 per cent of the soybeans and 33 per cent of the flax have been combined.
The majority of the province did not receive any rainfall this past week. Provincially, topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as five per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate, eight per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as three per cent surplus, 76 per cent adequate, 18 per cent short and three per cent very short.
Many areas received frost this past week, although damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. Weather-related quality issues continue to cause concern in most areas. While overall yields are reported to be about average, they vary from region to region.
The Ministry of Agriculture has a Forage, Feed and Custom Service listing for producers to advertise and source feed products. It is available at: www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/FeedForageListing
Farmers are busy harvesting and hauling grain and bales.
East-Central Saskatchewan (Crop District 5 – Melville, Yorkton, Cupar, Kamsack, Foam Lake, Preeceville and Kelvington areas; Crop District 6A – Lumsden, Craik, Watrous and Clavet areas)
Significant progress was made this past week thanks to warm and relatively dry weather. Producers now have 66 per cent of the crop combined, up from 47 per cent last week. The five-year (2010-2014) average for this time of year is 64 per cent combined.
Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 6 mm in the Watrous area. At 414 mm, the Quill Lake and Bradwell areas jointly hold the regional record for the greatest amount of rainfall since April 1. Cropland topsoil moisture conditions are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, two per cent short and two per cent very short, while hay land and pasture topsoil moisture conditions are rated as seven per cent surplus, 86 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short.
The majority of crop damage this past week is due to strong winds that have blown swaths around. Some areas received frost , although damage is minimal in most cases as crops were mature. Some remaining grain is coming off tough and is being aerated. There are reports that some fields remain very wet and cannot hold equipment for long periods of time. Quality issues remain a concern due to the wet conditions this fall. Farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales, spraying weeds and working fields.