Sask. crop proceeds well ahead of average pace

Saskatchewan harvest continues to come off well ahead of the five-year average.

Saskatchewan Agriculture, in its latest crop report for Aug. 14-20, said the harvest was 16 per cent complete compared to the five-year average of seven per cent.

Dry weather was allowing producers to stay in fields.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where 31 percent of fields are complete. Southeast farmers have combined 24 percent of the crop, west-central 13 per cent, east-central seven percent, northeast four percent and farmers in the northwest have combined one percent.

Soil moisture conditions are growing worse with scant rainfall reported during this reporting period. Topsoil moisture on cropland is rated 25 percent adequate, 44 percent short and 31 percent very short.

Hay and pasture topsoil is rated at 17 percent adequate, 35 per cent short and 48 per cent very short.

Some crop damage is being reported due to dry conditions and hot temperatures.

Reports of stubble and grass fires are starting to appear. Feed shortages in drier areas are also being reported.

Harvest completion rates for various crops are as follows:

– fall rye: 75 percent

– winter wheat: 57 percent

– lentils: 55 percent

– peas: 55 percent

– mustard: 24 percent

– barley: 16 percent

– durum: 14 percent

– oats: 6 percent

– spring wheat: 5 percent

– soybeans: 5 percent

– canola: 3 percent

– chickpeas: 3 percent

– canaryseed: 1 percent

– flax: 0 percent

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