Latest Sask. crop report

The provincial harvest was 43 percent completed as Sept. 22, and 37 percent was swathed or ready to be straight-cut. The five year (2009-13) average for this time of year is 58 percent combined and 25 percent swathed or ready to be straight-cut.

SOUTH

Warm weather has helped harvest progress nicely across the south.

Forty to 55 percent of the crop is harvested, while 24 to 32 percent is swathed or ready to be straight-cut. Heavy morning and evening dews delayed progress in some areas.

Rainfall ranged from small amounts to 17 mm. Since April 1, Moosomin has received 895 millimetres of rain, which is the greatest amount in the region and province.

Topsoil conditions on cropland are rated as 70 percent adequate, while hayland and pasture moisture is 97 percent adequate.

Quality concerns have been raised in pulse and cereal crops because of moisture and disease. High fusarium levels are common in cereals.

There are many reports of frost damage in canola and wheat. Strong winds have shelled out standing crops. Waterfowl have also been reported damaging crops.

Roughly 60 percent of pasture conditions are rated as good. Almost 100 percent of livestock producers indicated adequate water supplies for livestock.

CENTRAL

Roughly 46 percent of the crop is now in the bin. Harvest is well underway in the region, but several more weeks of dry weather are needed. Heavy dew and slow drying are delaying producers.

Trace amounts of rain were experienced in most of the region, but the Smiley area received 18 mm. The Foam Lake area has received 730 mm since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions are rated between roughly 78 percent and 85 percent adequate. Hay and pasture land topsoil is around 80 percent adequate.

Many areas are reporting high levels of sprouting, bleaching, fusarium, and frost damage. There are reports of canola heating in bins and tough grain is being aerated.

Almost 70 percent of pasture conditions are rated as good. Roughly 100 percent of livestock producers have indicated they have adequate water supplies.

NORTH

Warm and dry weather allowed almost 50 percent of the crop to be harvested. The rest is swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Many crops are coming off tough and needing aeration despite the good weather conditions.

The Neilburg area received the greatest amount of rain — four mm — while the North Battleford area has received 519 mm since April 1.

Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated around 90 percent adequate. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated around 85 percent adequate.

Yields have been average overall, but quality concern is prominent. Higher than normal levels of fusarium have been reported in some wheat crops. Green seed in some canola crops has also been reported. Waterfowl damage was reported.

Pasture conditions are reported at around 70 percent good. Almost 100 percent of livestock producers have indicated adequate water supplies.

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