Crop Report

MANITOBA

SOUTHWEST

Much needed rain helped crops that are still maturing, providing filling crops with what they needed.

Good winter crops are still being harvested.

Early canola is turning and farmers are ready for swathing when they get a chance. Most crops are still filling and benefiting from terrific growing conditions. Sclerotinia is a problem in many locales.

Spring cereals are coming along nicely, and the earliest ones are close to being ready for swathing.

Second cut hay is good, and pastures are reviving with recent rain.

NORTHWEST

The mixed bag of saturation and ideal soil moisture continues across the region, with some areas still wet and others hosting excellent crops that are heading nicely toward maturity.

Winter cereals have good quality and yields and are being harvested.

Cereal and canola crops look good. Canola fields are often beset by bertha armyworms, and many producers are spraying.

The first cut of hay is wrapping up, and quality and quantity are disappointing.

CENTRAL

Good rain helped douse scorching fears from hot weather.

Most spring cereals and canola have enough moisture to carry them through to harvest, but late crops like soybeans and corn will still need to re-fill their gas tanks to get good yields.

The early spring and great growing conditions this summer have led to much harvesting of spring crops. Cereals look better than canola. Canola suffered from heat blast during flowering, so yields of 25 to 35 bushels per acre are typical and disappointing.

Aster yellows are also a common canola problem.

Beans are filling, flax is bolling and corn and soybeans are almost ready to produce what could still be excellent crops.

Hay is poor and was hurt by early heat and the dry spell. Pastures slurped up the recent rain and are recovering.

EASTERN

Good rain recharged soils and gave most crops what they need to finish, although harvest-ready cereals and canola were saved from the swather for a few days by the wetness.

Soybeans are podding and sunflowers are flowering. Flax is bolling.

First cut hay was good quality, but second cut looks poor because of dry midseason conditions.

INTERLAKE

As has happened so often in recent years, heavy rain hammered crops and ponded fields, which has suddenly worsened prospects.

The wetness delayed harvest for winter and spring crops. Harvestable crops look OK so far.

Pastures have generally benefited from the recent rain, although some are too wet. The heavy recent rain make a second cut of hay possible in a few weeks.

SASKATCHEWAN

Haying and silage operations are nearing completion in Saskatchewan, and field crops are now being harvested in many areas.

As of Aug. 6, the provincial agriculture department reported that 92 percent of the provincial hay crop had been cut, 81 percent of the hay crop had been baled or put into silage and one percent of field crops had been harvested.

Across the province, 28 percent of winter wheat acres and 23 percent of fall rye had been harvested as of Aug. 6. Swathing had also begun on peas, lentils mustard and canola.

SOUTH

Haying is nearing completion in most areas of southern Saskatchewan. Yields and hay quality are generally rated as good to excellent, with the exception of some dry areas.

Harvest operations are underway in most parts of the south. Crop staging and yield estimates are variable.

Average yields in the southeast are estimated at 37 bu. per acre for spring wheat, 37 bu. for durum, 70 bu. for oats, 60 bu. for barley, 30 bu. for canola, 33 bu. for peas, 20 bu. for flax, 1,374 pounds per acre for lentils and 2,700 lb. for chickpeas.

Average yields in the southwest were estimated at 30 bu. for wheat, 30 for durum, 61 for oats, 49 for barley, 23 for flax, 30 for canola, 1,366 lb. for lentils and 1,298 for chickpeas.

CENTRAL

Much of central Saskatchewan received rain during the first week of August.

Haying is now nearing completion in many areas, and swathing has begun on early maturing spring crops. Yields are difficult to assess because of varying crop stages, disease and excess moisture damage in some areas.

Average yields in east-central Saskatchewan are estimated at 46 bu. for winter wheat, 35 for spring wheat, 34 for durum, 73 for oats, 59 for barley, 27 for fall rye, 24 for flax, 30 for canola, 39 for peas, 1,005 lb. per acre for lentils and 1,200 lb. for chickpeas.

In west-central Saskatchewan, frequent showers in early August delayed haying and affected hay quality. Average yields in west-central Saskatchewan are estimated at 38 bu. for winter wheat, 38 for spring wheat, 38 for durum, 73 for oats, 57 for barley, 33 for fall rye, 24 for flax, 32 for canola, 40 for peas, 1,331 lb. per acre for lentils and 1,400 lb. for chickpeas.

NORTH

Many areas of northeastern Saskatchewan received heavy rain in the first week of August. Haying was delayed, crops were damaged and roads in some areas were flooded. Nipawin received 81 millimetres Aug. 2-3. The Tisdale area has the highest cumulative rainfall in the province with 582 mm since April 1.

Haying progress continued last week, but wet weather delayed progress and some hay crops were lost due to spoilage. Average crop yields in the northeast were estimated at 40 bu. for winter wheat, 38 for spring wheat, 78 for oats, 59 for barley, 19 for flax, 29 for canola, 32 for peas and 1,010 lbs. per acre for lentils.

Average crop yields in the northwest were estimated at 60 bu. for winter wheat, 42 for spring wheat, 93 for oats, 71 for barley, 46 for fall rye, 35 for canola, 40 for peas and 600 lb. per acre for lentils.

Crops in the northwest are behind in development. Producers in the northeast are hoping for sunshine.

ALBERTA

SOUTH

All the major grain and oilseed crops are reported in good to excellent condition because of warm, sunny weather. Rain would be appreciated, but soil moisture reserves are rated above normal for this time of year.

Spring cereals are in the late boot to head emergence stages, while oilseeds and pulses are mostly flowering.

Some ergot in wheat has been seen south of Calgary.

Haying operations are underway with up to a third of the work completed.

Plenty of hay is still standing so quality may deteriorate if it is not cut soon.

Pastures are mostly in good to excellent condition.

CENTRAL

Nearly all spring wheat, durum, barley, oats, canola and dry peas are rated as good to excellent. Some heat and moisture stress is appearing, although spotty rainfall and scattered hailstorms have been reported.

Most canola is flowering and a small percentage is podding.

Most cereal crops are in the late boot stage, with some starting to head.

First cut haying operations have advanced with 20 percent now complete on dryland and 10 percent complete on irrigated land.

Pasture is rated as good to excellent.

NORTHEAST

Warm weather with minimal rain and a few spotty hailstorms have been reported.

Overall, crops are in good to excellent condition.

Cereal crop development is in the early boot to head emergence stages, while 65 percent of canola is flowering.

Less than a quarter of hay has been cut, but quality and tonnage are good to excellent. Tame hay and pasture conditions range from fair to excellent.

NORTHWEST

Warm weather and scattered rain throughout the region have helped with crop development. All crops are rated as good to excellent.

Cereal crops are in the late boot to head emergence stages. Spring wheat is most advanced, with one-half head emergence being common.

About 75 percent of canola is in flower, 25 percent in rosette and one percent is podding.

About a third of the hay crop has been put up with good yields and good to excellent quality being reported.

Tame hay and pasture conditions vary from fair to excellent.

PEACE

Crops are quickly advancing thanks to recent warm weather. Most crops are in good to excellent condition.

A few pockets in the north-central region have below average soil reserves, but most of the area is rated as normal.

Spring wheat, barley and oats are in the late boot to head emergence stages while most canola is flowering.

The warm weather has helped producers make hay with good yields and good to excellent quality. Tame hay and pasture growth is rated as mostly good to excellent.

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