Saskatchewan Crop Report for Aug. 19-25


Combining is well underway with an average of about five percent completed and about 15 percent swathed or ready for straight-cutting.

On average, 25 percent of fall rye and field peas has been combined, followed by 20 percent of winter wheat and 12 percent of lentils. Almost 40 percent of the canola has been swathed while about 20 percent of mustard is swathed or ready for straight-cutting.

Average yields are reported, but quality is reduced as a result of excess moisture and lack of maturity.

Precipitation varied from 22 to 119 mm in the Stewart Valley area. Since April 1, the Moosomin area has received 762 mm of rain.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated on average about 60 percent adequate while hay land and pastures are slightly more at about 65 percent adequate.

Heavy winds and rain caused lodging in many crops. Grasshoppers are a concern in localized areas. Sclerotinia and fusarium head blight are also causing damage.



Cool, wet weather interrupted harvest and many crops remain one to two weeks behind normal development.

More than half the fall rye, one-third of field peas, a quarter of winter wheat and canola and less than 10 percent of mustard, barley and durum have been swathed or ready to be straight-cut.

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to more than 140 mm in the Bethune area, which led the province. The Foam Lake area has the highest cumulative amount with 664 mm since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland, hayland and pastures are rated at about 75 percent adequate.

The majority of damage was caused by heavy rain and strong winds, which lodged many crops. Reported disease damage includes sclerotinia, ascochyta blight and fusarium head blight.



Harvest has begun with desiccating pulses and swathing canola, but it has been delayed by precipitation in many areas.

Rainfall varied from small amounts to 72 mm in the Lake Lenore area. The North Battleford area has received 503 mm of rain since April 1.

About a quarter of field peas are swathed or ready for straight-cutting, followed by 15 percent of canola and less than 10 percent of winter wheat, barley and fall rye.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland, hayland and pastures are rated about 90 percent adequate.

Crop damage was caused by strong winds, localized flooding and diseases such as sclerotinia, blackleg and fusarium head blight. Grasshoppers and lygus bugs have also caused damage.