Crop report – September 21, 2017

Manitoba

SOUTHWEST

Temperatures were normal to above normal with little to no precipitation, and post-harvest herbicide is on hold until rains stimulate weed growth.

Harvest of field peas is completed, spring cereals are almost complete, canola is about half complete, corn silage harvesting has begun, second cut alfalfa is completed and green feed silage continues.

Pastures are drying up, and cattle are beginning to be moved to harvested fields.

NORTHWEST

Good harvest progress was made, and crops are generally in good to excellent condition.

Harvest of winter wheat, fall rye and peas is completed, spring wheat is mostly finished, canola is half completed, the tame hay season is complete and native hay is wrapping up.

CENTRAL

Conditions were sunny, warm and windy with minimal amounts of rain.

Harvest is complete for field peas and canola and continues for spring wheat, flax, soybeans, edible beans and seed and market potatoes.

Pastures continue to deteriorate, and supplemental feeding is expected to start soon.

EASTERN

Temperatures were seasonal to below seasonal, and rain accumulation was less than seven millimetres.

Soil moisture conditions on cropland were rated as 75 percent adequate and 25 percent short, while hayland and pastures are 10 percent adequate, 40 percent short and 50 percent very short.

Spring wheat is 95 percent complete and canola is 75 percent harvested.

INTERLAKE

Dry conditions and warm winds hastened crop maturity, but frost was reported in low lying areas and rainfall varied up to about four mm.

Cereal harvest is 80 percent complete, canola is 75 to 85 percent complete and soybean harvest has recently started.

Soil moisture conditions on cropland, hayland and pastures have an average rating of 18 percent adequate and 83 percent short.

Saskatchewan

SOUTHEASTERN

Seventy-six percent of the crop is in the bin, and harvest has wrapped up for some producers.

Topsoil moisture on cropland, hayland and pastures has an average rating of four percent adequate, 32 percent short and 64 percent very short.

With the dry field conditions, many producers have indicated that winter cereals may not be seeded this fall unless moisture is received soon.

SOUTHWEST

Harvest is 86 percent complete, and many producers have wrapped up.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 12 percent adequate, 29 percent short and 69 percent very short. Hayland and pastures are eight percent adequate, 19 percent short and 73 percent very short.

The majority of crop damage is caused by lack of moisture and strong winds that have blown swaths around.

EAST-CENTRAL

Fifty-seven percent of the crop is combined, up from 36 percent last week and almost double the five-year average of 30 percent.

Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as 17 percent adequate, 44 percent short and 39 percent very short, while hayland and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five percent adequate, 46 percent short and 49 percent very short.

Some canola crops are coming off with high green counts and low moisture.

WEST-CENTRAL

Sixty-six percent of the crop is in the bin and 22 percent is swathed or ready to straight cut.  

Most areas received no precipitation, but some did get one to five mm along with strong winds, which blew around swaths and shelled out standing crops.

Topsoil moisture on cropland, hayland and pastures has an average rating of nine percent adequate, 36 percent short and 56 percent very short.

NORTHEAST

Producers now have 37 percent of the crop in the bin, and 38 percent is swathed or ready to straight cut.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 32 percent adequate, 53 percent short and 15 percent very short, while hayland and pastures are 40 percent adequate, 44 percent short and 16 percent very short.

Lack of moisture has caused the majority of crop damage this past week, while strong winds have blown canola swaths around.

NORTHWEST

Thirty-five percent of the crop is in the bin, and an additional 44 percent is swathed or ready to straight cut.

Precipitation varied up to five mm with the Pierceland area receiving 548 mm, the highest amount in both the region and the province since April 1.

Cropland, hayland and pasture topsoil moisture conditions have an average rating of 37 percent adequate, 46 percent short and 17 percent very short.

Alberta

SOUTH

Eighty-seven percent of crops are combined compared to the five-year average of 51 percent.

All dry peas are in the bin followed by about 96 percent of barley, 93 percent spring wheat and 88 percent oats.

Surface soil moisture conditions are rated 66 percent poor, 26 percent fair and eight percent good, while sub-surface soil is 54 percent poor, 28 percent fair and 18 percent good.

CENTRAL

About 98 percent of dry peas, 80 percent of canola, 78 percent of spring wheat, 74 percent of barley and 62 percent of oats are either harvested or swathed.

Dry conditions and heat stress are still affecting late seeded crops as well as forages, and some producers are waiting for rain to cure out green seeds in canola fields.

Surface and sub-surface soil moisture conditions have an average rating of 44 percent poor, 31percent fair, 22 percent good and three percent excellent.

NORTHEAST

About 90 percent of dry peas, 57 percent of canola, 37 percent of spring wheat, 31 percent of barley and 26 percent of oats are either in swath or in the bin.

There are still some fields with green and immature crops, which could be vulnerable to frost.

Surface soil moisture conditions are rated six percent poor, 12 percent fair, 36 percent good and 45 percent excellent, while sub-surface is two percent poor, eight percent fair, 20 percent good and 66 percent excellent.

NORTHWEST

Nearly 76 percent of dry peas, 43 percent of canola, 19 percent of spring wheat and 16 percent of both barley and oats have been either combined or swathed.

Surface soil moisture conditions are rated as 16 percent poor, seven percent fair, 21 percent good and 55 percent excellent, while sub-surface is 20 percent fair, 53 percent good and 25 percent excellent.

PEACE

About 44 percent of dry peas, 39 percent of canola, 27 percent of spring wheat, 20 percent of oats and 19 percent of barley have been either combined or swathed.

Surface and sub-surface soil moisture conditions have an average rating of four percent poor, 16 percent fair, 44 percent good, 31 percent excellent and three percent excessive.

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