WINNIPEG, Aug. 24 – Harvest progress across Saskatchewan is ahead of the five-year average, according to the latest Saskatchewan Agriculture crop report released today.
Fourteen percent has been combined in the province so far, compared to the five-year average of eight percent. Another 15 percent of the crop is swathed or ready to be straight cut.
Province wide, 83 percent of winter wheat, 92 percent of fall rye, four percent of spring wheat, 14 percent of durum, two percent of oats, nine percent of barley, two percent of canola, nine percent of mustard, six percent of soybeans, 57 percent of lentils, 54 percent of peas, and two percent of chickpeas have been combined.
Harvest is most advanced in the southwest with 30 percent combined. Southeast farmers have combined 23 percent, west-central 11 percent, and east-central farmers four percent.
In the northern grainbelt, one percent of the crop is in the bin.
The warm weather and lack of rain have worsened soil moisture conditions with cropland rated at one percent surplus, 32 percent adequate, 40 percent short and 27 percent very shot. Hay and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as one percent surplus, 26 percent short and 38 percent very short.
Lack of topsoil moisture on cropland is especially acute in southern areas around Assiniboia and Coronach, as well as in the extreme southwestern corner.