Cool, wet weather delaying Saskatchewan harvest: report

Winnipeg (MarketsFarm) – Saskatchewan farmers made some harvest progress during the week ended Sept. 2, but the pace remains well behind normal for this time of year, according to the latest provincial crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture.

At 11 percent complete, the harvest was up from six percent the previous week but well below the five-year average of 28 percent done. An additional 16 percent of the crop was swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Rainfall and cooler weather caused delays during the week, according to the report. “A good stretch of warm and dry weather would be welcomed to allow for producers to return to the field,” said the report.

On a crop-by-crop basis, 75 percent of fall rye, 64 percent of winter wheat, 47 percent of field peas, 39 percent of lentils, 12 percent of barley, five percent of durum, four percent of spring wheat and one percent of canola was harvested.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland were rated as eight percent surplus, 81 percent adequate, 10 percent short and one percent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture was rated as two per cent surplus, 78 percent adequate, 15 percent short and five percent very short.

Most crop damage this week was due to localized flooding, strong winds, light frost and hail. There were some reports of crops bleaching and sprouting in areas with excess moisture.

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