Saskatchewan harvest nears completion

WINNIPEG, Oct. 12 (CNS Canada) – Relatively warm and dry weather allowed many producers in Saskatchewan to wrap up harvest over the past week, according to the provincial crop report released Thursday.

Harvest was at 94 percent complete, up from 89 percent the previous week. Progress remains ahead of the five-year average of 90 percent for this time of year. Producers still combining have said they will only need another week or two of ideal weather to finish harvest.

Harvest was almost fully complete in the southwest where 99 percent of the crop was in the bin. The southeast and west-central regions were slightly behind at 97 percent. The east-central and northeastern areas were at 92 percent and the northwest was at 87 percent combined.

Most of the durum has been harvested with 97 percent combined. There was 96 percent of barley harvested, 95 percent of spring wheat, 94 percent of canaryseed, and 93 percent of canola.

Soybeans and flax still have a ways to go with only 80 percent of soybeans harvested and 79 percent of flax combined.

There was little moisture across the province last week, with the Foam Lake area receiving the most at 43 millimeters of precipitation. Topsoil moisture conditions remain unchanged from the previous week and significant amounts of moisture will be needed to replenish the soil for next year.

Most livestock producers have said they have adequate supplies of hay, straw, greenfeed and feed grain heading into the winter. However producers in the southern areas are reporting there are many areas with inadequate feed and shortages will be likely.

Crop damage this week was due to frost, lack of moisture, strong winds and wildlife such as geese and deer.



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