Sask. producers able to get out in fields and combine

Winnipeg – Saskatchewan farmers were able to get out in the fields and get some of the crop off over the last week, according to the provincial crop report released Oct. 11.

Seventy-eight percent of the crop is now harvested as of Oct. 8, which is up from the previous week where 73 percent of the crop was done. However, it is still well behind the five-year average of 84 percent.

The canola harvest did see some progress, with 61 percent of the crop now in the bin, compared to 52 percent last week. Eighty-five per cent of durum, 81 percent of barley, 80 percent of mustard, 65 percent of spring wheat, 36 percent of flax and 30 percent of the soybeans have now been combined. The report said most crops are coming off tough or damp and are being placed in dryers.

However, even though progress was made, wet and cool weather continued to slow things down throughout much of the province during the week. Harvest was essentially stalled in the northwest region due to heavy snowfall. Many other areas reported snow during the week, with amounts ranging from small to several inches.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where 90 percent of the crop is done. In the southeast harvest is 89 percent complete. However both of these numbers are unchanged from the previous week.

In the west-central region they are 70 percent complete and in the northeast they are 64 per centdone. The east-central region is at 63 percent combined, while the northwestern region is at 44 percent done.

There have been some reports of crop damage this week due to the snow and rain, crop quality has been affected and downgrading is also expected to happen at the elevators. There have also been reports of geese and other wildlife eating swathed crops.

Moisture conditions have continued to improve across the province due to the rain and snow. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated at four percent surplus, 66 percent adequate, 24 percent short and six percent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated at two percent surplus, 60 percent adequate, 29 percent short and nine percent very short.

Most livestock producers are now saying that they have adequate supplies of hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grains for the winter. However, some producers in the southern and central regions are still reporting that there are spots where there will be shortages.

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