Sask harvest well ahead of average pace

WINNIPEG, Sept. 7 – Harvest in Saskatchewan is proceeding ahead of the five-year average with 45 percent of the overall crop in the bin. The 2012-16 average for this time of year is 28 percent.

Another 28 percent of crops are swathed or ready to be straight cut.

Farmers in the southwest region of the province are most advanced with 70 percent of crops harvested. In the southeast, 60 percent has been combined, 44 percent in the west-central, 36 percent in the east-central, 12 percent in the northeast and 18 percent has been combined in the northwest.

Winter wheat and fall rye harvests have almost completely wrapped up, about 90 percent of lentils, 90 percent of field peas, 62 percent of durum, 58 percent of mustard, 51 percent of barley, 38 percent of spring wheat, 31 percent of chickpeas, 27 percent of triticale, 26 percent of canola, 24 percent of oats, 16 percent of canaryseed and nine percent of flax have also been harvested.

As well, about 50 percent of canola and about 30 percent of spring wheat and mustard have been swathed or are ready for straight cutting.

Soybean harvest has been slow, with 18 percent harvested, the same as a week ago.

Topsoil moisture reserves are low province wide, but particularly acute in the south. Province-wide, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated 24 percent adequate, 42 percent short and 34 percent very short.

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